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: 2504 1283 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TATE ON HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2196099
$1,099,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2196099
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure916 sq. ft.
Presentation Ctr located at 1500 Howe St (Mon-Thur 12pm -5 pm). Tate Downtown - the new 42 storey landmark is located in the cultural heart of Vancouver's newly appointed Downtown South, just minutes away from the Seawall, Yaletown and the Arts District. With stunning... More details
Listed by Regent Park Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 503 833 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "CAPITOL RESIDENCES" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195893
$849,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195893
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Enjoy the excitement of downtown living from this lofty 2 LEVEL, 2 BDRM + FLEX home! As you enter the marble entrance you can either relax upstairs in your private master bdrm w/4 pce bath & FLEX room or proceed to the main floor leading you to the 2nd bdrm, gourmet... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Main Photo: 1922 938 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Electric Avenue" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2194888
$649,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2194888
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Welcome to Electric Ave by Bosa. Bright, 1 bed plus den, with open concept kitchen & dining area is the perfect place to call home, or the ultimate investment property! Eastern exposure looking over the courthouse with beautiful views of the city skyline. The bedroom... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 1307 821 CAMBIE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "RAFFLES ON ROBSON" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195070
$638,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195070
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Amazing location!!! Great spacious 1 BR in the sought after Raffles on Robson! Experience the lifestyle in one of the most walkable cities in the world. Walk to Robson for shopping, trendy restaurants, Vancouver Library, BC Place Stadium, Rogers Arena, Queen Elizabeth... More details
Listed by Coldwell Banker Westburn Rlty.
Open House on Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 313 1255 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale in "ELAN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195688
OPEN HOUSE
$1,199,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195688
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Welcome home to this rare and beautiful 2 bed, 2 bath plus den Townhouse in the prestigious Elan building in Yaletown. Set on the third floor overlooking the courtyard for unparalleled privacy and security, this 3-storey home features a 340 sqf private outdoor rooftop... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Surrey/132)
Main Photo: 902 63 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "EUROPA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195014
$579,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195014
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Welcome to Europa at International Village. This well appointed 1 Bdrm and DEN CORNER unit is bright, spacious and cool with central AIR CONDITIONING. Large square living room with sliding glass doors to DEN/SOLARIUM and floor to ceiling windows. SouthWest facing unit... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty and Gammon Intl. Real Estate Corp.
Main Photo: 2702 833 HOMER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ATELIER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195934
$1,053,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195934
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure866 sq. ft.
This bright,sparkling prime 2 bedroom plus den,2 full baths Downtown condo is perfectly situated at Robson and Homer with great North,West and Eastern views showcasing mountains,city and peek-a-boo harbour beyond the landmark Library.Porcelain floors and beautiful... More details
Listed by TRG-The Residential Group Rlty
Open House on Saturday, August 19, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 2110 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2194740
OPEN HOUSE
$1,128,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2194740
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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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
Main Photo: 4106 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195493
$1,948,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195493
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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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: 1806 989 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "MONDRIAN ONE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2194573
$849,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2194573
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure850 sq. ft.
Rarely available, efficiently laid out 2bed 2 bath plus Den! Bright exposure w/breathtaking city views. Buy with confidence in sought-after MONDRIAN, built by BOSA. Unbeatable location in the heart of downtown with a walk score of 100! Open kitchen, walk-in closets... More details
Listed by Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
Listing information last updated on August 16, 2017

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