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Coal Harbour Then and Now

General Description

Coal HarbourCoal Harbour is the name of the Burrard Inlet south shoreline section between Stanley Park on the Brockton Peninsula on the west and the Canada Place cruise ship terminal on the east. It is also now the name of the neighbourhood adjacent to the shoreline within the City of Vancouver’s Downtown neighbourhood since its redevelopment for high-rise condominium residents in the 1990s. The Downtown Financial District is to the south beyond West Georgia Street, Burrard Street forms the eastern boundary, the shoreline is on the north, and Stanley Park to the west and north at the opening of the inlet completes the picturesque setting. A landscaped walkway for strolling or jogging lines the entire neighborhood.

Gritty History, Promising Present

The discovery of coal in the harbour in 1862 inspired the name. For many years, this area was mostly industrial, a place for shipyards, a seaplane plant, and a lumber mill. Railroads along the waterfront connected the industrial sites to inland suppliers. Industrial activity diminished after World War II and by the 1980s the area was little more than a wasteland with a railway switchyard its sole activity.

Change came with the reconstruction of Canada Place, originally an old cargo pier, for the Expo ’86 world’s fair. Recognizing the beauty of the harbour area with its views of the North Shore Mountains, Vancouver decided to rebuild the pier as an attractive, unique structure to commemorate the fair festivities. Redevelopment soon followed when in 1990 the City of Vancouver published a development plan to transform the industrial area into a residential waterfront neighborhood. One condition for prospective developers was creation of 2.75 acres of park land for every 1,000 residents. After 1995, new residential high-rise construction accelerated and in 15 years produced an entirely new neighborhood. Coal Harbour is the newest official neighbourhood of the City of Vancouver.

Coal Harbour Residents Association

An indicator of the interests and values of many inhabitants of the new official neighbourhood is the Coal Harbour Residents Association, which registered as a non-profit corporation in 2004 to maintain a high quality of life for its members. The association states its purposes as

  • To keep informed about life in the community,
  • To educate ourselves about improving the lives of all members,
  • To act collectively to bring about necessary changes,
  • To cooperate fully and honestly with whoever assists us in our community, and
  • To pursue a spirit of good will and unity.

Information Links:

http://www.boardoftrade.com
http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/west-end.aspx
http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/coal-harbour-community-centre.aspx
http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/west-end-community-plan.aspx

Splendid Location

Coal Harbour is within walking distance of the entire Downtown area, and for those with not enough time for walking buses and taxis are plentiful. The Seabus, which makes frequent 12-minute crossings of the inlet to North Vancouver, is conveniently available at the nearby SkyTrain Waterfront Station. Skytrain runs to stations in Burnaby, New Westminster, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Richmond, and Surrey as well as Vancouver, so Coal Harbour local travelers have ready access by transit to all major areas of Metro Vancouver.

The city’s official development plan made a beautifully viable residential neighbourhood from a virtually deserted industrial dump. It has two cooperative housing buildings, market and subsidized housing, and some very high-end addresses. Some say the best way to see Coal Harbour sights is on the walkway, a paved path for pedestrians and bicycles starting at Canada Place. It connects with the seawall along Stanley Park and runs along Coal Harbour’s waterfront. The route has several small parks and can be quite lively near the marina, where there are restaurants and bistros.

New Coal Harbour Live MLS Listings

Coal Harbour - A Neighborhood in Vancouver, BC

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  • PH4201 1077 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "SHAW TOWER" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2846819

    PH4201 1077 W CORDOVA Street Coal Harbour Vancouver V6C 2C6
    Main Photo: PH4201 1077 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "SHAW TOWER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2846819
    $19,988,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2846819
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    6,041 sq. ft.
    THE ROGERS TOWER PENTHOUSE formerly Shaw Tower - Epitome of luxury living spanning the entire 42nd floor. 6,041 Sq. Ft. of opulent interior living space & 2,100 Sq. Ft. of breathtaking exterior w/ panoramic views of Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, English Bay, & North Shore Mountains. Custom-designed by Robert Ledingham, featuring a chef's kitchen, radiant heat limestone floors, custom millwork, limestone gas fireplaces, art feature walls, stunning primary suite with dream closet & primary ensuite, and home theatre. Full home automation including all lighting, sunshades, and black-out shades on all windows. The expansive balconies include a private hot tub and built-in BBQ. 4 parking stalls & private storage room. Enjoy hotel-like amenities including 24-hour concierge, high-end gym, boardroom & theatre. Ideally located in the heart of Coal Harbour, steps from Coal Harbour Marina, Stanley Park, the financial district, fashionable restaurants & exclusive boutiques. Own the most exquisite home in Vancouver! More details
    Listed by VIRANI REAL ESTATE ADVISORS
  • 3601 1499 W PENDER Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "WEST PENDER PLACE" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2847069

    3601 1499 W PENDER Street Coal Harbour Vancouver V6G 0A7
    Main Photo: 3601 1499 W PENDER Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "WEST PENDER PLACE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2847069
    $15,000,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2847069
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,646 sq. ft.
    The one-and-only PENTHOUSE at the iconic West Pender Place - the whole floor! Jaw-dropping panoramic views greet you the moment you walk in. Offering 360-degree & full views of English Bay, Burrard Inlet, North Shore mtns, Stanley Park, Lions Gate, Marina & the city. The views are so close that you would feel they are within your reach. Magnificent 3,203 sf outdoor space: including an epic 2,600 sf rooftop terrace on the upper level with a hot tub where you would enjoy breathtaking views of English Bay sunset & the most beloved landmarks. All bedrooms are on the main floor. Luxury finishes: state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances, Italian cabinetry, custom-made millwork, built-in speakers throughout including the patios. 24/7 Concierge, indoor pool & hot tub, fitness, sauna, steam, lounge. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 3001 277 THURLOW Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "THREE HARBOUR GREEN" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2832405

    3001 277 THURLOW Street Coal Harbour Vancouver V6C 0C1
    Main Photo: 3001 277 THURLOW Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "THREE HARBOUR GREEN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2832405
    $13,800,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2832405
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,327 sq. ft.
    Three Harbour Green Sub-Penthouse, exceptionally maintained and situated in Coal Harbour's most prestigious waterfront building, offering sweeping unobstructed views of the ocean, mountains, and Lions Gate Bridge. This three bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home features house sized living spaces and is perfect for entertaining. Your guests will experience stunning views from throughout the home and the large view terrace with outdoor fireplace is perfect for experiencing Coal Harbour's active waterfront where you can watch the boats, seaplanes, and cruise ships moving about the harbour. First class building amenities include a 24/7 concierge, indoor pool, sauna, squash courts, theatre, gym, guest suite, and golf simulator. Complete with two private double garages with parking for four cars. More details
    Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 2701 323 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "THE ESCALA" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2846966

    2701 323 JERVIS Street Coal Harbour Vancouver V6C 3P8
    Main Photo: 2701 323 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "THE ESCALA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2846966
    $11,498,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2846966
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    3,948 sq. ft.
    THE ESCALA – Waterfront Sub-Penthouse in Coal Harbour Seawall. Rare offering encompassing the entire 27th floor with 360° ocean, mountain & city views. Approx 3900 SF of luxury living space opening to 1900 SF terrace, entertainment-sized living & dining, 10’ ceilings &; signature FP, walls of glass, custom gourmet island kitch, top-of-the-line appliances & breakfast bar, adj family rm – all 4 bedrm suite incl a spacious master w/FP, walk-in & ensuite plus 3 ensuited guest bedrms. Add’ll features incl direct access elevator, custom built-ins, integrated home automation, AC, 2 gated prkg plus 2 prkg w/EV charging & storage. Premium Building amenities incl 24-hr concierge/security, indoor atrium lap pool, sauna, steam rm, gym, whirlpool, theatre & sundeck. Steps to marina, seawall & city living. More details
    Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
  • 1902 1169 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2848054

    1902 1169 W CORDOVA Street Coal Harbour Vancouver V6C 3T1
    Main Photo: 1902 1169 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2848054
    $8,680,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2848054
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,627 sq. ft.
    The Coal Harbour area stands as Vancouver's most esteemed location. This exclusive waterfront residence redefines opulence with its awe-inspiring vistas of the inlet, North Shore Mountains, and Stanley Park. Indulge in luxurious amenities such as a 24-hour concierge, pool, hot tub, sauna/steam room, and a top-tier fitness center. Situated mere steps away from world-class waterfront dining, high-end shopping, and the marina, this property grants access to the magnificent Vancouver Seawall, extending from Stanley Park to False Creek. Boasting a professionally designed two-bedroom condo, this home features striking floor-to-ceiling windows providing panoramic, unobstructed views, a dream chef's kitchen, an expansive deck, and a private three-car garage. School Zone: Lord Roberts Elementary. More details
    Listed by Luxmore Realty
  • 301 1169 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2833883

    301 1169 W CORDOVA Street Coal Harbour Vancouver V6C 3T1
    Main Photo: 301 1169 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2833883
    $8,660,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2833883
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,540 sq. ft.
    Nestled in Vancouver's prestigious One Harbour Green, this northwest-facing residence offers unparalleled luxury with breathtaking ocean and mountain views. Designed for seamless indoor-outdoor living, the approximately 6000 sq ft space features a terrace with a Zen garden, water feature, and outdoor Cabana. Mere steps from the seawall, the home boasts two bedroom suites, a private den, polished marble floors, and a top-of-the-line kitchen. With 12-ft ceilings, air conditioning, CRESTON automation, power shades, and a private 3-car garage, this residence embodies sophistication. Enjoy 24-hour concierge service and access to five-star amenities in this extraordinary blend of elegance and convenience. More details
    Listed by Luxmore Realty
  • 1102 277 THURLOW Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "Three Harbour Green" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2795332

    1102 277 THURLOW Street Coal Harbour Vancouver V6C 0C1
    Main Photo: 1102 277 THURLOW Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "Three Harbour Green" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2795332
    $8,500,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2795332
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,630 sq. ft.
    The MOST COVETED 02 home in the most prestigious Three Harbour Green in Vancouver! WATERFRONT - unobstructed, sweeping views of ocean, north shore mountains, Stanley Park, Lions Gate, the Lions Peaks, Cypress, Grouse & Mt. Seymour. 10' ceiling with 30' extra wide frontage creating exceptional expansiveness. 02 home in 3HG is the best kept secret in Coal Harbour – the strategic location opens up the views all the way from northwest to northeast, capturing stunning sunset and sunrise. 02 is EXTREMELY rare to become available. Since 2015, only two 02 homes like this were transacted. Den can be comfortably used as a guest bdrm. Ultimate luxury: Pininfarina designed kitchen by Snaidero of Italy, L'O di Giotto bath, etc. Private 2-car garage w/ storage. 24/7 concierge, resort-style amenities! More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 302 277 THURLOW Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "THREE HARBOUR GARDEN" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2847534

    302 277 THURLOW Street Coal Harbour Vancouver V6C 0C1
    Main Photo: 302 277 THURLOW Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "THREE HARBOUR GARDEN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2847534
    $8,460,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2847534
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,366 sq. ft.
    The 3HG represents the zenith of exclusive living in Vancouver. Nestled at the prestigious Coal Harbour waterfront, standing as the final architectural jewel in this sought-after enclave. It offers an expanse of 3,360 ft of lavish living space, 20ft ceiling living area, perfectly framing the awe-inspiring water & mountain views. Boasts a vast wrap-around terrace, sprawling nearly 800ft, Italian gas fireplace/barbecue, creating a serene outdoor sanctuary. Featuring a kitchen masterfully designed by Pininfarina in collaboration with the renowned Ferrari design team, and equipped with Snaidero cabinetry from Italy, Subzero and Miele appliances. Bathrooms are graced with the sophisticated L'O di Giotto series. comes with a spacious private 3 cars garage, paired with 2 generous storage rooms. More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 3407 1011 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "The Estate at Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2823451

    3407 1011 W CORDOVA Street Coal Harbour Vancouver V6C 0B2
    Main Photo: 3407 1011 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "The Estate at Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2823451
    $7,990,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2823451
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,667 sq. ft.
    The Estates at Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver offer elegant, timeless architecture that complements its prime location. These luxurious living spaces, perfect for Coal Harbour's global elite, feature contemporary design and captivating views. This residence is a true masterpiece, boasting beauty, quality, and attention to detail. As a resident, you'll enjoy an exclusive, effortless lifestyle with 24/7 Fairmont services. Meticulous attention to detail and undeniable WOW factors are evident in every aspect of this exquisite home, a source of immense pride for the owner. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group - Vancouver First Realty
  • 2101 1233 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2849156

    2101 1233 W CORDOVA Street Coal Harbour Vancouver V6C 3R1
    Main Photo: 2101 1233 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2849156
    $7,800,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2849156
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,620 sq. ft.
    Enjoy breathtaking 180+ degree views of Coal Harbour, see the cauldron from your own home and enjoy the green rooftop of the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre! Steps to Harbour Green Park and Coal Harbour community centre. Take a short trip to Victoria and the Gulf Islands by taking a short 5 minute walk to Harbour Air. Across the street from Urban Fare and enjoy a fantastic selection of world class restaurants all within a 10-15 minute walk! What an opportunity to own a prestigious address in downtown Vancouver! More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty (Kingsway) Ltd. and Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
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