East Van Neighbourhoods: Cedar Cottage


Cedar Cottage in the Knight area of East Van

Cedar Cottage is known as being a very popular residential neighbourhood in East Vancouver. Aside from some great houses (and some not great houses), nice parks and a true community feel, the reason that brings a lot of Buyers to this neighbourhood is the school: Charles Dickens Elementary and it’s Annex, consistently rated one of Vancouver’s Best Elementary Schools.

Real Estate in Cedar Cottage

There is a small area in the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood that may have soft soil (i.e. the dreaded Vancouver bog) which is something potential Buyers should look out for – this area is generally between East 21st and East 27th, just east of Glen Dr. The soft soil could lead to some foundation issues and sinking homes, but as long as the house is solid, it shouldn’t be a problem. Otherwise, the area has a lot of great character homes, and offers easy access to lots of other areas of the city (Burnaby, Mount Pleasant, Grandview, Victoria, and more).

This area is part of the Knight (Kensington-Cedar Cottage) Real Estate Neighbourhood.

Parks in the Dickens area include Glen Park (adjacent to Charles Dickens Annex) and Sunnyside Park (adjacent to Charles Dickens Elementary). There are also bike paths, and the city has invested money into beautifying the area with improved sidewalks, trees and benches. Here’s a great Vancouver Sun article on the improvement of Cedar Cottage in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, and how that’s shaped the community today.


This is a house in Cedar Cottage we sold a few years ago. Great house, great neighbourhood.

Amenities in Cedar Cottage

The Kensington library is on Knight Street and was buoyed in part by the King Edward Village development, and the Kensington Community Centre has a pool, fitness centre, dance studios, skate park, classes and more, and is located at 5175 Dumfries.

Restaurants and Shops in Cedar Cottage

Cedar Cottage is between Fraser and Knight on either side of Kingsway. That area of Kingsway is known at Little Saigon, so you can imagine that you’ll easily be able to find some fantastic Vietnamese cuisine. Kim Châu Delicatessen is your best bet for a banh mi. House of Dosas is another neighbourhood favourite. There’s also a great coffee house called Cedar Cottage Coffee House and a little night time establishment called the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood Pub (are you sensing the pride in the neighbourhood here?). Sal y Limon is a great Mexican restaurant at Fraser and Kingsway, and you’ll find quite a few other restaurants and coffee houses in that neighbourhood as well. Famous Foods is a great, healthy, grocery store in the area.

Schools in Cedar Cottage

The schools serving the Cedar Cottage area of East Vancouver are:

Elementary: Charles Dickens Elementary and Charles Dickens Annex

Secondary: Charles Tupper Secondary

There are also Montessori Schools and Preschools in the neighbourhood.


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