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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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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
  The summer is busy and hot in Vancouver for real estate market. For few weeks we see the sales outnumbers the listings. If investors are only 17, 1% of all buyers, as per CMHC (excluding corporations and foreigners), wonder who is after all these luxury properties in our gorgeous city: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Boom+times+Vancouver+high+real+estate/10009367/story.html Read More...
Posted by Elena Chepil on 2014-08-19

Construction and Expansion

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    For any requests or more information on the following property please contact The Aziz Group directly.      GREATER VANCOUVER's VIP PRE-SALES ACCESS     SPECIAL OFFER:  WIN A FREE HOME! 1 winner will drawn in the winter of 2014 for a free 1 bedroom home at Seylynn Village.  *NO PURCHASE NESSESSARY.  *ONLY 300 ENTRIES REMAINING. ... Read More...
Posted by Eniz Aziz on 2014-08-28
http://www.vancouversun.com/House+prices+keep+going+they+more+affordable+thanks+cheap+debt/10156745/story.html   House prices keep going up in most parts of the country but affordability improved last quarter, according to one of the country’s major banks. Royal Bank of Canada chalked up the apparent discrepancy to mortgage rates, which continue to hover near all-time lows and have ... Read More...
Posted by Stephanie Bowman on 2014-08-28

Community Events

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I'm hosting an open house this Sunday from 2:00-4:00PM! A cozy ground level unit with a gigantic front patio! 108-788 West 8TH. Message me for details or for a private showing. 778-875-5132 Read More...
Posted by Stephanie Bowman on 2014-08-14
Don't forget to come visit me at my open house today! Stunning Kitsilano condo! 408-1989 Dunbar St! This ones a must see! Message me for details. 778-875-5132 Read More...
Posted by Stephanie Bowman on 2014-07-20

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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  SPECIAL OFFER:  WIN A FREE HOME! 1 winner will drawn in the winter of 2014 for a free 1 bedroom home at Seylynn Village.  *NO PURCHASE NESSESSARY.  *ONLY 300 ENTRIES REMAINING. REGISTER HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO ENTER THE DRAW   Read More...
Posted by Eniz Aziz on 2014-08-28
The Greater Vancouver housing market continues to see slightly elevated demand from home buyers, steady levels of supply from home sellers and incremental gains in home values depending on the area and property type.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 3,061 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in July 2014. ... Read More...
Posted by Colleen Gray on 2014-08-23

Restaurants / Bars / Coffee Houses

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
JJ Bean Coffee is one of Vancouverite's favourite chains of coffee shops, and franly I have a serious probelm with their muffins. They have some great sales from time to and this time it is for their 17th anniversary. They usually have a good one on Boxing Day too. Filled up with coffee and a muffin and ready for  a new home in Vancouver? Contact Matt Collinge of Century 21 In Town Realty ... Read More...
Posted by Matt Collinge on 2013-11-28

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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