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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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  • 20 133 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "The Keefer" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2304828

    Main Photo: 20 133 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "The Keefer" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2304828
    $2,498,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2304828
    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
  • 3691 E GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: Renfrew VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2289902

    Main Photo: 3691 E GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: Renfrew VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2289902
    $2,079,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2289902
    Bedrooms:
    8
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    3,522 sq. ft.
    City views! Custom built 3 storey home of 2,838 square feet plus 2 bedroom laneway house of 684 sq ft. Home is 1 year old. No GST! The home features granite countertops, engineering hardwood floor, HRV system, radiant heating, granite countertops, legal 2 bedroom suite, potential nanny suite & bright and open floor plan. Balance of 2-5-10 home warranty included. Large island open kitchen main floor with high end Blomberg appliances and Blomberg Pro gas stove. “Below" measurements is the Lane House. School catchments Sir John Franklin Elementary and Templeton Secondary. Call now to view this awesome opportunity! Open House Oct 13 3-5pm, Oct 14 2-4pm More details
    Listed by Keller Williams Elite Realty
  • 430 PRINCESS Avenue in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2305360

    Main Photo: 430 PRINCESS Avenue in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2305360
    $1,568,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2305360
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,209 sq. ft.
    Simply one of the most tastefully restored 2 bed/2 bath Heritage homes in East Van with a desirable floor plan! Completely rebuilt w/permits in 2012 with further updates done by current owners! No expense has been spared! Superb quality & attention to detail is evident throughout the home. Features include a generous flex area in the attic, built-in surround sound system, original refurbished fir floors above main, gorgeous bathroom with heated floor, Carrara marble tiles, Kohler fixtures. The main level has great flow & feel, with a private covered porch out front through the kitchen, high ceilings, gas fireplace, stained glass windows and professionally landscaped garden. BONUS finished attic space (w/permit) of 432 sqft NOT included in sq ft. More details
    Listed by TRG-The Residential Group Rlty
  • 518 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2314791

    Main Photo: 518 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2314791
    $1,499,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2314791
    Bedrooms:
    9
    Bathrooms:
    9
    Floor Area:
    3,205 sq. ft.
    There are so many options with this over 3,000 SF character home - Renovate, hold or redevelop! Located in the heart of Strathcona, this character gem is ready for a renovation or take advantage of the redevelopment possibilities as Shape Architecture has been commissioned to design 3 stratified - 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom suites ranging in size from 976 SF on one level up to almost 1,200 SF of living space spread over the top 2 floors of the home with outdoor spaces and a double car garage. Well over 2 years in planning have gone into this exciting opportunity that is perfect for developers or people with larger families looking to build a family compound in one of the nicest communities in Vancouver. Plans and further information available upon request. Call today for further info! More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast 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 Saturday & Sunday Oct 13th & 14th, 2-5 pm. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 732 E PENDER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2304284

    Main Photo: 732 E PENDER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2304284
    • Living Room
    • Living and Dining Room
    • Living Room
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Dining Room
    • Bedroom
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Main Floor Bathroom
    • Flex Room
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Patio
    • Back Patio
    • Back Patio
    • Floor Plan
    $1,449,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2304284
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,647 sq. ft.
    The Cozy Jewel of Strathcona! This Heritage B home has been lovingly renovated to highlight the character features of the house, with Scandinavian rustic-modern design notes that introduce a contemporary flair. The main floor features an ample living/dining space and a unique kitchen complete with high-end appliances. The downstairs is an open concept space that has been roughed in for a suite and is presently used as an expansive Master Bedroom with a three-piece ensuite bath. The home features fantastic outdoor spaces: a large south-facing deck, a tree-lined, cobble stoned backyard, and private oasis off the master bedroom. Only a short distance to schools, shops and gastro pubs that Strathcona, Chinatown, Gastown, and Commercial Drive have to offer. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 732 E PENDER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2315831

    Main Photo: 732 E PENDER Street in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2315831
    • Back Garden
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Dining Room
    • Dining Room
    • Bedroom
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bathroom
    • Deck
    • Deck
    • Back Garden
    • Back Garden
    • Floor Plan
    $1,399,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2315831
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,647 sq. ft.
    This beautiful Heritage B home has been lovingly renovated to highlight the character features of the house, with Scandinavian rustic-modern design notes that introduce a contemporary flair. The main floor features an ample living/dining space and a unique kitchen complete with high-end appliances. The downstairs is an open concept space that has been roughed in for a suite and is presently used as an expansive Master Bedroom with a three-piece ensuite bath. The home features fantastic outdoor spaces: a large south-facing deck, a tree-lined, cobble stoned backyard, and private oasis off the master bedroom. Only a short distance to schools, shops and gastro pubs that Strathcona, Chinatown, Gastown, and Commercial Drive have to offer. OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, October 21st, 2 - 4pm More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 1001 150 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "INGASTOWN" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2295715

    Main Photo: 1001 150 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "INGASTOWN" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2295715
    $1,250,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2295715
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    841 sq. ft.
    A TRUE GASTOWN GEM. The rarest of opportunities to own a penthouse with panoramic views of the North Shore mountains, Burrard Inlet and amazing cityscape. Complete with your very own private 688SF ROOFTOP DECK with an 8 person hot tub.Words simply cannot do this home justice. You'll immediately be impressed by this air-conditioned residence with gorgeous polished concrete floors, top of the line kitchen appliances, lovely master suite with custom shower and heated flooring, garage space for 2 vehicles and 3 lockers. Another one of the many eye catching features this home offers is the floating illuminated, architectural concrete staircase leading to your rooftop Oasis. Live in the heart of Gastown, with the city's best restaurants, bars and shopping at your doorstep. This home is a absolute MUST SEE! *Open House Sunday Aug 26th 2- 4 pm More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 1609 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2299201

    Main Photo: 1609 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2299201
    $898,888
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2299201
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    850 sq. ft.
    Welcome to 188 Keefer by renowned Developer, Westbank. Open concept immaculately kept 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1 den with large balcony overlooking the beautiful city and mountains. Southeast facing. Enjoy hardwood flooring, white on white gloss kitchen, Miele appliance package, Bosch W/D, designer artwork on kitchen & bathroom backs plashes. A perfect downtown residence or investment property located close to trendy restaurants, Starbucks, Chinatown, parks & mere minutes to the Downtown core. Short walks to Skytrain, T&T supermarket, cinema, and elementary school. The growth for the area is tremendous with the northeast plans for False Creek. One Parking and one locker. Maintenance fee including heating and gas, so electricity bill is very low. Must see! More details
    Listed by LeHomes Realty Premier
  • PH1007 150 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "INGASTOWN" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2314156

    Main Photo: PH1007 150 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "INGASTOWN" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2314156
    $897,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2314156
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    790 sq. ft.
    Welcome to the INGASTOWN building.! Come see this fantastic 2 bed 2 bath Penthouse unit complete with your very own private 600 Sq Ft ROOFTOP DECK! Some of the most incredible unobstructed views of the Downtown skyline + North Shore Mountains & Burrard Inlet. you'll immediately be impressed with the gorgeous polished concrete floors throughout, top of the line stylish kitchen appliances & open layout. This 2 year young building offers security cameras throughout, secured garage space for 1 vehicle & 1 storage locker no rental restrictions & is a pet friendly building. Live in the trendy upbeat area of Gastown with the city's coolest restaurants, bars & shopping just outside your doorstep a real MUST SEE!! Open House Saturday and Sunday 2:30 - 4:30! More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
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