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139 ALEXANDER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Townhouse for sale in “Alexander Row” (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2245307

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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

139 ALEXANDER Street
Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 1B8

$2,468,000
Residential Attached beds: 2 baths: 3.0 2,469 sq. ft. built: 1995

Main Photo: 139 ALEXANDER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Townhouse for sale in "Alexander Row" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2245307
Prop. Type:
Residential Attached
MLS® Num:
R2245307
Status:
Active
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Year Built:
1995
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A ONE-OF-A-KIND HOME IN THE HEART OF THE CITY? This urban walk-up is reminiscent of London, New York and San Francisco. ‘Alexander Row’ is a collection of six Paul Merrick designed city homes, unique in location, design & layout – no two homes are the same. Features include breathtaking city, mountain, water & park views; open concept living; two master bedroom suites each with ensuite bathrooms; hardwood & marble throughout; in-floor radiant heat; expansive windows on the North & South walls for bright, airy living; a soundproof basement for an incredible media room or live-work studio; private garage with direct suite access; &, a wonderful PRIVATE ROOFTOP DECK in addition to 3 balconies. This is not an ordinary townhome and must be seen in person to be appreciated.
Property Type:
Residential Attached
Dwelling Type:
Townhouse
Home Style:
Year built:
1995 (Age: 23)
Total area:
2,469 sq. ft.
Total Floor Area:
2,469 sq. ft.
Total unfinished area:
0 sq. ft.
Main Floor Area:
528 sq. ft.
Floor Area Above Main:
891 sq. ft.
Floor Area Below Main:
522 sq. ft.
Basement Area:
528 sq. ft.
Finished Levels:
4.0
Rainscreen:
Bedrooms:
2 (Above Grd: 2)
Bathrooms:
3.0 (Full:2/Half:1)
Kitchens:
1
Rooms:
9
Num Storeys:
4
Taxes:
$3,386.47 / 2017
Lot Area:
0 sq. ft.
Rear Yard Exposure:
Outdoor Area:
Balcony(s); Patio(s) or Deck(s), Rooftop Deck
Water Supply:
Plan:
LMS1937
Total Units in Strata:
6
Heating:
Construction:
Foundation:
Basement:
Full
Roof:
Floor Finish:
Fireplaces:
2
Fireplace Details:
Electric
Parking:
Parking Total/Covered:
1 / 1
Parking Access:
Exterior Finish:
Title to Land:
Freehold Strata
Suite:
Floor
Type
Size
Other
Main
Main
Main
Main
Below
Below
Bsmt
Above
Above
Floor
Ensuite
Pieces
Other
Main
Above
Below
No Restrictions
$448.75
Clothes Washer/Dryer/Fridge/Stove/DW, Drapes/Window Coverings, Vacuum Blt. In
Central Location, Marina Nearby, Recreation Nearby, Shopping Nearby, Ski Hill Nearby
In Suite Laundry
City, Water & Mountain Views
PL LMS1937 LT 5 DL 196 LD 36. UNDIV 2294/10651 SHARE IN COM PROP THEREIN TOGETHER WITH AN INTEREST IN THE COMMON PROPERTY IN PROPORTION TO THE UNIT ENTITLEMENT OF THE STRATA LOT AS SHOWN ON FORM 1 OR V, AS APPROPRIATE.
Dist to Public Trans:
Dist to School Bus:
1
Property Disclosure:
Fixtures Leased:
Fixtures Removed:
Reno / Year:
Completely / 2010
Units in Development:
6
Services Connected:
Electricity, Sanitary Sewer, Water
Previous Price:
Original Price:
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Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
Listing information last updated on July 9, 2018 at 07:23 PM (UTC)
Area Statistics
Listings on market:
25
Avg list price:
$660,000
Min list price:
$399,000
Max list price:
$2,698,000
Avg days on market:
33
Min days on market:
6
Max days on market:
133
Avg price per sq.ft.:
$963.15
These statistics are generated based on the current listing's property type and located in Downtown VE. Average values are derived using median calculations.
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