All active listings West of Denman

 
If Stanley Park is the Crown Jewel of Vancouver, then the area "West of Denman" is the setting for that gem.
Vancouver’s West End is bordered by English Bay, Stanley Park, Coal Harbour, and the downtown core.  The West End is the second most densely populated area in North America (second only to Manhattan Island), but due to its serene location and various no-through roads within the neighbourhood, it is surprisingly quiet. West of Denman even more so, as through traffic is on Georgia or Denman Streets. As a West End resident for almost 30 years, I can tell you that this neighbourhood is my favourite. Walking distance to everything! The beach, Stanley Park, restaurants, shopping, and even work. No need to own a car when you live here. You can click on the map to access up to the minute active listings, or scroll down to find a specific address.
 
 Real Estate

There are fewer new developments in the West End than in other parts of Downtown Vancouver such as Yaletown and Coal HarbourWest End Real Estate is on average priced lower than most Vancouver real estate, at $344,759 – on average – for an apartment property.  While older in style, these condos tend to be much more spacious than newer apartment properties across the city.  The proximity of these properties to the beach and Stanley Park add to their appeal and value.

 

Freehold Strata

 There are 33 Freehold Strata buildings West Of Denman. Everything from affordable studio apartments to luxury 5 bedroom homes. With only 33 buildings in a 15 square block area, the selection is limited. This maintains the exclusivity and resale potential in one of Vancouver's most sought after neighbourhoods. To own "Freehold Strata" means you get the same bundle of rights and responsibilities as a detached home owner, without the hands-on maintenance reponsibilities. Historically, this category of condo ownership enjoys the best gains in equity and is the easiest to resell.

1919 Beach Ave   1861 Beach Ave      1995 Beach Ave  

 2015 Beach Ave   1819 Pendrell St   1924 Comox St  

1838 Nelson St   1855 Nelson   1928 Nelson St  

2077 Nelson   1816 Haro St   1935 Haro St  

1970 Haro St   1835 Barclay St  1934 Barclay St  

1940 Barclay St   1967 Barclay St   2088 Barclay St

1818 Robson St   1845 Robson St   1860 Robson St  

1950 Robson St   1830 Alberni St   1863 Alberni St  

1888 Alberni St   1889 Alberni St   1925 Alberni St

828 Gilford St   1019 Gilford St   1125 Gilford St

815 Chilco St   845 Chilco St   1010 Chilco St

 

Co-op Apartments

There are 12 Co-op apartment buildings West of Denman. Co-ops are the pre-cursor to Strata ownership, and were the first way to own and occupy an apartment. Before co-op, the only way to own a home was to buy a house! Essentially, when you buy co-op, you're purchasing shares in a company that owns the land and building you're buying into. You receive the exclusive right to occupy one of the homes in that building. Since there is no actual land transfer, there is no Land Transfer Tax. However, because of this, financing can be difficult with lenders requiring a minimum 35% down. Co-ops tend to be older buildings with an abundance of character and larger room sizes. You'll find that they usually have extremely tight restrictions on rentals, pets, and sometimes even age and smoking! The financing restriction means that the ownership is usually older, and since reselling can be a little more difficult, the prices are generally better than Freehold.

1879 Barclay St  2095 Beach Ave    1949 Beach Ave  

1050 Chilco St  710 Chilco St    2015 Haro St

 1835 Morton Ave     1975 Pendrell St     2055 Pendrell St     

1878 Robson St   1960 Robson St   1972 Robson St    

 Leasehold Property

There is only one Leasehold Property West of Denman. The "El Cid” at 1850 Comox Street was built in 1968 with 208 suites on 26 levels. A substantial amount of work has been done on this building recently so it should be worry free for a number of years. Buying Leasehold means that you're essentially pre-paying the rent for the term of the lease. In this case, the lease expires December 31, 2073. The most recent sale at the time of writing (Jan 2012) was a 650 sq ft 1 bedroom home for $260,000. That works out to only $355.20 per month for the length of the lease. Adding in the monthly maintenance fee (it will increase in the future) brings that amount to $734.20 per month. You can see why leasehold can be extremely attractive for any purchaser, but especially for the investor. For more information on Leasehold Properties contact me at dean.wilkins@century21.ca .

Click here to view a copy of the Head Lease for the "El Cid".

 Who Lives Here

 Due to the near nonexistence of detached homes in the area, the West End is home to fewer families than the rest of Vancouver.  The West End population consists of mostly singles and couples between the ages of 20 to 34, even though the location is fairly family-oriented (see Things to Do).  The West End is also home to Davie Village, Vancouver’s largest gay neighbourhood.  Residents of Vancouver’s West End tend to be highly educated but with slightly lower household incomes ($51,933 compared to the $64,889 average for Vancouver).  This discrepancy could be attributable to the young population employed primarily in the sales and service sector.

 Things to Do

Walk / Bike / Run / Rollerblade Vancouver's Seawall

Spend the day in Stanley Park

Take the Aquabus Ferry to Granville Island

Relax on the beach at English Bay or Second Beach

Watch the Vancouver Fireworks over English Bay in the Summertime

Spend the day shopping in Robson Street Stores

Take a ride on Stanley Park's Miniature Train

Explore the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park

Check out a book at the West End Library

Have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of the many West End Restaurants

Visit the Century 21 Kiosk at the Denman Place Mall

History

Until the turn of the century, the West End was only sparsely settled, due to its distance from the old Granville Townsite (Gastown). Through the 1890s the forest was logged and gradually replaced with grand Victorian homes for upper-income families. With the CPR's development of Shaughnessy in 1910, the West End's role as a "high-class" residential area declined and the community's second stage of development began. Apartments were built, homes along the Robson, Denman and Davie (all streetcar lines) were redeveloped as shops, and larger homes were converted into rooming houses.

The community's first apartments were constructed on the streetcar line that ran down Robson Street. The Manhattan (now a housing co-operative), designed by well-known architects Parr and Fee, still stands at the comer of Robson and Thurlow Streets. City building regulations, which lasted until 1956, restricted these early masonry buildings to six floors, and wood frame buildings to three floors.

During the 1930s and 40s, the third wave of apartment development occurred. These were low rise structures with impressive Art Deco and Tudor-inspired facades. They were designed to give the community an air of permanence and respectability.

The 1950s brought the fourth stage of redevelopment to the West End. These changes were mainly in response to zoning changes and technological advancements which allowed for cheaper and better multi-storey construction. The majority of high-rise apartment development occurred between 1962 and 1975 where more than 220 highrises were built. This building boom created the skyline that we are familiar with today.

In the 1970s, and again in the 1980s, resident's expressed concerns changes in their community. In response, City Council initiated local area planning programs involving West End residents, local business people and City staff.

 

 

 

 
Dean Wilkins

Dean Wilkins

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CENTURY 21 In Town Realty
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