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A Guide to Vancouver’s Neighbourhoods

Blog by Claire LeLacheur | February 2nd, 2016

A Guide to Vancouver’s Neighbourhoods


It’s safe to say that Vancouver is a very diverse city, and that goes for its neighbourhoods too. Each area boasts an eclectic mix of culture and individuality, and no two neighbourhoods are the same. Properties vary significantly in scale and price across the city, so it’s good to understand the neighbourhoods if you’re planning to make an investment. Here’s a guide to Vancouver’s neighbourhoods that may help you in your buying decision.



Situated in the Southeast area of the Vancouver core, Yaletown boasts a unique vibe with its cosmopolitan atmosphere and trendy vibe. What was once a rail yard in the 19th century is now one of Vancouver’s most chic areas. The former warehouse district is now filled with sidewalk coffee shops, beautiful green parks, restaurants and a community of independent boutiques and stores, and is fringed by the stunning False Creek marina. In terms of real estate, you’ll find a mix of characterful converted lofts and warehouses with exposed brick and wooden beams and glass-fronted high-rise blocks, many of which boast sweeping views over the harbour.


East Vancouver

This is the perfect area if you want to escape the hustle of the city, but you want to be close enough to still enjoy its amenities. East Vancouver, located to the East of Main Street, is a popular area with a down-to-earth vibe and plenty of unique amenities. You’ll find an abundance of local stores, independent designers, cafes and restaurants at your disposal as well as convenient transit links to the city. East Vancouver is much more affordable than the Downtown core, and it’s the perfect place if you’re looking for a larger property and some outdoors space.



Named after Captain ‘Gassy Jack’, Gastown is one of Vancouver’s most charming areas, with its rich history, cobbled streets and industrial feel. The neighbourhood was born in 1967 near Burrard Inlet, and has since grown into a thriving community. The area boasts commercial-style architecture and heritage buildings that are each distinct from one another. Gastown encompasses a mix of old and new infrastructure and is a thriving area of Downtown with a number of hip bars and restaurants.


West End

If you’re looking for a residential-feel just a few steps from the city, the West End is a great neighbourhood. With a range of heritage homes, town houses, small apartment complexes and high-rise condos, the West End boasts some of the more affordable properties in the Downtown area. With access to the sea wall and iconic Stanley Park, as well as English Bay beach, the West End boasts an eclectic blend of diversity and personality.


Coal Harbour

One of Downtown’s more affluent areas areas, Coal Harbour is a premier waterfront location with upmarket glass condos, restaurants, cafes and the iconic Seawall. The area is also home to the landmark Canada Place, and boasts stunning views of the North Shore.


The West Side


UBC, Kerrisdale, Marpole, and especially the luxurious Shaughnessy neighborhoods are found on the west side, with attractive and expensive real estate prices that are beyond the reach of most of my clients.


Vancouver is a wonderful city and a brilliant place to buy property. If you’d like more information about Vancouver’s neighbourhoods and the properties available, get in touch today so we can discuss your needs and find the right home for you!

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