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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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  • in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2290442

    $688,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2290442
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    487 sq. ft.
    Listed by Anson Realty Ltd.
  • 2708 1200 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Residences on Georgia" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2290271

    Main Photo: 2708 1200 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Residences on Georgia" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2290271
    $998,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2290271
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    825 sq. ft.
    Worldclass hotel like living at the Residences on Georgia. This 2 bedroom skyhome features incredible NW Coal Harbour views. The building has top of the line amenities including 24hr concierge, 1 parking, 1 locker, bike room, gym, meeting rooms, garden area, and excellent security. One of the best locations in the city just steps to fine dining, world famous Robson shopping as well as 5 min walk to the seawall and DT Business hub, seawall. Perfect investment property currently rented and managed by in house Vancouver Extended Stay. 1 parking, 1 storage locker, pets and rentals allowed. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 701 1009 HARWOOD Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "MODERN" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2289889

    Open House on Saturday, July 21, 2018 12:30PM - 2:30PM
    Open House on Sunday, July 22, 2018 3:00PM - 5:00PM
    Main Photo: 701 1009 HARWOOD Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "MODERN" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2289889
    $599,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2289889
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    500 sq. ft.
    Welcome to Modern! This sleek one bedroom is perfectly located in Downtown Vancouver. Bordering the West End &Yaletown, you'll have the best of the city at your doorstep. Enjoy top-tier appliances from Fisher-Paykel, Bosch, & Panasonic, engineered hardwood flooring, polished stone countertops, custom roller blinds, and AIR CONDITIONING in your home. Modern has a fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment, a meeting room/lounge, gardened sundeck, and concierge for the ultimate lifestyle and convenience. You'll be situated within walking distance of Robson Square, the Seawall, Sunset Beach, and more. 1 Parking & 1 Locker included! OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, July 21, 12:30PM - 2:30PM & Sunday, July 22, 3:00PM - 5:00PM More details
    Listed by Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
  • 401 1311 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "TUDOR MANOR" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2289855

    Open House on Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 401 1311 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "TUDOR MANOR" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2289855
    $2,098,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2289855
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,664 sq. ft.
    It truly doesn’t get better! A stunning waterfront property featuring 2 large connecting patios totalling 1178 sq ft with outstanding unobstructed views of English Bay & False Creek. This beautiful 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom + den/3rd bedroom unit boasts 1664 sq ft of interior living space in the prestigious Tudor Manor building located in the West End. Offering an excellent floor plan that maximizes your entertaining space while separating the bedrooms and bathrooms for privacy. This elegant building offers lush common gardens, exercise facility, guest suite, 24-hour concierge, an exceptional community of owners and is just steps to the seawall. 2 secure parking stalls, a storage locker, and in-suite laundry are all included. Open House: Saturday, July 21 from 2-4pm. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 602 1888 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2289331

    Open House on Friday, July 20, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, July 22, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 602 1888 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2289331
    $3,398,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2289331
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,562 sq. ft.
    OVER 2200 SQFT OF COMBINED INDOOR/OUTDOOR LIVING - A TRUE HIDDEN OASIS! Spectacular views & the coveted terrace everyone wants! Huge outdoor space provides a quiet, private and sunny place to entertain & enjoy Vancouver to the fullest. The suite was stripped to bare concrete & completely rebuilt to a level of quality and attention to detail rarely seen. True chef's kitchen with top of the line Miele appliances including a 6 burner gas range. Hot water radiant heat, A/C, European hardwood floors, stunning bathrooms...simply too much to list. Located west of Denman only a block from Stanley Park, this exclusive building offers only 2 suites per floor & one of the best indoor pools in the city. 2 parking and oversize locker included. **OPEN FRIDAY JULY 20, 10-NOON & SUNDAY JULY 22, 2-4** More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Clara Hartree
  • 302 1331 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2289358

    Open House on Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, July 22, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 302 1331 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2289358
    $599,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2289358
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    621 sq. ft.
    Gorgeous 621 sq ft condo in the coal harbour neighbourhood is in a sought after building on the most desirable Alberni street, the home of Prada, Rolex, Burberry, Tiffany, and more. Don't miss out the opportunity to own this newly updated, bright NE Corner 1-Bedroom & Den overlooking fantastic coal harbour water views. This spacious home boasts new stainless steel appliances, new kitchen sink and faucet, and Sherwin Williams paint throughout. Unbeatable location, unbeatable price, and a perfect investment in a most secure building. Outstanding amenities including 24/7 concierge and security, meeting rooms, theatre room, pool tables, guest suites, fitness centre, 1 parking, 1 external storage, and 1 in-suite storage. More details
    Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 1011 1889 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Lord Stanley" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2289829

    Main Photo: 1011 1889 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Lord Stanley" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2289829
    $659,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2289829
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    500 sq. ft.
    Location, location, location! Rarely available VIEW suite at the Lord Stanley. Floor to ceiling windows frame spectacular water views to Stanley Park, Lost Lagoon, Vancouver Harbour and mountains from Cypress to Grouse. Open design and completely renovated in 2017. Hardwood floors throughout. Kitchen: S/S kitchen appliances, custom cabinetry and granite counters. Bedroom: Built-in desk and custom walk-in closet. Living/Dining overlook Van Row Club and has designer window shades and light fixtures. Bathroom: Marble shower tiles and heated floors. In suite laundry. Secure underground Parking. Pets and Rentals allowed. Building amenities include Meeting Room, Exercise Centre, Sauna & 24-hour concierge. Easy to show by appointment. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 1708 1003 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SEASTAR" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2289978

    Open House on Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 1708 1003 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SEASTAR" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2289978
    $828,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2289978
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    823 sq. ft.
    Perfect for summer! Very nice 2 bedroom + Den corner unit with lovely city views in the popular and well-run Seastar Building in Vancouver's Beach District! Ready to move in: laminate floors, granite counters S/S appliances, double undermount sink, gas fireplace. The solarium has been opened up for an elegant dinning experience in the sky w/ floor-ceiling windows. Perfect location! Just a short stroll to the Beaches and Seawall where you can get to Yaletown or English Bay very quickly. Ferry access to Granville Island only a few blocks away. Close to Transit, Aquatic Centre, West End, Kitsilano, Downtown. Bike room, Exercise Room, Office and Meeting rooms. Pets welcome. Open House Sat July 21 2-4pm. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Realty
  • 307 1855 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Westpark West of Denman" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2290382

    Main Photo: 307 1855 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Westpark West of Denman" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2290382
    $462,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2290382
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    528 sq. ft.
    Superior WEST OF DENMAN location. View this cozy 1 bedroom with a 18 x 6 west facing balcony & large living room. This home needs some TLC. Building re-plumbed. Pet friendly building just 2 blocks to Stanley Park. Building undergoing upgrades. Includes 1 parking and 1 locker. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 1905 1111 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "LIVING SHANGRI-LA" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2290212

    Main Photo: 1905 1111 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "LIVING SHANGRI-LA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2290212
    $1,888,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2290212
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,095 sq. ft.
    Connected to a world-renowned 5-star luxury hotel "Shangri-la."! Located in the heard of prime Downtown. Featuring world-class amenities; fitness centre, yoga studio, outdoor pool/hot tub, Chi Spa, 24 hour concierge, lounge/restaurants. Luxurious NE facing Corner condo. Functional & spacious 2 bedroom+2 full bathroom 1094 sq.ft. Upscale interior design elements: Eggersmann German cabinetry, Sub-Zero Fridge, Bosch & Miele appliances, natural stone counters, extensive use of marble in the bathrooms, & wood flooring. Steps to beautiful sea-wall, shopping, restaurants... 1 parking & 2 Lockers. More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
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Listing information last updated on July 19, 2018 at 11:09 AM (UTC)

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