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: 605 36 WATER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TERMINUS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2156185
$1,149,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2156185
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,197 sq. ft.
The Terminus! Grand in Maple Tree Square on the sub-penthouse level. Wall to wall windows, gorgeous treed outlook and an abundance of natural light. The Terminus is a heritage loft conversion with stunning architecture and slick, modern finishing's. Water Street... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 505 789 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2157435
$538,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2157435
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure585 sq. ft.
Open concept layout, S/S regular sized appliances, updated kitchen & 4 piece bathroom, granite countertops, eng. hardwood flooring + OVERSIZED BALCONY! HUGE COVERED DECK to entertain & enjoy the city life. This one is like no other condo on the market. Great Century... More details
Listed by Sutton Group Del Mar Realty
Main Photo: 1709 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2154145
$1,399,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2154145
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,131 sq. ft.
Telus Garden by Westbank. Luxury residences in Downtown Vancouver. Peek-a-boo water & mountain views. High end MIELE appliances & top quality finishing. Central air conditioning & energy-efficient heating system. Exclusive amenities & concierge. Very central... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Main Photo: 4106 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2153387
$1,988,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2153387
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: 3907 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2152866
$2,288,888
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2152866
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,367 sq. ft.
The latest signature address behind the development team of Living Shangri-La, Fairmont Pacific Rim, 700 West 8th and Vancouver house. TELUS GARDEN offers you the rare opportunity to own incredible three bedroom & flex home in downtown’s most desirable high rise. This... More details
Listed by TRG-The Residential Group Rlty
Main Photo: 704 1188 W PENDER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2150767
$1,398,800
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2150767
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,039 sq. ft.
Breath taking Coal harbour "Sapphire", 2 bed, 2 full bath, 8 1/12 ceiling, with an open concept kitchen. Sapphire is a beautiful boutique building and well managed. Being close to everything, downtown living will be pleasurable. Minutes to shopping restaurant and... More details
Listed by Amex - Sunrich Realty
Main Photo: 822 1200 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2150439
$699,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2150439
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure782 sq. ft.
Location, location, location. This fully furnished and outfitted 2 bedroom suite is located in the heart of downtown. Part of the Landis Hotel with access to all of the facilities and amenities of the hotel including swimming pool, hot tub, gym, change rooms... More details
Listed by Royal LePage West R.E.S.
Main Photo: 1505 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "JAMESON HOUSE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2150026
$780,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2150026
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure601 sq. ft.
Vancouver's iconic building. JAMESON HOUSE!! Designed by Foster & Partners, world class architects & built as BOSA's featured building. This sophisticated building brings leading edge energy efficient technology. 1 bedroom, 1 bath home has an extremely versatile... More details
Listed by Sutton Centre Realty
Main Photo: 6602 1151 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2147059
$3,325,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2147059
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,231 sq. ft.
What a VIEW! 66th Floor 'trophy' suite at Trump International Hotel and Tower. Private and exclusive, only 4 suites on this level. Luxury-living in the sky with WORLD-CLASS VIEWS! Beautiful twisting tower designed by Arthur Erickson, in a premier location. Bonus... More details
Listed by Coldwell Banker Prestige Rlty
Main Photo: 1101 822 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "L'ARIA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2146844
$594,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2146844
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure584 sq. ft.
Welcome to L’Aria in the heart of Downtown Vancouver! This bright 1 Bed + Den corner suite features an efficient floor plan, open concept kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a cozy fireplace in the living area, and gorgeous floor-ceiling windows to enjoy beautiful... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Listing information last updated on June 24, 2017

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