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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  • 2703 1189 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Genesis" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2867416

    2703 1189 HOWE Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6Z 2X4
    Main Photo: 2703 1189 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Genesis" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2867416
    $1,249,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2867416
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,160 sq. ft.
    EXTREMELY RARE! Large SUB-PENTHOUSE 3 Bedroom/Den/Solarium (currently used as a 4th Bedroom) at the Genesis! Freshly updated with New Laminate Flooring/SS Appliances/Bathroom Updates/LED Lightning/Designer Paint, too much to list. This is a TURN KEY opportunity including all Furniture and Fixtures! Featuring an Outstanding 270 degree views of Water and City! 2 balconies & 2 parking stalls. Well managed building with extensive amenities including a Huge Indoor Pool, Hot Tub, Sauna, Gym, Party and Media rooms, Large Rooftop terrace, Guest Suite, Visitor Parking and 24-hour Concierge. Short stroll to everything Yaletown has to offer including Seawall and some of Vancouver's best restaurants and shopping! Hard to beat a Transit Score of 98 and a Walk Score of 99! Open House Sat. April 13th 2-4 More details
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  • 1422 938 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2861731

    1422 938 SMITHE Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6Z 3H8
    Main Photo: 1422 938 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2861731
    $679,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
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    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
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    Welcome to Electric Avenue by BOSA! This fantastic 1-bedroom + den unit located in the heart of downtown Vancouver boasts a modern open concept kitchen with Quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances, complemented by spectacular city and mountain views. The bedroom offers ample space with walk-through closets, while the versatile den can be utilized as an office, nursery, or additional storage. Residents enjoy the convenience of 24-hour concierge service and amenities include rooftop gardens, gym, and movie theatre. Conveniently located steps away from groceries, dining, and entertainment options, this property offers the ultimate urban lifestyle. Don't miss out! More details
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  • 2008 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2867455

    2008 777 RICHARDS Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6B 0M6
    Main Photo: 2008 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2867455
    $712,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2867455
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    573 sq. ft.
    Welcome to TELUS Garden by Westbank. This spacious 1 bed + den features a gourmet open kitchen with Miele appliances. Hotel-like amenities such as 24hr concierge, fitness center, meeting & party room, heated outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna and sun loungers, allowing immediate escape into vacation heaven. Located in the heart of downtown with all of the world class services including 100's of the best and most diverse eateries; chic Yaletown, all within walking distance. 3 Skytrain stations all located within 2 blocks. This is one of the best Downtown Vancouver to live! More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 603 233 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Abbott Place" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2867474

    603 233 ABBOTT Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6B 2K7
    Main Photo: 603 233 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Abbott Place" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2867474
    $675,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
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    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
    697 sq. ft.
    Experience Gastown's trendy heritage loft lifestyle with PARKING! This captivating 1 bedroom corner unit is flooded with natural light from 6 stunning windows and features breathtaking views of the water & North Shore mountains. This unique home showcases the charm of exposed brick walls, 8'8" ceilings, engineered hard wood floors, a lovely high end kitchen with separate coffee bar & storage area, stainless steel appliances, including a 5 burner glass cooktop with convection oven. This unit includes in-suite laundry & a beautiful bedroom with adaptable moving walls and its very own window. Situated in an unbeatable location, you'll have easy access to some of the city's finest restaurants, shops, and bars, in addition to close proximity to the Skytrain and Seabus. Book your viewing now! More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 401 53 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Paris Block" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2867489

    401 53 W HASTINGS Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6B 1G4
    Main Photo: 401 53 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Paris Block" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2867489
    $599,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
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    Bedrooms:
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    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
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    703 1133 HORNBY Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6Z 1W1
    Main Photo: 703 1133 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ADDITON" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2867575
    $550,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
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    Bedrooms:
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    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
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    This open concept 1 bedroom + 1 den unit in the Addition Living is located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. The unit feature with floor to ceiling windows, climate control heating/cooling system, stainless steel kitchen countertop, modern kitchen with integrated fridge and dishwasher. Centrally located amongst shopping, restaurants and grocery stores, and minutes from Robson Street, Pacific Centre, David Lam Park, transit and so much more! The unit is occupied tenanted. Please allow more time to schedule an showing appointment. A must see!!! Open house Sat(Apr13) & Sun(Apr14) 2-4pm. More details
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  • 403 233 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Abbott Place" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2867538

    403 233 ABBOTT Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6B 2K7
    Main Photo: 403 233 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Abbott Place" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2867538
    $599,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
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    Bedrooms:
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    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
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    Introducing an exceptional living nestled in the heart of historic Gastown: an extra-large 1-bedroom condo with a loft-style charm. This unit features captivating exposed brick walls, vaulted ceilings, and a spacious living area perfect for entertaining or simply unwinding in style. Finished with engineered wood floors that add warmth and character, the space is flooded with natural light, creating an inviting atmosphere throughout. Located in the heart of Gastown's vibrant community, with access to an exceptional cafes, restaurants, art galleries, and boutique shops just steps away. This prime location offers the convenience of being within walking distance to downtown amenities and the waterfront station, ensuring seamless connectivity to the rest of the city. More details
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  • 607 501 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE 501" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2867543

    607 501 PACIFIC Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6Z 2X6
    Main Photo: 607 501 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE 501" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2867543
    $688,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
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    Bedrooms:
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    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
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    Main Photo: 2015 938 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ELECTRIC AVENUE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2867777
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    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
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    Bedrooms:
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    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
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    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 2006 188 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2867864

    2006 188 KEEFER Place Downtown VW Vancouver V6B 0J1
    Main Photo: 2006 188 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2867864
    $999,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2867864
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    940 sq. ft.
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    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 1203 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2867894

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    Main Photo: 1203 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2867894
    $748,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    Bedrooms:
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    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
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    Listed by LeHomes Realty Premier
  • 1908 969 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2867914

    1908 969 RICHARDS Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6B 1A8
    Main Photo: 1908 969 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2867914
    $699,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2867914
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    595 sq. ft.
    OPEN HOUSE SAT 2PM TO 4:30PM. Welcome to the MONDRIAN II by Bosa, a great building in a fantastic location, just steps from everything Yaletown. An open plan 1 bedroom & den plus large solarium (easily fits murphy bed) with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, maple H/W floors, double sided fireplace in the living room, cheater ensuite, built-ins in the bedroom and more. Amazing amenities including a fully equipped exercise centre, spa with whirlpool and steam room, club house, private secured gardens, visitor parking and 2 guest suites and a caretaker. Plenty of in-suite storage and included 1 storage & 1 parking stall. Pets and Rentals okay and close to skytrain. More details
    Listed by Stilhavn Real Estate Services
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