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: 808 1199 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "BRAVA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197923
$649,900
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Active
MLS® Num:
R2197923
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure630 sq. ft.
Welcome to the Brava! Perfectly situated in the heart of Downtown- right across Emery Barners park and just steps from Yaletown, Seawall, restaurants and shopping. Amazing amenities include 75' outdoor pool, hot tub, gym, concierge, games room and 2 furnished guest... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 302 933 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE SPOT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197640
$658,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2197640
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure644 sq. ft.
Look no further. NY style one bedroom 2levelloft at THE SPOT. Soaring 16" ceilings bring in all the natural light in this open plan with no wasted space. Recently upgraded with new paint, maple engineered hardwood flooring and new kitchen island chopping block great for... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty Westmar
Main Photo: 605 933 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE SPOT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197699
$598,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2197699
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure606 sq. ft.
Welcome home! This well kept CORNER LOFT has it all. Just steps from the Granville entertainment district and a stones throw away from all that Yaletown has to offer, you cannot beat this central location in the heart of the city. Modern laminate flooring and soaring... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty (Van)
Open House on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 5:00PM - 6:30PM Overlooking the Park, Pets and Rentals ok,... Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 1405 1199 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE BRAVA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2198430
OPEN HOUSE
$680,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2198430
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure580 sq. ft.
Southeast Bright 1 bedroom & sunroom/den with open kitchen and dining area is overlooking Emery Barnes Park, allowing plenty of space between your home & other apartment buildings. Enjoy the expansive views from your outdoor patio or on the pool deck of the fabulous... More details
Listed by TRG-The Residential Group Rlty
Main Photo: 1901 821 CAMBIE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Raffles" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197394
$628,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2197394
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure600 sq. ft.
This one checks every box for a one bedroom in Yaletown! High floor, luxurious finishings, views, den, and proximity to restaurants, shops and Skytrain. This 19th floor 600sf unit has a perfect layout, and with its 4-piece luxurious spa-like bathroom w/ marble... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 2506 58 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197249
$649,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2197249
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure651 sq. ft.
The Centre of the Action. Spacious, Bright one bedroom & Den offers great view of the Water, City and Mountains from every window. Open concept with engineered hardwood floor, granite counter tops. upgraded stainless steel appliances & In-suite Laundry. steps to Rogers... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 517 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale in "The Oscar" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197488
$1,100,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2197488
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
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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 Westside
Main Photo: 1604 1189 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE GENESIS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197506
$549,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2197506
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure567 sq. ft.
Beautiful Downtown condo w/ open view! This bright, airy 1 bed & flex corner unit has been nicely updated & has an impeccable layout that maximizes space in 564sf of living! Features include wide plank maple floors, brand new s.s. appliances, open city view, large... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
Main Photo: 1009 668 CITADEL PARADE in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "SPECTRUM 2" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197367
$525,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2197367
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure502 sq. ft.
One Bedroom+den at 668 Citadel by Concord Pacific offers a Clean open floor plan with linear kitchen, large balcony and South East Exposure. Within steps to skytrain, Costco, Gastown, Yale Town ,Rogers Arena/ BC Place ,TnT Market and more, this units location is as good... More details
Listed by RE/MAX All Points Realty
Main Photo: 308 555 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "PARIS PLACE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197341
$988,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2197341
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure1,047 sq. ft.
VAN CITY URBAN LIVING presents INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE, in CROSSTOWN-PARIS PLACE'S finest floor plan! TOP TEN reasons to invest! 1) HUGE,BRIGHT,FLOOR-PLAN-LARGE-2/3 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS, DEN ( POSSIBLE 3RD BED ) & FLEX SPACE. 1047 SQ.FT INSIDE, & A MASSIVE 451 SQ.FT SUNNY... More details
Listed by TAC Real Estate Corp.
Listing information last updated on August 21, 2017

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