Fairview runs from 16th Ave in the South to False Creek in the North and from Burrard St. on the west to Cambie on the east (encompassing the entrances to both the Burrard and Cambie Bridges). It contains the South Granville Rise, Granville Island, the Granville Bridge Central Broadway.
Fairview is an eclectic mix: high-end boutiques, fantastic coffee shops, gourmet restaurants and upscale furniture stores dot the landscape of around here. This is an ideal spot for young urbanites, who want to enjoy all that living in a world-class city like Vancouver has to offer. Living in Fairview means having a world of culture and shopping at your fingertips.
Fairview is calm and quiet, with many young families taking advantage of the neighbourhood's below-average real estate prices. The area is slowly modernizing, coming off a long period of lagging development, as businesses like Telus are now arriving in the area. There are numerous transportation corridors including Joseph Howe Drive and the 102, which means residents have easy access to other areas in the city.
According to city planning research at Dalhousie University, many residents of Fairview have been there long-term, resulting in a slightly older population. However, younger buyers are eager to enter the housing market and are heading to the neighbourhood for the affordable real-estate prices. Traditional values remain, as shown by the area's eight churches and strong community-driven mentality.
Residents are close to numerous schools, like Fairview Heights Elementary and Fairview Junior High, as well as churches such as Calvary Tabernacle and Our Lady of Lebanon. Fairview is also home to a location of local favourite pizza place <a href="http://www.freemanspizza.ca/" target="_blank">Freeman’s Little New York</a>, in addition to large retail stores like Giant Tiger and The Head Shoppe.
One factor that really appeals to residents of Fairview is its close proximity to the Bi-Hi and Bedford Highway. For this reason, cars are the dominant form of transportation and commutes out of town or towards central Halifax are facilitated by Dutch Village Road and Joseph Howe Drive. There are some transit options for bus users, but they are relegated mostly to Main and Rosedale avenues.
In the 1960s and 70s, many residents departed for larger homes in newly developed neighbourhoods like Clayton Park, which caused prices in Fairview to drop and the crime rate to climb. There remains a stigma today that the neighbourhood is rough around the edges, but this sentiment is reserved for several select streets and isn’t felt in most areas.
Overall, Fairview is a very affordable neighbourhood. From real-estate prices and rental rates, to food and shops, little in Fairview has much that will break the bank. However, the influx of upscale condos at St. Lawrence Place has led to a renewed interest in the area, and new residential and retail developments are being planned that could lead to an end of this low price trend.
A hand-picked selection of new home and condos for sale in Fairview. For those who love the thrill of anticipation of getting into a brand new home or condo.
This tiny restaurant serves up some of the best homestyle Mexican cuisine in Halifax. Mexico Lindo features incredibly affordable menu options, so check it out for fresh food on a budget.more info
With a few locations throughout the HRM, Pizzatown knows how to serve up a quality pie. Be sure to check out their specials as they usually have some great deals available.more info
A wide selection of specialty products makes The Healthy Bug an ideal destination for all things natural and vegan. Friendly and courteous, the owners have plenty of tips for staying healthy.more info
If you’re craving a latte or need a quiet place to escape for a while, Joelee’s is a great choice. They brew up a great coffee with a smile and serve up warm, locally-made pastries.more info
This wonderful little trail is easily accessible from Fairview and is great for walking, running, or biking when you need a quick escape from the city. It’s also plowed in the winter.more info
A part of the Frenchy’s brand of Maritime thrift stores, Meteghan’s offers up an amazing selection of vintage clothes and accessories. You never know what you’ll find, but it’s going to be cheap and funky.more info