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The West End neighbourhood of the Canadian City of Vancouver in British Columbia is the area from Burrard Street west to Stanley Park at the extremity of the downtown peninsula and from West Georgia Street south to False Creek and English Bay. Adjacent neighbourhoods are Downtown east of Burrard Street and Coal Harbor north of Georgia.

History

The first area land purchasers planned in 1862 to mine for porcelain clays and establish a brickworks, but the local clay was unsuitable for that purpose. With the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway, however, the West End soon became Vancouver’s first wealthy neighbourhood of rich railroad families along Georgia Street. As the city grew, the West End became a transitory place for new arrivals from elsewhere in Canada, the United Kingdom, and later other countries, establishing a neighbourhood history and tradition of diversity.

The rich moved on to Shaughnessy and other neighbourhoods early in the 20th century as new development brought in a more middle-class, transient population. Mansions converted to rooming houses, low-rise apartments appeared, and shops sprang up along the streetcar lines on Davie, Denman, and Robson streets. Following the Second World War, a significant German business community took root along Robson Street, “Robsonstrasse” in marketing parlance. The West End’s skyline soared in the ‘West End 260s and early ’70s, when developers built 220 high-rise apartments in 13 years.

Information Links:

http://westendbia.com/
http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/west-end.aspx
http://westendcc.ca
http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/west-end-community-plan-2013-nov.pdf

Demographics

In 2001 the densely populated West End had 42,120 residents, 12 percent of whom were single-parent families compared to 17 percent for the entire city. The census population was 44,543 in 2011, a small decline from 44,556 in 2006. From 1971 to 2011, West End population increased by 19 percent as city overall population increased by 42 percent. At 48 percent, the 20–39 age group is the largest at a proportion much higher than that for the city overall, 34 percent. The neighbourhood has two elementary schools and a high school.

Amenities and Attractions

West End 1Parks and beaches are abundant around and throughout the West End. English Bay Beach is thronged during the annual summer Celebration of Light fireworks display. Stanley Park with 1,000 mostly forested acres is one of North America’s largest urban parks. Entirely encircled by the Seawall, a paved path that begins Downtown and follows the coast around Stanley Park through the West End and around False Creek to Granville Island for rollerblading, cycling, jogging, or pleasant walking, the park also has many miles of inland trails crisscrossing in every direction. The Vancouver Aquarium and a miniature railway attract many of Stanley Park’s 8 million annual visitors. At the northern end of the Park, Prospect Point provides spectacular vistas of the Lions Gate Bridge to the North Shore of the Burrard Inlet.

Another West End Real Estate Boom?

According to the Colliers Spring 2014 LandShare Report on rezoning and development applications in Metro Vancouver, a new community plan has raised development potential in the West End neighbourhood, which may be on the verge of a dramatic expansion of real estate density. The report points to recent purchases of two properties as the first of many probable high-value West End transactions since the community plan relaxed density restrictions in the Georgia Street corridor to permit maximum heights of 500 feet.

New West End Live MLS Listings

West End May Take Off Again

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  • 1 1483 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2171767

    Main Photo: 1 1483 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2171767
    • dining
    • Exterior Front
    • living
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • hall
    • Kitchen
    • hall
    • Master Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Master Bathroom
    • Bathroom
    • Bathroom
    • Bathroom
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Back
    • View
    • Dining Room
    $8,880,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2171767
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,028 sq. ft.
    Unobstructed Pacific Ocean view and amazing sunsets are lying in front of you. Formal and bright well cared for this 3,000 sq. ft, large 4 bedroom, 4 bath residence is with elegant and superb trimmings: Crema Marfil Marble Floors, Custom Cherry Wood Millwork, 2 fireplaces, Joel Burman glass, 10 foot coffered ceilings, plus 1500 sq. ft outdoor living space with BBQ, sink, fireplace and a fire pit. Outstanding quality workmanship and appliances. 3 underground parking with a gated shared parking and an over-sized storage room. Sunset beach park and world famous Stanley Park are at your doorstep. Highly recommend motivated buyers. A pleasure to show. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 5202 1128 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SHANGRI-LA" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2131641

    Main Photo: 5202 1128 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SHANGRI-LA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2131641
    $5,955,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2131641
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,680 sq. ft.
    Views, views, views, sweeping views from English Bay through to Stanley Park, Coal Harbour and around to Northshore mountains. Spacious, prestigious two bedroom at the world-class residential private estates at the Shangri-La. Open floor plan with wonderful separate for living space gives your lots of room for family and entertaining. Large bedrooms, walk in closet with beautiful ensuite bathrooms. Open kitchen by Boffi with SubZero and Miele appliances. Enjoy living right in the heart of the city, appreciated the convenience of a 5-star hotel down below, shopping, restaurants, theatre and more right outside your door. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
  • 4601 1128 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Shangri La" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2156324

    Main Photo: 4601 1128 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Shangri La" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2156324
    $5,498,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2156324
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,402 sq. ft.
    THE FINEST LOCATION IN SHANGRI LA! SOUTHWEST CORNER SUITE with unobstructed views from Coal Harbour to Vancouver Island and English Bay!! . Over 2400 sq/ft, 2 bedroom and family room estate home features all the gorgeous details recognized around the world. Hardwood flooring, top of the line appliances and geothermal heating/cooling. The kitchen is by Boffi and appointed with Sub-Zero and Miele appliances. Amenities include valet parking, 24 hours concierge, security, fitness centre, outdoor pool, hot tub, screening room, library and fine dining. Vancouver's vibrant lifestyle at it's best. Great open floor plan with lots of natural lighting throughout the suite. Southwest exposure for a gorgeous views of English Bay. This is the premier suite from the original offering! Very Special! More details
    Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
  • 1901 1171 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Jervis" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2190045

    Main Photo: 1901 1171 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Jervis" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2190045
    $5,450,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2190045
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,295 sq. ft.
    A gorgeous, INFORM designed, INTRACORP developed, spacious PENTHOUSE in desirable West End. Extensive Sunset Beach & ocean views, plus gorgeous city, park & mountain views. Intelligent space planning maximizes natural light, creating a smooth transition between indoor & outdoor living. The home offers some of the finest finishing available in Vancouver luxury living with a premium line of Gaggenau appliances, Italian wardrobes & bathrooms wrapped in marble. 754 SF ROOF TOP DECK with outdoor kitchen and fireplace plus 374 SF of decks on living level, plumbed with gas. Includes a private DOUBLE CAR GARAGE with storage! The Jervis is a collection of 58 design focused homes. Measurements approx from strata plan. Completion fall More details
    Macdonald Realty
  • 3102 1200 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "PALISADES" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2196385

    Main Photo: 3102 1200 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "PALISADES" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2196385
    • Beautiful Crystal Chandelier hanging over living room and fireplace
    • Gorgeous, sunsets west to English Bay and West Vancouver Mountains
    • 2 story 17 foot ceilings in Living Room and Dining Room
    • Full Height Windows
    • Open Concept Living Room Dining Room
    • View to the Living Room from the second floor Bridge.
    • Large Main floor Office or Second Master Bedroom with full Ensuite and Walk in Closet
    • Bridge Separating Master from 2nd Bedroom
    • Large Master Suite with Excellent Views
    • 5 piece Ensuite
    • 2nd Bedroom with an Ensuite and View
    • Ensuite with a View
    • Large 2nd Bedroom
    • Nanny's Ensuite
    $5,355,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2196385
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    3,012 sq. ft.
    Unique, Gorgeous, Classic, Spectacular are only a few adjectives for this Beautiful 4 bedroom, 4 ½ bath, 2 level Penthouse. Designed by Famous Architect James Cheng With 3,012 sq ft of Air-Conditioned comfort, this 31st floor features soaring a 17 ft ceiling and 270 Degree views through Floor to Ceiling windows to English Bay, North Shore Mountains and the City. The Interior of this stunning open floor plan customized to perfection by acclaimed Interior Designer, Mitchell Freedland offering all the luxuries you dream of in the finest home . Some of the many features include limestone flooring , exceptional custom Millwork , gold plated bthrm fixtures , stunning gourmet kitchen and family room. Steps to Shopping and Restaurants on Robson Street. Call listing agent for a private viewing More details
    Multiple Realty Ltd.
  • PH 1403 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2187598

    Main Photo: PH 1403 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2187598
    $4,980,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2187598
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,620 sq. ft.
    Blanketed under thick forests rests Vancouver, a city of glass buildings and scenic ocean views. Within this coalescence between vibrant and tranquility, you will find this home that embodies it all. Hidden away from the public eye, this home offers four luxurious bedrooms, three spacious bathrooms, an exquisite open-kitchen, a modern recreational room and den all dispersed into two floors gracefully separated by a stunning spiral staircase. Experience a relaxing panoramic view of English Bay along with a private balcony to enjoy this most picturesque sight. A chance to live in Vancouver is rewarding, so why not live in a home that incarnates all the beauty that Vancouver has to offer? Arrange a showing for your ideal home today. More details
    Macdonald Realty Westmar
  • 3802 1028 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "PATINA" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2192638

    Main Photo: 3802 1028 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "PATINA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2192638
    $3,998,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2192638
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,819 sq. ft.
    World Class Luxury Living at its Finest. Soaring high above the heart of downtown Vancouver on the 38th floor of the opulent Patina concrete high rise, built by esteemed developer, Concert Properties, this 1819 sq. ft., south west and south east-facing corner balcony unit boasts floor-to-ceiling windows casting unparalleled 270 degree ocean vistas throughout, including stunning views of English Bay, Coal Harbour, Lions Gate Bridge and Granville lsland. Despite being a fairly new building, still under warranty, over $100K in recent uplifts by Georgie-winner Interior Designer, Archinterior have transformed the residence into a functional masterpiece. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
  • 1074 CARDERO Street in Vancouver: West End VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2192695

    Main Photo: 1074 CARDERO Street in Vancouver: West End VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2192695
    $3,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2192695
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    5,344 sq. ft.
    DEVELOPER AND INVESTOR ALERT! Rare opportunity to own two houses on a RM 5 Heritage B property in the heart of the West End. One of the houses features a retail convenience store on the ground level. This is a prime location close to the beach, parks, restaurants, and shopping. The measurements listed under finished floor refer to the two separate buildings: 1074 Cardero (981 sf & 1014 sf), 1076 Cardero (1178 sf), 1078 Cardero convenience store (1227 sf). Buy and hold as an investment property or for future redevelopment potential. More details
    Multiple Realty Ltd. and RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 3201 1331 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Lions" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2194480

    Main Photo: 3201 1331 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Lions" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2194480
    $3,688,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2194480
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,640 sq. ft.
    This extraordinary, one-of-a-kind SUB-PENTHOUSE occupies half of the floor & boasts 270° panoramic, MAGICAL views of ocean, mountains, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge, the Lions peaks, English Bay & glittering downtown city lights. Unmatched 5 terraces totalling 732 sf outdoor space + interior 1,640 sf: combined 2,372 sf! Entirely renovated w/ luxurious finishing: rewired for pot lights, engineered oak wide plank floor, quartz countertops, custom made cabinetry throughout, built-in Sub-Zero, Wolf induction, Faber, Bosch & Blomberg appliances; custom made wine room; bathrooms: Nuheat floors, Riobel fixtures, motion censor undermount lighting. 3 beds, 2 baths, a spacious den, wine room. 2 parking, 1 storage locker. Luxurious amenities. A rare & perfect city home! More details
    Macdonald Realty (Van)
  • 602 1888 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2193022

    Main Photo: 602 1888 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2193022
    $3,450,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2193022
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,562 sq. ft.
    A TRUE HIDDEN OASIS - OVER 2200 SQFT OF COMBINED INDOOR/OUTDOOR LIVING. Spectacular views and the coveted terrace everyone wants! Huge outdoor space provides a quiet, private and sunny place to entertain and enjoy Vancouver to the fullest. The suite was stripped to bare concrete and 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 and one of the best indoor pools in the city. 2 parking and oversize locker included. And did I mention the terrace?! More details
    RE/MAX Clara Hartree
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