Renfew Homes For Sale – Renfrew Condos For Sale

With its mountain views and multicultural character, Renfrew has long been a hustling, bustling hive of activity and growth in East Van.

Schools In The Area

Notre Dame Regional Secondary School is an independent institution situated in the northern part of Renfrew and Vancouver Technical Secondary is a public high school located in the southern portion. Primary schools are abundant in the district, and include Dr AR Lord Elementary, Sir Matthew Begbie Elementary, Chief Maquinna Elementary and the aforementioned Thunderbird Elementary.

The Art Institute of Vancouver and the Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene are also located in Renfrew, benefitting perhaps from their proximity to the Vancouver Film Studios in Renfrew.

Location

Renfrew is an older designation for a fairly large neighbourhood that comprises the southern portion of Hastings East (south of the East Village) and the northern part of Renfrew-Collingwood. Square-shaped, it is bordered by Nanaimo Street, E Hastings Street, Boundary Road and Grandview Hwy.

History Of The Housing Market

Renfrew is not unique for its generous curb appeal, well-developed lots, and huge potential, each of which it has in great abundance, but rather for its marked affordability. One of Vancouver’s earliest developed suburbs, Renfrew remains one of the city’s more reasonably accommodating markets. Particularly attractive are a number of the newer condo developments that have grown up around access to the Skytrain. On the whole, the district is a mélange of single-family homes, condos and apartments.

Recreation Opportunities

Charles Park in Hastings-Sunrise is a quaint little green space for quiet reflection and bird watching. A couple of smallish parks, Kaslo Park and Thunderbird Park, offer residents playgrounds and tennis courts. Clinton Park and Sunrise Park up the ante a bit by offering soccer fields, ball diamonds, and an off-leash dog area at the latter. The prize of Renfrew, however, is Rupert Park, a dawn-to-dusk, 11 hectare urban jungle with fields for soccer, football, rugby, 4 tennis courts, and Vancouver’s most notoriously frustrating Pitch-and-Putt golf course. The Adanac Park rests adjacent to Adanac Park Lodge, a community care centre, and Thunderbird Community Centre, attached to Thunderbird Elementary, offers programs designed primarily for children.

Restaurants & Shopping

Befitting its suburban nature, the commercial climate of Renfrew is more meat and potatoes than champagne and fois gras. Major retail establishments like Superstore, Wal Mart and Canadian Tire can be found along Grandview Hwy and Boundary Road. Brentwood Town Centre is also close at hand in nearby Burnaby. Smaller establishments can be found here and there, with most being situated along E Hastings Street.

Transportation Options

The major east/west commuter thoroughfares are E Hastings, E 1st, and E Broadway, with travel to and from downtown being quite heavy and taking a good half-hour. The Trans-Canada Hwy also cuts through Renfrew, while Boudary Road is the primary north/south corridor. Busses travel along Nanaimo, Renfrew and Rupert streets, as well as E 22nd Avenue. There are busses along Boundary, Rupert and Renfrew Roads, as well as E Hastings and E Broadway. The Skytrain’s Millenium Line is accessible at both Renfrew and Rupert Stations. There are bike lanes along Adanac Street, Slocan Street and the Central Valley Greenway. Pedestrian traffic is fairly thin.