As a native Vancouverite I have always loved South Granville. Officially it is part of FAIRVIEW, which stretches from the shores of False Creek all the way up to lower Shaughnessy.
Most of my homes in my 20's were 3 story walk ups in South Granville. The buildings were old but had large rooms with beautiful original hardwood flooring, lovely vintage tiling in the bathrooms and kitchens, undersized appliances, laundry in the basement and no elevators. But I loved them - especially the ones with no bedrooms (bachelor suites we called them).
Shops and transportation was close and streets were and still are tree-lined.
Today we identify South Granville more as an upscale shopping area with art galleries, boutique home and clothing shops. However, it continues to be quaint with a variety of businesses, and outdoor seating, not yet dominated by condo towers with coffee shop chains on the street level.
On both sides of Granville, stretching a few blocks, are lots of housing types, with low rise condos and townhouses, a few newer condo towers and the odd house! It is quiet and walking/biking friendly.
South Granville has taken a bit of a hit with Covid 19 where small businesses have closed due to lock downs and less in person shopping. I hope in the future they can return and keep this lovely neighbourhood vibrant.
I love living here!