Neighbourhood Guides – Yaleown


Yaletown, part of the central Downtown district of Vancouver, was once a primarily industrial district and while Downtown remains at the heart of the business life of the city of Vancouver it also has one of the fastest growing residential populations.  With high quality and luxury condo developments rising as rapidly as property prices in Vancouver, Yaletown is undergoing a major urban renaissance.  Alongside condos for sale, the vibrant densely packed neighborhood also features converted warehouses, designed for those who love fast-paced city life.   Many of the best known and trendiest restaurants in Vancouver are situated in Yaletown and bars, boutiques and cafés attract a young, wealthy clientèle, while celebrity spotting in these venues is not just a must, it's unavoidable.  Growth, both upwards and in terms of population, is a feature of Yaletown and Downtown Vancouver in general, with upwards of 40,000 people moving to live in the area in just ten years.  There is a high rate of young professionals living in Yaletown -  a large proportion of the residents being in the 20-40  age range, which lends the area a distinctive character.  However, in recent years condos featuring family units have begun attracting a more diverse mix.  In addition, Yaletown penthouses are attracting the very wealthy and the neighborhood is also proving appealing to empty-nesters, looking to downsize from large family homes to convenient and low maintenance downtown condos.   


Being at the core of the city in terms of business and commerce, Yaletown is well served by all the major transport services, including SkyTrain and Translink services.  Downtown is the transport hub of the city and while all roads (and rail) may lead to it, this means that they also lead out – making it one of the most convenient locations to live and to have easy access to large parts of both Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.  

Schools and Universities

The Vancouver Schools Board provides education for the City of Vancouver and offers a wide range of schools covering all levels and a strong focus on additional educational programs including adult education opportunities.  With excellent transport facilities, access to the University of British Columbia is straightforward to Yaletown residents.   

Recreation and Facilities

Home to two of the most vibrant and busiest nightlife streets in Vancouver, Yaletown offers something for everyone in terms of bars, restaurants and clubs.  Hamilton and Mainland Street are where the majority of the action is centered and although the clubs and bars can be very busy, there are plenty of them to make bar hopping a quick and easy option!  Other attractions in the neighborhood include the BC Place, home of the Vancouver Cannuks, Vancouver Art Gallery and the Queen Elizabeth Theater.  In addition the Roundhouse Community Center is a popular venue for the arts and learning. There are also two parks in Yaletown, Cooper's and Helmcken Parks.  There are also plenty of private gyms and fitness programs in Yaletown to help you work off those nights out in Downtown!    

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