Downtown Homes For Sale – Downtown Condos For Sale

As the central financial and business district of the city and the Lower Mainland, downtown Vancouver offers everything to everyone.

Location

The main boundaries that approximately define the central area of Vancouver’s downtown are Burrard Street and Pacific Boulevard to the west and south, respectively, with Main Street and Waterfront Rd (Vancouver Harbour) to the east and north.

Schools In The Area

Although there are no institutions for school age children in the neighbourhood itself, there are several schools in the nearby districts of Yaletown, West Vancouver, and East Vancouver. Vancouver’s downtown is home to number of institutions for higher learning. The University of British Columbia has a campus at Robson Square where students can study Law, Medicine and Business. The campus also has a convention centre containing a library and bookstore. Burnaby’s Simon Fraser University has two important downtown campuses: one located at Harbour Centre on West Hastings and the second just down the block in the Woodwards Building, where SFU students can attend the Faculty of Continuing Studies and the School of Contemporary Arts, respectively. The British Columbia Institute of Technology also has a downtown campus that caters primarily to part-time and international students seeking diplomas in business, computing and media. Two smaller institutions that cater to people with unique ambitions are the Vancouver Film School and the New Image College of Fine Arts, both on W Hastings at Cambie and Richards respectively. The VFS is renowned as a launching pad for graduates who go to work in the local and international film and television industries, including Hollywood. The Vancouver Community College – City Centre Campus (Dunsmuir and Hamilton) is a public college founded in 1965 offering over 140 certificate and diploma programs. Fairleigh Dickinson University, a private American school, has a small international campus located in Yaletown.

History Of The Housing Market

The proximity to Vancouver’s main entertainment districts and commercial buildings are the main draw of living downtown. The central downtown is mainly a mix of upscale luxury high-rises and fashionable townhomes – with availabilities for both buyers and renters.  Pricing is in line with the downtown core of most major cities worldwide.

Recreation Opportunities

Several private downtown facilities, including one owned by an NBA legend, the Steve Nash Fitness Club on Granville Street, offer residents and people working downtown plenty of fitness options. Two major outdoor parks, Andy Livingtone on Expo Blvd and CRAB Park on the waterfront, as well as the smaller Victoria Square (Cambie and W Pender) are located downtown. The former has numerous facilities, including basketball and tennis courts, three playgrounds, and a lighted field for any football or rugby games that extend into the night. CRAB Park has an idyllic view of the harbor and the North Shore, as well as an off-leash area for dogs and a spray playground for the kids. There are other parks along the water just outside of the central core, and Stanly Park and the Seawall are nearby as well. The Chinese Cultural Centre on E Pender and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden speak to the rich history of Vancouver’s Chinese community and are open to visitors year-round. Vancouver’s two major stadiums, BC Place (home to the Lions and Whitecaps) and Rogers Arena (home to the Vancouver Canucks), are located downtown and are venues for major sporting and entertainment events. Downtown Vancouver has numerous live entertainment venues and cinemas to choose from as well.

Restaurants & Shopping

Central downtown is home to a boundless number of commercial and retail establishments. The main shopping hub is Pacific Centre Mall along Howe Street between Dunsmuir and Robson. Major Canadian retailers share the mall with smaller shops and a food court. Shops, restaurants, pubs, and cafés, including some with reputations that extend beyond Vancouver, can be found along many of the downtown streets. Three distinct areas, Gastown, Chinatown and Japantown, each offer their own respective mix of the eclectic and unique. Vancouver’s Downtown is obviously a transportation hub for the entire region and a fairly high traffic area with commuters and residents coming to and fro all day and night. Major highways lead in and out of the downtown core in all directions. While the streets are navigable, traffic can get congested. Public transit is one option, with buses and the Skytrain offering numerous ways around to and from main pickup points at Central Station, Granville Station, Stadium-Chinatown Station and Waterfront Station. From the latter, the Seabus carries people between downtown and the North Shore. Pedestrian and cycling traffic are heavy in Vancouver’s downtown as well.