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: 504 1238 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ALTADENA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2254353
$965,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2254353
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure877 sq. ft.
PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR INVESTORS OR TO MOVE IN! The Atladena is in a prime location on Burrard and Davie. This rarely available 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit has a total of 877 sq ft of living space. This suite has been tastefully upgraded with stainless steel appliances... More details
Listed by RE/MAX City Realty
Main Photo: 2002 1082 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2254415
$848,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2254415
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure708 sq. ft.
Welcome to the Fressia! 20th floor, corner suite, tons of potential and amazing city views make up a few of the many features. The den/solarium serves as a 2nd bedroom and is easily convertible. Perfect for investment, first time buying or a young family wanting to stay... More details
Listed by MLA Realty
Main Photo: 3602 1283 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2254596
$788,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2254596
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure562 sq. ft.
Tate on Howe Assignment of contract. Luxury home in the city center with great view of city and mountains. Steps away from a variety of fine dining. Great amenities for your enjoyment: chef's kitchen, social and dining room, garden terrace with calming water feature... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Rlty. (Kingsway)
Main Photo: 710 969 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2256763
$729,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2256763
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure567 sq. ft.
FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY to own in MONDRIAN II. In heart of downtown/Yaletown, this spacious one bedroom and den has views of the courtyard and also comes with 1 parking + 1 storage locker. Building has an exceptional large exercise center, hot tub and guest suite. This is... More details
Listed by Multiple Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 2808 438 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2253838
$839,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2253838
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure721 sq. ft.
Beautiful city view with Peekaboo ocean view as well. Located at the heart of Vancouver Downtown, fully upgraded and renovated spacious 2 bedrooms 2 full bath plus big solarium suite unit (solarium can be used as 3rd bedroom). Walking distance to Waterfront Station... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 1406 819 HAMILTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2253887
$1,598,800
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2253887
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,338 sq. ft.
Fabulous 2 level corner PENTHOUSE! Rarely available, gorgeous 2 level penthouse with a perfect layout and tons of light. Floor to ceiling windows everywhere to enjoy the views of downtown and the north shore mountains. This corner penthouse suite has 3 spacious... More details
Listed by Coldwell Banker Prestige Rlty
Main Photo: 309 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "One Pacific" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2253996
$1,148,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2253996
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure927 sq. ft.
One Pacific, Concord's newest luxury development w/Club One, 5star living amenities offering 24-hr concierge, Riviera deck & spa w/Grand Entertainment lounge & Cantilever Glass outdoor pool, Sky Garden & more. 2 bed w/2 bath plus patio w/ False Creek water views... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
Main Photo: 3701 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Telus Gardens" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2254367
$1,388,888
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2254367
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure885 sq. ft.
Beautiful corner unit in the very sought after Telus Gardens by Westbank. Bright unit with amazing water views. Enjoy the sunset from two balconies! Well laid out 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom with flex space. A gourmet kitchen with top of the line Miele appliances, Kohler... More details
Listed by Angell Hasman & Assoc.Rlty.Ltd
Main Photo: 508 950 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2254481
$650,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2254481
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure461 sq. ft.
Welcome to Downtown Vancouver! This well kept bright bachelor unit with open concept layout gives you lots of living space. Steps to shopping, transit and entertainment. Upgraded hardwood flooring, newer kitchen renovated about 4 years ago. This is a great opportunity... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Services
Main Photo: 1909 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TELUS GARDENS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2253233
$1,798,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2253233
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,143 sq. ft.
TELUS Garden by Westbank, located at the corner of Robson & Richards. This amazing NORTH/EAST facing corner unit is a bright & spacious two bedroom/two bathroom & flex space, with 3 balconies that brings in the view of Downtown Vancouver! Gourmet kitchen includes Quartz... More details
Listed by RE/MAX City Realty
Listing information last updated on April 25, 2018 at 05:06 PM (UTC)

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