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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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  • 2401 277 THURLOW Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "Three Harbour Green" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2160571

    Main Photo: 2401 277 THURLOW Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "Three Harbour Green" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2160571
    $12,880,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2160571
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,155 sq. ft.
    The most sought after two-level Residences at Three Harbour Green boast full height 21 foot floor to ceiling windows framing an unobstructed view of Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge, Coal Harbour & the North Shore Mountains. These most sought after premier residences offer an expansive entertainment size floor plan with large walk out covered 315 sq.ft. terrace with fireplace providing an indoor outdoor lifestyle like no other suites in the building Extensively upgraded throughout with polished porcelain floors, custom millwork, Italian Pinnafarina kitchen with all Miele & Sub Zero top grade appliances, additional Chinese service kitchen & walk in temperature controlled feature glass wine storage. This residence provides 3 full bedroom suites, private family room/den & 3 car garage. More details
    Angell Hasman (Malcolm Hasman)
  • 2301 277 THURLOW Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2181451

    Main Photo: 2301 277 THURLOW Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2181451
    $11,880,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181451
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,500 sq. ft.
    Three Harbour Green IBI Architects designed built by ASPAC. Breath taking unobstructed panoramic views of ocean/mountains, north shore,Stanley Park, Coal Harbour Marina. Ultra high-end! Finished elegantly with Snaidero kitchens from Italy, L'O di Giotto bathrooms, move closets, 10'ceilings etc. Private secured double garage w storage room. Relax/dine on your covered balcony w its own gas fireplace. Building amenities:24HR Concierge,exclusive private club w squash court, virtual golf,billiards,movie theatre, indoor pool,swirlpool,steam, sauna,fitness&yoga room. More details
    Sincere Real Estate Services
  • 1901 323 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2222460

    Main Photo: 1901 323 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2222460
    $10,500,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2222460
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,488 sq. ft.
    Proudly presenting this premiere residence at Escala Waterfront! Rare opportunity to own this sought after property boasting nearly 3500 sqft in open concept space with 2 patios, with views of Lions Gate Bridge, Marina, Stanley Park, Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains. The property has a full front North, East and Western exposure with 3 full bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Featuring a contemporary kitchen with full size Sub Zero Fridge, gas fire place, air conditioning, floor to ceiling windows, limestone floors, an exceptional master bedroom, media room, walk-in -closet, laundry room, office and much more! Designed by world renowned architect James Chang. Enjoy full amenities, 4 parking spaces and 2 storage lockers. More details
    Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • PH8 1717 BAYSHORE Drive in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "BAYSHORE GARDENS" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2217729

    Main Photo: PH8 1717 BAYSHORE Drive in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "BAYSHORE GARDENS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2217729
    $7,198,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2217729
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,152 sq. ft.
    Rare opportunity to own one of Vancouver’s most prestigious WATER FRONT penthouses! Located in Coal Harbour’s sought after Bayshore Gardens, this one of a kind residence is the pinnacle of luxury living! This condo offers a spacious 3,152 square foot floor plan with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen, and over 700 square feet of terrace space overlooking Coal Harbour Marina and Sea Wall. Natural light pours in from the expansive floor to ceiling windows showcasing unobstructed views of the mountains, water, and Stanley Park. Enjoy everything the city has to offer with Vancouver’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment all within walking distance. Call to schedule your private viewing today! OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY DEC 10TH 2-4PM More details
    RE/MAX Masters Realty
  • 5905 1151 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2209714

    Main Photo: 5905 1151 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2209714
    $6,950,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2209714
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,117 sq. ft.
    View! View! View! 270 degree amazing mountain, water and city view. Three bedroom and den Elite collection at the Trump Tower designed by Vancouver's very own Arthur Erickson. 2117 square feet of luxurious living with breathtaking view of Stanley Park, Coal Harbour, North Shore mountains and Simon Fraser. 2 ensuites, central air-conditioning, stunning white Italian kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, wine fridge, steam oven. Hotel room service, Concierge and Rolls Royce car service, direct access to world class hotel amenities, Mott 32 restaurant, champagne bar, and Drai's lounge. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 104 1169 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Townhouse for sale in "ONE HARBOUR GREEN" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2223804

    Main Photo: 104 1169 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Townhouse for sale in "ONE HARBOUR GREEN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2223804
    $6,880,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2223804
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,636 sq. ft.
    'ONE HARBOUR GREEN', WORLD CLASS PREMIER WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT with only 57 exclusive spectacular VIEW SUITES in the Heart of COAL HARBOUR. This is a MUST SEE. A RARELY available SOPHISTICATED 3 BEDROOM, 2 LEVEL, GATED TOWN HOME at the MOST PRESTIGIOUS ADDRESS. Over $500K spent in the latest technology to create a fully automated and superbly designed over 2543 s.f. of interior, featuring a fully integrated 5 zone audio/theater systems; custom wall-to-wall built-in cabinetry to compliment it's well equipped Snaidero Kitchen, exquisite new H/W flooring, color-changing LED lighting, HUNTER DOUGLAS privacy shades, camera/security systems, a 3 car private garage all controlled electronically with ease. The 20' ceiling with a grand spiral staircase welcomes you to the Foyer facing N and also E to the Zen water feature. The bright Sunken LVN/RM with high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows bring in the outdoor and the panoramic view. An URBAN SANCTUARY with RESORT-LIKE lobby and amenities. 24/7 concierge services. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
  • 1203 535 NICOLA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2187856

    Main Photo: 1203 535 NICOLA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2187856
    $6,380,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2187856
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    3,080 sq. ft.
    View, view, view! 360 degree stunning Panoramic water, mountain and park views. 3080 sq. ft. concrete high end home features 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 storage rooms and 4 parking spots. Large and functional layout provides you with a comfortable and beautiful home. Many great features such as top quality appliances, A/C, security system, 24 hour concierge, health club, gym, and more. Very convenient location in Downtown Vancouver. Close to schools, shopping, public transportation, etc. Great opportunity for self-use and as investment. Must see! More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 3406 1011 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "FAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2193327

    Main Photo: 3406 1011 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "FAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2193327
    $6,250,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2193327
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,320 sq. ft.
    Welcome to the Fairmont Pacific Rim—a collection of ultramodern luxury residences designed by award-winning architect James Cheng. At 2,320 Sq.Ft., this SPECTACULAR WATERFRONT home in the highly coveted Coal Harbour area offers UNPARALLELED PANORAMIC views of the majestic North Shore mountains, the calming waters of Burrard Inlet, and world-renowned Stanley Park. Inside, you will delight in the abundance of detailed custom-work completed throughout: murphy bed organizers, shelving, closets in bedrooms and office, surrounding wall piece for fireplace, quartz counter-top and cabinets for kitchen island, waterfall feature in living room & plenty more. Enjoy resort-style amenities including 24-hour concierge, outdoor pool, spa, fitness centre, theatre room & limousine service. More details
    Rennie & Associates Realty
  • 3702 1211 MELVILLE Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2184806

    Main Photo: 3702 1211 MELVILLE Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2184806
    • Exterior Front
    $5,280,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2184806
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,203 sq. ft.
    This sub-penthouse unit, is a former display unit with luxurious furniture, large 2,200 sq ft with view of mountains, harbor, Stanley Park. 3 bedrooms; 2.5 bathroom plus den and storage. 10 ft ceiling, large kitchen with granite kitchen island. Suite is equipped with air conditioning, heat pump. Great facilities indoor swimming pool, whirlpool sauna, steam room and state-of-the-art gym. Located in Coal Harbor close to shop, seawall. side by side 2 parking, locker. More details
    Homeland Realty
  • 3403 1011 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "FAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2224523

    Main Photo: 3403 1011 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Coal Harbour Condo for sale in "FAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2224523
    $4,988,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2224523
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,824 sq. ft.
    Welcome to the Fairmont Pacific Rim – a collection of ultramodern Luxury Residences designed by renowned architect James Cheng. Enjoy the views of the Panoramic ocean, Northshore mountains & city views from this luxurious & ultra modern unit which offers 2 large bedrooms, 3 bath. This beautiful unit features 1,824 sqft luxury living included: kitchens by Boffi, Dorn Bracht, Miele and Sub-Zero appliances, granite countertops, air-conditioning. Located atop a 5-star Fairmont Hotel, enjoy world-class amenities such as 24-hour concierge, room service, theatre room, fitness center, pool/poolside bar/hot-tub, sauna and much more. 1 Parking in P5 - 183. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
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