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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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  • 103 1311 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Tudor Manor" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2341226

    Open House on Saturday, February 23, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, February 24, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 103 1311 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Tudor Manor" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2341226
    $1,375,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2341226
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    980 sq. ft.
    CLASSY. ELEGANT. UNIQUE. This magnificent waterfront home at the prestigious and boutique Tudor Manor, offers unobstructed views of Sunset Beach. Completely renovated with quality and sophistication, this distinctive 1 bed & den features quarter-sawn edge-grain hardwood floors, crown mouldings, tastefully designed kitchen and bathrooms, and a large 174 sq. ft. patio. This well sought building and residences offers lush common gardens, exercise facility, hobby room, guest suite, and 24 hour concierge. 1 secured parking stall, a storage locker and in-suite laundry are included. Pet friendly, rentals allowed, and all within walking distance to English Bay beaches, seawall, Stanley Park, shops and restaurants. Don't miss out on this exclusive West End gem! OPEN HOUSE: Feb 23 & 24 from 2 to 4pm More details
    Listed by Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada and Stilhavn Real Estate Services
  • 2001 1835 MORTON Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Ocean Towers" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2341127

    Main Photo: 2001 1835 MORTON Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Ocean Towers" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2341127
    $12,995,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2341127
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,740 sq. ft.
    6000 square feet of incredible penthouse living. The entire top floor is yours offering spectacular views, ultimate privacy & security. Every city has its one and only special property and this is Vancouver’s. There is no other property like it. Over $3,000,000 spent on rebuilding the entire OUTDOOR LIVING to match the incredible indoor living. Hand crafted like a piece of art this property is phenomenal. There are too many features to list; i.e. 3 outdoor fireplaces, hidden outdoor shower area, wine room & BBQ. The property must be seen to be appreciated. Located on the beach in Vancouver’s famed English Bay & just 2 blocks to Stanley Park. There’s Parking for 4 cars. This property is a co-op property, so the purchaser is exempt from the FOREIGN BUYER TAX and the PROPERTY PURCHASE TAX. More details
    Listed by Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
  • 203 1465 COMOX Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "BRIGHTON COURT" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2341298

    Main Photo: 203 1465 COMOX Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "BRIGHTON COURT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2341298
    $675,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2341298
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    742 sq. ft.
    Welcome to Brighton court... a quality building in the heart of the West End. This suite overlooks a quiet tree lined street and faces south, ensuring lots of natural light. Recently completely renovated with new kitchen and bathroom. Added plus is a walk in shower, all newer appliances and gas fireplace. The building is well maintained and allows pets. Rental are limited to 5 units and currently maxed. Currently rented but must be owner occupied once sold. Purchase includes one parking and one storage. Showings by appointment. More details
    Listed by Coldwell Banker Premier Realty
  • 1005 1003 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SEASTAR" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2341044

    Main Photo: 1005 1003 PACIFIC Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SEASTAR" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2341044
    $959,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2341044
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    966 sq. ft.
    1005-1003 Pacific St - V6E 4P2 - The Seastar - This sundrenched S/W Corner home has English Bay views from every room. Almost 1000 sq.ft with 2 bed, 2 bath and solarium, this beautifully maintained home has numerous updates including quartz countertop, new Bosch and Fischer Paykel appliances and maple hardwood floors. Fabulous open floor plan, gas f/p, insuite laundry and storage. Sought after location, steps to the seawall, Granville island ferry and beaches. Building amenities include a gym, party room, guest suite and bike room, no restrictions on pets, rentals restricted with wait list. If you are looking for a meticulously maintained concrete building in the West End with English Bay views, then this is your home. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 1101 1171 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE JERVIS" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2341036

    Main Photo: 1101 1171 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE JERVIS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2341036
    $1,700,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2341036
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,013 sq. ft.
    Welcome to the newest concrete building in the Westend, The Jervis! This brand NEW exclusive complex built by Intracorp radiates quality craftsmanship. With only 4 homes per floor, this corner 2 bedroom and den suite boasts palatial outdoor living space with stunning views over the city to the North Shore Mountains! The kitchen of marble & corion host lovely Gaggenau appliances and an extra dishwasher by Fisher & Paykel. There is wide plank engineered hardwood throughout as well as heated tile flooring in both spa bathrooms give the ultimate feel of luxury. Gym and 24 hour Concierge. Call for your private showing or visit Open House: Sat. Feb. 16, 1-3 More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 101 1127 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE BARCLAY" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2340408

    Main Photo: 101 1127 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE BARCLAY" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2340408
    $740,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2340408
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    842 sq. ft.
    ARE YOU A DOG OWNER? If so, you definitely want to check out this fantastic 2 bedroom apartment with PRIVATE & DIRECT ACCESS to a secure/walled and lush GARDEN OASIS, ideal for your pooch & the gardener in you! This COMPLETELY RENOVATED WEST END home features a newer kitchen, in-suite laundry with new washer/dryer, sleek Eurostyle bathroom with deep soaker tub, easy maintenance laminate & tile flooring, extra bright corner unit with a sliding glass walkout to covered patio and a few steps down to the garden level. EXCELLENT LOCATION within a 20 minute walk to: Robson shopping, IGA, YMCA, Pacific Centre, Coal Harbour, Sunset Beach, Yaletown, Denman Street Village, Canada Place, Stanley Park, English Bay or Gastown. All this in a very well managed, pet & rental friendly CONCRETE building. More details
    Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
  • 2703 1331 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE LIONS" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2340293

    Main Photo: 2703 1331 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE LIONS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2340293
    $1,038,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2340293
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    763 sq. ft.
    INVESTORS ALERT!! Welcome to The Lions. This 2 bedroom, 2 full bath and den SouthWest facing corner suite has stunning water views of Coal Harbour Marina, English Bay and North Shore Mountains from every room. Functional layout with floor to ceiling windows allow in tons of natural light. Comes with 1 parking and 1 storage locker. Amenities include exercise centre, sauna, party room, guest suite, and 24 hour concierge service. Rentals and pets are allowed. Steps to Coal Harbour Marina, Robson St, trendy shops, dining and Stanley Park. Open House Feb 16@2-4pm More details
    Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
  • 4802 1128 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SHANGRI-LA ESTATES" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2340306

    Main Photo: 4802 1128 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SHANGRI-LA ESTATES" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2340306
    $5,788,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2340306
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,681 sq. ft.
    A prestigious SHANGRI-LA ESTATE offering the finest of luxuries. Enjoy spacious, open concept living, with 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, finished with Lutron Lighting, Sound System and floor to ceiling windows showcasing spectacular UNOBTRUCTED views of the North Shore Mountains, Coal Harbour, English Bay & City. Master bedroom features an enviable custom walk-in closet and a to-die-for 6 piece master ensuite incluing NuHeat in floor heating and a window side soaker tub. Shangri-La's 5-star hotel amenities boast a fitness center, pool, 24/7 concierge with a downtown Pick-up & Drop-off Service. Two side by side parking stalls and a large storage locker! Perfectly located downtown, surrounded by Alberni Street fashion shopping, high-end dining. More details
    Listed by Virani Real Estate Advisors
  • 101 1396 BURNABY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE BRAMBLEBERRY" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2340187

    Main Photo: 101 1396 BURNABY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE BRAMBLEBERRY" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2340187
    $688,888
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2340187
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    835 sq. ft.
    A West End Gem 1 1/2 blocks from English Bay 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, insuite laundry, like new kitchen. Great walkscore! Corner unit w/ a great layout, generous size living room with a great extension to a large sundeck that has peek-a-boo water views. Separate dining room to a cozy updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertop. Bonus: this amazingly well priced unit also has streaming internet cable hard wired to both bedrooms and living room. Proactive Strata, roof has been replaced and building has been repiped. Includes 1 parking spot with bike rack for two bikes and a storage unit. Open House Feb. 16th from 2 to 4pm. More details
    Listed by Sutton Premier Realty
  • 940 CARDERO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Townhouse for sale in "THE BARCLAY" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2340442

    Main Photo: 940 CARDERO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Townhouse for sale in "THE BARCLAY" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2340442
    $899,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2340442
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    822 sq. ft.
    Welcome home to this COMPLETETELY RENOVATED townhome in the heart of the West End. The Barclay is located just 2 blocks away from Vancouver's most iconic shopping and restaurants on ROBSON STREET. And 5 blocks from STANLEY PARK. Enjoy the quiet community of the West End while still being in the centre of it all. This rarely available townhouse offers front door street access and secure underground parking. A true DESIGNER finished home - open modern kitchen with stainless appliances, wine fridge, and hardwood & tile floors throughout. Two expansive patios make this an entertainers dream home! The complex has new piping, new windows, balconies, and updated roof (2015). Don't miss this well cared for home, in one of the cities most desirable locations. CALL TODAY to schedule a time to view. OPEN HOUSE SAT 11AM-1PM & 2-4PM SUN 2-4PM More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
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