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West End , Vancouver

The West End of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is on the downtown peninsula neighbouring Stanley Park and the areas of Yaletown, Coal Harbour and the downtown financial and central business districts.

The definition of the "official neighbourhood" of the West End, according to the city, is the area west of Burrard Street, east of Denman Street, and south of West Georgia Street. Historically the term originated and remains used by Vancouverites to refer to everything from Burrard Street to Stanley Park, including the Stanley Park Neighbourhood west of Denman Street and the Coal Harbour Neighbourhood. Coal Harbour Neighbourhood is officially designated as west of Burrard and to the north of West Georgia, although the newly built areas between West Pender Street and the waterfront are expressly "Coal Harbour" and not considered part of the West End.

History

Like all of Vancouver, the West End was originally a forested wilderness. The area was purchased in 1862 by John Morton, Samuel Brighouse, and William Hailstone, three men known as the "Three Greenhorn Englishmen," or just the "Three Greenhorns," owing to the belief that the naive men paid too much for the remote land. The men had plans to establish a brickworks on the shore of Coal Harbour, and their land claim was originally staked with the hopeful intent of mining for porcelain clays, but the grade of clay was not fine enough for that use. When those plans failed (a lack of transportation being a key factor) they sold a good portion of the area, by then known as the Brickmaker's Claim, to Victoria investors who in turn tried to promote its development as New Liverpool. The only thing that happened with that scheme was a subdivision plan registered with the Land Titles office in New Westminster. Another name used for the property was the Brighouse Estate (Brighouse as a name came to refer to a particular part of Richmond, where "Greenhorn" J. Morton also owned property). One of the partners, observant that brick was a valuable building commodity despite the abundance of timber in the region, moved the brick-clay operations to Sumas Mountain, establishing the community of Clayburn, now a neighbourhood of Abbotsford.

Later, with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway, with its terminus at nearby Coal Harbour, the West End became Vancouver's first upscale neighbourhood, home to the richest railroad families. Many of these families lived along Georgia Street, known at that time as "Blue Blood Alley" for all the posh mansions built there. Later mansions (including the Davie mansion) were built in then remoter areas of the West End as the financial district's land values displaced the high-toned residences. This role was ultimately dropped with the increasing vogue for the upscale Shaughnessy neighbourhood, and as middle-class housing of various kinds began to fill out the West End. As the city grew, the West End became a transitory place for new arrivals from elsewhere in Canada, the United Kingdom, and later for immigrants from other countries, establishing a tradition of diversity. Following World War II, a significant German commercial community emerged along Robson Street, giving birth to the nickname Robsonstrasse, a name still occasionally used in marketing despite the loss of its original meaning.

Demographics

The West End is bordered by downtown on the one side, Stanley Park on the other and by water on two. The West End is home to a mixed population, old and young, of Canadians, immigrants and international transient residents. Like other downtown neighbourhoods, the West End is very densely populated. It is adjacent to the downtown core business and financial districts, with traffic calmed streets punctuated by concrete islands, sidewalk barricades, and mini-parks and many residential heritage buildings including The Manhattan, The Beaconsfield, The Beverly and The Queen Charlotte.

Close to 45,000 people of all ages, incomes, ethnicities, and sexual orientations live in the West End. The age group of 20-39 years consistently ranks the largest at 48%, followed by 40-64 at 34%, 65+ at 13% and under 19 at 6%. Containing 7.4% of the City’s population, the West End welcomed 14% of new Vancouverites between 2001 and 2006. The West End is also home to Western Canada’s largest LGBTQ community. Vancouver's gay village, called Davie Village, is centred primarily on Davie Street between Burrard and Bute.

The share of single-parent families in the West End is about 12%, compared to 17% for the City of Vancouver. Statistics also show that the West End is home to many children — the downtown peninsula now has more children than traditional family neighbourhoods such as West Point Grey or Kerrisdale. Lord Roberts Annex offers kindergarten to grade 3. The student population of Lord Roberts Elementary School (k-grade 7) represents 43 countries and 37 languages. King George Secondary School (grades 8-12) celebrated 100 years in 2014.

Social issues

West End residents have been very active in shaping their neighbourhood and maintaining its liveability. In the 1970s, residents banded together to calm traffic that was using the neighbourhood as a shortcut between downtown Vancouver and the suburbs of the North Shore, across the Lions' Gate Bridge. They also staged a successful "Shame the Johns" campaign to rid the West End of the prostitution that was then prevalent in the neighbourhood. This campaign was aided by a 1984 injunction granted by then-B.C. Supreme Court Justice Allan McEachern which banned prostitutes from working west of Granville Street. This forced prostitutes away from the relative safety of Davie Street into Yaletown, then a warehouse district, and eventually into the Downtown Eastside, where already vulnerable prostitutes were even more open to violence and abuse. Today, groups such as the West End Citizens Action Network, the West End Residents Association and West End Neighbours continue to be actively involved in keeping the West End liveable, albeit from different political perspectives.

Amenities

The West End is particularly famous among visitors for Robson Street. It was historically known as the Robsonstrasse, for the postwar period when it was a hub for immigrants from Germany, and was home to owner operated boutiques, schnitzel houses and other bistro-style dining establishments until the 1980s when the transition to the current fashionable shopping and dining area stretching from Burrard Street to Jervis Street, began. Many restaurants and shops can also be found along Denman Street closer to Stanley Park, and Davie Street between Burrard and Jervis streets.

Numerous parks and beaches can be found throughout the West End including Alexandra Park, Cardero Park, Nelson Park, Stanley Park and Sunset Beach. These parks range in size from 0.22 hectares (Morton Park) to over 406 hectare (Stanley Park). A portion of the Stanley Park Seawall promenade runs along the waterfront from Burrard Bridge to Ceperly Park.

The area is also known for English Bay Beach, a large park on English Bay which is thronged during the annual Celebration of Light fireworks display each year mid-summer. St. Paul's Hospital, one of Vancouver's largest and oldest health facilities, sits at the neighbourhood's eastern edge on Burrard Street.

Community Centres in the West End include the Vancouver Aquatic Centre, West End Community Centre, Coal Harbour Community Centre and Barclay Manor. Depending on the centre, they offer swimming pools, gyms, fitness centres and an ice rink, as well as many meeting and all-purpose rooms for rent.

The West End is not to be confused with the West Side (which denotes the western half of the non-downtown part of Vancouver city to the south) or West Vancouver ("West Van"), a separate municipality. (Conversely, and to the confusion of some, "East Van," "the East End," and "the East Side" all denote East Vancouver.)

Accolade

On November 4, 2015, The Canadian Institute of Planners announced winners of its fifth annual Great Places in Canada contest. A jury of seven professional planners named the West End as the Great Neighbourhood. Juror Jaspal Marwah MCIP, RPP stated that “the West End makes it easy, safe and inviting for residents to walk and bike to work, to access thriving local businesses and to explore Vancouver’s beaches, trails and Stanley Park. Transit access, traffic calming, street furniture, treed promenades, pocket parks and public spaces reflect a thoughtful approach to place-making. Home to the city’s LGBTQ community, the West End’s density is evenly matched by its diversity of residents, and by a strong commitment to creating an inclusive community that prioritizes affordable housing.”

West End Listings

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  • 401 1106 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2181392

    Main Photo: 401 1106 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181392
    $679,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181392
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    722 sq. ft.
    The PENTHOUSE lifestyle you've always dreamed of in the very heart of Vancouver's WEST END with a Southern view of the harbor, marina, UBC and Burrad St. Bridge! Bright 2 bedroom, 1 full bathroom home with plenty of sun light and a private deck perfect for BBQ's. Building upgrades include: rain-screen, replacement of windows/sliding doors, roof, re-pipping, boiler, exterior & interior paint, carpet replacement & lobby flooring. 1 parking stall. 1 storage locker. Walk to so much...The Seawall, several local beaches, Stanley Park, English Bay, Restaurants, cafes. This location along with the stunning views from multiple rooms is an absolute gem with the most exciting and scenic areas of Vancity right at your doorstep! Pet and rental friendly building! More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 1601 1236 BIDWELL Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "ALEXANDRA PARK" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2181296

    Main Photo: 1601 1236 BIDWELL Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "ALEXANDRA PARK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181296
    $3,199,999
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181296
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,859 sq. ft.
    Gorgeous N,W,S facing 2 level Penthouse at Alexandra Park. This stunningly unique 2 bedroom 3 bathroom unit has been meticulously put together to create one amazing lifestyle. The luxuries this home has to offer starts with a split level entrance designed with custom cast iron stairs and tile heading onto our main floor, boasting 16 foot ceilings in the living room features porcelain radiant flooring, expansive eclipse window highlighting English Bay and a feature wall designed with Venetian plaster. The Kitchen features cherry cabinets, Miele dw, Dacor stovetop and oven and a subzero fridge, a concrete "Suquette" fireplace. Upstairs master bed features tile radiant flooring, a 14'9X10'3 spa ensuite and Porto Italian designed closet systems. Now head upstairs to a garden oasis and custom built LCP roof top deck. Apts only please call Dimitri. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
  • 301 1350 COMOX Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2181242

    $749,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181242
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    837 sq. ft.
    Super quiet West End 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with oversized patio surrounded by trees along the Comox - Hemlcken greenway bike route. Building has been fully rainscreened. The home features nice updated bathroom, hardwood flooring & appliances. Bedroom are on opposite sides, open kitchen with spacious living room leading unto your terrace. Corner end unit with no units located above this one offers great privacy. Heart of West-End location between Robson Davie and Denman Street, English Bay, Stanley Park. Great income investment or starter home! More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
  • 402 2015 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2181068

    Main Photo: 402 2015 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181068
    $3,988,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181068
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,097 sq. ft.
    Welcome to 2015 Beach, an address of distinction. Exclusive waterfront location west of Denman at the foot of the seawall and entrance to Stanley Park with magnificent unobstructed vistas of the waterfront and English Bay. Spacious one level floor plan offering a perfect compliment of formal and informal living spaces meshed flawlessly with a large terrace that can be enjoyed year round. Southern exposure ensures an abundance of natural light. Privacy assured with only two suites per floor. The building is just steps from the beach and close to amenities on Denman, seawall and Stanley Park. Rarely is a residence of this nature available. A trophy property to enjoy for years to come. SHOWINGS CANCELLED. More details
    Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 304 1789 DAVIE Street in Vancouver: West End VW Townhouse for sale in "English Bay Village" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180940

    Main Photo: 304 1789 DAVIE Street in Vancouver: West End VW Townhouse for sale in "English Bay Village" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180940
    $2,988,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180940
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,648 sq. ft.
    A luxury English Bay beach house like no other! This two bedroom plus office home has been completely transformed and re-purposed by award winning architect Frits de Vries. Taken to the studs in 2012 and rebuilt to include concrete slab flooring with radiant in floor Italian porcelain tiles, custom walnut cabinetry throughout, mother of pearl quartz countertops, Gaggenau and Liebehr appliances with Fagor induction range and wall hung Toto toilets with Grohe faucets. The entire space has been sound proofed, features new Low E glass and a custom commercial sliding door opening to the ocean breeze. Intelligent design creates ample storage and wardrobe space. Over 600sf of S/W facing outdoor living area with kitchen and plumbed with gas for BBQs & warm fire features. More details
    Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 401 1967 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE PALASADES" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180516

    Open House on Sunday, June 25, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 401 1967 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE PALASADES" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180516
    $399,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180516
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    428 sq. ft.
    THE PALASADES. West of Denman, one block from Stanley Park and a short stroll to English Bay. Smart studio layout in a freehold concrete building on a Gorgeous tree-lined street. Re-piped 2004. New elevator 2009. New roof 2015. Full exterior painting caulking and sealing 2016. This unit has hardwood parquet floors, big windows and a large balcony. Original condition makes the perfect opportunity to customize and design your own personal nest in the heart of the West End. Free Laundry. Parking available though strata $30-40/month. Pets OK. Rentals limited to 5. YOU'LL LOVE IT! More details
    RE/MAX Real Estate Services
  • 102 1655 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Hempstead Manor" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2179830

    Open House on Sunday, June 25, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 102 1655 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Hempstead Manor" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179830
    $549,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2179830
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    704 sq. ft.
    Presenting Hempstead Manor where RENTALS and PETS are welcome! This spacious updated 704sqft (strata plan shows 666sqft) 1 bdrm home is the perfect addition to your investment portfolio or as an entry point into the West End market. Located on the popular south side of the building facing beautiful tree-lined Nelson Street. The large, 122sqft, patio off the livingroom is perfect for BBQ'ing but better yet walk one block to Denman or four blocks to the beach! Buy with confidence as the building has had many upgrades including new windows (2014), roof (2013), lobby (2013) and more! With secure underground parking and storage this suite has it all! OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th 2-4pm. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 907 1050 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2179835

    Open House on Sunday, June 25, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
    Main Photo: 907 1050 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179835
    $688,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2179835
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    717 sq. ft.
    South facing 1 bdrm & den suite in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Downtwon Vancouver! 9' ceilings laminate floors. Floor to ceiling windows with open layout. Beautiful granite counters. Gas fire with marble surround. S/Steel quality kitchen appliances. Close to everything. First showing at Public Open house. June 24th and 25th (Sat. and Sun.) 2-4PM. More details
    Royal LePage Sussex (Van)
  • 1405 1020 HARWOOD Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "CRYSTALLIS" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2179862

    Open House on Sunday, June 25, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 1405 1020 HARWOOD Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "CRYSTALLIS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179862
    $698,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2179862
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    770 sq. ft.
    Welcome to the NEW Crystallis! This iconic bldg has just completed full exterior AND interior remediation with 5/10 warranties! Bright & spacious 770 sqft, 1 bed, newly renovated master bath, huge principal rooms for your house size furniture and a massive bedroom! Bldg was re-piped in 2010 (right to the suites)! Fully RAINSCREENED bldg with durable metal clad exterior, new roof, all new hi efficiency windows & sliding doors, all new common areas, balconies, railings, hallways and gym! Incredible outdoor garden space with resort-style pool & hot tub. 1 block to the seawall! Enjoy CAREFREE LIVING in this spacious & functional plan. Rentals at max, 2 pets OK! Dogs max ht 12" at shoulder. Comes with 1 parking, 1 locker & private 101 SF balcony for your BBQ. Open House Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
  • 1801 1171 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Jervis" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180556

    Main Photo: 1801 1171 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Jervis" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180556
    $4,350,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180556
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,237 sq. ft.
    A gorgeous, INFORM Design, INTRACORP developed, spacious SUB PENTHOUSE with enviable water, city and mountain views. Intelligent space planning maximizes natural light, creating a smooth transition between indoor & outdoor living. The home offers some of the finest finishing available in Vancouver luxury living with a premium line of Gaggenau appliances, Italian wardrobes & bathrooms wrapped in marble. Two very generous outdoor living areas over 374 SF, plumbed with gas for BBQs & warm fire features. Includes a private double car garage with storage! The Jervis is a collection of 58 modern, design focused homes. An beautifully unique opportunity. Measurements are approx. & taken from strata plan. Completion fall 2018. More details
    Macdonald Realty
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Listing information last updated on June 25, 2017

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