Vesturbær

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Vesturbær
District
Reykjavík map (D01-Vesturbær).png
Country Iceland
Municipality Reykjavík
Area
 • Total 2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 15,700
 • Density 5,400/km2 (14,000/sq mi)
Postal code IS-107

Vesturbær (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈvɛstʏrˌpaiːr̥]) is a district in Reykjavík in Iceland, comprising eight neighbourhoods west of the city center: Gamli Vesturbær, Bráðræðisholt, Grandahverfi, Hagahverfi, Melar, Skjól, Grímsstaðaholt, Skildinganes and Litli Skerjafjörður.

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Vesturbær, or the West Town, was the first district to develop when Reykjavík started to grow from a small village to a town in the late 19th century. Vesturbær is mostly residential with increasing commercial activity at Grandi, the part of the harbor that belongs to vesturbær. Vesturbær is one of the most expensive district in Reykjavík real estate.[1] The district is home to the University of Iceland, in addition to four grade schools: Melaskóli, Landakotsskóli, Vesturbæjarskóli and Grandaskóli and one middle school Hagaskóli. Vesturgarður is the local service center. It provides many various social and school services and support for leisure activities. The athletics team KR is also based in Vesturbær, and its stadium is in the area.

Vesturbæjarlaug in Vesturbær District Reykjavík

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Media related to Districts of Reykjavík at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 64°08′55″N 21°57′10″W / 64.148581°N 21.952723°W / 64.148581; -21.952723