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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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  • 702 138 ATHLETES Way in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2205940

    Main Photo: 702 138 ATHLETES Way in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2205940
    $6,500,888
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2205940
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,218 sq. ft.
    Stunning waterfront views. One of a kind, rare, exclusive, luxurious Olympic Village Penthouse with outstanding views of False Creek, Downtown Vancouver and the Northshore Mountains. Enjoy the breathtaking serene views from inside, or if you prefer, from your private rooftop patio. The benefits of this palatial penthouse are endless, but include: Massive Rooftop Patio, 3 Bedrooms each with full ensuite, seawall from your lobby doorstep, exquisite new hardwood floors, luscious new carpets in all 3 bedrooms, 4k upshift projector including KEF in wall surround sound speakers, short walk to Urban Fare, Terra Breads, Tap & Barrel, and so much more. This truly is Penthouse living at its finest. A once in a lifetime opportunity. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
  • 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
    $4,400,000
    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
  • 101 181 ATHLETES Way in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "CANADA HOUSE" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2202225

    Main Photo: 101 181 ATHLETES Way in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "CANADA HOUSE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2202225
    $4,188,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2202225
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,400 sq. ft.
    Canada House - Designed by the renowned Arthur Erickson, this waterfront property is one of the more sought after buildings in Vancouver. This spectacular 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom ground level home is sure to impress with over 2400 sqft of open living space. The beautiful open concept kitchen highlights Miele appliances, custom Eggersmann cabinetry, and engineered hardwood floors that run throughout the home. The living and dining area are highlighted with oversized windows & soaring 10' ceilings. The large master bedroom suite has a generously sized walk-in closet & a beautiful spa-like bathroom with glass shower and a separate free-standing soaker tub. Enjoy the stunning city skyline, false creek water and north shore mountain views from your private patio. Includes a private 2 car garage. OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, October 22nd from 2:30-4pm More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
  • 301 150 ATHLETES Way in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "BRIDGE" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2211960

    Main Photo: 301 150 ATHLETES Way in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "BRIDGE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2211960
    • Private elevator entrance
    $3,688,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2211960
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,359 sq. ft.
    Stunning False Creek water views! This luxury 3 Bed/3 bath + 2 office/den + flex has a private elevator that goes directly to the suite. Beautiful open concept with over height 9'+ high ceilings, hardwood flooring, expansive windows, German-imported chef’s kitchen with Miele S/S appliances – gas range/oven, wine fridge, dishwasher & Sub-Zero fridge. Eggersman cabinetry & luxury faucets throughout. Includes 2 side-by-side parking & storage locker. Gold Medal Club amenities; pool, sauna, fitness room, concierge. Central location; walk out your door and enjoy this incredible lifestyle where you are steps to the seawall, London Drugs, Legacy Liquor Store, Urban Fare, top restaurants, Aquabus, Canada Line. Call for your exclusive private tour. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
  • 502 118 ATHLETES Way in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "Shoreline at the Village on False Creek" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2208955

    Main Photo: 502 118 ATHLETES Way in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "Shoreline at the Village on False Creek" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2208955
    $2,990,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2208955
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,633 sq. ft.
    Opulence at Olympic Village! This superb waterfront residence graced by wall-to-wall windows is a haven with dramatic views of False Creek & North Shore Mountains. This luxurious 2 bed & den sub penthouse is a dream home in a high-end community. The private entryway draws you into a spacious layout made for entertaining. The living room with expansive windows and front balcony is the dramatic focal point accompanied by a large dining area, chef's kitchen, 2nd bed, storage, den and a second balcony overlooking the lush interior garden. The master suite presents a balcony overlooking the water & opulent ensuite bath. Easy walk to shopping, dining, transit and Aquabus plus an indoor pool, hot tub & exercise room at your convenience. More details
    Keller Williams Elite Realty and KellerWilliamsRealtyVanCentral
  • 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
    $2,299,000
    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
  • 1201 88 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "THE ONE" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2213933

    Main Photo: 1201 88 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "THE ONE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2213933
    $2,288,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2213933
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,270 sq. ft.
    Your private oasis in the city! RARELY AVAILABLE, CORNER 2 bedroom & Den & Solarium PENTHOUSE HOME offers plenty of natural sunlight and FOREVER views of beautiful False Creek water, Science World & heritage Craft house! This unit is a special one! It features a private rooftop patio perfect for enjoying your morning Coffee or a glass of wine while sunbathing in the afternoon. Be the envy of all in this fabulous location: mins from downtown, amenities, shops, best restaurants, breweries and steps to the World Famous Vancouver Seawall. Resort-style amenities include Outdoor lap pool, hot tub, meeting room & gym. Schedule your private showing to discover and appreciate all the reasons why this is your next new home! More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
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Listing information last updated on October 17, 2017
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