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3210 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in “WOODWARDS W43” (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2227108

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Gastown in Peace and War

Where Vancouver Began

GastownGastown, a National Historic Site of Canada, is the area northeast of Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, within Hastings, Main, and Richards Streets and the Burrard Inlet waterfront. Vancouver’s first downtown core, where it all began and where the roots remain visible in cobblestone streets and antique streetlights, all of which look like a slice of history between the high-rises of Downtown and the waterfront train yard. Gastown’s name comes from legendary “Gassy” Jack Deighton, a steamboat captain who in 1867 opened the first saloon.

Early Gastown prospered as the site of a sawmill, a seaport, and, not least, an after-hours resort for loggers, fishermen, and the crews of sailing ships. In 1886, the town incorporated as the City of Vancouver but lost all but two of its buildings in the Great Vancouver Fire of that same year. The rebuilt area thrived again as an important ferry and steamship docking and staging area with Hastings and Main as the town centre.

Preserving the Visible 19th Century

After the Great Depression of the 1930s, Gastown fell into decay, decline, and disrepair as a skid row area of cheap beer parlours and flophouses. In the 1960s, citizen concern over preservation of Gastown’s distinctive architecture, which, as in nearby Chinatown and Strathcona, was to be torn down to clear space for a freeway into Downtown, drove a campaign that in 1971 persuaded the provincial government to declare the area an historical site to protect its heritage buildings.

Perhaps Gastown’s most famous landmark is the steam-powered clock at Cambie and Water streets. Built to cover a steam grate of Vancouver’s distributed steam-heating system, the clock prevents street people from sleeping on the grate in cold weather. The low-pressure downtown-wide steam heating network from a plant adjacent to the Georgia Viaduct powers a miniature steam engine in the clock’s base.

Gastown 1Entertainment and Hospitality

Gastown endured decades of neglect as the derelict part of town. Recent revitalization has turned skid row into a stylish destination of unusual enterprises in entertainment, gastronomy, and hospitality. On Alexander Street near Main in the northeastern corner of Gastown, the Alibi Room has “50 taps of local & imported craft beer,” some exclusive to the pub, for beer lovers. On Water Street, there are great meal deals at Pourhouse. On Blood Alley Square, a banner of an upside-down salt shaker beckons passersby to the Salt Tasting Room, a small, friendly tavern where patrons can “assemble a Tasting Plate from our chalkboard’s selection of 10 cheeses, 10 meats, and 10 condiments. The selections change constantly, making it almost impossible to have the same Salt experience twice.”

Visitor Parking

For visitors to Vancouver, parking is no easier and probably more difficult in the busy nightlife of Gastown than in any other part of Downtown Vancouver. Fortunately, the presence one block west of Richards and Water streets of the SkyTrain Waterfront Station and the terminal of the Seabus to North Vancouver makes Gastown access much easier than by car.

Gastown Riot

Gastown entertainment and hospitality were in unusually short supply on 7 August 1971, when hundreds converged on Maple Tree Square at Alexander, Powell, and Water streets to protest drug law raids. By 10:00 AM, the crowd numbered almost 2,000. After reports of broken windows, the police decided to clear the crowd. After the crowd ignored a warning to disperse, police officers on horseback and in riot gear took action in a battle with people throwing rocks and bottles.

An investigation found that the crowd had not degenerated into a mob and that individual officers had used “unnecessary, unwarranted, and excessive force.” Investigator recommendations were to ban demonstrators from taking over public streets, to train police officers specifically for crowd control, to use horses for crowd control on sidewalks only, and to eliminate the use of plainclothes officers for crowd control.

Information Links:

gastown.org

http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/hastings.aspx

http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/dtes-local-area-plan.aspx

New Gastown Live MLS Listings

3210 128 W CORDOVA Street
Downtown VW Vancouver V6B 0E6

$1,499,000
Residential Attached beds: 2 baths: 2.0 1,166 sq. ft. built: 2009

Main Photo: 3210 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WOODWARDS W43" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227108
Prop. Type:
Residential Attached
MLS® Num:
R2227108
Status:
Active
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Year Built:
2009
Stunning corner unit with unobstructed panoramic views of the North Shore Mountains and Downtown Vancouver. Featuring 1,166 sq ft., this 2 bed 2 bath skyloft comes with newly renovated floors and new kitchen and bathroom quartz counters. In the heart of Gastown, the Woodwards building is an iconic landmark with built-in commercial services at the base including Nesters, London Drugs and JJ Bean. A number of World Class dining options are only within a two block radius. Don't miss out on this amazing unit! Also comes with 2 parking.
Property Type:
Residential Attached
Dwelling Type:
Apartment/Condo
Home Style:
Year built:
2009 (Age: 9)
Total area:
1,166 sq. ft.
Total Floor Area:
1,166 sq. ft.
Total unfinished area:
0 sq. ft.
Main Floor Area:
1,166 sq. ft.
Floor Area Above Main:
0 sq. ft.
Floor Area Below Main:
0 sq. ft.
Basement Area:
0 sq. ft.
Finished Levels:
1.0
Rainscreen:
Bedrooms:
2 (Above Grd: 2)
Bathrooms:
2.0 (Full:2/Half:0)
Kitchens:
1
Rooms:
6
Taxes:
$2,415.4 / 2017
Lot Area:
0 sq. ft.
Rear Yard Exposure:
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Balcony(s)
Water Supply:
Plan:
BCS3528
Heating:
Construction:
Foundation:
Basement:
None
Roof:
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Fireplaces:
0
Parking:
Parking Total/Covered:
2 / 2
Parking Access:
Exterior Finish:
Title to Land:
Freehold Strata
Suite:
Floor
Type
Size
Other
Main
Main
Main
Main
Main
Main
Floor
Ensuite
Pieces
Other
Main
Main
Pets Allowed w/Rest., Rentals Allowed
$667.73
Clothes Washer/Dryer/Fridge/Stove/DW
Club House, Elevator, Exercise Centre, Swirlpool/Hot Tub
WATER, MOUNTAINS, CITY
PL BCS3528 LT 278 DL OGT LD 36 TOGETHER WITH AN INTEREST IN THE COMMON PROPERTY IN PRO
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Property Disclosure:
Fixtures Leased:
Fixtures Removed:
Cats:
Yes
Dogs:
Yes
Services Connected:
Electricity, Natural Gas, Sanitary Sewer, Water
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Previous Price:
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