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Kitsilano, Vancouver

Kitsilano is a neighbourhood in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Known colloquially as "Kits", the neighbourhood is named after Squamish chief August Jack Khatsahlano. Kitsilano is located in Vancouver's West Side along the south shore of English Bay, between the neighbourhoods of West Point Grey and Fairview. With a population of 40,595 people as of 2006, the area is mostly residential with two main commercial areas, West 4th Avenue and West Broadway, known for their retail stores, restaurants and organic food markets. Notable landmarks in Kitsilano include the Burrard Bridge, Kitsilano Beach, and the Museum of Vancouver/H. R. MacMillan Space Centre.

The neighbourhood has played host to a number of annual events such as the Vancouver International Children's Festival, the Bard on the Beach outdoor Shakespeare festival, and the Celebration of Light fireworks competition. Kitsilano is the current or former home of a number of famous residents including environmentalist David Suzuki, writers William Gibson and Philip K. Dick, actors Ryan Reynolds, Jason Priestley, and Joshua Jackson, ice hockey players Trevor Linden and Ryan Kesler, and comedian Brent Butt.

History

The name 'Kitsilano' is derived from 'Xats'alanexw', the name of a Squamish chief. The area has been home to the Squamish people (known as Sḵwx̱wú7mesh in the Squamish language) since the 1800s when they moved into the area to work in saw mills and other industries started by early settlers. The Squamish finally surrendered the reserve to the federal government in 1946. There is still a small amount of Indian reserve land at the foot of the Burrard Street Bridge, called senakw (usually spelled Snauq historically) in the Squamish language, where Xats'alanexw, also known as August Jack Khatsahlano, lived.

The city's streetcar lines used to have a "loop" at Arbutus & Cornwall, which made "Greer's Beach", as the area first became known after the holdout settler who lived there, easy to get to from the new city, then still mostly contained on the downtown peninsula. With the opening of the Lulu Island Railway interurban line from Granville & Pacific to Richmond via Seventh Avenue and Arbutus Street to Kerrisdale in the 1890s, more of Kits was put within easy range of downtown and housing and commercial areas carved out of the forests and swamp. The lowland area beyond MacDonald, from 4th Avenue to King Edward, was known as Malaria Flats because of its swampy air. Like most of Vancouver, it had only a few decades before been covered in dense West Coast forest.

From the 1890s, the Vancouver Lawn Tennis Club in Granville Park became a trendy club for the local elite, hosting an annual Championship which attracted some nationally successful Canadian players.

The area was an inexpensive neighbourhood to live in the 1960s and attracted many from the counterculture from across Canada and the United States and was known as one of the two hotbeds of the hippie culture in the city, the other being Gastown. However, the area became gentrified by 'yuppies' in subsequent decades. Close proximity to downtown Vancouver, walking distance to parks, beaches and popular Granville Island has made the neighbourhood a very desirable community to live. One of the main concert venues in the city in the days of the counterculture was the Soft Rock Cafe (not to be confused with the Hard Rock Cafe), near 4th and Maple, later rebuilt into a modern shopping complex.

One remaining artifact of the 1960s is the Naam Cafe at 4th and Macdonald, providing vegetarian, vegan, and natural foods. The area is also known for having the first of certain kinds of restaurants, such as the California-style Topanga Cafe. Three of the first neighbourhood pub licenses in Vancouver are still located on 4th Avenue - Bimini's at Maple (reopened after a fire in 2007),Darby D. Dawes at MacDonald, and Jerry's Cove - the original name of Jericho - near Alma.

Greenpeace - founded in the home of Dorothy Stowe at 2775 Courtney Ave. in upper Point Grey near Pacific Spirit Regional Park and UBC - originally found a home in Kitsilano in the backroom of a small office on the SE corner of Broadway at Cypress, and shortly after that at 2007 4th Ave. and Maple (now 2009 due to address change), sharing the upstairs office with SPEC. The first offices of the Green Party of British Columbia were originally located in the home of longtime party leader Adriane Carr and her husband Paul George on Trafalgar Street, near 6th, in early 1983, before being moved by the summer of that year to offices near Broadway and Cypress, which also became the first offices of the Green Party of Canada.

Geography

Kitsilano is located in the West Side of Vancouver, along the southern shore of English Bay, with Burrard Street as the neighbourhood's eastern boundary, Alma Street its western boundary, and 16th Avenue its southern boundary.

Adjacent neighbourhoods include the West End northeast across the Burrard Bridge and False Creek, Fairview directly to the east, Shaughnessy to the southeast, Arbutus Ridge directly south, Dunbar-Southlands southwest, and West Point Grey directly west.

Like all of Vancouver, Kitsilano is located in traditional Coast Salish territory.

Demographics

As of 2011, Kitsilano had 41,375 people, a 1.95% increase from 2006. 12.6% of the population is under the age of 19; 42.1% is between 20 and 39; 34.5% is between 40 and 64; and 10.9% is 65 or older. 76.0% of Kitsilano residents speak English as a first language and 2.6% speak French. As of 2006, The median household income was $53,455, and 21.3% of its population lives in low-income households. Its unemployment rate is 4.2%.

Arts and culture

Kitsilano is home to a number of Vancouver's annual festivals and events:

  • Each June, Greek Day is an annual street festival celebrating Greek culture and cuisine along several blocks of Greek West Broadway, which is Vancouver's Greektown.
  • Vanier Park is home to the Vancouver International Children's Festival (at Granville Island as of 2014) and "Bard on the Beach", the outdoor Shakespeare festival.
  • The Celebration of Light is held on the waters of English Bay between Vanier Park and the West End.
  • The Khatsahlano Street Party is held on 4th Avenue on a July Saturday.

Attractions

Parks and beaches

Kitsilano is home to 17 parks, which include six playgrounds, an off-leash dog park, and Kitsilano Beach, one of Vancouver's most popular beaches. Along with the beach itself, Kitsilano Beach Park also contains a franchise restaurant, Kitsilano Pool, and the Kitsilano Showboat. The Kitsilano Showboat, operating since 1935, is essentially an open-air amphitheatre with the ocean and mountains as a backdrop. All summer long, the showboat hosts free performances from local bands, dance groups, and other performers. Its main goal is to entertain residents and tourists, showcasing amateur talent. It is located on the south side of the Kitsilano Pool along Cornwall Avenue. Weather permitting, shows typically start at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. Beatrice Leinbach, or Captain Bea, has been playing an active role in maintaining the showboat since the mid-1940s. As of 2006, she is the president of the non-profit Kitsilano Showboat Society.

Vanier Park is another one of Kitsilano's most popular parks, and is the location of the Museum of Vancouver, the H. R. MacMillan Space Centre, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, as well as the public art installations Gate to the Northwest Passage by artist Alan Chung Hung and "Freezing Water #7" by Jun Ren

Buildings

Landmark buildings in Kitsilano include the Burrard Bridge, a five-lane, Art Deco style, steel truss bridge constructed in 1930-1932 connecting downtown Vancouver with Kitsilano via connections to Burrard Street on both ends, as well as several historic sites such as the Museum of Vancouver and H. R. MacMillan Space Centre, St. Roch National Historic Site of Canada, Kitsilano Secondary School, General Gordon Elementary School and the Bessborough Armoury. Busy Macdonald Street and some quiet, leafy adjoining streets still have some 1910s-1920s craftsman houses that cannot be found anywhere else in Vancouver. According to Exploring Vancouver, an architectural guide to the city:

Kitsilano developed as a less expensive suburban alternative to the West End. Endless rows of developer-built houses lined the grid of streets, their gabled roofs picturesque and not boring. Many resemble West End houses of preceding years, but have the wider proportions, broad verandahs, and wood brackets popularized by the newer and trendier California bungalow.

Government

Kitsilano is situated within the Canadian federal electoral districts of Vancouver Quadra and Vancouver Centre, currently held by Joyce Murray and Hedy Fry, respectively. Both are members of the Liberal Party of Canada. Provincially, Kitsilano lies within the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia electoral districts of Vancouver-Point Grey, Vancouver-Fairview, and Vancouver-False Creek. Vancouver-Point Grey is currently held by David Eby of the BC NDP, Vancouver-Fairview by fellow BC NDP member George Heyman, and Vancouver-False Creek by BC Liberal Sam Sullivan.

Kitsilano Listings

Kitsilano

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  • 3643 W 7TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale in "KITSILANO" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2222743

    Open House on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM
    Main Photo: 3643 W 7TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale in "KITSILANO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2222743
    • Exterior
    • Living Area
    • Living Area
    • Living Area
    • 24'11 x 22'8
    • 24'11 x 22'8
    • 24'11 x 22'8
    • Living Area
    • Kitchen/Eating Area
    • 9'7 x 7'3
    • Living Area
    • 9'2 x 9'1
    • Loft Area
    • Loft Area
    • 13'5 x 12'11
    • Bathroom
    • 13'5 x 11'6
    • Patio
    • McBride Park
    $1,598,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2222743
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,315 sq. ft.
    Custom built by original owner ½ duplex in popular Kitsilano. Ideal location on quiet street near shopping, transportation, parks and schools…with a walk score of 95! Currently a 2 bedroom plus den, but potential for more. Terrific floor plan with lots of light and over height ceilings. Most unique feature is a legal 500 sqft roof top terrace, perfect for outdoor entertaining. These properties are a rare commodity, so call today. More details
    WESTSIDE Tom Gradecak Realty
  • 201 2546 W 4TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2223069

    Main Photo: 201 2546 W 4TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2223069
    • Front View
    • Entry
    • Living Room
    • Living Room & Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen and Hall
    • Kitchen and Nook
    • Kitchen
    • Private Elevator
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Ensuite Bath
    • Second Bedroom
    • Second Bath
    • Insuite Washer & Dryer
    • Front Balcony
    • Rear Balcony
    • East Elevation
    • South Elevation
    • West Elevation
    $698,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2223069
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    824 sq. ft.
    If you've been looking for a light and bright two bedroom strata in Kits, look no further. This 824 SF suite has north, east & south exposure with balconies north & south PLUS a private elevator that takes you right to your suite. Features include gas fireplace, two full baths including ensuite, washer & dryer, one secure parking stall & one storage locker. There are only 8 suites in the building and pets & rentals are allowed. Handy to bus and great Kits shopping & amenities, this is a great opportunity so be quick! More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (w.blvd)
  • 103 2268 W 12TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "The Connaught" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2222194

    Main Photo: 103 2268 W 12TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "The Connaught" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2222194
    $499,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2222194
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    624 sq. ft.
    A beautifull Kitsilano "Pied de Terre" in the Arbutus Walk neighbourhood. This 624 SF studio apartment (larger than many 1BR's) was completely remodelled in 2017 including a great Murphy Bed, computer office with built in desk, a gourmet kitchen and garden patio You can actually entertain in this space. Perfectly located just steps to Kits Community Centre, Connaught Park, Farmer's Market, restaurants and transprotation. More details
    Macdonald Realty
  • 661 2080 W BROADWAY in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "PINNACLE" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2222164

    Main Photo: 661 2080 W BROADWAY in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "PINNACLE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2222164
    $768,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2222164
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    674 sq. ft.
    QUIET, SUNNY South facing 1 bedroom + den and a huge storage room. Beautiful hardwood floors in the living area, with high end Bosch appliances in the kitchen & a Fisher Paykel refrigerator. Great layout. Enjoy the shared natural gas firepit with 2 BBQ's on the 5th floor! Centrally located, easy access to everywhere in Vancouver. Bike on the Arbutus Greenway, or walk to the local shops along Broadway or W 4th, soak in the unique lifestyle that you can only find in Kits, Vancouver. Agent open Thursday, 5-6pm, Open house Sat & Sun, 2-4pm, by appointment only More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (w.blvd)
  • 307 2263 REDBUD Lane in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Tropez" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2221765

    Main Photo: 307 2263 REDBUD Lane in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Tropez" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2221765
    • Grand Landscaped Entry
    • Spacious Courtyard
    • Lobby and Cozy Sitting Area
    • Living Room
    • Overheight ceilings, cozy gas fireplace and access to spacious balcony.
    • Feature wall allows for additional furniture/shelves.
    • Entertaining is easy with the wide opening from kitchen to living/dining areas.
    • Floor to ceiling corner windows and tall ceilings make this a kitchen a cook's dream.
    • Open breakfast counter or prep station.
    • Dining Room
    • Dining/Living
    • Dining Room
    • Fits a King size bed.
    • Master Ensuite Bathroom
    • Second Bedroom
    • Extra spacious being wider than typical bathrooms.
    • Easily fits a desk and secondary storage.
    • Views over green pathway.
    $1,080,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2221765
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    911 sq. ft.
    This home is in the award winning Tropez in idyllic Kitsilano. This 911 sq.ft well-designed home has no wasted space & features a bright kitchen with a breakfast counter surrounded by large windows which add ample S. light, a gas stove and s/s appliances. The corner living room has a cozy F/P, 9’ ceilings and access to a large balcony with treed views. The spacious master bdrm accommodates a King sized bed! The 2nd bedroom is located on the opposite side of the home for added privacy. Flex room can be used as an office. Centrally located, minutes to walk to restaurants, grocers, cafes on Arbutus and Broadway, Kits beach and transit. (UBC/Downtown bus) Kitsilano High school and community center nearby. OPEN- Nov 18th 2-4pm More details
    RE/MAX Ken Leong
  • 101 2330 MAPLE Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "MAPLE GARDENS" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2221803

    Main Photo: 101 2330 MAPLE Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "MAPLE GARDENS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2221803
    $619,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2221803
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    726 sq. ft.
    Great building in Kits! Pet Friendly, Rentals Allowed, Underground parking, & Storage unit. Large NW corner unit with wrap around patio, Quiet street, Easy walk to the Beach, 1 block off the walking/bike trail, and only 3 blocks to the newly proposed skytrain extension. Room for a king size bed, and large living room furniture. Bright unit with big windows, patio doors, and many updates. Open House Saturday 2:00-4:00 & Sunday 1:00-4:00. Great for personal use or Investment! More details
    Hugh & McKinnon Realty Ltd.
  • 205 2035 W 4TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "VERMEER" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2221841

    Main Photo: 205 2035 W 4TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "VERMEER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2221841
    $1,050,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2221841
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    904 sq. ft.
    Beautifully laid out 2 bed,2 bath city home maximizing the use of modern architecture and impeccable design.Rarely available concrete construction, air-conditioned, hardwood floors, heated bathroom tiled floors, higher than normal ceilings, built in California Closets, NEST thermostat and IPad dock, allowing full control of lighting and temperature from your phone.Designer inspired kitchen by Inform Interiors ,feat. Eggersman soft-close cabinets,Meile appliances,gas cook top,built in wine fridge,Quartz counters and a huge island with breakfast bar.Perfect for entertaining.Enjoy the sunny south-facing warmth through your full French windows into the two bedrooms and full French doors into the living room, with triple-paned glass to keep unwanted noise out.Your south-facing balcony has a bbq ready to go!Good size in-suite storage (room to set-up a small desk),secured parking & bike storage. Live in the heart of trendy Kitsilano with shops and restaurants on your doorstep. OPEN HOUSES CANCELLED! More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 708 2137 W 10TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in ""I"" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2221846

    Main Photo: 708 2137 W 10TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in ""I"" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2221846
    • Exterior
    • Lobby
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Den
    • Den
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bathroom
    • Storage
    • Balcony
    • View
    $589,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2221846
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    556 sq. ft.
    The "I"! A 7 story solid concrete building located in the heart of Arbutus Walk. This well laid out 1 bedroom & den penthouse features an open plan, engineered hardwood floors, stainless appliances, stone countertops and loads of insuite storage. Perfect for your first home or a great revenue generator. Extremely quiet and private with no shared walls with any neighbours and one of the most secure and exclusive parking stalls in the building. Walk to all the best restaurants, shops and biking/walking paths. A fantastic lifestyle. Parking and locker included. Pets & rentals welcome. A great suite, building and investment. Not to be missed! Sneak Peek Thurs, Nov 16 5-6pm. Open Houses Sat/Sun Nov 18/19 from 3-4pm. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 2221 DUNBAR Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2222000

    Open House on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM
    Main Photo: 2221 DUNBAR Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2222000
    $2,698,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2222000
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,565 sq. ft.
    You will love this beautiful character home in the heart of Kitsilano on the QUIET part of Dunbar St. This home is flooded with natural light, has lots of character with stained glass windows and beautiful hardwood floors throughout. Perfect for a family, boasting thoughtful layout with cozy living room with wood burning fireplace, formal dining room, big kitchen with eating area., wonderful front porch and sunny back deck off the dining room for your enjoyment. Upper floor features 4 great size bedrooms and the lower level new fantastic 2 bedroom suite which was done in 2011. Tons of updates. Just steps from Jericho Beach, shops & restaurants on West 4th and West Broadway and conveniently located for transit to Downtown and UBC. School catchment: Bayview Elementary & Kitsilano Secondary. More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 2233 W 13TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2221934

    Main Photo: 2233 W 13TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2221934
    $1,599,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2221934
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,556 sq. ft.
    Prime Kitsilano triplex unit! This 3 bedroom 3 bathroom home features an architecturally striking and open floor plan with tons of natural light. Tastefully renovated throughout, the spacious main floor features a large kitchen with generous living/dining area plus a family room that could also be used as an office. Two ‘master’ bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, one up and one down, plus a third bedroom that also has a full bathroom nearby. Single car garage plus interior and exterior storage rooms. Deck off the dining area plus a generous patio off the lower level. Fantastic location and charming curb appeal. Pets and rentals welcome. Open House: Thursday, November 16th from 5:30-6:30pm, Saturday, November 18th from 2:30-4pm & Sunday, November 19th from 12-2pm. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty
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Listing information last updated on November 20, 2017

Kitsilano, Vancouver, B.C