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: 1501 1082 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "FREESIA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2198426
OPEN HOUSE

$599,000

1501 1082 SEYMOUR Street Vancouver V6B 1X9 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2006, 545 sq. ft.
CENTRAL. MODERN. CHIC. This immaculate West facing one bedroom home boasts 545 sf of generous living space, a desirable layout, and is located in central Downtown, Vancouver. The home includes in-suite storage/flex, granite counters, updated laminate flooring, and one... Details
Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
Main Photo: 2103 938 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ELECTRIC AVE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2198070
OPEN HOUSE

$499,900

2103 938 SMITHE Street Vancouver V6Z 3H8 : Downtown VW

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1 baths, Built: 2005, 449 sq. ft.
RARELY AVAILABLE UPPER STUDIO UNIT in most sought after Electric Avenue. Excellent & Functional layout with separate sleeping area & closet, kitchen with earting bar. in-suite laundry, computer work station & balcony to enjoy City & Mountain view. New laminate flooring... Details
Royal LePage Westside
No Photo Available: 504 933 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2198460

$499,000

504 933 SEYMOUR Street Vancouver V6B 6L6 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1998, 574 sq. ft.
Fantastic spacious 1 bedroom loft in "The Spot", a highly regarded concrete loft building, with soaring 16' ceilings, laminate flooring, Gas cooking, insuite laundry, parking and storage. This well priced open concept loft is ideally located between Yaletown and the... Details
Macdonald Realty
Main Photo: 3502 1335 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1335 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2198115

$2,579,900

3502 1335 HOWE Street Vancouver V6B 2B7 : Downtown VW

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2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2020, 1,090 sq. ft.
Luxurious 1,090 SF 2 bdrm corner home on the 35th floor with NE exposure. Includes a large 348 SF wrap around balcony with gas & power. Lavishly finished with HW flooring & carpet in bdrms, heating & cooling system, smart home features with automated lighting, sound... Details
Onni Realty Inc
Main Photo: 801 1189 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE GENESIS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2198155

$599,000

801 1189 HOWE Street Vancouver V6Z 2X4 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1998, 607 sq. ft.
One bedroom unit that has almost all features you could dream of: den, in-suite storage, in-suite laundry, one underground parking, along with building amenities including indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, gym room, party room, formal meeting room, media room, rooftop... Details
Multiple Realty Ltd.
No Photo Available: 1910 1367 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Lions" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2198218
OPEN HOUSE

$1,063,800

1910 1367 ALBERNI Street Vancouver V6E 4R9 : Downtown VW

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2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1999, 1,000 sq. ft.
A rare & unique northwest corner unit in The Lions West Tower with sweeping magnificent Coal Harbour, Mountain, Stanley Park Views from every room. Second bedroom with view of English Bay. Original one owner apartment with special imported Italian tiled flooring from... Details
Park Georgia Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 1909 833 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2198371
OPEN HOUSE

$1,288,000

1909 833 SEYMOUR Street Vancouver V6B 0G4 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2011, 982 sq. ft.
Often seek seldom found. Large 2 bdrm unit in Capital Residences, spectacular panoramic views of stunning mountains & city with '2 parking stalls' right in the city centre. Close to entertainment, restaurants, financial district, skytrain, Yaletown. To show is to sell... Details
Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 10B 789 HELMCKEN Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "EXECUTIVE PLACE TOWER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197959

$758,000

10B 789 HELMCKEN Street Vancouver V6Z 1P5 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1994, 784 sq. ft.
Gorgeous SOUTHWEST SUB PENTHOUSE in the Executive Place Tower offers cityscape views & wrap-around deck for your urban garden or BBQ. This spotless 1 bedroom, 1 bath plus flex space of 784 SF features fresh paint, new window blinds, updated cabinets, granite counters... Details
RE/MAX Masters Realty
Main Photo: 1809 610 GRANVILLE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE HUDSON" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197704
OPEN HOUSE

$548,000

1809 610 GRANVILLE Street Vancouver V6C 3J3 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2006, 535 sq. ft.
Welcome to "Hudson", another quality development by Wall Financial. Downtown living at its best . . . minutes from the financial/entertainment district, shopping on Robson & Pacific Centre Mall, sporting events at GM Place/BC Place and many trendy restaurants at your... Details
Sutton Grp-West Coast (Van49)
Main Photo: 3210 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Woodwards W43" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197872
OPEN HOUSE

$1,299,000

3210 128 W CORDOVA Street Vancouver V6B 0E6 : Downtown VW

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2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2009, 1,166 sq. ft.
Rarely available - Stunning 2 Bed 2 Full Bath + Den/Flex, large corner unit. Highly sought after plan with million dollar VIEWS! Panoramic, endless water, mountain and city wrapped around your living space. This open-concept condo features floor-to-ceiling windows... Details
Engel & Volkers Vancouver
Listing information last updated on August 19, 2017

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