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 Thursday, September 27, 2018 5:30PM - 6:30PM Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 709 66 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "60 West Cordova" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309105
OPEN HOUSE
$530,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2309105
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure540 sq. ft.
Welcome home to this gorgeous, bright, one bed condo in the heart of historic Gastown! You will love the fantastic floor plan with no wasted space and the large windows that flood the space in natural light. Updates include: appliances and backsplash in the kitchen... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty
Main Photo: 710 618 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309086
$1,400,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2309086
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
Open House on Friday, September 28, 2018 10:30AM - 12:00PM Agent's Open Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 501 141 WATER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "MALKIN BUILDING" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308891
OPEN HOUSE
$1,499,900
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2308891
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,571 sq. ft.
A piece of history and heritage in the heart of Vancouver. The beautiful Malkin building was originally built in 1898 and seismically upgraded into legal lofts in 1996. This two bedroom, two full bathroom corner unit has the most iconic views of the Vancouver harbour... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
Open House on Sunday, September 30, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 1512 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TELUS GARDEN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308865
OPEN HOUSE
$1,268,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2308865
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure921 sq. ft.
Telus Garden, luxury living by Westbank. Bright, spacious floor plan 2 bedroom/2 bath ,facing Southeast,with energy efficient heating/cooling system. Quartz counter tops, top of the line appliances and fixtures, quality finishes throughout the home. 75 sq ft balcony off... More details
Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 421 1200 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309304
$999,000
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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.
Open House on Saturday, September 29, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Public Open Add to calendar
Open House on Sunday, September 30, 2018 12:00PM - 1:30PM Public Open Add to calendar
Main Photo: 704 528 BEATTY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "BOWMAN LOFTS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308695
OPEN HOUSE
$669,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2308695
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure673 sq. ft.
Welcome to the Bowman Lofts! These one of kind lofts were originally built in 1906 and became a heritage conversion in 2006. Exposed brick walls, old growth timber beams, over-height ceilings, reclaimed hardwood floors and concrete window benches, are just a few of the... More details
Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
No Photo Available: 311 161 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308585
$758,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2308585
Bedrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure680 sq. ft.
Central located, easy access to skytrain and Stadium. Super convenience to live with grocery stores and number of restaurants nearby. Home of 1-br + flex +solarium with balcony. Functional layout. Featuring: Exercise room with double-height ceiling; two 10-pin bowling... More details
Listed by Homeland Realty
Main Photo: 503 888 HAMILTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308616
$899,900
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2308616
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure830 sq. ft.
Welcome to 888 Hamilton. The residences of Rosdale Gardens is located steps to Downtown Vancouver and Yaletown. Min away from shops and restaurants, Rogers Arena, Library Square and BC Place. This spacious corner unit is a 2 bed 1 bath home that offers 830sf of... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
Main Photo: 2010 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ONE PACIFIC" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308872
$729,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2308872
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure581 sq. ft.
LOWEST PPSQFT in the building! Welcome to your PENTHOUSE UNIT at One Pacific by renowned developer Concord Pacific, NEW NEVER RENTED OUT. This 1 bedroom + Den home is centrally located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. Surrounded lifestyle of amenities and... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
No Photo Available: 1809 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309060
$1,528,000
Residential Attached
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
Listing information last updated on September 26, 2018 at 03:26 AM (UTC)

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