This is the first in a series of articles about Austeville Neighbourhoods
Pacific Palisades – West End
If the lifestyle you’re after includes a stylishly modern rental living within easy walking distance to the best of Vancouver’s vibrant restaurants, fashionable stores, happening cultural scene and professional sporting events, it doesn’t get much better than Pacific Palisades.
Located at the northeastern edge of Vancouver’s coveted West End neighbourhood, Austeville Properties’ Pacific Palisades rental towers straddle the borders of the West End, Coal Harbour and Downtown Vancouver.
Once a mid-century hotel, the converted landmark is home to 234 studio and one-bedroom rental apartments, smack dab in the centre of Vancouver’s famed “Robsonstrasse.”
It’s an ultra-urban setting, and yet first-time renters to the Palisades find themselves pleasantly surprised by the strong and welcoming community they have joined.
Although the West End boasts some of the highest density living in North America, the lifestyle-tolerant, robust community is home to many tucked-away, surprisingly good indie neighbourhood shops and restaurants, like the Greenhorn Café on Nicola, where residents congregate over espresso.
It’s also a fabulous starting point for all kinds of fitness activities. Within minutes from their front doors, residents can be running the famed Stanley Park Seawall, riding along one of Vancouver’s protected bike lanes or taking part in a challenging Vinyasa class at YYoga.
Not that you would ever need to leave the neighbourhood, but if plans include a trek farther afield, the Pacific Palisades Robson and Alberni Towers offer very close access to public transit and there are car2go spots right on site.
Here’s a small sample of some of the amenities just steps away for Palisades residents.
The West End and downtown Vancouver are the heart of the city’s cultural scene. Area residents can enjoy performances and exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, numerous cinemas and the Vancouver Library’s central branch, to name a few.
Whether you’re looking for a five-course meal or a quick bite from a café, the West End has you covered with its vast array of eateries scattered throughout the main thoroughfares and along the tree-lined side streets.
Parks and Rec
From beaches to parks to public pools and from bike lanes to spin studios, residents of the West End have myriad opportunities to get moving. Add to that the Pacific Palisade’s own residents’ fitness facility and this neighbourhood becomes a mecca for fitness enthusiasts.
Shop ‘til you drop
Even before Canada’s flagship Nordstrom store opened just down the street from Pacific Palisades in September, Robson Street was at the pinnacle of Vancouver’s shopping scene. Robson, Pacific Centre and Gastown all offer a mix of designer boutiques, plus trendy and fashionable stores. Of course, it’s not all fashion: the “Robsonstrasse” has myriad grocery, hardware and other stores to make running errands easy.