Vancouver Neighbourhood Guides

West End

Arguably the most “Vancouver” neighbourhood in the city, the West End is the gateway to Stanley Park, and home to the most diversified and lively community in the city.

The West End is a vibrant, diverse, walkable, and densely populated community surrounded by world-class parks and beaches, as well as Vancouver’s downtown and Central Business District. It comprises 204 hectares, making up 35% of the downtown peninsula (not including Stanley Park). There are 112 city blocks in the West End. The West End is situated between West Georgia Street, Burrard Street, Stanley Park and English Bay. It includes the Davie Village – traditionally a hub for the city’s LGBTQ community – and Denman Street, which together provide local shopping, services and restaurants. This area also has high-end retail on Robson and Alberni Streets. The green, leafy residential streets and the diversity of building forms and architectural styles are defining elements of the West End’s distinctive character.

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West End's Appeal

Tucked up tightly against the city’s downtown core, and at the gateway to Stanley Park, the West End is bordered by the park on one side, as well as English Bay, Granville and Robson Streets. The West End is an incredibly diverse area, and is home to the city’s gay community (centered around Davie Village), heritage homes, and around 40,000 people living in high-rise apartments. The parks and beaches are some of the main attractions that bring people to this community, but people watching and dining are closely followed.

The majesty of Stanley Park makes the West End both an urban-dweller and nature lover’s dream residential area, and the English Bay seawall is an outdoor lover’s fantasy come true. Stanley Park offers not only a walker’s and jogger’s paradise but also tennis, lawn bowling, and rugby facilities. Nature lovers can indulge their passions daily with easy access to the park and the seawall.

A wide variety of shops and restaurants are offered in the West End along the three main thoroughfares that travel through the neighbourhood. Robson Street, one of Canada’s most expensive retail streets, boasts some of the trendiest stores worldwide. Denman Street is dotted with practically every kind of cuisine imaginable, from sushi to East African, French, and Fine Dining. Davie Street’s rainbow flags and sunburst banners on lamp posts help make this one of Vancouver’s most lively neighbourhoods. Davie Village is less about “seeing the sights” and more about “living the lifestyle.” So grab a coffee and take a stroll and you will be rewarded with excellent restaurants, more beautiful beaches, and friendly people.

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Stanley Park

The West End is home to the jewel of Vancouver, the world-famous Stanley Park, which was created in 1888, and in 2014 was named the best park in the world, according to TripAdvisor. When you take a walk down the seawall that borders Stanley Park and the Salish Sea, you will immediately see why this park was rated number one in the world.

English Bay

English Bay, in the city's West End, is a popular sunbathing, swimming, and sunset-watching beach in downtown Vancouver. From English Bay there are great cycling and walking pathways along the water, all the way to Stanley Park in one direction, and then on to Point Grey via Science World, Granville Island and Kitsilano Beach in the other.

Restaurants

The West End has a seemingly endless amount of restaurants, from Spanish tapas at Espana, to ramen with homemade noodles at Marutama (a personal favourite!), and sushi at Tetsu (another personal favourite!), are all just to name a few, but there are many more, so be sure to put the West End on your list of places to live if you are a foodie!

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Schools

The West End, like the rest of the downtown core, has a surprising number of schools available to the residents here. The numerous elementary schools here, including Lord Roberts, Lord Roberts Annex, and Elise Roy. King George Secondary School has a stellar reputation and offers many opportunities for older children in the family.

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Convenience

If convenience is the main draw of a neighbourhood for you, you’ll be hard-pressed to find somewhere as convenient as the West End. It’s just a five-minute bus ride to the City Centre or Burrard Business District, though you can easily walk or bike to work downtown, too. With its abundance of retail, grocery, and transit options, this area really can’t be beaten.

Laid Back Atmosphere

The West End has a surprisingly chill, laid back atmosphere. Despite being downtown, the West End, with its beaches and parks provides an escape from the busy city center just minutes away. There are constantly people out walking their dogs, strolling the seawall, shopping, or dining out. You get the feeling that nobody seems to be in a rush, and people here really know how to live in the moment.

The West End Housing Market

The West End is a mix of mid-rise and high-rise strata titled and rental buildings. Interspersed between are many renovated and converted older homes and low-rise buildings. Most of the development of this area occurred in the 60s and 70s when the draw of being in close proximity to the growing downtown core was realized. These older renovated homes and low-rise buildings sit side by side with the newer high-rises that went up with the densification of the area. The streets are tree-lined and quiet green spaces abound amidst the hubbub of the West End.

The West End remains an equal mix of single, young, ethnically mixed population drawn by the downtown lifestyle and an older retired population drawn by the proximity to not only amenities but also the natural beauty of English Bay and Stanley Park. Recently there has been an upsurge in luxury high-rise, strata-titled buildings, which are attracting the younger, upper middle-class who too want to realize the allure of the downtown lifestyle.

Your Life In West End

Your Life After Work

If you happen to work downtown then you are only 5 minutes from home, and with Vancouver’s long summer evenings there is still plenty of time to enjoy a walk on the seawall, or catch a sunset. Unwind on one of the many neighbourhood patios with some friends and enjoy a drink and have some fun people watching!

Your Life On Weekends

The West End is an active neighbourhood, and so are many of the people who choose to call this area home. Running, rollerblading, or jogging the seawall are all popular activities people here like to do. Go to the beach, where you can either hop in the water for a swim or simply lay out your beach towel and catch some rays.

Arts and Culture

Arts and cultural spaces are vital to every community, and the West End is no exception. The West End has the most artists and cultural workers of any community in the city, with over 14% of the community’s residents working in arts and culture occupation. So enjoy the myriad of artistic venues, statues, and public works of art that are dotted throughout the neighbourhood.

Dining out

The West End is a foodies paradise and is home to a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars that represent the diversity of the people who live there. There’s something from every corner of the world from Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, India… you name it!

What You'll Love

You will love the friendly people, laid back atmosphere, beaches, parks, and endless dining options. All these qualities add up to make the West End known as being the most Vancouver Neighbourhood. The West End is home to many festivals that take place throughout the year, including the Pride Parade, the Celebration of Light, and the annual Polar Bear Swim. These festivals all add to the culture of this neighbourhood and help to ensure that there is always something for everyone.

What You May Not Like

Like very much the same of the rest of the downtown core, If it is peace and quiet and sizable square footage you seek, the West End will not be the place for you. Although noticeably quite quieter than other parts of the city centre, the hustle and bustle of the city are evident everywhere. New developments do their best to reduce noise, but even the latest and greatest in technology cannot completely drown out the city’s sounds. The West End is almost exclusively condos, and this makes trying to find a house with a backyard virtually impossible, so if you are looking for a place for a large family and you are not prepared to sacrifice space, you will have to search elsewhere.

West End Property Search

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  • 101 717 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Emerald West" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2887251

    101 717 JERVIS Street West End VW Vancouver V6E 4L5
    Main Photo: 101 717 JERVIS Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Emerald West" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2887251
    $1,688,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
    R2887251
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
    1,214 sq. ft.
    Experience luxury living within this bright corner unit at Emerald West, offering privacy and lush views. Meticulously designed with high-end finishes, including a custom kitchen, top-of-the-line appliances, and closets, the open-concept layout radiates elegance. Designed by an award-winning designer, this home seamlessly combines tranquillity with entertainment. Enjoy Country Club amenities like concierge service, pool, hot tub, and a fully equipped gym, fostering a vibrant community atmosphere. Enhanced by elegant wall paneling and abundant natural light, this residence epitomizes sophistication. Located in the serene West End, steps from Coal Harbour and the seawall, and surrounded by the best of Alberni and Robson's dining, shopping, and leisure. Welcome to luxury living at its finest. More details
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  • 706 1180 BROUGHTON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2800168

    706 1180 BROUGHTON Street West End VW Vancouver V6G 2B1
    Main Photo: 706 1180 BROUGHTON Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2800168
    $899,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
    R2800168
    Bedrooms:
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    Floor Area:
    548 sq. ft.
    Welcome to luxury residence Mirabel by award winning local developer Marconi Open concept living with bright interior finishes and premium kitchen showcasing a Wolf Gas cooktop, Armony Cucine cabinetry, and integrated Sub-Zero fridge. Sleek en-suite featuring wall to wall Italian marble and black Brizo bathroom fixtures with automated lighting when you enter. All year-round comfort with high efficiency heat pump system for heat and air conditioning. Technogym on fifth floor skybridge area along with garden area. Located West end and only few minutes walk away from restaurants, shopping, seawall, and parks. Comes with 1 parking and 1 locker. More details
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  • 5B 1403 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2803174

    5B 1403 BEACH Avenue West End VW Vancouver V6G 1Y3
    Main Photo: 5B 1403 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2803174
    $2,639,000
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    Bedrooms:
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    Exclusive Beach Avenue property with unobstructed panoramic unobstructed English Bay view! Only 2 homes per floor boutique building. View the sunset from the wrap around balcony overlooking the water. Enjoy walks to English Bay and beaches with easy access to downtown core. Entertain in style in the large dining area and relax in the well-separated wing with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (2 ensuites). This home comes with 2 secure underground parking stalls and 1 storage locker. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 802 1889 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2805186

    802 1889 ALBERNI Street West End VW Vancouver V6G 3G7
    Main Photo: 802 1889 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2805186
    $999,000
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    No matter what type of character home buyers prefer in a neighborhood, West End is a good option. Finding things to do is very easy in this area. There is a reasonably good selection of entertainment venues, there are usually a very large number of people around, and places to go out at night are well-spread throughout the area. West End is quiet, as there are generally low levels of noise from traffic. There are a few parks nearby for residents to visit, which makes then very easy to access. Central Location, Golf Course, Marina, Recreation, Shopping Nearby. More details
    Listed by Pacific Evergreen Realty Ltd.
  • 905 909 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Vancouver Tower" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2806880

    905 909 BURRARD Street West End VW Vancouver V6Z 2N2
    Main Photo: 905 909 BURRARD Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Vancouver Tower" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2806880
    $1,050,000
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    Rarely available - Deluxe suite in the heart of Downtown, one block away from Robson Bright south-facing "05" unit with 2 bedrooms + solarium/flex space in prestigious Vancouver Tower, in the heart of downtown, just steps to IGA, bus, skytrain, and one block to Robson st. Spacious living, dining, & bedrooms will accommodate large furniture, The building has 24-hr concierge and excellent amenities including indoor swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, gym, inner courtyard and garbage chute on each floor, Maintenance fee includes hydro, heating & air-conditioning. More details
    Listed by RA Realty Alliance Inc.
  • 402 1419 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2809269

    402 1419 BEACH Avenue West End VW Vancouver V6G 1Y3
    Main Photo: 402 1419 BEACH Avenue in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2809269
    $2,333,000
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    MLS® Num:
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    Bedrooms:
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    Floor Area:
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    Boutique and exclusive concrete building with only 9 units total on prestigious Beach Avenue in Vancouver's West End! Enjoy unobstructed ocean views of English Bay and Sunset Beach with your morning coffee and watch the setting sun with an evening aperitif from the comfort of your home. Amenities include 2 large side by side parking and a large external secure storage locker. Just cross the street to enjoy the beach or stroll down the walk to restaurants & shops in one of Vancouver's most vibrant neighborhoods. This unit is in original condition awaiting your ideas to elevate it. Rarely available. This is your chance to make your mark in Vancouver real estate! Showings by appointment only. Call your realtor today! More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Encore
  • 1602 1863 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Lumiere" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2811001

    1602 1863 ALBERNI Street West End VW Vancouver V6G 3H8
    Main Photo: 1602 1863 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Lumiere" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2811001
    $1,569,000
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    Bedrooms:
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    Luxury living at Alberni. This corner 2 beds, 2 baths unit +den and balcony offers stunning views from Coal Harbour to English Bay, with around 9'0 full-floor windows bathing every room in light. This residence boasts a spa-like ensuite, chef's kitchen marble counters , A/C, 1 parking, and 1 storage. Lumière by Millennium provides concierge services, fitness facilities, and more. Embrace Vancouver's finest at your doorstep. Must-see for those seeking elegance and convenience. More details
    Listed by Metro Edge Realty
  • 2005 1060 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2818766

    2005 1060 ALBERNI Street West End VW Vancouver V6E 4K2
    Main Photo: 2005 1060 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2818766
    $1,100,000
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    Floor Area:
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    Nestled in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, this extraordinary 2-bed, 2-bath Sub-penthouse residence is a true gem. Situated on the lively and opulent Alberni Street, just a stone's throw from the bustling Robson shopping district, it epitomizes urban luxury living. Immerse yourself in the allure of this fully upgraded unit, boasting a contemporary and streamlined design with an expansive, open layout. Revel in brand-new appliances, including in-suite laundry, a chic kitchen island, state-of-the-art AC and heating systems, and two generous sized covered balconies that add a lavish touch to the nearly 1,000 sqft interior. Indulge in the opulence of the building's amenities, which include an indoor pool and hot tub for unwinding, a soothing sauna, a well-equipped gym, and an outdoor communal patio area adorned with BBQs and dining spaces. Additionally, this unit comes with one coveted parking stall. The icing on the cake: the building welcomes short term rental, allowing you to turn your investment into profit! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 1906 1028 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Patina" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2827989

    1906 1028 BARCLAY Street West End VW Vancouver V6E 0B1
    Main Photo: 1906 1028 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "Patina" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2827989
    $1,588,000
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    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
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    Bedrooms:
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    Floor Area:
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    WELCOME HOME! Spectacular original show suite at PATINA with many design/upgrades. Fantastic views of English Bay, Howe Sound, North Shore Mountains & the city from virtually every room. The YMCA offers many facilities next door in addition to its own gym, club house and roof garden. Central Westend/downtown location steps to supermarket and theatres. 24/7 concierge/security. Deluxe interior with open kitchen, separate living and dining room, two bedrooms in opposite end, 2 full baths, a large den/office/storage room plus 2 side-by-side parking stalls. Tenated $3900/month. More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 2301 1028 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "PATINA" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2833590

    2301 1028 BARCLAY Street West End VW Vancouver V6E 0B1
    Main Photo: 2301 1028 BARCLAY Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale in "PATINA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2833590
    $968,000
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    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
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    Bedrooms:
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    Floor Area:
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    PATINA - Premium building located at core of Downtown./One bdrm + huge Den / Facing South /on the 23rd floor with city view. Deluxe feature: European cabinets and countertops, auto - blinds and drapes with remote control/ Air-conditioning / heated flooring on bathroom/ all appliances included. Gym and party room / 24 hours concierge. Walking distance to supermarket, theatre, Robson Street, Pacific Centre. Canada line terminal, Cafe and restaurants , all banks close by. Tenanted on month to month basis. https://youtu.be/ceInsCP8J9Q More details
    Listed by Regent Park (Supreme) Realty
  • 1402 1568 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2837044

    1402 1568 ALBERNI Street West End VW Vancouver V6G 0E3
    Main Photo: 1402 1568 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2837044
    $3,999,999
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    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
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    Bedrooms:
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    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,261 sq. ft.
    This best high-rise condo building in downtown Vancouver West is designed by the world-renowned Japanese master architect Kengo Kuma.The amenities of the building include a Kengo Kuma-designed Fazioli piano, an expansive moss garden, an 25m indoor swimming pool and hot tub, a Listening Lounge, a gym, a wine room with personal wine storage, and a Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant. This northwest-facing unit has two outdoor balconies with a total area of 729 sq.ft, an outdoor hot tub, and a small Japanese flower garden, combined with an ultimate view of ocean, Stanley Park, and north-shore mountains. The 1261 sq.ft. living space features curved wood feature wall, Miele appliances, floor to floor-to-ceiling windows,remote-controlled window curtain, and hardwood floor. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 1706 1288 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2838919

    1706 1288 ALBERNI Street West End VW Vancouver V6E 4N5
    Main Photo: 1706 1288 ALBERNI Street in Vancouver: West End VW Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2838919
    $999,990
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2838919
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
    888 sq. ft.
    Stanley Park View & Coal Harbour Water Views, 2 Bedroom+ Den, 2 bath Home in Landmark, Award winning Palisades! Premier location in the city's Golden Triangle of High end Boutiques, Hotels, Restaurants, only 1/2 block to Robson St. This bright and spacious Home is a Value Buy just awaiting Your Designer Touches OR Buy and Hold for Amazing Revenue 24 Hr Concierge, Gym, Library, 18 ft Lobby with Koi Pond, exquisite Japanese Gardens, 1 parking/1 storage locker. 3 pets & No Rental Restrictions. Currently rent out for $2700/month. Open house by appointment. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group - Vancouver First Realty
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