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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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  • 521 UNION Street in Vancouver: Strathcona House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2846451

    521 UNION Street Strathcona Vancouver V6A 2B7
    Main Photo: 521 UNION Street in Vancouver: Strathcona House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2846451
    $1,998,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2846451
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    1,535 sq. ft.
    Rare opportunity! Stunning house on Union St in picturesque Strathcona, w/ excellent transit access & downtown proximity. Sitting on 3050 sq.ft. lot. House is substantially rebuilt in 2019 w/ basement suite. Built to the highest standards of construction & design. The house showcases 3 levels of living & features many exciting attributes including a kitchen w/ plenty of cabinets & adjoining eating area, simple & cozy living room, Skylight staircase leads to 3bdrms on upper level includes a master & ensuite. Adequate storage space & Garage. Close to new St. Paul's Hospital, City's top cafes & restaurants. You can’t miss out on this fabulous house in such a dynamic & welcoming neighborhood. The Sister listing at 525 Union St is also available for sale. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 518 CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Strathcona House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2833431

    518 CORDOVA Street Strathcona Vancouver V6A 1L7
    Main Photo: 518 CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Strathcona House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2833431
    $1,525,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2833431
    Bedrooms:
    8
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,769 sq. ft.
    INVESTORS & DEVELOPERS ALERT!! This Character home offers a great opportunity for a renovation project with development potential within Downtown Eastside Plan!! The home currently offers 9 bed/ 3 bath with a functional layout & back lane access. After some renovations, this home will offer great rental income potential while you hold the property and capitalize on the FUTURE DEVELOPMENT potential. This property falls within the DEOD Sub-Area 2 zoning bylaw allows up to a 4.5 FSR or possible 5.0 FSR through rezoning via the Downtown Eastside Plan. CALL NOW TO ARRANGE YOUR SHOWING!! More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Surrey/24)
  • 525 UNION Street in Vancouver: Strathcona House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2846456

    525 UNION Street Strathcona Vancouver V6A 2B7
    Main Photo: 525 UNION Street in Vancouver: Strathcona House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2846456
    $1,498,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2846456
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,206 sq. ft.
    Rare opportunity! Stunning house on Union St in picturesque Strathcona, w/ excellent transit access & downtown proximity. Sitting on 3050 sq.ft. lot. Built to the highest standards of construction & design. The house howcases 3 levels of living & features many exciting attributes including a kitchen w/ plenty of cabinets & adjoining eating area, simple & cozy living rm, Skylight staircase leads to 2bdrms on upper level includes two masters with ensuite. Adequate storage space & Garage. Close to new St.Paul's Hospital, City's top cafes & restaurants. You can’t miss out on this fabulous house in such a dynamic & welcoming neighborhood. The Sister listing at 521 Union St is also available for sale. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 665 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Strathcona House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2769292

    665 E CORDOVA Street Strathcona Vancouver V6A 1M1
    Main Photo: 665 E CORDOVA Street in Vancouver: Strathcona House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2769292
    $1,450,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2769292
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,360 sq. ft.
    Affordable 7 Bedroom and 3 bathroom house in East Vancouver! Full renovation in 2018 which includes roof, exterior wall, flooring, kitchen cabinet , appliance, bath room and new fence and gate etc. Expansive backyard which will also accommodate an RV. Walk to absolutely everything and everywhere. Don't miss out on an opportunity to own a 2360 sqf house within a 10 minute walk to the historic and bustling Chinatown, Gas Town and Vancouver's Downtown! More details
    Listed by Luxmore Realty
  • PH6 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2809050

    PH6 188 KEEFER Street Downtown VE Vancouver V6A 0E3
    Main Photo: PH6 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2809050
    $1,358,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2809050
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,271 sq. ft.
    Situated in the historic, vibrant and convenient Chinatown. This stunning N/E corner Penthouse with floor to ceiling windows is sure to impress, with panoramic City, Water and Mountain views. Designed by renowned architect, W.T. Lueng. 1271 Sq ft of 2 level spacious living with 2 bed + Den. This sleek and modern home boasts gorgeous hardwood floors. Miele appliances, gas cooktop, stone counters, Roller shades. 2 parking side by side and 2 storage lockers. Steps to a foodies paradise, you will find Kissa Tanto, Virtuous Pie and Bodega just to name a few. This rare opportunity awaits you! More details
    Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty Ltd.
  • PH7 188 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Downtown VE Condo for sale in "188 Keefer" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2853534

    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®# R2853534
    $1,349,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2853534
    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 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 . Call for private showing. More details
    Listed by 1NE Collective Realty Inc.
  • 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
  • 505 239 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Strathcona Condo for sale in "SPARROW" (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2763176

    505 239 KEEFER Street Strathcona Vancouver V6A 1X6
    Main Photo: 505 239 KEEFER Street in Vancouver: Strathcona Condo for sale in "SPARROW" (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2763176
    $1,018,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2763176
    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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