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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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  • 1407 1723 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Park" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332615

    $1,058,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332615
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    828 sq. ft.
    The Park! The most desirable West End building in DT Vancouver. Location, View and Layout - this unit on the 14th floor has it all! Floor to Ceiling windows with fantastic views of Stanley Park, Coal Harbour, water and mountains. Sunny, bright north east corner unit with Spacious OPEN floor plan. Large kitchen with Island and bar seating. Granite Countertops throughout. Laminate flooring. The den now is being used as a pantry but it can be an office. Parking is a secured single car garage with attached storage. Steps away from Robson and Denman St., Coal Harbour, Shopping, Stanley Park. Pets and Rntals allowed. Walk Score is 100! Everyone living in this building thinks they live in paradise. This is a residence with life style. More details
    Listed by Angell Hasman & Assoc.Rlty.Ltd
  • 1201 1236 BIDWELL Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "ALEXANDER PARK" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332278

    Main Photo: 1201 1236 BIDWELL Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "ALEXANDER PARK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332278
    $2,499,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332278
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,699 sq. ft.
    Amazing views from this spectacular suite. Completely redesigned and renovated with exquisite taste by the discerning sellers. The double- height ceiling is accentuated by the tall, custom fireplace in the living room. The open floor plan makes cooking in this chef’s kitchen a pleasure while you enjoy the English Bay views, converse with guests in the living, dining area and on the patio. Guest bedroom and bath are on the main level. The upper level, also with amazing views, is dedicated to the master suite with a generous spa bath and office/den area. Unbeatable location, steps to the beach, close to shops, restaurants, transportation… Pets welcome. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 1601 1050 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Sterling" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2331911

    Open House on Saturday, January 19, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM Open House
    Main Photo: 1601 1050 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Sterling" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2331911
    $958,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2331911
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    918 sq. ft.
    Downtown West End core functional Two bedroom plus Den unit. Beautiful water and city views. Walking distance to Rapid Transit and Central Business District office buildings. Theater, YMCA and Robson Street are all within reach. Hundreds of Characteristic Stores and Restaurants, Here you can feel the True Life of Metropolis. Not to mention the 24 Hour Concierge service, and Well Equipped Exercise room, this well maintained building offers all. Move in, Rent out or looking for the Best Investment in the City, this unit answers all. Open House Jan 19th Sat 2-4 PM More details
    Listed by KellerWilliamsRealtyVanCentral
  • 903 1250 BURNABY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Horizon" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332015

    Open House on Sunday, January 20, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 903 1250 BURNABY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Horizon" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332015
    $369,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332015
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    553 sq. ft.
    BREATHTAKING CITY, WATER & MOUNTAIN VIEWS from this BRIGHT & SPACIOUS CORNER HOME in the heart of the West End. Perfectly designed 1-bdrm feat. floor-to-ceiling windows & tons of natural light w/ beautifully restored H/W flooring, newer appliances, counters & backsplash, modern cabinetry, paint & crown molding throughout. Immaculately maintained by current owner, this home is turn-key ready for end-users or investors (no rental restrictions and great ROI!). The incredible location, just off vibrant Davie Street and blocks from Sunset Beach and the Seawall, defines the best of Vancouver living. WORRY-FREE PRO-ACTIVE building w/ recent roof, elevator, plumbing & boiler upgrades. Prepaid lease. Monthly fee includes heat, hot water & taxes. OPEN SUN 2-4 or call now for private viewing! Hurry! More details
    Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
  • 901 1003 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SEASTAR" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332052

    Main Photo: 901 1003 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SEASTAR" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332052
    • Exterior Front
    • View
    • Lobby/Reception
    • Lobby/Reception
    • kitchen
    • Master Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bathroom
    • Dining Room
    • Living Room
    • Master Bathroom
    • Living Room
    • Den
    $849,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332052
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    966 sq. ft.
    This well-run building is located in the heart of all that downtown living has to offer. With 2 beds, 2 full baths & 966 square feet, enjoy the open living, kitchen & dining room with a bright solarium perfect for an office, reading or watching the world go by with amazing views to the south. With engineered hardwood, granite counters, stainless steel appliances & gas fireplace you just need to move in & live. And what isn't close by? Ferry access to Granville Island, the seawall, Aquatic Centre, stroll to English Bay, the Westend, Yaletown & the heart of downtown. Or step out to walk over or cycle over the Burrard Bridge to enjoy all Kits has to offer. The Seastar offers a bike room, exercise room, office & meeting room. More details
    Listed by Dexter Realty
  • 1208 1251 CARDERO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE SURFEREST" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332659

    Main Photo: 1208 1251 CARDERO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE SURFEREST" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332659
    • Sunset Beach
    $365,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332659
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    650 sq. ft.
    Live in or rent out. Beautiful views to False Creek, Kits Point & English Bay. Spacious SE corner 1 BR. Open & airy outlook-very private. Great loc. 1 block to Eng. Bay Beach, Seawall, shops & new Safeway (under construction). Suite has upgraded laminate floors, extended & enlarged kitchen w/extra counter & storage space. Bathroom with walk-in shower & glass block. Bright king size BR. Building exterior refurbished w/new paint, balconies & railings. 1 PARKING & 1 locker included. Rental permitted (no short term). Currently rented to reliable tenants mo to mo who would like to stay. Maintenance fee of $416/mo incl heat, HW & property taxes. Indoor pool. No pets. Prepaid leasehold to Dec 31, 2073. By appointment. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 2304 738 BROUGHTON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Alberni Place" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332087

    Main Photo: 2304 738 BROUGHTON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Alberni Place" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332087
    $2,789,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332087
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,541 sq. ft.
    VIEW, VIEW, VIEW. Watch the world beneath you, English Bay & sunsets at ALBERNI PLACE. This is the original Vancouver luxury building with big floor plans, large rooms and 24 hour concierge. This amazing West facing apartment has 2 LEVELS, 2 bedrooms + 2 dens and 2 side by side parking. Originally 3 bed + den & easy to convert back. A completely renovated kitchen & master suite, real oak Hardwood floors, an elegant curving feature staircase & three bathrooms (two ensuite). BIG, BOLD & GORGEOUS, double height living room & easily fits house size furniture. Impeccably maintained building, close to Robson St shopping, the City’s best restaurants, world class recreation, the Business District, The Seawall & Stanley Park. Live perfect security and comfort. Great Value @$1098 psf YOU’LL LOVE IT! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Services
  • 1205 1060 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE CARLYLE" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332216

    Main Photo: 1205 1060 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE CARLYLE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332216
    $828,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332216
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    831 sq. ft.
    Carlyle is a luxury residence in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. Located close to Vancouver's famous Shangri-La Hotel, The Keg Steak House, Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, Pacific Centre, Starbucks and many more retails. Carlyle stands 21 stories tall and has a total of 146 units. Rentals allowed. No pets. More details
    Listed by Regent Park Realty Inc.
  • 103 1740 COMOX Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE SANDPIPER" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332299

    Main Photo: 103 1740 COMOX Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE SANDPIPER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332299
    $650,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332299
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    731 sq. ft.
    Rare ground floor, corner unit in well-maintained and sought-after Sandpiper. Experience the West End lifestyle, surrounded by nature but close to urban conveniences. This one-bedroom & den unit has been fully renovated, featuring a fully redone bathroom, kitchen & bedroom, with new flooring, appliances, cabinets & finishes. Large windows make for a bright and airy home, and the spacious solarium is multi-functional for a guest room, home office or quiet sanctuary. Proactive concrete building with upgrades to windows, elevators and exterior. Live in the heart of the West End, steps from English Bay & Stanley Park, as well as Denman & Davie Street bistros, conveniences & shopping. More details
    Listed by Stilhavn Real Estate Services
  • 404 710 CHILCO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2331862

    Main Photo: 404 710 CHILCO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2331862
    • Breathtaking water Park & mountain view
    • Unobstructed view of park and lagoon
    • wall to wall glass to capture view
    • Bring your house-sized furniture
    • Huge living/dining space
    • Entertainers' dining
    • great big kitchen
    • guest powder room
    • Guest bedroom
    • generous master bedroom with ensuite bath
    • master bedroom outlook
    • lagoon and bike path at your door
    • Great renovation opportunity
    • Fab parkside Coal Harbour Adjacent
    • Building'd roofdeck with 360 views
    • Public tennis courts across the street
    • Autumn Dusk
    • View from Stanley Park to building on the left
    $850,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2331862
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,145 sq. ft.
    Rare WATERFRONT offering on Stanley Park. Enjoy all 4 seasons on Lost Lagoon. Post card views to blue lagoon, verdant Stanley Park forest & snow-capped North Shore mountains thru wall to wall windows. Iconic Mid-century equity co-op bldg circa 1958. Rare 2 BR, 2 bath plan w/windows in 4 directions. Substantial kitchen w/tons of storage & counter space. (WD possible w/permission). Move from a house! California king size master bdrm w/walk-thru closet & 4 piece ensuite bath. Exceptional value for this location. Estate sale. Bring your designer. 1 parking, 1 storage. Walking distance to yacht club, Coal Harbour, grocery & cafes. Tennis courts & pitch'n putt at your door. 35% down. No pets nor rentals. Quiet adult NS bldg. NOTE; No FBT,EHT,PPT More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
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Listing information last updated on January 16, 2019 at 03:21 AM (UTC)

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