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: 1103 833 HOMER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ATELIER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2319884
$1,398,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2319884
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,185 sq. ft.
Luxury, convenience and lifestyle offered at this Atelier 2-bedroom home located in the heart of downtown Vancouver - right at Robson and Yaletown! A NE corner unit that's beautifully kept and boasts views of the north shore mountains and library. Enjoy hardwood floors... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 611 888 HOMER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Beasley" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2319928
$888,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2319928
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure787 sq. ft.
Gorgeous Downtown Condo!! Superb Location!! Enjoy this open concept corner unit in the popular "Beasley" with 2 separate bds, 2 baths plus a den! Modern kitchen with stainless appliances, quartz counters and bar area is great for entertaining. Master has en-suite and... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty
Main Photo: 3401 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "JAMESON HOUSE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2319954
$3,549,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2319954
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,102 sq. ft.
Magnificent large 2 bed, 2.5 bath condo at JAMESON HOUSE, a masterpiece designed by Foster and Partner Architects, their 1st residential tower in North America. N, S and E exposures showcase sweeping views of water, NS mountains, Coal Harbour, and city, all the way to... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty
Main Photo: 3305 688 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "FIRENZE II" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2320064
$1,088,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320064
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure980 sq. ft.
Amazing 270 degree city and water views from this amazing 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with den. Spacious layout featuring 980sf of open living space. Bamboo flooring in living areas. The kitchen features ample counter space, granite countertops and newer stainless... More details
Listed by RE/MAX City Realty
Main Photo: 3403 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "JAMESON HOUSE BY BOSA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2320154
$1,900,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320154
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,220 sq. ft.
Jameson House - luxury living by Bosa Developments, a perfect combination of technology and art. Open spacious layout with over 1,200 sq ft of enclosed living space, stunning views of Burrard Inlet, North Shore Mountains, and cityscape. This award-winning masterpiece... More details
Listed by Regent Park Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 4306 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TELUS GARDEN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2320338
$2,188,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320338
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,121 sq. ft.
Telus Garden - Prestige by Westbank ! Panoramic water, mountains and city views. Functional floor plan with 2 bedrooms, Living and dining rooms facing Northshore mountain view. Comes with extra den and flex room plus two S/S parking stalls. Features signature decor and... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Westcoast
Main Photo: 402 969 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Mondrian II" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2320132
$529,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320132
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure420 sq. ft.
Beautifully updated studio suite with den and parking at the MONDRIAN II. A smart choice for first time buyers or investors, interested in a turn-key opportunity. This suite is bright & spacious with southwest city views in Vancouver’s popular & convenient Yaletown... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
Main Photo: 1601 438 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2320849
$594,800
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2320849
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure534 sq. ft.
PRIME LOCATION! Must see, south facing 1 bedroom + den. Offer spacious layout & great downtown views. 1 secured underground parking & secure storage locker in central location. Amenities include 24 hours concierge service, pool, sauna/swirl-pool & gym. Walking distance... More details
Listed by Amex Broadway West Realty
Main Photo: 420 933 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Spot" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2319986
$685,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2319986
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure635 sq. ft.
"THE SPOT" This desirable LOFT condo in the heart of Vancouver on Seymour Street has it all! One bdrm, approx 635 sq ft, BRIGHT, OPEN living space with 15 ft high ceilings and windows facing SOUTHEAST. END UNIT with NO ONE ABOVE. Hardwood flooring on the main level with... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 307 1001 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Miro" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2319575
$738,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2319575
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure698 sq. ft.
RARE opportunity to own this spacious home in the heart of yaletown. With 698sf of space, this home feels just like a 2 Bedroom. Huge Den is perfect as a second Bedroom with the Flex space used as a walk-in closet. Enjoy your balcony opening to the quiet and private... More details
Listed by Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
Listing information last updated on November 12, 2018 at 09:20 PM (UTC)

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