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Dunbar is a quiet and laid back community rich with local heritage. Within its boundaries you will find lush parks with trails to walk, run or cycle and quiet, leafy lanes and verdant spaces. Yet it’s still only a short scenic drive to the University of British Columbia, the city centre, and  Vancouver International Airport.

First-rate schools, excellent shops, beautiful parks, and cozy pubs: the young, and the young-at-heart alike will find endless delight in Dunbar.

With its smooth connections to both nature and the urban core, Dunbar’s neighbourhood welcomes you and your family home.

Currently, there are 94 homes in Dunbar, Vancouver BC for sale on the real estate market. The most common property type at this moment is House/Single Family.
Price range: 599,900 - 39,000,000.

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The History and Heritage of Dunbar

Dunbar’s history begins, as does all of the history in British Columbia, and Canada, with its First Nations peoples establishing thriving communities many centuries ago; archeological finds indicate first nations were active in this area as early as 400 BC. It wasn’t until 1862, when Fitzgerald and the McCleery’s settled in the area now home to the Marine Drive Golf Club and built a farm, that Dunbar, as we know it now, began to take shape.

Around 1902, much of the land in Dunbar, then held by Canadian Pacific Railway and the Province, was logged and cleared. Once cleared or trees, homes and business began to be constructed around the southern end of Johnson Road, now known as Blenheim St.  Dunbar heights, to the North, was next to see housing starts, with the first buildings been erected as early as 1910.  By 1912, new subdivisions were being constructed in the area in anticipation of the soon to be built University of British Columbia.

Streetcars started to service Dunbar down 41st  Ave to Clere Rd, known today as Dunbar St in 1911, and service from the North began around 1925.  Dunbar became an official community of Vancouver in 1929, when the municipality of Point Grey amalgamated with the City of Vancouver.

Types of Housing in Dunbar

Dunbar’s streets,  often lined with grand old trees, are filled with stately residential homes both historic and modern.  Homes built in the early 1900’s when the Dunbar neighborhood was settled, were typically designed in the English Arts and Crafts and Edwardian Building styles and sit back from the street on larger lots.  Many of these heritage homes still stand today, nestled between their younger neighbours.

Dunbar still remains predominantly a neighborhood of single family homes with some small townhome and condo developments dotted throughout.  More recently, the shopping district along Dunbar St. has been undergoing a revitalization and several new mixed use structures with retail at the bottom and 3-4 stories of residential units atop, line the street alongside the more historic buildings.

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Schools in Dunbar

Education in Dunbar accommodates linguistic and faith diversity, offering French immersion and Catholic schooling, private and public for kids of all ages.  Dunbar schools are not only offer high-level education and programs but some are also the site of fascinating architecture and history.

Top ranked international boy’s school, St George’s, calls Dunbar home. Its junior campus is at 29th and Highbury in the old Covenant of the Scared Heart building, a stunning gothic revival structure built in 1912 that has been lovingly maintained.

Sought after public elementary school, Lord Kitchener Elementary, stands at Blenheim and King Edward in the north end of Dunbar.  The 1914 wood frame schoolhouse is a heritage site of national significance.  The original schoolhouse was upgraded and restored recently when the school received a beautiful new building to stand beside it.

Recreation in Dunbar

The Dunbar Community Centre is the heart of the neighbourhood, offering recreation and educational programs throughout the year, ensuring that you and your family will always have more than enough to keep you busy.

Cyclists enjoy the challenging and picturesque ocean-view ride through the University endowment lands next door. The vast and pristine Pacific Spirit Park runs along the western border of the neighborhood providing miles of wooded trails, Musqueam Park to the south and Balaclava park to the east also provide off-leash running areas for man’s best friend to enjoy. This ready access to natural  woodlands full of fresh air make Dunbar a favorite place for out door enthusiasts, trail runners, dog walkers and simply those looking for a bit more nature than offered by a city park.

Shops, Dining, Culture in Dunbar

Many well established business anchor Dunbar’s main shopping area which runs along Dunbar St from 16th to 33rd Ave.  There you will find: Stong’s Market – the go-to place for groceries since 1955, The Cheshire Cheese Inn – where locals go to throw back a pint since 1979 and La Notte – serving top notch Italian cuisine since 1988.  

New comers to the scene include Jethro’s Fine Grub, who’s eye-popping brunch menu has been featured on the Food Network (expect a line-up!) and the New District wine shop with a well-chosen selection of fine wines, beers and spirits.

Not to be forgotten is the casual favorite of Dunbar locals and students and faculty at UBC: Dunbar Pizza which offers excellent Indian cuisine alongside a classic pizza menu delivered to your door for student and family-friendly prices.

Transportation in Dunbar


Dunbar is a 15-20 minute drive to the downtown core of Vancouver which is just North East via the Burrard St. bridge.  The drive south to the airport will take you the same time.  Traffic in Dunbar is generally light aside from the main intersections during peak hours.  Dunbar is well served by many car-sharing companies for ultimate convenience.



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There are bus routes that run North/South down Dunbar St, through Kitsilano and into the downtown core from the Depot at 41st and Dunbar (7, 32)

Buses also run continuously east/west down 41st which gives a quick connection to the skytrain at Oakridge Centre which can take you to the airport.

If travelling by bus to UBC the 25 runs along King Edward and the 49 along 49th Ave directly to campus.


You will find a network of designated bike lanes and trails throughout Dunbar