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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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  • 203 1977 STEPHENS Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2282031

    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    $550,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2282031
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    635 sq. ft.
    Fabulous location, mere blocks to Kits Beach. On 4th Avenue, great restaurants, shops, boutiques. Kitchen is an entertainers delight. Bar eating area. Plus a dining area! Most of the renovations were completed in 2008 which included the kitchen with Maple cabinets, stainless steel counter tops, stainless steel appliances and the installation of Engineered Hardwood floors. Bathroom has been completely remodelled in 2017. Spacious laundry room has additional storage. All rooms are very spacious, good size bedroom with access to deck from sliding glass doors. HUGE South facing balcony area; approx measurements 17' x 9'10 AND 5'10 X 7' (storage shed on deck) . Open house Sunday June 24th 2:00 to 4:00pm More details
    Listed by Royal LePage West R.E.S.
  • 1827 W 2ND Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale in "KITSILANO" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281528

    Main Photo: 1827 W 2ND Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale in "KITSILANO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281528
    $1,699,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281528
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,755 sq. ft.
    Amazing Location, north of 4th Ave. Charming house on a 3000SqFt Lot. Perfect for someone willing to renovate or build new. More details
    Listed by Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
  • 202 3220 W 4TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2282068

    Main Photo: 202 3220 W 4TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2282068
    $849,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2282068
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    964 sq. ft.
    Tastefully updated 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom that feels like a townhouse with its front door opening to the buildings private courtyard. With the front door and patio open you can create a nice cool summer environment with natural cross breeze air flow. Bathrooms, kitchen, F/P and built in living room cabinets have recently been renovated. An amazing location just 3 blocks from Oceanside Point Grey Road Park and minutes from both Jericho and Kitsilano Beach. Easy to walk or bike to the stores on West 4th Ave as well as the shops on West Broadway. GREAT ASSUMABLE MORTGAGE AVAILABLE! $625,000 at 2.59% for 4 more years! More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty Westmar
  • 2 1950 W 5TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale in "THE EDGE ON FIFTH" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281833

    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 2 1950 W 5TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale in "THE EDGE ON FIFTH" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281833
    $2,298,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281833
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,390 sq. ft.
    The Edge on Fifth. A Boutique Collection of Manhattan style T/H's in the heart of Kits; SPECTACULAR Water, City + Mountain views from your private rooftop deck! This spacious 3 bed + den plan is built with upscale finishings including modern open concept kitchen with S/S appl's, gas range & stone counters. Enjoy the airy over-height ceilings, gas fireplace and engineered h/w throughout the main floor. This RARE home features over 500 SF of O/D spaces; Large south facing patio off the kitchen backs onto private community gardens. 400 SF ROOFTOP DECK w/gas hookups and PANORAMIC views is perfect for entertaining. The location is truly ONE-OF-A-KIND, just steps away from boutique shops and the revered restaurants on West 4th. More details
    Listed by Royal LePage West R.E.S.
  • 202 2091 VINE Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Vine Gardens" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281731

    Main Photo: 202 2091 VINE Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Vine Gardens" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281731
    $898,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281731
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    936 sq. ft.
    Kitsilano living at it's very best here in the Vine Gardens, a boutique development perfectly placed in one of the cities most enviable locations. Literally only steps to all that West 4th has to offer including a wide variety of spectacular restaurants, cafes, shopping, and grocers such as Whole Foods. Even with every amenity out your front door, this spacious and quiet corner abode is a home designed for relaxation. Set amongst the canopy of the tree lined street, kick back and unwind in front of the fire place, or on one of the two balconies. Gorgeous hardwood in the living areas with plush carpet in the large bedrooms. Also included are two underground parking stalls, one secure storage locker, and in-suite laundry. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 402 2630 ARBUTUS Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Arbutus Outlook" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2282296

    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:30PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:30PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 402 2630 ARBUTUS Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Arbutus Outlook" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2282296
    $899,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2282296
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    929 sq. ft.
    Fabulous Penthouse at Arbutus Outlook! This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom plus den is located in the popular Arbutus Walk neighbourhood of Kitsilano. Love this South East facing light filled 929 SF home on the top floor which includes 9FT ceilings, new laminate flooring throughout, freshly painted in pale grey, two skylights, gas fireplace & BBQ balcony. Boutique living with only 22 suites. Walk down the block to the French bakery for your morning coffee & croissant before heading to the beach or going for a hike. This suite faces the Greenway (away from Arbutus St.) Walk, run, bike, explore...this location will not disappoint. The 99 B-Line is 1 block away as well as every amenity. Secure underground parking, one pet allowed & rentals welcome. Open Saturday & Sunday June 23rd & 24th, 2:30 to 4PM. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 2025 W 14TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281398

    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 3:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00PM - 3:00PM
    Main Photo: 2025 W 14TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281398
    • Exterior Front
    • Patio
    • Entrance Foyer
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Eating Area
    • Laundry
    • Upper Landing
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • Sundeck
    • Sundeck
    • Front yard
    • Exterior Front
    $2,150,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281398
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,910 sq. ft.
    Don’t miss out on this beautifully zen, fully fenced front to back, 2 level half duplex, on a quiet tree-lined street. Well cared for, renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home boasts numerous skylights, abundant light, spacious principle rooms anchored by easy care flooring with cosy gas fireplace in living room & separate dining room for family & friends gatherings. The sleek kitchen w/high gloss, soft close cabinetry & subtle quartz counters will bring out the chef in you & is adjacent to the casual easting area that spills out to the resort style patio with custom banquet seating for casual bbq’s & entertaining. Up offers 3 bedrooms, master featuring “spa” bathroom with glass shower, soaker tub & double sinks. Highly desirable neighbourhood: walk to Van Lawn, shopping, transit. A must see! More details
    Listed by Faith Wilson Group
  • 303 1688 CYPRESS Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "YORKVILLE SOUTH" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281454

    Open House on Thursday, June 21, 2018 5:30PM - 6:30PM
    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 303 1688 CYPRESS Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "YORKVILLE SOUTH" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281454
    $989,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281454
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,051 sq. ft.
    Rarely available 2 bedroom & den plus 2 full baths in Kitsilano's popular concrete building - Yorkville South! This lovingly cared for West-facing home has been tastefully updated over the years with rich engineered hardwood floors, modern gas fireplace, crown moldings, new appliances & bathroom fixtures, and custom built-ins. With a generous and thoughtful layout, this home is not to be missed! Enjoy peaceful Kits mornings with a coffee on the balcony and watch the world go by. Pets and rentals welcome. Restaurants, shopping, beaches, and the best of the Kitsilano lifestyle is at your doorstep! Sneak Peek Thursday, June 21 5:30 - 6:30pm and Open House Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24 2:00 - 4:00pm More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 2546 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281464

    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 2546 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2281464
    • view 1
    • Living Room
    • skylights
    • Deck off DR
    • Den
    • Deck off Den
    • View Den
    • MBR
    • MBR Bath
    • Garden off MBR
    • 2nd BR opens to garden
    • 2nd Bath
    • Foyer
    • Floor Plan
    $1,580,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281464
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,383 sq. ft.
    INCREDIBLE WATER, MOUNTAIN & CITY VIEWS just steps to the beach! This 2 bdrms 2.5 bath + den t/home in a coveted Kits location also boasts three outdoor spaces for your summer enjoyment. Choose between a large garden patio off the MBR, a main floor deck for your morning coffee or afternoon iced tea; a large top level North West facing view sundeck takes in the unobstructed views. One of only four units on this 50' lot. The skylights and vaulted ceilings bring in tons of natural light. Open house Tuesday 10:30- noon, open house Sunday 2-4PM More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 2426 W 14TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2280883

    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 2426 W 14TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280883
    $4,200,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2280883
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,455 sq. ft.
    This perfect Kitsilano family home was custom built with the utmost love & craftsmanship! Offering a perfect layout. As you enter you are greeted by a spacious living/dining area leading into an open kitchen w/ s/s appliances, Sub-Zero fridge, maple cabinets & grand island, eating area & family room w/gas f/p. The upper floor boasts an immense master bedroom w/ walk-in closet & spa-inspired ensuite, along w/ 3 additional bedrooms that all have ensuites. A private workshop, rec room & wine cellar are on the lower level, as well as a 1 bed+den (could be 2nd bed) legal suite w/ private entrance & sep patio area - a perfect nanny/in-law space! Enjoy summer days in the fully fenced rear yard that has been beautifully landscaped w/ an array of gorgeous flora, a vegetable garden, and gazebo. More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
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Listing information last updated on June 21, 2018 at 03:21 AM (UTC)

Kitsilano, Vancouver, B.C