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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
    $6,300,000
    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
  • 602 1888 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2210346

    Main Photo: 602 1888 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2210346
    $3,298,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2210346
    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. And did I mention the terrace?! More details
    RE/MAX Clara Hartree
  • 1702 1311 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2186388

    Main Photo: 1702 1311 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2186388
    $2,990,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2186388
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,544 sq. ft.
    TUDOR MANOR. 270 degree unobstructed view of English Bay, ocean, Stanley Park & False Creek, 2 bdrm, 2.5 bath, open floor plan, 2 parking, 1 storage. Many upgrades including hardwood floors, appliances, blinds, doors, open kitchen with granite counter top, high quality stereo system and security cameras. Very well maintained building. 24 hour concierge service, guest suite, only 2 units per floor. The Beach, Stanley Park, West End are just at your door step and watch fireworks at home in summer. MUST SEE. More details
    Regent Park Fairchild Rlty Inc
  • 1955 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Townhouse for sale in "LAGUNA PARKSIDE" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2210590

    Main Photo: 1955 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Townhouse for sale in "LAGUNA PARKSIDE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2210590
    $2,988,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2210590
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,857 sq. ft.
    Extravagant townhome in prestigious Laguna Parkside with gorgeous views of Stanley Park, Lost Lagoon & North Shore Mountains. Located in one of the best areas in Vancouver, this concrete, 2 storey townhome features: top of the line finishes, private rooftop deck, plus two patios and another sundeck & your own private 2 car garage! With over 1,800 Sq. Ft. of interior space 2 beds and 3 baths, this home is an entertainer's dream with an open floor plan, top appliances, granite counters, air-conditioning and a home security system. A 24-hour concierge & spa-like amenities - indoor pool, steam room, exercise centre & billiard room, making this home a true Vancouver masterpiece! Fantastic location, walking distance to Stanley Park, Lost Lagoon, shops & restaurants. More details
    Virani Real Estate Advisors
  • 1119 BROUGHTON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2209218

    Main Photo: 1119 BROUGHTON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2209218
    $2,449,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2209218
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,395 sq. ft.
    Extremely Rare, Special, Gorgeous 2,395 SF, 3 level, Townhome on a quiet corner in heart of West End. This is the Historic “Thomas Fee House” built in 1904/05, (Cover of Vanishing Vancouver), lovingly rebuilt in 1994 by the current owner & includes 7 other strata suites. Truly full sized home: 1,057 SF Main has a large living room w/fp, bay windows, a big dining room & foyer/entry plus 18’x12’ modern gourmet kitchen. Upstairs 1,057 SF: large Master bdrm w/ensuite, add’l full bath, 2 more large bedrooms, & 16’ x 11’6 family/flex room. Down: 280 SF flex/storage area w/access to U/G parking. Home features 9’ceilings, h/w floors, mouldings, natural gas in-floor hot water radiant heat. Great character in modern home. Contact LS floorplan. Easy to Show by Appt. Showing Mon Nov 6th 6:00pm by Appt More details
    RE/MAX Real Estate Services
  • 1602 738 BROUGHTON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "ALBERNI PLACE" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2219440

    Main Photo: 1602 738 BROUGHTON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "ALBERNI PLACE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2219440
    $2,398,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2219440
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,734 sq. ft.
    Rarely available 2,700 sq.ft. city home in prestigious ALBERNI PLACE features 4 Bedrooms, Den and 2 large Enclosed Balconies ALL ON ONE LEVEL. Occupying half of the 16th floor, the spacious home offers expansive views of ENGLISH BAY and DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER. The grand Living Room with custom marble fireplace and huge Dining Room with wet bar are perfect for entertaining. The functional kitchen has plenty of granite counter-tops to work on and adjoins an east facing breakfast nook. The spacious Master suite features a large walk-in closet & vanity area, huge ensuite with jetted bathtub & open balcony, and adjoins an enclosed balcony with gorgeous water & sunset view. Well maintained building has concierge & 24 hr security. Steps to Robson Street shops, restaurants and Stanley Park. More details
    Macdonald Realty
  • 2 815 CHILCO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "CHILCO" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2226668

    Main Photo: 2 815 CHILCO Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "CHILCO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2226668
    $2,200,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2226668
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,070 sq. ft.
    Luxury living spanning the ENTIRE SECOND FLOOR in the renowned boutique building 'CHILCO' designed by renowned architect Charles Van Norman. As the elevator doors open, step into 2000+ square feet of EXPANSIVE space to relax & entertain friends & family. Originally a 3 bedroom converted to 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms featuring beautiful polished concrete floors, dedicated dining, living room & family room surrounding a cozy F/P & custom built shelving, king size master bedroom. Impressive gourmet chefs kitchen w/upgraded appliances, ample of storage, 6 burner gas range. Custom lighting is perfect for art lovers. Entire home is wrapped in windows/balconies to take in gorgeous views of Stanley Park, North Shore Mountains. An envious West End address without compromising space. More details
    Prompton Real Estate Serv.Inc. and Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 1201 1835 MORTON Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "OCEAN TOWERS" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2216637

    Main Photo: 1201 1835 MORTON Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "OCEAN TOWERS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2216637
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Front
    • Lobby/Reception
    • Lobby/Reception
    • View
    • View
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Great Room
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bathroom
    • View
    • Kitchen
    • ENGLISH BAY
    • ENGLISH BAY
    • ENGLISH BAY
    • ENGLISH BAY
    • View
    • View
    $1,858,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2216637
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,535 sq. ft.
    We are proud to offer for sale this AMAZING property in the iconic, timeless, OCEAN TOWERS! Situated on English Bay and just steps to Stanley Park in the heart of Vancouver. Offering breathtaking OCEAN and MOUNTAIN views from every room, this 1,535 square foot home is architecturally designed to maximize the best views in the city. Call now for your own private showing. This opportunity will most certainly not last! NO PROPERTY PURCHASE OR FOREIGN BUYER TAX! More details
    Macdonald Realty
  • 403 1888 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "RESIDENCES AT 1888 ALBERNI" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2216928

    Main Photo: 403 1888 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "RESIDENCES AT 1888 ALBERNI" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2216928
    $1,799,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2216928
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,521 sq. ft.
    Located at the gateway to Stanley Park, this spacious West of Denman suite is perfect for those moving from a lg home. Large principal rooms coupled with a fantastic layout, views to Lost Lagoon & the N.S Mtns make this a superb luxury residence. Over 1,500 sq ft - 2 bed, 2 bath + office home boasts hardwood floors, large chef's-ready kitchen, grand entry foyer & west facing floor to ceiling windows for abundant natural light. The lg master bdrm has 3 lg closets & extra large ensuite bathroom. This complex features a large indoor pool, gym & social room. A coveted boutique building with only 36 suites. Pets & Rentals are welcomed. Located at the foot of the Stanley Park - 2 blocks to the seawall & just blocks from Vancouver's finest restaurants & shops. Don't miss this extraordinary home! More details
    Macdonald Realty (Van)
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