Main Street is a major City of Vancouver thoroughfare that runs from Burrard Inlet in the north to the Fraser River in the south. Main Street passes through a number of neighbourhoods: the Downtown Eastside, Chinatown, Strathcona, Mount Pleasant, Riley Park-Little Mountain, and Sunset.
The neighbourhood called Main is a corridor of two blocks on either side of Main Street from 16th to 49th. As the dynamic divide between Vancouver’s east and west sides (although actually a couple of blocks east of the dividing line) it is the latest real estate up-and-comer in Vancouver. Walk from your character house on a leafy street to a funky shopping area with lots of local small businesses and eateries catering to hipsters of every description mixed with an older population that’s been there awhile.
Many houses on Main Street itself are older and divided into multiple residences, with rental units and walk-up apartments. It’s a great mixed neighbourhood that’s seen house prices rise steeply since it was discovered by people priced out of the West Side.
Main Street Shopping
Main Street’s most dense shopping area lies between 2nd Avenue and 33rd Avenue. It features a very cool assortment of vintage-clothing, used-book and home-décor stores, as well as many antique shops (it is the home of “antique row”) and independent fashion boutiques.
Schools and Education in or near Main
While there are no schools along Main Street itself, educational institutions can be found in the various neighbourhoods intersected by Main.
Main Street Cafés and Restaurants
Restaurants on Main Street range from cozy, unique eateries to large-scale family diners, and represent cultures and cuisines from around the world. Coffee and tea shops are abundant along this street, making Main a sure bet for a morning pick-me-up or afternoon break.
Main Street Sports and Recreation
Some of the public green spaces near Main Street are Queen Elizabeth Park, Riley Park and Hillcrest Park. Hillcrest Community Centre — a 2010 Winter Olympic Games legacy venue — includes a fitness centre, indoor swimming pool and ice-skating rink
Main Street Transportation
TransLink’s No. 3 bus serves Main Street all the way to Downtown Vancouver, and east – west routes intersect it at Broadway (Nos 9 and 99B), King Edward (No. 25) and 33rd Avenue (No. 33).There is also one SkyTrain station at Main Street and Terminal Avenue (Main Street-Science World Station), which serves both the Expo and Millenium lines.
Main Street Demographics
*Source: MLS Link Housing Price Index for Main, September 2010 to September 2011
Main Street Demographics
Main Street runs adjacent to five different neighbourhoods, each with its own demographic makeup. Find the demographic information for the area of Main Street that interests you in the “Neighbourhoods surrounding Main Street.”