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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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  • 305 1147 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE SOMERSET" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2328267

    Main Photo: 305 1147 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE SOMERSET" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2328267
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    $775,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2328267
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,014 sq. ft.
    CORNER SUITE! QUIET SIDE! LARGE BALCONY! PETS ALLOWED! SPACIOUS ROOMS! Own a piece of the West End! This suite has an abundance of NATURAL LIGHT that flows through its 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. More details
    Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
  • 1407 1028 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2327859

    Main Photo: 1407 1028 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2327859
    $868,500
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327859
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    663 sq. ft.
    Showings by Private Appointment More details
    Listed by Coldwell Ban
  • 1602 1725 PENDRELL Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE STRATFORD." (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2327665

    Main Photo: 1602 1725 PENDRELL Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE STRATFORD." (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2327665
    $758,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327665
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    725 sq. ft.
    South-west corner extra large one bedroom which was converted from a 2 bedroom at the ever popular Stratford Place.A STELLAR address always draws a crowd for the most discerning Buyer. The building upgrades are endless.Plumbing,roof,parkade membrane,elevators,exterior paint,boilers,windows to be done in 2019.Fabulous location,just steps to English Bay ,shopping,transit and amazing restaurants.Smart and very tasteful renovation and shows beautifully!A GREAT home to throw a big party in.This is like living at a Resort with manicured gardens and an outdoor pool.Sorry no rentals but one dog.This is the first time this home has come on the market in 24 years.1ST SHOWING Friday December 14,2018.Public Open is Sunday 2-4 P.M. Decemebr 16,2018.NO SIGNS ALLOWED ON PROPERTY. More details
    Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
  • 105 1396 BURNABY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Brambleberry" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2327791

    Main Photo: 105 1396 BURNABY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Brambleberry" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2327791
    $779,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327791
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,055 sq. ft.
    Located on a tree lined street in Vancouver's iconic West End, just 2 blocks down to Sunset beach, seawall, aquatic centre & steps to Davie Village shops, eats and transportation. THE PERFECT LOCATION! This LARGE 2 bedroom 2 full bathroom corner suite (no common walls) will fit all your furniture, property includes insuite laundry, jetted tub, storage locker and 1 secured parking. 2 PETS and rentals allowed in this proactive strata. Watch for our weekend open house or call for a private showing. More details
    Listed by VPG Realty Inc.
  • 102 1100 HARWOOD Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE MARTINIQUE" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2327290

    Main Photo: 102 1100 HARWOOD Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE MARTINIQUE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2327290
    $359,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327290
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    570 sq. ft.
    Renovated 1 bedroom suite at the Martinique. *NOT GROUND FLOOR!* Stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, restored hardwood flooring. South facing unit with bright sunlight & 90 sqft south facing enclosed balcony. Well kept concrete building in excellent condition just steps to Sunset Beach, seawall, shopping & the Aquabus to Granville Island. Roof top pool offers amazing views of the ocean & city. Maintenance fees include hot water & property taxes. Pets allowed with restrictions. Rentals allowed. Pre-paid non-strata lease until 2073. Parking and locker are extra per month. *******Open Houses Cancelled*************** More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 501 738 BROUGHTON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2327275

    Main Photo: 501 738 BROUGHTON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2327275
    $1,125,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2327275
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,250 sq. ft.
    Welcome to the Elegant ALBERNI PLACE. The original Coal Harbour boutique building with only 64 units. Rarely available, this 1250 sqft. North West corner is the most desirable in the building and boasts beautiful corridor views of Coal Harbour and water. The tastefully renovated contemporary kitchen features: a stainless appliances, granite counters, luxurious dark wood custom cabinets. Warm lighting and lots of counter space, just off the kitchen is separate laundry room. The massive 17 x 12 ft master bedroom, is bright and airy, flooded with natural light from the wrap around windows, and can easily accommodate a king sized bed and furnishings, it boasts a glamorous updated en suite and master bath featuring corian counters. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 3304 1288 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2326929

    Main Photo: 3304 1288 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2326929
    $729,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2326929
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    610 sq. ft.
    GREAT LOCATION! GREAT BUILDING! This well maintained and light filled home is situated on 33RD FLOOR of award winning building, "Residences on Georgia". Experience COAL HARBOUR LIFE STYLE with this functional One bedroom + DEN home while enjoying it's beautiful SOUTH-EAST CITY VIEWS. Building features great amenities such as gym, on site manager, security and 24 hour concierge service. Premium Kitchen Aid appliances, tile and engineered flooring, custom track lighting and built-in speakers, California closets in master bedroom and front entry closet, custom blinds, custom wallpaper and much more. This home is centrally located near to the best shops & restaurants in downtown and Coal Harbour Sea Wall. Includes one secured PARKING, STORAGE LOCKER and Furniture! More details
    Listed by Angell Hasman & Assoc.Rlty.Ltd
  • 1003 1171 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Jervis" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2326902

    Main Photo: 1003 1171 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Jervis" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2326902
    $2,349,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2326902
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,345 sq. ft.
    Designed by Inform Interiors & developed by Intracorp, The Jervis is stand out for quality & design. This home measures 1345sqft & features a 193sqft terrace capturing views of English Bay, mountains, & cityscape. Natural light is assured w/ floor-ceiling windows & S & W exp. The kitchen is furnished w/ TLK cabinets, Bianco Statuario backsplash, Krion countertops & Gaggenau appl. 2 bthrms are cladded in marble, w/ Flaminia washbasins, Gessi faucets, & Duravit plumbing. The master ensuite has double basins, soaker tub & walk-in shower. The master bdrm features wardrobe consideration by Kico Home Elements. Amenities include 24/7 concierge, fitness room & sophisticated lobby. A boutique development & situated in the West End, The Jervis is nearby many parks, beaches, fine restaurants & shops. More details
    Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 1804 1050 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE STERLING" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2326810

    Main Photo: 1804 1050 SMITHE Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE STERLING" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2326810
    $659,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2326810
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    679 sq. ft.
    Enjoy the sophisticated, urban lifestyle in this flawless unit @ highly sought-after "The Sterling" located in the heart of the city! The most functional layout, 679 sf 1 bed PLUS solarium & pantry/storage area off kitchen. If you value privacy, this is the ideal home for you - w/o buildings in the way, take in unobstructed CITY/MOUNTAIN views from north-facing bedroom (w/ 2 closets!). Allow sunshine to naturally brighten your suite, enjoy laminate flooring throughout, granite countertops, gas stove & s/s appliances in kitchen & stay warm beside fireplace in living room. High quality building w/ lavish amenities incl: concierge, hot tub, sauna, gym & party room. Great location tucked behind Burrard & Robson/Thurlow - walk to restaurants, shopping, theatre & more! OPEN HOUSE SAT SUN 2-4 PM More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 1601 1171 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2326871

    Main Photo: 1601 1171 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2326871
    $1,728,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2326871
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    989 sq. ft.
    The JERVIS--only 58 modern, rare & exclusive complex built by Intracorp. Only 4 units per floor, corner unit 2 bedroom & Den in the West End. Covered patio with gas hook-up. 24-hr concierge. Centrally location. More details
    Listed by Amex - Sunrich Realty
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