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

$2,700,000 R2888868

3057 Rupert Street, Vancouver

eXp Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,261 sqft
  • 3,960 lot size

$2,280,000 R2888764

8356 Elliott Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Select Properties

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,478 sqft
  • 9,492 lot size

$1,599,000 R2887283

3253 School Avenue, Vancouver

Royal LePage - Wolstencroft

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,127 sqft
  • 3,952 lot size

$1,790,000 R2888395

2448 East 29 Avenue, Vancouver

RE/MAX Treeland Realty

  • 3 bed
  • 1 bath
  • 1,180 sqft
  • 4,010 lot size

$2,128,000 R2888558

4472 St. George Street, Vancouver

Royal LePage Westside

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,411 sqft
  • 3,818 lot size

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$2,325,000 R2888524

2552 E 11th Avenue, Vancouver

Keller Williams Realty VanCentral

  • 2 bed
  • 1 bath
  • 1,322 sqft
  • 6,500 lot size

$1,159,000 R2888301

753 E King Edward Avenue, Vancouver

RE/MAX City Realty

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,681 sqft
  • 2,235 lot size

$1,688,000 R2888300

3524 Quebec Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Select Properties

  • 4 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,272 sqft
  • 1,772 lot size

$2,398,000 R2888299

7846 Vivian Drive, Vancouver

Royal Pacific Lions Gate Realty Ltd.

  • 3 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 3,005 sqft
  • 6,325 lot size

$2,368,000 R2888283

2763 Rosemont Drive, Vancouver

Passion8 Realty Ltd.

  • 5 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,236 sqft
  • 4,869 lot size

$1,668,888 R2888017

3342 E 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Skyline West Realty

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,447 sqft
  • 4,251 lot size

$1,998,000 R2888007

5163 Ross Street, Vancouver

Real Broker

  • 4 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,307 sqft
  • 3,234 lot size

$1,698,800 R2887986

495 E 22nd Avenue, Vancouver

eXp Realty

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,352 sqft
  • 2,955 lot size

$1,815,000 R2887984

1233 E 18th Avenue, Vancouver

Oakwyn Realty Encore

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,591 sqft
  • 3,050 lot size

$5,500,000 R2887937

5312 Mchardy Street, Vancouver

eXp Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,814 sqft
  • 5,053 lot size

$1,588,000 R2887650

4968 Ruby Street, Vancouver

RA Realty Alliance Inc.

  • 7 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,710 sqft
  • 3,812 lot size

$1,699,000 R2887636

3376 E 44th Avenue, Vancouver

RE/MAX All Points Realty

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,836 sqft
  • 3,359 lot size

$1,550,000 R2887630

2447 E 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Century 21 Coastal Realty Ltd.

  • 4 bed
  • 1 bath
  • 1,440 sqft
  • 3,820 lot size

$1,899,000 R2887624

1161 E 60th Avenue, Vancouver

eXp Realty

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,367 sqft
  • 5,135 lot size

$1,799,900 R2887597

6556 Inverness Street, Vancouver

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty

  • 2 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,711 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$3,600,000 R2887563

287 E 26th Avenue, Vancouver

Engel & Volkers Vancouver

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,921 sqft
  • 5,850 lot size

$1,899,000 R2887533

7247 Inverness Street, Vancouver

eXp Realty

  • 6 bed
  • 4 bath
  • 2,450 sqft
  • 4,587 lot size

$4,800,000 R2887464

1859 Napier Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Select Realty

  • 6 bed
  • 6 bath
  • 5,729 sqft
  • 8,052 lot size

$1,950,000 R2887419

463 E 46th Avenue, Vancouver

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,700 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$2,198,000 R2887343

1954 William Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Real Estate Services

  • 4 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,400 sqft
  • 3,750 lot size

$1,849,900 R2887335

2209 Graveley Street, Vancouver

Stilhavn Real Estate Services

  • 3 bed
  • 1 bath
  • 2,360 sqft
  • 3,142 lot size

$1,698,000 R2887327

2825 Dundas Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Select Properties

  • 5 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 3,029 sqft
  • 6,100 lot size

$1,999,000 R2887191

2440 E 29th Avenue, Vancouver

Multiple Realty Ltd.

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,716 sqft
  • 6,022 lot size

$1,990,000 R2887189

4825 Argyle Street, Vancouver

Dracco Pacific Realty

  • 3 bed
  • 1 bath
  • 2,100 sqft
  • 3,883 lot size

$1,799,000 R2886910

4005 Alice Street, Vancouver

Nu Stream Realty Inc.

  • 7 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,130 sqft
  • 3,586 lot size

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