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: 3320 W 27 Avenue in Vancouver: Downtown VW House for sale in "Dunbar" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322112
$2,998,000
Residential Detached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2322112
Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
5
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,355 sq. ft.
$550,000 Below assessment value! Builder/Investor's alert! 49.55 x 131 corner lot with a bonus home features 6 bedrooms / 4 full baths, livable condition, located in Dunbar area. Walking distance to all levels of schools, park, shopping and transit. Minutes drive to UBC... More details
Listed by Jovi Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 1402 837 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TERMINAL CITY CLUB TOWER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322167
$4,480,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2322167
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,590 sq. ft.
This is the best kept secret in prestigious Terminal City Club: a RARE FIND of a 2590 SF executive suite beautifully created with unique antiques blending with polish concrete flooring, intriguing tile work & a gorgeous kitchen. Exceptional open plan highlighting... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 3001 602 CITADEL PARADE in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "SPECTRUM 4" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322131
$828,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2322131
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure816 sq. ft.
Gorgeous 30th floor condo at Spectrum 4 with nice City and Water views, This open concept corner unit with 2 large bedrooms & 1 bathroom also has a large storage room which can also be used as a den, insuite laundry, one parking. This building has some of the best... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty Westmar
Main Photo: 1404 837 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TERMINAL CITY CLUB TOWER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322151
$1,088,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2322151
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure769 sq. ft.
This is the best and only 1 bedroom in the Terminal City Club Tower with a powder room and an ensuite bathroom. Very efficient floor plan with a murphy bed in the dining room. Beautifully renovated with cork flooring throughout, a truly warm & hotel like residence for... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 910 1325 ROLSTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "apartment" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322161
$619,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2322161
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure516 sq. ft.
Location Location Location, The Rolston is located minutes away from South False Creek, Yaletown, and in the central of North Downtown. Walking distance to Yaletown seawall, future Vancouver House community, fancy restaurants, bars and grocery stores. Easy public... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
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Main Photo: 1507 833 HOMER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322104
OPEN HOUSE
$695,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2322104
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure528 sq. ft.
Welcome to Atelier on Robson! This luxurious condo is now available for you to call home! Atelier on Robson is conveniently located in the heart of Downtown within walking proximity to all the best restaurants, grocery stores, and shops! This unit features a bright... More details
Listed by Magsen Realty Inc.
Open House on Saturday, November 17, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 1205 1188 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1188 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322010
OPEN HOUSE
$499,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2322010
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure495 sq. ft.
1 bedroom + den home in the heart of Downtown Vancouver for under $500k. This rental friendly building is a great first home or investment opportunity. Located on the 12th floor with nice views of the Downtown landscape this unit is great for someone who is currently... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 1008 850 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2321907
$789,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321907
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure833 sq. ft.
Corner penthouse is well designed with unique split-level like a townhouse in the sky. Beautiful updates include newer kitchen and bathroom with stone counter tops, hardwood and tile flooring and paint makes this home move in ready. Large Master bedroom has plenty of... More details
Listed by KellerWilliamsRealtyVanCentral
Main Photo: 3009 833 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Capitol Residences" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2321405
$1,198,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321405
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure994 sq. ft.
Welcome to the sought after CAPITOL building – ideally located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. This efficiently laid out and recently renovated 994 SQF corner unit offers 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms, flex room, nook, and large living room, all with unobstructed... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
Main Photo: 2801 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "JAMESON HOUSE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2321434
$3,280,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2321434
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,056 sq. ft.
JAMESON HOUSE – Iconic architectural residence designed by renowned Foster and Partners and build by BOSA. This elegant and sophisticated home boasts an open plan with stunning city, water and mountain VIEWS from the oversize balcony and floor to ceiling window. This... More details
Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Listing information last updated on November 12, 2018 at 09:20 PM (UTC)

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