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: 303 1372 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "MARK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2294151
$768,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2294151
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure555 sq. ft.
Luxury condo living at award winning The Mark by Onni at Yaletown with concierge services. This 1 bed & 1 bath air conditioned unit comes with high end kitchen appliances, composite stone countertop & quality bathroom fixtures. Wide planked engineered oak hardwood & a... More details
Listed by Multiple Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 3301 1308 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "SALT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2294275
$3,116,500
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2294275
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,384 sq. ft.
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 2905 535 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Dolce At Symphony Place" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2294453
$1,590,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2294453
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure1,040 sq. ft.
Central Downtown location high floor with a great view! This stylish 2 bedroom suite boasts the best view of English Bay and beautiful city view. The home boasts luxury kitchen set up with stainless steel designer appliances. Well maintained home, very spacious yet... More details
Listed by New Coast Realty
Main Photo: 2003 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WOODWARDS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2294345
$1,298,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2294345
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Incredible Stunning Views from every room looking over Coal Harbour, Canada Place, Lions Gate Bridge and North Shore Mountains. Bright NE corner 20th floor 2 bdrm & 2 bath unit with open kitchen, brand new laminate floors, and an outdoor NE balcony, with sweeping views... More details
Listed by TRG-The Residential Group Rlty
Main Photo: 1210 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2293940
$950,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2293940
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure734 sq. ft.
Amazing opportunity at Telus Gardens by Westbank. The most technologically innovative and environmentally-friendly urban development in Downtown Vancouver. Measurements are approximate, buyer should verify if important. Facing East with Library and Roof top garden city... More details
Listed by New Coast Realty
Main Photo: 1804 610 GRANVILLE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE HUDSON" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2293913
$899,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2293913
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure787 sq. ft.
The Hudson Building! Centrally located in the heart of downtown with direct access to skytrain, Steve Nash Sports Club & Pacific Centre within the building. Excellent value, LIVE/WORK!! 787 sq ft 1 bedroom + sun room (office) + den (could be 2nd bedroom). Quality... More details
Listed by TRG-The Residential Group Rlty
Main Photo: 957 38 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2292709
$960,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2292709
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure745 sq. ft.
Stunning luxury suite in the newly completed Concord One Pacific features with 2 beds, 2 bathrooms and a den with a direct view of False Creek water and Olympic Village. The suite including 9' ceilings, air conditioning, marble surfaces and high end engineered hardwood... More details
Listed by Keller Williams Elite Realty
Main Photo: 910 610 GRANVILLE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE HUDSON" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2292631
$999,888
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2292631
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure863 sq. ft.
Welcome to the Hudson. This CORNER unit with NE views offers an open floor plan with 2bdrm+2bath+flex room AND solarium. Featuring polished stone countertops, stainless appliances, Italian marble counter tops in both baths w/ 12x12 porcelain tiles & laminate flrs Direct... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 2802 535 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "DOLCE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2292158
$1,359,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2292158
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure808 sq. ft.
Ultimate Private Collection in Dolce- Symphony Place- Georgia Award Winner of best tower in Vancouver. Executive unit is the definition of high end urban living. Live up in the skies- 2 bedroom 2 full bath plus Den & Storage w/ Unobstructed view of City, Water... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 2010 1289 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "BURRARD PLACE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2292561
$848,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2292561
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure567 sq. ft.
Welcome to BURRARD PLACE the iconic building that will be the 3rd tallest building to grace Vancouver's skyline. This is 567 SQF one bedroom and one bathroom unit on the 20th floor! Perfect layout unit with floor to ceiling windows, wide plank hardwood flooring, central... More details
Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Listing information last updated on October 16, 2018 at 11:24 PM (UTC)

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