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I've searched the Internet and compiled a list of resources and unbiased information on the different areas in Vancouver.

  China Town

What it's Known for: Chinese-owned businesses and grocery.

Types of Housing: Low-rental warehouses, and apartments. 
  Coal Harbour
What it's Known for: Downtown location and new as a residential neighborhood. Formerly a port section with some businesses.

Inhabitants are: Young, urban and middle-aged professionals.

Types of Housing: New high-rise, and some walk-up, condominiums.
  Commercial Drive - Grandview

What it's Known for: Dense multicultural population, ethnic restaurants and groceries; easily accessible to downtown.

Inhabitants are: Artistic, enviro-friendly people and families of all ages and cultures.

Types of Housing: Apartments, houses, divided houses with rentals;very mixed in age and style.
  Downtown Eastside

What it's Known for: Dense population of homeless and drug-addicted people, abandoned buildings and businesses, pawn-shops and port.

Inhabitants are: Primarily single, middle-aged men, low or no-income and welfare-recipients.

Types of Housing: Low-rent or subsidized apartments and numerous hotels built in the early 1900s.
  Downtown
What it's Known for: Business and shopping district; nightclubs, restaurants and other entertainment.
 
Inhabitants are: Urbanites of all ages and cultures, young street-dwellers in alleys.

Types of Housing: Apartments, high-rises, term-stay hotels.
  Dunbar

What it's Known for: Close proximity to UBC; quiet family-oriented community with tree-lined streets and parks.

Inhabitants are: Affluent, professional families, retirees, young professionals and students.

Types of Housing: Houses primarily built in th
e early 1900s and divided houses with rental units.
  Gastown

What it's Known for: Heritage buildings and cobblestone streets, tourist destinations.

Inhabitants are: Young, urban artists and professionals, low-income earners.

Types of Housing: Walk-up apartments, lofts, condominiums and studio warehouses.
  Granville Island - Fairview

What it's Known for: Public market and tourist destination; close proximity to downtown (10 minute drive) with mountain and water views; South Granville galleries and shops.

Inhabitants are: Single professionals, families and retirees.

Types of Housing: Some subsidized and co-op housing, apartments and condominiums primarily built after 1970.
  Hastings - Sunrise

What it's Known for: Multicultural community with service businesses and Hastings Park.

Inhabitants are: Families, single-parent families and professionals.

Types of Housing: Detached houses primarily built before 1960, divided houses with rental units, walk-up apartments and condominiums.
  Kensington - Cedar Cottage

What it's Known for: Multicultural community with mountain views and Vancouver's only lake - Trout Lake.

Inhabitants are: Families and single-parent families.
Types of Housing: Houses (mostly built before 1960) and walk-up apartments; social housing.

  Kerrisdale

What it's Known for: Quiet community with close proximity to Kitsilano and downtown (20 minute drive) and a safe community-feel.

Inhabitants are: Affluent families, professionals and retirees.

Types of Housing: Houses built before 1970, divided houses with rental units, walk-up apartments and condominiums.
  Main Street - Riley Park

What it's Known for: Antiques and vintage shops off the Broadway corridor; easily accessible to downtown (10-20 minute drive); densely populated with a relatively safe community-feel; Queen Elizabeth Park (Vancouver's highest point).

Inhabitants are: Young artists, active professionals and families.

Types of Housing: Houses, divided houses with rental units and walk-up apartments.
  Marpole

What it's Known for: High-traffic, multicultural community with service businesses and affordable housing.

Inhabitants are: Families, low-income earners.

Types of Housing: Apartments, houses, divided houses with rental units.
  Shaughnessy

What it's Known for: Sprawling, heritage luxury homes with large gardens and hedges.

Inhabitants are: Affluent, professional families and retirees.

Types of Housing: Mostly pre-1950 houses, divided houses with rental units, and heritage walk-up apartments.
  South Cambie - Oakridge

What it's Known for: Close proximity to downtown (10-20 minute drive), densely populated with a safe community-feel; several hospitals and medical research facilities in the area; Oakridge Shopping Centre.

Inhabitants are: Young, active professionals and families.

Types of Housing: Detached houses built before 1970, heritage homes, divided houses with rental units, walk-up apartments and condominiums.
  Strathcona

What it's Known for: Predominantly Chinese community with close proximity to Downtown Eastside.

Inhabitants are: Families, young professionals and low-income earners of all ages.

Types of Housing: Walk-up apartments, restored houses, divided houses with rental units.
  Sunset - Victoria - Fraserview

What it's Known for: Main Street Punjabi restaurants and market; culturally diverse community and service businesses; significant number of 'Vancouver Special' houses; views of mountains and Fraser River.

Inhabitants are: Families.

Types of Housing: Houses, divided houses with rental units and walk-up apartments.
  West End

What it's Known for: Bustling, densely populated area in the Downtown core with a large gay and lesbian population; beaches, restaurants, shops and entertainment; Robson, Davie and Denman Streets.

Inhabitants are: Young single urban professionals and families, low-income earners.

Types of Housing: Post-1960 high-rise apartments, condominiums and walk-up apartments.
  West Point Grey

What it's Known for: Vast beaches, close proximity to UBC; quiet area with luxury homes; city, mountains and ocean views.

Inhabitants are: Affluent, professional singles, families, and low-income students.

Types of Housing: Pre-1960 houses, divided houses with rental units and walk-up apartments.
  Yaletown

What it's Known for: Heritage warehouse district revitalized with shops, restaurants and high-rise condominiums; located on the edge of Downtown; close proximity to seawall.

Inhabitants are: Young, urban professionals and families; single, boomer professionals and retirees.

Types of Housing: Condominiums, lofts and high-rise apartments.

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