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: 1806 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2215338
$1,148,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2215338
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure1,143 sq. ft.
Stunning 2 BR + den, with 2 full bath in the historic Woodward’s building, 1143 SF,in much sought after corner unit features a lge rounded balcony to enjoy the breathtaking and unobstructed mountain and ocean views. This spectacular suite boasts a very functional open... More details
Listed by One Percent Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 2003 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TELUS GARDENS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214520
$788,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2214520
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure546 sq. ft.
Welcome to your new city home in the luxurious and amenity rich TELUS GARDENS. Much sought after air conditioned 1 bedroom and den with double access to the elongated balcony from both the master bedroom & living room. Dreamy spa like bathroom and signature soaker... More details
Listed by Prompton Real Estate Serv.Inc.
Main Photo: 710 438 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "CONFERENCE PLAZA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214922
$579,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2214922
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure543 sq. ft.
ATTENTION INVESTORS & FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS! Welcome to this 1 BEDROOM PLUS DEN at CONFERENCE PLAZA in downtown Vancouver! Enjoy high ceilings in this bright open concept 1 bedroom, 1 bath plus den home! Kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, beautiful cabinetry... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Main Photo: 2901 565 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2213946
$2,999,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2213946
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
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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 countertops. The... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Services
Main Photo: 1705 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ONE PACIFIC" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2212766
$815,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2212766
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure505 sq. ft.
One Pacific - Newest and Most Luxurious building in Yaletown. Adjacent to the Brand New Parq Vancouver Resort & Casino! Only steps to the Seawall, and all of Yaletown's trendy shops and restaurants. The Bright, East Facing has S/S Appliances, A/C. Gourmet kitchen and... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 4-4 550 BEATTY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "550 BEATTY" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2212273
$1,350,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2212273
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,495 sq. ft.
If you are looking for something UNIQUE and in the heart of the city, then your search ends here! Spacious two (could easily be converted to guest bdrm)/2 level HERITAGE LOFT in CROSSTOWN. This residence offers loads of historical charm with exposed brick & beam. Main... More details
Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
Main Photo: 2703 1283 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TATE DOWNTOWN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2211993
$798,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2211993
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure619 sq. ft.
2 bedroom + Den + Enclosed Balcony at Tate Downtown, the excitement of downtown living awaits - arts and cultural venues at your doorstep, wide varieties of shopping & dining options and farmers market at Yaletown and the scenic seawall all just minutes away or take the... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Main Photo: TH5 1283 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2211695
$1,299,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2211695
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,097 sq. ft.
Tate downtown - The new 42 story landmark is located in the cultural heart of Vancouver's Downtown South, just minutes away from the Seawall, Yaletown and the Art District. Design by award wining Merrick Architecture. With unparalleled indoor and outdoor amenities... More details
Listed by Sutton Centre Realty
Main Photo: 1651 38 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "One Pacific" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2211686
$1,098,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2211686
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure812 sq. ft.
2 bedroom + Den, 2 washroom over 800sq sw facing with water view (False Creek) in every room right across the new casino developed by Concord Pacific. Functional layout and luxury finishing with air condition. first class amenity including swimming pool, hot tub... More details
Listed by Coldwell Banker Prestige Rlty
Main Photo: 4602 1289 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Burrard Place" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2210965
$2,250,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2210965
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,081 sq. ft.
Welcome to BURRARD PLACE the iconic building that will be one of the tallest buildings and a signature in Vancouver’s world-famous skyline. Enjoy breathtaking NW city, water and mountain views from the large balcony of this 46th floor home. Sprawling over 1081sf of... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Listing information last updated on December 17, 2017

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