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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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Posted by Taryn Brown on 2014-07-14
JUST LISTED! #409-345 Lonsdale avenue, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 3M9, V1069479 I am excited to announce that I've just listed this elegantly appointed 757 sq ft one bedroom condo in the wonderful Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood of North Vancouver!  List price is $335,000 and I will be hosting Open Houses June 14th & 15th from 2-4pm. For full details visit:  www.345Lonsdale.com See ... Read More...
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Construction and Expansion

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Posted by Anna Gamova on 2014-06-20

Community Events

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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
I have joined the board of directors of a new local charity here in Vancouver called KidzFirst Canada and July 13th we will be will having our first fundraiser at Ceili's Irish Pub in Kitsilano. This World Cup Final viewing party is a great deal is support of a great cause. Join us at Ceili's Irish Pub - Kitsilano on July 13th to watch the finals of the World Cup Soccer tournament and support ... Read More...
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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
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Posted by Karson Wong on 2013-10-07

Market Reports and Conditions

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We are holding an open house this weekend at a new listing in 930 Cambie.  2 bedroom 2 bathroom with views and a patio.  Saturday 2pm - 4pm.           Read More...
Posted by Eniz Aziz on 2014-07-23
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Posted by Cortney Lessard on 2014-07-17

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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Posted by Karson Wong on 2013-11-18
" width="320" height="240"> 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 ... Read More...
Posted by Karson Wong on 2013-11-15
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