Tucked away in in the northeast corner of the city is a little known gem of a neighborhood the locals call the "Point Grey of East Van". Stunning water and mountain views and classic heritage houses on quiet tree-lined streets are what draw those in the know to this location. Defined loosely by Renfrew to the east, Nanaimo to the west, and north of McGill street, this area is often overlooked by those rushing to get downtown or over the Second Narrows bridge. Yet some of the finest view properties in the city are located here. Houses along Wall street sit just above the now closed Commissioner street, and beyond that lies the river, mountains and an unobstructed view from Second Narrows to downtown. House prices in this neighborhood average about $800,000, with the higher prices in the 1 million range sitting on 66ft frontages along Wall or Yale street and offering expansive views.
Parks are also a bonus in this area. Just a few blocks from the PNE grounds (but surprisingly quiet considering) and close to Renfrew Park and New Brighton, there is lots of space to walk the dog or throw a football. Because there is little through traffic due to the location, it is not uncommon to see the neighborhood kids engaging in a game of road hockey, calling "car" and moving the goal net to let you pass by.
Walk a few blocks south to Hastings and you have all the shops, banks and services within easy reach. Donald's Market on Hastings and Nanaimo is a community minded grocer that has served the area since 1986 and offers a great selection of organics. The obligatory Starbucks is on Hastings at Kaslo however I much prefer the homey Laughing Bean at Hastings and Slocan. Owned by Wayne and Rebecca Bertrand, this local hangout offers cool music and great atmosphere as well as fantastic coffee drinks.
This community oriented neighborhood is perhaps best known as the location for the Trinity Street Festival of Lights each Christmas, fundraising for Cottage Hospice and Harbour View Daycare. The entire street is lit up and is a true spectacle with nearly every house decorated. A great way to spend Christmas Eve is to get a hot chocolate "to go" at the Laughing Bean and take a stroll to look at the displays. If that doesn't get you in the spirit of the season nothing will!
If you would like to know more about Real Estate opportunities in this fantastic area I am always up to the minute on what is happening in the market. I might even know of homes not on the market at this time but might be available. Please feel free to send me an email or give me a call. Let's go to the Laughing Bean for coffee!