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: 1916 938 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ELECTRIC AVENUE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2321492
$698,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321492
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure607 sq. ft.
Welcome to Electric Avenue built by Bosa Properties. Immaculately kept TRUE 1 bedroom & den condo with views of the mountains and Downtown Vancouver from your master bedroom. Featuring a large balcony, open concept kitchen into dining room, living room and walk-through... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Central
Main Photo: 4004 938 NELSON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ONE WALL CENTRE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322097
$2,450,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2322097
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,491 sq. ft.
#4004 – 938 Nelson, Vancouver, V6Z 3A7, “One Wall Centre” Lux High rise living at its best with Incredible S/W views of the ocean & mtns from this 1491 SF spacious open concept unit. Suite Feat. incl; huge 1 BD & 2 Baths (easy to convert back to a 2 bed), H/W floors... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: TH20 63 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2321629
$975,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321629
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,236 sq. ft.
Centrally located at the corner of Keefer Place and Abbott, 3-BEDROOM, 2.5 BATH, SPACIOUS 1,292 sq.ft. CORNER TOWNHOUSE at GARDEN LEVEL. Enjoy 24-hour concierge services, indoor pool, gym, etc. Located across from T & T and Andy Livingstone Park with Crosstown... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty (Kingsway) Ltd.
No Photo Available: 3606 602 CITADEL Parade in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2321560
$859,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321560
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure816 sq. ft.
Good location with fabulous amenities include indoor pool, hot tub, gym, media room, theatre, 24 hour concierge, meeting room. Spectrum 4 by Concord Pacific one of the best corner & views in the building featuring 2 bedrooms, 1 bath & balcony facing North West with... More details
Listed by Trulton Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 1005 66 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "66 CORDOVA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2321010
$599,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321010
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure540 sq. ft.
Welcome to 66 W Cordova. Built in 2012 by ITC for Westbank, this concrete boutique building features functional floorplans. This sub-penthouse corner home is the one you have been waiting for. Fantastic layout, over sized balcony and cheater ensuite , low maintenance... More details
Listed by Prompton Real Estate Serv.Inc. and Engel & Volkers Vancouver
Main Photo: 305 233 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Abbott Place" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2321517
$689,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321517
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure700 sq. ft.
This Sophisticated Heritage Conversion is situated in the established downtown neighbourhood of Gastown. The apartment features gorgeous exposed brick walls, hardwood flooring and over-height ceilings for an impacting Cool Vibe. This large corner unit is flooded with... More details
Listed by Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
Main Photo: 401 531 BEATTY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Metro Living" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2320749
$999,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320749
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure931 sq. ft.
Great space for living & entertaining. A bright chef's kitchen, with lots of prep space, quartz counter top & kitchen island, Bosch stainless steel gas cooktop, oven, microwave & dishwasher, new refrigerator, glass back splash, steps to your balcony for BBQ-ing. There... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 608 1205 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ALTO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2320614
$689,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320614
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure597 sq. ft.
Stunning open concept studio home and den with 10ft ceilings, large front east facing windows, and beautiful kitchen with lots of storage including double upper cabinetry, built-in microwave, panelled fridge and dishwasher. This loft inspired unit includes engineered... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
Main Photo: 1401 1205 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ALTO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2320919
$1,588,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320919
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,251 sq. ft.
STUNNING NW CORNER SUBPENTHOUSE at the ALTO! Absolutely breathtaking 2BD+ 2BA+Den+Solarium Home, 1251 SF, huge open layout with LOFT Style 10FT ceiling heights, beautiful hardwood/ flooring throughout, Chef's kitch. with polished stone counter tops & custom cabinetry... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Main Photo: 2507 1050 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WALL CENTER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2320925
$1,388,800
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320925
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,069 sq. ft.
Prestigious Wall Center downtown living at its best...This exquisite 2 bedroom corner home with spacious layout has been completely & elegantly renovated with top of the line finishing, including an open kitchen with quartz counter/backsplash, top of the line Bosh... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Tri-Cities Realty
Listing information last updated on November 12, 2018 at 10:22 PM (UTC)

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