of all the residential communities on the Downtown peninsula. " MARKETS
Welcome to the "old" West End - the most established of all the residential communities on the Downtown peninsula. Bound on three sides by English Bay, Coal Harbour and Stanley Park, it has without doubt one of the world's most beautiful natural urban settings. The population is exciting and diverse with an active seniors community, Vancouver's largest gay community and a thriving tourist industry, bringing thousands of visitors every year from around the world.
Over 80% of the population of the "old" West End still rent their home. Massive development in the 1960's once made this the most densely populated square mile in North America. The majority of these "vertical villages" are still rental apartment buildings and future development sites are limited. This means that the few strata buildings that do exist are in short supply. A mix of concrete high-rise and wood-frame low-rise, most of the strata units are older than their Downtown neighbours and generally offer larger rooms in a more established leafy setting.Also worth watching out for are the co-operative owned buildings, most of which are very well maintained, well constructed and in excellent locations (many West of Denman).
Watch for listings in these buildings. They may not reach the market as frequently as some but are well worth waiting for:
Chilco Towers. 710 Chilco Street. Concrete co-op circa 1959. Every suite has unobstructed views over Lost Lagoon and into Stanley Park.
The Queen Charlotte. One of only two heritage stratas in the West End. Beautifully restored Spanish Colonial Revival 1920's apartment hotel. Mix of one and two bedrooms - 705-1050 sq ft.
The Presidio. 2088 Barclay Street. Rare newer luxury high rise adjacent to Stanley Park. Just one or two suites on most floors. Wonderful views in a peaceful location.
Haro Place. 1500 Haro St. Solid concrete mid rise. Freehold strata. Rentals allowed. 40 suites all 2 beds 2 baths approx 1000 sq ft. 01 and 03 plans have windows on 3 sides.
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Parks & Recreation
- Stanley Park - home to Lost Lagoon, Beaver Lake, Vancouver Aquarium, Second Beach, Third Beach and a 1000 acre rainforest.
- English Bay, Sunset Beach and Nelson Park
- Denman Street - restaurants, cafes, post office, Denman Place Mall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jo Fortes Public Library, West End community centre.
- Robson Street (lower) - restaurants, fast food, cafes, Safeway, Robson Public Market, Capers. (upper) - fashion, clothing, restaurants, cafes, HMV.
- Davie Street - restaurants, cafes, Safeway, London Drugs.
- Coffee - Delany's, 1105 Denman St.
- Restaurant - Adesso, 1906 Haro St.
- Restaurant - Lolita’s, 1326 Davie St.
- Restaurant - Nook, 781 Denman St.
- Restaurant - Tavola, 1829 Robson St.
- Furnished apartments - Times Square Suites, 1821 Robson St.
- Hotel - Sylvia Hotel, 1154 Gilford St.