Downtown Eastside

Downtown Eastside: Chinatown, Gastown and Strathcona

The Down Town East Side (DTES) is an area that traditionally has had its challenges. It is home to one of the poorest postal codes in Canada. But it is also home to some awesome shops and newer developments.

One of the most relevant developments in terms of revitalization is the Woodwards building. This development includes a mix of 536 units of market housing and 200 units of social housing. This complex has one of the best gyms in the city located in its penthouse with a million $ view and a W shaped hot tub. The building neighbours a cool public atrium, a drugstore, a grocery store, space for non profit organizations and SFU School for Contemporary Arts. There is no shortage of awesome coffee options with JJ. Bean,Revolver, and Timbertrain nearby. And if more than liquids are in order you won’t regret a visit to ChambarMeat and Bread, or Save on Meats.

Within the limits of the DTES are the sub-communities of Chinatown, Gastown and Strathcona.

Chinatown is an area that has undergone some change. Traditional businesses still exist and are starting to flourish again. However newer businesses are also starting to pop up as Chinatown has traditionally had one of the lowest lease rates in the city. Although a large part of the Chinese community has chosen to live in Richmond, Chinatown is still a hub for shopping for traditional foods and chinese medicinal supplements.  Fantastic restaurants include Bao BeiOyster Express and Daisy Garden. There are many shops, tea shops, and affordable tourist and clothing shops. There is even a night market. In 2011 the city rezoned to allow for taller buildings and the increased density should allow Chinatown to thrive for many years to come.

Gastown is a tourist mecca. Technically speaking it is a designated historic site, and while walking down the street it feels like your walking back in time with the cobblestone streets, old school street lights and a steam clock to boot. But when you start to look through the windows you’ll notice modern furniture shops like EspacedInForm, and Parliament Interiors. A great mix of Fine dining and casual delicacies, as well as hip clothing stores such as FluevogKit and AceLivestock and Neighbour. Gastown has truly become One of Vancouver’s Hippest neighbourhoods, as the shops and restaurants get balanced out with young entrepreneurial tech companies.

Strathcona is a pocket of the DTES that has a strong community of people passionate about their neighbourhood living within it. They even have their own  Residents Association. The homes are traditionally smaller including many duplexes and row homes and the denser population has added to the sense of community. The Strathcona Community Centre sits near it’s core and offers a wide variety of programs. Quaint businesses like the Union Market and the Wilder Snail have been hidden gems within the community and have stood the test of time with their authenticity. This working class neighbourhood is perfect for young families, and it’s proximity to downtown is ideal for young professionals.

If shopping and eating aren’t on your agenda then there are many other activities to partake in within the area. You can visit Dr. Yat Sen Chinese Gardens, or one of the many festivals that take place in the area such as

Vancouver International Jazz Festival , Powell Street FestivalDancing on the Edge, or Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix International Bike Race.

 

 

HERE ARE THE MOST CURRENT DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE LISTINGS

Downtown homes for sale

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Main Photo: 3502 1335 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1335 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2198115
$2,579,900
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2198115
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,090 sq. ft.
Luxurious 1,090 SF 2 bdrm corner home on the 35th floor with NE exposure. Includes a large 348 SF wrap around balcony with gas & power. Lavishly finished with HW flooring & carpet in bdrms, heating & cooling system, smart home features with automated lighting, sound... More details
Listed by Onni Realty Inc
Main Photo: 2801 565 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "VITA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2198097
$1,750,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2198097
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,108 sq. ft.
Welcome to this luxurious SUB-PENTHOUSE home in The Vita at Symphony Place! This is 1 of 3 exclusive homes on the 28th floor offering sweeping city views of Downtown Vancouver with floor to ceiling windows. This home features 2 bdrms+Office+Den, 9'6" ceilings, in-floor... More details
Listed by Multiple Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 517 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale in "The Oscar" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197488
$1,100,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2197488
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure855 sq. ft.
517 Drake Street, Vancouver, BC., V6B 4K8. Currently renovated (2013) townhouse on the Yaletown Downtown border. Proximity to Yaletown restaurants and shopping. Close to parks and seawall. Newer quality appliances, overheight (12 foot) ceilings and California Closet... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 2103 1335 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1335 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195750
$2,189,900
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195750
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,265 sq. ft.
Luxurious 1265 SF 2 bdrm corner home on the 21st floor with SE exposure. Includes a large 218 SF balcony with gas and power. Lavishly finished with H/W flooring & carpet in bdrms, heating & cooling system, smart home features with automated lighting, sound control with... More details
Listed by Onni Realty Inc
Main Photo: 2602 788 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "L'HERMITAGE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2196057
$2,388,883
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2196057
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,308 sq. ft.
Premier building L'Hermitage in Downtown Vancouver. 1000 SF BALCONY w access from the living room and bedrooms. Captivating vistas of cityscape from practically every vantage point of this outstanding residence. This well thought out suite offers an open floor plan with... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Main Photo: 1403 1335 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1335 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195647
$4,839,800
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195647
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
4
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,985 sq. ft.
Luxurious 2985 SF 3 bdrm condo home on the 14th floor with ESW exposure. Includes 3 large balconies totaling 720 SF with gas and power. Lavishly finished with H/W flooring and carpet in bdrms, heating and cooling system, smart home features with automated lighting... More details
Listed by Onni Realty Inc
Main Photo: 2110 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2194740
$1,238,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2194740
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure745 sq. ft.
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! 2 BEDROOM & 1 Flex in Telus Garden at center of DOWNTOWN Vancouver by famous developer-Westbank. This building is equipped with energy efficient heating & cooling system, Miele Steel appliances & Kohler bathroom fixtures, there are 24 hour... More details
Listed by New Coast Realty
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Main Photo: 4106 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195493
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$1,948,800
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195493
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,112 sq. ft.
TELUS GARDEN by WESTBANK - ARCHITECTURAL ICON Designed with architectural excellence by Henriquez Partners Architects. Vancouver's best location at Robson and Richards. One of the BEST floor plans with NORTHSHORE MOUNTAIN and WATER VIEWS. 2 bdrms + family room & flex... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
Main Photo: 1001 867 HAMILTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Jardine's Lookout" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2192826
$995,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2192826
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,057 sq. ft.
Welcome to Jardine's Lookout. Located on the 10th floor this updated 2 bedroom home spans over 1057sf of living space and features 2 bathrooms, solarium, hardwood flooring and stain. steel appliances. Overlooking lush green garden this home boasts NE city views... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 219 933 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2192676
$599,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2192676
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure664 sq. ft.
Located in the trendy Yaletown! Great investment or first home! Modern concept 2 level loft with 16 ft' floor to ceiling window. Open living and kitchen area with stainless steel appliances. Walking distance to everything in the heart of Vancouver downtown... More details
Listed by Birds Nest Properties
Listing information last updated on October 22, 2017

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