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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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  • 505 2655 CRANBERRY Drive in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "NEW YORKER" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197697

    Main Photo: 505 2655 CRANBERRY Drive in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "NEW YORKER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197697
    $999,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197697
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    950 sq. ft.
    Estate Sale. Bright southwest corner unit in the NEW YORKER in popular Arbutus Walk area overlooking park & green space. This 2 bedroom plus flex space, 2 bath condo has new hardwood floors and paint and is in move in condition! Enjoy the outdoors from both sundecks which have south & west sun exposure. Short walk to Kits community centre, shopping and transportation. The flex space could be a small bedroom, den or office. 9ft ceilings throughout, gas fireplace, open layout, granite tops in kitchen with nook overlooking playground. Open house, Aug 26/27, 2-4pm. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (w.blvd)
  • 302 2091 VINE Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "VINE GARDENS" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197801

    Open House on Saturday, August 19, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, August 20, 2017 12:00PM - 2:00PM
    Main Photo: 302 2091 VINE Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "VINE GARDENS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197801
    $849,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197801
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    938 sq. ft.
    Live in the middle of it all, this is the quintessential Kitsilano Home! Have your morning coffee on your east-facing balcony while taking in the sights of 4th Ave with the North Shore Mountains as the backdrop. This is no cookie cutter condo! From the moment you walk into the foyer, the terrazzo tiling and stunning one of a kind wraparound wall painting transports you into a space that promotes tranquility and zen state of mind. Attention to detail resonates and inspires while the fireplace warms. A boutique fully rainscreened building in the heart of Kits, walk everywhere (or bike). If you need to drive you have 2 secure side by side parking spaces to use as well as an over-sized storage locker. Open this Sat 2-4 & Sun 12-2pm. More details
    TN Realty
  • 3640 W 2ND Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197548

    Open House on Saturday, August 19, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 3640 W 2ND Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197548
    $3,188,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197548
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,616 sq. ft.
    PRIME KITSILANO LOCATION, JUST STEPS TO THE BEACH. EXCELLENT 33' LOT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY. KNOCK DOWN READY FOR FRONT & BACK DUPLEX or KEEP RENOVATE AND ADD ANOTHER FLOOR. This house offers full height separate entrance basement, a main area with 9’ ceilings and lots of opportunity to go up. The main floor features large living/dining room, big kitchen that leads to a huge deck, 3 bedrooms and full bathroom, upstairs offer a big loft with bathroom. The basement is full height with large living room, kitchen, bathroom and 2 bedrooms plus separate workshop/storage. There are 4 parking stalls; 2 covered and 2 open parking. This is a great development opportunity, renovation project or perfect holding property. SUPERB LOCATION, walk to the best shopping/restaurants. OPEN SAT & SUN 2-4pm. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
  • 1453 WALNUT Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197205

    Main Photo: 1453 WALNUT Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197205
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Front
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Kitchen
    • Dining Room
    • Dining Room
    • Bathroom
    • Bathroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    $1,328,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197205
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,172 sq. ft.
    KITS POINT LIFESTYLE- 2 LEVEL 2 BEDROOM 2 BATH 2 PATIO 2 PARKING TOWNHOUSE. Only 5 min. walking distance to the ocean and amenities a lifestyle all its own. Modern Open Design, vaulted ceilings, skylight, natural lighting, Mountain View. Renovated approx. 8 years ago hardly lived in, engineered hardwood flooring, S/S appliances, custom pantry with wine fridge, Kohler Hardware, quartz and caesarestone countertops throughout. Built in entertainment unit in livingroom with gas fireplace. Huge Master with balcony, Murphy Bed in 2nd bedroom. Move in now for Summer. More details
    Macdonald Realty Westmar
  • 412 2065 W 12TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "THE SYDNEY" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2196894

    Open House on Saturday, August 19, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 412 2065 W 12TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "THE SYDNEY" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2196894
    $759,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2196894
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    795 sq. ft.
    THE SYDNEY by Bastion. This concrete top floor Penthouse unit features 1 Bed & Den + Flex. Great spacious layout with open concept kitchen, living & dining areas. This unit features 9 ft ceilings; Quality finishes throughout; granite counters, gas stove, heated bathroom floors, & gas fireplace in the living area. Conveniently located in the highly sought after Kitsilano area (Arbutus Walk) that is walking distance to parks, shopping, & transit. Includes 1 Parking. Rentals allowed. This is the one! Sneak Peek Aug 17 (Thurs) 5:30-7pm, Open House Aug 19 (Sat) & Aug 20 (Sun) from 2-4pm. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
  • 119 2190 W 7TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "SUNSET WEST" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2196728

    Open House on Friday, August 18, 2017 5:00PM - 7:00PM
    Open House on Saturday, August 19, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 119 2190 W 7TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "SUNSET WEST" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2196728
    $319,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2196728
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    469 sq. ft.
    Enjoy the extra large Patio that extends your living space. This nicely updated home is in a great location within walking distance to all that Kitsilano has to offer. From beautiful gleeming hardwood floors to newer kitchen and bathroom this is a very well kept home. Very open space creates a very liveable home. Having access out of the Patio directly to the street makes it feels more like a townhouse or house than a condo. Very well kept building with a current Depreciation report available. Rentals and pets allowed. More details
    Bay Realty
  • 208 2033 W 7TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "KATRINA COURT" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2196779

    Open House on Saturday, August 19, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
    Open House on Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
    Main Photo: 208 2033 W 7TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "KATRINA COURT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2196779
    $508,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2196779
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    535 sq. ft.
    This is a 10! Lovely one bedroom has it all! Completely redone in 2010 with new kitchen, bathroom , floors, and blinds. The open kitchen is tastefully done in contemporary white appliances & cabinets, granite counters, and a breakfast bar. The bath has white vanity, new fixtures & tiles. Did I mention new lighting, wide plank floors & freshly painted? The large west balcony overlooks quiet green space & character homes beyond. The Katrina is a terrific building with plumbing upgrades, hallways redone, new patio doors & windows. Parking, storage, & green space in back. Location can't be beat! By the Arbutus bike lane, or walk to shopping & cafes on Broadway & West 4th, & buses to UBC & downtown. Rentals are restricted & 2 pets are welcome. A pleasure to show anytime by appointment More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 2756 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2196792

    Open House on Saturday, August 19, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 2756 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2196792
    $1,298,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2196792
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,586 sq. ft.
    A rare find! Charming craftsman, Southwest corner townhome in a well run 4plex. You are greeted in a spacious foyer with an open office/den. Up to a large kitchen, living room with a wood burning fireplace and dining room that opens to a private South facing 13x9 deck, the third level offers 2 bedrooms, a Jack & Jill bathroom, laundry and walk in closet. Bonus is a large storage area and a workshop. Location, Location, Location, steps to Volunteer Park, beach and Tatlow Park. A pleasure to show. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (w.blvd)
  • 302 2010 W 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "AUGUSTINE GARDENS" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197436

    Open House on Saturday, August 19, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 302 2010 W 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "AUGUSTINE GARDENS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197436
    • Exterior Front
    • Bright, spacious w/gas fireplace.
    • access to patio.
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Open concept overlooking living area.
    • Kitchen
    • Dining Room
    • Large room.
    • Bathroom
    • N/E facing with mountain view.
    • foyer
    • Direct street access, pet owners will love this.
    • Exterior Front
    $548,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197436
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    678 sq. ft.
    Checks all the boxes! Located in trendy KITSILANO, this large BRIGHT 1 bdrm/1 bath has INSUITE LAUNDRY, gas FIREPLACE, parking, a BALCONY and allows PETS. It has a GREAT LAYOUT, plus direct exterior front door access. Walking the pooch is much easier, and your pets will love it. Recent building projects include RAINSCREEN, new doors, windows and current plumbing work make this a STRESS FREE INVESTMENT. With a walk score of 98, you are steps to transit, shops, cafe's, restaurants plus future SKYTRAIN extension. Pro-active strata. Awesome find. See you at the OPEN HOUSE Sat/Sun Aug. 19/20 2-4pm. More details
    Rennie & Associates Realty
  • 312 2655 CRANBERRY Drive in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "NEW YORKER" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197066

    Open House on Thursday, August 17, 2017 5:30PM - 7:00PM
    Open House on Saturday, August 19, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 312 2655 CRANBERRY Drive in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "NEW YORKER" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197066
    $998,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197066
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    950 sq. ft.
    Gorgeous city home @ the New Yorker in Arbutus Walk, one of Kitsilano's most beautiful neighbourhoods. 2 bed/2 bath and flex space corner home in this rarely available and most sought-after building. Open plan kitchen/dining/living space. High level finishing details such as 9ft ceils, gas F/P, granite countertops, stainless stove, quality flooring and more. All fresh and move-in ready! Lots of windows yet very private, w/ quiet outlook to greenspace and park. Large deck perfect for bbq's and entertaining. Flex space could be a guest or child's bedroom/office/den or? Visitor parking and social room; rentals fully allowed (no AirBnB); one pet to 40 pounds. Inspection-friendly concrete building! An oasis of calm within the city, yet just steps away from all that Kits has to offer. Opens Thurs Aug 17, 5:30-7, Sat/Sun 2-4. More details
    RE/MAX City Realty Abbott St.
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Listing information last updated on August 17, 2017

Kitsilano, Vancouver, B.C