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Main Street Vancouver

Main Street Dimensions

Main Street 1 Main Street in Vancouver, British Columbia is a major north-south thoroughfare that bisects the city nearly equally between the westside neighbourhoods that extend to the University Endowment Lands on the ocean and the eastside limits of Boundary Road, which marks where the the City of Burnaby begins. From north to south Main Street crosses the Vancouver neighbourhoods of Downtown Eastside, Chinatown, Strathcona, Mount Pleasant, Riley Park, and Sunset. Major east-west intersections with Main Street from north to south are Cordova Street, Hastings Street, Georgia Viaduct, Terminal Avenue, Broadway, 12th Avenue, King Edward Avenue, 33rd Avenue, 41st Avenue, 49th Avenue, and Southeast Marine Drive.

From Waterfront Road where it begins by the Burrard Inlet, Main Street runs southward all the way to Kent Avenue, where it ends by the Fraser River, Vancouver’s southern limit. En route, the street runs through Chinatown below Hastings Street, continues past the Pacific Central railway and the Main Street/Science World SkyTrain stations, and at Terminal Avenue ascends into the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, a residential/commercial mixture that continues south of Broadway with numerous restaurants and some fashion retail. Property values in Mount Pleasant, once working-class, are definitely on the rise.

Between 33rd and 41st avenues Main becomes more residential in its ascent to high ground. In the Sunset neighbourhood south of 41st Avenue, the street acquires an Indo-Canadian character. The Punjabi Market district begins just north of 49th Avenue, south of which the street again becomes almost entirely residential. At Main Street’s intersection with Marine Drive in South Vancouver, it becomes big-box commercial with a Real Canadian superstore and a miscellaneous mix of low-rise office space, manufacturing, and warehousing.

History

Main Street 2On the north end, Main Street is just west of the historic site of Hastings Mill, the area around which Granville, the earlier settlement that later became Vancouver, grew. Main and Hastings mark the former centre of downtown Vancouver with the old central public library (now Carnegie Centre) and the old City Hall. The intersection is now a local catchword for the drug abuse, homelessness, poverty, and prostitution once endemic in Downtown Eastside.

Originally Main Street was Westminster Avenue as it connected at East 7th Avenue to New Westminster Road, now Kingsway. Local merchants arranged to change the name in 1910 to what they thought would bestow a more cosmopolitan character to their neighbourhood. At one time, Main Street had a bascule bridge over False Creek, which then flowed to Clark Drive over a mile farther east. During the First World War, the Great Northern and the Canadian Northern Pacific railroads filled in and reclaimed that land for use, removed the bridge, and reconnected the previously bridged Main Street segments.

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http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/mount-pleasant.aspx http://www.hillcrestcentre.com/default.aspx#.U8mATlZRHnc http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/mount-pleasant-community-plan.aspx

Revitalization Chic

A recent Seattle Times article describes Vancouver’s mid-city Main Street as “certifiably hip” though a place “where women of a certain profession once worked the street corners in stilettos” but where now “explosive growth in the city” and relatively “cheap rent in this Mount Pleasant neighborhood in Southeast Vancouver” have brought in many “new boutiques, novelty shops and fancy restaurants.” According to the article, “Main Street was crime-infested 20 years ago, but that just meant cheap rent to starving artists and Asian immigrants who were looking for studio and restaurant space. They led the revitalization.”

The article concludes that “For all the concerns of gentrification, Main Street appears unremarkable with its worn storefront signs with missing letters and storefronts in need of a new coat of paint. They just all seem to blend into this street’s gritty roots and who-cares-what-outsiders-think attitude.”

New Main Street Live MLS Listings

Main Street Vancouver

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  • 40 E 48TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2098196

    Main Photo: 40 E 48TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2098196
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Front
    • Garage
    • Exterior Back
    • Garden
    • Garden
    • Exterior Front
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Kitchen
    • Family Room
    • Dining Room
    • Master Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Entrance Hall
    • Bathroom
    • Entrance Hall
    • Garage
    $5,288,888
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2098196
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,244 sq. ft.
    Very high end home, must see to appreciate. No mdf used in the house, everything is wood. Central location close to transit, shopping, schools & restaurants. Rough in available to construct a second kitchen on main floor. Great to hold as an investment, owner willing to rent back. 750 sq ft lane way house with a two car garage in the rear. More details
    Amex Broadway West Realty
  • 4907 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2178439

    Main Photo: 4907 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2178439
    $3,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2178439
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    2,355 sq. ft.
    All measurements are approximate and must be verified by buyer. Part of a land assembly with 4 Lots or potential 6 Lots. FSR2.3. Boffo and Mosiac has already built within the block. Queen Elizabeth Park behind. More details
    Sutton Centre Realty
  • 4931 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2178431

    Main Photo: 4931 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2178431
    $3,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2178431
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    2,023 sq. ft.
    All measurements are approximate and must be verified by buyer. Part of a land assembly with 4 Lots or potential 6 Lots. FSR2.3. Boffo and Mosiac has already built within the block. Queen Elizabeth Park behind. More details
    Sutton Centre Realty
  • 4969 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2181087

    Main Photo: 4969 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2181087
    $3,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181087
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,138 sq. ft.
    All measurements are approximate and must be verified by buyer. Part of a land assembly with 4 lots or potential 6 lots. FSR2.3. Boffo and Mosiac has already built within the block. Queen Elizabeth Park behind. More details
    Sutton Centre Realty
  • 4955 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2178408

    Main Photo: 4955 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2178408
    $3,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2178408
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    1,500 sq. ft.
    All measurements are approximate and must be verified by buyer. Part of a land assembly with 4 Lots or potential 6 Lots. FSR2.3. Boffo and Mosiac has already built within the block. Queen Elizabeth Park behind. More details
    Sutton Centre Realty
  • 4943 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2178412

    Main Photo: 4943 QUEBEC Street in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2178412
    $3,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2178412
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    1,492 sq. ft.
    All measurements are approximate and must be verified by buyer. Part of a land assembly with 4 Lots or potential 6 Lots. FSR2.3. Boffo and Mosiac has already built within the block. Queen Elizabeth Park behind. More details
    Sutton Centre Realty
  • 369 E 21ST Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale in "CEDAR COTTAGE" (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2183018

    Main Photo: 369 E 21ST Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale in "CEDAR COTTAGE" (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2183018
    $3,788,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2183018
    Bedrooms:
    8
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    3,556 sq. ft.
    GREAT LOCATION! Rare property in a desirable area in the heart of Vancouver with nice overview of city. Built in 1988, this basement entry home features 9 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms including 2 two bedroom ground level suites. Features include great entrance, big skylight, radiant in-floor heat on the main floor, almost new hot water tank, almost new boiler for hot water heat, alarm system, large private patio, good storage under deck, 2 car garage plus 2 car driveway, lots of area parking and potential for development (laneway house?). Across from park, transit 1.5 blocks away, close to downtown, half hour walk to Queen Elizabeth Park and close to shops and school. More details
    Royal LePage Brent Roberts Realty
  • 255 E 40TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2220342

    Main Photo: 255 E 40TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2220342
    $3,499,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2220342
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,072 sq. ft.
    This masterpiece is located in the finest location of Vancouver's Main Street Corridor. This beautifully custom designed home offers over 4000 sqft of luxurious living on 3 spacious levels with a total of 6 bdrms & 6 bathrooms plus den. Full attention to detail w/ elegant & supreme finishings. Some of the features include 11' high ceilings on the main floor, 7" Wide European Oak Flooring, AC, HRV, Automated lighting system, Fully equipped Home Theatre, Entertaining sized Rec room with pool table, wet bar and much more. 2 bedroom mortgage helper in Basement. Rarely does such a distinctive architecturally significant residence like this come on the market. DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS ONE!!!! More details
    Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 160 E 21ST Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2204158

    Main Photo: 160 E 21ST Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2204158
    $3,299,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2204158
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    2,731 sq. ft.
    Wonderful New WEST OF MAIN Home with a Sleek modern design. Main flr has 10' ceilings, lvgrm w/ cozy gas f/p, formal dining & family room as well as fabulous gourmet kitc which feats Caesarstone counters, Wolfe & Sub-Zero appliances, wood grain oak cabinets & feature walls in family & dining rooms. 3 bdrms up include master with W/C & 5 pce spa like ensuite. Down is 1 bdrm legal suite as well as a Media room, flex room & full bath that could be nanny accom. Other features include Engineered h/w floors, air-con throughout, HRV, control-4 sound system, smart alarm/cameras, built in vacuum and 2/5/10 national home warranty. Private south facing backyard with automated irrigation, large deck & dbl garage. 1/2 a block from all the best Main has to offer. Open House Sunday Nov 26, 2017 from 2-4. More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 108 E 42ND Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2198145

    Main Photo: 108 E 42ND Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2198145
    $3,180,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2198145
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,007 sq. ft.
    Built to exceptional standards with exquisite attention to details...Custom built w/ refined workmanship & only the best in finishing materials. Interior featuring granite counters thru/out, high end appl's, timeless chandeliers, ERV system, A/C, radiant heating, security alarm w/cameras, ... Chef's kitchen w/elegant cabinets. Master ensuite w/ luxurious five star hotel design. Exterior features Pink Wood advantage/AirRenew Essential Drywall/Pacific Smartwall advantage. A separate legal 2 bdrm suite is ideal for growing family with space for inlaws, nanny or mortgage helper. Centrally located, just blocks to school, public trans, shopping center, restaurant, banks and more. All views by appt only. More details
    Nu Stream Realty Inc.
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