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: 709 1133 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ADDITION" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332318
$768,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2332318
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Best Value DT living! One bedroom 602 sq ft which includes a den and an enclosed solarium! Can easily turn it into a two bedroom. This unit comes with one parking stall and one locker storage. Built by award-winning developer, central location, entertainment and... More details
Listed by Regent Park Realty Inc.
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Main Photo: 707 1308 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "DOWNTOWN VW" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332290
OPEN HOUSE
$938,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2332290
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure750 sq. ft.
Rare available South facing 2 bedroom unit under $1m in Downtown. Only 4 year old building Salt by awarding winning developer Concert. From a bold, sophisticated lobby, contrasting warm exotic wood, cool tiles and high-gloss lacquer to contemporary chic touches... More details
Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 808 969 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "MONDRIAN II" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332263
$598,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2332263
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Presenting Mondrian’s most functional 1 bedroom, 1 bath floor plan. This centrally located Yaletown apartment features a solarium/den, large en-suite storage, oak flooring and gas fireplace. Unit faces the courtyard, allowing for great privacy and quietude. Mondrian... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty
Main Photo: 1205 161 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "COSMO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332255
$599,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2332255
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure447 sq. ft.
Welcome to Cosmo! This well designed studio is perfect for the Downtown lifestyle. Enjoy your city view and take in all That Downtown Vancouver has to offer. Superb finishes include laminate flooring, stainless steel appliances, soft-close cabinetry, and in-suite... More details
Listed by Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 307 1133 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Addition" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332413
$705,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2332413
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure610 sq. ft.
One year old downtown apartment with one bedroom and one large den. Conveniently located within walking distance to everywhere within Downtown. Only steps away to popular amenities and recreation spots nearby. Just bring your belongings and move in. New furniture may be... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty (Kingsway) Ltd.
Main Photo: 2503 438 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332439
$865,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2332439
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure721 sq. ft.
BRAND NEW!! THIS UNIT HAS BEEN FULLY RENOVATED! CITY & WATER VIEWS! Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, at the crossroads Seymour st & Pender st. Conference Plaza is walking distance to Simon Fraser university, Vancouver film school, Victory Square, Vancouver... More details
Listed by EasyRent Real Estate Services
Main Photo: 1804 610 GRANVILLE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE HUDSON" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332997
$839,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2332997
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure758 sq. ft.
The Hudson Building!!! Centrally located in the heart of downtown with direct access to SkyTrain, Steve Nash Sports Club and Pacific Centre within the building. Excellent value, LIVE / WORK!! 758 sq ft I-Bedroom+ Sun room (office)+ Den (could be 2nd... More details
Listed by TRG-The Residential Group Rlty
Main Photo: 2707 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WOODWARDS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332957
$599,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2332957
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure654 sq. ft.
Overlook the city up in this bright one bed up on the 27th floor in the iconic Woodwards. Boasting 9ft floor to ceiling windows, the open concept floor plan is perfect for entertaining before heading out to nearby restaurants and pubs or simply head up stairs for a game... More details
Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
Main Photo: 2905 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Woodwards" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332522
$599,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2332522
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure653 sq. ft.
Welcome to Woodwards, Gastown’s Landmark Project. Enjoy gorgeous open water, city & mountain views from this bright NE facing one bedroom with a Juliette balcony. Features include engineered floors, stone kitchen counter-top, and a luxurious bathroom with a shower and... More details
Listed by Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
Main Photo: 506 111 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Spectrum" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2331839
$849,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2331839
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure806 sq. ft.
Sleek and modern 5th floor corner suite with over 1,000 S.F of PRIVATE PATIO over looking the city and B.C place in the heart of Vancouver's vibrant downtown area. Functional laid out 2 bdrm, 1 bath with over 500 SF of exceptionally utilized interior space. Some of the... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
Listing information last updated on January 24, 2019 at 04:08 AM (UTC)

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