4 Former Olympic Villages You Can Live In

After the Olympics are over, what happens to the villages built to house the athletes during the games? We found four that have been converted to apartments, condos or student housing.

East Village, London

In 2013, the first residents moved into London’s East Village, a new neighborhood centered around the refurbished Olympic Village from the 2012 Summer Games. After the athletes moved out, the flats were fitted with new kitchens, and temporary bedroom partitions were removed. Built with sustainability in mind, the community’s 2,818 homes are outfitted with grey water recycling systems, energy-saving LED lights and living roofs. All homes have access to shared courtyards, and most have at least one balcony with some featuring winter gardens. Rental prices range from £310 per week for a one-bedroom apartment to £550 per week for a four-bedroom townhouse.
Courtyard at East Village London

Photo courtesy of East Village London All apartments at East Village London have access to shared courtyards.

Living Room at East Village London

Photo courtesy of East Village London Apartments at East Village London come fully furnished with furnishings inspired by HemingwayDesign.

Kitchen at East Village London

Photo courtesy of East Village London Apartments at East Village London come with contemporary open-plan kitchens with integrated Bosch or Siemens appliances.

Balcony at East Village London

Photo courtesy of East Village London Most apartments at East Village London have at least one balcony with some featuring winter gardens (a partially enclosed glazed area).

Newington, Sydney

A suburb just west of Sydney, Newington was home to the Athlete’s Village during the 2000 Summer Olympics. Nearly 900 townhouses, 700 apartments and 300 modular homes were built on 222 acres to host 22,000 athletes and officials, but construction didn’t stop there. Today, Newington comprises around 2,000 houses and apartments and is home to about 5,000 residents. Like London’s East Village, Newington’s homes boast several green features, including grey water recycling, photovoltaic solar panels and solar hot water heaters. The community’s median house price is $843,000.
Home Exterior in Newington, Sydney, Australia

Photo courtesy of Newington Village Real Estate This 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is located in the Sydney suburb of Newington, which was home to the Athlete’s Village during the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Dining Room and Kitchen in Newington, Sydney, Australia

Photo courtesy of Newington Village Real Estate This house in Newington comes with a large, open-plan kitchen and dining area, which flows out to the rear garden.

The Village on False Creek, Vancouver

Vancouver’s Athlete’s Village has been a source of controversy since it was converted to luxury housing after the 2010 Winter Olympics. A year after the games, fewer than half of the 737 condos had been sold, and the city’s taxpayers owed about 750 million Canadian dollars for a project that was never meant to be a public sector development. In 2011, the city slashed the prices of the condos by 30 percent in a fresh effort to sell them. Things have been looking up since then: Most of the units at The Village on False Creek have been sold or rented, and several new shops and businesses have opened nearby. Condos range in price from 500,000 to 1,900,000 Canadian dollars.
Vancouver Olympic Village

Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images A general view of the athlete's village for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Condo at The Village on False Creek in Vancouver

Photo courtesy of ILoveFalseCreek.com This 2-bedroom, 3-bathroom condo at The Village on False Creek is listed for $2,498,000.

Heritage Commons, Salt Lake City

Students at the University of Utah have the opportunity to live in Heritage Commons, built in 2000 to house the athletes of the 2002 Winter Games. With 21 buildings (20 residential and one for dining and support services) on 70 acres, this living-learning community houses 2,500 students and offers stunning views of Salt Lake City and its surrounding mountain ranges.
Heritage Commons in Salt Lake City, Utah

Photo by: Michael Smith/Hulton Archive/Getty Images A view of the Heritage Commons residential living area at the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. The area was the site of the Olympic Village for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics.



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