One of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhoods, Hastings was once thought ofas the area ofdowntown that was primarily industrial. Since shifting its focus towards a commercial area, Hastings isnow home to a dense strip of shops, services, new restaurants and pubs along East Hastings Street andin pockets along Nanaimo Street, Broadway, Boundary Road and Renfrew Street. Now an affordable area with trendy nightlife, many young people are choosing to invest their futures in the community and rightly so.
Located in the northeastern corner of downtown Vancouver, Hastings runs from Main Street to Nanaimo Street along Hastings, venturing south at Clark Drive then along Venables Street, encompassing much of the waterfront at Vancouver Harbour.
An ethnically diverse and primarily residential area, Hastings is home to large numbers of Cantonese, Vietnamese and Italian speakers. Many businesses have been in operation for over 40 years old, including Italian delis, grocery shops and a large T&T Asian supermarket, reflecting the shift in immigrant settlement in the neighbourhood. With its close proximity to shops and other amenities, Hastings also attracts large numbers of young professionals.
Most residences in the Hastings neighbourhood are single family detached homes, with some multi-family buildings. Several older brick buildings are also being renovated into lofts and studio apartments, reaffirming Hastings’ status as a trendy, yet affordable alternative to downtown Vancouver real estate. Many properties also offer impressive views across Burrard Inlet and the mountains. Contact me to find out more about current bench mark pricing in the area.
One of Hastings main attractions is the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), located at Hastings Park, offering a variety of shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides and concerts. Hastings Community Centre, which is located across from the PNE and Hastings Park, offers activities and programs for all ages, including a gymnasium, computer lab, games room, fitness centre, and racquetball court. Outside, there is a tennis court, a playground, and water park.
The Hastings neighbourhood has a trendy mix of bars and restaurants, with many great places to grab some food and drink. Both Parallel 49 Brewing and Powell Street Craft Brewery are located in Hastings, serving authentic Vancouver brewed beer, while The Red Wagon Cafe and Tacofino Commissary are popular with diners in the area. If you’re looking for a great cup of coffee and a place to catch up with friends, Laughing Bean Coffee at East Hastings and Slocan has long been a local favourite.
As well as being home to a variety of unique and specialty stores, from thrift stores and flower shops to galleries and tattoo parlours, Hastings also conveniently offers a Donald’s Market grocery store, as well as various convenience stores 7-Eleven, London Drugs and Dollar Tree being located along East Hastings Street, saving residents the need to drive out of the neighbourhood, since many amenities are within walking distance.
The Hastings neighbourhood is fast becoming a popular area for families and young people, with great access to local schools, including Hastings Elementary Community School, Our Lady of Sorrows School and Templeton Secondary School.
Thanks to the continued improvement of the Hastings, many restaurants, shops and amenities are within walking distance. The Skytrain and Canada line are accessible by bus, or by biking. With easy driving access to Burnaby and Highway 1, many Hastings residents own cars.