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: 979 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180094
$999,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2180094
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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This rare, private entrance Yaletown townhouse is bound to impress! The bright and airy living room displays a warm, inviting feel with a gas fireplace and has sliding glass doors leading to a private front patio. The main floor also features a spacious kitchen with... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
Main Photo: 301 531 BEATTY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "METROLIVING" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179740
$899,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2179740
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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METROLIVING - Situated on the beautiful 500 Block of Beatty St. this west facing, spacious 2 bedroom apartment features a stunning kitchen outfitted with quartz countertops, vertical grain wood cabinets and a Bosch appliances package including gas range. The floor plan... More details
Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
Main Photo: 1206 1082 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "FRESSIA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179689
$699,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2179689
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure708 sq. ft.
Spacious & bright 12th level corner unit at Fressia! This over 700 sq ft 1 bedroom home features: a den, flex room, full sized stainless-steel appliances, granite counters, dark laminate floors throughout, floor to ceiling windows, balcony, En-suite laundry, and an... More details
Listed by TAC Real Estate Corp.
Main Photo: 602 531 BEATTY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Metroliving" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179638
$578,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2179638
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure551 sq. ft.
This concrete boutique building in the heart of Crosstown's Heritage Block is a rare find! Entertainers will love the 1 bed + office with no wasted space, light bamboo hardwood, 9'3" ceilings and XL windows. The entertainer's kitchen features Bosch appliances and a gas... More details
Listed by Sotheby's Int'l Rlty Can (Van)
Main Photo: 2802 1308 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "SALT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179823
$888,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2179823
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure665 sq. ft.
NW corner high floor 1 bdrm + den + flex/office offering the most spectacular water, English Bay, False Creek, downtown skyline & NS mountain views. Immaculate new condition, open floor plan, modern kitchen with quartz island & European appliances, laminate wood grain... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 3109 111 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "SPECTRUM" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180454
$850,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2180454
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure660 sq. ft.
This beautiful view in downtown, high-rise apartment can be yours! 1 bedroom + den at the 31st floor offers a spectacular view and natural light to the unit. 1 regular size parking, a luxury item in downtown Vancouver is included with the unit. This building also offers... More details
Listed by Sutton Group - Seafair Realty
No Photo Available: 1310 989 NELSON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181550
$568,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2181550
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure631 sq. ft.
Spectacular city view and peek-a-boo North Shore Mountain view. 9' ceilings with floor to ceiling windows letting in plenty of light in this fully air-conditioned building. Amenities include gym equipment in workout room, clubhouse, BBQ area, party room, media room... More details
Listed by William Parton Agencies Ltd.
Main Photo: 2103 989 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "MONDRIAN ONE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180876
$849,500
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2180876
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure850 sq. ft.
Awesomely Priced Bosa’s Fabulous Mondrian 1. In the Heart of Yaletown, this Gorgeous & Rarely Avail SUB-PENTHOUSE comes with 2 Generous Sized Bedrooms, 1 Den, Large Pantry, 2 Walk-in Closets/Flex Spaces, 2 Bathrooms, Stainless Steele Appliances, Gas Stove & Granite... More details
Listed by SUNNUS Properties
Main Photo: 1110 788 HAMILTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180590
$668,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2180590
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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TV Towers on Robson, centrally located in Downtown core. Close to BC Place, central library, skytrain, transit & shops & restaurants on Robson Street & Yaletown. This 1 bedroom comes with solarium/den (could be 2nd bedroom) and large storage. Upgraded finishes include... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 202 789 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "CENTURY TOWER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179331
$499,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2179331
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure585 sq. ft.
Incredible value for this 1 bed/1 bath condo with over 1,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor space in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Bright, open, and airy, enjoy TWO huge sunny patios with views of the courtyard. Upgrades include new laminate floors and new bathroom... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Listing information last updated on June 26, 2017

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