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.




Downtown homes for sale

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Main Photo: 507 233 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TV TOWER II" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309199


507 233 ROBSON Street Vancouver V6B 0E8 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2009, 982 sq. ft.
Beautiful South Facing 2 Bedroom Plus Den Corner Units. Bright space with Granite Countertop, Spacious floor plan. Great location to feel the heartbeat of Downtown shopping, restaurants all the entertainment... Details
Macdonald Realty Westmar
Main Photo: 1208 989 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309534


1208 989 RICHARDS Street Vancouver V6B 6R6 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 baths, Built: 2002, 466 sq. ft.
The MONDRIAN by Bosa. Conveniently located in Yaletown, this bright and spacious SW facing bachelor suite has beautiful city views and functional living space. Featuring stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, laminate hardwood floors, and lots of storage. This... Details
Main Photo: 804 1050 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WALL CENTRE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309129


804 1050 BURRARD Street Vancouver V6Z 2R9 : Downtown VW

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1 baths, Built: 1994, 470 sq. ft.
Living in the residence at Sheraton Wall Centre may not be for you, it's extraordinary! Ranked a perfect 100 "Walk Score" since daily errands don't require moving your car from its secure parking (guest parking also available), and 100 "Transit Score" with the bus... Details
Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
Main Photo: 522 1333 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309176


522 1333 HORNBY Street Vancouver V6Z 2C1 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1979, 545 sq. ft.
Centrally Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, in the populous potential Redevelopment of Anchor Point. Perfect for investors or first time home buyers. Very quiet 1 bedroom suite, facing court yard & gardens, completely renovated, open concept, quartz counter... Details
Royal LePage Sussex Klein Grp
No Photo Available: 2202 1372 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309229


2202 1372 SEYMOUR Street Vancouver V6B 0L1 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2013, 642 sq. ft.
Spacious & Quiet 1 bdrm & flex space, at "THE MARK".This suite boasts an open layout w/floor-ceiling windows, Air conditioning, lots of natural light & quality finishing's. Large living rm w/City, mountain views & adjoins the dining area w/access to the covered balcony... Details
Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 608 58 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "FIRENZE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309303


608 58 KEEFER Place Vancouver V6B 0B8 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2007, 627 sq. ft.
Location & Convenience! Investment ALERT! - Prime 1 bedroom + den: features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, w/ open living concept. Unit comes with secured parking, 24 hour security, fitness centre, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, and rooftop deck with... Details
Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 1703 667 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE PRIVATE RESIDENCES @ MOTEL GEORGIA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309379


1703 667 HOWE Street Vancouver V6C 0B5 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2013, 1,404 sq. ft.
The Private Residences At Hotel Georgia are Truly Spectacular and The Immense Quality Must Be Seen! From the moment you are greeted by concierge in the stunning lobby to the full service amenities, this is where you need to be! This super spacious 1 bedroom plus den... Details
Park Georgia Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 802 789 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Century Tower" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309395


802 789 DRAKE Street Vancouver V6Z 2N7 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1991, 600 sq. ft.
COMPLETELY Renovated Head to Toe! Welcome to this Beautiful, Modern, Turn Key Home in the Heart of Downtown. Brand New S/S Appliances (Fridge, Stove, D/W, Microwave), Brand New In-Suite Laundry, Quartz Countertop, New Flooring, Lighting, Paint, Completely Re-done... Details
Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 3506 602 CITADEL Parade in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309513


3506 602 CITADEL Parade Vancouver V6B 1X2 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2007, 816 sq. ft.
Spectacular views from this corner unit at Spectrum 4, highup on the 35th fl, overlooking the Burrad Inlet, there is a water view from every room. This 2 bedrm and 1 bath features open concept, insuite laundry, and comes with one parking. This building has one of the... Details
One Percent Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 1812 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "One Pacific" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309469


1812 68 SMITHE Street Vancouver V6B 0P4 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2016, 505 sq. ft.
One Pacific is located in a newer building. Quality and luxury is how the building is described. Situated in Yaletown. Close to the Brand New Parq Vancouver Resort & Casino! Steps the the Seawall,and all of Yaletown's trendy shops and restaurants. This bright unit... Details
Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
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