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: 901 528 BEATTY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Bowman Lofts" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281461
$1,350,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2281461
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure925 sq. ft.
Exclusive Crosstown Penthouse in the highly desirable Bowman Lofts. Spanning over 900SF of interior living space with an unobstructed Western exposure & outstanding views of the Downtown City Skyline & NS Mtns. This boutique 1 bdrm penthouse offers over 400SF of private... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 515 555 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Paris Place" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281143
OPEN HOUSE
$849,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2281143
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Welcome to Paris Place at International Village! Enjoy this 2 bedroom + 2 full bathroom corner unit with balcony. This spacious condo features a bonus den, parking spot and heating is included with strata! Amenities for residents include fitness centre and swimming pool... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 2907 1068 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE CANADIAN AT WALL CENTRE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281186
OPEN HOUSE
$698,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2281186
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure550 sq. ft.
Welcome to 1068 Hornby... A very unique home with its own gated private remote controlled garage/enclosed storage. Perched way above the heart of downtown comes this 1 bed 1 bath and den upper Southwest facing corner unit with amazing water and city views. Granite... More details
Listed by Sutton Centre Realty
Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 2214 938 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Electric Avenue" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281319
OPEN HOUSE
$799,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2281319
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure608 sq. ft.
Welcome to Electric Avenue by Bosa! This immaculate, bright, 1 bed & den, offers an efficient floor plan, open concept kitchen & dining area w/ Brand new white quartz countertops, s/s appliances, sink, faucet, and hardware, in kitchen and bath, Spectacular views of the... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Open House on Friday, June 22, 2018 11:00AM - 1:00PM Add to calendar
Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 2307 938 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ELECTRIC AVENUE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281369
OPEN HOUSE
$1,388,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2281369
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
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BOSA built: "Electric Avenue" This unique, two-level condo style puts you in the centre of everything downtown has to offer. Steps to Robson-Alberni shopping district, Zagat rated restaurants, Scotia Bank theatre for your entertainment. Enjoy fitness centre, meeting... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
Main Photo: 3904 1283 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280300
$980,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280300
Bedrooms:
2
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2
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Switch units of measure739 sq. ft.
Tate Downtown "PRIVATE COLLECTION" with AC - The new 42 storey landmark is located in the cultural heart of Vancouver's newly appointed Downtown South, just minutes away from the Seawall, Yaletown and the Arts District. With stunning city, mountain and water views... More details
Listed by Regent Park Realty Inc.
Open House on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 6:00PM - 7:00PM Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 3305 1372 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE MARK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280062
OPEN HOUSE
$1,100,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280062
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure795 sq. ft.
VIEW, VIEW, VIEW Property 270 degrees, very rare 05 unit on the prestigious 33rd floor (developer's luxury collection) at the coveted Mark. Phenomenal layout, could be easily turned into a 2 bdrm, Air-Conditioned, Wide Plank Rich Wood Flooring, S/S Brand Name High End... More details
Listed by Kore Realty Central
Main Photo: 2204 565 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "VITA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280407
$988,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280407
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure815 sq. ft.
PRIVATE COLLECTION at VITA by Solterra! Stunning views, practically 180 degree views! This prime corner unit is located steps away from Robson Street, Granville Street, Orpheum Theatre, shopping mall, restaurants, library, sky train and more. Bright North West exposure... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
Main Photo: 2309 1351 CONTINENTAL Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "MADDOX" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280416
$1,148,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280416
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure843 sq. ft.
An absolute stunning two bedroom unit nestled into the SW corner of the luxurious Maddox. Elegant and stylish with European kitchen and views of both the water and city- even the nighttime view is spectacular! Enjoy it on your two balconies, or the 8th floor rooftop... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
Main Photo: 3312 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TELUS GARDEN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280299
$849,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280299
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure543 sq. ft.
TELUS TOWER. Brand new unit. NEVER occupied. This is an opportunity of a lifetime. 1 bedroom on the 33rd floor. South exposure with Panoramic views. Super bonus: This is one of the few units with parking. Yes!! This has parking. A single stall with no one on either... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Westside
Listing information last updated on June 19, 2018 at 03:21 AM (UTC)

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