Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

Christina Newberry
May 24, 2015

Mount Pleasant is one of the few neighbourhoods in Vancouver that spans the city’s east-west divide. That's why Mount Pleasant house prices range from less than $900,000 east of Main Street to almost $1.5 million closer to Cambie Street. It’s also why MLS® divides the neighbourhood in half, so potential buyers can search specifically for homes in Mount Pleasant West or Mount Pleasant East.  

First, let’s define the boundaries. MLS® sets the southern border for both halves of Mount Pleasant at West 16th Ave. Mount Pleasant West covers the area from Cambie St. to Ontario St., and Mount Pleasant East from Ontario St. to Clark Dr. The northern borders are False Creek for Mount Pleasant West and Hastings St. for Mount Pleasant East. 

With that out of the way, we can talk about Mount Pleasant as one neighbourhood, which is how it’s viewed by the people who live there.

In recent years, Mount Pleasant has become gentrified, especially in its SoMa (South Main) district. The area was once a hangout for artsy types, but now many first-time homeowners, including young professionals, couples and families, are heading to Mount Pleasant to buy their first house or condo and take advantage of the area’s laid-back lifestyle – and the thriving restaurant and micro-brewery scene. Businesses are taking notice too. With an increasing number of professional office jobs in the neighbourhood, it’s becoming an appealing option for those who want to work where they live.

Mount Pleasant is also home to several important city landmarks. Vancouver City Hall dominates the corner of Cambie Street and 12th Avenue; Heritage Hall – opened in 1916 as a post office -– sits at Main Street and 15th Avenue and serves as a community meeting place; at the heart of the neighbourhood stands the former Evangelistic Tabernacle, which was converted into private condominiums in the 1990s; and the Olympic Village – a condo and townhouse community that served as the Athlete’s Village for the 2010 Olympic Games – is at the northern end of Mount Pleasant West. There are also a number of restored 100+-year-old homes in the neighbourhood, including six often-Instagrammed heritage-designated homes in the 100 block of West 10th Ave. View upcoming open houses in Mount Pleasant East or Mount Pleasant West.

Mount Pleasant Amenities                                                           

Mount Pleasant Shopping

South Main (SoMa) shopping is a Mount Pleasant must. The area is bustling with independent retailers, local fashion designers and some of the best vintage clothing stores in the city. While SoMa extends well beyond the borders of Mount Pleasant, there’s plenty of shopping between 2nd and 16th Avenues.

Schools and Education in Mount Pleasant

Elementary schools

Mount Pleasant Cafés and Restaurants

Much of the food in Mount Pleasant can be found along and around Main Street, which is the commercial centre of the neighbourhood and is packed with artisan coffee shops, mom-and-pop diners, food trucks, lively bars and micro-breweries. The Olympic Village area is another hotspot for food and drink.  

Mount Pleasant Sports and Recreation

Plenty of public green spaces dot the neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant. Residents enjoy the skateboard ramps at China Creek South Park, tennis courts at Guelph Park, the community garden at Sahalli Park and the fenced off-leash dog areas at Hinge Park.

Mount Pleasant also boasts two community centres: The Mount Pleasant Community Centre, which includes a climbing wall, fitness centre, dance studio, public library, child care centre and café; and the Creekside Community Centre, which offers a fitness centre and dance studio as well as a boating centre for kayaking and dragonboating.

Mount Pleasant Transportation

Mount Pleasant provides easy access to the city’s downtown core with bus routes along Broadway and Main Streets. It also features the Broadway-City Hall and Olympic Village SkyTrain rapid-transit stations on Cambie, as well as the Main Street SkyTrain station.

Mount Pleasant Property Statistics

Average home prices1

-          Mount Pleasant East: $638,656

-          Mount Pleasant West: $1,325,150

 

 

Rental information2

Average rent for a private apartment

$997

Private apartment vacancy rate

0.4%

Makeup of dwellings3

Single-detached homes

2.7%

Semi-detached houses and row homes

4.0%

Duplexes

8.0%

Apartment, under five stories

69.1%

Apartment, five or more stories

16.1%

     

Mount Pleasant Demographics3

Population           26,400

Age

65+

7.7%

40 to 64

33.1%

20 to 39

47.4%

19 and under

11.8%

Neighbourhoods surrounding Mount Pleasant

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, June 2015.

2CMHC Rental Market Report, Vancouver and Abbotsford-Mission CMAs, Fall 2013. The information is based on the Mount Pleasant/Renfrew Heights area as defined by CMHC.

3Statistics Canada, Census 2011, custom order for City of Vancouver Local Areas.


Check out this video on Mount Pleasant by the Vancouver Courier

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.