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: 710 618 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2333562
$1,200,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2333562
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure1,151 sq. ft.
A rare listing in FIRENZE. This unit is one of the biggest roof top unit with a HUGE 788sf SURROUNDED PRIVATE ROOFTOP DECK. A tranquil place in a highly populated downtown area. This home offers 2 bedrooms, a flex, TV/games/office room, and 2 full bathrooms. Entrance... More details
Listed by Sutton Maple Pacific Realty
Main Photo: PH4 1189 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE GENESIS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2333498
$1,798,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2333498
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure1,095 sq. ft.
THE GENESIS. Rarely available PENTHOUSE, enjoy luxurious living in this prestigious downtown Vancouver neighbourhood. Spectacular Ocean, North Shore Mountain & City views. Well designed floor plan offers 1,095 sq.ft. of living area. This home fills with natural light... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
Main Photo: 1757 38 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ONE PACIFIC" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2333618
$1,129,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2333618
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure745 sq. ft.
UDI Winner of Best Residential Building - ONE PACIFIC. This beautifully kept SOUTHEAST 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom + Flex features “Mingle-Style” separated bedrooms & bathrooms for utmost privacy. VIEWS VIEWS VIEWS of False Creek & Fairview. Custom flooring, wallpaper, light... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty Westmar
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Main Photo: 4007 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Telus Garden" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2333576
OPEN HOUSE
$2,488,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2333576
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure1,355 sq. ft.
Very Rare Full 3 Bedrooms!! TELUS GARDEN by WESTBANK - ARCHITECTURAL ICON Designed with architectural excellence by Henriquez Partners Architects. Vancouver's best location at Robson and Richards. One of the BEST floor plans with NORTHSHORE MOUNTAIN and WATER VIEWS and... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
Main Photo: 312 555 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Paris Place" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2333910
$775,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2333910
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure970 sq. ft.
A huge 770 square foot terrace in the middle of all the action. Centrally located in the International Village every city amenity is at your door step. The suite is in great condition, not much to do here. A combined living space of over 1700 square feet, this 2 bedroom... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
Main Photo: 407 499 BROUGHTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Denia" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334017
$1,499,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2334017
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure1,145 sq. ft.
1 bed and loft! Welcome home to this spectacular two-level waterfront home at Denia. This unit has BREATHTAKING CITY & WATER VIEWS of Coal Harbour, Stanley Park & The North Shore mountains. Featuring upgraded hardwood floors in 2014, newer modern cabinetry... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 3103 833 HOMER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334061
$2,688,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2334061
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,194 sq. ft.
Your dream home !! Luxurious sunny 2 bed &den subpenthouse at the atelier on robson. Facing east ,south and west city views. Air cooling system, 9 ft ceilings, 24 hours concierge .amenities include gym, steam room, yoga studio, party room and more. It is a must see... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 2204 535 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "DOLCE AT SYMPHONY PLACE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2333458
$828,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2333458
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure647 sq. ft.
Spacious 1 Bedroom unit with Solarium & Den in "Dolce at Symphony Place". Award winning Merrick Architecture designer Bldg. Bright Eastern exposure unit with expansive city view. Open concept, quality finishing throughout, H/W flooring, Kitchen high end European... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 2302 833 HOMER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2333265
$1,049,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2333265
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure867 sq. ft.
"Atelier on Robson by Magellen Developments is an architectural gem" in the heart of Downtown! It offers High Ceilings, Bright Interior. Open Layout, Built-in Refrigerator, High-end Appliances, Gas Stove and Quartz Counter-tops. Luxurious amenities including... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty (Kingsway) Ltd.
Open House on Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 1904 1295 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Oscar" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332368
OPEN HOUSE
$748,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2332368
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure587 sq. ft.
PERFECT YALETOWN LOCATION. This beautifully appointed 1 bedroom corner suite offers floor to ceiling windows letting you enjoy maximum morning sunshine to help you start the day. It features cork flooring, new carpet, new paint, stainless steel appliances and granite... More details
Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
Listing information last updated on January 24, 2019 at 04:08 AM (UTC)

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