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Commercial Drive also known as The Drive is a roadway in East Vancouver.  A culturally rich and authentic neighbourhood.   It runs from the south shore of Burrard Inlet south to 16th Avenue.   

The History of “The Drive”

Commercial Drive - Italian Days

The Drive has come a long way from when it was originally a skid road for dragging logs to the harbour.  It was named “Park Drive” but renamed “Commercial Drive” in 1911.   At one time there were a few speculators who wanted to build a neighbourhood similar to the West End and Shaughnessy Heights.   The global economic collapse of 1913 ended their dream.   During 1920s Commercial Drive was a prosperous suburb, but declined during the Great Depression and never recovered until World War II.   The result was a number of historical buildings and residences were built in the area. Commercial Drive was originally closer to the centre of town—town was then located at Main and Hastings not where it is located today.  Throughout the 1980s, The Drive attracted a large counter-culture demographic, including political activists, lesbians, hippies, punks, and artists.  Gentrification also came to the district with new condominium housing projects and new storefronts replacing old wood-frame stores.  Today the upper Drive at Broadway has turned into the city’s busiest crossroad with the second SkyTrain or Millennium Line.   Today Commercial Drive is a multicultural and urban area.

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  • 5626 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2327535

    Main Photo: 5626 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2327535
    • Exterior Front
    • Floor Plan
    • Neighbourhood
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Hall
    • Bathroom
    • Ensuite
    • Fireplace
    • Suite
    • Garage
    $1,338,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327535
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,404 sq. ft.
    Solid bungalow conveniently located in Knight area with access to all major bus routes to downtown, Richmond or UBC. Main floor: gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, wood fireplace & gleaming hardwood floors throughout. Master features built in wardrobe and 2 piece powder room. 20 x 16 sundeck. Two 1 bedroom suites down with good height and separate entrances. Bedroom from one suite could be used as 4th bedroom for upstairs. Separate laundry up and down. Air conditioning. DG windows. Lots of parking with lane access. John Oliver catchment. Close to Kensington Comm Ctr. Perfect family home or investment with maximum revenue and great redevelopment potential of its large 4620 SF lot. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 1634 E 12TH Avenue in Vancouver: Grandview VE Townhouse for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2327527

    Main Photo: 1634 E 12TH Avenue in Vancouver: Grandview VE Townhouse for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2327527
    $999,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327527
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    1,523 sq. ft.
    New Price! BACK UNIT! SOUTH FACING! QUIET! INCOME POTENTIAL DOWNSTAIRS w/ separate entrance! LARGE & PRIVATE SOUTH FACING BACKYARD! This is the most unique and functional townhouse you will find on the market. Situated on a 50ft x 115 f lot, this unit occupies almost the entire back of the triplex. Perfect for the family that needs the potential rental income from the suite downstairs (connected to main unit, but also has a seperate entrance)-POTENTIAL AIRBNB? The functional floor plan also has 3 bedrooms upstairs w/1.5 baths & an additional full bath on the main floor. Downstairs there are 2 rooms, one of which could be a lock off suite w/a small kitchen & bathroom. Plenty of room to garden in the SUNNY BACKYARD. The unit comes with a single car garage. Please view floor plan attached/no interior photos at this time. More details
    Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 403 1718 VENABLES Street in Vancouver: Grandview VE Condo for sale in "CITY VIEW TERRACES" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2327444

    Main Photo: 403 1718 VENABLES Street in Vancouver: Grandview VE Condo for sale in "CITY VIEW TERRACES" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2327444
    $520,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327444
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    658 sq. ft.
    It's a pleasure to present this SPECTACULAR PENTHOUSE UNIT at the highly sought after City View Terraces. This is a RARE OPPORTUNITY to be literally "ON THE DRIVE", in a very well maintained & managed newer building, showcasing the absolute best City & Mountain views around. This spacious & open concept 1 bedroom unit is immaculate, & has GORGEOUS WESTERLY VIEWS of Downtown & the Northshore Mountains. Featuring granite countertops, S/S appliances, laminate floors, designer paint, in-suite laundry, in-suite storage room, & secure underground parking. The covered deck is perfect for enjoying your morning coffee, or outdoor dining & BBQing. Located in the HEART OF VIBRANT COMMERCIAL DRIVE, with a walk score of 97, you'll have shopping, dining, & recreational facilities right at your doorstep! More details
    Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 1805PH5 2220 KINGSWAY in Vancouver: Victoria VE Condo for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2327387

    Main Photo: 1805PH5 2220 KINGSWAY in Vancouver: Victoria VE Condo for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2327387
    • 1805PH5 Kingsway Penthouse for Sale - 1
    $1,060,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327387
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    784 sq. ft.
    At Kensington Gardens, Westbank Developments. New master planned community bound for Kingsway and Gladstone, every suite will be graced with wall to wall windows, many of which will overlook a courtyard with a landscaped outdoor lounge and garden & year round pool, The prospect of such a community, coupled with the fact that retailers and a large grocery store will also be steps away, is expected to make for a wide appeal. Noticeably, many of the details in the decor are transparent: the dining table, for instance, the candle covers on the table, light-glass backsplash in kitchen. The accent is a reaction to the light that will come through every suite through those large windows, and give the home a more spacious feel. Plus you got an 555 sq ft roof terrace - Enjoy Vancouver! More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 1805PH5 2220 KINGSWAY Street in Vancouver: Victoria VE Condo for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2327338

    $1,060,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327338
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    784 sq. ft.
    At Kensington Gardens, Westbank Developments. New master planned community bound for Kingsway and Gladstone, every suite will be graced with wall to wall windows, many of which will overlook a courtyard with a landscaped outdoor lounge and garden & year round pool, The prospect of such a community, coupled with the fact that retailers and a large grocery store will also be steps away, is expected to make for a wide appeal. Noticeably, many of the details in the decor are transparent: the dining table, for instance, the candle covers on the table, light-glass backsplash in kitchen. The accent is a reaction to the light that will come through every suite through those large windows, and give the home a more spacious feel. Plus you got an 555 sq ft roof terrace - Enjoy Vancouver! More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 2045 E BROADWAY in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2327076

    $3,000,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327076
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    1,642 sq. ft.
    THIS PROPERTY IS PART OF AN ASSEMBLY PLEASE DO NOT ENTER WITHOUT CONSENT OF LISTING REALTOR More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 2350 GARDEN Drive in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2327029

    $2,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327029
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,500 sq. ft.
    POSSIBLE LAND ASSEMBLY ON QUIET STREET IN GRANDVIEW NEIGHBOURHOOD, NEW FOUR STOREY RM-11 ZONING HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL. More details
    Listed by Sutton Centre Realty
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 3220 GLEN Drive in Vancouver: Knight House 1/2 Duplex for sale in "Cedar Cottage" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2326787

    Main Photo: 3220 GLEN Drive in Vancouver: Knight House 1/2 Duplex for sale in "Cedar Cottage" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2326787
    $1,529,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2326787
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    1,569 sq. ft.
    Luxury finishes abound in another Mt Pleasant/Cedar Cottage specialist "Four Corners Homes" 1/3 Triplex. Many features including A/C, hot water radiant heating, HRV & surround sound speakers! This bright open kitchen features quartz countertop, stainless steel appliances w/gas cooktop & high quality easy to clean custom wood cabinets. Unparalleled workmanship & quality construction evident in every detail. Brushed oak hardwood floors, custom Robinson lighting package & state of the art security system w/cameras w/mobile access. Many nearby amenities including the sought after Charles Dickens catchment. Bonus: large crawlspace for storage plus common area bike room/storage & garage parking. OPEN HOUSE Dec. 8 & 9 (2-4pm). More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 8007 ELLIOTT Street in Vancouver: Fraserview VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2326849

    Main Photo: 8007 ELLIOTT Street in Vancouver: Fraserview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2326849
    $1,868,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2326849
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,388 sq. ft.
    Extremely well kept 2 level solid house with 5,889 sq.ft. large lot (46'x128.25') in desirable Fraserview neighborhood. 3 beds up currently tenanted for $2,600/mth. Bright and spacious living area with constant upgrades & large sundeck. Owner recently spent over $100,000 renovating and converting basement into a 3 bedroom legal suite with separate entrance, currently tenanted for $1,800/mth. Ideal place to build your dream home in a beautiful & quiet neighborhood with great mortgage helper & move in condition. Steps to Fraserview golf course & Bobolink park. Short drive to shopping malls, supermarket, library and other amenities. Catchment schools: David Oppenheimer Elementary & David Thompson Secondary. Book your showing today. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Services
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 1856 PARKER Street in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2326894

    Main Photo: 1856 PARKER Street in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2326894
    $1,998,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2326894
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,900 sq. ft.
    Welcome! fully renovated low maintenance 2 level Concrete Brick House ! Moo Cash cow lower main floor rental is $3,900 per/mth and upper floor rental is $3,100.00. All new: plumbing, electrical, furnaces, roof, hot water on demand, spray insulation, completely gutted to the studs inside. Upper floor: renovated 2 years ago, three bedrooms, air-conditioning, engineered hardwood floors throughout, New large kitchen, stainless steel appliances, quartzite counters, designer maple cabinets, exposed and re-pointed bricks, Lam glass rolling closet doors and large covered deck with glass panels. Lower floor: renovated 7 years ago, Two kitchens, 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms, and high ceilings. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 4365 FLEMING Street in Vancouver: Knight Townhouse for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2326742

    Main Photo: 4365 FLEMING Street in Vancouver: Knight Townhouse for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2326742
    $899,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2326742
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,061 sq. ft.
    A unique opportunity to obtain a detached new Craftsman-style home for the price of a 1/2 duplex! Set up your appointment to view this open concept floor plan, 1061 sq foot residence featuring a designer kitchen with quartz countertops and gas fireplace in the living room. Eco and wallet friendly high-efficiency boiler system for in-floor heat and domestic water. Bonus is the approx 532 sqft of 4 foot high crawl space. This strata includes 9 beautiful homes with a low maintenance fee of $201.56. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 2055 E BROADWAY in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2327061

    $3,000,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327061
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,024 sq. ft.
    2024 sq ft home 3 bedrooms up and kitchen two bedrooms down. Features Lane access close to shopping, schools and sky train. This property is part of an assembly please do not enter the property unless instructed to do so by listing agent. More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
    Ben D'Ovidio
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Listing information last updated on December 11, 2018 at 03:21 AM (UTC)
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Commercial Drive Amenities

  • Commercial Drive is one of most colourful shopping, dining and nightlife districts you will find in the city.
  • Car Free Days is held in early June, where the City blocks off Commercial Drive from Venables Street to Grandview Highway.
  • The festival showcases local artisans, musicians, and activities.
  • Local businesses are invited to move their production outside for the day, creating spaces for eating and shopping on the sidewalk and street outside. 
  • Home to Vancouver’s own 8 blocks Little Italy, representing more than 60 years of Italian heritage.
  • The annual Italian Days Beginning in the early 1940s the city closes off 16 blocks to cars and tens of thousands of people celebrate with walks, dancing, and food.  
  • Large numbers of Italians immigrated to the area, street festivals were often held by the community for general celebrations of Italian culture. 
  • All day or night, The Drive offers over 300 shops and multicultural restaurants, including boutiques, live music and bar scene, dinner and dancing, theatres, coffee houses, specialty food stores, and bakeries.
  • A mix of old-world charm meets modern hipness.

Contact us for more information and to see what is available in this neighbourhood.