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: 1512 833 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Capital" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181669

$699,800

1512 833 SEYMOUR Street Vancouver V6B 0G4 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2011, 630 sq. ft.
Central Location! Most popular building on Seymour in heart of Vancouver downtown. Beautiful luxury contemporary design! Capitol Residence by Wall financial Corporation. 15th floor luxury 1 bedroom plus den with 630 SF has to offer; modern kitchen, stainless steel... Details
RE/MAX Real Estate Services
Main Photo: 2507 668 CITADEL Parade in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Spectrum" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181839

$538,800

2507 668 CITADEL Parade Vancouver V6B 1W6 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2007, 510 sq. ft.
Great investment! This cozy 1 bed/1 bath condo WITH CITY VIEWS is expertly laid out with open concept living and dining rooms, S/S appliances, laminate flooring and granite countertops. The Spectrum II has spa-like amenities in Club Ozone including indoor lap pool... Details
Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 303 33 W PENDER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "33 WEST PENDER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181977
OPEN HOUSE

$599,000

303 33 W PENDER Street Vancouver V6B 0E5 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2009, 665 sq. ft.
Spotless 1 bedroom with beautiful finishing conveniently located in Crosstown. 665 SF high end, open concept loft by Georgia Lane development, perfect for investors & first-time buyers. Close to Costco, skytrain, shops, restaurants and more. This unit comes with a big... Details
Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Main Photo: 2002 565 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "VITA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181979

$1,008,000

2002 565 SMITHE Street Vancouver V6B 0E4 : Downtown VW

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2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2009, 809 sq. ft.
Vita private collection. 2 bedroom with Den, SW facing corner unit with amazing city and mountain views. As part of the private collection, the unite features with high ceiling, gas fireplace, spacious balcony and high end appliances & faucets. Minutes walking distance... Details
Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 701 438 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181986

$469,000

701 438 SEYMOUR Street Vancouver V6B 6H4 : Downtown VW

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1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1996, 538 sq. ft.
The hottest location, Heart of Downtown Vancouver, Conference Plaza. Just steps away from SFU downtown campus, stadium, skytrain, seabus, close to all type of shops, restaurants, library and everything. Conference Plaza provide indoor pool with spa, fitness facility... Details
Royal Pacific Rlty. (Kingsway)
Main Photo: 1701 1188 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2182002
OPEN HOUSE

$609,000

1701 1188 HOWE Street Vancouver V6Z 2S8 : Downtown VW

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2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1996, 657 sq. ft.
Investor Alert. Where will you find a 2 bdrm, 2 bath & solarium, 1 parking, 1 storage higher floor condo in a solid concrete building downtown that allows rentals for this price? Almost never is the answer. This well laid out condo has open kitchen concept w/ breakfast... Details
One Percent Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 1207 233 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TV TOWERS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2182035
OPEN HOUSE

$998,000

1207 233 ROBSON Street Vancouver V6B 0E8 : Downtown VW

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2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2009, 990 sq. ft.
This is the one you've been waiting for! A designer's delight. Expansive city views, tons of natural light. This 2 bdrm and den, 2 bath unit has it all. Fully renovated from head to toe with so many luxuries too many to list. Hardwood floor, roller blinds, LED lighting... Details
Sutton Grp-West Coast (w.blvd)
Main Photo: 1502 1351 CONTINENTAL Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "The Maddox" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181635
OPEN HOUSE

$739,000

1502 1351 CONTINENTAL Street Vancouver V6Z 0C6 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2014, 633 sq. ft.
Looking to live in one of the most central locations in Downtown Vancouver? Then look no further, welcome to the Maddox! This 633 Sq. Ft. corner unit, features one bedroom and den, large bathroom, in suite laundry, floor to ceiling windows, large kitchen with stainless... Details
Royal LePage Sussex (WVan)
Main Photo: 1703 233 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TV TOWER II" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181268

$1,230,000

1703 233 ROBSON Street Vancouver V6B 0E8 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2009, 1,035 sq. ft.
Welcome to TV Tower 2! Come and see this bright and spacious unit with the most sought after layout in this building! Corner unit with wrap around windows from floor to ceiling throughout and beautiful Engineered HW Floors throughout! 2 Bed / 2 Bath + Den w frosted... Details
One Percent Realty Ltd.
No Photo Available: 1906 668 CITADEL PARADE in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "SPECTRUM" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181300

$580,000

1906 668 CITADEL PARADE Vancouver V6B 1W6 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2007, 536 sq. ft.
Absolutely Beautiful!! Built by Concorde Pacific, this solid building Spectrum is well maintained, Bright and spacious throughout. Enjoy the beautiful city view! Super convenient location - just a foot step away from Costco, T & T, GM & BC Place, Robson St, library... Details
RE/MAX Central
Listing information last updated on June 27, 2017

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