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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  • 1507 233 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2795839

    1507 233 ROBSON Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6B 0E8
    Main Photo: 1507 233 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2795839
    $1,199,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2795839
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
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    TV TOWER II by Concord Pacific on Robson. 2 Bedroom + Den that can be a 3rd Bedroom, in suite laundry and storage, 2 full bathrooms, balcony, 1 parking spot in secure underground garages. Very bright corner unit on 15th floor with wrap-around floor to ceiling windows. Great panoramic views of false Creek and City Great Building amenities - Fitness Centre, Whirlpool, steam room, sauna, sports lounge & theatre rm, 24 hours security / concierge. Steps to Yaletown, shopping, restaurants, skytrain station, BC Place, Rogers Arena & Main library. Don't miss out your chance to live in the Heart of Vancouver. More details
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  • 4601 667 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2795870

    4601 667 HOWE Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6C 0B5
    Main Photo: 4601 667 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2795870
    $9,390,000
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    Welcome to the Sub Penthouse at the Private Residences of Hotel Georgia! this one-of-a-kind residence in the sky features 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and over 3700sqft of living space . Floor-to-ceiling windows and top-of-the-line stainless steel kitchen appliances. over 300sqft of balcony space to enjoy the panoramic view from Coal Harbour all the way beyond UBC . Sitting at one of the highest points in all of Downtown Vancouver, Enjoy services of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia and incredible building amenities that include gym, pool, spa, 24 hour concierge, valet service and many more, don't miss your opportunity and call Paul today! More details
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  • 2301 889 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Pacific By Grosvenor" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2796535

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    Main Photo: 2301 889 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Pacific By Grosvenor" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2796535
    $975,000
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    Discover timeless design and breathtaking views at "The Pacific by Grosvenor"! This elegant 1-bed, 1-bath home in Downtown Vancouver offers open-concept living, meticulous interiors and custom Italian millwork by Snaidero. Indulge in high-end appliances from Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Miele. Experience quiet sophistication and natural light from the 94 SQFT balcony. Enjoy 24-hour concierge, Fitness Centre, Lounge and a landscaped outdoor terrace for dining. Experience urban luxury at The Pacific by Grosvenor. More details
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  • 1005 1283 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2802941

    1005 1283 HOWE Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6Z 0E3
    Main Photo: 1005 1283 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2802941
    $729,000
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    Status:
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    Bedrooms:
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    Tate is located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver! Designed by award-winning Merrick Architecture! This southeast facing unit offers bright and open layout include 1 bedroom + flex room + den + enclosed balcony. Integrated with s/s appliances, expansive windows, deluxe bathroom and quality finishes. Open style kitchen with quartz countertop. Amenities includes 24 hrs concierge, with over 11,000 SF of amenities including yoga room, gym, library, theatre room, billiard room, meeting room, party room and a chef's kitchen. There is also 5,200 SF garden terrace.1 storage locker included. Steps to Yaletown, seawall, transit, shopping mall and restaurants. 2-5-10 warranty. Rentals and Pets allowed/Rest. More details
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  • 3810 1289 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2803435

    3810 1289 HORNBY Street Downtown VW Vancouver V6Z 0G7
    Main Photo: 3810 1289 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2803435
    $2,780,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
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    Bedrooms:
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  • 1404 1111 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2803476

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    Main Photo: 1404 1111 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2803476
    $1,990,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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  • 4103 667 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "PRIVATE RESIDENCE AT HOTEL GEORGIA" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2805591

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    Main Photo: 4103 667 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "PRIVATE RESIDENCE AT HOTEL GEORGIA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2805591
    $4,275,000
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    Status:
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    Bedrooms:
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    Spectacular ocean & mountain views from the 41st floor of this rarely available, N/E facing 3 bed & den corner suite, in THE PRIVATE RESIDENCES AT HOTEL GEORGIA. Enjoy unsurpassed design features and the finest of materials & finishes. Suite features include: large kitchen,4 spa-like marble bathrooms (2 are ensuite), 2 balconies, AC, in-suite laundry & walk in closet in the master. Home to those who expect the best, take pleasure in the 24 hr concierge, privileged hotel services & exquisite amenities such as the indoor salt water pool, spa & superb gym. Free Visitor parking and valet parking available for a monthly fee. Steps to everything downtown has to offer. 2 parking spots included. More details
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  • 1801 789 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2805851

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    Main Photo: 1801 789 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2805851
    $449,000
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  • 5003 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2807258

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    Main Photo: 5003 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2807258
    $2,980,000
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    Main Photo: 3007 668 CITADEL Parade in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "SPECTRUM" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2812038
    $599,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    Bathrooms:
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  • 2101 999 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "999 SEYMOUR" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2812630

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    Main Photo: 2101 999 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "999 SEYMOUR" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2812630
    $539,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
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    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
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  • 2201 821 CAMBIE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW House for sale in "Raffles on Robson" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2813976

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    Main Photo: 2201 821 CAMBIE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW House for sale in "Raffles on Robson" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2813976
    $3,875,000
    Residential Detached
    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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    Live on cloud 9 in this exclusive 2-bedroom & den penthouse, offering an unprecedented 2,674 square feet of outdoor living space, including a main floor & a private rooftop terrace. Experience resort-style relaxation and entertainment while soaking in your hot tub, practicing your putting on your private golf green, or lounging around a fire pit, all while taking in the sea-to-sky views. Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows flood the 2,308 sqft home with light, showcasing the dream kitchen w/European cabinetry, Miele/SubZero appliances, and a built-in coffee station. Upstairs, find a perfect office and a principal suite complete with a double-sided fireplace that connects to the luxurious marble ensuite. With 4 parking spaces, this residence on Robson St epitomizes exclusive penthouse living. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
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