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: 314 989 NELSON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2215308
$489,900
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Active
MLS® Num:
R2215308
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure620 sq. ft.
Spacious, bright, clean well-kept 1br+1bth condo in the Electra. Walking score 100, steps from Robson street, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, public transportation, and Vancouver business core. Corner unit of 620' facing quite NE side (Courthouse on Hornby), features... More details
Listed by FSBO Real Estate Inc.
Main Photo: 2005 888 HAMILTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ROSEDALE GARDEN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2215167
$918,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2215167
Bedrooms:
2
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2
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Switch units of measure980 sq. ft.
Absolutely Gorgeous 2 bedroom apartment with an excellent floor plan & modern updates. Hardwood floor in the living area, beautifully designed gourmet kitchen with granite counters, s/s appl incl wine cooler, master bedroom has spa-like ensuite, washrooms are updated... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside and Vancouver Luxury Realty
Open House on Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM Add to calendar
Open House on Saturday, October 21, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar More...
Main Photo: 1603 550 TAYLOR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Taylor" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2215059
OPEN HOUSE
$589,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2215059
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1
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Switch units of measure541 sq. ft.
WELCOME TO THE TAYLOR - Soak in stunning summer sunsets and enjoy accelerating views of False Creek and Coal Harbour from this beautifully renovated (541 sqft) 1 bed condo. Step in & notice the open floor plan that spreads from the kitchen, dining, living, separate... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Open House on Saturday, October 21, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 605 501 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The 501" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214924
OPEN HOUSE
$549,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2214924
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure509 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... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Open House on Saturday, October 21, 2017 3:00PM - 5:00PM Add to calendar
Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017 3:00PM - 5:00PM Add to calendar
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
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2214550
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure666 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... More details
Listed by VPG Realty Inc. and Rennie & Associates Realty
Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 804 565 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Vita" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214619
OPEN HOUSE
$649,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2214619
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure560 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... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Open House on Saturday, October 21, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 2405 788 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "L'HERMITAGE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214491
OPEN HOUSE
$788,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2214491
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure640 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... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Open House on Saturday, October 21, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 47 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214665
OPEN HOUSE
$595,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2214665
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure685 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... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
Main Photo: 513 1330 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ANCHOR POINT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214471
$529,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2214471
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure472 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... More details
Listed by TAC Real Estate Corp.
Open House on Saturday, October 21, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 710 438 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "CONFERENCE PLAZA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214922
OPEN HOUSE
$579,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2214922
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure543 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... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Listing information last updated on October 18, 2017

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