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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.

Who Lives There

Due to the 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 and Schools and Safety).  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.

Davie Village Banner in the West End - Vancovuer Real EstateThings To Do

The West End is home to numerous bike and rollerblade stores (the corner of Denman and Georgia boasts 3), with both available for rent or purchase.  The Stanley Park seawall is one of Vancouver’s main attractions, and here runners, walkers, cyclists and rollerbladers enjoy the luscious scenery daily.  The Stanley Park seawall passes Third Beach (one of downtown Vancouver’s most secluded beaches), Second Beach (home to the Second Beach outdoor pool), and leads to English Bay and Sunset Beach. While Stanley Park features attractions such as the Vancouver Aquarium and a Pitch ‘n’ Putt course, there are other, smaller, parks within the West End, including an off-leash dog park and tennis courts.  The West End Community Centre is a fantastic place to get involved in the community, and participate in ice skating, hockey lessons, or borrow books from the library.

Restaurants include The Boathouse English Bay, with one of the most Panoramic views in Vancouver, and Lolita’s South of the Border Cantina on Davie St, a small establishment with a great vibe and even better food.  Shima Sushi on Denman St. has incredible sushi at low prices, and the world-renowned Cupcakes on Denman is a must to visit.  The Bayside Lounge, a West End fixture since the 1980s, is a great place to visit in the evening, while those looking to go dancing will never be disappointed at Celebrities, once primarily a gay club but now host to both drag shows and international djs, depending on the night.

During the summer, English Bay plays host to the Celebration of Light, a four-night fireworks extravaganza perfect for families, as well as the Pride Parade, a celebration of diversity in Vancouver.

Real Estate

There are fewer new developments in the West End than in other parts of downtown Vancouver such as Yaletown and Coal Harbour.  West 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.

Schools and SafetySiwash Rock off the Stanley Park Seawall - Vancouver Real Estate

In addition to a number of daycares, the West End is home to two elementary schools (Lord Roberts Elementary and Lord Roberts Annex) and King George Secondary.  Safety is not much of a concern during the day, but due to the quiet nature of the neighbourhood residents should be a little careful at night, when the streets can be deserted. The quietness of the West End, however, is one of its best features, and most residents are friendly and look out for each other. 

Transportation

Walking around and cycling through the West End is a pleasant experience due to the network of one-way, tree-lined streets and dead ends designed to minimize traffic through one of Vancouver’s busiest areas.  For residents, this network does not pose much of a problem once you know your way around, and will lead you to a major throughway in a matter of a couple of minutes.  Pacific, Denman, Davie, Burrard, Robson, and Georgia streets are all easily accessible, as are the many buses that stop along these busy streets.

The closest SkyTrain station from any point in the West End is Burrard Station, which serves the Expo and Millennium Lines that travel eastward.  Burrard Station is one stop from Waterfront Station, where one can transfer to the West Coast Express, the SeaBus to North Vancouver, or the Canada Line to Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport.  The Lions Gate Bridge leads out of the West End straight to North and West Vancouver, while the Burrard Street Bridge links south from Pacific Avenue.  Those wishing for a more leisurely journey can catch the AquaBus from underneath the Burrard Street Bridge, and head to Granville Island or Yaletown.

Local Attractions

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Don't forget about curb appeal! The largest impact you can make to freshen up the look of your home is a splash of fresh paint on the exterior.  Paint is by far the best bang for your buck to give your home some much needed curb appeal; whether you are selling or staying put.   Read More...
Posted by Taryn Brown on 2014-07-14
JUST LISTED! #409-345 Lonsdale avenue, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 3M9, V1069479 I am excited to announce that I've just listed this elegantly appointed 757 sq ft one bedroom condo in the wonderful Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood of North Vancouver!  List price is $335,000 and I will be hosting Open Houses June 14th & 15th from 2-4pm. For full details visit:  www.345Lonsdale.com See ... Read More...
Posted by Cortney Lessard on 2014-06-10

Construction and Expansion

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Posted by Stephanie Bowman on 2014-08-16
  Welcome to VIP Pre Sales with The Aziz Group     Over the last 8 years in the Vancouver Real Estate industry we have made many connections and partnerships with multiple developers in the Lower Mainland.  We have provided many clients over the years with early access to pre-sale homes know we would like to open the doors to the general public to use our valued ... Read More...
Posted by Eniz Aziz on 2014-08-13

Community Events

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I'm hosting an open house this Sunday from 2:00-4:00PM! A cozy ground level unit with a gigantic front patio! 108-788 West 8TH. Message me for details or for a private showing. 778-875-5132 Read More...
Posted by Stephanie Bowman on 2014-08-14
Great day of agent opens today!  What a fantastic selection of inventory coming out in the Downtown and Yaletown areas in Vancouver!  Message me for available listings and further details! 778-875-5132 Read More...
Posted by Stephanie Bowman on 2014-07-25

Family & Kids

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  Just bought a new property? Tired of expensive bills from your TV and internet? I'm proud to introduce to you an exclusive offer from Telus on behalf of Realtors® for new clients. For a limited only, new Telus clients will receive the follow: Optik TV, Internet and Home Phone for $15/month each product for 12 months when they sign up for 3 years 2 free credits for Movies On ... Read More...
Posted by Karson Wong on 2013-10-07
When buying a home, it is highly important you are getting full disclosure on the property.  The B.C. Real Estate Association is working to make that information easier for Realtors to access to ensure the protection of their buyers. I think anyone who is thinking of purchasing real estate can feel good about this. You are in good hands. What do you think?   Read More...
Posted by Sandra Laratta on 2013-10-04

Parks & Recreation

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  A Home you will be proud of in a prime Downtown location! A prime location with over 1600 sqft of living space and fantastic views - a home to be proud of! This spacious unit features gorgeous Downtown and mountain views, 9' ceilings, central air conditioning/heating, large master bedroom, insuite laundry room and so much more. A famous former BC Hydro headquarters building, commercial ... Read More...
Posted by Elena Chepil on 2013-06-21
  Here is something that may help get you through the wet and grey winter in the West End of Vancouver!  I was on Twitter the yesterday and the West End Community Centre www.twitter.com/WestEndCC who I follow released the Winter 2011 Recreation Guide and I have decided to share this with you below, this should help you fill your winter with classes, events, indoor sports and more.  I ... Read More...
Posted by Adam Knight on 2010-12-01

Market Reports and Conditions

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Posted by Eniz Aziz on 2014-08-14
The Greater Vancouver housing market continues to see slightly elevated demand from home buyers, steady levels of supply from home sellers and incremental gains in home values depending on the area and property type.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 3,061 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in July 2014. ... Read More...
Posted by Eniz Aziz on 2014-08-07

Restaurants / Bars / Coffee Houses

Normally I'm not one to blog about food, but this is a great opportunity to try a new restaurant, or go visit an old favorite.   Wild Rice on West Pender Street will be closing their doors at the end of the month, and I took this opportunity to have one last meal at one of my favorites.  It was fantastic as usual, and I will be sure to make the trek out to New Westminster to check out their ... Read More...
Posted by Klaus Rode on 2014-01-21
JJ Bean Coffee is one of Vancouverite's favourite chains of coffee shops, and franly I have a serious probelm with their muffins. They have some great sales from time to and this time it is for their 17th anniversary. They usually have a good one on Boxing Day too. Filled up with coffee and a muffin and ready for  a new home in Vancouver? Contact Matt Collinge of Century 21 In Town Realty ... Read More...
Posted by Matt Collinge on 2013-11-28

Shopping

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Are you tired of lugging around your credit cards in your wallet? Too many points/rewards cards to even fit in your wallet? Well look no further, this is the future! This new all-in-one credit card system is called a "Coin" credit card. It can store all your credit card information into one secure location. Infact, it also stores your points cards as well. It also has a built in ... Read More...
Posted by Karson Wong on 2013-11-18
" width="320" height="240"> Are you tired of lugging around your credit cards in your wallet? Too many points/rewards cards to even fit in your wallet? Well look no further, this is the future! This new all-in-one credit card system is called a "Coin" credit card. It can store all your credit card information into one secure location. Infact, it also stores your points cards as ... Read More...
Posted by Karson Wong on 2013-11-15
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