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: 1805 1335 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1335 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2342733
$1,649,900
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2342733
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure986 sq. ft.
This luxurious 18th floor 986 SF 2 bdrm/2 bath plus flex has a western exposure w/corridor views to English Bay. A/C, smart home system w/automated lighting, motorized blinds & built in speakers. Wool carpet in bdrms. Ensuite bthrm w/ 24" X 24" marble tile on floor... More details
Listed by Onni Realty Inc
Main Photo: 1801 1335 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1335 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2342771
$1,999,900
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2342771
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,120 sq. ft.
NW CORNER 18th floor/1120 SF 2 bdrm/2 bath/flex w/435 SF wrap around balcony w/wood-like porcelain tile. Corridor views to English Bay, City/Mountains. Air Con, automated lighting, built-in speakers & motorized blinds. Master bdrm includes ensuite bthrm w/marble tile... More details
Listed by Onni Realty Inc
Main Photo: 1019 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2341602
$699,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2341602
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure581 sq. ft.
One Pacific newest completed project by Concord Pacific in Yaletown. New high end finishing one bedroom & flex upgraded flooring & appliances with City view from balcony & overlook to the Riviera Deck which features a cantilevered glass heated swimming pool. Unit with... More details
Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 101 1102 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Artemisia" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2341474
$1,277,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2341474
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,066 sq. ft.
Stunningly beautiful. An architectural gem. Timeless. Your chance to own, live and enjoy a piece of history at the renowned Artemisia by James Schouw & Boffo. Wake up everyday in awe to your own 2-storey home in the heart of downtown Vancouver to an exclusive 21-unit... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
Main Photo: 1007 1289 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2341745
$1,299,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2341745
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure889 sq. ft.
BURRARD PLACE, the ultimate luxury living in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. This prestigious address offers the ultimate luxury living with five star amenities including full length lap pool, sauna, steam rooms, fitness center, 30,000 sq.ft of private clubhouse... More details
Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 3604 667 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "PRIVATE RESIDENCES AT HOTEL GEORGIA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2341028
$3,198,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2341028
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,427 sq. ft.
The ultimate residence in a Vancouver landmark awaits you at The PRIVATE RESIDENCES AT HOTEL GEORGIA -- for the person who demands perfection in their lifestyle. This stunning 2 bedroom suite is in exceptional condition with an open concept design flowing seamlessly... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 807 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2341131
$719,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2341131
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure550 sq. ft.
One Pacific by Concord Pacific. Open and functional floor plan with 1 bedroom + Den. Great view facing south east. And it comes with 1 parking and 1 locker. Blomberg stainless steel appliances, Gas cook top, Quartz kitchen counter top, Air conditioning, Concierge... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 805 833 HOMER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2340965
$775,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2340965
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure694 sq. ft.
Welcome to ATELIER on Robson St. by Magollon Development! Offering a bright & open floor plan featuring over-height ceilings, gourmet kitchen with Liebherr, AEG & Bosch appliances, granite countertops. Beautiful oyster colour laminate floor, bathroom with floor to... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 1504 667 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Residences at Hotel Georgia" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2340533
$1,280,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2340533
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure647 sq. ft.
Welcome to the most convenient residential tower in downtown Vancouver. Enjoy 24 H concierge services, fitness center, in door pool, and hotel privilege which come from Hotel Georgia. Air conditioning, 1 Parking spot are provided. Direct access to the skytrain, and... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 4601 1372 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE MARK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2340450
$6,499,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2340450
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
4
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure3,088 sq. ft.
The Mark by Onni Sub-Penthouse! Perched on the 46th floor, this luxury residence has sweeping 320 degree views of English Bay, North Shore mountains, Mt. Baker, Stanley Park, Vancouver Island and so much more. The thoughtful interior floor plan provides over 3000 sqft... More details
Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
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