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8 May 2015

A neighbourhood with spectacular views, refreshing parks and trails, diverse and vibrant residential streets, exclusive shopping and eclectic independent business, hopping nightlife and fine dining, t

A neighbourhood with spectacular views, refreshing parks and trails, diverse and vibrant residential streets, exclusive shopping and eclectic independent business, hopping nightlife and fine dining, temperate weather, access to restorative ocean breezes — sounds like an unrealistic checklist, right? But these are the daily realities of living in the cool, community-oriented, and imminently livable neighbourhood of West End, Vancouver, British Columbia. 

And with our help, you could count yourself among its residents faster than you can say, “Devonian Harbour Park!”

Not to be confused with “West Van” or the “West Side,” Vancouver’s West End peninsula is now of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in the country (some 40,000 people live here in high-rise apartments, and in the 1960s and 70s, over 220 were built in a thirteen-year period). Once a distant, forested, and unlikely settlement dubbed “New Liverpool,” it’s now home to a mix of young and old, Canadian-born and newcomer families, and is a pedestrian-friendly destination that draws millions of tourists each year. Those looking for both upscale and affordable shopping can find it along Robson Street and Denman, from that famed intersection all the way to the Central Business District. Restaurants from almost every nationality in the world line Denman Street, where you’ll also find one-of-a-kind businesses, cafes and coffee shops, and great bars. A popular farmer’s market, community garden, and thriving LGBTQ community can be found in the Davie Village area, which is also home to western Canada’s largest Gay Pride celebrations.

Aside from the Denman, Robson, and Davie Street hubs, residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor activities and scenic views, trails, and experiences. Boasting the beautiful Sunset Beach Park (where you can catch the annual Celebration of Light fireworks display over ever-gorgeous English Bay), Devonian Harbour Park bordering Vancouver Harbour, Alexandra and Cardero Park, and Nelson Park at its very heart, West End is very green — and its community leaders are committed to keeping it that way. Most appealing is the awe-inspiring Stanley Park, surrounded by the 9 km seawall path (perfect for walking, blading, or biking), and crisscrossed by countless trails, making this 1000-acre stretch of predominantly forested parkland a destination for millions of visitors each year. Check out the Lost Lagoon, Deadman’s Island, and Beaver Lake; take tea at the park’s Teahouse or relax at the Prospect Point Picnic Spot and Café; investigate the Hollow Tree, the eight colourful Totem Poles, or the Brockton Point Lighthouse; and spend an afternoon wandering from the Vancouver Aquarium to the Pitch and Putt. Whatever your pleasure — forest, trail, restaurant, or beach — the West End’s got it all!

With the West End Community Plan in effect — embracing the neighbourhood’s core values, keeping rent affordable, heritage buildings safe, local businesses thriving, and public facilities in use — the green, leafy, and growing district remains one of the top areas to live in Canada. New rental opportunities, opportunities for home ownership, and homes for those in need are top priorities of this initiative — and for those who love to walk, the promise of wider sidewalks, better lighting, and better access to transit will keep you moving your feet and getting that exercise!

Finding West End Vancouver rentals is easy; simply check out our handy database, narrow your search parameters to your needs, and review the results. Bachelors, studios, 1-bedrooms, 2-bedrooms, and 3-bedrooms are now available from various rental properties in the West End and Downtown neighbourhoods, with landlords and managers awaiting your call. It’s that easy! If you’ve always wanted to live on the west coast, now’s your chance — you’ve got to experience the incredible Pacific climate, the sea-salt breeze, and the friendly, laid back, and welcoming people!