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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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  • 206 985 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SHERWOOD LODGE" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2282192

    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 206 985 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SHERWOOD LODGE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2282192
    $549,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2282192
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    670 sq. ft.
    Sherwood Lodge is an incredibly well preserved and well run Co-Op building with beautiful art-deco and mid century modern flair. Through its beautiful large windows overlooking wonderful greenery, this spacious corner unit gets incredible natural light and air flow. Original oak and fir hardwood floors have been refurbished to give this home an incredibly warm and inviting feeling. Enjoy the summer on the rooftop patio or make the quick stroll to the beach. Centrally located just a short walk to Denman St, Davie St, English Bay and Stanley Park. This property comes with a large storage locker bike storage and a wood shop / work shop for projects and crafts. Call Sherwood Lodge home and enjoy all this West End gem has to offer! Open House this Saturday and Sunday, June 23/24 from 2-4 pm. More details
    Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
  • 602 1236 BIDWELL Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Alexandra Park" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281631

    Open House on Friday, June 22, 2018 10:30AM - 12:00PM Agent Open House
    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:30PM - 2:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 12:30PM - 2:00PM
    Main Photo: 602 1236 BIDWELL Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Alexandra Park" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281631
    $2,850,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281631
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,612 sq. ft.
    This luxury home is prime location within prime location within prime location. Start with the incredible West End. Then find the perfect protected-view street corner of this coveted neighbourhood and you have 1236 Bidwell. Then hone in on the prime corner within the building, with city-park treetops as your front yard toward English Bay views, and you've found Suite 602. Inside, magazine worthy style and perfectly executed, custom design features a chef's kitchen with Sub-Zero & Ultra-Line Professional Thermador appliances including double ovens and a 100+ bottle wine fridge, extensive bookcase & storage cabinetry with built-in Murphy bed, polished concrete floors, a spa-inspired master bath, custom gas fireplace and a generous balcony. 2 parking. 1 storage. Pets and rentals allowed. More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 1603 1010 BURNABY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281491

    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 1603 1010 BURNABY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281491
    $999,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281491
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,006 sq. ft.
    Views, Views, Views! Gorgeous English Bay and Mountain views in this amazing and generously sized 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite with 2 oversized side by side parking stalls in the Ellington - a well maintained and fully rainscreened building. A bright, West-North facing unit with a super layout for entertaining and house sized furniture! The master suite easily fits a king sized bed and has a large master spa bathroom (tub with windows facing English Bay). The second bedroom has a built in wall bed & storage. Close to all amenities of downtown, shops, restaurants, cafes, waterfront and seawall. This fantastic property can't be beat! Open Houses: Sat/Sun June 23/24 2-4pm. More details
    Listed by Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
  • 401 1718 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Regency Terrace" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281110

    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 401 1718 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Regency Terrace" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281110
    • insuite laundry
    • Shared laundry
    • Locker 29
    • Parking 25
    • Bike Room
    $749,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281110
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    869 sq. ft.
    TOP FLOOR END UNIT in the West End's best location near Denman Street. Biggest unit this sought after building where units are rarely available. Spacious 2bdr condo with in-suite laundry and additional shared laundry, radiant floor heat throughout, open floor plan facing tree lined street. This bright and clean unit is in great condition and has been well taken care of by the original owner. Rentals allowed. Pets welcomed. Storage locker, underground parking, bike room. Steps to English Bay, Stanley Park, Denman St. transit, restaurants, & shopping. West Coast Lifestyle at its best and excellent investment. AGENT OPEN Thursday June 21 5-7 pm. BY APPOINTMENT on Sat/Sun June 23/24 from 2-4 pm. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 502 1436 HARWOOD Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Harwood House" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281137

    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:00PM - 2:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 12:00PM - 2:00PM
    Main Photo: 502 1436 HARWOOD Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Harwood House" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281137
    $895,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281137
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    976 sq. ft.
    HARWOOD HOUSE, Boutique 32 unit building convienently located in Vancouver's West End Downtown. Very bright and sunny 976 SF, 2 bdrms/2 bath SE corner home. 1 parking, 1 storage, pantry & insuite laundry. CONCRETE bldg w/corridor water views. Entertainment size living room w/ gas f/p & large dining room. Large master bed w/ensuite. Enjoy a 9x5 sunny balcony. Steps to English Bay, fabulous Davie St.Restaurants, Stanley Park, False Creek Ferries, Seawall and beach. One cat allowed, no dogs, and no rentals. This community style building has a long term live in carataker and is lovingly cared for. Open House Sat/Sun June 23/24 12pm-2pm or call for your private showing! More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 201 1985 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "LAGUNA PARKSIDE MANSION" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281162

    Main Photo: 201 1985 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "LAGUNA PARKSIDE MANSION" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281162
    $1,298,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281162
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    956 sq. ft.
    Rare opportunity to own at the prestigious Laguna Parkside Mansions! This luxurious 2 bedroom 2 bathroom residence is just steps away from Stanley Park and Coal Harbour Marina. With 956 Sq Ft. of open living space, the interior boasts grand floor-to-ceiling windows, plush carpet flooring, air-conditioning, a security system, and don't forget about the full-size gourmet kitchen appliances. Five-star amenities include 24 hr concierge, indoor pool, steam room, exercise centre, and social room. A truly one of a kind bright and spacious home that exceeds expectations! More details
    Listed by Virani Real Estate Advisors
  • 202 1396 BURNABY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281307

    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 3:00PM - 5:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 3:00PM - 5:00PM
    Main Photo: 202 1396 BURNABY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281307
    $689,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281307
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    782 sq. ft.
    Very spacious, fully renovated West End one bed city home with huge rooms. Excellent location just a few blocks walk to the waterfront. Walk everywhere. Corner unit w/ great layout, large covered balcony gets great sun. In-suite laundry, 1 secure parking spot, 1 storage locker, 1 private bike locker, plus extra bike storage racks at end of parking space. Renovation w/ new kitchen, bathroom, engineered hardwood floors, paintwork, lighting etc. Miele, Electrolux, Bosch appliances incl. induction stove top. Solid strata, pro-active responsive, w/ recent common area updates and boilers. More photos and info on our web site, look us up! First opens Sat & Sun June 23 & 24, 3-5pm. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 601 1005 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "ALVAR" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281778

    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 601 1005 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "ALVAR" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281778
    $829,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281778
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    727 sq. ft.
    This ULTRA QUIET, BRIGHT and SPACIOUS 1-BEDROOM + DEN in the BEACH DISTRICT has it all: generous open plan with windows on 3 sides, 9' ceilings, huge pantry with custom shelving, sunny den/office with built-ins, a cozy fireplace with recessed TV, and it shows like new! The luxurious and well-respected ALVAR is just steps to the Seawall, Sunset Beach, great restaurants and the Granville Island ferry and offers AIR CONDITIONING, fabulous indoor-outdoor party room with BBQ, gym, media room, hot tub, secure bike storage and guest parking. 1 parking and locker included, 2 pets welcome. Rentals currently at max. A truly elegant high-end home in a forever location - don't wait!! OPEN Sat & Sun June 23/24 2-4. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 412 1345 COMOX Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "TIFFANY COURT" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281937

    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 412 1345 COMOX Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "TIFFANY COURT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281937
    • 17' ceiling West facing window
    • custom-built banquette
    • extra light from loft window
    • extra closet space
    • second bedroom, currently entertainment center
    • MNT views
    • LG private roof top deck BBQ Allowed!
    $975,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281937
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    912 sq. ft.
    Unique, rare, and beautifully updated 2 bdrm loft w/ roof top deck in the Heart of the West End! Over $100K in 2016 to completely update incl. H/W fl., bathrm, expanded open kitchen w/ high end S/S appl. incl. Kitchen Aid induction stove & beer/wine fridge. DN RM seats 8 with super cool custom-built banquette. Spacious and bright LV RM w/ 17' ceilings. Top floor loft is open concept second bedroom, currently used as entertainment center, W flex/office space. Private, 187 SQFT roof top deck is an oasis, surrounded by beautiful trees, flowering plants & peak-a-boo MNT views. BBQ allowed! Just a few minutes walk everywhere- Sunset Beach, cafe's, restaurants, bars, & Downtown. 1 parking, 1 Xtra large storage locker, pets/rentals allowed, in-suite lndry. Open: June 22 11-12, & 23 & 24 2-4 pm. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Services
  • 405 1723 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE PARK" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281074

    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM
    Main Photo: 405 1723 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE PARK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281074
    $699,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281074
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    570 sq. ft.
    Great investment opportunity! THE PARK Best priced 1 bedroom and Den concrete condo at the edge of the West End and Coal Harbour. Located at Alberni and Bidwell just steps the Seawall, Denman, Robson entertainment downtown amenities, shops, restaurants, recreation! Beautiful West and Northwest exposure with views of Stanley Park, Mountains and Coal Harbour. Owner occupied immaculate corner suite offering floor to ceiling windows, bright and spacious open concept kitchen/living, granite countertops, wood floors, cosy fireplace, in-suite laundry and lots of storage. Includes 1 secure underground parking and 1 storage locker. Pets & Rentals welcome. Perfect for someone craving impeccable location and well managed building. Open House Sat June 23rd 2pm to 4pm and Sun June 24th 1pm to 3pm More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Little Oak Realty
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