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: 2810 438 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE CONFERENCE PLAZA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2284825
$689,888
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2284825
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure536 sq. ft.
Best location fully renovated! This unit offers one bedroom plus den and one bath, and beautiful city views. The recent upgrades include brand new stainless steel appliances, quartz counter tops, cabinets, kitchen faucets, sink, flooring, and fresh paint. The unit comes... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Global Force Realty
Main Photo: 3103 833 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "CAPITOL RESIDENCES" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2284219
$1,478,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2284219
Bedrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure1,081 sq. ft.
A very clean & well-kept condo on the popular and convenient Seymour St. This unique spacious layout features A/C system and hardwood/tile flooring. Kitchen has generous counter space, large stove & fridge, and a proper range-hood fan. Both bedrooms include enclosed... More details
Listed by Amex - Fraseridge Realty
Main Photo: 403 933 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2284278
$649,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2284278
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure744 sq. ft.
Welcome to The SPOT in downtown Vancouver on the border of Yaletown! Fantastic bright, open, and functional loft space. This two level loft offers an open kitchen, with living and dining area on the main level. Double height floor to ceiling windows and 16' grand... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 209 63 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2284547
$843,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2284547
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure892 sq. ft.
Looking for a fantastic location in vibrant Crosstown? Europa at International Village has everything you are looking for - across from Livingstone Park and next to Cineplex Cinemas; steps to T&T supermarket and skytrain Stadium Station; walking distance to B.C. Place... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 604 66 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "60 WEST CORDOVA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2284612
$629,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2284612
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure791 sq. ft.
Downtown living at 60 West Cordova. Gastown area. This gorgeous corner unit offers 2 bedroom/2 bath with high ceiling & large windows. It's colourful modern kitchen features polished countertop, white quality appliances & unique cabinet designs. The vibrant living room... More details
Listed by RE/MAX City Realty
Main Photo: 2301 602 CITADEL PARADE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2284261
$899,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2284261
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure816 sq. ft.
Large and Bright 2 bdrm + den, upper Corner Unit at the Spectrum. Functional open floor plan with floor to ceiling windows and beautiful views from every room. In-Suite Laundry, 1 Parking, In-Suite storage. Centrally located at a walking distance to the Sky Train... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
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Main Photo: 1904 108 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WOODWARDS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2283214
OPEN HOUSE
$699,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2283214
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure717 sq. ft.
UNDER $1000/sqft!!! Enjoy sweeping views of the city, water and mountains from one of the best floorplans in the iconic Woodwards building. Corner unit. Thoughtfully laid out this large one bedroom has engineered hardwood flooring, custom California Closets, upgraded... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
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Main Photo: 420 933 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Spot" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2283390
OPEN HOUSE
$659,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2283390
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure635 sq. ft.
"THE SPOT" This desirable LOFT condo in the heart of Vancouver on Seymour Street has it all! One bdrm, approx 635 sq ft, BRIGHT, OPEN living space with 16 ft high ceilings and windows facing SOUTHEAST. END UNIT with NO ONE ABOVE. Hardwood flooring on the main level with... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 1119 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ONE PACIFIC" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2283430
$818,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2283430
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure581 sq. ft.
Great investment property with very good tenants. Beautiful one bedroom and den with solarium in trendy Yaletown neighbourhood, right next to brand new casino and luxurious hotels. The marina and seawall, shopping, skytrain station and exciting recreation are all at... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
Main Photo: 1207 1351 CONTINENTAL Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "MADDOX" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2283909
$1,048,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2283909
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure886 sq. ft.
2 bed/2 bath + solarium AND giant in-suite storage room at the prestigious "MADDOX" quality build by award winning developer, Cressey. Spectacular city & water views from your floor to ceiling windows. This beautiful unit offers high-end finishing including A/C... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Listing information last updated on July 21, 2018 at 03:20 AM (UTC)

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