The South Cambie borders include Queen Elizabeth Park to the east and the residential Shaughnessy on the west. It is located between the busy north-south corridors of Oak and Cambie streets, and stretches from West 16th Avenue in the north to West 41st in the south.
Favourite hangouts run the gamut, whether it’s enjoying nature’s best, a Fashionista’s dream or anything in between, South Cambie is emerging proud and strong after years of growing pains (Think Canada Line nightmares)! In the southernmost part you have a beautiful boulevard with oversized trees known as Cambie Heritage Boulevard and Queen Elizabeth Park up on Little Mountain. There’s also an antidote for serious shopoholics - Oakridge Shopping Centre or funky boutique shops along the Canada Line.
South Cambie might be one of the smallest of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods but its got panache! Since the Canada Line went in, this former sleepy enclave burst onto the scene as a cultural melting pot waiting to be discovered! It’s saturated with a variety of upscale, bohemian and chic boutiques, bakeries, bars and restaurants.
With the high cost of housing and dwindling supply, a growing and aging population and an exodus of youth who can’t afford to live in the city, South Cambie residents are now affluent upper mobile young professionals and families, as well as empty nesters with deep pockets. Here’s the breakdown: roughly 33 per cent are of Asian descent, 31 per cent are immigrants hailing from a hotchpotch of nations and 21 per cent are Baby Boomers 60+.
Increased density and transit access contributed to a shift in house prices - with homes tripling in price. Getting into this neighbourhood is not cheap but now that the city approved a number of condo projects, it will make living here slightly (emphasis on slightly) more affordable!
The much-anticipated completion of the $2-billion Canada Line five years ago dramatically transformed the neighbourhood and has gotten residents out of their cars, while making it easy to get to YVR. Cyclists rule in Vancouver and the city has made it a priority to create many dedicated bike lanes.
Besides its crown jewels, Queen Elizabeth Park and Nat Bailey, South Cambie is renowned for its top notch hospitals, great educational institutions, the posh Oakridge Shopping Centre, and let’s not forget great ethnic eateries, funky watering holes and distinctive boutique shops.
With all the changes in this corridor, the “bad” is the cost of housing. An older, tear-down will put you back $1.5 million and a new home will cost upwards of $2 million. The upside is that the city has rezoned parts of South Cambie allowing for high density development. Over 1,000 units are in the works up and down ambie from 16th to 41st avenues along the Canada Line.
A hand-picked selection of new home and condos for sale in South Cambie. For those who love the thrill of anticipation of getting into a brand new home or condo.
This funky, contemporary lifestyle boutique is where you’ll find anything from a cannabis candle to laser cut birch plywood coasters and everything in between.more info
For beer aficionados this is Mecca. Biercraft has a huge selection of specialty and craft beer from around the globe.more info
A “curator of all things beautiful.” This gem, dominated by large antlers on a white-washed brick wall, is where you’ll discover hand crafted accessories, clothing and jewellery.more info
This sweet spot is a hit with both locals and merchants. For those with a serious sweet tooth, don’t be frightened off by gluten-free … everything is sinfully delicious!more info
Words that are often used to describe this hip modern eatery are authentically Italian, simple and straight forward – no pretension here but lots of Old world flavour!more info
This1950s barber shop offers a down home country-style hot shave, hair cut or beard trim. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time and that’s never a bad thing, right?more info