East Vancouver Real Estate
East Vancouver, one of the Lower Mainland’s most desirable areas, offers some of the most exciting Vancouver real estate opportunities available. With a mix of brand-new condo developments, heritage houses, and many of the locally beloved single-family homes known as the Vancouver Special, this large area of Vancouver has a variety of real estate choices to meet any family’s needs.
The highly walkable neighbourhoods of Commercial Drive, Mount Pleasant, Strathcona, and the East Village (also known as Hastings-Sunrise)—long-standing favourite stomping grounds of Vancouverites of all stripes—are being joined by up-and-coming East Van areas such as Fraserhood (at Kingsway and Fraser).
The opportunities are practically endless when it comes to making a piece of East Van real estate your home.
Living in East Vancouver
When Mount Pleasant was established in the late 1800s, it was considered a suburb of Vancouver. Now it is the thriving heart of the city and home to more than 30,000 people.
Mount Pleasant is just one of the many neighbourhoods of East Van known for having everything a person needs, to the point where you don’t have to leave the neighbourhood if you don’t want to. (And why would you!) One of the most defining attributes that comes along with buying East Vancouver real estate is this “walkability,” meaning all your grocery stores, yoga studios, schools, restaurants, breweries—and any other amenity you can think of—is in walking distance.
Stretching all the way from the Burrard Inlet in the north and south to the Fraser River and runs east all the way to Boundary Road, where the city of Burnaby begins. Ontario Street, a few blocks west of Main Street marks the east - west divide.
The schools of East Vancouver
A variety of education opportunities are available in East Vancouver, including several public, private, and Catholic elementary and secondary schools. There are also non-standard options available, such as John Oliver Secondary School’s Digital Immersion Program as part of the Mini School system, which aims to prepare students to be life-long learners who thrive in the digital age.
Recreation in East Vancouver
East Vancouver has a reputation for being the cultural hub of the city. Many of Vancouver’s music venues are in this area, along with hundreds of artists’ studios, which open up to visitors annually during the Eastside Cultural Crawl. Many greenways crisscross East Van, allowing cyclists to travel around the area with speed and freedom. There are also several community groups for residents to join, from the familiar to the quirky, such as the East Van Baseball League and the East Van Hula Hoop Group.
Food and Drink in East Vancouver
Hastings-Sunrise and Mount Pleasant are home to countless breweries, while Commercial Drive is known for its plethora of restaurants, from Ethiopian to Mexican to Thai, along with several Italian restaurants, delis, and cafes that point to its identity as Vancouver’s Little Italy. You’ll find most of the up-and-coming and highest rated restaurants located in Chinatown and Strathcona, and the new Fraserhood neighbourhood already has a growing foodie reputation.
The parks of East Vancouver
Trout Lake, frequented by most East Vancouver home owners, is close to Commercial Drive and Broadway. Along with the large lake and beaches at its centre, the park offers several different sporting fields, tennis courts, and jogging trails and hosts many different events such as cultural days and farmers markets.
You’ll find the hidden gem of New Brighton Park to the north, where East Van meets North Burnaby. There you can find one of the few outdoor public swimming pools Vancouver has to offer. Just a stone’s throw away from there is Empire Fields, a recently installed sports field offering a 560m running track, outdoor volleyball courts, and two full-size fields. To the very south, located in the Killarney district, Riverfront Park along the Fraser River allows strollers to dive into nature along its many walking paths and take in waterfront views.
Just past the westernmost border of East Vancouver is Queen Elizabeth Park. It boasts the Bloedel Conservatory and a Rose Garden, along with a pitch and putt, tennis courts, dog park, and more!