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: 102 REGIMENT Square in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2313092
$1,386,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2313092
Bedrooms:
2
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2
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Switch units of measure1,047 sq. ft.
SPECTRUM TOWNHOME, end unit, centrally located by the side of Rogers Arena. Completely RENOVATED in 2016. 2 level with a huge and beautiful rooftop deck. Walking distance to skytrain, library, Costco, T&T and Chinatown. Bright, modern open concept with 11' high ceiling... More details
Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 610 610 GRANVILLE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2311981
$869,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2311981
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure887 sq. ft.
Unique live/work 2 level unit in The Hudson with rare peak a boo water view. 24 hours on-site concierge. Includes one parking stall. Direct access to Skytrain and across the street of Pacific Centre. Currently outfitted for primarily residential use. Please contact for... More details
Listed by NAI Commercial
Main Photo: 607 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "FALSE CREEK\VW" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2311048
$630,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2311048
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure555 sq. ft.
Open house: 27th Oct (Saturday... More details
Listed by Luxmore Realty
Main Photo: 3004 438 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2310647
$1,200,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2310647
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Gorgeous sub PENTHOUSE!In the heart of Vancouver's commercial district. It boasts 270 degrees of unobstructed views, showcasing Stanley park, Burrard inlet and the north shore mountains. See all 5 of Vancouver's iconic landmarks, and two different bodies of water from... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 2602 1325 ROLSTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Rolston" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309598
$1,038,888
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2309598
Bedrooms:
2
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2
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Switch units of measure835 sq. ft.
Welcome to PENTHOUSE living at The Rolston. Incredible top floor 2 Bedroom, 2 bathroom unit with Mountain, City and Water views with one of the largest floor plans in the building. From the main bedroom, enjoy your view deep into False Creek from 26 floors up. Excellent... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
Main Photo: 3702 1289 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "BURRARD PLACE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2311526
$1,899,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2311526
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,081 sq. ft.
YOUR CHANCE TO OWN On a HIGH FLOOR! Anexclusive new address & community in the HEART OF DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER. This signature tower will become an ICONIC addition to our world famous Vancouver Glass Skyline& the THIRD tallest tower in DOWNTOWN. Our SKY COLLECTION LUXURY... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 1204 1133 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ADDITION" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309635
$1,179,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2309635
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure872 sq. ft.
Welcome to Addition by Kenstone Properties! This BRAND NEW 2 Bed + Flex suite features sleek contemporary finishes in a stunning all-white colour scheme, high-performance stainless steel appliances by Liebherr and Porter & Charles, custom closets and cabinetry by... More details
Listed by eXp Realty
Main Photo: 421 1200 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309304
$888,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2309304
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,003 sq. ft.
Welcome to Landis Hotel and Suites in the heart of downtown Vancouver. A terrific opportunity for investors for stable income without the hassle. Hotel Management takes great care of your property or move in and enjoy all the amenities, 2 full size bedroom, fully... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 1809 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309060
$1,528,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2309060
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,131 sq. ft.
Telux Garden by Westbank. Luxury residences in Downtown Vancouver. Peekaboo water and mountain views. High end Miele appliances & top quality finishing. Central air-conditioning & energy-efficient heating system. Exclusive amenities & concierge. Very central... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 2006 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ONE PACIFIC BY CONCORD PACIFIC" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2305135
$1,600,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2305135
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure900 sq. ft.
ONE PACIFIC by Concord Pacific. Luxurious two bedroom and den penthouse unit with a spacious floor plan and spectacular water views. Centrally located in Yaletown within walking distance to Urban Fare, Costco, T&T Supermarket, Marina, and Restaurants. Canada Line... More details
Listed by Regent Park Realty Inc.
Listing information last updated on February 20, 2019 at 08:16 PM (UTC)

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