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: 1403 788 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "L'HERMITAGE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227707
OPEN HOUSE
$1,175,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227707
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure922 sq. ft.
Welcome to exclusive living at L'Hermitage. This 2 Bed & Den corner suite is located in the center of everything Vancouver has to offer. Steps to the Seawall, Yaletown, Downtown, Robson, transit, shopping, restaurants and much more - all within walking distance... More details
Listed by MLA Realty
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Main Photo: 1603 131 REGIMENT Square in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227752
OPEN HOUSE
$590,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227752
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure502 sq. ft.
Welcome to Spectrum 3. This well designed spacious 1 bedroom plus den features great layout, wood flooring, stainless appliances, floor to ceiling windows and SE facing balcony with great views. Building includes spectacular amenities including indoor pool, sauna, steam... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
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Main Photo: 3703 689 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Espana" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2228490
OPEN HOUSE
$2,298,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2228490
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,665 sq. ft.
PENTHOUSE at ESPANA. Spectacular 1665 sq. ft. south-facing, 180 degree view overlooking Water, False Creek City & Mountains in the centre of it all! Fabulous layout offering 3 bedrooms & 2.5 bathrooms, with sensational roof patio (567 sf) and balcony (104 sf) off main... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty
Main Photo: 504 546 BEATTY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Crane" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227672
$1,129,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227672
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure1,031 sq. ft.
Amongst Vancouver's most desirable loft conversion buildings, "Crane Lofts" which was first built in the early 1900’s. Solid concrete construction, matched with brick & steel. Unique 2 bed, 1 bath loft with 14’ ceilings, polished concrete floors, exposed brick walls... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
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Main Photo: 1005 689 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ESPANA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2228023
OPEN HOUSE
$975,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2228023
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,053 sq. ft.
Welcome to the highly coveted & award winning building, Espana! This extremely well-kept & updated 2 bed + 2 bath + den + flex rm home is one of the most desirable floorplans in the building, expanding over an open & efficient 1053 sqft layout w/ SE corner exposure... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Main Photo: 704 822 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "L'ARIA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2228031
$898,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2228031
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure826 sq. ft.
L'Aria on Robson Street. Central location, close to everything! Dining, shopping, transit & entertainment, just steps away. This 2 bedroom & 2 bathroom, 826 sq ft unit features an efficient use of space with separated bedrooms, bamboo flooring throughout and terrific... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Main Photo: 2602 885 CAMBIE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE SMITHE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227570
$5,388,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227570
Bedrooms:
4
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,264 sq. ft.
The Smithe offers the attention to detail and luxury you’ve come to know and 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: 3202 1335 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1335 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227190
$2,259,900
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227190
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,090 sq. ft.
Luxurious 1090 SF 2 bdrm corner home on the 32nd floor with NE exposure. Includes two balconies totalling 285 SF with gas & power. Lavishly finished with H/W flooring & carpet in bdrms, heating & cooling system, smart home features with automated lighting, sound control... More details
Listed by Onni Realty Inc
Main Photo: 3003 1335 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1335 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227192
$2,839,900
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227192
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,265 sq. ft.
Luxurious 1265 SF 2 bdrm corner home on the 30th floor with SE exposure . Includes a large wrap around 380 SF balcony with gas & power. Lavishly finished with H/W flooring & carpet in bdrms, heating & cooling system, smart home features with automated lighting, sound... More details
Listed by Onni Realty Inc
Main Photo: 2102 888 HAMILTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ROSEDALE GARDENS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227198
$968,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227198
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure980 sq. ft.
Classic 2 bed + 2 bath + den located at the heart of Downtown Vancouver off Robson Street next to Yaletown! Amazing views of Yaletown and Downtown Vancouver with partial views of False Creek! Large living space and bedroom space. It comes with 2 Parking and 1 Storage... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
Listing information last updated on December 15, 2017

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