A lot of the work we have done in the Dunbar neighborhood has involved installing plumbing and heating systems for rental suites. This came about as the result of changes to zoning, in the 1990s, that allowed rental suites to be added to homes in the Dunbar area, which are mostly single-family homes. Of course, as our Dunbar plumbing customers know, we also take care of maintenance and emergency repairs for them.
Recent Changes in Dunbar
In the past, Dunbar’s predominantly upper-middle-class residents consisted largely of retirees. That has been changing recently as the area has become home to many newcomers. This, along with the overall population increase for Vancouver in general, has led to the construction of condominiums along the main streets. These buildings almost all feature street-level retail and commercial businesses that are adding to the area’s attractiveness as a shopping destination.
Here is the Facebook link to the Dunbar Theater. Famous for good movies and being here for 80 years!
In the early 1900s, this part of Vancouver was still heavily forested and used for logging. Early settlers had to clear away lots of logging debris before they could build or plant anything.
It wasn’t until the 1920s that Dunbar became a defined community, a result of the construction of streetcar routes connecting downtown Vancouver with areas along the Fraser River. Early building codes required homes to be set back well from streets, making the first homes in the area are easily spotted today. Today Dunbar boasts many designated historical homes, one fine example being Haigler House, at 3537 West 30th Avenues.
Dunbar residents have been calling on KC’s plumbing for a long time whenever they need a Vancouver plumber. Ask around and you will probably find a long time resident who has used us in the past.
Proximity to the many golf courses in both the Dunbar and Southlands areas, trendy shopping, and the many parks in the area – including Pacific Spirit Regional Parks – all add up to make Dunbar an attractive area for residents and visitors alike.
By: Jack Japuncic