In organized real estate, this area is referred to as Grandview, but most Vancouver residents know it as Commercial Drive, despite its recent rebranding to simply “The Drive.” The area is bordered by Clark Drive to the west, Nanaimo Street to the East, Hastings Street to the north, and 16th Avenue to the south.
While the prices of condos and detached homes have increased substantially in recent years, an influx of well-to-do families hasn’t changed Commercial Drive’s dining, shopping, and community feel. While some local shops have been forced out by higher lease rates, familiar businesses like Fratelli’s bakery, Havana, Cafe Calabria, Marcello, Grandview Lanes, and Donald’s Market continue to thrive.
Something this neighbourhood doesn’t offer that Kits, Fairview, and Mount Pleasant do is seawall access. However, nearby Trout Lake Park offers a quiet lakeside walk with a popular dog park at the north end, ice skating, and lots of family activities in and around its brand new community centre.
Commercial Drive is very well served by public transit, with the Expo and Millennial Lines, both stopping where Commercial meets Broadway.
There are condo buildings along the major routes and along some on the quieter streets, but there is a higher percentage of single family and duplex homes as compared to Mount Pleasant and Fairview. It’s a favourite for families looking for a strong sense of community.