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: 804 33 W PENDER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "33 LIVING" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2333860
$1,199,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2333860
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure1,272 sq. ft.
A MUST SEE rarely available contemporary 2 Bed 2 Bath + Den, PENTHOUSE LOFT + Private 600 sqft ROOFTOP PATIO, steps to the best Gastown has to offer. This bright open concept LOFT boasts 25 ft ceilings, floor to ceiling windows w/electric blinds, thoughtfully designed... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
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Main Photo: 502 618 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "FIRENZE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334087
OPEN HOUSE
$799,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2334087
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure848 sq. ft.
Welcome to urban paradise at FIRENZE III. A very RARE opportunity at an unheard of price! INVESTOR & RENOVATOR ALERT! Spacious 2 bedroom + den + solarium residence with full length balcony overlooking the quiet pond & garden space. Enter the suite into a large inviting... More details
Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
Main Photo: PH3 1102 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Artemisia" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334109
$3,998,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2334109
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,493 sq. ft.
PENTHOUSE 3 at “ARTEMESIA” This is an enchanting three bedroom and den + office with soaring 30' high glass jewel case windows. There are only 21 homes in this boutique residence designed by James Schouw & built by Boffo Developments. It's one of Vancouver's most sought... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Services and Royal LePage Sussex
Open House on Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 807 161 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334209
OPEN HOUSE
$998,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2334209
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure858 sq. ft.
This is truly downtown life style! You will appreciate this location, steps to Costco, Rogers Arena, Queen Elizabeth Theater, shopping and so much more! Functional layout 2bed +2 bath+Den. High quality building by Concord Pacific featuring rooftop deck, swimming pool... More details
Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 608 565 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334293
$738,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2334293
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure618 sq. ft.
VITA at Symphony Place!! Exceptional award winning building right in the heart of fabulous downtown Vancouver. One bedroom plus A spacious den which also fit for a queen size bed. Nice office area with view, Mable floor for the bathroom,Also we have another decent size... More details
Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 655 38 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ONE PACIFIC" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334304
$648,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2334304
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure531 sq. ft.
1 bedroom + den very functional layout facing southeast in the awarding winning building - One Pacific developed by Concord Pacific . Total 531 sq with one locker no parking. Luxury finishing with 1st class hotel facility. Most desirable entertainment district in... More details
Listed by Coldwell Banker Prestige Realty
Open House on Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 2709 668 CITADEL PARADE in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "SPECTRUM 2" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334468
OPEN HOUSE
$629,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2334468
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure502 sq. ft.
Great investment! This cozy 1 bed/1 bath condo with EXPANSIVE city, FALSE CREEK & ocean views is expertly laid out with open concept living and dining rooms, S/S appliances, laminate flooring and granite countertops. The Spectrum II has spa-like amenities in Club Ozone... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Open House on Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 301 688 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Firenze" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2333752
OPEN HOUSE
$845,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2333752
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure913 sq. ft.
SHORT TERM RENTALS ALLOWED!! Welcome to your beautiful new home at Firenze. This gorgeous 2-bed/2-bath condo has an excellent layout, spacious in-suite storage, & features many custom updates such as luxury vinyl white oak flooring, a custom illuminated kitchen shelving... More details
Listed by KellerWilliamsRealtyVanCentral
Main Photo: 3207 1372 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE MARK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334580
$759,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2334580
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure471 sq. ft.
"THE MARK" - by Onni. A magnificent luxury apt residence w/spectacular views & just steps to the exciting 'Yaletown District'! Rare Opportunity to own a luxurious modern living w/Breathtaking False Creek Water View in this highly-sought after tower. Stunning south-east... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 201 933 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE SPOT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334475
$689,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2334475
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure717 sq. ft.
Architectural, Modem, Brilliant LOFT STYLE renovated to the highest specs. The 2 LEVEL LOFT STYLE Urban sanctuary . Ingenious integrated customized modem style kitchen, quartz counters, European Appliances, Miele oven, gas cooktop, refrigerated drawers, baltic birch... More details
Listed by Sunstar Realty Ltd.
Listing information last updated on January 24, 2019 at 04:08 AM (UTC)

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