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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

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  • 334 - 336 E HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Strathcona House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2868209

    334 - 336 E HASTINGS Street Strathcona Vancouver V6A 1P4
    Main Photo: 334 - 336 E HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Strathcona House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2868209
    $2,100,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2868209
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,985 sq. ft.
    Mixed-Use building 234-336 E Hastings St. Vancouver, BC, well kept 2-storey on 25xl22 lot.Excellent revenue generated property!Features a ground level in building with 2985SF a large retail space, upgraded with permit a full commercial kitchen{vent/grease trap holding tank} ,storage , washroom w/disabilities access,AND plus TWO separate Residential units on the upper 2nd floor.2Bedroom & lBedroom suites have separate access to the building. Each unit in the building has its own hydro meters & own hot water tanks in the mechanical room.2 parking stalls in the attached garage, and an additional 2 parking stalls in gated backyard with laneway access. Don't miss! More details
    Listed by Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
  • 901 239 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Strathcona Condo for sale in "SPARROW" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2763517

    901 239 KEEFER Street Strathcona Vancouver V6A 1X6
    Main Photo: 901 239 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Strathcona Condo for sale in "SPARROW" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2763517
    $1,949,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2763517
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,211 sq. ft.
    Awesome 3 bed-2 bath at SPARROW, this amazing home offers 9’ ceilings, full-height windows, and generous walk out patios. The living space features rift-cut white oak floors. The kitchens are a chef's paradise, stunning white oak and white lacquer cabinets, quartz countertops, under-mounted sinks, no-touch faucet, seamless Liebherr fridge, AEG European wall over & induction cooktop and Fisher & Paykel dishwasher. The bathrooms feature wall-mounted vanity and storage, Silestone Calacatta quartz countertops, Italian stone vanity, LED-lighting, rain & hand shower.. Beautifully appointed bedroom. 1 underground parking This is not an offering for sale. Any such offerings may only be made with a Disclosure Statement. E.&O.E. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 601 E PENDER Street in Vancouver: Strathcona House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2885336

    601 E PENDER Street Strathcona Vancouver V6A 1V6
    Main Photo: 601 E PENDER Street in Vancouver: Strathcona House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2885336
    $1,850,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2885336
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,952 sq. ft.
    Perched high up on the confer of East Pender and Princess sits this almost 4,000 SF, Heritage C character gem! The "Kemp House" has an incredible presence from the street and exudes character and charm. Currently set up as 2 suites with the owners living on the main and upper floors and a split-level suite above that generate excellent revenue! The home also features a freshly landscaped and fully fenced private south-facing side yard, a double car garage with over-height ceilings and a "cheater" roof deck above. A large, unfinished basement is also ready for your ideas! Hold, develop, renovate, or take it all as is. There are so many options with this beautiful Heritage Home. OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, May 25th, 2- 4 pm More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 903 239 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Strathcona Condo for sale in "SPARROW" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2763403

    903 239 KEEFER Street Strathcona Vancouver V0V 0V0
    Main Photo: 903 239 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Strathcona Condo for sale in "SPARROW" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2763403
    $1,849,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2763403
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,175 sq. ft.
    Awesome 3 bed & 2.5 bath VIEW PENTHOUSE - MASSIVE ROOF TOP DECK, 9’ ceilings and full-height windows plus walk out patios. The kitchens are a chef's paradise, stunning white oak and white lacquer cabinets, quartz countertops, under-mounted sinks, no-touch faucet, seamless Liebherr fridge, AEG European wall over & induction cooktop and Fisher & Paykel dishwasher. Rift-cut white oak floors throughout. The bathrooms feature wall-mounted vanity and storage, Silestone Calacatta quartz countertops, Italian stone vanity, LED-lighting, rain & hand shower. Great bedrooms. 1 underground parking. Common outdoor courtyard garden. This is not an offering for sale. Any such offerings may only be made with a Disclosure Statement. E.&O.E. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 383 E HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Strathcona House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2855183

    383 E HASTINGS Street Strathcona Vancouver V6A 1P3
    Main Photo: 383 E HASTINGS Street in Vancouver: Strathcona House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2855183
    $1,480,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2855183
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,310 sq. ft.
    Character 3 Lvl + Attic, 3 Suites, 2X2 BR & 1X3 BR S/C Units, 3300 SF Hse in growth area. Rented $4200/mo w upside good tenants, big Suites, wood flrs, high ceilings, char & big unfin Attic for more accom. Front & rear access each Unit, fenced, gated yard w parking. Great Investment or Family/Shared Owner Home w great future value growth. Developers: Assembly opportunity, Vancouver LAP ln this DEOD Zoning allows rezoning to high density, low income housing, 5.0 to 7.5 FSR & 75' building height, similar projects underway at West end of blk. Steps to Chinatown, Gastown, D/T, mins to Commercial Drive & new St Paul's Hospital. A Winner, Hidden Opportunity In Plain Sight Don't Miss! Showing 2 Day Notice. Call LS details, info pkg, view. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Services
  • 2 709 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Strathcona Townhouse for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2882497

    2 709 KEEFER Street Strathcona Vancouver V6A 1Y6
    Main Photo: 2 709 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Strathcona Townhouse for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2882497
    $1,395,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2882497
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,655 sq. ft.
    This amazing hidden gem sits right on McLean Park in the heart of Strathcona. There are so many options with this ground-level 4 bedroom 3 bathroom townhouse. The garage has been converted into a fantastic one-bedroom loft-style living space with vaulted ceilings & a low-height upstairs bedroom. The main suite has 2 bedrooms, a den & a well-laid-out dining & kitchen area with a private patio for your enjoyment. The rest of the main suite is currently used as a studio with a small kitchen & full bathroom. Lots of natural light streams into the living space of the studio suite & there are large garden courtyard patios. More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • PH6 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "188 Keefer" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2883144

    PH6 188 KEEFER Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 0E3
    Main Photo: PH6 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "188 Keefer" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2883144
    $1,288,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2883144
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,271 sq. ft.
    PENTHOUSE 6 at '188 Keefer' by Westbank This impressive 2 story corner unit has unobstructed VIEWS of Burrard Inlet, Northshore Mountains & City all the way to Burnaby & Mt. Baker. 2 bed + den, 2 bath over 1,271 sqft with ample storage, in suite and underground. Feat. include walnut Flooring, Miele & Blomberg integrated appliances, Gas range, Corian countertops & floor to ceiling windows + A/C. Primary Bedroom has staggering views, walk in closet & double vanity. Amenities incl. Gym, Large Patio Lounge Area w/ BBQ and common Kitchen/Coworking space + playground where you can enjoy ample time outside Step out to endless restaurants, cafes & rapid transport. An iconic location & true Downtown gem! BONUS: 2 SIDE BY SIDE PARKING & 2 STORAGE LOCKERS! rentals Min,. 30 days, 2 pets allowed. More details
    Listed by Angell, Hasman & Associates Realty Ltd.
  • PH7 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "188 Keefer" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2880991

    PH7 188 KEEFER Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 0E3
    Main Photo: PH7 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "188 Keefer" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2880991
    $1,249,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2880991
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,084 sq. ft.
    Welcome to 188 Keefer by renowned developer Westbank Corp. This incredible 2-levels, 2 beds + Den, 2.5 baths Penthouse Unit is situated in the heart of historical Chinatown. Floor-to-ceiling windows with unobstructed East-facing view to North Shore Mountains, Burrard Inlet, and Vancouver/Burnaby City Skyline. The Interior features white lacquered European Kitchen Cabinets, Miele & Bloomberg Appliances, Custom Glass Backsplash, Corian Countertops , Walnut Hardwood Flooring , Glass staircase, contemporary private home office, Duravit Bathroom Fixtures and Double Ensuite. Enjoy modern building amenities such as fitness room , BBQ terrace, and fireplace , Designer Furnished lounge , garden, and play area. In addition, the Unit comes with 2 EV parking stalls & Storage Locker. Move in Ready. More details
    Listed by 1NE Collective Realty Inc.
  • 87 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "Koret Lofts" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2876145

    87 E CORDOVA Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 1K3
    Main Photo: 87 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "Koret Lofts" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2876145
    $1,249,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2876145
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,743 sq. ft.
    Rarely available and highly sought-after commercial live/work loft in historic Koret Lofts, a century-old, remade warehouse located in the heart of bustling Gastown. This 1,743 SF loft has those New York vibes coupled with heritage charm, offering 18' ceilings, all original fir beams, brick wall, and wood floors, as well as finished concrete throughout. Comes with in-suite laundry and one secure parking. Gastown's 'it' building, known for its tight-knit community and well-managed strata. Potential cash cow opportunity - this is one of Vancouver's few fully-approved buildings, allowing Airbnb rentals. Guests will love walking down the cobblestones to the area's highly-rated shops, restaurants, and cafes. This ground-level home has endless opportunities. More details
    Listed by The Agency Vancouver
  • 605 239 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Strathcona Condo for sale in "SPARROW" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2763187

    605 239 KEEFER Street Strathcona Vancouver V6A 1X6
    Main Photo: 605 239 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Strathcona Condo for sale in "SPARROW" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2763187
    $1,125,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2763187
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    880 sq. ft.
    Awesome 2 bed-2 bath at SPARROW, this amazing home offers 9’ ceilings, full-height windows, and generous walk out patios. The living space features rift-cut white oak floors. The kitchens are a chef's paradise, stunning white oak and white lacquer cabinets, quartz countertops, under-mounted sinks, no-touch faucet, seamless Liebherr fridge, AEG European wall over & induction cooktop and Fisher & Paykel dishwasher. The bathrooms feature wall-mounted vanity and storage, Silestone Calacatta quartz countertops, Italian stone vanity, LED-lighting, rain & hand shower.. Beautifully appointed bedroom. 1 underground parking This is not an offering for sale. Any such offerings may only be made with a Disclosure Statement. E.&O.E. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
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