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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Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 2017 68 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "One Pacific" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280431
OPEN HOUSE
$3,100,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280431
Bedrooms:
2
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3
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Switch units of measure1,319 sq. ft.
The most executive Penthouse unit at ONE PACIFIC. Located in one of the most desirable areas in Downtown, this development shares its grand entrance alongside the new Parq Casino featured w/ its luxurious JW Marriott & the Douglas Collection Hotels. This beautifully... More details
Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 2204 565 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "VITA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280407
$988,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280407
Bedrooms:
2
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2
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PRIVATE COLLECTION at VITA by Solterra! Stunning views, practically 180 degree views! This prime corner unit is located steps away from Robson Street, Granville Street, Orpheum Theatre, shopping mall, restaurants, library, sky train and more. Bright North West exposure... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
Main Photo: 3904 1283 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280300
$980,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280300
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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Tate Downtown "PRIVATE COLLECTION" with AC - The new 42 storey landmark is located in the cultural heart of Vancouver's newly appointed Downtown South, just minutes away from the Seawall, Yaletown and the Arts District. With stunning city, mountain and water views... More details
Listed by Regent Park Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 3312 777 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TELUS GARDEN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280299
$849,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280299
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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TELUS TOWER. Brand new unit. NEVER occupied. This is an opportunity of a lifetime. 1 bedroom on the 33rd floor. South exposure with Panoramic views. Super bonus: This is one of the few units with parking. Yes!! This has parking. A single stall with no one on either... More details
Listed by Royal LePage Westside
Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 3305 1372 SEYMOUR Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "THE MARK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280062
OPEN HOUSE
$1,100,000
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Status:
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MLS® Num:
R2280062
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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VIEW, VIEW, VIEW Property 270 degrees, very rare 05 unit on the prestigious 33rd floor (developer's luxury collection) at the coveted Mark. Phenomenal layout, could be easily turned into a 2 bdrm, Air-Conditioned, Wide Plank Rich Wood Flooring, S/S Brand Name High End... More details
Listed by Kore Realty Central
Main Photo: 1906 1133 HORNBY Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280505
$938,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280505
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure611 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 LeHomes Realty Premier
Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 3908 128 W CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "WOODWARDS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280588
OPEN HOUSE
$755,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280588
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure745 sq. ft.
Excellent investment!! Gastowns hottest building is offering the latest contemporary suite with huge panoramic views over the city. With great functional floor plan offering lots of space and natural light, all modern by design with high end appliances and host a... More details
Listed by Dexter Associates Realty
Main Photo: 2505 838 W HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "JAMESON HOUSE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281536
$1,550,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2281536
Bedrooms:
2
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2
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Jameson House, the acclaimed architectural landmark designed by renowned Foster & Partners built by Bosa. This upper high level corner unit with 9 ft. high ceiling has the grand water, mountain & City view. Downtown core location, steps to Coal Harbour community centre... More details
Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 3007 233 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "TV TOWER 2" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280215
OPEN HOUSE
$1,248,800
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2280215
Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
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If views are your desire, look no further! Set high above the evening lights of Robson Street, BC Place, Science World & beyond, the layout & finishings of this beautiful, bright suite will leave you breathless! Cross suite 2 bedrms plus den -complete w/built in Murphy... More details
Listed by Faith Wilson Group
Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 805 1050 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Wall Centre" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281291
OPEN HOUSE
$690,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2281291
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure692 sq. ft.
A savvy opportunity @ the Wall Centre! This exquisite 1 bedroom & den home is a turn-key investment property with a long term tenant already in place! Spacious layout with open kitchen, grand bedroom, solarium (that can be used as an office or, dining room), large den... More details
Listed by Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
Listing information last updated on June 22, 2018 at 04:17 PM (UTC)

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