Gastown: Open house

Property: #204- 27 Alexander St.  $374,900 MLS # V1024144

Anyone who has spent any time in historic Gastown knows the area never gets dull. Whether it’s tourists snapping photos in front of the Steam Clock on Water Street or Gassy Jack statue, locals detouring around film or TV shoots, strolling through the Sunday Binners’ market on Carrall Street or checking out the latest restaurant or bar, tiny Gastown has huge appeal.

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Sleepy it’s not.

Realtor Maria Senajova says Gastown tends to attract hip professionals who work in the area, love the lifestyle and are looking for uniqueness and spaces that inspire, such as heritage and loft spaces.  

“The area tends to attract design-conscience, creative individuals. Spaces are not your typical cookie cutter condos,” she says.

“They all are different, some have original brick walls and high ceilings, others are modern and slick spaces inside the shell of 100-year old buildings. [It’s] a refreshing change from the rest of the concrete condos in the heart of town.”

Senajova says 27 Alexander is unique in that when it was seismically upgraded in 1997, it connected two heritage buildings — the Alexis and Alexander, which share an elevator, hallways, roof top deck and one address. But they function as two stratas.

The 662-square-foot one bedroom, one-bathroom suite (complete with gas stove and in-suite laundry) has stunning views of the North Shore mountains, which also means it faces the train tracks.

But Senajova says facing the tracks has two advantages: You have privacy and you don’t hear the sometimes loud urban sounds of vehicles and people on Alexander Street. “You can hardly hear the trains,” she says.

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