Many of the larger heritage homes on the West Side have evolved into multi-unit rental properties as this 'beachtown' lifestyle is so appealing.
If you can draw your attention away from the beaches and yacht clubs, this neighbourhood also holds elite tennis and golf clubs as well as a prestigious equestrian community.
The presence of the globally-ranked University of British Columbia at the far west end of this area lends an intellectual and professional tone to the socialization on beaches and boat decks. Spacious apartments comfortably hold small families who like the walkability and density of the neighbourhoods that literally offer it all without a car.
The West Side of Vancouver is probably best known (or should be) for the brand of yoga apparel that has put Vancouver on the map - Lululemon. Kitsilano is where those pants did their first downward dog and the average lifestyle in the west side maintains a deliberate calm.
The remaining single-family homes are on smaller properties - but the yards are not missed by the families who enjoy parks, museums, beaches, shops and restaurants. People who envision a 'Vancouver Lifestyle' are probably imagining the West Side.