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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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  • 1602 1288 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Residences on Georgia" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2323166

    Main Photo: 1602 1288 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Residences on Georgia" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2323166
    $799,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2323166
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    689 sq. ft.
    Great investment opportunity at the "RESIDENCES ON GEORGIA" in the heart of downtown. 689sqft, 1 bdrm + den CORNER unit with NW views of water & mountains. Resort Style Building features beautiful lobbies, meeting rooms, 24hr concierge, gym, theatre, private gardens and the BEST LOCATION in the City! Perfect for the professional couple & executive rental/ investment. One of the best & iconic buildings on Vancouver’s Rodeo drive, w/ the finest shops at your doorstep, the city’s best restaurants, Urban Fare grocery, cafes, Nordstrom and shopping on Robson. Minutes to Coal Harbour, the Seawall, Stanley Park. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 305 1950 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Chatsworth" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322857

    Open House on Saturday, November 17, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, November 18, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 305 1950 ROBSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Chatsworth" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322857
    • Lost Lagoon
    • Lost Lagoon
    • The Chatsworth
    • Lobby
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Bathroom
    • 2nd Bedroom
    • 2nd Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Lost Lagoon
    • Tennis Court
    • Street View
    • Street View
    • Stanley Park
    $783,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322857
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    888 sq. ft.
    Gorgeous 2 bedroom SOUTHEAST facing unit at the CHATSWORTH! Lots of upgrades through entire apartment: New kitchen cabinets, countertops, stainless steel appliances, laminate flooring, paint and vanity sink. FULLY RAINSCREENED with brand new windows! Very spacious floor plan with plenty of sunshine. Central and quiet location, walking distance to Lost Lagoon and Stanley Park. Tennis court at your door step. 1 parking stall and 1 storage locker included. Easy to show! More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 2802 1200 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE RESIDENCES ON GEORGIA" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2323189

    Main Photo: 2802 1200 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE RESIDENCES ON GEORGIA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2323189
    $979,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2323189
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    870 sq. ft.
    RARE opportunity at the "RESIDENCES ON GEORGIA" in the heart of downtown. Desirable 870sqft, 2 bdrm CORNER unit with North views of water & mountains and coveted large BALCONY. Resort Style Building features beautiful lobbies, meeting rooms, 24hr concierge, gym, theatre, private gardens and the BEST LOCATION in the City! Perfect for the professional couple & executive rental/ investment. One of the best & iconic buildings on Vancouver’s Rodeo drive, w/ the finest shops at your doorstep, the city’s best restaurants, Urban Fare grocery, cafes, Nordstrom and shopping on Robson. Minutes to Coal Harbour, the Seawall, Stanley Park. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 405 1230 COMOX Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "LA MIRAGE" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322897

    Main Photo: 405 1230 COMOX Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "LA MIRAGE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322897
    $699,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322897
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    828 sq. ft.
    This beautifully renovated 2 bedroom home is located in the heart of the West End. Warm hardwood floors, heated tile in bathroom. Open kitchen features thick granite counters, new backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and a window. Great floor plan offers large living room, dining area, and built-in bookcase. South facing corner unit is bright and quiet with only one shared wall! The unit also has in-suite laundry, in-suite storage room and secured underground parking. Recently painted, new elevator, new window glass and window screens, and retractable screen on exterior door into outdoor hallway. La Mirage is a well-run boutique (26 units) concrete building that allows 2 cats or 2 dogs. Located on a tree-lined street, walking distance to Davie, transit, restaurants, shopping and more. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX LifeStyles Realty
  • 305 1147 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE SOMERSET" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322668

    Open House on Saturday, November 17, 2018 12:30PM - 2:30PM
    Open House on Sunday, November 18, 2018 12:30PM - 2:30PM
    Main Photo: 305 1147 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE SOMERSET" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322668
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Living Room
    • Kitchen
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Balcony
    • Balcony
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Pantry
    • Living Room
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bathroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • View
    • Bedroom
    • Bathroom
    • Exterior Front
    $799,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322668
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,014 sq. ft.
    **NEW PRICE!**This is the largest unit in the complex & it shows! An abundance of of NATURAL LIGHT flows through the suite's many windows! The open kitchen has an extra roomy pantry (W/LAUNDRY) that will give your friends kitchen-storage envy! The living & dining room areas are large enough to be rearranged to suit your lifestyle- add an office nook; the possibilities are endless! The Master Bedroom easily fits a king-size bed, w/room for more furniture! Both bedrooms have a treed outlook & face onto a spacious SOUTH/EAST PATIO! Barbeques are allowed! The Somerset is a RAINSCREENED no worries complex, w/new roof & plumbing & is ideally located directly across from Nelson Park! Unit is complete w/ INSUITE LAUNDRY/1 parking & storage. OPEN HOUSE SAT/SUN NOV 17/18th, 12:30-2:30. More details
    Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
  • 1607 1331 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Lions" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322620

    Open House on Saturday, November 17, 2018 2:30PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 1607 1331 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Lions" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322620
    $918,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322620
    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 ( Nov 17) @2:30-4:00 More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 1902 1060 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322925

    $659,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322925
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    663 sq. ft.
    Very prime, true downtown location; Burrard & Robson St. Indoor pool & hot tub. Very spacious 1 BR home on the 19th. Very bright and lots of windows, balcony, storage room in-suite. All sizes and ages are approx. only. The Buyer should not rely upon the listing information without the Buyer independently verifying the information. More details
    Listed by Amex - Fraseridge Realty
  • 1003 1925 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "LAGUNA PARKSIDE" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2321980

    Main Photo: 1003 1925 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "LAGUNA PARKSIDE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2321980
    $1,780,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2321980
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,027 sq. ft.
    'Laguna Parkside' luxury residences at the edge of Stanley Park & Coal Harbour. Enjoy views of the park, Lost Lagoon, marina, snowcapped North Shore mountains. All interiors boast top of the line Thermador stainless steel appliances, Solus stone fireplace surround, new hardwood flooring, A/C. Grand hotel style lobby with 24' ceilings, stunning crystal chandeliers. Extensive granite & mahogany finishing. Enjoy your own private health club like amenities. RENTALS ALLOWED! More details
    Listed by Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
  • 501 1003 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SEA STAR" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322148

    Main Photo: 501 1003 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SEA STAR" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322148
    $868,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322148
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,024 sq. ft.
    Welcome to this spacious and open two bedroom two bathroom unit in the SEASTAR. This unit Flaunts and open kitchen with eating bar that leads to your own enclosed Sunroom AKA Yoga empowerment room! Master bedroom is fit for King and king sized bed with your own master ensuite. The second bedroom boast being a little bit smalled but none the less charming. Enjoy the ease of having insuite laundry in your second bathroom, you have no excuse for cleaning your towels often. If you like Bridges, this unit boasts being right on the foot of Burrard street Bridge. Along with being by this stunning remodeled bridge you are steps from Yaletown, New shops and restaurants coming under VANCOUVER HOUSE, SEAWALL , Aquatic center, English Bay, Westend and easy bike routes and walk score of 97. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 210 1230 HARO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "1230 HARO" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322710

    Open House on Saturday, November 17, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, November 18, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Spacious 1 Bedroom with lots of personality !
    Main Photo: 210 1230 HARO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "1230 HARO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322710
    $588,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322710
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    668 sq. ft.
    Walk score is 99 - Live in the centre of everything! This spacious 1 bedroom suite features a lovely bay window overlooking a street courtyard with mature trees & fountain. There is plenty of storage & a flexible open floor plan that accommodates full sized furniture. Freshly painted & carpeted in warm neutral tones; just waiting for your personal touches. You will enjoy the cozy gas fireplace & covered balcony. This complex is well managed & many improvements have been completed. One secured parking stall & 1 storage locker complete the package. Walk to shops, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, restaurants, theatres & more. Located on the Bute Street bikeway. Rentals declined but pets are welcome. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
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Listing information last updated on November 16, 2018 at 06:25 PM (UTC)

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