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In 2011 Chinatown Vancouver was granted a National Historic Site and is the largest Chinatown in Canada.  The approximate street borders of Chinatown’s official area is the alley between Pender Street and HastingsGeorgia, Gore, and Taylor Streets, and extends well into the rest of the Downtown Eastside. Main, Pender, and Keefer Streets are the principal areas of commercial activity.

Established more than 100 years ago it has always been a place of distinct cultural history.  Between 1886 and 1920 saw the first Chinese immigrants settling in this area.  Canton Alley and Shanghai Alley were named in 1904 with Canton Alley serving as a point for trade, political, and cultural activities which fostered the growth and expansion of Chinatown.  In the past years, it has undergone a revitalization of public spaces and providing something for everyone.   The distinct character of buildings are preserved by a heritage designation with murals and window art telling the stories of early Chinese pioneers.   It can be argued that the role of the early Chinese settlers in Vancouver’s Chinatown area in the late 1800s and 20th century helped to bring the city onto the global map as a popular destination for contemporary Asian investment and immigration.  In Chinatown, you’ll find the old and new in perfect harmony. 

The completion of the Dr. David Lam Multipurpose Hall and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (developed by the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society) greatly enhanced Chinatown in 1986.

Chinatown is becoming more prosperous as new investment and old traditional businesses flourish.  Vancouver made a decision in 2011 to raise building height restrictions in Chinatown in order to boost its population density.  A limit of nine stories for most of the neighbourhood was set, with a maximum of fifteen stories along its busiest streets.  With unconventional smaller lot sizes, condo towers are being built for smaller scale and more affordable homes in Vancouver’s Chinatown.  

New high-rise towers are being constructed around the old Expo 86 site including International Village, which was built twelve years after Expo (1998) and is located next to the Stadium–Chinatown SkyTrain station.

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  • 305 55 ALEXANDER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "55 ALEXANDER" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2327498

    Main Photo: 305 55 ALEXANDER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "55 ALEXANDER" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2327498
    $595,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327498
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    625 sq. ft.
    Located in the heart of Gastown, this spacious 625 sq.ft. 1 bed + den/flex boasts northern views of the North Shore Mountains and water. The galley kitchen features a gas stove, s/s appliances, stone countertops, and convenient pantry which also houses in-suite laundry. The open living space has a gas fireplace and a balcony off the dining area. There's plenty of storage throughout including a walk-in closet off the bedroom. 55 Alexander was built in 2000 by Cressey and designed to reflect Gastown's considerable character and charm with heritage style architectural elements. Enjoy the common rooftop deck with stunning views of the city, ocean, and mountains! OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, Dec 15, 2:00 - 4:00 pm More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 21 120 POWELL Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "PILKINGTON HOUSE" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2327393

    Main Photo: 21 120 POWELL Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "PILKINGTON HOUSE" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2327393
    $2,499,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327393
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,814 sq. ft.
    Welcome to "Pilkington House",Extra large NY Style Concrete & Brick loft nested in a boutique true VIP 7-unit building with only 2 units per floor.Constructed in 1910 as a Glass company & converted to lofts/offices in the early 1990's by Rositch Hemphill Architects (RHA).The Loft features 2 separate entrances,2 open plan living rooms,3 bdrms,2 full bath, 9.5" high ceilings, lots of lights from N/W/S windows,plenty of storage & access to a manicured common rooftop patio & garden.Stone gas fireplace, polished concrete flooring & exposed brick walls. Lrg Modernized Chefs kitchen, stone surface, soft-close cabinetry, 2 wall-mounted ovens, wine fridge, built-in coffee machine! (Jenn-Air & Miele). Home for a loft connoisseur. 2 parkings More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 417 22 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "THE VAN HORNE" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2327396

    Main Photo: 417 22 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "THE VAN HORNE" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2327396
    $599,888
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327396
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    671 sq. ft.
    New York meets Vancouver! True luxury loft living at the sought after Van Home in the heart of Gastown. You'll love coming home to this spacious 675 sqft designer loft, which was meticulously renovated featuring high end appliances, laminate flooring and bonus loft expansion allowing for a spacious bedroom and private office. This open plan design is an entertainers dream with chefs kitchen, balcony off the living room and soaring 16ft ceilings. Rentals and Pets welcome, parking and in suite laundry ... what more could you ask for?? Priced to sell. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty Westmar
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 109 2238 ETON Street in Vancouver: Hastings Condo for sale in "Eton Heights" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2327079

    Main Photo: 109 2238 ETON Street in Vancouver: Hastings Condo for sale in "Eton Heights" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2327079
    • Exterior of the building
    $599,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327079
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    736 sq. ft.
    You will LOVE this beautifully updated corner 2 bedroom condo with a HUGE private and fully fenced patio. Incredible Hastings Sunrise location steps to parks, lots of local breweries, transit, shopping and restaurants. Faves include Donald's Market, Tacofino, Rouge Wagon and Rondel Cafe but too many to list! Great building with major work done in 2012 including rain screened wall assemblies, new roof and new windows. In suite laundry, spacious bedrooms and renovated kitchen. Sorry, cats and dogs not allowed (but fish are!) and rentals welcomed with restrictions. 1 secure parking spot. Open house Thursday, Dec. 13th 5:30 - 6:30pm or by appointment. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 101 2263 TRIUMPH Street in Vancouver: Hastings Condo for sale in "TRIUMPH" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2326769

    Main Photo: 101 2263 TRIUMPH Street in Vancouver: Hastings Condo for sale in "TRIUMPH" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2326769
    $679,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2326769
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    803 sq. ft.
    Excellent opportunity to own and invest in the vibrant East Village neighbourhood! Stroll on up to your own front door and great guests with ease. No elevators or buzzers needed here. This sought after corner suite is very private with only one shared wall, windows on three sides and impressive 9' ceilings. Enjoy a light and airy feel and an excellent layout with open concept floor plan, large kitchen with plenty of cabinets, and two good sized bedrooms. Sunny south exposed patio and separate private entrance with no stairs are both features that our sellers love. Feels a lot like a townhome.. Short walk to kid and pet friendly parks, great schools, award winning restaurants and breweries, shopping and coffee houses. Transit is a block away, quick access to downtown, the North Shore and the Hwy. Pets and rentals allowed. Our pleasure to show! More details
    Listed by VPG Realty Inc.
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 2112 TRIUMPH Street in Vancouver: Hastings Townhouse for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2326564

    Main Photo: 2112 TRIUMPH Street in Vancouver: Hastings Townhouse for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2326564
    $398,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2326564
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    712 sq. ft.
    Priced to Sell! 2 Bd 1 Bath townhouse. Built 2004. 9'11 ft ceilings, in-suite laundry. Ground level entrance home with patio, parking and storage. Don't miss this one. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Services
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 105 2159 WALL Street in Vancouver: Hastings Condo for sale in "WALL COURT" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2326384

    Main Photo: 105 2159 WALL Street in Vancouver: Hastings Condo for sale in "WALL COURT" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2326384
    $349,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2326384
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    490 sq. ft.
    1 Bedroom in vibrant East Village. Just right for those entering the Vancouver market on a reasonable budget to live or for an investment. Some recent updates for those wanting to just move-in. Huge potential with a new owner's personal touch. End unit and has no neighbor on one side. Graced with 195 SQFT brick patio w/high wood fence to enjoy the outdoors in privacy. This unit faces the quiet side of the building. Wall Street has many public parks & bike paths to enjoy ocean views. An excellent opportunity to own close to vibrant Hastings St, Powell St. & Downtown w/craft breweries, cafes, restaurants, shops and transit. 2 Mins to HWY 1. 1 Parking, 1 Storage (small) - common property. Rentals & Pets allowed w/restrictions. OPEN HOUSE Dec 8th/9th 2-4pm. More details
    Listed by Bel-Air Realty Group Ltd.
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 307 2366 WALL Street in Vancouver: Hastings Condo for sale in "LANDMARK MARINER" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2326373

    Main Photo: 307 2366 WALL Street in Vancouver: Hastings Condo for sale in "LANDMARK MARINER" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2326373
    $445,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2326373
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    629 sq. ft.
    Spacious 1 bedroom suite in well cared for Land Mark Building on sought after WALL St., with many upgrades that include: Parkade membrane (2010), plumbing (2005), elevator (2012), lobbies, hallways, exterior paint and some roofing for peace of mind! The suite is clean and bright, in original condition and with a lovely, neighborhood outlook. Great value in a superior building in a FANTASTIC location! Pets and rentals allowed with restrictions. Laundry included in the maintenance fee. Awesome opportunity! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Realty
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 405 55 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "Koret Lofts" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2326227

    Main Photo: 405 55 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "Koret Lofts" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2326227
    $859,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2326227
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    963 sq. ft.
    Welcome to historic Koret Lofts in trendy Gastown. Located on the quiet side of the building with views on the north shore mountains. This unique property boasts large windows, exposed wooden beams, brick walls and polished concrete floors. Modern style kitchen with a gas stove top and wall oven. Open concept bathroom with a huge walk in shower, and separate bathtub. In suite laundry and your own hot water tank (only one year old). Commercial live/work zoning. Great central Gastown location close to trendy restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Rentals & pets allowed. 7 day furnished rentals allowed. And unit comes with PARKING stall! Don't miss your opportunity to own this piece of history. Also listed on CLS: C8022435. More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 306 16 LAKEWOOD Drive in Vancouver: Hastings Condo for sale in "Copper Place @ East Village" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2326022

    Main Photo: 306 16 LAKEWOOD Drive in Vancouver: Hastings Condo for sale in "Copper Place @ East Village" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2326022
    $398,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2326022
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    571 sq. ft.
    Welcome to this newly renovated one bedroom one bath unit at Copper place! Beautiful features include new stainless steel appliances and an ample amount of cabinets, with modern shower system and new laminate flooring. Located centrally in a convenient neighborhood just steps away from nearby transportation and shops. Only minutes to downtown Vancouver and all the tasty restaurants! Don't miss out on this one! 1 secured parking stall & 1 storage locker included! Rentals limited to 2 units, currently full. 2 Pets allowed. This is well managed building, the building has changed all the windows & door, roof replaced. No special Levy. More details
    Listed by Jovi Realty Inc.
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 434 LAKEWOOD Drive in Vancouver: Hastings House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2325916

    Main Photo: 434 LAKEWOOD Drive in Vancouver: Hastings House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2325916
    • Exterior Front
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bathroom
    • Exterior Back
    • Floor Plan
    $1,670,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2325916
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,063 sq. ft.
    This FULLY-UPDATED character home offers the modern conveniences, space, and finishes you're looking for, at the price of a tear-down. Home was meticulously REBUILT FROM THE STUDS OUT. Contemporary, open-concept layout with overheight CATHEDRAL CEILINGS and oversized living room/dining room makes this home an absolute ENTERTAINER'S DELIGHT. Marble mosaic tiling, custom millwork, stainless steel appliance package, and premium laminate flooring, give this home a sophisticated yet stylish feel. Floorplan offers four generous-sized and well configured bedrooms -- ideal for those growing families or buyers looking to downsize. Steps to some of the trendiest coffee shops/restaurants, transit, and just minutes to downtown and Highway 1. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
    Ben D'Ovidio
  • 436 LAKEWOOD Drive in Vancouver: Hastings House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2325915

    Main Photo: 436 LAKEWOOD Drive in Vancouver: Hastings House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2325915
    • Exterior Front
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Eating Area
    • Kitchen
    • Dining Room
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bathroom
    • Exterior Back
    • Floor Plan
    $1,237,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2325915
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,539 sq. ft.
    ENJOY THE LOOK AND FEEL OF A BRAND-NEW TOWNHOME WITH NONE OF THOSE PESKY STRATA FEES. Home was meticulously REBUILT FROM THE STUDS OUT. Contemporary, open-concept layout with convenient SINGLE-FLOOR LAYOUT and oversized living room/dining room makes this home an absolute ENTERTAINER'S DELIGHT. Marble mosaic tiling, custom millwork, stainless steel appliance package, and premium laminate flooring, give this home a sophisticated yet modern feel. Garden-level floorplan offers direct access to a private yard -- ideal for those growing families or buyers looking to downsize. Steps to some of the trendiest coffee shops/restaurants, transit, and just minutes to downtown and Highway 1. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
    Ben D'Ovidio
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Chinatown Amenities

  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – tour the history and significance of each Garden element
  • The Chinese Cultural Centre of Vancouver was founded in 1973 
  • There are many traditional restaurants, banks, open markets and clinics, tea shops, clothing and other shops catering to the local community and tourists alike.
  • International Village mall or commonly called Tinseltown was designed to be downtown’s answer to the Asian malls
  • The ‘China Gate’ on Pender Street was donated to the City of Vancouver by China after Expo 86. 
  • Stadium–Chinatown SkyTrain station