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: 1602 1133 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ADDITION LIVING" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308203
OPEN HOUSE
$1,289,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2308203
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure876 sq. ft.
Beautiful newly completed tower in the heart of downtown Vancouver. This well designed two bed and den suite boasts nearly 900 sqft. of living space with contemporary finishes throughout. Features include; laminate floors, blackout blinds, custom cabinetry, stainless... More details
Listed by Kore Realty
Main Photo: 602 36 WATER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Terminus" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308198
$829,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2308198
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure662 sq. ft.
Situated in Gastown is the renowned boutique residences of Terminus. This sub-penthouse is true luxury living in Vancouver's bustling arts and fashion district. Featuring a historical facade, blended with a sleek, modern loft interior and your own TERRACE AND PARKING... More details
Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver and Prompton Real Estate Serv.Inc.
Main Photo: 1902 889 HOMER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308699
$1,248,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2308699
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,076 sq. ft.
Fabulous renovated home in this Bing Thom designed high rise with only 3 suites per floor. This southwest corner 2 bed + 2 Bath + 2 Balcony open concept home has been transformed with stylish contemporary taste & design. Exceptionally bright & airy with plenty of... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 2602 668 CITADEL Parade in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "SPECTRUM 2" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308529
$988,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2308529
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure956 sq. ft.
SPECTRUM 2, trendy (NW) 2 bedroom + den corner suite home with expansive views of the city, water & mountains. Home is complimented with floor to ceiling windows, open kitchen with breakfast bar, 2 full sized baths, insuite storage, a den perfect size for an office... More details
Listed by Prompton Real Estate Serv.Inc.
Main Photo: 907 501 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE 501" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308721
$694,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2308721
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure590 sq. ft.
Location, Location, Location! Don’t miss this gorgeous one bedroom and den in the award winning “501” building. This N/W facing corner unit offers stunning City views and features an open living space with gas fireplace, s/s appliances, gas stove, hardwood floors... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Surrey/24)
Main Photo: 604 850 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2307805
$650,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2307805
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure766 sq. ft.
FANTASTIC LOCATION! Great investment opportunity with this beautifully laid out and rare, LARGE 1 bed + enclosed balcony conveniently situated in the heart of downtown at Robson and Burrard. Spacious and bright (nearly 800 square feet!), it features a large bedroom... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 2306 233 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TV TOWERS 2" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2307797
$589,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2307797
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure500 sq. ft.
Partial Waterview 500sqft Studio with Open floorplan. Turn key investment with custom high quality built-in shelving, Murphy bed, California walk-in closets, designer furniture are included. Engineered hardwood floors installed 2012, good size balcony to enjoy the views... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: TH105 287 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2307777
$1,628,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2307777
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,529 sq. ft.
No expenses spared in this FULLY RENOVATED, rarely available 2 floor Town House. Bright and Spacious with that House Feeling, Open Concept living on the main floor with a 1/2 bath, and 2 large bedrooms plus 2 full baths up, including a 300+sf Master. The massive kitchen... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
Main Photo: 2303 833 HOMER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ATELIER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2307711
$1,525,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2307711
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,180 sq. ft.
Welcome to ATELIER on Robson! This exquisite Southeast corner, 2 bedroom and 3 bath home will sure to impress you with it's sweeping mountain, city and peek-a-boo water views! Offering a bright large open floor plan with over height ceilings and bedrooms at opposite... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
Main Photo: 901 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Woodwards (W43)" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2307657
$999,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2307657
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure885 sq. ft.
This recently FULLY RENOVATED, North facing, Mountain View 2 bed / 2 full bath in the iconic Woodward's building has a Bright, open-concept layout that leaves no wasted space. The suite was fully updated in a New York loft style earlier this year with features such as... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
Listing information last updated on September 26, 2018 at 03:26 AM (UTC)

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