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: 2602 885 CAMBIE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE SMITHE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2301420
$5,488,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2301420
Bedrooms:
4
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,264 sq. ft.
The Smithe offers the attention to detail & luxury you've come to know & love from reputable Boffo Developments. Flexible & spacious 2,264 SF sub-penthouse of 2-4 bedrooms (as desired) provides expansive mountain, harbour & city views. Italian cabinetry by Binova... More details
Listed by MLA Canada Realty
Main Photo: 904 885 CAMBIE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE SMITHE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2301399
$2,988,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2301399
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,429 sq. ft.
The Smithe offers the attention to detail and luxury you've come to know and love from reputable Boffo Developments. This expansive 1,429 sf 3 bedroom home provides sweeping South West views of downtown Vancouver. The imported cabinetry by Binova and superior integrated... More details
Listed by MLA Canada Realty
Main Photo: 3601 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2301052
$1,199,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2301052
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure888 sq. ft.
Panaramic ocean and mountain view of the North Shore mountains, Burrard Inlet and Downtown Waterfront. Iconic Woodwards, an architectural landmark offering the best in metropolitan lifestyle. This unit features bright and spacious 2 bdrms, 2 full bthrms, polished... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 2303 58 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "FIRENZE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2301565
$899,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2301565
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure857 sq. ft.
FIRENZE, located in the heart of International Village’s Crosstown. This 2 bedroom + den + solarium Corner home is complimented with expansive windows allowing lots of natural sunlight, open kitchen with S/S appliances, stone countertops, and breakfast bar, private... More details
Listed by Prompton Real Estate Serv.Inc.
Main Photo: 2408 610 GRANVILLE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE HUDSON" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2301182
$779,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2301182
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure652 sq. ft.
Welcome to the Hudson! This 1 Bedroom + Den offers beautiful city and North Shore Mountain views from this upper floor home. Prepare your favorite dishes from the open gourmet kitchen with stone countertops. Relax in the spa-like bathroom with stone counters and a... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Main Photo: 611 888 HOMER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Beasley" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2300889
$928,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2300889
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure787 sq. ft.
Gorgeous Downtown Condo!! Superb Location!! Enjoy open concept living in the popular "Beasley" with 2 separate bedrooms, 2 baths plus a den! This condo is just perfect. Modern kitchen with stainless appliances, quartz counters and bar area is great for entertaining... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty
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Main Photo: 2708 688 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "FIRENZE II" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2300732
OPEN HOUSE
$918,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2300732
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure867 sq. ft.
Super convinent location, just steps to Skytrain, Theatre, Rogers Arena, Costco, T&T, Restaurants and Science World. Unobstructed views of park, city, mountain and False Creek! This bright and functional unit with floor to ceiling windows, granite counters in the... More details
Listed by Metro Edge Realty
Main Photo: 605 1238 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2300664
$648,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2300664
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure614 sq. ft.
Gorgeous 1 bedroom + solarium/flex unit in Altadena! This bright west facing unit looks over Davie Village with a North Shore Mountain view. It features a functional layout with no wasted space, granite counter tops, new laminate flooring in 2017, gas fireplace and... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 1404 1050 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Suites at Wall Centre" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2300302
$658,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2300302
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure471 sq. ft.
Amazing Wall Centre air conditioned studio show suite designed by James Cheng! Marble entry leads to kitchen with granite counters, Gaggenau ceramic cooktop, Miele convection oven, Liebherr refrigerator, Miele dishwasher & custom Blum system pantry closet. Living room... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 1108 933 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ELECTRIC AVENUE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2300396
$1,080,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2300396
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure845 sq. ft.
Rarely available! Built by reputable BOSA, the "Electric Avenue" lights up the downtown dream. This newly renovated spacious 845 sqft 2bdrm/2 en-suites bath/2 separate balconies unit, come with 1 parking and in-room storage/flex/den. Close to proximity to YMCA, Robson... More details
Listed by Unilife Realty Inc.
Listing information last updated on September 25, 2018 at 03:25 AM (UTC)

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