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: 1101 811 HELMCKEN Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "IMPERIAL TOWER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2320987
$625,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320987
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure598 sq. ft.
Updated suite on the 11th floor, CONCRETE high rise, spacious one bedroom with City views in the heart of convenient Downtown. Centrally located, only a few blocks to the beach, shopping and restaurants, coffee shops, bridges and transportation. Google Walkscore a... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
Main Photo: PH3 1102 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Artemisia" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2320691
$4,298,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320691
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
3
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Switch units of measure2,493 sq. ft.
PENTHOUSE 3 at “ARTEMESIA” This is an enchanting three bedroom and den + office with soaring 30' high glass jewel case windows. There are only 21 homes in this boutique residence designed by James Schouw & built by Boffo Developments. It's one of Vancouver's most sought... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Services and Royal LePage Sussex
Main Photo: 502 1252 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2321530
$758,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321530
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure678 sq. ft.
Beautiful one bedroom + den luxury Boutique condo, high quality mid-rise building located at down town Vancouver. 678 sq ft very functional layout with high grade finishing. Facing East, stone counter top, kitchen island, SS appliances, nice size open balcony, one... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 1007 933 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "SPOT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2321448
$699,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321448
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure639 sq. ft.
Investor alert! Sophisticated & stylish, this beautifully renovated offers plenty of opportunity to express your style. With a complete renovation, this loft features new floors, kitchen, staircase & zebra blinds. Building features world class amenities: gym, common... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 508 950 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ANCHOR POINT 2" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2321798
$530,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321798
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure461 sq. ft.
Do not miss an opportunity to invest in your future financial security. This renovated condo is very easy to manage. Move in or rent. This unit was renovated a few years ago & still shows very well with newer kitchen & appliances, H/W flooring. One locker is included... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Lions Gate Realty Ltd.
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Main Photo: 1751 38 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2321277
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$1,068,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321277
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure806 sq. ft.
One Pacific in Yaletown -2 year old condo developed by Concord Pacific. 2 bedroom + 2 full bathroom with Flex southwest facing with water view of False Creek in every room. Functional layout with luxury features including air condition, upgraded Miele kitchen appliances... More details
Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 2201 888 HOMER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "BEASLEY" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2321085
$1,098,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321085
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure930 sq. ft.
'The Beasley' Well kept large 2 bdrm & den suite in the core of Yaletown. North West facing with view of the city. Featuring stone countertops, hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances including built-in oven & microwave. Two full bathroom with heated floor... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Main Photo: 1802 1082 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "FRESSIA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2320619
$769,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320619
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure708 sq. ft.
FREESIA, Downtown style living, this 1-bedroom and den corner suite home on the 18th floor with great city view. Floor-to-ceiling windows allowing lots of natural sunlight, open layout gourmet-style kitchen, the solarium with windows perfect for home office or guest... More details
Listed by Prompton Real Estate Serv.Inc.
Main Photo: 1503 602 CITADEL Parade in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "SPECTRUM 4" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2320440
$899,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320440
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure885 sq. ft.
2 bedroom + Den + storage close to 900 sq corner unit s.w. facing with Harbour, False Creek and city view in spectrum developed by concord pacific. functional layout can be rent for $3300 per month or live in to enjoy the downtown city life. One parking, no locker come... More details
Listed by Coldwell Banker Prestige Rlty
Main Photo: TH105 287 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2319881
$1,528,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2319881
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,529 sq. ft.
No expenses spared in this FULLY RENOVATED, rarely available 2 floor Town House. Bright and Spacious with that House Feeling, Open Concept living on the main floor with a 1/2 bath, and 2 large bedrooms plus 2 full baths up, including a 300+sf Master. The massive kitchen... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
Listing information last updated on November 12, 2018 at 10:22 PM (UTC)

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