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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

1-10/22
  • 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", Largest NY Style Concrete & Brick loft in Vancouver 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
  • 20 133 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "The Keefer" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2332048

    Main Photo: 20 133 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "The Keefer" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2332048
    $2,298,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332048
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,418 sq. ft.
    NYC inspired exclusive heritage loft, developed in 2009. 2418 sq.ft. restored & refined home occupies the entire floor, oozing with architectural charm, blending the old world charm & modern design.Featuring:reclaimed timber beams throughout, white-out bricks, double hung windows, wide plank oak flooring, 8’9” ceilings, exceptional lighting, precisely executed kitchen by Bulthaup of Germany, outfitted w/appliances: Miele & Sub-Zero, & full height wine fridge. Massive living area allows for designer dream showroom furniture, house-sized dining, workout area & room for your most ambitious hifi system. Bathrms equipped w/Blu fixtures. 3-window sided home with floor-to-ceiling bi-folding doors seamlessly connecting the living area to a light filled courtyard/garden. Parking leased across St. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 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 (Main 9'6" upstairs 9", bsmt 8'9"), 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 Sun, Feb 10th, 2:00-5:00 pm. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 518 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2338047

    Main Photo: 518 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2338047
    $1,398,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2338047
    Bedrooms:
    9
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    3,189 sq. ft.
    Nearly 3200sqft home ready to be customized in highly sought after Strathcona. Developers building permit has been issued with design from Shape Architecture creating three strata units. Take on the plans and build the triplex or renovate and create your dream home. Garden suite offers 1046sqft with 3 beds & 2.5 baths. Main level unit has 930sqft with 3 beds & 2.5 baths. Upper unit 1213sqft over two levels with 3 beds & 2.5 baths. Ample space available for each unit along with double car garage. Easy to show, plans and more information available upon request. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 1807 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "188 Keefer" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2337889

    Main Photo: 1807 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "188 Keefer" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2337889
    $979,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2337889
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    907 sq. ft.
    2 bedroom + 2 full bathroom view property at Westbank's 188 Keefer St. Open concept corner apartment offers an amazing layout with INCREDIBLE VIEWS over top of downtown, Chinatown, to the mountains and water. Main living space offers plenty of room for entertaining with separated living/dining rooms plus a high end kitchen featuring Miele and Blomberg appliances. The bedrooms are on opposite sides of the apartment for maximum privacy & both have walk in closets. Walk to Skytrain, Science World, Rogers Arena & BC Place. Starbucks, Pizzeria Farina, Juke chicken at your door step. 1 parking spot, 2 oversized storage lockers and 2 bike storage lockers. Crosstown Elementary/Britannia Secondary. Strata Plan 900 sq.ft. professionally measured at 907 sq.ft. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 4 488 JACKSON Avenue in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Townhouse for sale in "Jackson Gardens" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2329952

    Main Photo: 4 488 JACKSON Avenue in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Townhouse for sale in "Jackson Gardens" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2329952
    • Dining Room
    • Dining Room
    • Dining and Living Room
    • Dining and Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Kitchen
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bathroom
    • Exterior Front
    • Floor Plan
    $749,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2329952
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    800 sq. ft.
    Jackson Gardens has been completely restored and renovated inside and out. This townhouse complex has just finished a stylish redesign and is now fully rainscreened. The vaulted architectural design uses natural light and open spaces to maximize views and comfort. The main floor features an open concept kitchen/dining/living space with heated floors throughout and ample storage. On the second floor, you will find two newly renovated bedrooms and one bathroom (with heated floors). Private, South facing, landscaped patio with street access. Secure parking spot below. Blocks from the Adanac bike route and close to Chinatown, Gastown, and Downtown! OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, Feb 16th, 2 - 4 pm More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 208 231 E PENDER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "Framework" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2333344

    Main Photo: 208 231 E PENDER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "Framework" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2333344
    $739,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2333344
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    791 sq. ft.
    NEW PRICE! Highly desirable, 2 + den in the FRAMEWORK bldg by Porte Development. Top reasons why you should buy this home: 1) COOL & CONTEMPORARY design offering polished concrete floors, recessed lighting, spa-inspired bathroom w/ separate tub & shower, polished Grohe hardware, & an oasis extended patio; 2) LOCATED in Chinatown's historic, cultural neighbourhood w/ easy access to bus & bike routes to downtown & the trendiest eateries just outside your doorstep; 3) SHOW OFF YOUR COOKING SKILLS in your kitchen complimented w/ a pantry wall, polished quartz countertop, built-in wine rack, full size Fisher Paykel fridge, Blomberg dishwasher, & full-size KitchenAid gas stove; 4) CONVENIENT ACCESS to your large storage locker & 1 pkg. Heat, hot water, gas incl. More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 603 231 E PENDER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "Framework" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2340301

    Main Photo: 603 231 E PENDER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "Framework" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2340301
    $739,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2340301
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    753 sq. ft.
    Welcome to Framework, a boutique concrete building in Chinatown which is among some of the city's best local taste-makers and in one of the most dynamic social and cultural hot spots in Vancouver. This stylish one bedroom and oversized den complete with custom built ins and murphy bed could easily be converted into a second bedroom. An inviting and well appointed apartment complete with polished concrete floors, high end finishings, a spa inspired bathroom with large tub and separate shower. Take in the city views over a coffee or cocktail from the south facing balcony just off the living space. Thoughtfully built, this home has a separate storage locker on the same floor, in addition to plenty of in suite storage. Pet and rental friendly building, in suite laundry, and one parking space. More details
    Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 712 221 UNION Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2317835

    Main Photo: 712 221 UNION Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2317835
    $679,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2317835
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    676 sq. ft.
    SPACIOUS OPEN CONCEPT LOFT STYLE CONDO! Welcome to the Union. A well built low maintenance building with rare, high 8'6" ceilings, and a large patio space with Northern Exposure. Modernist design features: sleek kitchen with stainless steel Kitchen-Aid appliances, stone surfaces, and wood cabinetry, beautiful concrete polished floors throughout, sliding glass walls for the bedroom, plenty of closet & storage space, and a full sized bathroom. 1 parking, 1 storage & a well equipped gym with top-of-the-line equipment. Located in the heart of the city between Mount Pleasant, Chinatown and Gastown. More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 806 718 MAIN Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "GINGER" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2309142

    Main Photo: 806 718 MAIN Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE Condo for sale in "GINGER" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2309142
    $678,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2309142
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    667 sq. ft.
    SUB-PENTHOUSE at "Ginger" on trendy Main St. Spacious corner unit with MOUNTAIN & CITY views on the quiet side of the building. Features include a large covered balcony, bamboo floors, quartz counters, undermount sink, AEG gas range, Fischer & Paykel dishwasher, LG fridge, convection oven, & sleek white vertically opening kitchen cabinets. Sliding glass doors on bedroom, & large ensuite bathroom with soaker tub & rain shower. Ginger is a concrete boutique building located steps to hip restaurants & shops, Seawall, Olympic Village, Gastown, Downtown, transit. Amenities include bike storage & media room. Large insuite storage room and 1 secure underground parking included. Rentals allowed, 2 pets allowed! Showings by appointment only, call now! More details
    Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
1-10/22
Listing information last updated on February 18, 2019 at 02:24 AM (UTC)
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