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Gastown

Established in 1867, Gastown is the oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver, but quickly becoming the freshest place to live.  The streets are lined with heritage buildings that house funky boutiques, restaurants, and incredible lofts.

Who Lives There

In recent decades Gastown was primarily a tourist destination.  Now, it is an eclectic community of artists, young professionals and those who work in the area – a well-educated population (46% of the 79,000 residents hold university degrees) most of whom are in their mid 20s to late 30s.  Gastown has developed into a true neighbourhood, where one can walk down the street and stop and chat with those who live and work in the area.  New additions such as Nester’s Market in the Woodward’s building ensure one will not have to venture far for essentials, keeping Gastown’s residents local.

Things to Do

Gastown is home to a plethora of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and lounges.  Shops range from the casual Alife on Water St. to the high end Richard Kidd, a building made of two panels of glass situated between two existing buildings.  Restaurants such as Boneta, Cobre and Diamond have brought a European-style dining experience to area, and The Revel Room offers live jazz and incredible cocktails.  La Casita at first glance may seem like a hole in the wall, but the food is about as authentic Mexican as you can find this far north – and delicious.  Salt dedicates its menu to wine, scotch and cheese, meat and antipasto plates, while at Guilt & Co. one can order board games with a cocktail.  Upstairs the Chill Winston provides one of the best people watching patios in the city, and during the Vancouver International Jazz Festival some of the best seats.  Shine perseveres as the leading nightclub in an area which was once home to many, but Gastown now seems focused on great food, fun lounges (try the Lamplighter or the Irish Heather) and interesting people.

Real Estate

Once targeted for demolition during the 1960s, Gastown was saved due to the large number of heritage buildings.  As the rest of Vancouver developed, however, Gastown was left behind.  Now, many of the original properties remain, but have been refurbished to create stunning lofts and suites to complement the savvy residents.  Newer buildings, although not saved, have stayed true to the character of the area.  The Woodwards building houses some of the most sought-after real estate in Vancouver: a property that signifies the direction the neighbourhood is headed and that caters to the emerging professional population in the area.  Most Gastown properties are apartments and condos, and most inhabitants rent.  While real estate prices are above average in relation to Metro Vancouver as a whole, they increase steadily on a yearly basis, ensuring Gastown real estate will remain a good investment in the years to come. 

Schools and Safety

Strathcona Elementary School is located nearby on East Pender Street.  The nearest secondary school is King George Secondary in the West End, but various post-secondary institutions are close by, including the SFU and BCIT downtown campuses. 

Due to the many years Gastown was not properly maintained, it is not the most family-oriented area of Vancouver.  It is not however, entirely unsafe, and since the new developments is fast becoming one of Vancouver’s hot spots.  While safety can be a bit of a concern at night time, the well lit busy streets and late-night restaurants diminish any serious risk.

Transportation

Everything within Gastown is walking distance, and its proximity to downtown Vancouver means one can walk most places there as well.  There is a bike lane along West Pender that runs to downtown Vancovuer,  as well as one along Dunsmuir completely cut off from traffic.   Likewise, another two-way lane runs along Carrall, which takes you to the seawall in 5 minutes time.  The closest SkyTrain stations are Stadium-Chinatown on Beatty and Dunsmuir, where one can go east to Burnaby or south to the airport; or Waterfront, which runs through downtown Vancouver to South Cambie, Richmond, and the airport.  The SeaBus is located a 5 minute walk away, by Waterfront station, and will take you to North Vancouver.  Because of its central location, various buses are available depending on where you want to go.  There is meter parking on the street and a parkade on Water Street, but many buildings feature underground parking for residents.

Local Attractions

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Kevin Spacey and Jack Lemmon work in a tough Chicago real estate office in Glengarry Glen Ross.   By Dan St. Yves Eventually, screenwriters find a way to work every subject into a movie. Go ahead, think about it – love, war, Spring Break, zombies…Heck, even warring zombies in love on Spring Break. There’s probably been a movie made about it! Real estate or real estate ... Read More...
Posted by Stephanie Bowman on 2014-11-11
OPEN HOUSE: North Vancouver 409-345 Lonsdale from 12-2pm Sunday Aug 24th Elegantly appointed & spacious Lower Lonsdale condo at The MET. Great floor plan, 757 sq ft 1 bedroom + office space, professionally painted, shows like new!  Included are the stainless steel Whirlpool appliance package, 1 parking, largestorage, gas fireplace, and a partial mountain view. This condo is ideally positioned ... Read More...
Posted by Chase Brettoner on 2014-08-20

Construction and Expansion

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The Huffington Post B.C. With so many homes (er, and ranches and castles) for sale in B.C. these days, it can be hard to keep up. But sometimes there comes a mansion so unique that it must be singled out. Enter this custom-built mansion, located in Vancouver's South Cambie neighbourhood. With a price tag just under $5 million, the luxurious home has four levels and over 5,200 sq.-ft. ... Read More...
Posted by Stephanie Bowman on 2014-11-13
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/08/29/vancouver-condos_n_5738198.html?utm_hp_ref=vancouver-housing   With recent data showing that house prices are still rising in the Vancouver area, you'd be forgiven for thinking that buying a home in the world's third best place to live is impossible. Vancouver saw an increase of 6.1 per cent in July house prices compared to the year before, ... Read More...
Posted by Stephanie Bowman on 2014-09-02

Community Events

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Introducting 3227 Chrome Cres in Coquitlam. Special Preview: Wednesday September 10th 6-7pm Open Houses: Saturday September 13th 2-4pm & Sunday September 14th 2-4pm List Price: $589,900     Read More...
Posted by Maureen Seguin on 2014-09-10
Hi everyone! I am going to be showing the beautiful sub penthouse this Sat and Sun from 2-4PM in Yaletown. Message me for details! 778-875-5132 Read More...
Posted by Stephanie Bowman on 2014-09-04

Family & Kids

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Join Modern Mama Vancouver at The Bone & Bowl in the Olympic Village for Mamas, Munchkins and Mutts Mamas, Munchkins and Mutts is a workshop for kids, parents and dog owners about how to interact with dogs with a focus on fear prevention and keeping your kids safe around our canine neighbours. The workshop will cover how to: understand the importance of kids approaching dogs ... Read More...
Posted by Matt Collinge on 2013-10-11
  Just bought a new property? Tired of expensive bills from your TV and internet? I'm proud to introduce to you an exclusive offer from Telus on behalf of Realtors® for new clients. For a limited only, new Telus clients will receive the follow: Optik TV, Internet and Home Phone for $15/month each product for 12 months when they sign up for 3 years 2 free credits for Movies On ... Read More...
Posted by Karson Wong on 2013-10-07

Market Reports and Conditions

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The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 7,636 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in September, up 17.5 per cent from September 2013. Total sales dollar volume was $4.4 billion, an increase of 25.8 per cent compared to a year ago. The average MLS® residential price in the province rose to $574,641, up 7.1 per cent ... Read More...
Posted by Eniz Aziz on 2014-10-15
Home buyers were active in Metro Vancouver last month, with home sales well exceeding the 10-year average for September. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 2,922 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in September 2014. This represents a 17.7 per cent increase compared to the 2,483 sales in September 2013, ... Read More...
Posted by Colleen Gray on 2014-10-15

Restaurants / Bars / Coffee Houses

Attractive 2 bedroom 2 bath home overlooking Emery Barnes Park in the heart of yaletown.  Located just steps from shopping,markets,nightlife,Canada Line,Parks and Seawall are all within blocks. This efficient plan has recently completed partial updates including kitchen countertops,and laminate flooring. Large master bedroom and seperation between the second bedroom makes this suite ... Read More...
Posted by Tanya Jakubec on 2014-09-23
Normally I'm not one to blog about food, but this is a great opportunity to try a new restaurant, or go visit an old favorite.   Wild Rice on West Pender Street will be closing their doors at the end of the month, and I took this opportunity to have one last meal at one of my favorites.  It was fantastic as usual, and I will be sure to make the trek out to New Westminster to check out their ... Read More...
Posted by Klaus Rode on 2014-01-21

Shopping

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This is a bright south facing one bedroom suite centrally located in Brentwood area of Burnaby. Large living, dining and bedroom, this suite feels much larger than 588 sq ft. Centrally located between the Holdem and Brentwood Skytrain; close to Brentwood Mall and the soon to be Whole Foods. Surrounded by lush green trees, and there is an awesome park just across the street! Priced to sell & the ... Read More...
Posted by Colleen Gray on 2014-08-23
Are you tired of lugging around your credit cards in your wallet? Too many points/rewards cards to even fit in your wallet? Well look no further, this is the future! This new all-in-one credit card system is called a "Coin" credit card. It can store all your credit card information into one secure location. Infact, it also stores your points cards as well. It also has a built in ... Read More...
Posted by Karson Wong on 2013-11-18
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