Vancouver's "Downtown" area extends east to west from Burrard St. to the base of the Cambie St. Bridge and north to south from Burrard Inlet down to False Creek. Vancouver is different from many other North American cities in that its Downtown area is filled with numerous residential areas, as well as the typical commercial businesses. Because of this, the area is not only bustling during the day, but quite lively during the evening as well. The heart of the Downtown area has a large business area, but there are always numerous residential complexes and condos being built. People looking for a highly livable and multicultural area to reside in are drawn to Vancouver's Downtown area.
Vancouver is often referred to as the "City of Glass" due to its large number of glass façade skyscrapers. These glowing peaks of commercialism are merely a backseat attraction though, as the nearby beaches, North Shore Mountains, and heavily wooded area that encompasses the Downtown area will make you think you have found a true urban paradise.
The amenities in the Downtown area are never ending. You will find sporting arenas, shopping centers, galleries, concert halls, bars and nightclubs, and much more. However, urban living in such a vibrant area does come at a price. Necessities such as clothing and food can be rather expensive, and if your residence doesn't come with its own parking, you can expect to pay a hefty sum to park your vehicle. Space is also at a premium with many condos featuring less than 500 square feet, but "living large" doesn't have to mean the size of your living quarters in this area.