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: 1010 933 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2222341
$799,800
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Active
MLS® Num:
R2222341
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1
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Welcome to The Spot! In one of the most sought after buildings in Downtown Vancouver, this 10th floor loft unit is really 20 floors up thanks to its massive 16ft ceilings overlooking city views. With one of the largest floor plans in the building, it offers high end... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 2051 38 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ONE PACIFIC" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2222699
$1,175,000
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Active
MLS® Num:
R2222699
Bedrooms:
2
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Penthouse at CONCORD One Pacific! This luxurious million dollar view 2 bed /2 bath penthouse at Yaletown is one block to seawall marina, waterfront, Coopers Park, grocery, entertainment district, Yaletown's restaurants, skytrain stations. This penthouse also offers... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam)
Main Photo: 417 1333 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Anchor Point" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2221927
$678,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2221927
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Welcome home to this spacious, bright, PRIVATE & QUIET western exposure COURTYARD facing suite at Anchor Point in Downtown Vancouver! BIG INVESTMENT POTENTIAL - Developers have been inquiring to RE-DEVELOP THIS BUILDING at a LARGE potential PROFIT to YOU. Renovated for... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 2602 788 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "L'HERMITAGE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2221081
$2,388,883
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2221081
Bedrooms:
2
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2
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Premier Building L'Hermitage in Downtown Vancouver. 1,000 sq ft BALCONY. Captivating vistas of cityscape from practically every vantage point of this outstanding residence. This well thought out suite offers an open floor plan with generous living room and dining room... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Main Photo: 723 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ONE PACIFIC" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2220993
$658,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2220993
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure479 sq. ft.
One Pacific, another landmark and award winning building by Concord Pacific, only one block away to everything Vancouver has to offer – the seawall, skytrain, Yaletown, marina and the exciting sports & entertainment district, grocery markets such as T&T, Costco, Urban... More details
Listed by Royal First Realty
Main Photo: 1407 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE JAMESON HOUSE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2220838
$1,175,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2220838
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1
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1
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Jameson House - an acclaimed residence designed by Norman Foster who has made the biggest architectural mark & created extraordinary landmarks around the world. At the center of inspired living, Jameson exists in perfect harmony with its surrounding seawall and expected... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 2608 1199 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "BRAVA TOWERS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2220104
$898,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2220104
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure640 sq. ft.
Fully renovated corner 1 bedroom & den (w/window) & storage with spectacular city & English Bay view. Brand new Mable floor with radiant heating, brand new kitchen cabinet, aplliance and countertop. best laid out one bedroom plan in the tower, features a large open... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
Main Photo: 1903 811 HELMCKEN Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2221071
$889,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2221071
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure831 sq. ft.
Fabulous Northwest Corner Unit in the heart of downtown. Enjoy the gorgeous city and mountain views. Unique floor plan - 2 bedrooms separated by the living & dining room, allows privacy, each with own full bathroom. Laminated hardwood floor, crown moulding, and window... More details
Listed by Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 3008 1283 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2219703
$1,180,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2219703
Bedrooms:
2
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2
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Switch units of measure789 sq. ft.
The BEST Northwest facing unit at "Tate Downtown" which is at the center of the Downtown - a masterpiece of luxurious urban living, with 3500 sf lobby, 24-hour concierge, 5,200 sf garden, over 11,700 sf of amenities including fitness centre, yoga studio, billiard room... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Rlty. (Kingsway)
Main Photo: 2017 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "One Pacific" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2218692
$3,380,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2218692
Bedrooms:
2
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3
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The most executive Penthouse unit at ONE PACIFIC. Located in one of the most desirable areas in Downtown, this development shares its grand entrance alongside the new Parq Casino featured w/ its luxurious JW Marriott & the Douglas Collection Hotels. This beautifully... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Listing information last updated on January 21, 2018

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