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: 501 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ONE PACIFIC" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334954


501 68 SMITHE Street Vancouver V6Z 2W1 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2016, 570 sq. ft.
1 bedroom + den very functional layout in the awarding winning building - One Pacific developed by Concord Pacific . Total 570 sq with one locker no parking. Luxury finishing with 1st class hotel facility. Most desirable entertainment district in downtown , New casino... Details
Coldwell Banker Prestige Realty
Main Photo: 302 1238 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Altadena" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334568


302 1238 BURRARD Street Vancouver V6Z 3E1 : Downtown VW

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2 beds, Built: 2003, 821 sq. ft.
Stylish 2 bed, 2 bath corner Unit at the Altadena. Big windows provide a bright & airy feel to this SE facing apartment. Home offers a fireplace, 8'9 ceilings, den, parking and a full rainscreen. The master & ensuite are private from the rest of the apartment. Building... Details
Pathway Executives Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 1607 938 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ELECTRIC AVENUE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334668


1607 938 SMITHE Street Vancouver V6Z 3H8 : Downtown VW

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2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2005, 845 sq. ft.
The ELECTRIC AVENUE, Bosa built concrete home sits in the Heart of Downtown w/100% walk score! Offering a 24 hr Concierge, a fully equipped gym, meeting rooms, F/P lounge & fabulous location to Robson St, Theatres & restaurants, w/Earl's & Starbucks right below. This... Details
RE/MAX Advantage Realty
Main Photo: 2902 565 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "VITA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334625


2902 565 SMITHE Street Vancouver V6B 0E4 : Downtown VW

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2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2009, 1,834 sq. ft.
Welcome to Vita At Symphony Place! A sun-drenched penthouse, showcasing breathtaking views and radiating modern elegance. Relish over 1000 sqft of outdoor luxury living space, equipped with built-in BBQ, gas fire-pit & outdoor kitchen. Interior boasts 9’ ceilings, floor... Details
Virani Real Estate Advisors
Main Photo: 1205 550 TAYLOR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE TAYLOR" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334575


1205 550 TAYLOR Street Vancouver V6B 1R1 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2005, 594 sq. ft.
The View from this suite is awesome! Walk in the door and you're greeted with a beautiful view of the North Shore Mountains and Burrard inlet. Super central location, steps to the International Village and sports arenas, minutes to Skytrain, Gastown, Chinatown, False... Details
Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
No Photo Available: 1903 1325 ROLSTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334409


1903 1325 ROLSTON Street Vancouver V6B 0M2 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2013, 581 sq. ft.
Rolston Street Suite 1903 - 1325 Well-kept one bed-room in The Rolston with mountain, city view in the False Creek area. Excellent location close to Yaletown for shopping, food, and transit. Rolston built in 2013 with 360 degree views of the entire city on the rooftop... Details
Pacific Place - Arc Realty Ltd
Main Photo: 505 1238 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE SPACE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2333917


505 1238 SEYMOUR Street Vancouver V6B 3N9 : Downtown VW

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1 baths, Built: 1996, 862 sq. ft.
Welcome to The Space! This BEAUTIFUL 2-level loft with a great floor plan features GRAND 15'2" ceilings and EXPANSIVE double height windows for impressive views of Vancouver’s vibrant cityscape & the tranquil rooftop garden. Open-concept living at its best! Bring your... Details
eXp Realty
Main Photo: 908 789 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2334073


908 789 DRAKE Street Vancouver V6Z 2N7 : Downtown VW

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1 baths, Built: 1989, 400 sq. ft.
Super bright and open bachelor suite with built in murphy bed, extra closet space and added shelving for storage. Complete with desk space and countertop to do all your computer work. Oversized outdoor balcony. Problem-free building with all the major upgrades done. New... Details
Royal LePage West R.E.S.
Main Photo: 1141 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Townhouse for sale in "ADDITION" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2333984


1141 HORNBY Street Vancouver V6Z 1W1 : Downtown VW

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3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2017, 1,234 sq. ft.
Steps away from the upcoming the Butterfly! This newly built townhouse will sure to offer you lots of investment potential! Rarely available 3 bedroom & Flex concrete townhouse located in the heart of a vibrant neighborhood in downtown Vancouver. Walk to Yaletown, Davie... Details
RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 4105 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Telus Garden" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2333883


4105 777 RICHARDS Street Vancouver V6B 0M6 : Downtown VW

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2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2016, 1,135 sq. ft.
The latest signature address behind the development team of Living Shangri-La, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Alberni by Kuma, Vancouver House and teh Butterfly. TELUS GARDEN offers you the rare opportunity to own an incredible two bedroom & flex home in downtown's most... Details
Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
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