West End Homes For Sale – West End Condos For Sale
Historic and bustling, the West End is uniquely positioned to appeal to the omnivorous urbanite with a nature-loving temperament. Originally staked out for its clay, the area was once Vancouver’s first upscale neighbourhood, before the likes of Shaughnessy and Kerrisdale usurped that role. Over time the West End became more inclusive and inviting, and its diversity is one of its stronger selling points today.
The West End neighbourhood of Vancouver’s downtown has a relatively trapezoidal shape, with its main boundaries travelling up Burrard Street, west on W Georgia towards Stanley Park and the Lost Lagoon, then heading south on Park Lane (or Denman Street, depending on whom one asks), and back towards the Burrard Street Bridge along Beach Avenue parallel to the Seawall (English Bay).
History Of The Housing Market
The West End offers a wide array of mid-rise and high-rise buildings, for buyers and renters alike. There are also many older and renovated single-family units. Tree-lined streets and quiet green spaces offer some buffer between the business of the neighbourhood and homelife. Like much of the Lower mainland, the area has seen an upswing in condo developments as part of Vancouver’s growth and urban planning. The area remains equally attractive to all ages and groups, to newcomers and longtime Vancouverites, who are drawn to the downtown core and Stanley Park. Prices trend upwards, but reasonable, and in return people who choose the West End get the full Vancouver experience.
The West End Community Centre, a 50,000 square foot facility/library on Denman Street, and the Vancouver Aquatic Centre, on Beach Avenue, over local residents plenty of indoor recreational and cultural activities. There are two outdoor parks within the neighbourhood itself, centrally-located Nelson Park and beautiful Sunset Beach Park where False Creek meets English Bay. Just up the Seawall from Sunset Beach is English Bay Beach, home to Vancouver’s Celebration of Light fireworks display each summer. Of course, one of Vancouver’s main attractions is just west of the West End: the majestic Stanley Park. This veritable Eden offers all of Vancouverites year-round proximity to nature and its bounty. Its multitude patchwork of trails offers endless enjoyment for hikers, joggers and cyclists, while facilities exist for playing tennis, lawn bowling, rugby, pitch-and-putt: the list is inexhaustible.
Restaurants & Shopping
Davie, Denman, Robson: the triumvirate that comprise the essential commercial district of the West End. With an eclectic mix of the hallowed and profane, these streets, especially Robsonstrasse, are well-known for their offerings of haute couture and world-class amenities. The area has no shortage of restaurants, delis, pubs, and cafés; shops and salons; supermarkets and department stores; theatres, live and cinematic; hotels and hostels. Arguably the liveliest neighbourhood in Vancouver, the West End is where the polis meets the cosmos.
Schools In The Area
Vancouver’s West End is home to a number of schools, including Lord Roberts Elementary, Lord Roberts Annex and eminent King George Secondary. Pattison High and Westside Preparatory are two of the area’s private options.
The University of British Columbia’s faculties of Law and Medicine, as well as its Sauder School of Business, offer courses at the downtown campus at Robson Square (just east of Burrard Street). There are also branches of the UBC library and bookstore. Also close by are downtown campuses for BCIT (on Seymour), offering a whole panoply of courses, and Simon Fraser University (on West Hastings), notably its School of Contemporary Art and the Morris J. Wosk Dialogue Centre. The downtown campus for SFU also houses the Segal Graduate School of Business.
Travelling throughout the Lower Mainland is almost as easy as stepping out the front door for inhabitants of Vancouver’s West End. Stanley Park Causeway leads northwest to the Lions Gate Bridge and the cities of West Vancouver and North Vancouver, and on to Whistler, while W Georgia heads east towards Highway 99 and 1A (east of downtown). Public transit in the form of buses, the Skytrain and Canada Line will take anyone from the West End to UBC, the Vancouver International Airport, and the various environs south and east of the city. Pedestrian and cycling traffic are dense owing to the Seawall and the local commercial district.
Today this densely populated and ethnically diverse part of Vancouver is a draw for singles and families of all ages. Robson Street provides endless shopping and dining possibilities as well as a number of high-end hotels. Two elementary schools, Lord Roberts and the Lord Roberts Annex, service the area. The King George High School is also within the borders.