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A profile of Vancouver West

Vibrant street scene in Point Grey, Vancouver

This area of Vancouver covers some of the most attractive real estate in the world. With the revitalized downtown core, the multi-million dollar homes in Shaughnessy and Point Grey and the fashionable restaurants and shops of Kitsilano, Vancouver West delivers on the promise of the west coast lifestyle.

Real Estate

In the last few years Vancouver’s property prices have been rising steadily. The prices have rebounded after the recent world financial crisis, perhaps driven by Vancouver's reputation as a liveable city. Certainly Vancouver remains one of the most popular destinations for international immigration.

The regeneration of the downtown core has seen the development of a number of new condo’s. Downtown is not just a financial and shopping destination, it is a place where many people choose to live. We can anticipate that development will continue as long as there is anywhere left to redevelop!

If you are interested in buying in this area (or anywhere in BC) please use our form to tell so that we can help you find the right area and the right home. Our local experts are available here and for most other areas.

The extension of the skytrain via the Canada Line, linking downtown Vancouver, Richmond and the Airport, has had a positive impact on transit and property prices.

Below is a table showing the Benchmark prices for typical property in Vancouver West. This comes from the Vancouver Real Estate Board’s monthly statistics.

Benchmark Prices: Vancouver West as at October 2013
CategoryBenchmark $1 Yr Change3 Yr Change
Attached$709,1004.60%6.90%
Apartment$466,5000.00%3.40%
Detached$2,086,8001.20%18.70%
Source:Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver - MLS ®

The section below gives a brief sketch of the main areas and provides statistics on property sales within these areas.

Coal Harbour

Downtown Vancouver is a city of glassThis area adjoins Stanley Park to the West and runs North of Georgia Street. It has views North across the Burrard Inlet to North Vancouver. The area is made up almost exclusively of apartments. The area is expensive and attracts older residents who appreciate it’s relative quiet and proximity to downtown.

Downtown

This area cover the area north of False Creek, east to Main St and west to Burrard. The downtown population has tripled in the last ten years as the downtown core undergoes a renaissance with the development of new condominiums.

The former garment district, Yaletown, has been transformed into an upscale shopping and residential neighbourhood, featuring converted warehouses with offices, boutiques, lofts and trendy restaurants and bars. The area attracts young urban professionals.

Downtown’s property consists of condos and apartments, varying widely in price according to their location and views.

 

Kitsilano

Kitsilano is very popular because of access to beachesKits as it is known is the area that extends south of English Bay, west to Alma St, east to Burrard and south to 16th Ave. The beach is a popular spot in the summer. The shopping around 4th Ave and Broadway, and the many restaurants and chic shops suggest that Kits continues to be a fashionable place for young, fashion conscious and upwardly mobile Vancouverites.

The property in the area is a mix of low rise apartments, condos and older homes. There is a large rental market.

 

Point Grey

Point Grey is one of Vancouver’s most affluent neighbourhoods, including multi-million dollar homes with ocean views. The area extends west of Kitsilano, from Alma St to the University Endowment Lands to the west and borders the sands of Spanish Banks and Jericho Beach to the north.

The area is primarily one of detached houses, in quiet, tree-lined streets. It’s proximity to the beaches and UBC means it is appealing to affluent families with children.

 

Shaughnessy

This area is centered around Granville Street and is bordered on the east by Oak St and on the west by West Boulevard, to the north 16th Ave and 41st Ave to the south.

Shaughnessy’s origins are as an exclusive community for Canadian Pacific Railway executives (in 1909) and the area still retains its exclusivity. The area has large homes on it’s winding tree-lined streets.

The Van Dusen Gardens are a well-known attraction in the community.

 

West End

This area is one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in the Lower Mainland. It is located between Stanley Park to the west and English Bay to the south, with Vancouver’s business district making it’s eastern boundary at Burrard Street and Georgia Street to the north.

Robson Street, a popular shopping destination for both visitors and locals, is within the area, as is Denman Street with it’s more relaxed and informal feel. This area is popular with Vancouver’s gay community and is the site for the annual Gay Pride parade each August.

Real estate in this neighbourhood is largely older low and high rise apartments. The popularity of this area, with it’s lively local scene, proximity to the downtown business district and Stanley Park, means that rental vacancy rates are very low.

 

Schools

Vancouver’s public schools are managed by the Vancouver School Board, and are divided into three areas: North, Centre and South. Each school has its own catchment area and belongs to a family of schools so that elementary schools and annexes feed into a particular secondary school.

Top Secondary Schools in Vancouver by Fraser Institute Rank
SchoolRank in B.C.Score (out of 10)
York House110
West Point Grey210
Little Flower310
Crofton House410
St George's610
University Hill109
Vancouver College188
King David188
Lord Byng258
St John's288
Source: Fraser Institute 2011

The board manages:

[Also see our article on transferring into school.]

The school board’s web site has information on all the schools in the district. Most individual schools also have their own web sites. If you are interested in a particular school, then it is a good idea to contact them to arrange a visit.

If you are interested in independent schools then the Federation of Independent School Associations has a directory of schools. You will need to contact schools directly. In Vancouver West there are a number of independent schools.

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