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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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  • 1504 1146 HARWOOD Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE LAMPLIGHTER" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2309070

    $569,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2309070
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    510 sq. ft.
    THE LAMPLIGHTER - one of the West End's BEST high-rise right in the heart of the Sunset Beach, Davie Street neighborhood. Walking distance to Downtown, seawall, shopping & restaurants. Building is well managed with proactive strata council and onsite caretaker. It was many upgrades in the building: refurbished lobby, common areas and exterior; re-piping and landscaping are also done. Open balcony with and partial water views. Shared whirpool/hot tub and sauna in the building. A storage locker & parking for $35/month included. No rental restrictions. The tenant pays $1300 and he's been living in the unit since 2014. More details
    Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
  • 217 1500 PENDRELL Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Pendrell Mews" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2308692

    Main Photo: 217 1500 PENDRELL Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Pendrell Mews" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308692
    $879,999
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2308692
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    968 sq. ft.
    Welcome to the West End! Where English Bay & the world famous Stanley Park & Seawall are just blocks away. This prof. measured, beautifully reno. 2-bed/1.5 bath suite is on a lovely tree-lined street on the QUIET side of the building There are oak hardwood floors throughout, granite counter-tops in the well planned open kit. & a custom built-in cabinet in the living room. The 143 sq.ft. private patio is a year-round extension of yr. living space. The master w/ en-suite will accommodate a king-sized bed. The bldg. has the luxury of a live-in caretaker, fitness center & sauna. Heat & hot water are inc. in your strata fees, plus pkg & lock. Pets welcome, rent. restricted. Convenient to Davie & Denman Street, schools, transit direct to Downtown & Canada Line. Open House Sat., Sept. 22, 2-4pm More details
    Listed by Dexter Associates Realty
  • 2701 1028 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Patina" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2308566

    Main Photo: 2701 1028 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Patina" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308566
    $1,738,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2308566
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,222 sq. ft.
    'Patina" 1st Class building by Concert Properties. LUXURY living at it's Finest. Landmark Residence offers pure elegance & its finest materials including Lrg Italian porcelain tiles thru-out entry & living area, year round comfort w/Geothermal heating/cooling system. Excellent flr plan feat wide living area w/an elegant entertaining style open kitchen. Spa bath feat his/her vanity, glass surround tile bath, walk-in shower, in-floor radiant heat. Stunning PROTECTED view from every room. Over 1200 sf of Living Space can easily fit house size furniture! Located in the heart of DT. Steps to daily amenities, cafes, dining & Robson St Shopping. Bldg completes w/24 hr concierge, restricted flr access & 3 high-speed elevators. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • PH7 1688 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Pacific Robson Palais" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2308157

    Main Photo: PH7 1688 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Pacific Robson Palais" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308157
    $2,999,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2308157
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,763 sq. ft.
    FULLY RENOVATED PENTHOUSE! The meticulous and sophisticated renovation of this two bedroom and den, two-storey penthouse is sure to wow. With floor-to-ceiling windows, gas fireplace and expansive living area, this home is made for entertaining. Custom designed kitchen with clean lines, top-of-the-line professional appliances (Miele and Fisher & Paykel) and quartz countertops with seating for 4. The loft style master bedroom showcases exquisite craftsmanship, views of the North Shore mountains and a walk-in closet. Ensuite features a standalone clawfoot tub and rain shower. Luxurious amenities include indoor pool, sauna, hot tub and fitness facility. 2 secure parking and 1 storage locker included with the home. More details
    Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 1607 1331 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Lions" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2308085

    Main Photo: 1607 1331 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Lions" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308085
    $998,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2308085
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    749 sq. ft.
    THE LIONS, conveniently located in Vancouver 's West End/Coal Harbour area, which boasts the reputation of being one of the most beautiful places to live in the world. Steps away from great shopping on Robson Street, from the Vancouver Harbor Seawall to world famous Stanley Park. This well maintained renovated corner unit features 2 sizeable bedrooms and 1 office, the great open floor plan with floor to ceiling windows, laminate flooring, open kitchen w/granite counters & stainless steel appliances. 1 Parking and 1 locker, plus many top-notch on-site amenities, including: Concierge service, full Gym, Sauna, secured underground parking, Media room and Conference rooms. If you'd like to see annual firework, you can enjoy seeing it from this unit even. Open House: Sat (9/22) @2:30-4pm More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 2202 1200 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Palisades" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2308092

    Open House on Sunday, September 23, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM
    Main Photo: 2202 1200 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Palisades" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308092
    $1,198,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2308092
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    888 sq. ft.
    The Palisades is located on prestigious Alberni St. known as Vancouver's high-end shopping district. Location is PRIME, only steps away from Robson, restaurants, Stanley Park and the Seawall. This 2 Bed/2 Bat unit is perfect for downsizers, professionals, families, investors or just about anyone! Built by Westbank, this oasis consists of two towers surrounded by stunning water fountains. Imagine sitting on the couch in your newly-renovated condo, sipping on coffee while enjoying your sweeping city and water views. This unit boasts brand new S/S appliances, white marble features and sophisticated oil-rubbed bronze fixtures. A MUST SEE! One parking and locker, gym and 24hr Concierge included. OPEN HOUSE: SAT/SUN (SEP 23-24) @ 1-3 PM. More details
    Listed by Royalty Group Realty Inc.
  • 401 1108 NICOLA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "CHARTWELL" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2308271

    Main Photo: 401 1108 NICOLA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "CHARTWELL" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308271
    $449,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2308271
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    473 sq. ft.
    For generations the West End was the place to be if you wanted to live in Vancouver's downtown and it is still one of the most desirable places to be. This perfect studio condo is in a mid-rise fully-concrete building on one of the West End's prettiest streets. And quiet! And affordable! The practical floor plan allows you to use the living space as you want. Wall bed? Sofa bed? Close to shopping, eateries, and transit you are only 4 blocks to the Sea Wall or English Bay. The well-maintained building with a very proactive strata has undergone extensive upgrades in recent years. This is a rare opportunity and not to be missed. Easy to show. Open House Sunday, September 23, 2-4 pm. More details
    Listed by Dexter Associates Realty
  • 222 1500 PENDRELL Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "PENDRELL MEWS" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2308306

    Open House on Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 222 1500 PENDRELL Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "PENDRELL MEWS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308306
    • Master Bedroom
    • Office
    • Master Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • Patio/Deck
    • Exterior Back
    • Exterior Front
    $939,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2308306
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,002 sq. ft.
    Tucked away in one of the West End's most desirable enclaves is a tastefully designed two bedroom & den just waiting for your to call this exceptional property home. The 250 sq ft covered patio beckons you to enjoy all four seasons on this private south facing zen oasis. Impeccable detailing with a blend of rich oak hardwood, polished quartz counters, sleek glass tiling, stainless package & scores of skylights. This pristine home is warm, welcoming & finely tuned with an abundance of natural light, endless storage & so much space. A contemporary open floor plan and only one common wall, ideal to entertain & BBQ. Terrific amenities, a well managed building & great neighbours in a serene, peaceful setting. Pets are welcoming & rentals restricted at Pendrell Mews. It's the complete package! Open House Saturday and Sunday 2-4pm. More details
    Listed by Coldwell Banker Premier Realty
  • 1903 1111 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "LIVING SHANGRI-LA" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2308654

    Main Photo: 1903 1111 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "LIVING SHANGRI-LA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308654
    $1,068,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2308654
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    672 sq. ft.
    LIVING SHANGRI-LA - A LUXURY HIGH RISE CONDOMINIUM OFFERING YOU FIVE STAR LUXURY LIVING EVERYDAY. From the unparalleled 5 star service the 24Hour Concierge provides the residents,to a well equipped gym, yoga room & Spa, you know you are purchasing a SOPHISTICATED URBAN SANCTUARY. Perfect Pied-a-terre home for a bachelor/bachlorette, vacation home or simply a great investment. This is the largest ONE BEDROOM FLOORPLAN with a Beautiful Open Kitchen equipped w/ the FINEST fixtures - BOSCH DW, MIELE COOKTOP and an absolutely gorgeous SUBZERO fridge. Bathroom screams luxury with beautiful marble tiles featuring a separate shower, & large Soaker tub for a spa like like experience. Tenanted to a fantastic tenant paying $3000/month unfurnished. Tenant wishes to stay. 1parking&storage! More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 1106 1288 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Palisades" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2309008

    Open House on Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 1106 1288 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Palisades" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2309008
    $1,148,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2309008
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    869 sq. ft.
    FULLY RENOVATED! Exquisite Coal Harbour living at The Palisades! Glass-encased, north-facing 2 bed 2 bath plus Den unit with cityscape and partial water views; all in Vancouver's most desirable neighbourhood! Steps away from Urban Fare on Alberni, as well as London Drugs, and several restaurants on Robson Street. This unit features high-end Kitchen Aid appliances. Beautifully appointed accent wall in living room. The den includes a customized built in murphy bed easily converting the space into a bedroom. Plenty of in-suite storage and much more. Includes 1 parking, 1 storage locker, 24 hour concierge, gym, and library. A must see! Open House September 23 Sunday 2-4pm More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
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Listing information last updated on September 23, 2018 at 03:24 AM (UTC)

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