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

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Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
No Photo Available: 817 161 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2282669
OPEN HOUSE
$738,000
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MLS® Num:
R2282669
Bedrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure700 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... More details
Listed by Park Georgia Realty Ltd.
Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 307 1010 HOWE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2282749
OPEN HOUSE
$549,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2282749
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure531 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... More details
Listed by 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
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2282600
Bedrooms:
2
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2
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Switch units of measure1,008 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... More details
Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:00PM - 1:00PM ONLY SHOWING THIS WEEK SUNDAY 1:00 SHARP. NOT... Add to calendar
Main Photo: 1206 565 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "VITA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2282501
OPEN HOUSE
$649,999
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2282501
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure524 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... More details
Listed by Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
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
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2282005
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure790 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... More details
Listed by 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
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2281527
Bedrooms:
1
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1
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Switch units of measure770 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... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM COMPLETELY Renovated Head to Toe! Welcome t... Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 802 789 DRAKE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "Century Tower" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281619
OPEN HOUSE
$599,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2281619
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1
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1
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Switch units of measure600 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... More details
Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
Open House on Friday, June 22, 2018 1:00PM - 2:30PM Realtor's Preview Add to calendar
Main Photo: 2311 938 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281698
OPEN HOUSE
$1,398,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2281698
Bedrooms:
2
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3
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Switch units of measure1,139 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... More details
Listed by Luxmore Realty
Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
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Main Photo: 707 989 RICHARDS Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "MONDRIAN ONE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281828
OPEN HOUSE
$659,900
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2281828
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
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Switch units of measure623 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... More details
Listed by KellerWilliamsRealtyVanCentral
Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Add to calendar
Main Photo: 204 811 HELMCKEN Street in Vancouver: Downtown VW Condo for sale in "IMPERIAL TOWER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281836
OPEN HOUSE
$615,000
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Status:
Active
MLS® Num:
R2281836
Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Floor Area:
Switch units of measure607 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... More details
Listed by Macdonald Realty
Listing information last updated on June 22, 2018 at 03:22 AM (UTC)

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