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Introducing Gastown

gastown2Gastown is the oldest neighbourhood in downtown Vancouver.

The original fledgling city was centred around what is now Gassy Jack Square but burnt down in the Great Fire of 1886.  The Alhambra on Carrall Street is now the oldest building in Vancouver.  The area is host to a wide variety of different stratas of society.  For many years the area fell into decay and became a ghetto for the homeless and many addicts of various substances.  However, with its proximity to the downtown core and its interesting heritage architecture it became a place of choice for many of the City’s artistic community and slowly a renaissance began.  Many of the original residents are still living here but in much improved housing thanks to the City.

Most if not all of the seriously bad old rooming houses have been renovated, The Pennsylvania, Ranier and Alhambra Hotels on  Carrall Street are probably the most recent renovations and look wonderful.  Hopefully, with more funding more of these old buildings can be restored. The area is gradually being gentrified but with sensitivity.

Several pioneers have led the way for the alternative self owned housing that is now flourishing in the neighbourhood.  The first self owned building was Mission House at 150 Alexander, this 1911 structure was refitted in the mid ’80’s and soon several other developers  at 27 Alexander (The Alexis), 41 Alexander (The Captain French) and 55 Alexander  gradually started to build and renovate.

Some of the other notable loft buildings in the area are 28 Powell, its neighbour The Globe, and Abbott Place at 233 Abbott.   Then about 14 years ago, Brad Holme, an old high school (Magee) friend of Nicholas Meyer, President of Downtown Suites, started to build some loft buildings on Cordova Street, The Van Horne (171 lofts) and Carrall Station (71 lofts).  Nicholas also has been part of the process serving on the City’s Carrall Street Greenway Steering Committee, the Gastown Historic Committee and several strata councils.

Currently,  there has been restoration of some wonderful architecture on Water Street, namely The Taylor Building across from the Steam clock at 310 Water, The Terminus, The Garage and The Bowman Block and Paris and the Paris Annex close by.

What were once run down old buildings are now very chic and home to fine restaurants, unique pubs i.e. The Irish Heather, boutiques and city residences; some of which are costing well in excess of a million dollars.  Possibly, the most notable contribution is the recent transformation of Woodward’s, an old department store bounded by Hastings, Cordova, Abbott and Cambie Streets.  The new version, still has the old original store but there are two towers (42 and 30 stories respectively) which will probably be the catalyst to transform the area forever. It now houses Simon Fraser University (SFU) School for the Contemporary Arts as well as banks and shopping.  Also close by with several campuses is the world renowned Vancouver Film School (VFS).



I first used Downtown Suites as a tenant in 2010 and was blown away when I visited the office. Meeting Nic and the rest of his team was very positive and he introduced everyone. It was clear that each member of his team had a valuable role to play in the organization and that he respected it. In discussing the suite I was renting, he didn’t treat me like a number. I offered some feedback on what would make my experience in the suite better for me and he ran with it to accommodate my reasonable requests. My experience with the organization was very positive and thanks to Nic for making my experience seamless and simple. I highly recommend renting a suite managed by Nic’s company.
Nicholas has been my client for over 20 years, as his financial planner and it has been a pleasure working with him over the years. I have found Nicholas to be very extremely knowledgeable ethical, dependable diligent and client focused. He is extremely honest in giving his opinion, even if it means walking away from closing a sale. I have learnt a lot of things in Real Estate from him. We also have mutual clients,and have heard nothing but praises from these clients of the service he has and continues to provide to them. Ihave also recommended clients to Nicholas, since i wanted them to be looked after by the “BEST”

I was a US owner of two income rental condos in Vancouver a few years back and was having some problems with the person who was managing my places. I had to end that relationship, and not knowing the real estate arena in Vancouver, I went to the internet. Nic had (still has!!) the most informative and wonderful videos of himself videos of himself addressing different aspects of the real estate market in BC. I called, left a msg, and in under a minute, he returned my call. Long story short, Nic helped me deal with some sticky issues, recommended some contractors to me, for which he did not charge me, and he ended up selling both of my condos for me. I can’t say enough about Nic and his crew. He has over 25 years of experience, is extremely personable, and really knows his stuff. I felt I could trust him, and it turned out to be true. How often does that happen?:)
I have known Nic for many decades and I have referred many investor clients to him and have never received a complaint from any of my clients. He is professional and detail oriented. I recommend him.

I also wanted to thank you for being my realtor in purchasing my Vancouver properties, managing my suites and providing guidance regarding real estate and rental property investing. If I purchase another Vancouver property I will contact you first.