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Sunset residents enjoy Memorial Park South, a large park enjoyed by sports teams and neighbours. A tree-lined entry leads to the war memorial that gives the park its name, while the track is a popular place to exercise and socialize. The pond is also a quiet place to watch the dragonflies and ducks. For many years the park, also hosted whippet racing. Located at 6810 Main Street, Sunset Community Centre offers something for all ages.
Sunset is a destination neighbourhood for new families, homes built between 1970 and present day are consistent with city growth rates. A high proportion of Sunset residents own their homes. With a large percentage of duplex-style homes, Sunset has become an attractive area for first time homebuyers of all ethnicities in the past decade. Sunset has a higher than average proportion of homes built between 1946 and 1970 called “Vancouver Special”. These are single-detached homes of mixed brick and cladding. Population density per square kilometre is about average for the city and prices in the area are average for the east side of Vancouver.
Sunset has more than three times as many food stores and heath service businesses than the city and regional average, and double the amount of eating and drinking establishments, banks and personal services. Sunset is also home to “Little India’s” Punjabi Market, a commercial district and ethnic enclave six blocks along Main Street around 49th Avenue. The market has become a shopping destination for many weddings due to numerous Indian ethnic clothing and bridal goods. There is also a significant number of jewelry stores, making it the highest concentration of jewelers in Canada.
Sunset has a large and diverse population with many languages, ethnic backgrounds, and income levels. Almost equal shares of its population have English, Chinese, and Punjabi as a mother tongue. Sunset is a place where immigrants come to establish new roots, with significantly more first generation residents than average for Vancouver. Sunset is a family-oriented neighbourhood, where average household sizes are much higher than average. Nearly one third of the residents are middle-aged. Sunset households have slightly lower average income levels for Vancouver.