East Vancouver can be described as a unique combination of the old and the new. The city’s remarkable journey through time, draws in people from all ages and cultures. To date, many have made the bold move to relocate and call these historic neighbourhoods their home.
A Taste of Asia in Chinatown
Described as the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, this district has become home to hundreds of thousands of residents who have relocated here since the 1980’s. Recently, it was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 2011.
Numerous establishments have sprouted, from restaurants, vintage stores, bars, galleries, and more. Additional developments are expected in the next years, thanks to the pouring in of more investments from Asian businesses.
Coal Harbour for Sports Fanatics
It was in the 1860’s when this region was found to be rich in coal, and soonafter, merchant-owned marine vessels have docked in Coal Harbour. Today, this remarkable neighbourhood of East Van is a hub for those who enjoy yachting, boating, and flying seaplanes. Plus, the Jack Poole Plaza is home to the Olympic Cauldron, where the torch was lit to signal the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
The Upbeat and Modern Gastown
Around the same time when coal mining and trade grew in the area in the mid-1860’s, merchants, seafarers, shipbuilders, fishermen, and the like settled into Gastown. Also a National Historic Site, this neighbourhood has preserved numerous old buildings running from Water Street to Abbott Street. Today, Gastown’s street scene is a colorful mix of fashion boutiques, computer shops, clubs, cafes, art studios, restaurants, and the like.
Living It up with Condo Choices
The timeless charm of East Van’s historic neighbourhoods is also complemented by the vibrant housing developments and condos being built around the area. Low-rise buildings and high-rise complexes create plenty of attractive housing choices for new home buyers. Condo sizes can be studio-types, or 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom units. Larger condo spaces include lofts, offering two levels ideal for work and living.
East Vancouver condo buyers can also choose a location that is near to shopping districts, clubs, restaurants, and their places of work. There are endless real estate listings that interested home hunters can check out, too. Plus, with help from a licensed real estate broker, landing the perfect property can be simpler.
Historic Neighbourhoods – City of Vancouver, Vancouver.ca
25 Free Things to Do in Vancouver, TourismVancouver.com