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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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  • 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
  • 502 1436 HARWOOD Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Harwood House" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281137

    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. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 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
    Main Photo: 401 1718 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Regency Terrace" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281110
    $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. Sat/Sun June 23/24 from 2-4 pm. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 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 1 bedroom and Den 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 More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Little Oak Realty
  • 203 969 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "West End" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2280895

    Main Photo: 203 969 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "West End" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280895
    $999,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2280895
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,159 sq. ft.
    203 - 969 Jervis Street Vancouver, BC V6E 2B7. 12 unit, 3 level West End building built in 1981. This extra large 1150 sf 2 bed, 2 bathroom suite is an blank canvas awaiting your decorating and remodeling imagination. Great plan that showcases an open kitchen & over sized living room & master bedroom. Features incl a cozy wood fireplace, electric heat, 2 skylights, partial laminate floors outdoor deck and lots of windows. The building has wood siding, a new roof that is currently being installed and new windows that were installed in 2017. The unit comes with 1 Storage locker #203 and 2 parking stalls (#21 & #22, P1). Walk to shops, restaurants & amenities. Call to view this reno opportunity. Go to the Listing agent web site for floor plans, strata minutes and suite feature sheet, No OPENS More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 308 1331 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE LIONS" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2280832

    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 308 1331 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE LIONS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280832
    $549,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2280832
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    464 sq. ft.
    The Lions building studio unit with loads of updates including the Murphy bed has first class gym,sauna,24/7 concierge,conference rm,Rec.Center w/2 pool tables,kitchenette and media rm,2 guest suites,Resident Mngr & bike locker. Unbeatable location: so central, walk to StanleyPark,CoalHarbour community center,Urban Fair,commercial/financial/shoppin&entertainment centres,RobsonStreet & 5star hotels like Shangri-la,Hotel Vancouveretc. Top notch onsite facilites&ideal location make this low investment an easy decision. 1pkg&lck. OPEN HOUSE JUNE 23&24 2-4PM!!! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX City Realty
  • 302 2088 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE PRESIDIO" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2280807

    Main Photo: 302 2088 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "THE PRESIDIO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280807
    $1,148,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2280807
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    812 sq. ft.
    Rarely available spacious 1 bedroom suite at the iconic and prestigious Presidio. This "West of Denman" luxury building houses just 28 premium residences. This immaculate home is situated on the south, west, and north sides of the building, offering views of the trees of Stanley Park and tons of natural light. Literally situated at the edge of Stanley Park, with all the park trails & Seawall at your doorstep. Robson Street shopping, the beauty of English Bay, and the Coal Harbour marina are within a few minutes walk. Floor plan, video tour and photos on realtors site. This one of a kind condo comes with 1 parking and 1 locker as well. Pets are welcome. More details
    Listed by Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
  • 804 1725 PENDRELL Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "STRATFORD COURT" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281233

    $639,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281233
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    703 sq. ft.
    Large 1 BDRM, 1 Bath home with amazing views of English Bay. Lots of natural light in this corner unit. Bring your renovation ideas as it is in original condition but has amazing potentials. Desirable location, steps to English Bay, Stanley Park, shopping and entertainment. Enjoy the tranquility of the outdoor pool, sauna and the lush private garden while living in the most convenient location! More details
    Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
  • 12 1101 NICOLA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Queen Charlotte" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2279996

    Main Photo: 12 1101 NICOLA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Queen Charlotte" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2279996
    • Lower Level
    • Lower Level
    • Lower Level
    $1,480,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2279996
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,920 sq. ft.
    The award winning Queen Charlotte building is an iconic Vancouver Heritage landmark, & a quiet West End oasis. This property consists of 3 independent suites. The elegant & spacious SW corner principal first floor residence is a bright & airy 755 sq.ft w/ high ceilings, classic moldings, French doors, gas fireplace, inlaid oak floors, updated kitchen w/ beautiful soapstone counters, lg. wraparound windows, & a lush, green outlook. Warm & sunny in winter, fresh & cool in summer. The 2 lower level rental suites offer tremendous options for use -such as long term rental income from 1 or both, plus as a home office, studio, family member suite, & more. Solid reinforced concrete construction, the building has been meticulously maintained & updated. Extensive storage incl. Truly one of a kind. More details
    Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 708 1330 HARWOOD Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "WEST END" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2280872

    Main Photo: 708 1330 HARWOOD Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "WEST END" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280872
    • 1330 Harwood Street
    • Entry
    • New Kitchen with Breakfast Bar
    • Dining Room
    • Living Room
    • Bathroom
    • Bathroom
    • Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • View From Every Window
    • View From Every Window
    • Winter View
    • Swimming Pool
    • Roof Top Deck
    $535,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2280872
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    620 sq. ft.
    WOW! ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, TOTALLY RENOVATED and Perfect (South Facing) Corner Unit with Awesome view! New kitchen, New bath, tile and hardwood floors too! Kitchen boasts stainless appliances, quartz royal stone counter top, new cabinet and pantry. Brand new bath features new tub, shower, gorgeous tile work Grohe fixtures and Toto Toilet with H/H Bidet. Upgrades are numerous! Call for details. Don't be disappointed... Call now! More details
    Listed by Sutton Group Del Mar Realty
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Listing information last updated on June 18, 2018 at 07:26 PM (UTC)

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