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: 1906 668 CITADEL PARADE in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "SPECTRUM" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181300
$580,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2181300
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Absolutely Beautiful!! Built by Concorde Pacific, this solid building Spectrum is well maintained, Bright and spacious throughout. Enjoy the beautiful city view! Super convenient location - just a foot step away from Costco, T & T, GM & BC Place, Robson St, library... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Central
Main Photo: 1703 233 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TV TOWER II" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181268
$1,230,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2181268
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Welcome to TV Tower 2! Come and see this bright and spacious unit with the most sought after layout in this building! Corner unit with wrap around windows from floor to ceiling throughout and beautiful Engineered HW Floors throughout! 2 Bed / 2 Bath + Den w frosted... More details
Listed by One Percent Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: TH5 1283 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181085
$1,299,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2181085
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
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Switch units of measure1,097 sq. ft.
Tate downtown - The new 42 story landmark is located in the cultural heart of Vancouver's Downtown South, just minutes away from the Seawall, Yaletown and the Art District. Design by award wining Merrick Architecture. With unparalleled indoor and outdoor amenities... More details
Listed by Sutton Centre Realty
Main Photo: 1910 1283 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181587
$668,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2181587
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Welcome to Tate, from level 32 to penthouse floor, these exquisite suites offer central heating and cooling systems, wine storage, in floor radiant heating in bathrooms, and more. From the smallest of details to the grandest features, the Private collection is the best... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Services
Main Photo: 610 1351 CONTINENTAL Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "MADDOX" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181149
$976,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2181149
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure867 sq. ft.
Welcome to the elite Maddox by Cressey! Close to Yaletown, this 2 bdrm & flex unit features high ceilings w/floor to ceiling windows with a scenic view of the city and beautiful hardwood floors. The kitchen offers white quartz counterops, Armony Cucine cabinetry & SS... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam)
Main Photo: 1413 938 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ELECTRIC AVE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180742
$499,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2180742
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure465 sq. ft.
RARELY AVAILABLE & GORGEOUS! Bright West facing CORNER Studio in sought after ELECTRIC AVE. Excellent layout with separated sleeping area & a balcony to enjoy the open view over a garden area. ALL NEW trendy laminate flooring, paint & bathroom update. Solid problem... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
Main Photo: 2501 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "JAMESON HOUSE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180992
$3,148,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2180992
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
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Jameson House, an architectural achievement by Foster & Partners Architects. W, N, & E exposure provide postcard views of the ocean, mountains, Coal Harbour, & cityscape. An interior of 2,056 sf. w/ 2 bdrms, 3 baths + den w/ a built-in wall bed. The kitchen is appointed... More details
Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
Main Photo: 1102 1255 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Elan" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180431
$998,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2180431
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Completely renovated, bright and spacious, corner unit at the Elan features SW city views, over 900sf, 2 bdrms, den, 2 baths, outdoor balcony, parking and storage. Luxurious renovations include smoked oak engineered hardwood flooring throughout, complete kitchen and... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 319 1238 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Space Lofts" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180319
$899,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2180319
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
2
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Spectacular 1092sqft 2 level,2 full bath purpose built LOFT with 16ft ceilings at the Space in Yaletown.One of the most detailed renovations you'll ever find in the LOFT market.The main floor features a beautiful & bright open concept living, dining area.Some of the... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
Main Photo: 1807 108 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Woodwards W32" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180524
$569,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2180524
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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WOODWARDS, by Westbank, in the heart of historic, lively Gastown. This West facing unit is bright, even on the dullest Vancouver day. The Balcony with its 180 degree views of the Northshore mountains, Canada Place and the Sun Tower make this 1 bedroom condo extra... More details
Listed by RE/MAX All Points Realty
Listing information last updated on June 26, 2017

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