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Main Street, Vancouver

As the dynamic divide between Vancouver’s east and west sides, Main Street the latest real estate up-and-comer in Vancouver

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REW.ca
May 25, 2016






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The neighbourhood that the MLS® refers to as Main is an arterial corridor with Main Street running in the middle, from 16th Avenue in the north to 49th in the south, with Ontario and Prince Edward Streets marking the west and east boundaries. (The area north of 16th, even along Main Street, is identified as Mount Pleasant on the MLS®.)

Like neighbourhing Mount Pleasant, as the dynamic divide between Vancouver’s east and west sides (although actually a couple of blocks east of the dividing line), Main is the latest real estate up-and-comer in Vancouver. With character houses on leafy streets and a funky shopping area with lots of local small businesses and eateries, the neighbourhood caters to both young hipsters and more mature residents (a quarter of the population is over 55).

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. View Main Street homes for sale and upcoming open houses.

Main Street Amenities

Shopping

Main Street’s most dense shopping area lies between 16th and 33rd Avenues. It features an assortment of vintage clothing, used book and home décor stores along with many independent fashion boutiques and antique shops. The area is known as Vancouver’s Antique Row.

Cafés and Restaurants

Main has a thriving bar and restaurant scene, and is a great place to settle in for happy hour on a sunny patio. Local favourites include The Acorn and Meet on Main for vegetarian food, The Fish Counter for fish and chips, Portland Craft for craft beer and The Shameful Tiki Room for tropical cocktails.

Sports and Recreation

Within the neighbourhood’s boundaries, Prince Edward Park offers sport fields, a playground and a water park; and MacDonald Park has a playground and tennis courts. Queen Elizabeth Park, with its aquatic centre, pitch-and-putt golf course and wide-open spaces, lies just outside the neighbourhood’s borders.

Arts and Culture

Many of the hip bars along Main Street offer live music in the evenings, especially on weekends. The annual Car-Free Day in June is a massive street party with 21 blocks of entertainment.

Transportation

TransLink’s No. 3 bus serves Main Street all the way to Downtown Vancouver, and east–west routes intersect the neighbourhood at King Edward (No. 25) and 33rd Avenues (No. 33). The No. 3 will take you to Main Street SkyTrain station for more connections, and Pacific Central Station. And under the City's new transport plans, the nearby Broadway and Main intersection will be served by the proposed east-west Broadway subway, connecting locals to West Broadway and the Canada line at Cambie, and the Expo/Millennium lines at VCC-Clark to the east.

Schools and Education in the Main Street Neighbourhood

Elementary schools

Secondary schools

Main Street Property Statistics

Average home price1   $1,655,989

Makeup of dwellings4

Total private households

11,195

 

Single-detached houses

33.8%

Semi-detached and row houses

3.7%

Duplexes

33.5%

Apartments, under five storeys

27.4%

Apartments, five or more storeys

1.4%

Main Street Demographics3

Population  29,575

Age

0 to 14

14.96%

15 to 24

11.65%

25 to 34

16.04%

35 to 44

16.09%

45 to 54

15.96%

55 to 64

12.38%

65 to 79

9.26%

80 to 99

3.60%

100+

0.03%

Neighbourhoods Surrounding Main Street

1REW.ca Interactive Map, incorporating data from the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, and Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, May 2016.

2Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of Population, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-313-XCB2011021. The information is based on Census Tracts 0031.01, 0031.02, 0030.00, 0019.00 and 0012.00, which align with the north and south boundaries of the Main neighbourhood, but extend east and west to Fraser and Cambie.

3Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of Population, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-311-XCB2011019. The information is based on Census Tracts 0031.01, 0031.02, 0030.00, 0019.00 and 0012.00, which align with the north and south boundaries of the Main neighbourhood, but extend east and west to Fraser and Cambie.


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