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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(r) # R2171767

    Main Photo: 1 1483 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # 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(r) # R2131641

    Main Photo: 5202 1128 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SHANGRI-LA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # 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
  • 5504 1128 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SHANGRI-LA" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2151735

    Main Photo: 5504 1128 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "SHANGRI-LA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2151735
    $5,780,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2151735
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,414 sq. ft.
    This prestigious Shangri-La 2 bedroom residence offers you 270 degree unobstructed view of English Bay, City (best exposure, mostly South) and port Vancouver. It is located in the center of Vancouver luxury zone, steps to trendy shops, luxury brands, restaurants and transportation. This elegant home design gives you great 2 bedroom layout, 11.5' ceiling, high end appliances and plumbing fixtures, distributed music system, automatic blinds, central air conditioning and much more. Other features include 24 hours concierge services, privileges of the prestigious 5 star hotel amenities, 2 side by side parking and 2 storage lockers. It is definitely the best choice if you want to enjoy your life in downtown Vancouver! A must see More details
    RE/MAX Masters Realty
  • 4601 1128 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Shangri La" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2156324

    Main Photo: 4601 1128 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Shangri La" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # 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
  • 4503 1128 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Shangri-La Private Estates" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2174635

    Main Photo: 4503 1128 W GEORGIA Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Shangri-La Private Estates" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2174635
    $5,488,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2174635
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,443 sq. ft.
    The pinnacle of luxury living in Vancouver's Shangri-La Estates! This elegant residence has plenty of upgrades and high end finishes throughout. Soaring 10 foot ceilings and a spacious main living area boast breathtaking water views and welcome plenty of natural light. The chef-inspired Boffi kitchen is complete with top the line Miele appliances and flows directly into the glamourous dinning area. Also enjoy stunning walnut hardwood floors throughout, blackout blinds in both bedrooms, a custom built master walk-in closet, and much more! 5-Star Shangri-La amenities include a fully equipped exercise centre, an outdoor pool, Chi Spa, and 24 Hour Concierge. Unit includes 2 side-by-side parking spaces. Open house CANCELLED. More details
    RE/MAX Masters Realty
  • 5 1861 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Sylvia Building" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2151921

    Main Photo: 5 1861 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Sylvia Building" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2151921
    $4,788,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2151921
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,490 sq. ft.
    #5-1861 Beach Ave, Vancouver, V6G 1Z1. Sylvia Tower-Vancouver’s flagship waterfront condo residences standing prominently on Beach Ave, West of Denman, next to historic Sylvia Hotel and steps to Stanley Park & English Bay. English Bay Waterfront with South West Views. Over 2400sq/ft 2 bdrm & 2.5 bath 1 suite per floor. Suites are rarely available in this building making it one of Vancouver’s most exclusive luxury addresses & an irreplaceable piece of world class real estate. This special home greets you with floor to ceiling windows & has large living room & dining areas for entertaining & spacious open kitchen. The Master Bedroom has its own balcony and ensuite bthrm w/large walk-in closet. Comes w/ 2 parking 64 & 99 and 1 storage. Open Saturday from 2 to 4pm More details
    KellerWilliamsRealtyVanCentral
  • 1801 1171 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Jervis" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180556

    Main Photo: 1801 1171 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "The Jervis" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180556
    $4,350,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180556
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,237 sq. ft.
    A gorgeous, INFORM Design, INTRACORP developed, spacious SUB PENTHOUSE with enviable water, city and 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. Two very generous outdoor living areas over 374 SF, plumbed with gas for BBQs & warm fire features. Includes a private double car garage with storage! The Jervis is a collection of 58 modern, design focused homes. An beautifully unique opportunity. Measurements are approx. & taken from strata plan. Completion fall 2018. More details
    Macdonald Realty
  • 1685 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2175907

    Main Photo: 1685 NELSON Street in Vancouver: West End VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2175907
    • Exterior Front
    • Foyer
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Stairway
    • Kitchen
    • Family Room
    • Stairway
    • Master Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Upper Suite
    • Garden Suite
    • Kitchen
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Patio/Deck
    • Stairway
    $4,350,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2175907
    Bedrooms:
    8
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,977 sq. ft.
    One of the few remaining Westend Mansions is now on market. This magnificent home has been completely updated while keeping the original millwork and h/w floors throughout.The restoration was completed with options to utilize the entire home as single family or to accommodate extended family providing private units within. Large principal rooms for entertaining, a w/b f/p featured in the grand living room & a gas f/p in the main floor family room.This 8 bed/5 bath home is completely restored & ready for a new owner to call home. The local elementary school, high school,tennis courts, shopping & transit are all within a 1 blk radius of this stately home. Stanley Park & English Bay beach a short 4 blocks walk. Live the dream by becoming the new owner of this stately Westend Mansion! More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
  • 3802 1028 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "PATINA" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2149848

    Main Photo: 3802 1028 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "PATINA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2149848
    $3,998,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2149848
    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 sqft 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 Island. Despite being fairly new building, still under warranty, over $100K in recent uplifts by Georgie-winner Interior Designer. Arcinterior have transformed the residence into a functional masterpiece. OPEN HOUSE July 2 & 3, 2-4 PM More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
  • 402 2015 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2181068

    Main Photo: 402 2015 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181068
    $3,988,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181068
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,097 sq. ft.
    Welcome to 2015 Beach, an address of distinction. Exclusive waterfront location west of Denman at the foot of the seawall and entrance to Stanley Park with magnificent unobstructed vistas of the waterfront and English Bay. Spacious one level floor plan offering a perfect compliment of formal and informal living spaces meshed flawlessly with a large terrace that can be enjoyed year round. Southern exposure ensures an abundance of natural light. Privacy assured with only two suites per floor. The building is just steps from the beach and close to amenities on Denman, seawall and Stanley Park. Rarely is a residence of this nature available. A trophy property to enjoy for years to come. More details
    Engel & Volkers Vancouver
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Listing information last updated on June 29, 2017
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