Five Great Things about Living in… Coal Harbour

Christina Newberry
March 22, 2016

With its shimmering high-rises decked out in glass to maximize the stunning views of the water and mountains, Coal Harbour is a unique neighbourhood of high-end condos catering to successful professionals looking for a slice of the good life. Bordered by the financial district, the waterfront and Stanley Park, Coal Harbour is perfectly positioned at the intersection of work and play. It’s not for the budget-conscious, but if you’ve got the money, here are five great reasons to call Coal Harbour home.

1. Walk to Work (or Fly Away)

Coal Harbour offers easy commutes for those working both near and far away. The neighbourhood borders Vancouver’s financial district and downtown core, so those working in the area’s many office towers have an easy stroll to work. Those who regularly travel to Whistler, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands or the Sunshine Coast have an easy air commute via the seaplane terminal located in front of the Vancouver Convention Centre.

2. Unbeatable Views

The neighbourhood’s high-rise condo towers are designed to maximize the expansive views of Coal Harbour itself and the North Shore Mountains beyond – many offer floor-to-ceiling windows and layouts that showcase the jaw-dropping scenery from every room. Those lucky enough to live in a Coal Harbour float home have up-close-and-personal sightings of seals and other sea life in addition to an eye-level ocean view.

3. Modern Amenities

Almost all of the residential real estate in Coal Harbour was built after 1990, with many building much newer than that. Most of the condo towers incorporate the latest in modern amenities, including well-equipped and up-to-date fitness and recreation facilities along with security and concierge services. Even if your building doesn’t, nearby you’ll find the Coal Harbour Community Centre, which offers great fitness facilities with water and mountain views. Oceanside yoga, anyone?

4. Waterfront Lifestyle

While weekdays are made easier by the proximity of the financial district to the south and east, the weekends are all about what lies at the northern and western ends of the neighbourhood – the seawall, the marinas and the waterfront parks. From the splash park at Harbour Green Park to walking or cycling the seawall to sipping a drink at trendy ocean-suspended bar-restaurants Lift or Cardero’s, the location offers a unique West Coast lifestyle right outside your front door.

5. Stanley Park on Your Doorstep

Once you’re on the seawall, you might as well keep walking right into Stanley Park. Vancouver’s crown jewel has recently been named the best park in the world, and for Coal Harbour residents is never more than a 20-minute stroll away. Where else in the world can you walk from an urban waterfront high-rise to an old-growth forest – and even the beach – within minutes?

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Christina Newberry
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.