Hottest ’Hoods

Vancouver Magazine - - FEATURE -

Real es­tate mar­keters are mak­ing a se­ri­ous stretch when they call New West­min­ster “the Brook­lyn of Van­cou­ver”— but with char­ac­ter streets, a grow­ing stock of cool cafés and shops and lower rents and real es­tate prices, it has be­come the nest­ing place of choice for trendy Van­cou­verites on a bud­get. For more up­scale her­itage, the Queen’s Park area is still king, but with its her­itage xer-up­pers, more and more buy­ers are set­tling in pre­vi­ously over­looked Sap­per­ton. But it’s up­town New West that’s see­ing most of the ac­tion, with sev­eral glitzy condo and town­house de­vel­op­ments crop­ping up along the wa­ter­front, all well within reach of SkyTrain. To the east, an un­likely mix of green spa­ces and out­let shops, as well as more a ord­able home prices, have trans­formed Queens­bor­ough from in­dus­trial en­clave to grow­ing real-es­tate hot spot—at least among those with a Zen ap­proach to bridge tra c.

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