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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Main Photo: 801 1205 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "ALTO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2270805
$748,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2270805
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure656 sq. ft.
Alto by Howard Bingham Hill Architects is situated in the heart of Davie Village. Featuring 10’ ceilings, double height cabinets, floor to ceiling windows, stone counters, spa-like bathroom complete with two person soaker tub. This 1 Bedroom & Bath also boasts den... More details
Listed by One Percent Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 1901 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Telus Garden" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2270910
$1,359,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2270910
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Switch units of measure895 sq. ft.
The latest signature address behind the development team of Living Shangri-La, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Alberni by Kuma,Vancouver House and the Butterfly. TELUS GARDEN offers you the rare opportunity to own an incredible two bedroom & flex... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
Main Photo: 5105 1289 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2270351
$2,788,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2270351
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,225 sq. ft.
This iconic 60 storey mixed use tower marks a key entrance point to Vancouver’s Downtown as residents and visitors alike make the approach over the Burrard Bridge. Representing the city’s new style of dynamic, integrated urban living, the LEED Gold high-rise boasts an... More details
Listed by Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 3302 1351 CONTINENTAL Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2272175
$1,580,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2272175
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,080 sq. ft.
"Maddox" quality built by Creesey. Spectacular Mountain, city & water views. 2 Beds with Flex room (could be Den) offers high-end finishing including A/C, Marble counter-top, Floor heating in the Bathroom, Gas stove which is included in Strata Fee. Incredible gym... More details
Listed by New World Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 1908 1133 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Addition" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2271855
$939,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2271855
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure653 sq. ft.
Beautiful, brand new, large 1 bedroom w/ Walk-in-closet den & storage, just steps away from the seawall, Yaletown, Downtown, or the West End. This bright corner unit has sunning view of English Bay & Mountain. Custom Italian cabinetry and brushed ash laminate flooring... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Main Photo: 3401 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "JAMESON HOUSE by FOSTER and PARTNERS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2269835
$3,995,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2269835
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
3
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure2,102 sq. ft.
Magnificent large 2 bedroom condo at JAMESON HOUSE, a masterpiece designed by Foster and Partner Architects, their 1st residential tower in North America. N, S and E exposures showcase sweeping views of water, NS mountains, Coal Harbour, and city, all the way to... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty
Main Photo: 2707 1351 CONTINENTAL Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Maddox" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2269967
$1,668,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2269967
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,148 sq. ft.
An absolutely stunning two bedrooms unit nestled into the SW corner of the luxurious Maddox with breathtaking view of English Bay & Granville Island, large den (like 3rd room). This unit features premium finishings that include Italian Cabinetry & European appliances... More details
Listed by Selmak Realty Limited
Main Photo: 4003 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2270195
$1,368,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2270195
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,019 sq. ft.
Magnificent Views. This corner Sub-Penthouse unit with fantastic 270-degree views of the North Shore Mountains, Burrard Inlet and Downtown Waterfront. Designed by award winning McFarlane Green Architecture + Design Inc, this bright and spacious 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 1 balcony... More details
Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 1910 233 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2270205
$768,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2270205
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure608 sq. ft.
One beautiful corner unit in TV Tower II. Floor to ceiling windows, laminate floor, huge balcony, in-suite laundry and storage. It has gym, theatre room, steam room, hot tub, 24 hour concierge. Steps to bus stops, restaurants, Central library, Rogers Stadium, shopping... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 1210 1050 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Wall Centre" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2270027
$1,088,000
Residential Attached
Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2270027
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure1,068 sq. ft.
Popular Wall Centre air cond. tower w/ access to high class hotel gym, pool, hot tub, sauna, room service for a small fee. Very handy Downtown location, close to transit, skytrain, trendy Robson St shops, restaurants etc. You will love to live here in bright spacious... More details
Listed by Amex - Fraseridge Realty
Listing information last updated on June 18, 2018 at 03:18 AM (UTC)

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