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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Open House on Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:00PM - 2:00PM Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 802 688 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "FIRENZE 2" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179155
OPEN HOUSE
$788,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2179155
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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This is an incredible investment opportunity!! Currently being rented for $4,000 per month. Corner Unit, False Creek views, cozy fireplace, den and solarium. Stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Beautiful amenities include indoor lap pool, hot tub, sauna... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty
Main Photo: 2807 688 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "FIRENZE 2" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179253
$799,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2179253
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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WELCOME to the prestigious FIRENZE 2 located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver West. This building is just steps from some of the city's trendiest spots including Rogers Arena, BC Place, Shopping, Edgewater Casino, False Creek Seawall, Restaurants and much more. Enjoy... More details
Listed by Sutton Premier Realty
Open House on Sunday, June 25, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 202 789 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "CENTURY TOWER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179331
OPEN HOUSE
$499,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2179331
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure585 sq. ft.
Incredible value for this 1 bed/1 bath condo with over 1,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor space in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Bright, open, and airy, enjoy TWO huge sunny patios with views of the courtyard. Upgrades include new laminate floors and new bathroom... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Open House on Saturday, June 24, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 1206 933 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ELECTRIC AVENUE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179387
OPEN HOUSE
$688,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2179387
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure750 sq. ft.
Beautiful 2 bedroom 2 bathroom "Electric Avenue" at Paramount Place. With bright layout 750 sqft, unbeatable central location downtown for entertainment, shopping, movies, dining, transports, ect. Great amenities: recreation, fitness center and theater room. 1 secured... More details
Listed by Luxmore Realty
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Main Photo: 1802 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179392
OPEN HOUSE
$549,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2179392
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure505 sq. ft.
One Pacific newest completed project by Concord Pacific in Yaletown. New high end finihsing one bedroom & flex upgraded flooring & appliances with False Creek water view from balcony & overlook to the Riviera Deck which features a cantilevered glass heated swimming... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Van49)
Main Photo: 710 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TELUS GARDEN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179488
$918,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2179488
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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TELUS GARDEN from the famed development team of Shangri-La, Fairmont Pacific Rim, 700 West 8th & Vancouver House. This rarely available bright two bedroom, two bathroom home in downtown's most desirable high rise also comes with a flex space and bonus 35 SF balcony... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (w.blvd)
Open House on Saturday, June 24, 2017 2:15PM - 4:15PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 601 438 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE CONFERENCE PLAZA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179544
OPEN HOUSE
$479,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2179544
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure536 sq. ft.
Location, Location, Location! Attention First Time buyer and investors. This is a time to own and secure a condo in Vancouver Downtown. This unit offers one bed & bath plus den, ensuite laundry and a storage locker. Minutes to grocery stores, Sky train stations--Canada... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Main Photo: 1610 610 GRANVILLE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180809
$1,068,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2180809
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure874 sq. ft.
Absolutely gorgeous!! Elegant & Stylish 2 bedroom suite in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Super convenient location in town - private access to Granville Skytrain Station, The bay and Pacific Centre. Shopping and dining are just within a few minutes walk underground... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Central
Open House on Saturday, June 24, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 2603 969 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Mondrian 2" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179656
OPEN HOUSE
$1,699,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2179656
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure1,280 sq. ft.
Fully Renovated with no expenses spared. This beautiful NW corner suite provides city views & privacy with only 4 units on floor. Flawless floorplan, with bedrooms on opposite ends, and open concept spacious living-dining-kitchen makes entertaining easy and comfortable... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
No Photo Available: 3008 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TELUS GARDENS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179744
$768,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2179744
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure570 sq. ft.
Most Popular Building, Telus Garden by Westbank. 1 bedroom and den unit facing North. Upper floor with a nice view. Sitting in the heart of Vancouver, this home features air conditioning, top of the line Miele stainless steel appliances, Kohler bathroom fixtures and... More details
Listed by Sutton Group - Seafair Realty
Listing information last updated on June 24, 2017

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