Character is the word to best describe Vancouver East which is known for its eclectic shopping and dining areas with a myriad of restaurants, cafes, specialty shops, theatres, and galleries.
This area has a diverse mix of ethnic groups and household incomes vary greatly. Traditionally made up of working class neighbourhoods, in recent years there has been an influx of your professionals, especially in the trendy Commercial Drive and Main Street areas. House prices are lower than in adjacent Vancouver West neighbourhoods, making it popular with professionals who want to be close to downtown but can't afford the higher West Side prices. Older "character" houses can be found throughout the area, especially in the neighbourhoods of Mount Pleasant, Main, Fraser, Commercial Drive, East Hastings, and Strathcona.