November 1, 2009
YOU ARE HERE
Mount Pleasant has cracked down the middle. The sprawling neighborhood was at one point understood to be a single swath of land east of Cambie that stretched from False Creek up to 16th Avenue, but with the completion of the Olympic Village, two communities have emerged. One, South of Broadway, is heavier on the “pleasant”: this well-steeped ’hood is filled with convivial duplexes and the smell of cedar. The community centre’s crowded pool is an earnest, nearly suburban scene each summer. North of Broadway, the neighbourhood’s emphasis is on the “mount”: radiating from the completed village is a stream of banner advertisements promising future condo towers—Maynards Block, Pinnacle Living, James Living. No one, as yet, promenades down Second Avenue, mind you. While the big boxes of Best Buy and Canadian Tire have moved in, the Olympic Village (an eventual home to 16,000) has yet to spawn the neighborhood (“of tomorrow”) it seems so likely to inspire. –Pat RichardsonTHE BUYER | DACE MOORE Moore, 36, had bought into a high-rise in Burnaby because it was all she could afford. When she decided to find a place closer to her design studio (and somewhere that new puppy Trout could play) she zoned in on Mount Pleasant
THE HOME | 710 E. 6th Ave. $391,000
THE REALTORS | Michelle Adamick and Steve Gillespie of Inhabit Vancouver/Sutton Realty.
She made a private offer before her place went on the market. The sellers accepted immediately and she moved in September 1. "When I saw it, it was a done deal and, within two days, I had sold my old place as well. So that made it a smooth transition from Burnaby."
A two-bedroom apartment, with 900 square feet of private outdoor space. The best part? "Being on the ground floor."
With lots of young people moving into the area, Moore is encouraged by the sense of community. "I love all the three-storey walkups and parks where everyone brings their dogs. It just seems more like a neighbourhood." Nearby Main Street offers plenty: she dines at the Whip and Saturdays are for antiquing at secondhand furniture stores.-Shira Bick
THE BREWERY CREEK
650 kinds of beer are sold at this 3,000-square-foot mecca. That's more, they insist, than at any other store in Canada. Open daily to 11 p.m. 3045 Main St., 604-872-3373