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

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Main Photo: 702 850 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2361735
$599,988
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MLS® Num:
R2361735
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure683 sq. ft.
The ultimate real estate trifecta--perfect for the home owner, investor or speculator! This 683 sqft, 1 Bedroom home has a superb location in the city, right at Robson and Burrard and is a great investment opportunity. Featuring an excellent layout, large room sizes... More details
Listed by Stilhavn Real Estate Services
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Main Photo: 1707 833 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Capitol Residence" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2361796
OPEN HOUSE
$599,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2361796
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure587 sq. ft.
Fantastic home at Capitol Residences. Efficient floor plan, 1 bedroom + in-suite storage. Excellent condition, feels like NEW! Exquisite interiors by Vancouver's acclaimed BYU Design features distinctive mill work, luxurious marble flooring, and roller shades. Enjoy... More details
Listed by Coldwell Banker Prestige Realty
Main Photo: 1004 535 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "DOLCE AT SYMPHONY" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2361969
$749,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2361969
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure647 sq. ft.
This bright south facing well planned unit on the 10th floor offers spacious living room covered by engineered flooring, open kitchen concept with quartz counter top, pleasant den has the view of North and South for an office, large insuite storage plus storage locker... More details
Listed by Coldwell Banker Prestige Realty
Main Photo: 1751 38 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2361639
$1,068,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2361639
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure806 sq. ft.
One Pacific in Yaletown - 3 year old condo developed by Concord Pacific. 2 bedrooms + 2 full bathrooms with flex southwest facing with water view of False Creek in every room. Functional layout with luxury features including air condition, upgraded Miele kitchen... More details
Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
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Main Photo: PH2 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TELUS GARDENS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2361354
OPEN HOUSE
$3,488,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2361354
Bedrooms:
3
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3
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Telus Garden PENTHOUSE - Rare 3 level Penthouse with breathtaking views of English Bay, Stanley Park and Downtown Vancouver. This uniq 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2 Balconies (124 sf Up, 129 sf Main) Penthouse features floor to ceiling windows with hardwood flooring... More details
Listed by Maxcel Westcoast Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 2101 1238 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2360358
$1,245,000
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Status:
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MLS® Num:
R2360358
Bedrooms:
1
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2
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RENOVATED PENTHOUSE LOFT CONDO WITH A HUGE BALCONY, 1BD, 2BT, 2 Parking Stalls: a PRIVATE GATED PARKING STALL and a regular UNIQUE parking stall as well, dynamite SW VIEWS of English Bay, fabulous NW MOUNTAIN VIEWS and floor to vaulted ceiling glass to see it through... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Lions Gate Realty Ltd.
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Main Photo: 2306 131 REGIMENT Square in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2360559
OPEN HOUSE
$668,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2360559
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure549 sq. ft.
Perfect 1 bedroom and den at “Spectrum 3” by Concord Pacific in DT Vancouver. Bright unit with great view of the city and peek a boo water view and BC place stadium. Super convenient location with Skytrain station, Costco, T&T,Rogers Arena, major restaurants and theater... More details
Listed by Interlink Realty
Main Photo: 2404 108 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Woodwards" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2360906
$829,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2360906
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure723 sq. ft.
Welcome to your home in the sky! Here is your opportunity to live in the iconic and award winning Woodwards developement. This 1 bed, 1 bath, 723sqft unit boasts of floor to ceiling windows that showcase the incredible mountain, ocean and city views. Recently renovated... More details
Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
Main Photo: 1110 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale in "ARTEMISIA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2360815
$1,638,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2360815
Bedrooms:
2
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2
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Switch units of measure1,415 sq. ft.
Welcome to Artemisia, an exclusive and luxurious collection of 21 boutique residences. Architecture that transcends artistic limits by award winning Boffo Developments, Artemisia offers a new parallel of luxury urban homes. Defined by rich custom cabinetry, expansive... More details
Listed by Prompton Real Estate Serv.Inc.
Main Photo: 610 58 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2360744
$668,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2360744
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure620 sq. ft.
Enjoy unobstructed park views from every room! This is the best 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom floor plan in the Firenze and offers over 620 sf of living space. The open concept kitchen features granite counter tops, tile back splash, and stainless steel appliances. New laminate... More details
Listed by RE/MAX City Realty
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