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: 2402 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WOODWARDS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2319613
$1,080,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2319613
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure916 sq. ft.
Woodwards W-43! 2 Bed/2 Bath unit with unobstructed views of the North Shore mountains and Burrard Inlet from every room. The unit features engineered hardwood floors, high polished concrete ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, custom Eggersman kitchen with stainless... More details
Listed by Sutton Group Seafair Realty
Main Photo: 2901 688 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2319771
$990,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2319771
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure915 sq. ft.
Convenient location condo in downtown area closes to BC Place, park, Stadium-Chinatown Station, Costco, T&T shopping center and restaurant. Excellent layout plan with 2 good sizes bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and 2 parking spaces (#6 and 433). Facilities including indoor... More details
Listed by Fair Realty
Main Photo: 420 933 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Spot" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2319986
$685,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2319986
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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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 15 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: 905 1189 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2319845
$750,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2319845
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure630 sq. ft.
Genesis Tower in the heart of the Downtown. With gorgeous marble lobby with columns & architecture reminiscent of the ancient renaissance era with its replica of "The Creation of Adam" painting by Michelangelo, on a high ceiling lobby done! Only one block to bars and... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 615 1330 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ANCHOR POINT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2319546
$649,999
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2319546
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure627 sq. ft.
Location, Location, Location! This beautiful one bedroom home has been completely renovated with open concept kitchen featuring granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the balcony view towards the private courtyard and the famous Vancouver House new... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Sussex Klein Grp
Main Photo: 1801 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "JAMESON HOUSE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2319612
$1,059,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2319612
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure899 sq. ft.
Welcome to the Jameson House by the world renowned architect Foster & Partners and finest quality built by BOSA. This one of a kind oversized 1 Bedroom is like a piece of Art! This stunning 1 Bed offers sleek kitchen by Dada Cucina, Gaggeneau/Bosch appliances and... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Main Photo: 909 833 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2319925
$999,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2319925
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure964 sq. ft.
Welcome to the Capitol Residence, Unit 909. Situated in the heart of Vancouver, only minutes walk to Nordstrom, Pacific Center, YaleTown Coal harbour and anything else you could want or need. This Beautiful Apartment is south facing, corner unit, with tall windows all... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Lions Gate Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 1408 108 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "W32" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2318769
$615,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2318769
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure598 sq. ft.
Woodwards, where modern and chic living meet historic Gastown. An award winning building by Westbank, unprecedented location blocks from Waterfront Station, funky cafes, popular restaurants, and lounges. Live in this vibrant and electric neighbourhood overlooking the... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 608 58 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "FIRENZE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2318810
$649,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2318810
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure625 sq. ft.
GREAT INVESTMENT PROPERTY - Prime 1 bedroom + den. Centrally located, just steps from Gastown, Chinatown, shopping, restaurants/bars, Rogers Arena, B.C. Place, & public transit. Perfect investment opportunity as the building has zero rental restrictions and can yield... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 3504 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Jameson House" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2318886
$3,898,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2318886
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
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Switch units of measure1,927 sq. ft.
An extraordinary ultra-luxury Sub-penthouse residence in Vancouver’s Iconic Jameson House brilliantly designed by Award Winning International Architects Foster & Partners. This World Class trophy residence is over-height 9' ceiling – features South, West, North... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Listing information last updated on December 14, 2018 at 04:07 PM (UTC)

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