Mount Pleasant is among Vancouver’s fastest growing communities comprised of many young professionals, first time home buyers, and young families that are now calling this neighbourhood home. The integration of youthful energy with a vibrant community spirit has transformed one of the metro’s original suburban communities into one of the hippest and most vital residents. In the past ten years, there have been a number of small shopping centres, gastronomic restaurants and grocery stores that have sprouted along Cambie, Broadway and Main to serve the community’s growing population. Mount Pleasant boasts serene, tree lined streets with a unique mix of heritage inspired condos, restored character houses, and various townhouse developments.
Mount Pleasant had much of its origins from a stream which attracted several breweries in 1888 up to 1912. By the year 1897, there was a rapid population growth centered on the Main and Broadways Streets. Convenient accesses to the Metro Centre and the Brewery Creek, makes Mount Pleasant a very favourable residential area.
Mount Pleasant is situated at the borders of the East and West sides of the city, stretching from Cambie West to the west, to the east of Clark Drive and the 16th Avenue at the north/south limits. Its residents are well catered with the establishment of gourmet stores, restaurants, and funky coffee bars long Broadway, Cambie and the Main strips. Much of the community’s personality is being derived from its art galleries, boutiques, and hip salons. Mount Pleasant is also the home to the historically renowned Vancouver City Hall. It also shares a close proximity to the Vancouver General Hospital. The community also boasts traffic calmed areas and quiet streets that are only a walk away from most of the neighbourhood’s trendy clothing stores and gourmet restaurants. Residents also enjoy easy access to downtown shopping, entertainment districts and the relaxing beach shores.
Mount Pleasant is one of the hottest real estate markets in Vancouver, with properties ranging from condo buildings to renovated character residential properties being envied by buyers who want to live the popular Main Street lifestyle. The neighbourhood has been transformed dramatically with the revitalization of the South Main Street strip and the Cambie Corridor. Recently, there has been a surge in restoring character homes, developing hew town houses and the rise of low rise condos with innovative architectural styles to match the community’s eclectic feel.
There are a few elementary schools in the neighbourhood that support the young families residing in the area. These include St. Francis Xavier School, Florence Nightingale Elementary School, Simon Fraser Elementary and Mount Pleasant Elementary School. The community also features public transit with convenient access to bus stops and to the Skytrain. The development of the Canada Line and its Broadway and Cambie stations makes reaching Vancouver International Area in a snap. Shopping and Recreation Main Street is considered as the major dining and shopping area in the neighbourhood. The Broadway, which runs perpendicular to Main Street, also features some of the city’s gourmet restaurants and a plethora of shopping boutiques. Residents also enjoy simple leisure time activities such as relaxing on pubs, patio, gelato shops and coffee shops.