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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No Photo Available: 2202 689 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ESPANA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2199502

$949,900

2202 689 ABBOTT Street Vancouver V6B 0J2 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2009, 917 sq. ft.
Magsen Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 1801 989 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "MONDRIAN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2199253
OPEN HOUSE

$529,900

1801 989 RICHARDS Street Vancouver V6B 6R6 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 baths, Built: 2001, 463 sq. ft.
Stunning studio at the exceptionally well managed Mondrian complex built by BOSA. Enjoy the panoramic city view from the spacious balcony. Spacious open floorplan. Separate sleeping area with built-in cabinets. Real Hardwood flooring. The Kitchen features granite... Details
RE/MAX Real Estate Services
Main Photo: 506 822 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "L'Aria" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2199151
OPEN HOUSE

$799,900

506 822 SEYMOUR Street Vancouver V6B 1L7 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2005, 738 sq. ft.
#506 is a 738 SqFt 2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom corner unit with a large 50 SqFt covered Patio overlooking Robson Street. This home offers stone counter-tops & Stainless Steel appliances in the kitchen and no wasted space throughout. With high-end laminate flooring the home... Details
Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 1404 1188 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1188 Howe" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2199235
OPEN HOUSE

$598,000

1404 1188 HOWE Street Vancouver V6Z 2S8 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1994, 549 sq. ft.
AMAZING CENTRAL LOCATION! This BRIGHT completely RENOVATED 1 bed plus solarium S.E. CORNER home features LUXURY VINYL PLANK FLOORS, CUSTOM ROLLER SHADES and LED lighting. Enjoy corridor VIEWS of FALSE CREEK and MT. BAKER. Custom Kitchen includes BOSCH STAINLESS STEEL... Details
Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 2203 565 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "VITA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2199363
OPEN HOUSE

$1,288,000

2203 565 SMITHE Street Vancouver V6B 0E4 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2009, 1,068 sq. ft.
OUTSTANDING "03" PLAN in the Private Collection at Vita by award winning developer Solterra. This fabulous 2 bd+den, 2 bth CORNER residence offers stunning panoramic City views coupled with one of the best DT locations. Efficient split-bedroom plan offers form and... Details
Royal LePage West R.E.S.
Main Photo: 2503 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WOODWARDS W43" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2199379

$1,199,000

2503 128 W CORDOVA Street Vancouver V6B 0E6 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2009, 1,019 sq. ft.
Rare unimpeded view unit with full views of Burrard Inlet, Pan Pacific, North Shore mtns, fireworks and more. Private balcony and access to rooftop Club W deck to enjoy the summer. Convenient access to Club W amenities which include a well-equipped gym, indoor games... Details
Coldwell Banker Westburn Rlty.
Main Photo: 2806 1283 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2199385

$1,078,000

2806 1283 HOWE Street Vancouver V6E 1R3 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2018, 834 sq. ft.
Beautiful south facing 2 bedroom with flex & enclosed balcony corner unit at Tate Downtown-THE NEW LANDMARK of DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER. Designed by Award Winning Architect, Tate features top of the line appliances, gourmet kitchen, expansive windows and a thoughtful floor... Details
New Coast Realty
Main Photo: 2203 535 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "DOLCE AT SYMPHONY PLACE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2199391

$938,000

2203 535 SMITHE Street Vancouver V6B 0H2 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2010, 722 sq. ft.
DOWNTOWN LANDMARK! DOLCE AT SYMPHONY PLACE! STUNNING VIEWS!Georgia award winner for Best High Rise Development by Solterra! Located in the heart of downtown, this beautiful NE facing home offers 2 bedroom/2 bath + flex space. Overlooking the downtown skyline, North... Details
Engel & Volkers Vancouver
No Photo Available: 2707 438 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2199418

$599,900

2707 438 SEYMOUR Street Vancouver V6B 6H4 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1996, 553 sq. ft.
Functional 1 bed/1 bath / 1 den corner unit located in the heart of downtown featuring STUNNING 180 degree northeast facing views of the city, water and mountains. Updates include quality laminate flooring in 2012. The 2 walls of the windows in the primary living areas... Details
Royal Pacific Rlty. (Kingsway)
Main Photo: 2707 131 REGIMENT Square in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "SPECTRUM 3" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2198721
OPEN HOUSE

$518,000

2707 131 REGIMENT Square Vancouver V6B 1X6 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 baths, Built: 2007, 510 sq. ft.
Located in the heart of Vancouver only minutes walk to SKYTRAIN, Rogers and BC Place Arenas, and downtown shopping district. Take your bike for a spin on the seawall! BRIGHT clean contemporary style with an open kitchen, lots of counter and cabinet space with floor to... Details
RE/MAX Select Realty
Listing information last updated on August 23, 2017

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