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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

West End

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  • 1705 1003 BURNABY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "MILANO" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2222791

    Main Photo: 1705 1003 BURNABY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "MILANO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2222791
    $479,999
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2222791
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    418 sq. ft.
    With water & city skyline views to the South, welcome to the Sub-Pethouse level of The Milano by Cressy! This home features expansive views of English Bay Water, Granville Island and False Creek Water to the South. This home received an abundance of natural light all afternoon. Equipped with updated floors throughout, #1705 boasts in-suite laundry, gas stove, gas fireplace, stone counter-tops, glass breakfast bar and Juliette balcony. This floor plan is highly functional with no wasted space! Additionally offering 1 Parking Stall + Storage Locker. On the edge of the most desired West End, 1003 Burnaby Street is steps to major bus routes, restaurants, bars, pubs, Sunset Beach, Yaletown, Downtown, and Seawall. Open House Sat 18th 2pm - 4pm & Sun 19th 2pm - 4PM. More details
    Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 701 1420 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE GEORGE" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2222677

    Main Photo: 701 1420 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE GEORGE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2222677
    $669,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2222677
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    545 sq. ft.
    Welcome to "The George", bordering Coal Harbour with Views to the Water, this isn't one to miss. Peace of mind as well when purchasing in this very well maintained and funded building. RARELY available 01 plan, the condo features High end Custom cabinets, Stainless steel appliances, and Granite counter tops in the Kitchen. A tasteful oak hardwood has been laid throughout the interior. Built in surround sound speakers for easy listening, upgraded bathroom, upgraded baseboards, along with new paint are just a few of the extra touches to this quintessential city home. A very well laid out floor plan with no wasted space and complete with a good size office or den checks all those boxes! No Pets allowed, however Rentals are fine! Call now for your private viewing! More details
    Zolo Realty (BC) Inc.
  • 401 789 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "JERVIS COURT" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2222828

    Main Photo: 401 789 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "JERVIS COURT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2222828
    $1,008,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2222828
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,168 sq. ft.
    Introducing this spacious, newly renovated 2 bed home in the heart of the city! With peek-a-boo North Shore Mtn + English Bay views, this home features 2 full baths, 2 parking, 1 XL storage, and a bright open plan. The quiet "Jervis Court" has been fully rainscreened with beautiful common area finishes. Updates include: all new stainless steel appliances, countertops, kitchen sinks, faucets, flooring, paint, mirrors with a modern aesthetic! A peaceful oasis with restaurants at your doorsteps + world famous Robson Shopping Street, King George Secondary, Burrard Financial/Business District + skytrain within walking distance. Don't miss this rare opportunity! More details
    Rennie & Associates Realty
  • 210 1045 BURNABY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Landmark Bayside" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2221820

    Main Photo: 210 1045 BURNABY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Landmark Bayside" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2221820
    $599,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2221820
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    721 sq. ft.
    Beautiful renovated unit with over 700 sqft inside and 109 sqft of balcony space! 1 parking, 1 locker included! Freehold Strata! Facing South East - Bright and spacious floor plan, situated quietly on Burnaby Street in the West End area. Large den could be used as a bedroom. East facing unit - bright throughout the day! Located conveniently behind Davie St. and between English Bay Seawall. Location is fantastic for redevelopment investment or live in to enjoy the lively neighbourhood with fantastic English Bay / Stanley Park walks. All amenities imaginable are within walking distance. Friday Nov 17 5-630pm open house. Sunday Nov 19th 2-4pm open house. More details
    Sutton Grp-Vancouver First Rty
  • 1102 1420 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "GEORGE" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2222282

    Main Photo: 1102 1420 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "GEORGE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2222282
    $988,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2222282
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    801 sq. ft.
    Spectacular views!!! Corner & one of a kind unit with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 parking stalls in rarely available location. Bright, open concept floorplan, separated bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Kitchen with breakfast bar, opens to living/dining area. Steps away from Financial District, Seawall, Stanley Park, shopping & best dining. Comes with 2 side by side parking stalls & storage locker. BEST PART is the view from every room! A must see!!! Open house Saturday November 18th, 3-4pm. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
  • 102 1631 COMOX Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2221908

    Main Photo: 102 1631 COMOX Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2221908
    $629,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2221908
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    836 sq. ft.
    Totally Renovated! Bright, South Facing 2 bedroom + Flex in great West End location! This ground floor unit with large, covered outdoor patio is close to everything the West End has to offer; Robson, Davie + Denman Streets, Beaches, Stanley Park and all transit and shopping! Renovations include, new kitchen with updated cabinets, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances; bathroom finished with stylish vanity & faucets, new lighting + designer paint colors. Gas fireplace (cost of gas incl in maint fee) and laminate flooring throughout. Very well laid out 863 sqft with no wasted space. Pet friendly (no weight restriction), 1 dog or cat is allowed. Roof, elevator, and common areas are upgraded. Elementary school across the street is bonus for young families! Possible to add insuite washer+dryer with approval. Maximum of 5 rentals allowed. OPEN HOUSES: Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th 2-4PM. Offers, if any, to be presented on Monday, November 20th at 7PM. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 404 1435 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Westport" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2221878

    Main Photo: 404 1435 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Westport" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2221878
    $549,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2221878
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    600 sq. ft.
    This beautifully renovated, top floor 1 bed/1 bath condo features 14' ceilings, hardwood throughout, and a walk-in closet. The kitchen showcases stainless steel appliances and lots of storage. Located in the heart of the West End, you are steps away from great restaurants, fantastic shopping, English Bay and Stanley Park. Westport has completed several major upgrades consisting of a full rain screen, new plumbing, new balconies and new doors/windows. Outstanding projects (approved & funded) include professionally decorated common areas and new landscaping. Perfect for first-time buyers, downsizers or investors. Pets Allowed and Rentals allowed (minimum 1 month). Sneak Peek: Thursday, Nov. 16 5:30 to 7:00, Open Houses: Saturday/Sunday, Nov 18 & 19, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • PH2206 1420 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2222163

    Main Photo: PH2206 1420 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2222163
    $1,590,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2222163
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,113 sq. ft.
    Coal Harbour 2 lvl PENTHOUSE with stunning South West English Bay & West Vancouver views. This 23rd floor suite boasts Brazilian cherry hardwood throughout, 9.5 ceilings & is wrapped with floor to ceiling windows. Generous sized balcony off the kitchen & 2 bedroom + BONUS LARGE wrap around deck off living. Large custom kitchen with slate floors, wood grain cabinets with stainless steel counters & ramp sink. Master features custom closets & ensuite w/walk-in shower, heated stone floors, onyx sink & quality fixtures. 2 side by side parking + storage locker. Picturesque sunset views will leave a lasting impression, must see to appreciate! Showings by appointment only. No pets allowed, rentals okay. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 411 1350 COMOX Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2222419

    Open House on Friday, November 24, 2017 10:30AM - 12:00PM
    Main Photo: 411 1350 COMOX Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2222419
    $595,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2222419
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    629 sq. ft.
    Top floor NW facing unit in the heart of the West End. Great outlook over the courtyard with some mountain views. Lots of light by day capturing the sunset coloured sky by night. Nicely renovated with granite counters and ceramic tiles in kitchen and baths. Stainless appliances, large double sink and white shaker style cabinets. Glass tile work gives the kitchen a calm finish. Insuite laundry can be added with strata/city approval. Pets and rentals allowed (and for dog lovers two are allowed). Move in ready. OPEN SUN NOV 19 FROM 1 TO 3 PM. More details
    RE/MAX Real Estate Services
  • 601 1277 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Jetson" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2221367

    Main Photo: 601 1277 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Jetson" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2221367
    $599,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2221367
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    573 sq. ft.
    THE JETSON is a very well maintained with a healthy contingency, updated plumbing, lobby and hallways. West End, quality concrete building. Fabulous 1 bedroom suite boasts a large kitchen which opens to dining area. In-suite laundry. Living room has sliding glass doors to balcony. Views from the suite encompass English Bay water views to the mountains. Rec facilities include sauna, whirlpool and exercise room. Excellent location, close to water, shopping, transit, etc. Parking & storage included. Rentals allowed, (minimum 6 months), sorry no pets. Walking distance to Lord Roberts Elementary and King George Secondary as well as the West End and Coal Harbour Community Centers. OPEN house Friday Nov 17th 11am-12pm. OPEN house Sun Nov 19th 2:30pm-4pm. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty
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Listing information last updated on November 20, 2017

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