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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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  • 307 1388 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "ANDALUCA" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2233405

    $795,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2233405
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    703 sq. ft.
    ANDALUCA by Polygon. Check out a suite in one of the most POPULAR buildings in the WEST END. A Classic Heritage and Whistler styling with lots of STONE accent walls. This is a CORNER South facing suite on the QUIET side of the building. This 1 bedroom and den (den has large windows) plus insuite storage room or 2nd den, plus a large storage locker (6'9 x 4'3) in the garage. Newly updated with flooring, paint, stainless steel appliances & lighting. Open floor plan living with 9' ceilings, insuite laundry and great finishings. Extremely well run BUILDING, PETS (2) & RENTALS ALLOWED. 1st Showing Thurs Jan 25th 6-7pm, Open House Fri Jan 26th 10am-12pm, Open House Sun Jan 28th 2-4pm. More details
    Coldwell Banker - Perra Realty
  • 4601 1128 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SHANGRI-LA" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2232775

    Main Photo: 4601 1128 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SHANGRI-LA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2232775
    $5,388,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2232775
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,499 sq. ft.
    Beautiful Shangrila Estate Suite with English Bay and Sunset Views. Nearly 2500 square feet of luxury in Vancouver most prestigious downtown location. Shangri-la living includes; great concierge service, gym, pool, hot-tub and spa, the onsite Market by Jean-Georges restaurant and dozens of Vancouver's best restaurant within walking distance. This home includes; built in wine-cooler, built-in cappuccino marker, six burner Miele gas stove, double ovens, huge refrigerator, two large, side-by-side parking stalls, a locker room, central heat and air conditioning, high ceilings and stunning views from every room (including the ensuite!). More details
    Creighton & Associates Realty
  • PH 1367 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Lions" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2232866

    Main Photo: PH 1367 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Lions" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2232866
    $6,880,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2232866
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,676 sq. ft.
    The magnificent LIONS PENTHOUSE residence sits 30 stories above Coal Harbour and occupies the entire top floor of this most sought after luxury development. Masterfully and meticulously designed this ultra- luxury residence offers approximately five thousand square feet of indoor outdoor living featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that frame a spectacular 360 degree panorama of Stanley Park, Coal Harbour, the North Shore mountains, the city, English Bay and views to Vancouver Island... Designed for a sophisticated lifestyle with entertainment size principal living and dining areas, together with five walk out private terraces, this iconic penthouse residence provides an indoor outdoor lifestyle like no other walking distance to the city’s most exclusive boutiques and restaurants .. More details
    Angell Hasman (Malcolm Hasman)
  • 2206 1367 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Lions" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2232868

    Main Photo: 2206 1367 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Lions" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2232868
    $1,518,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2232868
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,198 sq. ft.
    THE LIONS ... conveniently located only a short walk to Coal Harbour and Alberni's Luxury Zone with the cities most exclusive restaurants and international boutiques. This spacious 1198 sq ft two bedroom, 2 bath residence offers direct views of coal harbour marina and the city lights. Beautifully updated kitchen & bathrooms with new hardwood floors and fixtures. Concierge. Gym. Theatre. 2 parking spaces. More details
    Angell Hasman (Malcolm Hasman)
  • 2 1549 HARO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2232925

    Main Photo: 2 1549 HARO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2232925
    $1,368,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2232925
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,026 sq. ft.
    [Location, Location, Location] This 2 bedroom fully renovated townhome with private 370 sqft rooftop patio is a dream home in a dream location. Walk to everything in amazing Westend neighbourhood, only a stone's throw away from Robson St, surrounding shopping, restaurants, transit, Stanley Park, and world-class amenities. Large separated bedrooms on quiet side of the building offer plenty of space and natural light. Renovated details: Ceasarstone counter tops, Bosh & Liebherr appliances, kitchen cabinets and white oak hardwood flooring throughout. Don't be fooled by the sqft, total living area is almost 1400SF. Enjoy your private Westend oasis on the tree surrounded entertainment-sized rooftop deck with built-in BBQ, cedar bench seating with covered area with low-maintenance new decking. More details
    Icon Marketing Inc. and Icon&co. Boutique Inc.
  • 313 1500 PENDRELL Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2233350

    Open House on Friday, January 26, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM
    Main Photo: 313 1500 PENDRELL Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2233350
    $599,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2233350
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    628 sq. ft.
    Amazing West End location - spacious and comfortable one bedroom unit overlooking the beautiful and quiet tree-lined street! Open concept floor plan with laminate floors and good-sized balcony. Amenities include fitness centre, racquetball/squash & sauna. Only 10 minutes to English Bay and one block away to Safeway and London Drugs; short walk to a great range of delicious dining, including the Boathouse, Cactus Club, the Brits and more. Live at the heart of leisure or rent to the perfect local professional! More details
    Ohmproperty
  • 4 1549 HARO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2232700

    Main Photo: 4 1549 HARO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2232700
    $1,228,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2232700
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,208 sq. ft.
    LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! Proud to present this gorgeous and tastefully renovated 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom one-level securely gated townhouse in the heart of West End, Downtown Vancouver. Spanning over a generous 1,200sqft of pure living area, this newly renovated townhome features a very functional layout, a large gourmet chef's kitchen, a cozy solarium to enjoy your evenings on and a built-in wine fridge bound to make everyone in the family very, very happy. Thelocation doesn't get better than this, just seconds away from the beach, public transportation, endless restaurants, shopping and recreation. This one won't last, come and take a look at this gem today! Open house January 20 and 21st, 2-4PM More details
    Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 1147 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE SOMERSET" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2232399

    Main Photo: 1147 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE SOMERSET" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2232399
    $879,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2232399
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    884 sq. ft.
    Unbeatable location! Dropped in the centre of the Downtown peninsula, overlooking Nelson Park, this WESTEND PENTHOUSE suite is sure to impress. Step into the great room with soaring 12'3 foot ceilings, gas fireplace with an abundance of natural light. The fresh and clean kitchen has been fully renovated with new cabinets, counter top and appliances with BONUS Skylight! A crisp modern look with new paint and flooring throughout. Leave your car at home in one of the two (2) parking spaces. Walk to any of your favourite Downtown or Westend hangouts. Open House Sunday January 21st, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. More details
    Royal LePage Regency Realty
  • 702 1315 CARDERO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "DIANNE COURT" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2232008

    Main Photo: 702 1315 CARDERO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "DIANNE COURT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2232008
    $475,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2232008
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    600 sq. ft.
    Located steps from English Bay this attractive, bright & quiet 1 bedroom suite has recently been repainted and is in move-in condition. Peaceful outlook from sunny southeast 40+ SF balcony. Updated bathroom and new kitchen floor. Spacious living area with oak hardwood floors & separate dining room. Shared laundry. Dianne Court is well maintained concrete 32 unit non-smoking, adult oriented building. One of the most sought after mid-century buildings in an unbeatable West End location. No rentals or pets. Co-op requires 35% down payment & Board approval. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 1003 1050 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE STERLING" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2232220

    Main Photo: 1003 1050 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE STERLING" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2232220
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Balcony
    • View
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Dining Room
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bathroom
    • Den
    • Floor Plan
    • Lobby/Reception
    • Exterior Front
    • Gym
    $699,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2232220
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    635 sq. ft.
    “Hi, there my name is Sterling, I just came out of a long term relationship and I’m back on the market! My friend told me I might find “the one” on this site. I’m looking for someone who appreciates the finer things in life, like solid concrete construction, mountain views & an excellent location. I don’t like to brag, but I have lofty 9ft ceilings, a great layout & a spacious patio where we could enjoy our morning coffee together. I love to cook, on my gas range & entertain in my open kitchen. Join me for a glass of wine in front of my cozy gas fireplace. I’m allowed 1 pet & rentals! Please take a look at my pictures & send me a message! The Sterling, is a well-managed complex w/ gym, concierge. Suite is complete w/ 1 parking. Open House Wed. 17th 5:30-6:30 pm. Sat/Sun. 20/21 2-4pm. More details
    Royal LePage Sussex
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Listing information last updated on January 22, 2018

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