Five Great Things About Living in ... Yaletown

Christina Newberry
March 27, 2015

With its unique combination of heritage brick buildings, modern boutiques and cocktail bars, cobblestone streets and sparkling waterfront, what’s not to love about this trendy enclave of downtown?

1. Walk to Work (and Everywhere Else)

Yaletown is home to many creative and high-tech enterprises, a good number of law and medical/dental offices, and plenty of shops and restaurants, meaning there are professional and service sector jobs right in the neighbourhood. It’s also a quick walk – about 15 minutes or less – to the main business district downtown. It really is easy to live in the neighbourhood without a car: Buildings in Yaletown tend to have Walk Scores of 98 or 99. (Good thing, too – there’s currently a parking space listed on MLS® for $21,000.)

2. Stroll (or Cycle) the North False Creek Seawall

The Yaletown section of the seawall is a great place to walk or cycle ­– with a separate bike section for much of the route – and it’s often less crowded with tourists than the Stanley Park section. The Yaletown seawall has the added benefit of passing alongside some great waterfront restaurants with marina-side patios for those who require a restorative pint in the sun as part of a serious weekend stroll.

3. Unique Heritage Spaces

Yaletown is one of the few neighbourhoods in Vancouver where you can find brick buildings and cobblestone streets. Many of the heritage warehouses, left over from Yaletown’s 19th-century start as a railway town and warehousing hub, have been retained, restored and turned into hip shops, cocktail bars, restaurants and even condos.

4. Award-Winning Restaurants

Yaletown takes pride in its culinary scene, hosting the annual Taste of Yaletown festival to show off its established and up-and-coming chefs. And no wonder – it’s home to some of Vancouver’s best restaurants. Award winners include Cioppino’s Mediteranean Grill (upscale Italian), Blue Water Café + Raw Bar (upscale seafood), Yaletown Brewing Company (local brew pub) and Brix (wine bar).

5. Fido is Part of the Family

This is a neighbourhood where dogs big and small live in condos, and no one questions the sight of a Great Dane on the elevator or a Chihuahua decked out in designer clothes. The seaside Coopers’ Park offers an off-leash dog area, and in the summer is host to the annual Dog Day Afternoon and Pet-A-Palooza festivals that celebrate all things dog. Of course, Yaletown also has plenty of shops and salons to keep your dog well fed, well groomed and well dressed.

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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.