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: 2007 63 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "EUROPA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195864
$628,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195864
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure590 sq. ft.
Location! Situated in famous Europa at International Village. The extremely functional floor plan makes great use of space and bright exposure allows for ample natural light. Gorgeous water and mountain view from both living room and master bedroom. In suite laundry and... More details
Listed by Sutton Group - Seafair Realty
Open House on Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 611 833 HOMER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ATTELIER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195682
OPEN HOUSE
$759,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195682
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure694 sq. ft.
Welcome to the ATELIER on Homer & Robson. Great flexible and functional layout in this one bedroom plus den and balcony facing Homer Street. Almost 700 SF of living with floor to ceiling windows, gourmet open kitchen with granite tops & gas cooktops, hardwood floors and... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Main Photo: 2602 788 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "L'HERMITAGE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2196057
$2,388,883
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2196057
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure1,308 sq. ft.
Premier building L'Hermitage in Downtown Vancouver. 1000 SF BALCONY w access from the living room and bedrooms. Captivating vistas of cityscape from practically every vantage point of this outstanding residence. This well thought out suite offers an open floor plan with... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Main Photo: 1704 811 HELMCKEN Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "IMPERIAL TOWER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2196187
$888,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2196187
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure811 sq. ft.
Fully Renovated unit at IMPERIAL TOWER. This suite has two generous bedrooms & 2 full baths that are separated by the living area. Highest grade German laminate flooring, quartz countertops, high efficiency baseboard heaters, chandelier with remote control, new blinds... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
Main Photo: 2201 788 HAMILTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195942
$649,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195942
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure625 sq. ft.
TV Towers on Robson, centrally located on the border line of Downtown and Yaletown. close to BC Place, central library, skytrain, transit & shops & restaurants on Robson Street & Yaletown. This bright 1 bedroom comes with an efficient open floor plan with laminated... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 305 1082 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Freesia" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195171
$568,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195171
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure555 sq. ft.
Welcome home to this immaculate & spacious 1bdrm & den home at the 2006 built Freesia in the heart of Yaletown! Move in ready with new paint & carpets, granite counters in the open plan kitchen & luxurious bath! Large balcony perfect for BBQing & outdoor dining. The... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 604 1205 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ALTO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195549
$729,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195549
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure670 sq. ft.
Welcome to ALTO! This 1 Bdrm + Den + Solarium unit is sure to impress! Features include STUNNING 10’ ceilings, spacious open concept floor plan, modern kitchen with double height cabinets for maximum storage space, stainless steel appliances & floor-to-ceiling windows... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Main Photo: 1403 1335 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1335 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195647
$4,839,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195647
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
4
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,985 sq. ft.
Luxurious 2985 SF 3 bdrm condo home on the 14th floor with ESW exposure. Includes 3 large balconies totaling 720 SF with gas and power. Lavishly finished with H/W flooring and carpet in bdrms, heating and cooling system, smart home features with automated lighting... More details
Listed by Onni Realty Inc
Open House on Saturday, August 19, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Open House on Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 2207 131 REGIMENT Square in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2196109
OPEN HOUSE
$540,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2196109
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure510 sq. ft.
Location! Walkscore of 98! Spectrum 3 by renowned Concord Pacific. Bright & spacious layout Studio with den/office. Bigger than most of the 1 bdrm suite in DT + False Creek & city view from balcony & living rm!! Only few minutes walk to Canada Line & Millennium Line... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (w.blvd)
Main Photo: 1906 833 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE CAPITOL" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2195351
$768,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2195351
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure733 sq. ft.
The Capital is a luxury building built by Wall Financial. This bright and spacious 1 bedroom and den faces southeast with panoramic city view. Features open floor plan, stainless steel appliances, granite countertop, newer laminate flooring, in-suite storage room, and... More details
Listed by RE/MAX City Realty
Listing information last updated on August 16, 2017

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