Mount Pleasant contains the most diverse collection of condos in all of Vancouver. In fact, every style of condominium can be found from lofts, older wood frame buildings, modern and luxury concrete condos, half duplexes, townhouses and multi million dollar penthouses. Because the area is expansive and diverse all the different types of condos add to the diverse and strongly oriented communities with an abundance of shops, cafes, restaurants, micro breweries and businesses. The condo prices for this neighbourhood start at approximately $300,000 and stretch to the multi million dollar penthouses.
Further information on Mount Pleasant below.
Mt Pleasant is now being called the new centre of Vancouver. The neighbourhood is one of the largest in Vancouver spanning across Vancouver West (W 16th Avenue to W 6th Avenue and Cambie Street to Ontario Street) and East Vancouver (Ontario Street to Clark Drive and East 16th Avenue to East Hastings). Mount Pleasant Vancouver real estate offers something for every home owner. The majority of the properties for sale are condos due to the zoning density. Buyers looking for Mount Pleasant houses for sale, focus on the area from East 10th Avenue south to East 16th Avenue and from St Catherines Street east to Clark Drive. This pocket has some of the most beautiful streets in all of Vancouver and some of the most sought after school catchments.
Mount Pleasant real estate has fewer detached houses compared to other areas like Main, Fraser and Grandview; buyers searching for detached houses will want to expand their search to the Main street neighbourhood. The Main neighbourhood is primarily single detached houses with a mix of older character homes and new homes.
Mount Pleasant condos offer a wide variety of architecture, construction and density. In fact, because the neighbourhood is one of the largest in Vancouver I recommend walking some of the more popular areas within the neighbourhood to get a feel for where your search should begin. First-time buyers will most likely be searching from Brunswick Avenue to Clark Drive and from East Broadway to East 1st Avenue. The majority of Mount Pleasant apartments in this area are in older wood frame buildings. The bonus is that the apartments buildings offer larger floor plans on tree lined streets; it is imperative that you ensure that the structure and mechanics of the building are well maintained or have been updated. Make sure you have a realtor who can guide you through the process of buying in an older building. There are great opportunities in this area but you must do your research to find a good building that will not be prone to possible future assessments or immediate repairs.
More expensive and modern condos are located along Main street south of Kingsway and east to Guelph Street. You will also find modern and newer condos in pockets of Science World, Olympic Village, Chinatown and along East Hastings. Newer, modern Mt Pleasant condos along Main Street offer a great collection of one and two bedroom condos and a mix of two and three level concrete townhouses. Prices start in the high $400K range and increase to over 1 million dollars. The majority of these developments are extremely well built and have very good amenities. Some of my favorite newer Mt Pleasant concrete condo developments are the Social at 2321 Scotia St, SOMA at 2635 Prince Edward St and the Sophia at 298 East 11th Ave.
North of East 2nd Avenue along Quebec Street, adjacent to Science World are the BOSA towers that range in age from 10 years to 25 years. The two BOSA concrete towers located at Milross and Quebec Street named The Brighton and Creekside offer a collection of 1 and 2 bedroom plus den suites with views and full amenities. The older BOSA developments named City Gate, National and the Viceroy offer larger floorplans at a slightly lower dollar per square foot due to the age of the concrete developments (25 years old).
For half duplexes and attached townhouse living there are a two areas to focus on in Mt Pleasant. The first area with the majority of half duplexes is located from East 10th Avenue to East 16th Avenue and from St Catharines to Clark Drive. These half duplexes will be mixed amongst the single family houses; zoning is currently RT-5 (two family dwelling). The majority of the half duplexes are on front to back 33 by 125 foot lots and range in size from 1300 to 1600 square feet. There are a few larger half duplexes on 50 by 120 lots and range in size from 2100 to 2500 square feet. These larger half duplexes are rare and I recommend being quick to action if the larger size square footage is important. The second area is Strathcona which offers a mix of detached houses, duplexes and townhouses. Strathcona is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Vancouver and is predominantly comprised of artists and young professionals. The City of Vancouver is strict to retain Strathcona’s heritage which makes this neighbourhood popular with those who love the heritage feel.
If you are searching for Mount Pleasant Lofts, the majority of the loft developments are located from East 8th Avenue to East 1st Avenue and from Main Street East to Brunswick Avenue. There are two predominant types of construction for lofts in this area. One is concrete construction single level open concept floor plans with 10 foot ceilings. The second is the two level traditional loft design with the kitchen and living room on the main and stairs up to an open bedroom. There are plenty of buildings to choose from when searching for Mount Pleasant lofts for sale. A few of my picks are:
Coexisting in the neighbourhood with many loft buildings, along East 2nd and north of Great Northern way are number of established and new Art Galleries; this area is the new home to Equinox Gallery and the Monte Clark Gallery. It is well worth taking an afternoon to visit the galleries as well as cafes and craft breweries all within walking distance of each other:
The West Side of Mount Pleasant stretches from Cambie Street to Ontario Street and from 16th Avenue to 6th Avenue. This area is mostly comprised of more expensive townhouses mixed in with older style revenue houses. The City of Vancouver has been strict in retaining the character design on any new development. Most of the townhouses are larger in size and will have three to four units per lot. The area has been nicknamed the City Hall District and is popular with young families and professionals. There are wonderful shops and restaurants within easy walking distance as well as the Cambie corridor Skytrain.
The oldest neighbourhood of Vancouver with a strong heritage history and a wonderful collection houses, half duplexes and townhouses. The community is inhabited by artists, young professionals and is dotted with quaint corner stores and cafes. Most of the lots are 25 by 125 and any new development must by heritage in design. If you have not visited this area in some time I highly recommend spending a sunny afternoon strolling the streets and visiting some of the homey cafes.
This neighbourhood has gone through some significant changes over the years but the true spirit of Chinatown remains. There are newer condo developments mixed in with the old long-time heritage buildings and businesses as well as the trendy new restaurants and cafes. This area has become very popular with young professionals, new businesses and restaurants. A few of my picks for newer concrete developments in Chinatown – Frameworks at 231 East Pender Street, Ginger at 718 Main Street and the new development by Westbank at 188 Keefer Street.
Gastown borders on Mount Pleasant but I recommend extending your condo search to this neighbourhood particularly if you are interested in purchasing a loft. There are some amazing concrete Loft and heritage design developments that are truly unique and rare in the City of Vancouver. Some of my picks are:
Please call or email with any questions. I have been helping my clients buy and sell real estate in Mount Pleasant and Vancouver since 1987.