Five Great Things About Living in… Main Street

The Main Street neighbourhood, once rundown and ill-defined, is now a hip and safe area in its own right, and is great for all ages and budgets

May 16, 2016

Main Street on car-free day
Main Street on car-free day — Image from

It runs through several neighbourhoods between Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River, but can Main Street really be called a neighbourhood of its own? With some of Vancouver’s hottest restaurants and a modern shopping scene that still hearkens back to the street’s history as Vancouver’s Antique Row, many residents think so – and the MLS® system agrees. Search for a home in the Main neighbourhood and you’ll find listings along Main, stretching each side to Ontario and Prince Edward, from 16th Avenue to 49th (anything north of 16th comes under Mount Pleasant East on the MLS®). 

Here are five great reasons to love this this hip and happening 'hood.

1. Shop 'Til You Drop

While there are fewer antique shops than there used to be, Main Street maintains its reputation as a destination for independent stores and shops with character. From vintage clothes to an artists’ cooperative shop to Vancouver’s oldest independent record store, this is local, small business shopping at its best.

2. Food and Drink: From Shameful to Sublime

Main has developed a reputation in recent years as the go-to spot for hip dining, drinking and patio people watching. Whether it’s indulging your saintlier self with vegetarian or vegan eats at The Acorn or Meet on Main, or indulging your inner beach bum at the Shameful Tiki Room, you’ll find something on Main to wet your whistle and whet your appetite.

3. Character Homes on Interesting Streets

Main Street offers everything from modern condos to Vancouver Specials, but the biggest draw may be the area’s character homes. Strolling through the leafy streets and ogling the neighbours’ gardens (both ornamental and edible) could become a regular pastime.

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4. Duplex Delight

Duplexes offer a great alternative to pricier single-detached homes, but they can be hard to find in Vancouver. In the Main area, though, duplexes represent nearly a third of the residential real estate, providing a more affordable way to own your own lawn.

5. A Neighbourhood for All Ages

The population is split almost equally between those under age 35 (42.65 per cent) and those aged 35 to 64 (44.43 per cent). Seniors round things out, representing 12.89 per cent of the neighbourhood, including a smattering of residents aged 100 or more. It’s a demographic mix you’ll see at play as you walk through the streets, meeting older neighbours who have lived in their homes for many years and young families just starting out.

View Main Street homes for sale and upcoming open houses.

Christina Newberry is a Vancouver-based writer and editor who writes lifestyle and travel stories for publications both online and in print. When she's not travelling, Christina can be found exploring Vancouver's unique neighbourhoods or puttering in her community garden plot.
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