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: 3503 833 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "CAPITOL" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214162
$1,500,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2214162
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,079 sq. ft.
Welcome to luxurious living in Capitol Residences! Perched on the 35th floor, this stunning 2br + den offers sprawling views of the city, mountain & False Creek. Entire home features high end finishings from top to bottom, such as smooth marble floors, granite counters... More details
Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 2301 438 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "CONFERENCE PLAZA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2213926
OPEN HOUSE
$599,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2213926
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure536 sq. ft.
Investor Alert, This one bed plus den offer spacious layout and great city views, and one secured parking spot and a secured storage locker. Amenities include 24 hours concierge service, pool, sauna/ swirl pool, gym and a bike room. Prime location, walking distance to... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 2406 888 HAMILTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ROSEDALE GARDEN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2213881
OPEN HOUSE
$1,199,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2213881
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,003 sq. ft.
Rare opportunity to own a gorgeous fully renovated SUB-PENTHOUSE at Rosedale Garden located in the heart of the Downtown/Yaletown neighborhood. Northeast facing on the 24th floor, bright & spacious CORNER unit provides an impressive view of the city and north shore... More details
Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast (Van49)
Main Photo: 3504 1283 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2215639
$998,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2215639
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure739 sq. ft.
The Beautiful 42 storey landmark Tate Downtown is located in the cultural community of downtown South, just step away from the Seawall, Yaletown, and the Art District. Features includes expansive fitness centre, Yoga studio, billiards room, surround theatre, social and... More details
Listed by New Coast Realty
Main Photo: 2901 565 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2213946
$3,130,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2213946
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,905 sq. ft.
Luxury living! Vita by Solterra at Symphony Place is one of Vancouver's most central location. Located in Vancouver's art & cultural area this stunning 1835 sq ft penthouse boasts a beautiful gourmet kitchen, 9'6 ceilings, premium cabinets & ceasarstone countertops. The... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Services
Main Photo: 1502 183 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Paris Place" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214115
$949,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2214115
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure986 sq. ft.
Welcome to Paris Place, a well maintained building in one of Vancouver's most prime locations. This two bed two bath condo has stunning mountain and city views with a big patio. Oversized windows in the living area and bedrooms give this condo tons of natural light... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 701 999 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214266
$838,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2214266
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure761 sq. ft.
999 Seymour In the heart of downtown built by award winning developer Townline. This corner unit of 2 bedroom and 1 bathroom + Flex with huge balcony over 140 sq ft over looking city of downtown Vancouver. Floor to ceiling windows let in plenty of light, Quartz... More details
Listed by Sutton Group - Seafair Realty
Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 1504 1255 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ELAN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214104
OPEN HOUSE
$949,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2214104
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure838 sq. ft.
"The Elan" by the award winning Cressey Development. Absolutely gorgeous and bright 2 bedrooms+2 bath, Solarium and a Den condo featuring a unique open layout and enjoy view from South, East and West facing floor-to-ceiling windows providing downtown views from every... More details
Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 1404 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "JAMESON" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214084
$668,800
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2214084
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure526 sq. ft.
Own a piece of the iconic building, Jameson House. Be amazed by the superior finishings and the FIRST automated valet service in Canada. This studio is perfect as pied a terre or 1st home in Vancouver's Downtown. Close to top end shopping, restaurants, and theatre... More details
Listed by Amex Broadway West Realty
Main Photo: 3504 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "JAMESON HOUSE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214076
$4,328,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2214076
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,927 sq. ft.
Sub- penthouse home at Jameson House. This beautiful 2 bed and den has been designed by world class architect Norman Foster and build by one builders around BOSA. Every room has views from English bay to the northshore mountains. This is truly an amazing place to... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Listing information last updated on October 22, 2017

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