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: 2008 1001 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE MIRO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227695
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$788,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227695
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure603 sq. ft.
WELCOME TO THE MIRO: A stunning 1 BEDROOM PLUS DEN & SOLARIUM is nestled right in the heart of Downtown. The suite comes equipped with stainless steel appliances, gas cook top, granite counter tops, 1 parking & 1 storage locker (extra large storage, double). The Miro... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 3202 1335 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1335 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227190
$2,259,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227190
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure1,090 sq. ft.
Luxurious 1090 SF 2 bdrm corner home on the 32nd floor with NE exposure. Includes two balconies totalling 285 SF with gas & power. Lavishly finished with H/W flooring & carpet in bdrms, heating & cooling system, smart home features with automated lighting, sound control... More details
Listed by Onni Realty Inc
Main Photo: 2102 888 HAMILTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ROSEDALE GARDENS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227198
$968,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227198
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure980 sq. ft.
Classic 2 bed + 2 bath + den located at the heart of Downtown Vancouver off Robson Street next to Yaletown! Amazing views of Yaletown and Downtown Vancouver with partial views of False Creek! Large living space and bedroom space. It comes with 2 Parking and 1 Storage... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
Main Photo: 1702 867 HAMILTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "JARDINE'S LOOKOUT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227474
$898,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227474
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure781 sq. ft.
Look no further, you've found THE ONE! Welcome to Bosa Built 'JARDINE'S LOOKOUT' in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Located just steps to the central library, the shops of Robson St, the financial district, the nightlife of Yaletown & both sports stadiums, this fully... More details
Listed by 88West Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 702 1188 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1188 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227514
$559,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227514
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure548 sq. ft.
Rare opportunity to own a South-West corner suite of the building. Larger 548 s.f. 1-bedroom suite with comfort size flex room/Solarium next to the kitchen. 2-side windows gives extra natural light to living room. Don't miss this multi-purpose floor plan! 1 parking... More details
Listed by Amex Broadway West Realty
Main Photo: 3003 833 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "CAPITAL" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227773
$1,399,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227773
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure991 sq. ft.
Absolutely stunning view from every room and exceptionally located in the heart of Downtown. Walking distance to everything. Super quality throughout the full concierge service, granite counter tops, gas stove, large shower in en-suite, picture windows, in suite storage... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Main Photo: 1103 1010 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227233
$1,775,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227233
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,764 sq. ft.
Extra large 3 Bedroom Penthouse on 2 levels, currently tenanted but tenant leaving in Dec, 2 parking spots, owner has strata permission to enclose balcony. Great location, this unit has new windows and newer... More details
Listed by RE/MAX City Realty
Main Photo: 2501 1335 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1335 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2226937
$3,099,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2226937
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,610 sq. ft.
Luxurious 1610 SF 3 bdrm corner home on the 25th floor with NW exposure. Includes two balconies totalling 365 SF with gas and power. Lavishly finished with HW flooring and carpet in bdrms, heating and cooling system, smart home features with automated lighting, sound... More details
Listed by Onni Realty Inc
Main Photo: 2703 1335 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1335 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2226950
$2,509,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2226950
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,265 sq. ft.
Luxurious 1,265 SF 2 bdrm corner home on the 27th floor with SE exposure. Includes a large 218 SF balcony with gas and power. Lavishly finished with HW flooring and carpet in bdrms, heating and cooling system, smart home features with automated lighting, sound control... More details
Listed by Onni Realty Inc
Main Photo: 1001 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TELUS GARDEN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2226975
$1,268,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2226975
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure885 sq. ft.
"TELUS Garden" by Westbank. Amazing Southwest facing unit located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. This is a beautiful well laid out bright and spacious 2 bedroom/2 bathroom and flex apartment with a wrap around balcony that bring in the City Views! A Gourmet kitchen... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Riverside Realty
Listing information last updated on December 17, 2017

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