Neighbourhood Snapshot – Dunbar

Near Pacific Spirit Park

During the past 30 day period, a snapshot of the detached market activity in Dunbar a Vancouver neighbourhood, saw ask/sold prices that seem to parallel a pattern seen in some west side communities.

In the period covering February 28 to April 28, the Dunbar experienced the following market activity.


Total Listings declined from February/March’s 92 to March/April’s 85.


Sales decreased from February/March’s 30 to 22 in March/April.

Expired, Reductions, Increases, Days on Market

  • March/April saw 3 listing mandates expire. There were 2 in February/March.
  • Price reductions in February/March were 16 while in March/April it was 11.
  • There were 6 price increases in February/March and only 4 in March/April.
  • It took 11 days to sell a home in March/April compared to 21 February/March.

Average and Median Prices

February/March’s Average Ask price dropped from $1,764,296 to March/April’s $1,499,409. The Median Ask price in February/March was $1,643,000 and also dropped to $1,518,500 March/April.

The Average Sold price in the March/April was $1,539,381. This was a healthy reduction from February/March’s price of $1,769,343. The Median Sold prices reacted similarly with February/March’s $1,617,500 reducing to March/April’s $1,525,500.


It appears that all market variables on the west side and in particular Dunbar, have entrenched into a slowing pattern.

Perhaps Tsur Somerville says it best – “rich foreigners are not driving up the rest of the market. It doesn’t mean a whole hill of beans for the rest of us. Rich people are buying very expensive houses now, and are not driving up prices for the rest of us.”

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*Disclaimer: Statistics Courtesy REBGV. While believed to be accurate they are not guaranteed.
**Numbers provided may vary as they are dynamically posted by the REBGV.

Reader Comments:

asalvari Says:
April 28th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

What a MIGHTY drop!

Larry, thanks for sharing this data.

p.s. I almost missed due to logarithmic scale :-)…

CGD Says:
April 28th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Seems like most regions you are previewing lately are slowing. I wonder what is going to happen a few months down the road.

Thanks for sharing this information on your website.

RavingBull Says:
April 28th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Most interesting.

I still find the reduction in listings interesting, and do expect to see this change in the weeks ahead (just my guesstimate).

Most interesting times – Larry, yes or no, will prices be up or down for April? (based on the data I see, looks like price declines (despite robust sales)?)

Appreciate your perspective, as always.

April 29th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

numbers suggest down

April 29th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

only reason for logarithmic’s – they are prettier on screen. had hoped the number in the columns would help keep it straight. nice test on visual referencing

fish10 Says:
April 29th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Only a log scale could make a 15% drop look like a tiny blip

April 29th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

ergo the numbers!

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