Yaletown Homes For Sale – Yaletown Condos For Sale
Originally one of the city’s industrial neighbourhoods, since Expo ’86 Yaletown has undergone one of the continents more spectacular regenerations, and is today one of Vancouver’s more densely-populated yet desirable neighbourhoods.
Essentially bordered by False Creek and the Stanley Park Seawall to the south, Yaletown carves out a sliver of downtown from Burrard Street Bridge in the west along Pacific Boulevard to Carrall Street in the east.
History Of The Housing Market
A thin 200+ acres, this urban oasis offers some of the best waterfront real estate in Vancouver. Until rezoned in the 1980s, the neighbourhood avoided the initial wave of high-rise developments, and because it has come relatively late to the game, Yaletown today has a very clean, freshly-minted look and virtually shimmers with modernity. Appealing to the active and affluent urban dweller, Yaletown’s state-of-the-art townhouses and condos share the streets with a number of warehouses-cum-loft-style apartments, combining to make it one of the more lively and extravagant areas of the city.
One of the primary appeals of Yaletown, indeed much of the Lower Mainland, is the proximity to the out-of-doors. Numerous parks dot either side of False Creek, with Creekside, Coopers, David Lam and George Wainborn properly calling Yaletown home. David Lam Park is well-known for its floral gardens, plaza, and tidal pool. The Stanley Park Seawall runs along the entire southern boundary of Yaletown and is an excellent place for a stroll, a jog, or a bike race. Bring friends.
Dedicated to cultural development, the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre on Drake Street offers a range of art, cultural, and recreation programs. Nearby BC Place is a multipurpose stadium and home to the BC Lions Football Club of the CFL, Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
Restaurants & Shopping
One of Vancouver’s newer shopping districts, the area has taken advantage of the old warehouses not only for residences, but for unique boutiques, cheerful curios, sassy salons, and welcoming bars and eateries. There are also several grocery and produce stores, as well as local bakeries, delis and drycleaners. Of course, the famed Granville Island Market is just a short trip across the water.
Schools In The Area
The Elsie Roy Elementary school, in the heart of Yaletown, is one of the newer institutions in the downtown corridor. Lord Roberts Elementary and King George Secondary are not too far away in neighbouring West End. Private schools in Yaletown include Pattison High and Westside Prep.
A number of off-campus faculties offered by Lower Mainland colleges are located in Vancouver’s downtown, close to Yaletown. The University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Insitute of Technology both have a fairly substantive presence, and Simon Fraser University has several programs on offer as well.
Driving in Yaletown requires some finesse; however, many residents forego owning an automobile as transit, cycling and pedestrian options abound. Commuting throughout downtown is facilitated by numerous public transit options, including the Canada Line. Buses and the Skytrain travel to all points in the city and beyond. The Aquabus ferries people along False Creek to and from Granville Island. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic are quite heavy as people take advantage of Vancouver’s safe downtown core.