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Strathcona / Hastings Real Estate

Built to the southeast of historic Gastown in the 1800s, Strathcona is Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhood. Near the downtown Eastside, Strathcona real estate enjoys proximity to the downtown core without sacrificing its suburban feel and heritage charm. It’s an idyllic neighbourhood with higher property values, a strong sense of community and a good deal of heritage homes.

 

Strathcona is an urban oasis; a quiet residential community with tree-lined streets just minutes away from the density of downtown. Reflected in its architectural styles, unique in Vancouver; Strathcona, is the only place you’ll find “Joe Wai Specials” – thinner and taller colorful homes akin to what you might find in San Fransico. Houses for sale in Strathcona tend to be well-maintained and renovated older buildings due to Strathcona’s RT-3 Zoning. This zoning, unique within Vancouver, encourages renovation and development in line with current historical architectural character. Those looking for Strathcona real estate should also keep an eye open for good deals on coach houses and duplexes. In some parts of Strathcona, townhouses have been built more recently, and offer a more modest spend for first-time home buyers.

 

Residents here give great care to their heritage homes, many of which are beautifully maintained and repainted to match the houses’ original colours. Though Strathcona properties tend to be narrow, many have small yards that residents use to garden; others allow their properties to grow into lush green spaces. With its quiet streets and beautiful homes, it’s not hard to think of Strathcona as a cool oasis between the bustle of downtown and the buzz of East Van.

 

Relaxed as the neighbourhood might seem, the Strathcona community has a reputation for fiercely protecting the interests of its residents. Over the last half-century, Strathcona has been shaped by the city’s ambitious transportation plans — and, more often, opposition to those plans. In the 1950s, Strathcona residents successfully opposed an urban renewal scheme that would have wiped out hundreds of heritage properties in favour of apartments in townhouses. Again, in 1968, the neighbourhood found itself in danger of being bulldozed to make way for a massive freeway. But when passionate residents banded together with Chinatown business owners to fight the city, they won. The freeway development stopped short at Strathcona. The city did, sadly, demolish Vancouver’s only black neighbourhood, Hogan’s Alley, to make way for the structures to become the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts, but Strathcona and Chinatown were saved — a triumph of the community’s spirit. The viaducts pass by Rogers Arena and take traffic into the city core, making Downtown Vancouver a tiny commute by car or bike for Strathcona residents.

 

It’s 2016 and Strathcona is again on the brink of major change. Why? The days of the viaducts are numbered. In 2015, Vancouver City Council voted to demolish these iconic eyesores in favour of a six-lane roadway, park space, and more housing development. This will likely have a massive effect on the Strathcona neighbourhood, which will find itself better connected to the downtown core. Though this may result in increased through-traffic, it should also improve commercial interests for the neighbourhood.

 

Strathcona may be a classic choice, but it isn’t the only option for home buyers around Hastings. Those looking to live in the area but interested in a more urban setting should look to the north. Here, you can find newer condos for sale in Railtown, the small neighbourhood just across Hastings Street from Strathcona. Named for its proximity to Vancouver’s historically important railyards, many have drawn comparisons between Railtown today and certain parts of Brooklyn around the year 2000; among the small design firms and fresh startups, you can find hip coffee shops, wine-tasting rooms and a bevy of food trucks. It’s no wonder that many young professionals are deciding to call this rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood home. If Railtown continues on its current trajectory, it will become one of the Vancouver’s coolest and most popular micro-neighbourhoods – our own ‘mini-Brooklyn’ if you will. As Railtown is another reclaimed industrial district with direct access to downtown, we expect to see a lot of new, denser residential development in this area in the coming years.

 

For years the Hastings area has fought a lackluster reputation for real estate, but this perception has changed as home buyers have become acquainted with Railtown and Strathcona real estate and now enjoy their tremendous growth potential. Offering a range of options for homes, townhouses and condos, these neighbourhoods are looking increasingly good for those looking for reasonably priced — but very stylish — digs, minutes away from the downtown core.

Current Listings
1-10/17
  • 1538 WESTERN Crescent in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2245860

    Main Photo: 1538 WESTERN Crescent in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2245860
    $18,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2245860
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    10,238 sq. ft.
    Amazing mansion completely rebuilt in year 2000 with "water & mountain view" in the UBC area. This high quality custom built home has a grand foyer, open floor plan, entertainment size living and dining areas, gourmet kitchen, library & den. Upstairs features a roof deck, 3 bedrooms with en-suite and a large master bedroom, additional 400' attic was not included in the square footage. Basement features a covered swimming pool, theater room, exercise room & nanny's suite. Too many to list, and don't miss it. More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 416 - 418 UNION Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2334016

    Main Photo: 416 - 418 UNION Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2334016
    • Main Living Room
    • Main Flex Area
    • Main Kitchen
    • Main Bedroom
    • Main Bathroom
    • Main Master Bedroom
    • Main Master Bathroom
    • Below Living Room
    • Below Living Room
    • Below Kitchen
    • Below Kitchen
    • Below Bedroom
    • Below Bathroom
    • Below Living Room
    • Below Living Room
    • Below Kitchen
    • Below Bathroom
    • Exterior Front
    • Main Dining Room
    • Floor Plan
    $1,695,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2334016
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,301 sq. ft.
    This one is Special! Stylishly renovated, this three-unit Vancouver Special offers numerous living or investments options. It has a three bedroom suite up with wood burning fireplace, vaulted ceilings, oak floors, skylights and a large south facing deck. On the main floor is a two bedroom suite also with wood burning fireplace and lots of storage. Also on the main floor is a garden suite with high ceilings and a smart layout. Two open parking spaces, contemporary easy-care landscaping, and newer metal roof and natural gas furnace make this a winner. It's hard to find a home like this in Strathcona! More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • PH901 221 UNION Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "V6A" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2341686

    Open House on Sunday, February 24, 2019 12:00PM - 2:00PM
    Main Photo: PH901 221 UNION Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "V6A" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2341686
    $1,499,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2341686
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,188 sq. ft.
    Truly one-of-a-kind PENTHOUSE at V6A in historic Chinatown. Over $200,000 spent renovating this gem with Basalt stone tile, Quartz waterfall island, roller shades, hidden Murphy bed, Bosch W/D, deep stone soaker tub & custom shower in the master, built-ins galore, Nest home system & more. AIR CONDITIONED, 8'9" ceilings, covered patio off the main plus a private 436 SF ROOF TOP PATIO with uninterupted views of the water, city & mountains. Lose yourself sipping wine in your Japanese hot tub with gas firetable by your side watching the stars. Neighbourhood is second to none filled with urban cafes, top notch eateries & cocktail haunts. 2 side by side parking, private storage, FT concierge plus a fabulous gym. Pets/Rentals allowed. Open Thursday Feb 21st, 5:30 - 7PM. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 518 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2338047

    Main Photo: 518 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2338047
    $1,398,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2338047
    Bedrooms:
    9
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    3,189 sq. ft.
    Nearly 3200sqft home ready to be customized in highly sought after Strathcona. Developers building permit has been issued with design from Shape Architecture creating three strata units. Take on the plans and build the triplex or renovate and create your dream home. Garden suite offers 1046sqft with 3 beds & 2.5 baths. Main level unit has 930sqft with 3 beds & 2.5 baths. Upper unit 1213sqft over two levels with 3 beds & 2.5 baths. Ample space available for each unit along with double car garage. Easy to show, plans and more information available upon request. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 737 PRIOR Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2335170

    Main Photo: 737 PRIOR Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2335170
    $1,250,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2335170
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    2,836 sq. ft.
    Excellent development opportunity near the planned false creek hospital. Existing heritage home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bath to be restored. Inside the house drywall, insulation and plumbing have already been removed. In addition can build a 2 bedroom lane way home. All approved plans are available. Basement dimensions are for the lane way house. Property will have two addresses (737 and 735).SELLER WILL PAY FOR BUILDING PERMIT. MOTIVATED SELLER. Please call the listing agent for more details. More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Riverside Realty Ltd.
  • 709 PRIOR Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2334031

    Open House on Saturday, February 23, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 709 PRIOR Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2334031
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Powder Room
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Laundry Room
    • Den
    • Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Bathroom
    • Rooftop Deck
    • Rooftop Deck
    • View
    • View
    • Patio
    • Front Enterance
    • Exterior Front
    • Floor Plan
    $1,049,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2334031
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,240 sq. ft.
    This back half duplex located on the quiet side of the building (not facing Prior) is everything you have been looking for in Strathcona! This unique space features two bedrooms, a large den/office and two expertly renovated bathrooms with soaring almost 11ft. ceilings on the main and TONS of "cool" throughout. This home has been extensively updated and meticulously renovated by the current owners, featuring new kitchen, new roof, updated hardwood floors throughout, and a freshly updated rooftop deck with 360 degree city and mountain views. There's a secluded patio in the back with one parking spot. No strata fees and pets/rentals are OK. OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, Feb 23rd, 2 - 4 pm More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 515 221 UNION Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "V6A" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2341650

    Main Photo: 515 221 UNION Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "V6A" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2341650
    $998,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2341650
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    935 sq. ft.
    Exquisite, newly renovated city home at V6A. All furniture included!!!! This open concept unit has been completely renovated including installation of central air con. The kitchen offers custom white matte flat panel touch latch cabinets, Silestone "Marquita" quartz countertop & back splash, white KitchenAid appliances, Blomberg built in fridge, champagne bronze faucet w/Silgranite Blanco sink. Custom, built in walk through closet in the master leads to the stunning ensuite w/heated floors, walk-in doorless shower, matte black fixtures, champagne bronze rain shower & quartz concrete countertop. Polished concrete floors throughout. Crate & Barrel/CB2 light fixtures finish it off! V6A offers a gym/meeting room, concierge, 1 parking/1 storage, pets & rentals ok. Open house Sat, Feb 2 -2-3pm. More details
    Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
  • 315 384 E 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "Canvas" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2340152

    Main Photo: 315 384 E 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "Canvas" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2340152
    $983,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2340152
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,000 sq. ft.
    Views views views, with this rarely available perfectly laid out 2bed/2bath home at Canvas with over 1,000 sqft of living space on the quiet side of the building. The living area boasts elegant flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the room in sun light. Cook and entertain in your gourmet kitchen with extra large island, SS appliances incl. gas range and plenty of cabinet space. Wake up to mountain views from your spacious master bedroom with ensuite or work from home in your large den perfect as a home office. Enjoy amenities including gym, workshop & community gardens in this 2016 built complex still under warranty. Grab a beer at Red Truck brewery or stroll down to the Olympic Village, Main Street or hop on the SkyTrain to head downtown. Book your private showing today!!! More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 1807 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "188 Keefer" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2337889

    Main Photo: 1807 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "188 Keefer" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2337889
    $979,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2337889
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    907 sq. ft.
    2 bedroom + 2 full bathroom view property at Westbank's 188 Keefer St. Open concept corner apartment offers an amazing layout with INCREDIBLE VIEWS over top of downtown, Chinatown, to the mountains and water. Main living space offers plenty of room for entertaining with separated living/dining rooms plus a high end kitchen featuring Miele and Blomberg appliances. The bedrooms are on opposite sides of the apartment for maximum privacy & both have walk in closets. Walk to Skytrain, Science World, Rogers Arena & BC Place. Starbucks, Pizzeria Farina, Juke chicken at your door step. 1 parking spot, 2 oversized storage lockers and 2 bike storage lockers. Crosstown Elementary/Britannia Secondary. Strata Plan 900 sq.ft. professionally measured at 907 sq.ft. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 394 E 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Townhouse for sale in "CANVAS" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2338318

    Main Photo: 394 E 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Townhouse for sale in "CANVAS" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2338318
    $879,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2338318
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    895 sq. ft.
    Excellent unit at Canvas. Ground floor with a large patio for entertaining. A very unique corner unit with 12 feet ceilings throughout. A well laid out 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom with a large flex space. Features include stainless steel appliance package, laminate flooring in the living/dining, and heated floors in the main bathroom. Comes with 2 parking and 1 locker. Great amenities in the building, including a gym, large workshop and party room. Centrally located close to the Olympic Village, seawall, Main Street, and Emily Carr. A pleasure to show. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
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Listing information last updated on February 23, 2019 at 12:12 AM (UTC)

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