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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No Photo Available: 817 161 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2282669
OPEN HOUSE

$738,000

817 161 W GEORGIA Street Vancouver V6B 0K9 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2012, 700 sq. ft.
Bright & Spacious inside unit at famous COSMO built by Concord Pacific. 700 sq.ft living area, very well kept with 1 spacious bdrm, a den and storage, very open layout. 24 hours concierge, amenities including rooftop lounge, BBQ area, hot tub, bowling alley, gym and... Details
Park Georgia Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 307 1010 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2282749
OPEN HOUSE

$549,000

307 1010 HOWE Street Vancouver V6Z 1P5 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1982, 531 sq. ft.
ATTENTION - INVESTORS OR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS. DOWNTOWN DREAMS await you in this BRIGHT and MODERN one bedroom FULLY RENOVATED home at 1010 HOWE. This suite boasts huge windows, 9.5 ft. ceilings, oak wash laminate floors and a private covered terrace ready for summer... Details
KellerWilliamsRealtyVanCentral
No Photo Available: 706 867 HAMILTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Jardine's Lookout" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2282600

$969,900

706 867 HAMILTON Street Vancouver V6B 2R7 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1994, 1,008 sq. ft.
A lifestyle in the heart of Vancouver's cultural scene! Located only 1 block from trendy shops & restaurants of historic Yaletown, 3 blocks to Canada Line, 5 blocks to the seawall, steps to Center for Performing Arts, Public Library, BC Place, GM Place. This 2 bedroom... Details
RE/MAX Crest Realty
Main Photo: 1206 565 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "VITA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2282501
OPEN HOUSE

$649,999

1206 565 SMITHE Street Vancouver V6B 0E4 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2010, 524 sq. ft.
Vita by Solterra, a luxury collection of condos in the heart of Downtown. An IMMACULATE, mint condition 1 bedroom with den plus solarium with parking & storage locker. Enjoy stunning panoramic city views from the floor to ceiling windows and the most inspirational work... Details
Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
Main Photo: 802 867 HAMILTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Jaradine's Lookout" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2282005
OPEN HOUSE

$720,000

802 867 HAMILTON Street Vancouver V6B 2R7 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1995, 790 sq. ft.
Move right into this exquisite one bedroom & flex space home that has been fully renovated! Enjoy grand space with a bedroom that can accommodate a King sized bed & an inviting living room with a gas fireplace. There is space for dining & a discreet flex room that can... Details
Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
Main Photo: 2007 788 HAMILTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TV TOWERS 1" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281527

$849,000

2007 788 HAMILTON Street Vancouver V6B 0E9 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2009, 770 sq. ft.
FINALLY - The most desired floor plan in TV Towers has come to market! This large one bed & den (den could easily be a 2nd bedroom) offers a spacious, open-concept layout with zero wasted space, right in the heart of downtown. This home has been very well maintained and... Details
Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 802 789 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Century Tower" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281619
OPEN HOUSE

$599,900

802 789 DRAKE Street Vancouver V7R 2L3 : 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: 2311 938 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281698
OPEN HOUSE

$1,398,000

2311 938 SMITHE Street Vancouver V6Z 3H8 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2005, 1,139 sq. ft.
RARELY AVAILABLE two-level PENTHOUSE unit with AMAZING city view in the MOST Sought after Electric Avenue. Open Concept Kitchen, Granite counter tops. BIG Private Patio. Side-by-side spacious parking spots in the best location! Large Gym, Theatre room, party room. Close... Details
Luxmore Realty
Main Photo: 707 989 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "MONDRIAN ONE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281828
OPEN HOUSE

$659,900

707 989 RICHARDS Street Vancouver V6B 6R6 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2000, 623 sq. ft.
MONDRIAN by BOSA. Bright & spacious 1 bedroom+den SW CORNER with lots of windows and city views. Features open plan with center island with granite counters. Stainless steel appliances, GAS RANGE & F/P, & eng. hardwood floors. Den perfect for home office. Exercise... Details
KellerWilliamsRealtyVanCentral
Main Photo: 204 811 HELMCKEN Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "IMPERIAL TOWER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281836
OPEN HOUSE

$615,000

204 811 HELMCKEN Street Vancouver V6Z 1B1 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1995, 607 sq. ft.
Where else can you buy a unit in the centre of downtown for this price? LOWEST PRICED UNIT IN THE BUILDING! Welcome to this immaculate 1 Bedroom and Den at the Imperial Tower! This 607 sq ft WEST facing unit is SPACIOUS, CLEAN & perfect for investors or working... Details
Macdonald Realty
Listing information last updated on June 22, 2018 at 03:22 AM (UTC)

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