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Eyes on Real Estate in Dunbar Neighbourhood!

Blog by Marcie Panah BSc, MA Personal Real Estate Corporation | October 2nd, 2015

Dunbar is a very attractive community of quiet, tree-lined streets, singlefamily houses, many and varied park spaces, an active, accessible community centre, and three convenient shopping districts on Dunbar Street. Its residents greatly value its safe, green, village-like atmosphere and see this quality as what makes Dunbar special. They want to preserve this uniqueness in the face of change which is often seen as unwelcome and unneighbourly: new four-storey development on Dunbar Street lacking design sensitivity and quality; rural lanes with green edges being paved over; older character houses being replaced by out-of-scale new houses; increasing traffic concerns. Not all change is unwelcome. People recognize that more housing choice is desirable so that residents who wish to, can live out their lives in Dunbar. Also, there are opportunities for improvements, such as Dunbar Street shopping districts to provide a community focus and a more attractive face for the community.

Dunbas Vision for the Future Dunbars Vision preserves the green, village-like character of the community while focussing most changes on Dunbar Street. New developments should be better designed and Dunbar Street made more attractive and safer for pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists. New types of low-rise housing should be focussed on Dunbar Street, 16th Avenue, and/or 41st Avenue. These changes should come about with a high level of community involvement to ensure that they enhance the community and serve residents of all ages.