Historic East Vancouver: History and Real Estate

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East Vancouver, East Van, Eastside. This town with multiple nicknames has lived quite a colourful history, thanks to the diverse community that calls it home. Predominantly a working-class neighbourhood, residents in East Van come from various backgrounds. The result is a melting pot of cultures cultivating a vibrant, artistic, and outspoken personality, a community like you’ve never seen anywhere else. 

 

East Van’s historic towns

East Van has been the first home of many non-British immigrants since the 1880s. It has many historic neighbourhoods, including Chinatown and Strathcona.

Immigrants began arriving from China in the late 1800s, with workers coming to help build the trans-Canada railway. Today, Vancouver’s Chinatown is the largest in the country. It is considered a national historic site and is home to century-old businesses like Modernize Tailors and Sai Woo Restaurant

Strathcona is considered Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhood. It began as a camp of cabins built around Stamps Mill, and due to – you guessed it – industrialization, it became a hub for workers from all over the world, including China, the United States, and Europe. 

 

The fight to save East Van

This tough working-class spirit would propel East Van into the strong, resilient community it is today. In the 1960s, East Van’s immigrant community came together to resist a destructive freeway plan that would have demolished many buildings and homes, including the legacies of Chinatown, Strathcona and Gastown. 

Thankfully their voices were heard, and Vancouver’s unique combination of nature and cityscape made it one of the most livable cities in the world. Efficient urban planning helped preserve the town’s historical landmarks as well as revitalize Vancouver’s signature attractions. 

The struggle of immigrant communities in East Van has also led to a rich art scene, with the most popular piece probably being Kenneth Lum’s Monument to East Vancouver, the East Van Cross. A symbol of East Van’s working-class community, the now-iconic design has become a symbol of pride for many. 

 

East Van today

Today, East Van has an eclectic mix of neighbourhoods. Hastings-Sunrise is best known as the home of the Pacific National Exhibition at Hastings Park. Mainly residential, the area is known to be an ethnically diverse and working-class area that also attracts young professionals. People who live here are blessed with the impressive views of Burrard Inlet and the mountains up north. 

Grandview-Woodland lies east of Chinatown and Strathcona and west of the PNE. Its most popular attraction is Commercial Drive or “The Drive,” a lively hub for shopping, dining and nightlife in the city. With over 22 blocks of over 300 merchants, The Drive highlights East Van’s multicultural character for everyone to see.  

 

Heritage homes in East Van

If you want to immerse yourself even more in East Van’s history, why not invest in a heritage home? Homes with a heritage designation have high value, which continues to rise. According to BC Assessment data, 42% of designated heritage homes increased in value from 1999-2004. More heritage homes have increased in value compared to non-heritage dwellings, as well. 

As East Van was able to preserve many of its historic neighbourhoods, you’ll be sure to find a lovely heritage home in the area of your choice. You can check out Vancouver’s Heritage Register or the Vancouver Heritage Foundation for more information.  

 

Current East Vancouver Property Listings

$2,299,000 R2693107

3478 Tanner Street, Vancouver

Homelife Benchmark Titus Realty

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,432 sqft
  • 5,848 lot size
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$2,999,000 R2693033

438 E 20th Avenue, Vancouver

Engel & Volkers Vancouver

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,876 sqft
  • 6,039 lot size
New

$1,999,900 R2692931

348 E 47th Avenue, Vancouver

Team 3000 Realty Ltd.

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,394 sqft
  • 4,158 lot size

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$1,680,000 R2692913

4817 Joyce Street, Vancouver

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,650 sqft
  • 4,356 lot size

$1,677,500 R2692716

4525 Knight Street, Vancouver

Oneflatfee.ca

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,702 sqft
  • 5,174 lot size

$1,799,000 R2692597

1939 E 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Stilhavn Real Estate Services

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 3,328 sqft
  • 4,109 lot size

$1,890,000 R2692543

5765 Quebec Street, Vancouver

Royal Pacific Realty Corp.

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,658 sqft
  • 4,433 lot size

$1,990,000 R2692476

3215 E 44th Avenue, Vancouver

Royal Pacific Realty (Kingsway) Ltd.

  • 7 bed
  • 4 bath
  • 2,089 sqft
  • 3,861 lot size

$1,699,999 R2692472

2796 E Georgia Street, Vancouver

Sutton Centre Realty

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,726 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$2,990,000 R2692286

1826 Grant Street, Vancouver

Stilhavn Real Estate Services

  • 4 bed
  • 4 bath
  • 3,009 sqft
  • 4,356 lot size

$1,399,000 R2692271

1107 Mclean Drive, Vancouver

Zolo Realty

  • 3 bed
  • 1 bath
  • 1,850 sqft
  • 2,200 lot size

$1,899,000 R2692237

3454 Pandora Street, Vancouver

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty

  • 6 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,484 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$1,790,000 R2692197

1019 E 39th Avenue, Vancouver

RE/MAX Crest Realty

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,484 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$1,887,000 R2692164

887 E Pender Street, Vancouver

TRG The Residential Group Realty

  • 4 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 1,918 sqft
  • 3,050 lot size

$2,298,000 R2692099

6638 Killarney Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Select Properties

  • 4 bed
  • 1 bath
  • 1,800 sqft
  • 7,053 lot size

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$1,950,000 R2692097

483 E 47th Avenue, Vancouver

Century 21 Coastal Realty Ltd.

  • 5 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,350 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$1,799,900 R2691961

2191 E 47th Avenue, Vancouver

Rennie & Associates Realty Ltd.

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,630 sqft
  • 3,999 lot size

$2,395,000 R2691947

1923 E 5th Avenue, Vancouver

Sutton Group - 1st West Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 3,567 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$2,188,000 R2691924

8265 Elliott Street, Vancouver

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,861 sqft
  • 6,622 lot size

$1,698,000 R2691897

908 Nootka Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX City Realty

  • 4 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 1,798 sqft
  • 3,435 lot size

$2,099,000 R2691879

356 E 40th Avenue, Vancouver

Stilhavn Real Estate Services

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,418 sqft
  • 4,125 lot size

$1,988,000 R2691869

3381 Monmouth Avenue, Vancouver

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,088 sqft
  • 5,368 lot size

$1,998,000 R2691857

1927 E 22nd Avenue, Vancouver

Stilhavn Real Estate Services

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,788 sqft
  • 3,684 lot size

$1,899,000 R2691854

1020 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver

Keller Williams Realty VanCentral

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,900 sqft
  • 3,573 lot size

$1,699,000 R2691847

4908 Walden Street, Vancouver

Keller Williams Realty VanCentral

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,997 sqft
  • 3,172 lot size

$1,888,800 R2691826

5128 Killarney Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Crest Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,100 sqft
  • 3,490 lot size

$1,825,000 R2691810

5308 Fleming Street, Vancouver

Oakwyn Realty Ltd.

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,961 sqft
  • 3,696 lot size

$2,150,000 R2691207

670 E 64th Avenue, Vancouver

eXp Realty (Branch)

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,800 sqft
  • 4,577 lot size

$1,999,000 R2691608

1736 William Street, Vancouver

Stilhavn Real Estate Services

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 3,034 sqft
  • 4,092 lot size

$2,850,000 R2691562

408 E 20th Avenue, Vancouver

Angell, Hasman & Associates Realty Ltd.

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,217 sqft
  • 5,429 lot size

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