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Welcome to Downtown South - home to Library Square, the Granville Entertainment District, Rogers Arena and BC Place. Block by block the Downtown core has filled up with more and more permanent residents taking occupancy of their new homes over the past 10 years and the infrastructure to support them follwing suit. Within a few blocks of the business district and with all the city's nightlife at your fingertips, this is the perfect spot for a base in town.
Almost without exception if you purchase a home in Downtown South it will be a strata title, reinforced concrete, high rise and less than 20 years old. There are many similar towers here. They offer affordable living for owner-occupiers or an excellent rental return for investment owners. The trick here is to ensure that the unit you purchase will stand out when you come to sell. With so much competition already built and more to come this is very important. It might be a good floor plan, deck space, a secure view (be very careful to do your research if you are paying for a view), or anything unique and different that sets it apart from the competition.
Watch for listings in these buildings. They may not reach the market as frequently as some but are well worth waiting for:
889 Homer Street. Designed by renowned architect Bing Thom, just 3 suites per floor, large 1 bed + den plans (1000-1100 sq ft) and 2 bed + den (1220 sq ft). Excellent floorplans. Clean building history. High percentage of owner occupiers.
Metropolis. 1238 Richards St. One of just three loft high-rises in Vancouver (all in Downtown South), and much the best finished of the three. Build around the old Canadian Linen building, the tower itself is more recognizable that most with an art-deco motif reminiscent of the Burrard Bridge. Full range of floorplans, most on two levels (400-1600 sq ft approx).
Mondrian. , 969 & 989 Richards St. Bosa Venture's best Downtown building. Clever and imaginative floorplans (most under 1000 sq ft), quality finishing and solid concrete exterior.
Grace. 1280 Richards St / 499 Drake St. Not without its quirks this one still hits Duncan's list based on sheer originality.
Links and Tips
- Emery Barnes Park - 1110 Seymour St. Also easy access in numerous locations to the Seawall in False Creek North.
- Davie Street - restaurants, coffee, fast food, Choices and Urban Fare supermarkets.
- Granville Street - cafes, coffee, theatres, Pacific Centre, department stores
- Restaurant - Bin 941, 941 Davie St.
- Restaurant - Twisted Fork Bistro, 1147 Granville St.
- Restaurant & Lounge - Bacchus at The Wedgewood Hotel, 845 Hornby St.
- Fast Food - Steamrollers, 437 Davie St.
- Sports Bar - Red Card, 900 Seymour St.