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: 1906 1133 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280505
$938,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280505
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure611 sq. ft.
Beautiful, brand new, large 1 bedroom w/ Walk-in-closet den & storage, just steps away from the seawall, Yaletown, Downtown, or the West End. This bright corner unit has sunning view of English Bay & Mountain. Custom Italian cabinetry and brushed ash laminate flooring... More details
Listed by LeHomes Realty Premier
Main Photo: 3908 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WOODWARDS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280588
$755,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280588
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure745 sq. ft.
Excellent investment!! Gastowns hottest building is offering the latest contemporary suite with huge panoramic views over the city. With great functional floor plan offering lots of space and natural light, all modern by design with high end appliances and host a... More details
Listed by Dexter Associates Realty
Main Photo: 503 602 CITADEL Parade in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Spectrum 4" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280735
$945,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280735
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure900 sq. ft.
Unit 503. Here is what your looking for a good sized 2 bed, 2 bath corner unit with an amazing unique oversized 228 sq.ft. deck + 48 ft balcony! This is a one-of-a-kind floor plan in built by Concord - Spectrum 4 with bright south & west exposure & views to Yaletown... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 1405 788 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "L'HERMITAGE CONDO SUITES" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280798
OPEN HOUSE
$775,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280798
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure641 sq. ft.
This attractively priced 1 bedroom condo with den and balcony is located in the L'Hermitage building right in the heart of downtown. This air conditioned suite has high end appliances with a sub-zero refrigerator, gas stove, and a refreshing open concept... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
Main Photo: 2017 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "One Pacific" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280431
$3,100,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280431
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
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The most executive Penthouse unit at ONE PACIFIC. Located in one of the most desirable areas in Downtown, this development shares its grand entrance alongside the new Parq Casino featured w/ its luxurious JW Marriott & the Douglas Collection Hotels. This beautifully... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 805 1050 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Wall Centre" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281291
$690,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2281291
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
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A savvy opportunity @ the Wall Centre! This exquisite 1 bedroom and den home is a turn-key investment property with a long term tenant already in place! Spacious layout with open kitchen, grand bedroom, solarium (that can be used as an office or dining room), large den... More details
Listed by Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
Main Photo: 3007 233 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TV TOWER 2" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280215
$1,248,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280215
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure980 sq. ft.
If views are your desire, look no further! Set high above the evening lights of Robson Street, BC Place, Science World & beyond, the layout & finishings of this beautiful, bright suite will leave you breathless! Cross suite 2 bedrms plus den -complete w/built in Murphy... More details
Listed by Faith Wilson Group
Open House on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 12:00PM - 5:00PM Presentation Centre located at 1050 Homer S... Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 3304 1380 - 1382 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE PACIFIC BY GROSVENOR" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2279835
OPEN HOUSE
$2,260,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2279835
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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PACIFIC by GROSVENOR! A Timeless design, World Class views, elegant home at Pacific & Hornby in Downtown Vancouver. This functional 2 bedroom + flex offers open concept living, private master suite, and False Creek views. Interiors have been meticulously planned for... More details
Listed by Rennie Marketing Systems
Open House on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 12:00PM - 5:00PM Presentation Centre located at 1050 Homer S... Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 1204 1380 - 1382 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE PACIFIC BY GROSVENOR" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2279771
OPEN HOUSE
$1,295,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2279771
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure637 sq. ft.
Welcome to THE PACIFIC by GROSVENOR. A Timeless design, World Class views, elegant home at Pacific & Hornby in Downtown Vancouver. Inspired by the tower’s timeless architecture, The Pacific’s interiors have been meticulously planned for ultimate form and function... More details
Listed by Rennie Marketing Systems
Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 2206 1295 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Oscar" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2279770
OPEN HOUSE
$698,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2279770
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure560 sq. ft.
City and water views! Built by Concert Properties located in trendy Yaletown, this urban address is ideal for first-time homeowners and busy professionals as it is within a short walk to Vancouver's downtown business core, the spectacular Seawall, David Lam Park and... More details
Listed by Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
Listing information last updated on June 19, 2018 at 03:21 AM (UTC)

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