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Chinatown Overview

Vancouver ChinatownCanada’s largest Chinatown, among the largest in North America, is in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, in the blocks around Main, Pender, and Keefer Streets with the Gastown and Downtown districts to the west, Downtown Eastside to the north, the residential district of Strathcona to the east, and False Creek to the south. Chinatown remains a popular tourist attraction despite the growth of the newer Chinese immigrant business district in the suburb of Richmond south of Vancouver on Lulu Island in the Fraser River. Many affluent Hong Kong and Taiwan immigrants in Richmond have developed successful Chinese businesses in the area now named Golden Village by the City of Richmond, which once proposed the name “Chinatown” only to encounter strong resistance from the original Chinatown in Vancouver and from non-Chinese Richmond residents and merchants.

Asian Influx

The Greater Vancouver Regional District received large numbers of Asian immigrants during the late 20th Century, primarily Chinese, whose population reached 300,000 by the mid-’90s. More immigrants settled in Richmond than in Vancouver Chinatown for its lower costs of living and closer distance to the Vancouver International Airport. The development of suburban Asian shopping districts with plenty of parking space like Richmond’s Aberdeen Centre, visibly impaired the business heart of historic Chinatown.

Decline

Chinatown businesses today consist mostly of working-class retailers, small groceries, tea shops, and souvenir stores. Some restaurants stand out, but there are no longer so many, and their declining numbers brought less foot traffic and nighttime activity than in former times. The 10-percent Chinatown vacancy rate shows the need for a fresh approach to development to replace businesses that have moved to suburban locations, retired, or simply closed. Redevelopment opportunities are clearly present. Chinatown lease rates from $15–30/square foot are the cheapest in the city, much lower than those in Vancouver’s Downtown shopping district.

The Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area

In the 1990s, the Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association searched for an effective vehicle for projects to revitalize the area. Gastown and Downtown Vancouver had formed business improvement areas (BIAs) with evident success. With the consent and support of merchants and property owners, the association planned to establish a Chinatown BIA.

After several attempts, the association succeeded in winning the community support necessary establish a Chinatown BIA. The Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area (VCBIA) incorporated in 2000 on a model of BIAs successful in other areas of the city to improve Chinatown’s cleanliness and safety, expand and promote its events, and work with media and external partners to make Chinatown popular and prosperous again. A voluntary board of property owners and tenants manages the VCBIA. The city assists with annual funding through a special property tax like a local improvement levy. Each property’s contribution to the annual BIA budget is according to its proportionate share of the total BIA taxable value.

Information Links:

http://vancouver-chinatown.com
http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/chinatown-revitalization.aspx

Redevelopment Prospects

A new Chinatown business plan now encourages entrepreneurs to move in to rehabilitate storefronts, attract a young crowd, and make visitors more comfortable. Attracted by low rents and heritage buildings, new businesses have moved in with owners in apartments above the shops. Chinatown’s priority now is to attract people of all backgrounds in the belief that non-traditional stores will bring a new flow of energy and income. Commercial activity is increasingly diverse with vintage stores, two art galleries, bars, and now a nightclub at the location of the former Ming’s restaurant, an attempt to bring back some of the nightlife atmosphere of the 1950s and ’60s. The diversity of new shops and businesses has created a new Chinatown image of vibrancy to compete with suburban districts and complement nearby Gastown and Downtown Vancouver.

New Chinatown Live MLS Listings

Chinatown, Vancouver, BC, Real Estate

1-10/17
  • 30 133 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "The Keefer" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2256727

    Main Photo: 30 133 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "The Keefer" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2256727
    $2,995,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2256727
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,557 sq. ft.
    Welcome to The Keefer, one of Vancouver's most exclusive boutique buildings. This one-of-a-kind residence is located in the pulse of the historic Chinatown and was originally built in 1910 and restored and converted in 2009. This unit is an extremely rare find with private elevator access directly to your suite, spanning over the entire 3rd floor and boasting over 2,550 SF of living space with an open concept floor plan perfect for entertaining. Built with unparalleled attention to detail, some of the finishings include, a Bulthaup Kitchen, Dual Sub-Zero Fridges, Miele Appliances, Wine Fridge, Custom Home Audio/Visual System and Wide-Plank White Oak Flooring. The building is in pristine condition. This truly is a one of a kind opportunity to own in one of Vancouver's most iconic buildings. More details
    Century 21 In Town Realty and Angell Hasman (E.Christiansen)
  • 21 120 POWELL Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "HISTORICAL Pilkington House" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2249695

    Main Photo: 21 120 POWELL Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "HISTORICAL Pilkington House" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2249695
    $2,990,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2249695
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,814 sq. ft.
    NEW YORK STYLE ONE LEVEL Brick Flat. This incredibility rare boutique loft is centrally located in the hip and happening Gastown. Pilkington House is a restored heritage building built in 1910. Suite# 21 features polished concrete floors, original exposed brick, 3 massive bedrooms and 11'6 walk in closet! There is nothing that comes close to this masterpiece. Walk down to Crab Park, Railtown to enjoy local vendors or eat & drink in Gastown central. Enjoy this magnificent space loft for complete privacy and only plus 2 per floor and a two parking tandem. This New York style loft home has an amazing roof top deck and is steps away from Gastown's most popular restaurants! OPEN HOUSE 2-4pm SAT & SUN APRIL 21/22 More details
    Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
  • 665 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Hastings House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2247291

    Main Photo: 665 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Hastings House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2247291
    $1,895,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2247291
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,272 sq. ft.
    Beautifully renovated Character home with great views in most UPCOMING, TRANSFORMING & CENTRAL LOCATION of Vancouver with great mortgage helper downstairs with separate entrance & laundry! All BRAND NEW and MOVE-IN ready. 4 Bed + Den / 2 Bath and huge deck perfect for entertaining upstairs + 3 Bed / 1 Bath downstairs. Lane access with plenty of parking plus tall gate for enhanced security! Walking distance to Downtown, Waterfront & Chinatown. Perfect property for First-time home buyer or Investment/holding property. Open House Saturday, March 17 2-4pm. More details
    RE/MAX Central
  • 716 E PENDER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2261332

    Main Photo: 716 E PENDER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2261332
    $1,450,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2261332
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,462 sq. ft.
    Welcome to one of the hottest neighbourhoods in trendy Strathcona-Chinatown. This 1904 built 3 level 2460 sq ft character home has some artsy updating and is waiting to be finished with your own neat ideas to become your dream home. Features high ceilings, large rooms, open main floor, marble & wood flooring, large front porch, lane access, multi-family zoning, 5 bdrms, partly finished basement framed for an-in-law suite. Easy 3 suite potential. In the heart of Strathcona - it is steps to schools, bus, park, new library, Chinatown. Property being sold "as is where is" condition. All measurements are approximate - buyer to verify. Priced below assessed value. Open house by appointment for April 26 Thurs 6-8pm; April 28/29, Sat/Sun 2-5pm. More details
    Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 1707 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "188 Keefer" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2259766

    Main Photo: 1707 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "188 Keefer" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2259766
    $998,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2259766
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    907 sq. ft.
    Beautiful VIEW property at Westbank's 188 Keefer St! This open concept 2bed/2bath unit offers an amazing layout with views from every room. The main living space offers plenty of space for entertaining with a high end kitchen featuring Miele and Blomberg appliances. Enjoy summer BBQing from your deck with views of the water, mountain and downtown. The bedrooms are on opposite sides of the unit for maximum privacy and both have walk in closets. All of this in 2 year old building in trendy Chinatown with 1 parking spot, 2 storage lockers and 2 bike storage lockers. Strata Plan list the sqft as 900 - professionally measured at 907sqft. Sneak Peak Thurs Apr 26 6-7pm, OH Sat/Sun Apr 28/29 2-4pm. More details
    Macdonald Realty
  • 1806 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "188 KEEFER" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2257646

    Main Photo: 1806 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "188 KEEFER" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2257646
    $798,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2257646
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    707 sq. ft.
    Welcome home to 1806 in the rarely available and highly sought after 188 Keefer building. This 2 bedroom 2 bathroom has it all! Expansive 180 degree North Shore Mountain and water views from every room. This only 2 year old home has been meticulously maintained by the original owners. Some of the features include Miele stainless steel appliances, beautiful engineered hardwood floors and contemporary kitchen cabinets. Huge master with ensuite & room for a King Size bed. 2,500 square feet of amenity space on the 10th floor including Gym, a terrace with outdoor BBQ, large dining table, outdoor fireplace, seating area, and children's play area. Steps to everything the city has to offer! Call today More details
    Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 306 718 MAIN Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "Ginger" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2250980

    Main Photo: 306 718 MAIN Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "Ginger" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2250980
    $699,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2250980
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    790 sq. ft.
    Top 5 reasons this midcentury modern beauty will move quick. #1. LOCATION - Perfectly situated on the edge of Chinatown & Mount Pleasant, right in the middle of all the action. #2. BUILDING - The Ginger building is solid concrete & awesome. Very well run & in great condition. Built in 2009 with premium finishes & appliances. Low Strata fees include media room. #3. LAY-OUT - RARE end unit 1 bedroom & DEN. Wider then others with excellent flow through the open concept. #4. SPECIAL FEATURES - One "parking" stall, storage locker, in-suite laundry, gas range, beautiful island, glass dividers, east views, and a large covered patio on quiet side of building (with a plug). #5. PRICE - All this for under $700K is unheard of. Open House April 22nd 2:00-4:00 More details
    Keller Williams Elite Realty
  • 207 150 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2259428

    Main Photo: 207 150 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2259428
    $698,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2259428
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    635 sq. ft.
    Stunning 1 bdrm 3 level 630 sq ft loft w.soaring 11' ceilings & 2 entrances at InGastown -designed by award winning Christoper Boyzyk Architects & Evoke Design featuring polished concrete flrs, quartz countertops, & premium cabinetry. Sylish moder kit w/gas cooktop, wall oven, built in microwave & movable island. Upgraded nuheat flooring in sleek full main bathrm, large bdrm overlooking living area. Insuite laundry & 2nd entrance below main flo. Excellent location in the Gastown heritage district, within easy walking distance to Waterfront, Railtown, Chinatown & downtown. Rooftop amenity space w/communal BBQ, eating area taking in the stunning City, ocean & mtn views! Tons of insuite storage as well as 1 external storage locker. More details
    Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 802 150 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "In Gastown" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2257317

    Main Photo: 802 150 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "In Gastown" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2257317
    $685,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2257317
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    755 sq. ft.
    Investor & first time home buyers dream! Newly built 2 beds/2 bath under $700K! In Gastown is a boutique building situated in one of Vancouver's most exciting, vibrant, and growing neighborhoods, offering an abundance of amenities to natural waterfront parks, all within walking distance to the center of Gastown, the downtown core, Railtown, Chinatown, Yaletown,0 and Skytrain stations. This 9-story concrete building boasts a common rooftop deck with outdoor kitchen and BBQ area. The perfectly laid out interior is designed by award winning Evoke International Design and offers a modern kitchen with European integrated appliances, polished concrete floors, and quartz counter tops. More details
    Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 302 231 E PENDER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "Framework" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2260013

    Main Photo: 302 231 E PENDER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "Framework" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2260013
    $668,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2260013
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    709 sq. ft.
    Framework by Porte Development gives you all the comforts & amenities of new construction (2016), but honours the history & vibe of its Chinatown location. New and old in harmony. This balance is evident all around as emerging businesses, hip restaurants and pubs co-mingle with established favourites in this distinct cultural neighbourhood. Inside your suite, the open, flexible plan adapts to your needs, including a den spacious enough for a second bedroom. Featuring high-end finishes like Grohe fixtures, quartz counters, polished concrete floors, and full-size appliances with Fisher & Paykel fridge and 5-burner KitchenAid gas range. Find your zen in the spa-like bathroom with separated soaker tub and glass-enclosed shower or facing the mountains on your private balcony. Rentals & pets OK. More details
    Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
1-10/17
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