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

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$2,480,000 R2854076

3045 Kings Avenue, Vancouver

LeHomes Realty Premier

  • 5 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,410 sqft
  • 5,534 lot size

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$3,800,000 R2853801

7970 Ontario Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Crest Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 3,021 sqft
  • 5,610 lot size

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$3,800,000 R2853800

3 Se Marine Drive, Vancouver

RE/MAX Crest Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,267 sqft
  • 5,610 lot size

$1,799,999 R2853790

3475 Adanac Street, Vancouver

Macdonald Realty

  • 3 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,354 sqft
  • 3,831 lot size

$1,799,000 R2853606

1342 E 24th Avenue, Vancouver

RE/MAX City Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,231 sqft
  • 3,303 lot size

$2,498,000 R2853573

936 E 17th Avenue, Vancouver

Oakwyn Realty Ltd.

  • 6 bed
  • 5 bath
  • 3,466 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$1,778,000 R2853426

2525 Cambridge Street, Vancouver

Macdonald Realty

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,486 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$1,449,900 R2853393

4331 Miller Street, Vancouver

Century 21 In Town Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 1,650 sqft
  • 2,788 lot size

$1,890,000 R2853334

2277 E 43rd Avenue, Vancouver

Royal Pacific Realty (Kingsway) Ltd.

  • 5 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,275 sqft
  • 3,634 lot size

$2,788,800 R2853195

139 E 24th Avenue, Vancouver

Real Broker

  • 4 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 3,256 sqft
  • 3,694 lot size

$2,299,900 R2853101

1252 E 15th Avenue, Vancouver

Royal LePage Westside

  • 5 bed
  • 4 bath
  • 2,114 sqft
  • 3,196 lot size

$1,698,000 R2852949

3216 Venables Street, Vancouver

LeHomes Realty Premier

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,804 sqft
  • 3,630 lot size

$1,988,000 R2852854

949 E 27th Avenue, Vancouver

Dexter Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,110 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$1,999,000 R2852792

2070 E 26th Avenue, Vancouver

Rennie & Associates Realty Ltd.

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,410 sqft
  • 3,911 lot size

$1,899,000 R2852788

3079 Graveley Street, Vancouver

Multiple Realty Ltd.

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,167 sqft
  • 4,255 lot size

$2,088,000 R2852579

2246 E 40th Avenue, Vancouver

RE/MAX Heights Realty

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,748 sqft
  • 5,600 lot size

$1,899,999 R2852541

6216 Knight Street, Vancouver

Skyline West Realty

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,816 sqft
  • 4,889 lot size

$1,799,000 R2852441

538 Union Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Select Realty

  • 7 bed
  • 6 bath
  • 2,682 sqft
  • 3,150 lot size

$1,998,000 R2852360

3448 E Pender Street, Vancouver

Le Cadeau

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,643 sqft
  • 5,115 lot size

$1,980,000 R2852299

1616 E 22nd Avenue, Vancouver

Macdonald Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 5 bath
  • 3,002 sqft
  • 5,375 lot size

$2,499,000 R2851801

6207 Elgin Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Select Properties

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 3,000 sqft
  • 5,456 lot size

$2,960,000 R2851745

2770 Wall Street, Vancouver

Regent Park Realty Inc.

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,138 sqft
  • 5,616 lot size

$1,888,000 R2851693

2752 Graveley Street, Vancouver

Royal LePage Sussex

  • 2 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,724 sqft
  • 3,791 lot size

$2,299,000 R2851594

4151 Windsor Street, Vancouver

Framework Marketing Inc.

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,005 sqft
  • 3,244 lot size

$2,099,000 R2850241

473 E 54th Avenue, Vancouver

Keller Williams Ocean Realty

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,256 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$1,998,000 R2851413

3008 E 45th Avenue, Vancouver

Pacific Evergreen Realty Ltd.

  • 6 bed
  • 4 bath
  • 2,317 sqft
  • 5,415 lot size

$1,699,000 R2851403

1005 E 55th Avenue, Vancouver

Macdonald Realty

  • 3 bed
  • 1 bath
  • 1,500 sqft
  • 3,930 lot size

$2,280,000 R2851399

4035 Kamloops Street, Vancouver

Oakwyn Realty Ltd.

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,130 sqft
  • 3,828 lot size

$2,280,000 R2851397

4029 Kamloops Street, Vancouver

Oakwyn Realty Ltd.

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,558 sqft
  • 3,828 lot size

$2,280,000 R2851396

4011 Kamloops Street, Vancouver

Oakwyn Realty Ltd.

  • 5 bed
  • 4 bath
  • 2,425 sqft
  • 3,828 lot size

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