A few blocks east of Vancouver’s main business district, Downtown East Side is an urban neighbourhood running along East Hastings Street with waterfront access. Although it has been described as a stable, lower-income area, it is rich with art and history with “20% of the buildings on the Vancouver’s heritage register”. With a mixed history of social issues and social activism, the neighbourhood has a notably strong and welcoming sense of community. Recent developments have brought a feeling of revitalization to certain parts, making it an interesting area to watch for new Vancouver condos and trends.
The borders of Downtown East Side are a little hard to pinpoint. What we can say is that it’s right down the street from Chinatown, Strathcona, and Gastown, with amazing restaurants and pubs for prospective homeowners to check out. An easy neighbourhood to wander and explore the shops, galleries, and exhibitions, you’ll find many places to go for dinner, plus the area fronts on the Vancouver Harbour with oceanside walking paths through Crab Park.
If you are living in a condo in Downtown Eastside, walking is the easiest way to get around, everything you’d ever need is within a couple of blocks. There are convenient transit options for trips farther afield in the city.