Neighbourhoods

West End Apartment Living

Renting in the West End means becoming part of a great community at the very heart of Vancouver. Bordered by the forests and footpaths of world-renowned Stanley Park and the stunning seascapes of English Bay and Coal Harbour, the West End offers residents breathtaking natural beauty. It also welcomes you into one of the safest, most vibrant and culturally diverse downtown residential neighbourhoods in North America. Austeville’s West End rental property, Pacific Palisades, is ideally positioned at the centre of the centre of it all.

Close to everything you need

Geographically compact but loaded with interesting and unique things to see and do, the West End is best explored by foot. Considered a “walker’s paradise” with a walkability score of 90, this conveniently located neighbourhood allows you to walk or cycle to work, play and virtually anywhere else you need to be. 

Grab Mobi bike or  stroll on established tree-lined streets. Relax in one of the neighbourhood’s many lesser-known parks, or walk along the beautiful seawall. Appreciate the West End’s history as Vancouver’s first residential area and the juxtaposition of historic and contemporary architecture. Enjoy a meal at one of hundreds of excellent neighbourhood restaurants. Whether you’re headed to work, to dinner, to a workout or to run errands, you won’t need to travel far.

A central hub

If you work in downtown Vancouver, living in a West End apartment means a wonderfully short commute. If you work outside the downtown core, easily accessible public transit – including buses and the multi-line Skytrain rapid transit system – provides easy access to anywhere in the Lower Mainland. For weekend adventures, cross the nearby Lion’s Gate Bridge or take the SeaBus to access the North Shore, Whistler and Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal for trips to Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. For longer trips, Vancouver International Airport is just 30 minutes away via private car, rideshare or transit.

Dining for every taste

There’s no shortage of excellent dining options for people living in the West End. Home to a diverse and thriving international community, the West End boasts global delicacies around every corner. Whatever your tastes, you have access to a wide range of dining choices, from dim sum to shawarma, izakaya to perogies—and everything in between. With award-winning gourmet trestaurants like Hawskworth and Ancora rubbing shoulders with premium casual spots like Earls and Cactus Club Café as well as quaint local comfort-food eateries like Marutama Ra-men within walking distance, the endlessly evolving West End culinary scene is yours to discover. If it’s a caffeine fix you’re after, or a cozy place to hunker down on your laptop the West End offers cafés for every taste, from JJ Bean to the charming Greenhorn Café.lions

A shopper’s mecca

Whether your preferences lean toward designer threads or thrift shop finds, the West End offers boutiques and shops galore. In the heart of the West End is Robson Street, one of Canada’s premier shopping districts that was once known as Robsonstrasse for the European stores that lined the street after the Second World War. Today, Robson Street and the surrounding area is home to a variety of high-end flagship stores and thriving local businesses like Aritzia, Muji and Club Monaco. Around the corner on Burrard and Alberni Streets, you’ll find some of Vancouver’s highest-end international chains, like Tory Burch, Tiffany&Co and Hermes. Downtown Vancouver’s largest mall, Pacific Centre, is steps away and myriad grocery and produce stores are also plentiful.

Farm fresh in the city

On weekends, walk over to the West End Farmer’s Market for farm-fresh produce, food trucks, flowers, art, homemade crafts and performances by local musicians. Located beside Nelson Park, just a block north of Davie Street, the market is a short, scenic walk from the Pacific Palisades. It’s the West End way to stock up on fresh veggies and fruit for the week and discover new, local products.

Beaches and art abound

Several sandy and spectacular Vancouver beaches — perfect for people-watching, picnicking, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking and other water sports — are walking distance from your Pacific Palisades West End apartment. A trip down lively Denman Street ends at the gateway to English Bay Beach and the A-maze-ing Laughter bronze statues. To the east lies Sunset Beach and its famous Engagement ring art installation. To the west is Second Beach, which features a playground and large outdoor saltwater pool, and Third Beach, where impromptu drumming circles often pop up. The downtown beaches are linked by the West End portion of the world-renowned Seawall, spanning from Burrard Bridge to Denman Street and continuing around the perimeter of Stanley Park to Coal Harbour and beyond.

Stanley Park

Living near Stanley Park is like having four square kilometers of backyard on almost nine kilometers of waterfront. From your Pacific Palisades rental, stroll down lush, tree-lined West End side streets to arrive at the park, where long stretches of beach surround forests, gardens and historic monuments. Stanley Park’s seawall is recognized as one of the great scenic walks of the world. To get even closer to nature, walk or cycle the many trails that traverse the park’s interior. 

Many local attractions have their home in Stanley Park. Spend some time at the Vancouver Aquarium. Head to Malkin Bowl for open-air music and theatre performances. Iconic Vancouver eateries Prospect Point and Tea House in Stanley Park overlook the Lion’s Gate Bridge and English Bay respectively, and a craft brewery rubs shoulders with a lawn bowling green, a pitch and putt course and tennis courts. 

For a park so close to the city, Stanley Park provides habitat to a diverse and healthy ecosystem with wildlife that includes beavers, turtles, herons, raccoons, otters and more.

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If you are looking for the ideal West End apartment to rent, be sure to tour our suites at Pacific Palisades. Located in the heart of the West End of Vancouver, BC, Pacific Palisades is a modern, central place to call home.

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