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: 2703 667 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE PRIVATE RESIDENCES" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2178612
$1,365,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2178612
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure684 sq. ft.
Step into your grand foyer & be welcomed into this luxurious one bedroom hotel-like suite in THE PRIVATE RESIDENCES AT HOTEL GEORGIA with a STUNNING view of North Shore Mtns and Burrard Inlet. Price includes beautifully styled furniture package by Mitchell Freedland... More details
Listed by Delta Realty Services Ltd.
Main Photo: 804 1283 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TATE ON HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2177943
$780,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2177943
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure617 sq. ft.
Unique 2 bedroom with flex & enclosed balcony corner unit in the heart of Downtown/Yaletown. Designed by Award Winning Architect, Tate features top of the line appliances. Expansive windows, 8'6 ceiling height, gourmet kitchen, secured residential access, 2100 SF gym... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Main Photo: 2008 1111 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "8X ON THE PARK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2178197
$3,496,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2178197
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,905 sq. ft.
The spacious Parkside homes at 8X on the Park are designed for daily luxury. Each residence includes expansive windows, private balconies, state of the art integrated electronics, air conditioning & the finest features & finishes. At 8X, the upgrades come standard. The... More details
Listed by Rennie Marketing Systems
Main Photo: 2706 1111 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "8X ON THE PARK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2178217
$3,374,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2178217
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,736 sq. ft.
The spacious Parkside homes at 8X on the Park are designated for daily luxury. Each residence includes expansive windows, private balconies, state of the art integrated electronics, air conditioning & the finest features & finishings. At 8X the upgrades come standard... More details
Listed by Rennie Marketing Systems
Main Photo: PH6 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TELUS GARDEN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2177952
$4,990,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2177952
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
4
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,371 sq. ft.
This executive 3 Bed + Den + Flex PH over 3 levels is an expression of light & sophistication w/ soaring floor-to-ceiling windows framing the 270 degree views of the North Shore Mountains, False Creek water & beyond. Featuring custom kitchen by Kitchen Living w... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Main Photo: 2510 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WOODWARDS W43" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2177091
$1,399,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2177091
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,165 sq. ft.
The quintessential Vancouver view! The most sought after corner units (10 plan) at the Woodward’s W43. Million dollar VIEWS!!! 270° city, ocean, & mountain views. Watch the helijets take off & land, and the cruise ships dock at Canada Place, while sipping your mojo in... More details
Listed by Coronet Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 2513 610 GRANVILLE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Hudson" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2176847
$999,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2176847
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure697 sq. ft.
Welcome to The Hudson- centrally located above Granville Station, just steps to shopping, restaurants, recreation, the waterfront, & all Vancouver has to offer. This bright, southeast facing 700 sqft, 1 bedroom & den features open plan living, stone countertops... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Lionel Lorence
Main Photo: 2901 565 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2176577
$3,288,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2176577
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,905 sq. ft.
Luxury living! Vita by Solterra at Symphony Place is one of Vancouver's most central location. Located in Vancouver's art & cultural area this stunning 1835 sq ft penthouse boasts a beautiful gourmet kitchen, 9'6 ceilings, premium cabinets & ceasarstone countertop0s... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Services
Main Photo: 5303 1480 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Vancouver House" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2173610
$5,180,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2173610
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,136 sq. ft.
This unit is one of the 50 estate homes available in the iconic Vancouver House. Unobstructed water beautiful panoramic views of English Bay, Stanley Park, and the beautiful North Shore Mountains. This unit has a total living space of 2,262 sq ft, 2136 sq ft indoors and... More details
Listed by Sutton Group - Seafair Realty
Main Photo: 1506 161 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "COSMO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2173968
$488,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2173968
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure455 sq. ft.
COSMO by Concord Pacific! Bright south facing studio with city view and amazing location. World class amenities in the building with bowling lanes and rooftop... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
Listing information last updated on August 16, 2017

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