I have a beautiful listing at 1403 Beach Avenue, West End, Vancouver, so I’ve been spending much time in what I call Vancouver’s forgotten neighbourhood. I’ve been meeting new clients who call on this listing and was out last weekend viewing Beach Avenue condos and thought it’d make an interesting post. Beach Avenue was the first street in the city where you could buy a condo and live on the waterfront – it boasts unobstructed views to UBC and West Vancouver.
Most of us have lived in the West End at one time or another. I did when I was a renter, back when there were few condos in the neighbourhood.
Beach Avenue ends at Stanley Park (2000 block) and used to start at 1000 block which is just west of Burrard Street Bridge. In 1989 they built the 1000 Beach complex, on the waterfront and in the early millennium they developed the area east of Granville Street bridge called the Beach Crescent neighbourhood (400-600 block).
I’m focusing on the old Beach Avenue! Here’s a rundown of the available condo buildings from the 1000-2000 block Beach. 1005 (Alvar) is the second newest and built in 2004. 1233 Beach was converted from a rental building in 1994. 1311 beach is Tudor Manor, built in 1989 and was the beginning of larger condos, targeting Hong Kong immigration at that time. 1386 Nicola (and beach) is the Kensington which was built in the 1920s and converted to a condo. 1403 Beach used to be a co-op and was built in 1992 ( 1800 sq.ft. and 2 suites per floor) and the one next to it 1483 (Cinque Terra) boasting one suite per floor and only 5 floors, featuring wonderful masonry work. Plaza del Mar is at 1575 Beach. built in 1968 and was for many years the only strata condo on Beach Avenue, the front suites are 2 bedrooms and there’s a one bedroom at the back of the building.
Then we move to Beach Avenue West of Denman (3 blocks only) 1919 Beach (Eugina) was built in 1991 and has one suite per floor (2670 sqft). 1851 Beach (Sylvia Tower) has one suite per floor 2400 sq.ft. 1995 Beach which was also a conversion from a rental building and was built in the later 1970s, it is one of two (Alvar being the other one) that offer one bedrooms on Beach Avenue. 2015 Beach was built in 1983 and is 2 suites per floor 1900 sq.ft. each.
Then there’s the co-ops – 2095 Beach which is right on the Park, 1949 Beach (built in that year) and 1835 Morton Avenue.
Currently there are 12 listings available in the aforementioned buildings.
Currently, one bedrooms with good water views will be start at $450,000 (about $700 pr sq ft) and two bedrooms with good water view will start at $800 pr sq ft (834 sqft 2 bedroom at 1005 Beach on a high floor just sold for$610,000. No sales on Beach Avenue this year over $1,250,000.
When you’re ready to buy or sell your Beach Avenue condo or Vancouver real estate, contact Maggie, an experienced agent marketing Vancouver real estate since 1981. subscribe via RSS or email as this site is updated regularly