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: 203 233 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TV TOWER II" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2362354
OPEN HOUSE

$725,000

203 233 ROBSON Street Vancouver V6B 0E8 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2009, 672 sq. ft.
Easily one of the most desirable condo ownership opportunities in Downtown Vancouver! Welcome to TV Tower II by Concord Pacific. This corner unit offers 1 bedroom/1 bath & flex with floor to ceiling windows in each room and a 170 sf walk out patio. The building offers... Details
Rennie & Associates Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 301 688 ABBOTT Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Firenze" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2362313

$829,000

301 688 ABBOTT Street Vancouver V6B 0B9 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2007, 913 sq. ft.
SHORT TERM RENTALS ALLOWED!! Welcome to your beautiful new home at Firenze. This gorgeous 2-bed/2-bath condo has an excellent layout, spacious in-suite storage, & features many custom updates such as luxury vinyl white oak flooring, a custom illuminated kitchen shelving... Details
Keller Williams Realty VanCentral
Main Photo: 1205 969 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "MONDRIAN II" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2362249
OPEN HOUSE

$610,000

1205 969 RICHARDS Street Vancouver V6B 1A8 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2002, 605 sq. ft.
Bright and functional 1 bed and den in the sought after Mondrian II by Bosa! This centrally located Yaletown apartment features a solarium/den, large en-suite storage, and natural gas fireplace. Enjoy the city views and endless natural light with large windows... Details
Stilhavn Real Estate Services
Main Photo: 401 531 BEATTY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Metro Living" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2361497
OPEN HOUSE

$920,000

401 531 BEATTY Street Vancouver V6B 0C5 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2007, 931 sq. ft.
Great space for living & entertaining. A bright chef's kitchen, with lots of prep space, quartz counter top & kitchen island, Bosch stainless steel gas cooktop, oven, microwave & dishwasher, new refrigerator, glass back splash, steps to your balcony for BBQ-ing. There... Details
RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 1553 38 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2361250
OPEN HOUSE

$718,000

1553 38 SMITHE Street Vancouver V6B 0P3 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2016, 555 sq. ft.
Welcome to One Pacific by Concord pacific. Step into this beautiful one bedroom "plus" Den to enjoy luxury living at its finest. This unit offers open concept floor plan, quartz counter tops and a den. Located in Yaletown, Vancouver, you will be just one block from the... Details
RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 1603 833 HOMER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Atelier" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2361304
OPEN HOUSE

$1,295,000

1603 833 HOMER Street Vancouver V6B 0H4 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2010, 1,226 sq. ft.
Welcome to Atelier! Enjoy luxury living with this stunning 2bed/2.5bath home presenting over 1,200 sqft of open concept living. The spacious living area boasts elegant hardwood flooring, and a curved floor-to-ceiling window front basking the interior in natural light... Details
Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 705 1133 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Addition Living" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2361423

$598,000

705 1133 HORNBY Street Vancouver V6Z 1W1 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2018, 533 sq. ft.
Addition Living is centrally located in downtown, next door to cultural, entertainment and business hubs as well as steps to the city's iconic parks and waterfront. Smart space planning with integrated Italian cabinetry, laminate flooring and individually metered... Details
Royal LePage Sussex
Main Photo: 1708 1050 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2361520
OPEN HOUSE

$1,268,000

1708 1050 BURRARD Street Vancouver V6Z 2S3 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1994, 1,006 sq. ft.
Live in the heart of Downtown Vancouver in exclusive Wall Center air conditioned building. An impressive location, walking distance to shopping centers, hospitals, trendy Robson Street, recreational activities, all transportation and more. This 2 beds and 2 full baths... Details
Sutton Centre Realty
Main Photo: 1107 1133 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Addition" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2362356

$759,900

1107 1133 HORNBY Street Vancouver V6Z 1W1 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2018, 653 sq. ft.
Open concept, spacious, bright, functional floor plan, 1-Bedroom + den + storage. Comes with an unbeatable combination of awesome views and great location! Facing North-East. Contemporary finishes in a stunning all-white colour scheme, high-performance stainless steel... Details
RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 1065 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale in "The Donovan" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2362165
OPEN HOUSE

$1,449,800

1065 RICHARDS Street Vancouver V6B 0C2 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2009, 1,186 sq. ft.
Welcome to the Donovan - one of the best buildings in Yaletown. Built by prestigious and acclaimed Cressey Development, The Donovan is highly regarded for its luxurious amenities including a 3000sqft+ gym, steam/sauna room & party room with billiards table. This 2 bed... Details
Engel & Volkers Vancouver
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