Vancouver Neighbourhood Guides

Downtown Vancouver

Trendy, fashionable, vibrant … Vancouver’s Downtown offers lifestyle opportunities that are envied across Canada, and with the world at your fingertips, downtown is the ultimate place for young professionals, students, and investors alike.

Downtown Vancouver has five distinct neighbourhoods: Gastown, Downtown West, Coal Harbour, West End, and Yaletown, and each neighbourhood attracts their own unique crowds and vibes.
Downtown Vancouver is one of Canada’s most livable downtown cores and offers its residents a true urban lifestyle that is envied worldwide. From Gastown’s cobblestoned streets to Yaletown’s trendy urban shopping and the West End’s famed beaches and parks, there is almost no reason to leave the downtown core.

Downtown Vancouver is home to several major shopping districts: Pacific Centre, Robson Street, and Yaletown. Each of these areas are all within walking distance from each other, so any avid shopper would be hard-pressed not to be able to find what they are searching for, and with so much to see, one could easily spend a day perusing from store to store

For students looking for a convenient place to live and study, they need not look further than the downtown core. At Robson Square, the University of British Columbia has a downtown campus featuring Continuing Studies, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Medicine (including a full-time Masters in Health Administration program) and the respected Sauder School of Business. The UBC Bookstore, a branch of the UBC Library, and over 70,000 square feet of convention and event facilities round out the amenities offered.

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Downtown Vancouver's Appeal

Downtown Vancouver’s five unique neighbourhoods each offer their own individual appeal, and depending on what you are looking for, each neighbourhood should be reviewed to find where your needs will best be met.

Gastown

Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown, grew from a single tavern founded by John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton in 1867. Today, the district retains its historic charm and independent spirit. Victorian architecture houses a thriving fashion scene, impeccably curated décor boutiques, one-of-a-kind galleries, and some of Vancouver’s best culinary fare. It’s a gathering place for stylish locals and tourists alike. Gastown lies along the north of the downtown Vancouver peninsula, from Richards east to Main Street, and south to Hastings Street.

Gastown is a neighbourhood that seamlessly combines old with new, history with the way forward. Gastown is home to many of the city’s hottest restaurants, making it an excellent pick for a special night out. From European cuisine with farm-to-table flair through to Asian-inspired molecular gastronomy and everything in between, Gastown’s restaurants will not disappoint.

Coal Harbour

Even though Coal Harbour is downtown, it’s a surprisingly calm neighbourhood, right on the water’s edge. It’s even more surprising given its industrial history as a former shipyard sitting next to the railway terminal. The area starts at Canada Place and stretches west to Stanley Park, and is bordered by Burrard Inlet to the north, and West Georgia Street to the south. Coal Harbour is a charming mix of business and residential, being home to both the Vancouver Convention Centre as well as many condo towers, and hotel residences. Around this neighbourhood you’ll find locals and visitors mingling on the Seawall, neighbourhood cafes, restaurants, and a popular marina.

Coal Harbour is known for its high-end apartments, posh hotels, and beautiful views. Looking north, you will see Vancouver Harbour, North and West Vancouver, and the North Shore Mountains, including Grouse, Seymour, and Cypress. This notably quiet neighbourhood offers some reprieve and tranquility from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the city, and like many other areas of Vancouver that are close to the sea, offer a superb seawall walk that takes you right to Stanley Park.

Yaletown

A revitalized neighbourhood along False Creek that was once a warehouse district has been transformed into one of Vancouver’s chicest neighbourhoods, filled with residential loft spaces, sidewalk cafes, cool restaurants, unique shopping, and leafy parks. Several “loft-style” residential conversions and new construction have significantly increased the residential flavour of Yaletown.

The waterfront parks are a big draw in Yaletown. The city’s seawall runs right along the water, connecting two of the most prominent green spaces: David Lam Park and George Wainborn Park. Walk, jog, bike, or inline skate along the Seawall and you’ll find plenty of excellent public art sprinkled along the waterfront. The neighbourhood’s historical roots are also evident in the form of Engine 374, which pulled the first transcontinental passenger train into the city in 1887, on display at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

Downtown West

With its posh hotels, world-class shopping, and soaring office towers, Downtown West is the city’s heartbeat. Here you will find hotels such as the Four Seasons, Shangri-la, Hotel Georgia, and Fairmont Hotel. Most of these 5-star hotels have high-end residences attached to them with dedicated entrances and a 24-hour concierge. With upscale luxury residences (exclusively strata condos and townhomes), this area appeals to the trendy, fashionable, and ethnically diverse population who have been drawn by the lure of the downtown lifestyle. Residents here have chosen the Downtown area for its easy accessibility to their work environment, and because downtown is one of the most livable downtown cores while also offering its residents a truly urban lifestyle.

Downtown Vancouver Provides...

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Beaches

Downtown Vancouver has numerous beaches, including English Bay Beach, Sunset Beach, and 2nd and 3rd Beach. These beaches are all open year-round and attract notable events throughout the seasons, such as the Festival of Lights fireworks display and the annual Polar Bear swim.

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Parks

Parks are plentiful throughout the downtown core, with the most notable being Stanley Park; however, many other parks can be found throughout downtown, such as Sunset Beach Park, David Lam Park, Harbour Green Park, and Nelson Park, to name just a few.

Dining

Downtown provides the hottest dining scene in Vancouver. Countess restaurants line the streets serving all types of cuisine. From high-end dining to food trucks and everything in between, you will never run out of dining options in the downtown core.

Shopping

Home to Pacific Center and Robson Street your shopping options are limitless. You will find everything from the world’s top fashion brands to independent boutique stores, all at your fingertips and within walking distance.

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Schools

For a downtown core it is surprising how many schools one will find here. There are numerous elementary schools here, including Lord Roberts, Lord Roberts Annex, and Elise Roy. King George Secondary School has a stellar reputation and offers many opportunities for older children in the family.

Sound Investments

With the high density combined with the livability score in Downtown Vancouver, housing prices are some of the most stable in the country; you will sleep soundly knowing your equity is protected.

The Downtown Vancouver Housing Market

Through rezoning, revitalization, and excellent urban planning, Downtown Vancouver has become one of the world’s most livable downtown cores. Composed almost entirely of strata condos and townhomes, Downtown Vancouver is a dense, modern, safe oasis.

Depending on where you choose to live, you will find a large variety of condos from older 60’s apartments located in the West End, to the elegant and chic apartments found in the Hotel Georgia and Shangri-la residences in the Downtown West area.

Your Life In Downtown Vancouver

Your Life After Work

Go to Gastown for dinner and unwind. After dinner, you will walk along the seawall past the convention center, where you will admire the sunset and the beautiful North Shore as you continue along on your way to Stanley Park.

Your Life On Weekends

Going to your favourite brunch spot, heading to the beach, running the seawall, or going to a concert, are just a few of the countless ways you will spend your weekend. After talking to other residents, you will learn that very few people own a car here, and you now realize why!

Dining and Entertainment

If you want to go to a nightclub there are numerous choices, with most being located along Granville Street, which shuts down entirely on Friday and Saturday nights. Music venues and concert halls are all abundant.

Family Activities

There is always something happening downtown for families; whether it is the spooky train in Stanley Park, the Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza, or the Festival of Lights in English Bay, you will never run out of activities for the little ones.

What You'll Love

The endless dining and entertainment options, a walk score that’s off the charts, subways, and busses leaving every minute, you will likely never want to leave downtown. This area truly is the heart of the city, and you will feel the pulse of everything going on around you when you live here; the sense of excitement one gets from living downtown never fades.

What You May Not Like

If it is peace and quiet and sizable square footage you seek, downtown will not be the place for you. The hustle and bustle of the city are evident everywhere. New developments do their best to reduce noise, but even the latest and greatest in technology cannot completely drown out the city’s sounds. Downtown being almost exclusively townhomes and condos, makes trying to find a house with a backyard virtually impossible, so if you are looking for a place for a large family and you are not prepared to sacrifice space, you will have to look elsewhere.

Downtown Vancouver Property Search

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  • 605 150 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "InGastown" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2835252

    605 150 E CORDOVA Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 0E7
    Main Photo: 605 150 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "InGastown" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2835252
    $489,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2835252
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    526 sq. ft.
    Attention investors and first-time home seekers! Embrace the charm of this 1-bedroom unit at InGastown, centrally located and efficiently designed. The space features contemporary kitchen appliances, loft-style concrete floors, and a stylish bathroom. Positioned in the heart of Gastown, enjoy access to trendy restaurants, boutique shopping, and vibrant nightlife. Additional perks include a bike room, storage, and a rooftop patio with stunning views and BBQ facilities. Currently rented at $2,400/month, this unit serves as an ideal first home for a young couple or first-time investors! Don't miss the chance to be part of Vancouver's exciting and evolving neighborhood, just steps away from the pulse of transformation! More details
    Listed by Royal LePage Northstar Realty (S. Surrey)
  • 317 55 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "KORET LOFTS" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2839561

    317 55 E CORDOVA Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 0A5
    Main Photo: 317 55 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "KORET LOFTS" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2839561
    $699,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2839561
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    809 sq. ft.
    Discover the perfect blend of heritage charm+modern luxury in this 809 sqft loft w/ the potential to transform into a 1bed. Sun-soaked w/ southern exposure, this space boasts 10'5ft ceilings+rustic allure w/ exposed brick+wood beams. The inviting kitchen features sleek, contemporary cabinets+S/S appliances complete w/ a gas cooktop. Unlock the potential of the open layout to craft your bedroom oasis w/ the option to install dividing walls. The highlight of this space is the opulent bathroom w/ a stunning walk-through shower for a spa-like experience. Unwind in the courtyard w/ your morning coffee or host summer BBQs. Located in the heart of Gastown, you'll be steps away from restaurants, boutique shops, vibrant bars, groceries,+ transit. This studio is a canvas waiting for your vision! Option to rent a secured parking stall through a 3rd party close by for $250/month More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty Westmar
  • 2701 1088 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "Viceroy" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2839863

    2701 1088 QUEBEC Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 4H2
    Main Photo: 2701 1088 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "Viceroy" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2839863
    $2,299,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2839863
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,790 sq. ft.
    PENTHOUSE EXECUTIVE UNIT in popular Bosa built VICEROY! Enjoy unobstructed views of Downtown, and of False Creek right to the ocean from this fantastic and rare find. Over 1790 sf of finished area with 3 full bdrms & 3 baths. Open kitchen plan and oversized view deck included. There are 3 parking stalls plus a large storage unit included. This is the home you have been waiting for in Vancouver - walk everywhere Downtown, the seawall, jog to Stanley Park, or just sit in a seaside cafe in Yaletown and watch the world go by. Don't let this penthouse slip away from you. Make 2024 the year that you upsize your living space or downsize to condo living. Call today!! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 1903 125 MILROSS Avenue in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "CREEKSIDE" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2839881

    1903 125 MILROSS Avenue Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 0A1
    Main Photo: 1903 125 MILROSS Avenue in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "CREEKSIDE" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2839881
    $899,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2839881
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    830 sq. ft.
    Welcome to "Creekside," a standout Bosa development in Vancouver's False Creek. This corner unit, bathed in natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows, offers captivating views from Mt. Seymour to the sparkling False Creek waters. Inside, the contemporary design shines. The 2020-updated bathroom combines modern luxury with practicality, and the engineered flooring adds an elegant touch. Central to the living space is a cozy fireplace, perfect for relaxing evenings. The primary bedroom is a spacious retreat with an ensuite and walk-through closet, complemented by stunning views of Mt. Baker. The second bedroom, featuring a custom Murphy bed and desk, is ideal for guests or as a home office. With a 95 walk score, "Creekside" is a hub of convenience. Steps from the SkyTrain, downtown, and Olympic Village, it's ideally positioned for urban exploration. This unit includes 1 parking and 1 storage, blending comfort with the excitement of city living. Open House Sat Feb 24, 2-4pm More details
    Listed by Stilhavn Real Estate Services
  • 211 55 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "KORET LOFTS" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2839936

    211 55 E CORDOVA Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 0A5
    Main Photo: 211 55 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "KORET LOFTS" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2839936
    $1,398,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2839936
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,434 sq. ft.
    THIS IS IT. A RENOVATED NYC inspired loft that has it ALL. STYLE, SPACE & FUNCTION. Soaring 10'4 ceilings with huge timber beams/brick feature walls, a corner unit surrounded by 7' windows flooding in natural light/air and a nearly perfect 2 BR layout with huge office (could use as 3rd bedroom). Lovingly renovated, design cues and sophistication are evident at every angle. New kitchen/cabinets/appliances & beautiful dining area look over the expansive living room. The master suite is stunning, including a walk in closet, free standing claw-foot tub/shower and fireplace, Right in the heart of Gastown, live/work zoning steps from shopping/restaurants. Best private parking spot in the building too... More details
    Listed by Dexter Realty
  • 618 138 E HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2840079

    618 138 E HASTINGS Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 0E6
    Main Photo: 618 138 E HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2840079
    $379,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2840079
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    463 sq. ft.
    Uncover a hidden gem in Vancouver with this top-floor corner 1-bedroom unit. As one of the city's most affordably priced properties, it an entry into Vancouver real estate for both investors or to live in. Revel in panoramic city views, 9-ft ceilings, laminate flooring, and contemporary stainless steel appliances. An in-unit combo washer/dryer ensures added convenience. The communal courtyard, brimming with gardens and BBQ, stands as an urban retreat. Whether for personal living or smart investing, this unit at Sequel 138 offers unparalleled potential. Don't miss this opportunity to get your foot into Vancouver real estate! More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 10 1182 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Townhouse for sale in "City Gate 1" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2841182

    10 1182 QUEBEC Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 4B2
    Main Photo: 10 1182 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Townhouse for sale in "City Gate 1" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2841182
    $2,390,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2841182
    Bedrooms:
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    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,026 sq. ft.
    Spacious 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bathroom Concrete Townhome by BOSA. Completely renovated including new plumbing and electrical this home is like new with a semi-private elevator that takes you home. Features include; Electrolux side by side fridge/freezer, Gaggenau wine cooler, 36" induction cooktop, Zephyr hood fan, Large 136"x43" island, Granite counters throughout (including window sills), Custom European doors, Mechanical blinds and Lutron automated lights just to name a few. Walk out through your 12'x8' Bi-fold doors onto your private patio and enjoy the unobstructed False Creek water views. Centrally located and steps away from the Seawall, Science world, Skytrain and walking distance into Downtown. Home comes with 2 Parking and plenty of in-suite storage. More details
    Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty Ltd.
  • 602 1188 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "City Gate" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2841601

    602 1188 QUEBEC Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 4B3
    Main Photo: 602 1188 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "City Gate" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2841601
    $1,229,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2841601
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
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    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 87 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "Koret Lofts" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2841789

    87 E CORDOVA Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 1K3
    Main Photo: 87 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "Koret Lofts" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2841789
    $1,299,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2841789
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,743 sq. ft.
    Rarely available and highly sought-after commercial live/work loft in historic Koret Lofts, a century-old, remade warehouse located in the heart of bustling Gastown. This 1,743 SF loft has those New York vibes coupled with heritage charm, offering 18' ceilings, all original fir beams, brick wall, and wood floors, as well as finished concrete throughout. Comes with in-suite laundry and one secure parking. Gastown's 'it' building, known for its tight-knit community and well-managed strata. Potential cash cow opportunity - this is one of Vancouver's few fully-approved buildings, allowing Airbnb rentals. Guests will love walking down the cobblestones to the area's highly-rated shops, restaurants, and cafes. This ground-level home has endless opportunities. More details
    Listed by The Agency Vancouver
  • 905 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "188 Keefer" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2841994

    905 188 KEEFER Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 0E3
    Main Photo: 905 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "188 Keefer" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2841994
    $848,888
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2841994
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
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    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 610 150 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "INGASTOWN" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2843571

    610 150 E CORDOVA Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 0E7
    Main Photo: 610 150 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "INGASTOWN" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2843571
    $470,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2843571
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    495 sq. ft.
    This a a great opportunity to own a home in a vibrant diverse and changing neighbourhood. This one bedroom suite offers a bright south exposure. The floorplan is open giving the allowance to furnish in various different ways. The bedroom is a good size and has an opening window looking out over private and quiet space. This concrete building has 2 years remaining on it's 2-5-10 warranty and is centrally located with easy access to transportation and shopping. The shared outdoor roof top deck is great for barbequing! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
  • 207 1 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "Carrall Station" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2843722

    207 1 E CORDOVA Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 4H3
    Main Photo: 207 1 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "Carrall Station" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2843722
    $420,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2843722
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    401 sq. ft.
    Nestled in the heart of the city, this delightful micro loft has undergone recent upgrades, including brand-new cabinets and a thoughtfully designed built-in platform bed that seamlessly connects with the living area. The lofty ceilings not only enhance the sense of space but also accommodate exceptionally tall windows that flood the interior with natural light. Facing south, the unit benefits from sun-drenched windows and boasts a Juliette balcony, perfect for enjoying fresh air. This meticulously maintained space has received a fresh coat of paint, making it move-in ready for its next owner. Whether you're a pet owner or looking for a rental property, this unit welcomes both options. It's important to note that parking and outdoor storage are not available, but the building offers a practical bike room for your convenience. Location-wise, you couldn't ask for more - you're just steps away from the vibrant neighborhoods of Chinatown, Gastown, and Downtown, with all their dining, shopping, and entertainment More details
    Listed by eXp Realty
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