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: 1502 438 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "CONFERENCE PLAZA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2263317
$649,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2263317
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure560 sq. ft.
*INVESTOR ALERT* - Popular downtown building in a fantastic location is now available for sale. Steps away from skytrain, restaurants and shopping. This rarely available corner unit boast gorgeous city views of downtown Vancouver. The Open layout, a solarium that can... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Westside
Main Photo: 2807 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Telus Gardens" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2263624
$788,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2263624
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure505 sq. ft.
Here is your chance to own an exquisite 1 bed+den home at Telus Gardens by Westbank! This unit offers you the rare opportunity to own a incredible luxury home in downtown's most desirable high rise. A flawless floor plan with no wasted space. Gourmet kitchen with Quartz... More details
Listed by Selmak Realty Limited
Open House on Saturday, May 26, 2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM Please phone or text my partner to open lob... Add to calendar
Main Photo: 3507 602 CITADEL PARADE in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2263632
OPEN HOUSE
$777,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2263632
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure626 sq. ft.
Spectrum 4 . Unobstructed inlet view ! , excellent layout with 1 bedroom plus den and office ,includes one parking and one storage , all amenities close by this building includes Indoor swimming pool, gym and theater room. Steps to Skytrain, Rogers Arena, Yaletown ,and... More details
Listed by Metro Edge Realty
Main Photo: 5002 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TELUS GARDEN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2264266
$2,680,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2264266
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
2
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SUB-PENTHOUSE in TELUS GARDEN with 14' ceiling ! Panoramic northwest view of mountains, water and city. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, Features gourmet kitchen with upgraded top of the line MEILE appliances include full size fridge, cappucino/espresso machine. Italian... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Westcoast
Main Photo: 1708 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "One Pacific" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2263459
$1,465,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2263459
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure929 sq. ft.
ONE PACIFIC - Concord's newest concrete building in the heart of Yaletown. Within steps of the Seawall and all the dining and amenities and entertainment that Yaletown has to offer. Enjoy luxurious living in this gorgeous, south-facing 2 bedroom + den, 2 bathroom... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Surrey/24)
Main Photo: 1510 668 CITADEL PARADE in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2264178
$999,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2264178
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure935 sq. ft.
Spectrum 2 built by renowned developer Concord Pacific. This beautiful 2 bdrm + 2 bath + den corner suite features floor to ceiling windows, an open layout, insuite storage & balcony. 1 parking & 1 storage locker included. Great amenities include indoor pool, steam... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 2810 438 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE CONFERENCE PLAZA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2264530
$699,888
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2264530
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 are brand new stainless steel appliances, quartz counter tops, cabinets, kitchen faucets and sink, flooring, and freshly painted. The unit... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Global Force Realty
Main Photo: 1104 108 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WOODWARDS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2263738
$838,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2263738
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure715 sq. ft.
A unique one bedroom corner unit with a large patio ideal for the entertaining in the Woodwards W32 tower built by Westbank. This bright spacious suite features open kitchen, stone counters, stainless appliances, hardwood floors and exposed concrete ceilings.Upgrades... More details
Listed by Royal LePage West R.E.S.
Open House on Sunday, May 27, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 2801 1351 CONTINENTAL Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE MADDOX BY CRESSEY" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2263952
OPEN HOUSE
$1,088,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2263952
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure772 sq. ft.
The Maddox by Cressey - Stunning and exclusive 'Platinum Collection' upper level NW corner suite, large 1 bdrm + den + flex, this home is like a 2 bedroom home, huge den can be converted in 2nd BR. Breathtaking 270 degrees of ocean, mountains & postcard city views, very... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Open House on Saturday, May 26, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 1101 811 HELMCKEN Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "IMPERIAL TOWER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2262217
OPEN HOUSE
$625,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2262217
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure598 sq. ft.
11th floor, CONCRETE high-rise, spacious and updated one bedroom with City views in the heart of convenient Downtown. Centrally located, only a few blocks to the beach, shopping and restaurants, coffee shops, bridges and transportation. Google Walkscore a perfect... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
Listing information last updated on May 26, 2018 at 03:21 AM (UTC)

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