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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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  • 1847 W 12TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332376

    $1,180,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332376
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,320 sq. ft.
    Beautiful classic contemporary 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom unit boasting 9' ceilings & over 1300 square feet of living space with an open concept living & dining area. Home offers Oak hardwood flooring, quartz countertops, a Mediterranean style kitchen, stainless steel appliances, a private front patio deck off the living room, a lower garden patio & a shared common rooftop garden. Fence, Dishwasher and Dryer and Washer are recently replaced. THE BONUS: 500 SQUARE FEET of crawl space & an additional common shared storage area!! Perfect for families & entertaining . Ideally for individuals downsizing from a large home or upgrading from a small unit & not having to worry about Storage. Perfect for families & entertaining. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 501 1808 W 3RD Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "KORE" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332271

    Open House on Saturday, January 19, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, January 20, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    $949,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332271
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    996 sq. ft.
    **PHOTOS, VIDEO TOUR and more info coming soon!** More details
    Listed by Domicile Real Estate Corp.
  • 2244 W 14 Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332437

    Main Photo: 2244 W 14 Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332437
    $998,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332437
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,336 sq. ft.
    Walk up the stairs to enter this bright and tastefully updated 2 level, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhome in prime Kitsilano. Main level features an open plan dining, living w/gas fireplace, and renovated kitchen w/breakfast bar, large bedroom and 3-piece bathroom. Hardwood flooring, over-height ceilings, and bright South-facing windows. Downstairs is the huge master bedroom with large 5-piece ensuite. This spacious home has 3 decks, incl. a private 400 sq.ft. entertainment-sized, sun-drenched roof deck. Exterior has hardiplank siding with rainscreen. 1 parking included. Townhouse 4-plex is located a short walk to the best parks and shopping in Kitsilano, South Granville, and Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 219 2545 W BROADWAY in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale in "TRAFALGAR MEWS" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332456

    Open House on Saturday, January 19, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, January 20, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM
    Main Photo: 219 2545 W BROADWAY in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale in "TRAFALGAR MEWS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332456
    $775,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332456
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    859 sq. ft.
    LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! Welcome to this extremely bright, gorgeous and spacious 2 bed, 2 bath townhouse in Kitsilano. Located on the QUIET side facing the courtyard, this popular townhouse offers it all! Spacious kitchen, brand new flooring, new baseboards, fresh paint throughout, and a new mudroom - move in ready for your family! Did I mention it's an extremely functional floor plan? Open concept living and dining with a great entertaining space, a cozy fireplace and an absolutely lovely private fenced patio for you, your guests and pets. In the heart of Kits, close to the beach, shopping, restaurants, and transit. This is the perfect home! FIRST OPEN HOUSE this Saturday, Jan 19th 2-4pm, as well as Sunday, Jan 20th 1-3pm. Come on by! More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 2936 W 13TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale in "Kitsilano" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332533

    Main Photo: 2936 W 13TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale in "Kitsilano" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332533
    $1,999,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332533
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,530 sq. ft.
    Lovely Kitsilano home on a 33'x122' lot with south facing back yard. Hold now, build your dream home later. 2530 square feet. 3 suites ensures lots of possibilities, lots of potential. Main floor has approx 1000 sq ft, 2 bdrm suite currently rented for $2000 pm. Top and ground floor suites are occupied by family. Ground floor has 1 bdrm suite with own private entrance and good ceiling height, as well as shared workshop/laundry room area. Top floor is a very cute and cozy 1 bdrm suite with it's own laundry. Top and main floors each have their own deck. No garage currently, but a back lane makes that easy. RS-5 zoning. No oil tank. Showing by appointment only. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Realty
  • 103 2263 REDBUD Lane in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "TROPEZ" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332647

    Open House on Sunday, January 20, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 103 2263 REDBUD Lane in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "TROPEZ" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332647
    $1,239,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332647
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,076 sq. ft.
    Arbutus Walk’s award winning Tropez, solid building, fully rainscreened with concrete construction tucked in next to the Arbutus greenway. Enjoy this townhouse style 2 Bedroom & den, 2 Bath garden suite surrounded by lush landscaping with views out to the greenway. As soon as you walk in you will appreciate how spacious & comfortable the layout is with the generous size updated kitchen with white cabinets, newer appliances, stone countertops, lovely hardwood flrs throughout, updated floor-ceiling gas fireplace, high ceilings, huge master & ensuite, lots of windows throughout, lovely, private gated patio area. Suite has been impeccably maintained. Super building, with long time caretaker, 1 parking, 1 storage & visitor parking, 2 pets, 5 rentals permitted (at max). Terrific location, steps to Shopping, Transit, Kits Community Centre & Connaught Park. OPEN Sun Jan 20th 2-4!! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 3011 W 14TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332625

    Open House on Saturday, January 19, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, January 20, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 3011 W 14TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332625
    $2,098,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332625
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,750 sq. ft.
    Opportunities only arise a few times in our life time. This mint condition 3 bedroom and den, 2 bathroom character bungalow is the envy of many. This 33X122 ft lot home has great street appeal and was professionally renovated to high standards 22 years ago. New oak hardwood floors, new plumbing, wiring, drain tiles, outside sump, furnace, double paned wood windows, new Merit Kitchen and corian counters, aggregate front sidewalks, and more were part of the attractive features then offered. Roof replaced, as well as the water line, some appliances, inside and outside painting and landscaping since. Approx 875 s.d. on each level, an ideal home to live in or rent out. Open Sat/Sun January 19th and 20th 2-4PM and Tue 22nd 10AM-12PM. Everything is so near. You won't be disappointed. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 2429 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale in "BAYSIDE MANOR" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2332621

    Main Photo: 2429 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale in "BAYSIDE MANOR" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2332621
    $1,188,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2332621
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,161 sq. ft.
    Gorgeous townhouse steps from Kits Beach! 2 bedroom 2 bathroom 1,161 Sq. Ft. townhouse offering open concept living and dining area with dramatic dark hardwood floors and wood burning fireplace place overlooking mountain and city views through large windows offering an abundance of natural light. A peek-a-boo wall over eating bar leads to a sleek kitchen finished with cheerful cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and pantry. 8 Ft. ceilings in spacious master bed with updated ensuite and walk in closet. Main floor boasts a fully fenced, south facing, backyard with patio. Located in beautiful Kitsilano Neighbourhood, known for it’s Organic Hub with extensive Restaurants and Retail to explore. More details
    Listed by Virani Real Estate Advisors
  • 228 2680 W 4TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "STAR of KITSILANO" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2331766

    Main Photo: 228 2680 W 4TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "STAR of KITSILANO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2331766
    • Best terrace possible.  Over 400 square feet of sun, quiet and privacy!
    • Awesome building.  Positive strata with new positive depreciation report!
    • Completely renovated!  New corian counters, excellent appliances, new cupboards.  Inspire the chef within you!
    • Open plan.  Eucalyptus hard wood floors!
    • BBQ and chill in garden patio - above ground.  NO traffic noise south facing.  Very private overlooking Kits character homes.
    • Walking to Kits beach and pool.
    • Great-room design.
    • Wonderful natural gas fireplace.
    • Large enough for a king sized bed.  Overlooks garden patio.  Private and quiet.
    • Master Bedroom
    • Full bathroom.
    • Bedroom
    • Secure underground.  Best parking space in strata!
    • Bedroom
    • 2 bike rooms with space for kayak as well!
    • Upgraded and new.
    • Terrific architecture.  Big overhangs NO STUCCO!
    • Den
    • Exceptional in-suite storage.
    • Patio/Deck
    $1,088,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2331766
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,004 sq. ft.
    One of largest sunniest garden terraces ever available! Terrific depreciation report, good contingency! QUIET, PRIVATE AND SUNNY! GORGEOUS! MASSIVE GARDEN TERRACE! Most amazing garden terrace in Kits! Remarkable better than new 2 bedroom 2 bath! Close to 1400 interior and exterior luxury living. This home has been impeccably updated with high end finishing including Corian counters, new kitchen, upgraded stainless steel appliances and much more. Pets permitted, rentals not at max. Amazing garden terrace - 400 square feet. QUIET and SUNNY faces south away from 4th. ...Incredible sunny private QUIET 2 BR 2 Bath with the best Terrace in Kits! OPEN by appointment More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 2638 YORK Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2331841

    Open House on Saturday, January 19, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, January 20, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 2638 YORK Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2331841
    $699,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2331841
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    716 sq. ft.
    RARELY AVAILABLE, ONE-OF-A-KIND, immaculately maintained, 1 bdrm GROUND-LEVEL townhome just 1 block from Kits waterfront, Kits beach & pool, 4th Ave shopping & eatery. This open layout offers plenty of natural light, a wood burning fireplace, s/s appliances, in-suite laundry & 252 sq ft private patio off the living room w/ views of the North Shore Mtn & ocean. Updates include: fresh paint in 2019, hot water tank in 2016, exterior paint in 2017, & sprinkler heads replaced in 2018. 1 assigned pkg stall, easy access to to a secured storage locker & bike room, shared garden plot. Plenty of street parking on a quiet street. Pets & rentals are allowed. 1 block to Cornwall bus routes (002, 32). Townhomes built on 1918 formwork. Click on media link. OPEN HOUSE: SAT & SUN, JAN 19 & 20, 2 TO 4 PM. More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
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Listing information last updated on January 16, 2019 at 03:21 AM (UTC)

Kitsilano, Vancouver, B.C