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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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  • 3630 W 10TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2233331

    Open House on Monday, January 22, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM
    Open House on Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:00PM - 7:00PM
    Open House on Saturday, January 27, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 3630 W 10TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2233331
    $2,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2233331
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,016 sq. ft.
    Majestic! Character and charm in this 1919 Kitsilano home. Mixture of old world charm with new world updates. An impressive Franklin style fireplace with mantle, hand-bevelled leaded glass, wainscotting, original panelling with pocket doors, coffered ceiling and laid oak floors - it's all there and in good condition. Huge living and dining rooms, with high ceilings. Kitchen and Bathrooms have been stylishly remodeled within the spirit of this beautiful home. Chef's kitchen with skylights opens to relaxing large raised deck and enclosed quiet backyard, a playhouse storage shed and workshop room. Clawfoot tub in bath - 2 big bedrooms on main floor and 2 more big bedrooms with wonderful master suite upstairs. This is a home you'd be proud to entertain in. Bonus: Zoning RS-5 Large above ground Legal 3 bdrm/2 bath suite rented @ $2550 - new floors, new paint, new kitchen with gas stove, separate entrance, separate meters, own laundry, own deck & great tenants and lane-way house conditionally allowed. Must see! More details
    Century 21 In Town Realty
  • 308 2665 W BROADWAY in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2233306

    Open House on Saturday, January 27, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 308 2665 W BROADWAY in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2233306
    $898,888
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2233306
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    1,022 sq. ft.
    Rarely spacious 1022 SF of 2 Bedroom Plus large Den Suite in high quality brick concrete Building located in the heart of Kitsilano! the future Broadway skytrain station extension! A large Master bedroom is located separately from other bedroom for your own privacy. Den can be used as third bedroom, Functional huge living and dining areas with an open floor plan featuring stainless steel kitchen appliances, granite countertops, hardwood floor! 2 Parking Stalls, 1 Private Storage room plus extra in-suite storage. Walking distance to shopping, banks, restaurants and public transits on the centre of W Broadway. Steps away from Kits community, parks, Kitsilano secondary and beach. Open house : January 27 & 28, Sat & Sun. 2-4pm. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 2830 W 7TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2233287

    Open House on Saturday, January 27, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 2830 W 7TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2233287
    • South Facing Living Room
    • Bright Kitchen with New Appliances
    • Dining Room with Patio Access
    • 5 Piece Bathroom
    • Flex Room
    • Flex Room
    • 5 Piece Bath with Large Soaker Tub
    • Large 18' x 18' Deck
    $1,500,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2233287
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,455 sq. ft.
    You'll love the location of this charming ½ duplex in the heart of Kitsilano! Just off MacDonald between Broadway & W. 4th, enjoy the convenience of walking to restaurants, shops and transportation. 1/2 block to brand new General Gordon Elementary and around the corner from Vancouver Public Library. Very well kept, this 1455 sq. ft. bright unit has 2 large bedrooms plus flex space, perfect for a 3rd bedroom. Main bath features a skylight and large soaker tub. Recent updates include new appliances, fresh paint, refinished hardwood floors and new carpets. Huge 18' x 18' southern exposed deck is a perfect space for summertime bbqs! Open House Saturday Jan. 27th & Sunday Jan. 28th 2 to 4. More details
    Macdonald Realty Westmar
  • 508 2228 W BROADWAY in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "THE VINE" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2233233

    Main Photo: 508 2228 W BROADWAY in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "THE VINE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2233233
    $668,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2233233
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    668 sq. ft.
    Welcome to The Vine in Kitsilano! This 1 bed + den suite features an efficient layout with floor to ceiling windows for plenty of natural lighting, insuite laundry, sleek granite countertops & stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Bedroom includes a custom made closet! GREAT west facing balcony with views of the mountains, city & of English Bay! One parking stall included. Well maintained building with a pro-active strata. Rentals & pets allowed. AMAZING LOCATION with a walkscore of 96! Right next to London Drugs, IGA, public transit & close to your choice of restaurants & cafes along the Broadway corridor. School catchments: General Gordon Elementary & Kitsilano Secondary. More details
    Rennie & Associates Realty
  • 3135 W 14TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale in "KITSILANO" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2233115

    Open House on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 10:30AM - 12:00PM
    Main Photo: 3135 W 14TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale in "KITSILANO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2233115
    $3,288,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2233115
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    3,879 sq. ft.
    Bright & Airy 3000sq.ft. Kitsilano home with a total of 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms including the fully developed basement (to help reduce those mortgage payments) plus CUSTOM BUILT separate 928 sq.ft. LANEWAY HOUSE (by Smallworks) to also dramatically reduce those mortgage payments. All this on a private 39'6 x 122' lot with RS-5 zoning. See website for extensive list of special features. Walking distance to all levels of schools, parks, shopping and bus transportation. Just minutes to downtown and UBC. FIRST SHOWING: OPEN HOUSE TUES 10:30-12:00PM JAN 23. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 211 2468 BAYSWATER Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "BAYSWATER" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2232981

    Main Photo: 211 2468 BAYSWATER Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "BAYSWATER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2232981
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Front
    • Lobby/Reception
    • Kitchen
    • FLOOR PLAN
    • Bedroom
    • Bathroom
    $848,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2232981
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    648 sq. ft.
    BAYSWATER by MOSAIC. Rare opportunity to own a new boutique building in the heart of KITSILANO. So-Ho inspired white brick architecture, Mosaic's newest white brick condos. Stylish open floor plan with an abundance of natural light throughout from the oversized windows & high volume ceilings. Gorgeous finishings of White Wash Oak engineered hardwood flooring, matte lacquer cabinets, Fisher & Paykel & Blomberg appliances & composite stone countertops. This one bedroom plus flex home offers one of Bayswater's largest bathrooms with both a soaker tub & walk in shower, as well as insuite storage, a built-in desk, walk-in closet in the master, & a spacious kitchen. One storage locker & underground parking. More details
    Macdonald Realty
  • 214 2255 W 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "WESTWIND" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2233103

    Main Photo: 214 2255 W 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "WESTWIND" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2233103
    $980,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2233103
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,003 sq. ft.
    One of a kind, step inside this unique "West Wind" show suite. Spacious 1000 SF 2 bed, 2 bath SOUTH FACING unit. This suite will "WOW" your senses as you walk in. Offering the most stunning renovations you will find in Kitsilano open concept kitchen w/marble back splash, quartz countertops & an under-mount sink, stainless steel appliances, in-suite laundry, beautiful engineered laminate flooring throughout, spa like bathroom designed with quartz countertops, new tile flooring and new marble and tile in the shower. Located in the heart of Kits with easy access to the beach and seawall, bike route, one block to Broadway IGA, London Drugs, restaurants & rapid transit to UBC and close to shopping and restaurants. Rentals allowed More details
    Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 217 2025 W 2ND Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "SEABREEZE" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2232802

    Main Photo: 217 2025 W 2ND Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "SEABREEZE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2232802
    • Exterior Front
    • Kitchen
    • Foyer
    • Living Room
    • Bedroom
    • Green Space outside of the suite
    $589,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2232802
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    589 sq. ft.
    WELCOME TO THIS STUNNING & COMPLETELY RENOVATED ONE BEDROOM NEAR KITS BEACH! Whether you are looking for a perfect one bedroom to love living in or are on the search for a fabulous investment property this place is for you! Highlights incl: Bright white shaker cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar, gorgeous subway tile backsplash, beautifully refinished original hardwood floors, all new trims. casings & glass cut out doors, floating bathroom vanity with lots of storage, recessed LED lighting and much much more! The location doesn’t get any better, 3 blocks to the beach & 2 blocks to all of the fantastic amenities that 4th ave has to offer. The building is extremely well maintained with the necessary age related items repaired or replaced. Depreciation report available. Pets and Rentals allowed. Open house Sat/Sun 2-4 both days. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 603 1808 W 3RD Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "KORE" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2232388

    Main Photo: 603 1808 W 3RD Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "KORE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2232388
    $899,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2232388
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    800 sq. ft.
    KORE is one of a limited number of concrete, boutique residences in the highly desirable neighbourhood of Kitsilano. Surrounded by reputable destination shops, eclectic and beloved restaurants, it is walking distance to the beach, 5 mins to DT and Granville Island.This North East corner Sub PH unit has floor to ceiling windows throughout, and is designed with an open concept floor plan. Entertainer's kitchen features gas cook top, s/s appliances, and extra large kitch. island. Den/flex space off the kitchen adds a multitude of use.Freshly painted throughout, with new engineered h/w floors in a beautiful white ash adds a calm feel to the space. Rentals and Pets allowed. 1 XL parking stall, and In suite pantry/storage included. **OPENS CANCELLED. ACCEPTED OFFER** More details
    Domicile Real Estate Corp.
  • 409 2020 W 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Augustine Gardens" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2232516

    Main Photo: 409 2020 W 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Augustine Gardens" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2232516
    $629,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2232516
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    631 sq. ft.
    Penthouse in Augustine Gardens! Fantastic 1 bed, 1 bath home with open floor plan. Lots of natural lights from the floor to ceiling windows in the living room. Lots of outdoor living space with a 102 sqft patio out front and a 54 sqft balcony in the back that looks onto green space. Large walk in closet off the master bedroom with 4 piece ensuite. Ideal location just off steps away from all that West Broadway has to offer. More details
    Engel & Volkers Vancouver
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Listing information last updated on January 22, 2018

Kitsilano, Vancouver, B.C