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Vancouver’s Past, Present & Future right at your doorstep.

The Downtown East neighbourhood with its eclectic people, culture and buildings is one of Vancouver’s fastest changing neighbourhoods. New openings, new lofts, new places to eat, new neighbours. Change has always been the story of Vancouver, and our Downtown East is emblematic of this rich history that includes the oldest parts of Gastown and Chinatown. New mid and high-rise developments in the neighbourhood are providing affordable housing for young hipsters, professionals and those searching for unique spaces. New smaller condos in Gastown appeal to urbanites who increasingly favour place over space.


SFU, BCIT and UBC all have campuses located in Vancouver’s downtown. Add Vancouver Film School, VCC and too-many-to-count ESL schools to the mix, all within 5 to 10 minutes of travel time. Elementary schools nearby include Elsie Roy Elementary, Lord Strathcona Elementary (one of the earliest schools in the Lower Mainland) and Admiral Seymour Elementary. King George Secondary School in the West End just minutes away.


The Downtown East runs from the waters of Burrard Inlet to the north, stretching down to its southern points marked by Pacific Boulevard through to Quebec and Main Street. The western and eastern borders of Carrall Street and Main Street mark the edge of this small section of the Downtown peninsula. This history-filled neighbourhood includes the oldest parts of famous Gastown, parts of historic Chinatown, and a portion of the Downtown Eastside.

…high-rise buildings and townhouse complexes offer luxury accommodations, stunning views of the
North Shore


From a more-than-affordable 250 square foot microloft, to a gleaming luxury waterfront condominium with all the mod cons, the urban housing mix is as diverse as the residents themselves. Where new Gen X and Millennials are searching for urban engagement and diversity, and downsizing Boomers are the new normal in this vibrant part of the city. At the heart of the neighbourhood, Gastown came in #4 overall, named as one of the ‘50 Most Stylish Neighborhoods in the World’ by Complex magazine. New mid and high-rise developments in the area are providing modern and affordable housing for the young up-and-coming population searching for unique spaces close to the energy of Downtown. The neighbourhood is also home to a number of single room occupancy (SRO) buildings and not-for-profit housing co-ops.

Extensive loft and warehouse conversions offer a different sort of luxury accommodation to the discerning buyer looking for that artistic edge in their home. In fact, downsizing Baby Boomers are the new normal in this vibrant part of the city. Just west of the neighbourhood’s borders, a grouping of high-rise buildings and townhouse complexes offer luxury accommodations and stunning views of the North Shore.


When you live in Downtown East, Stanley Park is your neighbour, the seawall is your driveway, and Portside Park is your front porch. Andy Livingstone Park offers Chinese-culture-inspired park space and ponds, and boasts some of the best venues in Vancouver for its soccer fields and baseball diamond. There are also two tennis courts and a revolutionary skateboard park underneath the Georgia Viaduct. Direct access to both the Burrard Inlet and False Creek portions of the seawall offer the walker, jogger, roller blader, biker and dog walker endless hours of pleasure.

Shopping and Restaurants

The shopping, restaurant and entertainment opportunities in Downtown East and the surrounding Gastown & Chinatown are extensive and incredibly varied. Young designers, artist-based businesses and small, family-run restaurants mix in with the major chains like London Drugs and Nesters Market. An influx of high-tech start-ups, digital animation firms and young new media entrepreneurs have identified the neighbourhood’s potential and brought new life and vibrancy to the retail, restaurant, and entertainment opportunities in the area. Vancouver is recognized as a foodie haven, and Downtown East with Gastown and historic Chinatown offers a continual array of new exciting gastronomic diversions.

Take Torafuku in the emerging Lower Main district, with Asian fusion selections such as ‘Rye So Messy’ and ‘Me Like Papaya’. There are approximately 60 restaurants and coffee shops in Gastown to go along with a flourishing independent fashion scene. From the high-end furniture store Inform, to John Fluevog Shoes and the Spirit Wrestler Gallery, fashion and interior designers are flocking to this area for inspiration. The Downtown East is also building a solid reputation for its artists’ enclaves and galleries. The Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, the SFU Contemporary Arts programs at the nearby Woodward’s Centre, as well as the National Film Board, are just a few examples of the artists community taking hold of the neighbourhood and declaring it their own.


Proximity to all forms of transportation is one of the major building blocks for the resurgence of Downtown East. The Seabus, Harbour Air, Skytrain, Translink Bus Service and the Canada Line to YVR and West Coast Express Rail service provide residents with some of the best transit options in Canada.

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Downtown East Active Listings Summary | as of November 16, 2018

The table shown below is a current snapshot of all the active listings in Downtown East, segmented by residential property types. The second column is a calculation of the current median asking price, while the third column is the summed total of all active listings for the related property type. Please note that this table is updated every 24 hours.

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Downtown East MLS® HPI Benchmark Prices | October, 2018

Current Benchmark Price (Apartment):

The MLS® HPI Benchmark Price shown above represents the current expected sales price for a typical or “Benchmark” Apartment home in Downtown.

The MLS® HPI takes into consideration what averages and medians do not – items such as lot size, age, number of rooms, etc. The most commonly traded set of these attributes describes the composite of the typical or ‘benchmark’ property type in a given area. Prices paid for homes with these attributes determine benchmark home prices.

Historical Benchmark Price Changes (Apartment)


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