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.

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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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  • 403 41 ALEXANDER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "Captain French" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2869080

    403 41 ALEXANDER Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 1B2
    Main Photo: 403 41 ALEXANDER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "Captain French" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2869080
    $648,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2869080
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    690 sq. ft.
    In an upscale part of historic Gastown on a quiet cul-de-sac, this exquisite building was built in 1909 by George French, Vancouver’s first tugboat captain, who operated his business here. In 1990 noted Architect Paul Merrick re-designed this fantastic landmark concrete & brick bldg into residences, adding to its HERITAGE STATUS & VALUE. A gem, #403 is a spacious open-concept 1-bdrm loft with polished concrete floors, warm brick walls, wood ceilings & beams. It’s a secure & comfortable place to exhale from daily life. Enjoy the perfectly ‘designed-for-community’ roof-terrace, overlooking cruise ships up close, the active Vancouver Harbour & North Shore Mtns. This building is meticulously managed & maintained and it’s a special community to be part of! Pets welcome. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 304 27 ALEXANDER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "THE ALEXANDER" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2870041

    304 27 ALEXANDER Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 1B2
    Main Photo: 304 27 ALEXANDER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "THE ALEXANDER" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2870041
    $670,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
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    Bedrooms:
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    Floor Area:
    584 sq. ft.
    PERFECTION! Every detail in this Historic Warehouse Conversion has been thoughtfully incorporated into the design, blending tasteful luxury finishes with existing character. Exposed brick walls, oak floors and large Heritage windows enhance this bright sunny south facing home. Brand New appliances, Fisher Paykel, Jenn Air gas stove top, wall oven, farmhouse sink, polished quartz counters, new kitchen cabinets, Lee Valley hardware, Fontile flooring and Samsung insuite laundry. One of Gastown's most desirable stratas, the "Alexander" was built in 1911 and converted in 1995. An open living space with concrete walls and 8' ceilings. This welcoming 1 bedroom overlooks traffic calmed cobblestone streets in the heart of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood. Endless views of the water and mountains when BBQing and enjoying the common roof deck. Enjoy a wide variety of trendy cafes, independent boutiques, and stylish eateries that channel the energy of the communities' early beginnings. This is PERFECT loft living! More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 402 535 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "DOLCE at Symphony Place" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2860199

    402 535 SMITHE Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6B 0H2
    Main Photo: 402 535 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "DOLCE at Symphony Place" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2860199
    $869,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
    R2860199
    Bedrooms:
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    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
    787 sq. ft.
    LOFT LIVING At DOLCE! Introducing an extraordinary one-bedroom plus den downtown loft with unparalleled privacy and stunning park views. Situated in Vancouver's cultural hub, steps from Robson and Granville Streets. Spanning nearly 800 sqft, features include soaring 12FT ceilings, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, large den, and a open linear kitchen. The spa-like bathroom offers relaxation, with a double vanity for additional space. This building offers an array of amenities including: Gym, Hot Tub, Steam Room, and Meeting Lounge. 1 parking/1 storage locker included. Experience urban living at its finest in this meticulously designed loft. NOT TO BE MISSED! More details
    Listed by Bellevue Realty Group
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  • 1108 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Telus Garden" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2712003

    1108 777 RICHARDS Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6B 0M6
    Main Photo: 1108 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Telus Garden" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2712003
    $709,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
    R2712003
    Bedrooms:
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    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
    573 sq. ft.
    TELUS GARDEN by Westbank. Nice North Facing 1 bedroom plus den unit. Central location, close to skytrain, walking distance to lots of tech-companies, including Microsoft / Amazon / Google; and steps away from shopping mall, restaurants, entertainments, banks, Art gallery, Skytrain Station (Canada Line & Millennium line). Rental allowed. A good choice for investment. Amenities include concierge, swimming pool, hot tub, gym and club house. Pet allow with restriction on certain breeds. Max 2 dogs/cats. All measurements approximate. Contact us for your private showing today. More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Riverside Realty Ltd.
  • 4110 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WOODWARDS" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2769230

    4110 128 W CORDOVA Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6B 0E6
    Main Photo: 4110 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WOODWARDS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2769230
    $1,628,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
    R2769230
    Bedrooms:
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    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
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    This Penthouse at award winning Iconic Woodward's building is an architectural landmark offering the best in metropolitan lifestyle. Best in the city View of Vancouver Harbor, North Shore mountains, Lions Gate Bridge, , wrap around 270 degrees corner units that bring the light throughout. More details
    Listed by TRG The Residential Group Realty
  • 2606 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2773913

    2606 838 W HASTINGS Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6C 0A6
    Main Photo: 2606 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2773913
    $1,999,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2773913
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
    1,753 sq. ft.
    Beautiful apartment with a unique design in the Norman Foster-designed "Jameson House." 1753 sq. ft. of living space, 9' ceilings, 2 bedrooms, a den/office, 2 bathrooms, and a sizable terrace with views of the mountain and Burrard Inlet. Gaggeneau appliances, travertine stone floors, fully automated elevating parking in Vancouver with valet services, and a round-the-clock concierge.In close proximity to the Coal Harbour, Canada Place, Waterfront Skytrain Station, and Pacific Center. School Zone: King George Secondary School, Kitsilano Secondary School. More details
    Listed by Luxmore Realty
  • 907 1133 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ADDITION" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2777737

    907 1133 HORNBY Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6Z 1W1
    Main Photo: 907 1133 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ADDITION" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2777737
    $799,000
    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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    ADDITION Building by Keystone Properties and Kudo Design, This thoughtfully designed one bedroom + Flex + Large multi use solarium features: Intelligent space planning, integrated Italian cabinetry and individually metered heating and cooling. Bedroom with built in functional space to allow a queen bed. Amenities include a fitness room, party/games room, shared outdoor BBQ patio with seating, fireplace, garden plots and children's play area. Walking distance to Yaletown parks, shops + cafes, groceries, transit. 1 parking spot. 1 storage locker. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 702 885 CAMBIE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2779269

    702 885 CAMBIE Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6B 0R6
    Main Photo: 702 885 CAMBIE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2779269
    $1,598,000
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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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    THE SMITHE BY BOFFO - SPACIOUS, EXCEPTIONALLY DESIGNED 2 BEDROOMS. This beautiful home features 9-foot ceilings, air conditioning, savant smart home automation system with integrated NestTM thermostats, natural stone flooring throughout, Italian custom cabinetry and built-in wardrobe systems with activated lighting. Stunning Gourmet kitchens with Wolf appliances, Sub-Zero refrigerator and built-in wine fridge, generous storage/pantry and wide drawer motion-lit cabinets. Large master bedrooms with plenty of room for a King-sized bed. Spectacular amenities include full-service concierge, lounges, and fitness facility. Steps to restaurants, groceries, casino & much more. The Smithe will offer you a luxury living experience! Open House on Saturday June 3rd. 2:00 - 4:00 pm. More details
    Listed by Laboutique Realty
  • 1003 885 CAMBIE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Smithe" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2782719

    1003 885 CAMBIE Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6B 0R6
    Main Photo: 1003 885 CAMBIE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Smithe" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2782719
    $1,529,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
    R2782719
    Bedrooms:
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    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,001 sq. ft.
    Luxurious Yaletown living at The Smithe by BOFFO! This excellent 2 bed 2 bath faces South, overlooking BC Place with a peek-a-boo water view! 1 EV parking 1 locker. State of the art finishings, with fully marble tiled floors, Savant smart home automation system w/integrated Nest thermostats, air conditioning, Italian custom cabinetry, built-in wardrobe systems w/activated lighting, heated bathroom floors, large patio, Wolf & Sub Zero appliances, & even a wine fridge! Spectacular amenities: full service concierge, over4,000 sq ft of indoor/outdoor lounges, fitness facility, & exclusive bike elevator w/workshop. Steps to restaurants, groceries, Cambie bridge & much more. Come see for your self! More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 2207 1188 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1188 HOWE" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2787714

    2207 1188 HOWE Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6Z 2S8
    Main Photo: 2207 1188 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1188 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2787714
    $848,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
    R2787714
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    818 sq. ft.
    This 2 bedroom 2 bathroom multi-functional condo has beautiful 270 degree sweeping views of the Mountains and the City!! Partly renovated in 2021. Laminate flooring throughout the unit including the living areas, bedrooms and hallway. Master bedroom has been widely expanded!! Updated bathrooms that feature 2 ensuites!! The building is well maintained and has many updates, an exercise facility, gym, indoor pool, sauna/steam room, meeting room and outdoor areas. Walking distance to shopping & Restaurants, Yale town, English Bay Beach, Seawall, Skytrain, bus to UBC. 1 parking and 1 storage locker. Rental allowed. PERFECT for first time home buyer and investor. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 1705 833 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "CAPITOL" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2788534

    1705 833 SEYMOUR Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6B 0G4
    Main Photo: 1705 833 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "CAPITOL" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2788534
    $720,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2788534
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    707 sq. ft.
    Welcome to the Capitol! This well-appointed one-bedroom unit with a solarium (office) offers ample space for comfortable living. It features a thoughtfully designed layout that maximizes natural light and offers a picturesque city view. Enjoy the sunny balcony and personalize the contemporary aesthetic to create your ideal home. The kitchen is equipped with a full-sized fridge and a gas range, perfect for culinary enthusiasts. Located at Seymour and Robson, this prime location provides unparalleled accessibility to the downtown core, offering cultural experiences and exceptional shopping opportunities. The building amenities include a spacious common party room for entertaining, a well-equipped gym, four elevators for easy access, and a pet and rental allowed. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty Westmar
  • 2001 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2793561

    2001 838 W HASTINGS Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6C 0A6
    Main Photo: 2001 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2793561
    $1,160,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2793561
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    899 sq. ft.
    Welcome to the prestigious JAMESON HOUSE designed by renowned architects Foster & Partners! Situated in a prime Waterfront location, enjoy the serenity of Coal Harbor VIEW and convenience of downtown amenities! Pristinely maintained contemporary interior finishing featuring travertine stone flooring, Italian Chefs kitchen, Sub-zero/Gaggeneau appliance package, Silent Geothermal radiant heating & cooling! 7-star hotel experience with upscale lobby with a 24-hour concierge and one of a kind valet automatic parking system! Steps to waterfront, the best vancouver restaurants, cafe, and shopping! Call today for your private showing! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
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