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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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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.”

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  • 74 E 37TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2643520

    74 E 37TH Avenue Main Vancouver V5W 1E2
    Main Photo: 74 E 37TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2643520
    $4,999,999
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2643520
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,100 sq. ft.
    Attention Builders and Investors! WUW, Rezoning was changed Now! It can rebuild 12 Floor Apartment Now. Very Solid and livable House: Great location in the Heart of East Vancouver. One minute Life Circle, Long Term Holding. BUILDING LOT ZONED FOR A RENTAL/ RESIDENTIAL BUILDING. Nearby Schools General Brock Elementary School, Sir William Van Horne Elementary School ,John Oliver Secondary School, Eric Hamber Secondary School and more. Close to Queen Elizabeth Park, Langara , Cambiea Skytrain station, Oakridge Shop Mall and all of Main street. Great Investment Chance, Motivated seller, Try offers. ACT NOW IF YOU ARE SMART BUYERS! This won't last! More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 211 E 38 Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2820867

    211 E 38 Avenue Main Vancouver V5W 1H3
    Main Photo: 211 E 38 Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2820867
    $4,888,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2820867
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    2,079 sq. ft.
    EXCELLENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY! LAND VALUE! Perfect Corner Double Lot 66.6ft by 110ft Located on the corner of E 38th Ave and Main St. Rarely available in this area. Act Fast! Convenient Area & Best location on Main St. surrounded by restaurants, shops, schools, transit and parks including Iconic Queen Elizabeth Park. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 238 E 20TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2796184

    238 E 20TH Avenue Main Vancouver V5V 1M1
    Main Photo: 238 E 20TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2796184
    $3,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2796184
    Bedrooms:
    8
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,606 sq. ft.
    Exception large family home located in the heart of the Main street corridor. Total of 7 bedrooms on the main level and all in great condition. Great holding property with possibility for redevelop when purchase with adjoining property 240 East 20th Av. More details
    Listed by Heller Murch Realty
  • 240 E 20TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main Duplex for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2796168

    240 E 20TH Avenue Main Vancouver V5V 1M1
    Main Photo: 240 E 20TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main Duplex for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2796168
    $3,500,000
    Multifamily
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2796168
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,166 sq. ft.
    Legal side by side duplex, located along the most sought after Main corridor area. Just a stone throw from Main street. Need some TLC but has some updates, Newer roof, double glazed windows, 2017 hot water tank and furnace. Great holding property, possible redevelopment to multi family. To be sold with adjoining property 238 East 20th Av. More details
    Listed by Heller Murch Realty
  • 351 E 40TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2847658

    351 E 40TH Avenue Main Vancouver V5W 1M1
    Main Photo: 351 E 40TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2847658
    $3,128,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2847658
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    3,163 sq. ft.
    This WONDERFUL home was completely rebuilt 18 years ago & laneway added 7 years ago. The functional layout is great for those needing extra income, room for extended family or a work-from-home space. The main house has 3 bedroom 3 bath + office + lrge laundry + legal 2bedroom/1bth/suite. It features BAMBOO flooring throughout, updated SS appliances, extra sound insulation between floors & den, TONS OF STORAGE/built-ins, HW on demand, and a LRG sundeck for summer entertaining. The 2bdrm/1.5bth LANEWAY is cute, bright, w/in-floor radiant heating and its own HW on demand system. Nestled amongst an AMAZING COMMUNITY and neighbours, it's a few steps from the best of Vancouver=Schools, restaurants, cafes, shops. More details
    Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty Ltd.
  • 202 E 37TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2844579

    202 E 37TH Avenue Main Vancouver V5W 1E6
    Main Photo: 202 E 37TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2844579
    $2,988,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2844579
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,500 sq. ft.
    Opportunity on MAIN STREET! Renovate, build fourplex, duplex prime location. Location directly across from the Little Mountain Holborn Properties Development site. Minutes from the iconic Queen Elizabeth Park, Riley Park area & Hillcrest Community Centre. Excellent for family and investment corner Vancouver Special house floor plan, w/3 bedrooms & dining room overlooking living room up on the main! The ground floor features 2 bedroom, kitchen open living & dining area. Washer and dryer , 2 enclosed parking garage. Convenient area & located on corner bike pass 37th Ave. & Main St. surrounded by restaurants, shops, schools, transit and parks. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 76 E 21ST Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale in "MAIN STREET" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2852487

    76 E 21ST Avenue Main Vancouver V5V 1P5
    Main Photo: 76 E 21ST Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale in "MAIN STREET" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2852487
    $2,898,800
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2852487
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,450 sq. ft.
    MAIN STREET !! Fantastic Prime Location, great walk score , close to shops , restaurants , easy transit, Hillcrest Recreation centre - pool, General Wolfe elementary and Hamber Secondary Schools. Large multi level home with two self contained suites and a separate coachhouse . Sunny south back yard. Paved laneway. Large unfinished basement storage. Carefree Vinyl Siding and Metal Roof. Great revenue house or Home for a multi generational family homes or partner co-buyers More details
    Listed by Heller Murch Realty
  • 368 E 33RD Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2767276

    368 E 33RD Avenue Main Vancouver V5V 2Z9
    Main Photo: 368 E 33RD Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2767276
    $2,870,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2767276
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    1,945 sq. ft.
    One of a kind property, perfect for "Multi Generational" families or savvy investors. It took more than six years to build with high quality materials and advanced technologies. As a result, house allows minimal maintenance & provides maximum soundproofing between rooms. Creative layout maximizes the usage of floor area accommodating multiple self-contained units with great privacy and huge potential cashflow. Zoning allows for a lane way house. Convenient location - close to shopping, entertainment, and transit. Only one bus ride to UBC & downtown Vancouver. Inquire today! Great cash flow, convenient location, what are you waiting for! More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 142 E 43RD Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2834600

    142 E 43RD Avenue Main Vancouver V5W 1S9
    Main Photo: 142 E 43RD Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2834600
    $2,798,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2834600
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,368 sq. ft.
    This home has impeccable attention to detail featuring an open concept main floor with a sleek & spacious modern kitchen offering top of the line Bosche appliances, gorgeous millwork throughout, in-ceiling speakers, radiant in-floor heating, A/C, and a private home office room. The efficient top floor features 3 spacious bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with an en-suite bathroom featuring beautiful millwork closet and freestanding tub! Downstairs features a cozy 1 bedroom legal suite! More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 139 E 24TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2853195

    139 E 24TH Avenue Main Vancouver V5V 1Z5
    Main Photo: 139 E 24TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2853195
    $2,788,800
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2853195
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,256 sq. ft.
    WELCOME HOME! Nestled on a quiet street, W of Main, this incredibly well maintained home located in one of Vancouver's most desirable neighborhoods. Steps to Hillcrest Community Center, Michelin Star Restaurants and shopping - It doesn’t get more convenient! Beautifully updated with an open floor plan, this home features a ton of upgrades including an elegant staircase with understair kitchen bar, 3 generously sized bedrooms with tons of built-in closets, spa-like bathrooms with radiant heat and a gourmet kitchen for any aspiring chef! What more? A tastefully updated 1-bed suite mortgage helper downstairs. Ample storage in and out including 2-car driveway. Enjoy your beautiful private backyard oasis with large sundeck and for summer BBQs! Don't miss out - SNEAK PEEK FRI, MAR 1st 5-6PM. OPEN HOUSE SAT, MAR 2 & SUN, MAR 3 2-4PM More details
    Listed by Real Broker
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