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Sprawling beaches and world-class amenities make the West End Vancouvers most iconic neighbourhood.
From snow-capped mountains and sandy beaches, to trendy boutiques and world-class restaurants, Vancouver is a city that truly has it all. And yet, the debate rages on about which neighbourhood is the best to live in. Despite varying opinions about that quintessential cool-factor, the livability of a neighbourhood boils down to just a few key elements: walkability, arts and culture and connection.Where in Vancouver can you find the perfect combination of all three of these qualities, plus lush green spaces, luxury homes and all the essential amenities just steps from your front door? The West End.Nestled at the foot of the natural urban oasis that is Stanley Park and only minutes from bustling downtown Vancouver, the West End is the city's most iconic neighbourhood. Not only does this little corner of the city hold many of Vancouver's oldest residences, dating back to the late 19th century, It's also home to some of the best urban beaches, world-class shopping and renowned restaurants on the West Coast.Living in the West End grants you easy access to Vancouver's famous seawall. No matter the time of year, the rocky shore that skirts the perimeter of Stanley Park offers breathtaking views of sea, sky and everything in between. Photo by: Abdallahh/FlickrWhen the sun is shining, residents can hop aboard one of English Bay's private chartered ships and cruise the Pacific in style. It's common to see boats that have dropped anchor just offshore to pop a bottle of Prosecco and enjoy what feels like a luxury vacation only minutes from home.Away from the seawall, locals can earn their 10,000 steps by perusing the brick and mortar businesses that line Alberni Street (also known as Luxury Row). One block off of the busy shopping mecca that is Robson Street, It's home to Versace, Tiffany & Co., Prada and moreall within walking distance of the beach. Photo courtesy of Mirabelthere'sno shortage of amazing eateries in the city, but the West End is its own foodie paradise. Of course, oceanside living means having access to the freshest seafood in the West, served with a side of show-stopping sunset. A true taste of Vancouver history is found at Joe Fortes; this seafood and chop house is nearly as legendary as its namesake, the English Bay lifeguard who was the first to officially hold this title in Vancouver.To truly indulge in the resplendent views of English Bay, diners head to the iconic Boathouse Restaurant. Its beachfront location is one of the best places to take in the annual Celebration of Light fireworks festival. Of course, those who live in the West End can enjoy every night of fireworks from the comfort of their private patio.This combination of luxurious amenities and a laidback, quintessentially West Coast lifestyle has inspired the design of new West End properties like Mirabel. The designers have attempted to harness the energy of Vancouver's first resort town and transform it into residences where beachside living meets convenient urban amenities. Mirabel's sophisticated homes are coming shortly to the corner of Davie and Broughton Streets, with luxurious interiors by Alda Pereira Design. Photo courtesy of MirabelTaking in the natural beauty of Stanley Park, shopping at luxury stores and dining at world-class restaurants are truly the marks of a fantastic visit to Vancouver. What could possibly improve the experience? Calling this iconic neighbourhood home. With ample space to relax or entertain guests and the knowledge that the most desirable amenities are still right outside your door, you can find peace of mind in the West End.
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