Your clients. Vancouver.
What do these two things have in common?
Both are unique and diverse.
Your clients have their own passions and interests. Their likes and their dislikes. Their own unique lifestyles.
You know your clients, and now it’s time to find a home in a great location.
With our guide of 5 unique neighbourhoods in Vancouver, you will be able to help match your clients to their dream home in a neighbourhood that they will love even more.
YOUR CLIENT: Smart. Savvy. They also rival you for being best dressed. Your clients are fast-paced and require a neighbourhood that can keep up with them without holding them back, while also providing them with access to good coffee, food, and places to have fun when their work is done.
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: Yaletown is the perfect mix of business and leisure. We’re talking sleek office spaces, stylish boutiques, an amazing selection of restaurants, bars and coffee shops, with access to False Creek. For all of your clients that are the epitome of chic, Yaletown is the neighbourhood for them!
- EAT HERE: Check out Tacofino for a unique, West Coast twist on tacos for a fun dinner out, or La Pentola if your client is feeling exceptionally exquisite. Then hop over for drinks at Brix and Mortar or Hello Goodbye. And coffee shops in clothing boutiques? Unheard of.
- PLAY HERE: Yaletown is incredibly pet friendly so that your clients (and their little buddy) can enjoy the neighbourhood together! Whether it’s shopping at one of Yaletown’s many boutiques, or enjoying False Creek or the Seawall, it is the perfect balance of where the city meet the water.
- SNAP THE PERFECT PIC: Once they’re done at La Pentola, a quick walk outside will lead to the new art piece installed on the exterior of the restaurant. It’s love, baby.
YOUR CLIENT: Young and hip, while also highly educated. Creative with a keen eye for design. Tech-savvy. They’re passionate for what they do, whether it be coffee making, photo taking, or poetry writing.
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: Gastown is a historic little gem that is the perfect response to creative clients. Many small companies, tech startups and artists currently call Gastown home, and if your client is in any one of those fields, they’ll fit right in. The diverse selection of eateries means that there is something for everyone, with caffeine being the bloodline of the neighbourhood.
- EAT HERE: Gastown’s roster of restaurants makes eating out an adventure every time. Wake up to breakfast at Catch 122, indulge in delicious sandwiches at Meat & Bread for lunch, and dine at Nicli Antica Pizzeria in the evening. There are local coffee shops located at every turn, and some of the best bars around.
- PLAY HERE: Gastown has a host of nightclubs and live music venues suited to different tastes. Not interested in clubs? Check out 131 Water, which has tasty food and an impressive selection of board games to challenge friends to. There are also a number of local boutiques of all price ranges and easy access to the International Village movie theatre.
- SNAP THE PERFECT PIC: Some of the best pictures to come out of Gastown have been staged at one of the many coffee shops. In terms of aesthetic, Buro is Gastown’s one-stop shot.
3. East Village
YOUR CLIENT: Young with big dreams. Your client is looking for the perfect place to raise their young family - some place quiet, with access to parks, community centers and schools. But not too quiet, because when the kids are away, the parents want to play too!
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: The East Van neighbourhood of East Village is almost exclusively residential and much quieter as compared to Downtown. There is the Hastings Community Center and nearby elementary schools that makes it a friendly place for children of all ages. There are also a lot of parks and green space - perfect for getting the kids outside to enjoy the sunshine!
- EAT HERE: There are so many restaurants along Hastings Street, particularly of Asian cuisine. If your client is craving Vietnamese, suggest Mr. Red Cafe, or Sushi Nanaimo if they’re looking for some amazing and affordable sushi! If it’s date night, Campagnolo Roma is the place to be for an intimate Italian dinner.
- PLAY HERE: There’s a reason why this part of East Vancouver is affectionately called Yeast Van. There are a number of local breweries in the area, making brewery hopping a breeze! Looking for something a little more kid-friendly? Check out some of the beautiful parks like Hastings Parks during the year, and of course the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) during the summer!
- SNAP THE PERFECT PIC: The greenery at Hastings and everything inside of it - especially Il Giardino Italiano - is unique and makes for a cool family photo!
YOUR CLIENT: The East Villagers, but more grown up. Their kids are walking to school on their own. This is your classic family looking to enjoy their neighbourhood as well as have to option to explore downtown and other parts of the city if their heart so desires.
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: Marpole borders the Fraser River and has major roads, bridges, and a transit line running through it, making it accessible. It also is close to the airport, making it the gateway in and out of Vancouver. Marpole consists of a mix of residential housing, low-rise apartments and several commercial streets, including Granville Street.
- EAT HERE: Marpole is the perfect mix of Asian cuisine, meaning that your client can get a tour of Asia without having to leave the neighbourhood! The authentic Malaysian restaurant Penang Delight is a popular one, as is Mirchi Restaurant for Indian cuisine. To embrace the truly local experience, then suggest Milltown Bar and Grill for local fare and waterfront views.
- PLAY HERE: Though not quite in Marpole, the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Garden is just a quick trip up Oak Street. Here your clients can bask among beautiful flowers and visit with different species of birds. Other weekend attractions include catching a local theatre production at the Metro Theatre Center, or enjoying a day by the water at Fraser River Park.
- SNAP THE PERFECT PIC: During the spring, many of the residential streets are blooming with cherry blossoms! But for flowers the rest of the year, a trip to VanDusen Botanical Garden is always a good idea for a lush experience.
YOUR CLIENT: No one is more in tune with themselves and nature than your clients. They live for yoga and the fresh air, vegetarian everything, and you envy at how fit they look. They’re also a little more financially secure and looking for something a little more comfortable.
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: Kitsilano is a breath of fresh air from the busy nature of downtown. Affectionately called ‘Kits’ by the locals, there is easy access to Kitsilano beach park, Jericho beach park, and a wide selection of food along the main roads of West 4th, West Broadway, and West 16th Avenues.
- EAT HERE: Vegetarians of the world, unite! Restaurant mainstays like Lebanese restaurant Nuba and The Naam are vegetarian pillars in the neighbourhood, along with other juiceries and health bars. But those who are craving meat, don’t fret: have a true Canadian experience at The Oakwood, an eclectic Japanese experience at The Eatery, or catch the local game at Colony Bar.
- PLAY HERE: When the weather is nice, the locals are usually found soaking up the sunshine at Kitsilano Park Beach in the public saltwater pool. There is also plenty of green space, and cool museums to check out such as the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Center, and the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
- SNAP THE PERFECT PIC: Have your clients take those beach selfies at Kits beach, or wait out the sunset for something spectacular!
What are your favourite neighbourhoods in Vancouver? Have we missed any must-see destinations in these neighbourhoods? Let us know in the comments below!
Rachel Wong is a Digital Content Co-op student at RESAAS. She loves coffee and beer, writing and talking, and has been the same height for pretty much ever. Check out her RESAAS profile ›