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False Creek Redevelopment

The Industrial Past

False CreekThe False Creek inlet of English Bay on the Strait of Georgia separates Downtown Vancouver from the rest of the city to the south. With the Burrard Inlet, English Bay, and the Frasr River, it is the least of the four bodies of water around the City of Vancouver to the north, west, and south. It was named by George Henry Richards during his Hydrographic survey of 1856-63. The Burrard Street, Granville Street, and Cambie bridges span the inlet, and the SkyTrain Canada Line tunnel crosses under it near the Cambie Street Bridge. In 1986, the north shore of False Creek was the main site of the Expo 86 World’s Fair.

False Creek once went as far east as Clark Drive. During World War I, the Great Northern Railway and the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway filled in that part for new land for yards and terminals. False Creek was the main industrial area of Vancouver through the 1950s, home to many sawmills, small port operations, and the western terminals of the major Canadian railroads. As industries relocated to other areas, the False Creek locale physically deteriorated. In 1960, the BC Forest Products plant and lumber storage facility on the south shore caught fire and burned to the ground in total destruction.

Changing Land Use

After the BC Forest Products disaster, the assertion of citizen participation in urban planning determined the future use of southside False Creek in debates on freeways and urban renewal projects. Influential citizens opposed plans for freeways through the city and radically changed decision making on land use. Major public involvement established priorities for an accessible waterfront seawall, mixed housing of market condominium, co-op, subsidized units, and houseboats formalized in a 1972 official development plan which reserved a third of the site for housing at 40 units per acre and the rest for park, waterfront, and community uses.

Northside False Creek became famous as the main site for Expo 86, after which the provincial government sold the site to a developer with ideas for a high-density waterfront community. A 1991 official development plan permitted the new market-based density accompanied by street-front shops and services, parks, community centres, daycares, and co-op and low-income housing. Most of the north shore is now a new neighbourhood of dense housing adding 50,000 new residents to Vancouver’s downtown peninsula.

Information Links:

cambievillage.com
http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/southeast-false-creek.aspx
http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/northeast-false-creek.aspx
http://www.falsecreekcc.ca

Transportation

False Creek 2Aquabus and False Creek Ferries operate daily service at points along False Creek from the Village Ferry to the Maritime Museum docks. English Bay Launch operates daily service from Granville Island to Bowen Island out in the strait “in under an hour.”

Recreation

False Creek is a very popular watercourse for dragon boating, canoeing, kayaking, public ferries, charter ships, and visiting pleasure boats. There are 10 marinas with berths for 1500 watercraft and several paddling clubs and boat rental facilities. Since 1986, False Creek has been the venue for the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival and other paddling events.

False Creek Wildlife

Since suspension of industrial activity, cormorants, ducks, geese, gulls, herons, kingfishers, and owls have returned as have harbour seals. In May 2010 a grey whale entered False Creek and traversed its full inland length before returning to the open water of the Strait of Georgia.

New False Creek Live MLS Listings

False Creek Redevelopment Vancouver, BC

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  • 905 1633 ONTARIO Street in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "KAYAK" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2118094

    Main Photo: 905 1633 ONTARIO Street in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "KAYAK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2118094
    $4,600,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2118094
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,702 sq. ft.
    Luxury home in the waterfront community of The Village on False Creek! LEED Platinum certified, the most sustainable in the world. Features high ceilings, German imported kitchens, Eggersman cabinetry & luxury faucets throughout. State-of-the-art heating and cooling system, Miele S/S appliances, gas range, oven, dishwasher and Sub-Zero fridge. Amenities incl Gold Medal Club, a separate fitness room & furnished lounged are located in the lobby. The plaza is anchored by Urban Fare Grocery, London Drugs, Legacy Liquor store & more. Steps from Canada Line & Expo Skytrain Stations, bus lines, Aquabus & seawall. More details
    Rennie Marketing Systems
  • 801 138 ATHLETES Way in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2204765

    Main Photo: 801 138 ATHLETES Way in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2204765
    $2,898,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2204765
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,370 sq. ft.
    Waterfront penthouse in the heart of the Olympic Village. This truly is one of the rarest properties on the south side of False Creek. 1370 square feet of functional and modern living PLUS another 1168 square feet of private rooftop deck space for all the entertaining you can possibly imagine. Open the front door and step into the bright and spacious living area with a wall of windows gazing out onto the mellow waters of False creek and across to the North Shore mountains. Forever unobstructed views of Science World, BC Place, and the Downtown skyline. An absolute one of a kind perspective. Recent 2017 renovation, separated bedrooms, fully tiled bathrooms, designated office space, ample in-suite storage plus locker underground, and 2 parking stalls. This is one that cannot be replicated. More details
    Prompton Real Estate Serv.Inc.
  • 1702 1565 W 6TH Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "6TH & Fir" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2144770

    Main Photo: 1702 1565 W 6TH Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "6TH & Fir" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2144770
    $2,698,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2144770
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,367 sq. ft.
    VIEW,VIEW, VIEW!!!Welcome to 6th&Fir - A premier boutique development built by award winning Westbank ! Only 46 units in the whole building.This 3Bedrooms SUB-Penthouse suite offers 1367 SF of luxury living with expansive windows, showcasing the fabulous views of English Bay, Stanley Park, Downtown and False Creek. Features Hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances, quartz counter tops and air-conditioning. Close to high end shops, restaurants, transportation, Granville Island and Downtown. A rare offering! Call for your private viewing. OPEN HOUSE: MARCH, 18TH, SAT,2-4 More details
    Metro Edge Realty
  • 404 1616 COLUMBIA Street in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2202611

    Main Photo: 404 1616 COLUMBIA Street in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2202611
    $2,488,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2202611
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,429 sq. ft.
    This ultimate residence in the “Bridge” building at The Village of False Creek waterfront offers stunning views of wtr, prk & Vancouver skyline. This is a rare find. The automated ext. sunshades will protect you and keep the space comfortable even on the hot day of summer. Inside, the geothermal cooling system keeps the temperature perfect year round, functional 1,429sq. ft. floor plan layout of 3 bdrm plus office space with custom-made office furniture, 2 bth, built in closet organizers and wine fridge in flex room off kitchen and a 315 sq. ft. entertainment size patio, 10' ceiling, Miele and Sub-Zero appliances with numerous upgrades including built-in sound system, custom LED lighting, custom back painted glass cabinetry, hardwood flrs & custom millwork throughout. More details
    Macdonald Realty
  • 205 181 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "THE VILLAGE ON FALSE CREEK - BROOKE" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2118071

    Main Photo: 205 181 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "THE VILLAGE ON FALSE CREEK - BROOKE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2118071
    $2,399,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2118071
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,118 sq. ft.
    Welcome to Brook! This spectacular 2 BR unit has an open 1118 SF layout ad facing Hinge Park. Luxury living at the Village on False Creek is almost sold out. German imported kitchens, luxury faucets throughout, state of the art heating & cooling system. Miele SS appliances, gas range, oven, dishwasher & Subzero fridge. Amenities include Gold Medal Club, a separate fitness room & furnished lounge are located in the lobby. The plaza is anchored by Urban Fare Grocery, London Drugs, Legacy Liquor Store & more. Steps from Canada Line & Expo Skytrain, bus lines. Aquabus & seawall. More details
    Rennie Marketing Systems
  • 104 181 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "THE VILLAGE ON FALSE CREEK - BROOK" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2118109

    Main Photo: 104 181 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "THE VILLAGE ON FALSE CREEK - BROOK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2118109
    $2,299,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2118109
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,070 sq. ft.
    Welcome to Brook! This spectacular 2-BR ground level unit has an open 1070 sf layout. Luxury living at The Village on False Creek is almost sold out. German imported kitchens, luxury faucets throughout. State-of-the-art heating and cooling system, Miele S/S appliances, gas range, oven, dishwasher and Sub-Zero fridge. Amenities include Gold Medal Club, a separate Fitness room & furnished lounge are located in the lobby. Steps from Canada Line & Expo Skytrain Stations, Aquabus, Seawall, Urban Fare Grocery, London Drugs and Restaurants. More details
    Rennie Marketing Systems
  • 1653 ONTARIO Street in Vancouver: False Creek Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2225384

    Main Photo: 1653 ONTARIO Street in Vancouver: False Creek Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2225384
    $2,288,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2225384
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,673 sq. ft.
    A first of it's kind, truly a unique gem in the Village False Creek area. A rare opportunity to live in a 3 bedroom, 3 bath 2 level townhouse featuring excellent square-footage and storage space. Corner unit offering beautiful window finishing's to allow views of Science World in the evening.Central Air Conditioning and Heating provided to adjust room temperature as preferred Stroll across the seawall or grab a cup of coffee at Terra Breads, grab your groceries at the Urban Fare through the parking lot's connected underground access. Walking distance to recreation center & excellent location with Canada Line skytrain minutes away. Please call for your private showing 24 hours notice preferred. First Open House, Dec 9/10, 1-3pm. Offers presented Tuesday, Dec 12th, 5pm. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam)
  • 2115 COLUMBIA Street in Vancouver: False Creek House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2207691

    Main Photo: 2115 COLUMBIA Street in Vancouver: False Creek House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2207691
    $2,198,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2207691
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,600 sq. ft.
    Beautiful West Side Character Home! This tastefully updated home boasts character and charm, a new kitchen complete with Custom Cabinets, S/S Appliances, Quartz Counters..., 3 spacious bedrooms up PLUS a bonus unfinished attic space with over 500 sq ft. The basement includes an office space with a built-in desk and a full one bedroom suite with separate entry. Enjoy the private backyard with a large elevated deck and a lower patio ideal for entertaining. Other upgrades include a new roof, gutters and fence. All this plus an excellent location - close to trendy shops, and restaurants plus only a short walk to the Olympic Village and all its amenities. This gem is a rare find! More details
    RE/MAX All Points Realty
  • 1567 MARINER Walk in Vancouver: False Creek Townhouse for sale in "THE LAGOONS" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2225875

    Main Photo: 1567 MARINER Walk in Vancouver: False Creek Townhouse for sale in "THE LAGOONS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2225875
    $2,100,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2225875
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,222 sq. ft.
    Exceptional WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE w/WATER, MARINA, CITY & MOUNTAIN VIEWS from every room. Bright 2222 sf. corner townhouse with 3 bdrms, 2.5 baths on 3 levels. Private top floor has the master suite w/panoramic view, an office, a WIC, a large balcony and is ensuite w/a skylight. The main floor has the living rm w/a fireplace, a dinrm w/a 2nd balcony, a powder rm, and a kitchen all w/spectacular views. The lower level has 2 more bdrms w/wonderful views, a 2nd bathrm, a deck, it feels like you are floating above the water. The Lagoons is well maintained, architecturally unique and completely rainscreened. 2.5 parking spaces. Pets ok, no rentals, spacious storage, COV lease until 2046. Steps to Gran Is, seawall, restaurants, the More details
    Sutton Group - Grimson Realty
  • PH 1101 1887 CROWE Street in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "PINNACLE LIVING FALSE CREEK" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2213724

    Main Photo: PH 1101 1887 CROWE Street in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "PINNACLE LIVING FALSE CREEK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2213724
    $1,999,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2213724
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,371 sq. ft.
    RARELY AVAILABLE! One of a kind West facing PENTHOUSE at Pinnacle Living in the Heart of False Creek. This WATERFRONT 2 bedroom w/A/C home was once a 3 Bedroom converted for roomy comfortable living with 1371 Sq. Ft. ENGLISH BAY & DOWNTOWN CITY VIEWS. 2 patios w/ Gas hook-up, totalling Over 600 Sq. ft. of ROOFTOP outdoor space. GOURMET Kitchens: Granite countertops, Porcelain Tile floor, Fisher Paykel STAINLESS Fridge, BOSCH four burner cook-top, Built in Wall oven & microwave perfect for cooking and entertaining guests. This LUXURY residence is next to it all! Steps to Canada Line & Water Taxi. Next to Premiere restaurants, Tap & Barrel, Terra breads, Flying Pig, JJ Bean & more! Amenties: Concierge, Gym & Party room. 2 Parking + 1 Locker. Pets & Rentals allowed. OPEN HOUSE SAT 14TH 2-4PM. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty
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Listing information last updated on December 11, 2017
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