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

$2,288,800 R2750630

2216 E 55th Avenue, Vancouver

eXp Realty

  • 3 bed
  • 1 bath
  • 1,956 sqft
  • 5,455 lot size

$1,599,900 R2750549

2915 Trinity Street, Vancouver

Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.

  • 4 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,229 sqft
  • 4,138 lot size

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$1,408,888 R2750457

5221 Clarendon Street, Vancouver

Grand Central Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,239 sqft
  • 3,959 lot size

$2,088,000 R2749964

1786 Island Avenue, Vancouver

RE/MAX City Realty

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,540 sqft
  • 6,897 lot size

$2,149,000 R2749892

4161 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver

Macdonald Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,213 sqft
  • 3,993 lot size

$2,199,900 R2749880

130 Garden Drive, Vancouver

Stilhavn Real Estate Services

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,713 sqft
  • 3,320 lot size

$1,688,000 R2749782

2880 E 22nd Avenue, Vancouver

London Pacific

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,423 sqft
  • 3,960 lot size

$2,199,000 R2749650

1419 E 30th Avenue, Vancouver

Oakwyn Realty Ltd.

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 1,814 sqft
  • 6,004 lot size

$2,980,000 R2749572

2235 E 49th Avenue, Vancouver

Royal LePage Westside

  • 3 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,733 sqft
  • 10,978 lot size

$2,579,000 R2749385

1537 Frances Street, Vancouver

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty

  • 6 bed
  • 6 bath
  • 3,434 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$2,800,000 R2749373

6750 Fraser Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Select Properties

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,037 sqft
  • 5,594 lot size

$1,678,000 R2749231

4435 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Select Realty

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,480 sqft
  • 3,399 lot size

$4,600,000 R2748991

1925 Adanac Street, Vancouver

Nu Stream Realty Inc.

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,376 sqft
  • 7,886 lot size

$2,300,000 R2748982

780 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Nu Stream Realty Inc.

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,388 sqft
  • 3,943 lot size

$1,588,000 R2748899

1067 E 14th Avenue, Vancouver

Macdonald Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,160 sqft
  • 0 lot size

$1,498,000 R2748781

5111 Ann Street, Vancouver

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Surrey/120)

  • 2 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,350 sqft
  • 0 lot size

$2,198,000 R2748646

557 E 48th Avenue, Vancouver

Dexter Realty

  • 4 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,320 sqft
  • 3,762 lot size

$1,200,000 R2748627

2186 Franklin Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX 2000 Realty

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,458 sqft
  • 3,267 lot size

$2,488,000 R2748411

3120 E 15th Avenue, Vancouver

Nu Stream Realty Inc.

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,373 sqft
  • 4,770 lot size

$1,549,000 R2748374

383 E Hastings Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Real Estate Services

  • 7 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 3,310 sqft
  • 3,050 lot size

$1,690,000 R2748207

2709 Napier Street, Vancouver

Oakwyn Realty Ltd.

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,586 sqft
  • 3,568 lot size

$1,599,000 R2748141

2273 Graveley Street, Vancouver

Rennie & Associates Realty Ltd.

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,613 sqft
  • 3,142 lot size

$1,890,000 R2748007

2647 E 21st Avenue, Vancouver

Oakwyn Realty Ltd.

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,368 sqft
  • 3,630 lot size

$1,598,800 R2747999

2767 Cambridge Street, Vancouver

Sutton Group Seafair Realty

  • 4 bed
  • 1 bath
  • 1,620 sqft
  • 4,119 lot size

$1,880,000 R2747913

2656 Waverley Avenue, Vancouver

Nu Stream Realty Inc.

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,968 sqft
  • 3,809 lot size

$2,198,000 R2747807

2223 E 11th Avenue, Vancouver

Keller Williams Realty VanCentral

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,867 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$1,898,000 R2747798

128 E 61st Avenue, Vancouver

Royal Pacific Realty Corp.

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,845 sqft
  • 3,871 lot size

$1,999,000 R2747649

4517 Knight Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Crest Realty

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,750 sqft
  • 5,172 lot size

$1,599,000 R2747603

6474 Windsor Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Real Estate Services

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,784 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$1,788,800 R2747441

4963 Chester Street, Vancouver

Team 3000 Realty Ltd.

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,381 sqft
  • 4,860 lot size

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