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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

1-10/97
  • 3801 1111 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "LIVING SHANGRI-LA" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2198042

    $2,980,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2198042
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,567 sq. ft.
    BREATH TAKING FRONT ROW FIREWORK VIEW! Nothing can beat this gorgeous 38th floor 2bed/3bath unit in the world-renowned Shangri La by WestBank! Towering over the heart of downtown, this building has redefined luxury and excellence with its 5-star amenities and hotel services, including a large fitness centre, an outdoor pool, a spa, 24-hour concierge and much more. The unit boasts a breathtaking panoramic view from floor to ceiling windows. The beautiful open kitchen is equipped w/ Miele appliances, Sub-zero fridge and many customized shelvings. Comes with geothermal heating and air conditioning throughout. Steps away from the best of what Vancouver has to offer in shopping, dining, and entertainment. Call now for private vie More details
    RE/MAX City Realty
  • 1803 1331 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE LIONS" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197276

    $498,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197276
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    394 sq. ft.
    Rarely available North facing studio at 'The Lions' with nice city & water view. In-suite storage can be used as a small office. Laminate flooring. Very bright. Amenities included: fitness centre, concierge services, media room, amenity/party room, guest suite, conference and board room. Prime location: 1 block to ROBSON and a short walk to STANLEY PARK and Coal Harbour. Rentals & pets are allowed. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
  • 207 1010 CHILCO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "CHILCO PARK" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197247

    Open House on Saturday, August 19, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM
    Main Photo: 207 1010 CHILCO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "CHILCO PARK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197247
    $725,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197247
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    737 sq. ft.
    West of Denman. Architecturally designed 1 bedroom + den, on a quiet street located 4 blocks from English Bay beach and 1 block away from Stanley Park in a well maintained building with healthy savings. Functional and streamlined Scandinavian inspired condo renovated with finest detailing, including: smooth finish ceilings, custom lighting throughout including Mooi dining light, new wood doors/trim, flush gas-fireplace, functional all-white washroom, California closets in bedrm, and two balconies facing a quiet street.Beautiful Euro style all-white kitchen with s/s appliances, tile backsplash, Corian counters, plenty of storage, pot-lights, and soft-closing cabinets. 1 parking stall and 1 storage locker below. Pets and rentals permitted. Created for the design savvy enthusiast. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
  • 1108 1251 CARDERO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE SURFCREST" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197427

    Open House on Saturday, August 19, 2017 2:00PM - 3:30PM
    Open House on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 4:30PM - 5:00PM
    Main Photo: 1108 1251 CARDERO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE SURFCREST" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197427
    • To False Creek.
    • The Surfcrest on English Bay.
    • You can see English Bay from the balcony.
    • Living Room
    • Kitchen
    • from the living room window.
    • The Building Pool
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Live just steps to the beach.
    • Bedroom
    • Bathroom
    • View from Suite
    • Live steps to the beach and the seawall.
    • To False Creek.
    • Building Entrance
    • One block to Alexandra Park and The Bandstand.
    • English Bay
    • Live close to the fireworks.
    • The Surfcrest on English Bay.
    $338,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197427
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    651 sq. ft.
    SHARP SHARP PRICE for this English Bay one bedroom close to the beach. False Creek water, some English Bay and city views from the suite. The first thing you will notice is the terrific air flows. Live the good life at THE SURFCREST just steps to the Stanley Park seawall. It would be difficult if not impossible to find another concrete suite in the Denman St. English Bay area in this price point. The building allows rentals but no pets. Enjoy a heated lap pool, sauna & excellent management. The building is currently undergoing an upgrade project to improve the exterior, the balconies, interior piping & parking membrane. Well worth the investment. Taxes included in maintenance fee. Leasehold expires Dec 31, 2073. OPENS: Saturday, August 19 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. & Tuesday, August 22 4:30 - 5:00. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
  • 307 1331 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197772

    Main Photo: 307 1331 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197772
    $829,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197772
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    743 sq. ft.
    Water view, concrete building in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. 2 bedroom & den condo has 2 bathrooms, insuite laundry, new floor & kitchen, excellent condition. Facilities includes gym, clubhouse, conference room, 24 hour concierge. Walking distance to waterfront, Robson strip. Building is rentable & good managed. Measurements approximate, verify if deems important. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 1001 1723 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE PARK" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197414

    Main Photo: 1001 1723 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE PARK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197414
    • Exterior Front
    $707,777
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197414
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    599 sq. ft.
    Central & very desirable high rise building, situated one block from Coal Harbour and the sea wall,close to Denman shopping and downtown financial district. Units in this building don't last. This 1 bedroom corner suite has highly sought after floor plan open space with city views. Features include wood floors, gas fireplace & floor to ceiling windows with open kitchen with granite counters, gas stove & an island that overlooks the living room and the view. Solarium can be use as den or a dining area. Secured private underground parking & separate storage locker. Short walk to Stanley Park, Robson Street and shopping are all just steps away. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Van49)
  • 504 1816 HARO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "HUNTINGTON PLACE" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2196949

    Open House on Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00PM - 5:00PM FIRST OPEN: 30 minutes ONLY.
    Open House on Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:00PM - 3:00PM SECOND OPEN: One hour ONLY.
    Main Photo: 504 1816 HARO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "HUNTINGTON PLACE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2196949
    • Huntington Place. West of Denman.
    • Living Room
    • Kitchen
    • Dining Room
    • Living Room
    • Building Pool
    • Live a short walk to English Bay.
    • View from Suite
    • Bedroom
    • Dining Room
    • Kitchen
    • Building Pool
    • Live close to English Bay.
    • Bathroom
    • Building Social Room
    • Live two blocks to Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park.
    • Huntington Place. West of Denman.
    • Building Gardens
    • Building Pool
    • Live close to English Bay.
    $548,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2196949
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    725 sq. ft.
    SHARP SHARP PRICE for IMMEDIATE SALE. This one bedroom plus den English Bay West of Denman suite can easily be converted into a two bedroom. Situated at Huntington Place just steps to Stanley Park, the Denman St. coffee shops and a short stroll to the beach, this unit is spacious, quiet, bright & on the sought-after South West corner overlooking the building gardens and pool. It is in mint condition but you might want to add your design ideas. The building has completed exterior upgrading, parking membrane and pool enhancements. Enjoy a sauna, meeting room and almost an entire block of gardens. No pets. Rentals are maxed out at six. FIRST OPEN: Sunday, August 20, 2:00 - 3:00 PM. ALSO OPEN: Thursday, August 17 & Wednesday, August 23, 4:00 - 5:00 PM. Offers, if any, August 27th. Won't last! More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
  • 502 1028 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "PATINA" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2196857

    Open House on Saturday, August 19, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 502 1028 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "PATINA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2196857
    $549,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2196857
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    552 sq. ft.
    The PATINA is the West End's stylish and luxurious building. So close to all that Vancouver Downtown has to offer - Stanley Park, Robson shops, restaurants, tranit, etc. Located on the quiet side of the building, this studio unit it bright and cheery and feels quite large with its solarium and balcony. The open concept includes a top of the line kitchen with lots of cabinet space, granite counter tops and high-end appliances. In-suite laundry, in-suite storage area, concierge, exercise center, lovely 8th floor patio, meeting rooms, etc. Make this a perfect place to call home. First showing at open house on Saturday Aug 19 and Sunday Aug 20, from 2-4pm. More details
    Sutton Centre Realty
  • 506 1288 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "RESIDENCES ON GEORGIA" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197048

    Main Photo: 506 1288 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "RESIDENCES ON GEORGIA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197048
    $699,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197048
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    689 sq. ft.
    RESIDENCES ON GEORGIA - One of the most sought out & desirable buildings in Downtown Vancouver. Modern downtown living awaits you in this SPACIOUS SE Corner 1 Bed & 1 Bath overlooking quiet and tranquil rooftop cityscapes and Japanese Gardens. Very functional, bright and private w/ plenty of windows, wide plank engineered H/W throughout, gallery wall space, chef's kitchen with S/S appliances & pantry. HUGE BONUS: ENTERTAINMENT sized OVERSIZED PATIO for those fabulous summer evenings. Unbeatable location with Robson Street shops, cafes, restaurants, Coal Harbour Seawall, community centre, Stanley Park & transit only steps away! Very secure building boasting outstanding amenities including concierge, meeting rooms and fitness centre. 1 parking & 1 locker included. TO SEE IS TO FALL IN LOVE!! More details
    Rennie & Associates Realty
  • 301 1575 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "PLAZA DEL MAR" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197610

    Open House on Saturday, August 19, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 301 1575 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "PLAZA DEL MAR" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197610
    $1,688,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197610
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,163 sq. ft.
    VIEW! VIEW! VIEW! Unobstructed gorgeous English Bay & ocean view from this elegant Rarely available! Gorgeous views over English Bay from this bright ocean front home! Plaza Del Mar is a solid concrete building. Enjoy over 1163 square feet of a spacious, well laid out floor plan featuring 2 Bedrooms and 2 full baths. One under ground parking and one storage locker. Walk the seawall from your front door, stroll to Stanley Park or the shops along Denman Street. A very special home! Proactive strata, well maintained complex. More details
    Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
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Listing information last updated on August 17, 2017

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