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Vibrant, Electric, Eclectic

The West End is one of Vancouver’s liveliest and most historic Downtown neighbourhoods.


Schools

As the largest neighbourhood on Vancouver’s Downtown peninsula, the West End has access to wide variety of educational options within and around its borders. Lord Roberts Elementary School, Lord Roberts Annex and the renowned King George Secondary are all located in the West End. King George Secondary is adjacent to the West End Community Centre which allows students to become involved in many diverse programs outside the school curriculum.

If private schooling is more of a consideration, the Pattison High School on Nelson Street or the Westside Preparatory School on West Pender offers the appropriate solutions.

If access to higher education is a goal, then the West End has opportunities at your doorstep. In the nearby downtown core there are three institutes of higher learning that have established downtown campuses.

At Robson Square, the University of British Columbia has a downtown campus featuring Continuing Studies, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Medicine offerings (including a full-time Masters in Health Administration program) as well as the respected Sauder School of Business offering part-time MBA Studies. The UBC Bookstore a branch of the UBC Library and over 70,000 square feet of convention and event facilities round out the amenities offered.

Just down the street at 555 Seymour there is the downtown campus for BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) with a full spectrum of courses available.

Over at Harbour Centre on West Hastings, Simon Fraser University offers a full selection of continuing studies. Another downtown location, in the iconic Woodwards Building, offers the facilities of their renowned School for Contemporary Arts. Coupled with their Segal Grad School of Business and the Morris J. Wosk Dialogue Centre, SFU has established a firm and extensive presence in the downtown core.


Location

Georgia Street to the north, Burrard Street to the east, English Bay and Burrard Inlet to the south and Stanley Park to the west … these are the borders that mark one of the liveliest areas in all of Vancouver. The West End was Vancouver’s first true downtown area. Densely populated, yet with views of an active working harbour over to the banks of Kitsilano and UBC, and butted up against the majesty of Stanley Park, makes the West End both an urban-dweller and nature-lover’s dream residential area.

…the majesty of Stanley Park, makes the West End both an urban-dweller and nature-lover’s dream residential area


Housing

The West End is an eclectic 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. Some of the older homes in the area have been renovated and preserved such as the Mole Hill area on Beach Avenue. 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.


Recreation

The proximity to Stanley Park and the English Bay Seawall is an outdoor lover’s dream. 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 on a daily basis with the easy access to the Park and the Seawall. The West End Community Centre is an efficient, well-run centre offering many facilities and courses to all ages of the West End population.


Shopping and Restaurants

The main thoroughfares of Robson Street, Denman Street and Davie Street define the West End. They offer a wide variety of restaurants, shops and excellent people watching all within walking distance. Robson Street in particular is not only one of the most expensive retail rental streets in Canada but it has also become a well-known tourist “must see”. Coffee shops, grocery stores, movie theatres, a library … there is no end to the services and amenities that the West End has to offer its residents.

One of the iconic landmarks in the West End is the ivy-covered Sylvia Hotel – a West End staple since the early 1900s. In 1954, Vancouver’s first cocktail bar opened in the Sylvia. Until 1958, the Sylvia Hotel was the tallest building in Vancouver. To this day it remains a neighbourhood favorite. At the other end of the spectrum there is the new Shangri-La building. It is the tallest building in BC and plays host to a five star hotel, office space on the first 15 floors, the Urban Fare grocery store, a spa, a Vancouver Art Gallery public display and a public sculpture garden. It is the 15th-tallest building in Canada and stands out as a masterpiece of architectural splendor.


Transportation

Transportation to any point on the Lower Mainland is only steps away from anywhere in the West End. Its main thoroughfares offer easy access to the transportation services of Skytrain (to all eastern points) and Canada Line (to Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport). The downtown core, Rogers Arena, BC Place are an easy walk or a short bus ride away. Denman Street provides a direct route to Georgia Street and its northern causeway through Stanley Park, over the Lions Gate Bridge to North and West Vancouver and Highway 99 up to Whistler.

West End Active Listings Summary | as of June 26, 2017

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West End MLS® HPI Benchmark Prices | May, 2017

Current Benchmark Price:
$606,800

The MLS® HPI Benchmark Price shown above represents the current expected sales price for a typical or “Benchmark” Apartment in West End.

The MLS® HPI takes into consideration what averages and medians do not – items such as lot size, age, number of rooms, etc. The most commonly traded set of these attributes describes the composite of the typical or ‘benchmark’ property type in a given area. Prices paid for homes with these attributes determine benchmark home prices.

The "Benchmark Definition" shows the list of attributes associated with the current Benchmark Price. The bar graph below shows the historical Benchmark Price changes, from 1 month previous to 10 years ago.

Apartment Benchmark Definition

Above Ground Bedrooms:
1
Amenities:
No
Appliances Included:
Yes
Basement Area:
0
Bedrooms:
1
Below Ground Bedrooms:
0
Concrete Frame:
Yes
Covered Parking Spaces:
1
Full Bathrooms:
1
Gross Living Area (Above Ground - in sq. ft.):
733
Half Bathrooms:
0
Heating:
N/A
Heating Fuel:
Electricity
Number of Fireplaces:
0
Panoramic View:
Yes
Parking Spaces:
1
Total Number Of Rooms:
5
Type Of Covered Parking:
Underground garage
Type Of Floor:
Non Wood
Type Of Foundation:
Poured concrete
Type Of Roofing:
Flat / Tar & Gravel
Waterfront:
No
Year Built:
1988

Historical Benchmark Price Changes

Current Benchmark Price:
$1,094,400

The MLS® HPI Benchmark Price shown above represents the current expected sales price for a typical or “Benchmark” Townhouse in West End.

The MLS® HPI takes into consideration what averages and medians do not – items such as lot size, age, number of rooms, etc. The most commonly traded set of these attributes describes the composite of the typical or ‘benchmark’ property type in a given area. Prices paid for homes with these attributes determine benchmark home prices.

The "Benchmark Definition" shows the list of attributes associated with the current Benchmark Price. The bar graph below shows the historical Benchmark Price changes, from 1 month previous to 10 years ago.

Townhouse Benchmark Definition

Above Ground Bedrooms:
2
Amenities:
Yes
Basement Area:
0
Bedrooms:
2
Below Ground Bedrooms:
0
Covered Parking Spaces:
1
Full Bathrooms:
2
Gross Living Area (Above Ground - in sq. ft.):
1087
Half Bathrooms:
1
Heating:
N/A
Number of Fireplaces:
1
Panoramic View:
No
Total Number Of Rooms:
6
Type Of Covered Parking:
Underground garage
Type Of Floor:
Non Wood
Waterfront:
No
Year Built:
1994

Historical Benchmark Price Changes

 

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