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: PH4 1238 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ALTADENA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2216087

$1,099,000

PH4 1238 BURRARD Street Vancouver V6Z 3E1 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2003, 876 sq. ft.
Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Main Photo: 1601 1212 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1212 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2216015
OPEN HOUSE

$688,000

1601 1212 HOWE Street Vancouver V6Z 2M9 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2008, 517 sq. ft.
Cozy and contemporary one bedroom in the heart of Downtown ! Close to everywhere - Yaletown, Canada Line, Shopping Centre, and Granville Bridge. Functional floor plan with no wasted space, stainless appliance, modern cabinets, with amazing city view and peekaboo water... Details
Multiple Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 1207 822 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "L'aria" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2215958
OPEN HOUSE

$1,599,000

1207 822 SEYMOUR Street Vancouver V6Z 2K5 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2004, 1,002 sq. ft.
Sophisticated Stylish two level Penthouse with 400sqft wrap around terrance. Ultimate indoor outdoor space with folding nana-wall windows leading to stunning private outdoor fireplace and spa. Two master bedrooms, the second with private entrance. Renovated to maximise... Details
RE/MAX Real Estate Services
Main Photo: 2508 438 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "CONFERENCE PLAZA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2215718

$759,900

2508 438 SEYMOUR Street Vancouver V6B 6H4 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1996, 710 sq. ft.
Super location! downtown best investment property, 2 bed 2 bath with a den total of 710 sqft. Next to SFU, BCIT and closed to skytrain, shopping and restaurant. Super convenience ! Currently tenanted with over $2800/month, and tenant love to... Details
Regent Park Realty Inc.
No Photo Available: 1508 63 KEEFER Place in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2216139

$999,000

1508 63 KEEFER Place Vancouver V6B 6N6 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2000, 895 sq. ft.
SE facing 2 BDRM + DEN (with view) offers AMAZING UNOBSTRUCTED VIEWS of False Creek, Burrard Inlet, Metrotown & the North Shore Mtns! LUXURY SE CORNER UNIT that is TURNKEY ready & has had EXTENSIVE HIGH-END RENOVATIONS w/ MODERN TOUCHES throughout, from German HW... Details
Macdonald Realty
Main Photo: 1801 1155 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "BRAVA TOWERS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2215932
OPEN HOUSE

$739,000

1801 1155 SEYMOUR Street Vancouver V6B 3M7 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2005, 540 sq. ft.
AMAZING HOME, with a great rental income, located in the heart of Downtown! Breathtaking views from the 18th floor balcony, overlooking the downtown skyline. This modern one bedroom and DEN apartment has a very functional, bright and open layout with floor to ceiling... Details
Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
Main Photo: 3003 535 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Dolce at Symphony Place" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2215933
OPEN HOUSE

$1,738,000

3003 535 SMITHE Street Vancouver V6B 0H2 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2010, 1,107 sq. ft.
Welcome to the 'Private Collection' at the DOLCE. Designed by award-winning Merrick Architecture & hosting the best of contemporary urban living. Situated high above the rest of Vancouver, this stunning 2 bed/3 bath apartment is a 10! The original development of... Details
Royal LePage Sussex (WVan)
Main Photo: 401 888 HAMILTON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ROSEDALE GARDEN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2215482
OPEN HOUSE

$828,000

401 888 HAMILTON Street Vancouver V6B 5W4 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1993, 977 sq. ft.
DOWNTOWN/YALETOWN – HUGE CORNER SUITE. 2 Bed & 2 Bath with massive window exposure to south & east. Tired of tiny in Vancouver? Bring your king-sized bed & comfy sofa. In suite laundry & large insuite storage. Entertain on your covered balcony or relax in the gardens... Details
Kore Realty Central
Main Photo: 2708 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WOODWARDS W43" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2215500
OPEN HOUSE

$698,000

2708 128 W CORDOVA Street Vancouver V6B 0E6 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
1 beds, 1 baths, Built: 2009, 745 sq. ft.
Gorgeous City and False Creek views from this large 1 bedroom + den (could be 2nd bedroom) in the iconic Woodwards building. Floor-to-ceiling windows, Juliette balcony and open concept living in this immaculately maintained unit. Newer hardwood floors, kitchen with... Details
Macdonald Realty
Main Photo: PH3 1188 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "1188 HOWE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2215548

$2,880,000

PH3 1188 HOWE Street Vancouver V6Z 2S8 : Downtown VW

Residential Attached
2 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1994, 1,688 sq. ft.
Stunning and Panoramic Ocean, Mountain, and City Views from this spacious Penthouse with double height vaulted ceilings, 2 balconies & a private roof top terrace!! Fully Renovated, with no expenses spared. Open concept floorplan, with a gourmet kitchen featuring all... Details
RE/MAX Masters Realty
Listing information last updated on October 21, 2017

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