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.




Downtown homes for sale

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Main Photo: 1804 811 HELMCKEN Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "IMPERIAL TOWER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2228377


1804 811 HELMCKEN Street Vancouver V6Z 1B1 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1996, 870 sq. ft.
Sub Penthouse, corner unit at the IMPERIAL TOWER. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, completely remodelled few years ago with hardwood floors, new closet doors and trim, new kitchen counters, and extra large, wrap around deck with excellent views (South East Exposure). functional... Details
Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
Main Photo: 1207 788 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "L'Hermitage" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2228355


1207 788 RICHARDS Street Vancouver V6B 0C7 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2008, 617 sq. ft.
Welcome to exquisite L'Hermitage - a premier hotel and residences building in the heart of downtown Vancouver! This fine 1-Bedroom+Den suite features an open layout with no wasted space, expansive floor-to-ceiling windows for plenty of natural light, in-suite laundry... Details
RE/MAX Masters Realty
Main Photo: 309 969 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2228172


309 969 RICHARDS Street Vancouver V6B 1A8 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 baths, Built: 2002, 426 sq. ft.
Rarely available studio suite in the "Mondrian II", Bosa built building in a fabulous Yaletown location! Suite features a terrific layout and a bright living room with cozy Juliette balcony and large east facing windows for that extra breeze in the summer time! The... Details
Macdonald Realty Westmar
Main Photo: 1805 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "JAMESON HOUSE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227988


1805 838 W HASTINGS Street Vancouver V6C 0A6 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2011, 804 sq. ft.
Nothing defines sophistication, elegance, and style quite like JAMESON HOUSE in Downtown Vancouver! Built by BOSA Properties and designed by Foster & Partners, this 2 bed, 1 bath, 804 sf, CORNER UNIT suite is a short stroll to Coal Harbour & Seawall, & features 9’1 ft... Details
Rennie & Associates Realty
Main Photo: 302 1177 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "LONDON PLACE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2228038


302 1177 HORNBY Street Vancouver V6Z 2E9 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1994, 628 sq. ft.
Large & bright 1 Bed+Den has been meticulously maintained and updated with crown moldings, laminate flooring in the living areas, tiles in the kitchen & entrance. Among other updates you will find higher end appliances, granite counters and stylish blinds. This is the... Details
Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 109 950 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2228113


109 950 DRAKE Street Vancouver V6Z 2B9 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1978, 436 sq. ft.
Unique apartment at Anchor Point. This ground level one bedroom corner unit stands apart from most Anchor Point suites: NW exposure, has a large patio. Feels private and comfortable. Kitchen, bath, flooring all redone. All owner's furnishings included. A locker is... Details
One Percent Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 606 1308 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "SALT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2228116


606 1308 HORNBY Street Vancouver V6Z 0C5 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2014, 655 sq. ft.
SALT by Concert Properties. NE facing CORNER UNIT with Den PLUS Storage! This beautiful city home features a bright, open kitchen with s/s integrated appliances, sleek, glossy cabinetry, and quartz countertops. The spa-like bathroom features a deep soaker tub... Details
RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 1111 819 HAMILTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "EIGHT ONE NINE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2228317


1111 819 HAMILTON Street Vancouver V6B 6M2 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1998, 631 sq. ft.
Yaletown Living - Large 1 Bedroom on Robson and Hamilton in the heart of Yaletown. Located steps from world class dining and shopping at Yaletown, close to parks, community centres and other urban conveniences. The kitchen features gorgeous maple cabinets, breakfast bar... Details
Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Main Photo: 904 885 CAMBIE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE SMITHE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227951


904 885 CAMBIE Street Vancouver V0V 0V0 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2020, 1,429 sq. ft.
The Smithe offers the attention to detail and luxury you've come to know and love from reputable Boffo Developments. This expansive 1,429 sq ft 3 bedroom home provides sweeping Southwest views of downtown Vancouver. The imported cabinetry by Binova and superior... Details
MLA Canada Realty
Main Photo: 2313 938 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Electric Avenue" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227705


2313 938 SMITHE Street Vancouver V6Z 3H8 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2005, 1,100 sq. ft.
Welcome to Electric Avenue in the heart of downtown Vancouver - steps to shopping, restaurants, lounges and transit. Features of this downtown penthouse include an open concept main floor with kitchen, dining, living and den. Upstairs has two bedrooms, both with... Details
Royal LePage Sussex
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