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: 1907 1155 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "BRAVA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2310257
$539,000
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Active
MLS® Num:
R2310257
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure418 sq. ft.
Live in the heart of Downtown Vancouver at the Brava! Breathtaking views from this spacious upper level unit with now wasted space at all. Featuring floor to ceiling windows, granite kitchen counters with bar seating and stainless steel appliances. The building... More details
Listed by Coldwell Banker Prestige Rlty
Main Photo: 307 1010 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2310299
$598,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2310299
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Short Term Rental friendly Strata!!! A must buy for investor: come and see this tasteful total renovated move in ready 1 bedroom in downtown core, 100 walk score, every thing is at you door step, working, shopping, schooling, tourist, nightclub... you name it. The... More details
Listed by LeHomes Realty Premier
Main Photo: 507 233 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TV TOWER II" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309199
$998,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2309199
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Beautiful South Facing 2 Bedroom Plus Den Corner Units. Bright space with Granite Countertop, Spacious floor plan. Great location to feel the heartbeat of Downtown shopping, restaurants all the entertainment... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty Westmar
Main Photo: 205 1133 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ADDITION" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309423
$719,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2309423
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure613 sq. ft.
Welcome to Addition by Kenstone Properties located in the centre of downtown with a walk score of 100! Inside the home opens up to a spacious open concept layout with a spacious den for your office and also a flex space for more storage. Appliances by Liebherr and Porte... More details
Listed by Richfield Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 802 789 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Century Tower" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309395
$598,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2309395
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure600 sq. ft.
COMPLETELY Renovated Head to Toe! Welcome to this Beautiful, Modern, Turn Key Home in the Heart of Downtown. Brand New S/S Appliances (Fridge, Stove, D/W, Microwave), Brand New In-Suite Laundry, Quartz Countertop, New Flooring, Lighting, Paint, Completely Re-done... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 608 58 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "FIRENZE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309303
$679,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2309303
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure625 sq. ft.
Location & Convenience! Investment ALERT! - Prime 1 bedroom + den: features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, w/ open living concept. Unit comes with secured parking, 24 hour security, fitness centre, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, and rooftop deck with... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 2202 1372 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309229
$869,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2309229
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure631 sq. ft.
Spacious & Quiet 1 bdrm & flex space, at "THE MARK".This suite boasts an open layout w/floor-ceiling windows, Air conditioning, lots of natural light & quality finishing's. Large living rm w/City, mountain views & adjoins the dining area w/access to the covered balcony... More details
Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 804 1050 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WALL CENTRE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309129
$535,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2309129
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure470 sq. ft.
Living in the residence at Sheraton Wall Centre may not be for you, it's extraordinary! Ranked a perfect 100 "Walk Score" since daily errands don't require moving your car from its secure parking (guest parking also available), and 100 "Transit Score" with the bus... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 522 1333 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309176
$799,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2309176
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure545 sq. ft.
Centrally Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, in the populous potential Redevelopment of Anchor Point. Perfect for investors or first time home buyers. Very quiet 1 bedroom suite, facing court yard & gardens, completely renovated, open concept, quartz counter... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Sussex Klein Grp
Main Photo: PH6 933 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Spot" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309443
$599,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2309443
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure638 sq. ft.
Welcome to The Spot! This penthouse loft boasts 16' high ceilings & 14' double-height windows making this home airy with a very open feel to it. Hardwood floors, south exposure city views, in-suite laundry, secure underground parking & storage locker are included... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Listing information last updated on October 15, 2018 at 04:21 PM (UTC)

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