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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Open House on Sunday, December 17, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 3210 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WOODWARDS W43" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227108
OPEN HOUSE
$1,499,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227108
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,166 sq. ft.
Stunning corner unit with unobstructed panoramic views of the North Shore Mountains and Downtown Vancouver. Featuring 1,166 sq ft., this 2 bed 2 bath skyloft comes with newly renovated floors and new kitchen and bathroom quartz counters. In the heart of Gastown, the... More details
Listed by TRG-The Residential Group Rlty
Main Photo: 1810 610 GRANVILLE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Hudson" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227120
$1,078,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227120
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure886 sq. ft.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this spacious two bedroom plus den at The Hudson boasts a brand new partial renovation. Only steps away from shopping, restaurants, the entertainment district, skytrain and public transportation... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 1203 788 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "L'HERMITAGE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2227677
$1,139,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2227677
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure922 sq. ft.
L'HERMITAGE HOTEL AND RESIDENCES on Robson & Richards. A city residence of fine distinction in the heart of shopping, dining, business & entertainment featuring 2 bedrooms plus a den & 2 large spa-like bathrooms, underground parking & storage, and 24-hr concierge. This... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty
Main Photo: 2104 1335 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1335 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2226564
$3,219,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2226564
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,720 sq. ft.
Luxurious 1720 SF 3 bdrm corner home on the 21st floor with SW exposure. Includes a large wraparound balcony totaling 475 SF with gas & power. Lavishly finished with H/W flooring & carpet in bdrms, heating & cooling system, smart home features with automated lighting... More details
Listed by Onni Realty Inc
Main Photo: 2805 1111 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "8X ON THE PARK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2226566
$3,139,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2226566
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,781 sq. ft.
The spacious Parkside homes at 8X on the Park are designed for daily luxury. Each residence includes expansive windows, private balconies, state-of-the-art integrated electronics, air conditioning & the finest features & finishes. At 8X, the upgrades come standard. The... More details
Listed by Rennie Marketing Systems
Main Photo: 2402 1335 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1335 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2226553
$4,479,800
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2226553
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
4
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,355 sq. ft.
Luxurious 2355 SF 3 bdrm combo home on the 24th floor with N,E & S exposure. Includes 3 large balconies totaling 670 SF with gas & power. Lavishly finished with hardwood flooring & carpet in bdrms, heating & cooling system, smart home features with automated lighting... More details
Listed by Onni Realty Inc
Open House on Sunday, December 17, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 1706 602 CITADEL PARADE in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Spectrum 4" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2226796
OPEN HOUSE
$888,880
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2226796
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure807 sq. ft.
Welcome home to Direct Burrard Inlet WATER, Mountain, & City Views in this like new freshly renovated immaculate corner unit by Concord Pacific in Downtown Vancouver! The balcony is perfect for BBQing & outdoor dining and the open plan renovated kitchen features new... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 517 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale in "The Oscar" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2226928
$999,888
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2226928
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure855 sq. ft.
517 Drake Street, Vancouver, BC., V6B 4K8. Currently renovated (2013) townhouse on the Yaletown Downtown border. Proximity to Yaletown restaurants and shopping. Close to parks and seawall. Newer quality appliances, overheight (12 foot) ceilings and California Closet... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Open House on Sunday, December 17, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 2701 63 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2226211
OPEN HOUSE
$598,888
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2226211
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure570 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 city and mountain view from both living room and master bedroom. In suite laundry and... More details
Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 1801 1335 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1335 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2226196
$2,689,900
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2226196
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,610 sq. ft.
Luxurious 1610 SF 3 bdrm corner home on the 18th floor w/NW exposure. Includes a large wrap-around balcony totaling 435 SF with gas & power. Lavishly finished with H/W flooring & carpet in bdrms, heating & cooling system, smart home features with automated lighting... More details
Listed by Onni Realty Inc
Listing information last updated on December 17, 2017

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