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: 605 501 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The 501" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214924
OPEN HOUSE

$549,900

605 501 PACIFIC Street Vancouver V6Z 2X6 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2000, 509 sq. ft.
1st TIME BUYER/INVESTOR ALERT! 509 SF. Fantastic studio (Jr 1 Bed) at The 501. Original condition/owner.Very well kept.Floor to ceiling windows, in suite laundry. Great office space,Potential for open concept, Waiting for your design ideas! The seawall, George Wainborn... Details
Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 2003 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TELUS GARDENS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214520

$788,000

2003 777 RICHARDS Street Vancouver V6B 0M6 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2016, 515 sq. ft.
Welcome to your new city home in the luxurious and amenity rich TELUS GARDENS. Much sought after air conditioned 1 bedroom and den with double access to the elongated balcony from both the master bedroom and the living room. Dreamy spa like bathroom and signature soaker... Details
Prompton Real Estate Serv.Inc.
Main Photo: 513 1330 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ANCHOR POINT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214471

$529,900

513 1330 BURRARD Street Vancouver V6Z 2B8 : Downtown VW

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1 baths, Built: 1977, 462 sq. ft.
Welcome to Anchor Point! Bordering the West End, Downtown, Yaletown and the soon to be Beach District this is the most central location one can find. A move in ready studio home with updated flooring, kitchen and bathroom you are all set in this studio home. With a... Details
TAC Real Estate Corp.
Main Photo: 2405 788 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "L'HERMITAGE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214491
OPEN HOUSE

$788,000

2405 788 RICHARDS Street Vancouver V6B 0C7 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2008, 640 sq. ft.
Welcome to one of Vancouver's premier hotel-residences - L'Hermitage! This highly sought after boutique building screams luxury from the moment you step inside its doors! This very well-kept & bright 1-bed + 1-bath + den west-facing unit has incredible views of the... Details
Rennie & Associates Realty
Main Photo: 609 821 CAMBIE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "RAFFLES ON ROBSON" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214550
OPEN HOUSE

$749,000

609 821 CAMBIE Street Vancouver V6B 0E3 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2008, 666 sq. ft.
This home has more features than you can count! First off, it is a CORNER home facing the quiet side (West!). It has a TRUE DEN (with huge windows!), a flex space (study/extra closet/in-suite storage) and a 4-piece bath with frameless glass, rain shower head and marble... Details
VPG Realty Inc. and Rennie & Associates Realty
Main Photo: 804 565 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Vita" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214619
OPEN HOUSE

$649,800

804 565 SMITHE Street Vancouver V6B 0E4 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2009, 560 sq. ft.
Welcome to Vita by Solterra! This corner unit one bedroom is conveniently located in the center of all the action just a block away from transportation, restaurants, shops and entertainment Vancouver has to offer. This luxury condo features: wide plank wood floors... Details
Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 47 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214665
OPEN HOUSE

$595,000

47 KEEFER Place Vancouver V6B 1P8 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2005, 685 sq. ft.
LOCATION is everything! This beautiful 1 bedroom townhouse nestled between the trendy Chinatown and historic Gastown neighbourhoods has it all! Large south facing floor to ceiling windows, granite countertops, and in-suite laundry. This townhouse has two patios and... Details
RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
Main Photo: 902 602 CITADEL PARADE in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Spectrum 4" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214957
OPEN HOUSE

$620,000

902 602 CITADEL PARADE Vancouver V6B 1X2 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2007, 626 sq. ft.
Beautiful and bright one bedroom at Spectrum by Concord Pacific with stunning city views located on the quiet side of the building. This generously sized one bedroom offers upgraded laminate flooring throughout, stainless steel appliances, in-suite storage, renovated... Details
Engel & Volkers Vancouver
Main Photo: 710 438 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "CONFERENCE PLAZA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214922
OPEN HOUSE

$579,000

710 438 SEYMOUR Street Vancouver V6B 6H4 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1996, 543 sq. ft.
ATTENTION INVESTORS & FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS! Welcome to this 1 BEDROOM PLUS DEN at CONFERENCE PLAZA in downtown Vancouver! Enjoy high ceilings in this bright open concept 1 bedroom, 1 bath plus den home! Kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, beautiful cabinetry... Details
Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Main Photo: 2801 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214730

$1,299,000

2801 777 RICHARDS Street Vancouver V6B 0M6 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2016, 885 sq. ft.
Welcome to TELUS Garden by Westbank, located at the corner of Robson and Richards. This amazing southwest facing unit has a bright and spacious two bedroom/two bathroom and flex layout, with a wrap around balcony that brings in the view of Downtown Vancouver! Gourmet... Details
Interlink Realty
Listing information last updated on October 17, 2017

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