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: 803 1308 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2299504
$668,000
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MLS® Num:
R2299504
Bedrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure475 sq. ft.
Welcome to this fantastic 475 sqft unit at Salt by Concert Properties. GREAT LOCATION: Walking distance to English Bay, Yaletown, Granville Island. THE BUILDING: Thoughtfully designed by Bingham Hill Architects. Amenities include an Exercise Centre, Social Lounge with... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
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Main Photo: 1102 999 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2299117
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$659,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2299117
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure507 sq. ft.
"999 Seymour" built by the award winning Townline. Great floor plan with every inch of square footage maximized for your enjoyment. The open plan kitchen has lots of storage and counter space. Floor to ceiling windows makes the unit very bright and airy. Hardwood... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 1509 610 GRANVILLE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Hudson" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2299213
$739,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2299213
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure523 sq. ft.
Own a piece of Luxury Real Estate in Downtown Vancouver's #1 MOST CONVENIENT LOCATION WITH SKYTRAIN ACCESS IN THE BUILDING! There is a reason this '09 plan so rarely comes to market! Great Investment Opportunity with a HUGE den that can be used as a 2nd bedroom. Built... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
Main Photo: 2702 161 WEST GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2299209
$1,388,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2299209
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure901 sq. ft.
Views, views, views!! This 2 bedroom+den Cosmo Penthouse with 180 degree views of city, water and mountains has everything you could ask for; 10'6 feet high ceiling, floor to ceiling windows, high end European style kitchen cabinetry, quartz countertop, Miele appliances... More details
Listed by Sutton Premier Realty
Main Photo: 1102 889 HOMER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Bing Thom Building at 889 Homer Street" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2298603
$1,199,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2298603
Bedrooms:
2
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2
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Switch units of measure1,046 sq. ft.
Rarely available & highly desirable "02" suite at Bing Thom’s 889 Homer Street. This boutique high-rise just off Robson Street in Upper Yaletown features 3 residences per floor. The very private, bright and open floor plan boasts a spacious living and entertaining area... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
Main Photo: 1504 667 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Residences at Hotel Georgia" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2298264
$1,580,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2298264
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure647 sq. ft.
Welcome to the most convenient residential tower in Downtown Vancouver. Enjoy 24 h concierge services, fitness centre, in door pool, and Hotel privilege which come from Hotel Georgia. Air conditioning, 1 parking spot are provided. Direct access tot he skytrain, and... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 2908 688 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "FIRENZE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2296910
$1,300,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2296910
Bedrooms:
2
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2
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Switch units of measure1,165 sq. ft.
This downtown home features panoramic views from the North Shore mountains to False Creek! Two bedrooms and two bathrooms including a solarium and home office, or use it as storage. Spacious floor plan takes advantage of views from every room. Andy Livingstone Park is... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
Main Photo: 402 933 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2297099
$1,049,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2297099
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure845 sq. ft.
We gonna rock down to "Electric Avenue" by BOSA such a rare opportunity to live in the heart of Vancouver, in a building with its own theme song! Delight in the spacious 845 sq foot 2 bed 2 bath (both are ensuites!) + Flex you'll feel like Royalty as you're just steps... More details
Listed by Zolo Realty
Main Photo: 621 1330 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2296718
$999,999
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2296718
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure530 sq. ft.
Potential land assembly for... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Tri-Cities Realty
Main Photo: 2808 1308 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2295953
$850,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2295953
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure573 sq. ft.
A landmark of style and sleek simplicity, Salt is the vibrant new pulse in Vancouver's emerging neighbourhood, DOWNTOWN SOUTH. Streamlined & sleek, yet welcome & comfortable, Salt offers light-filled space, high-impact finishes & designer selected colour schemes... More details
Listed by Maxcel Westcoast Realty Ltd.
Listing information last updated on December 15, 2018 at 03:20 PM (UTC)

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