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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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  • 309 2528 MAPLE Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Pulse" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322921

    Main Photo: 309 2528 MAPLE Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Pulse" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322921
    $689,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322921
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    659 sq. ft.
    Welcome to PULSE, a sleek urban masterpiece by Bastion Developments. This bright & spacious 1 bedroom home features an efficient open concept layout w/a large Den, versatile flex space that can be used as an office or storage, 9' ceilings, floor-to-ceiling/wall to wall windows, BBQ Natural-gas hookup. quality finishes & lots of in suite storage. The gourmet kitchen offers sleek modern cabinetry, S/S Bosch appliances, gas range & granite counters complete w/stylish matching backsplash. Centrally located in the desirable Kitsilano community of Arbutus Greenway: a short stroll to Kits Beach, a variety of top notch eateries & some of the best boutique shops in the city. Incl 1 parking & 1 storage. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 1 1935 W 14TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322780

    Open House on Saturday, November 17, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, November 18, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 1 1935 W 14TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322780
    $1,800,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322780
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,634 sq. ft.
    Beautifully appointed 3 BED & 2.5 BATH home is ideal for downsizers & growing families. Main floor features high ceilings, efficient, open floor plan with a spacious living and dining areas great for entertaining, huge windows to south facing garden, gas fireplace, powder room and gourmet kitchen w gas cooking, SS appliances, granite counters & loads of storage in maple cabinets. Upstairs offers 3 generous bedrooms & 2 full baths; the master bedroom features huge bay windows, large bathroom w walk-in shower & jacuzzi soaker tub. There are solid oak floors & custom California closets throughout & HUGE attic storage with pull down stair access & an external storage locker. This is a quality home in an amazing location! Open 2-4 Saturday and Sunday, November 17 & 18. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Realty
  • 2445 W BROADWAY Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale in "ZEO KITS" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322691

    Open House on Saturday, November 17, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, November 18, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 2445 W BROADWAY Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale in "ZEO KITS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322691
    • Bright kitchen with skylight above, European appliances, gas stove, under-counter microwave and storage pantry.
    • Sunlit living room with wide plank hardwood flooring throughout
    • Master bedroom with patio looking north
    • Master Ensuite with spacious shower and luxurious free standing deep soaker tub
    • All closets include custom organizers
    • Double sink master ensuite with medicine cabinets
    • Open concept dining area
    • Modern bathroom with window
    • Spacious second bedroom
    • Spacious Third Bedroom
    • Media Room / 4th Bedroom
    • Media Room / 4th Bedroom
    • Full bathroom in the media room / 4th bedroom
    • Exterior Front
    • Floorplan
    $1,980,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322691
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,772 sq. ft.
    ZEOKITS by DOMUS HOMES! SHOWHOME FOR SALE NOW. GST INCLUDED. Live an active lifestyle surrounded by amenities, cafes, parks, the future Millennium Line Broadway Extension, Arbutus Greenway, 4th Avenue, and Kitsilano Beach. This corner, quiet side, western-exposed home features open kitchen with 3 person kitchen island, chef-sized kitchen, 2 bright skylights that bring in abundant natural light. Family room opens to a fenced backyard perfect for BBQ. Basement features a flex room use it either as 4th bedroom/media/gym/recreational room. Upstairs feature spacious bedrooms and a master level with a walk-in-closet and a 5-piece ensuite. 1 Parking and storage included. Open Sat/Sun 2-4pm. More details
    Listed by Icon Marketing Inc.
  • 2255 W 13TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322800

    Open House on Saturday, November 17, 2018 12:00PM - 2:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, November 18, 2018 12:00PM - 2:00PM
    Main Photo: 2255 W 13TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322800
    $2,498,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322800
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,902 sq. ft.
    Spectacular Kitsilano duplex with a spacious 1900sqft floor plan spread over 2 levels feels like a detached home. Modern kitchen with large island is finished with white cabinetry, quartz counters, Wolf gas range and huge pantry. Dining area features an Eclipse sliding glass wall system with walk-out access to the large South-facing yard. Spacious living room with gas fireplace and custom millwork. Oak flooring throughout. Upstairs features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and family room (could be 4th bedroom). Expansive master suite with walk-in closet and stunning bathroom with walk-in shower and heated floors. Extensive renovation that feels like new construction. Rainscreened hardi-plank exterior with new roof (25 year warranty) and triple-pane windows throughout. High velocity forced air heating and air conditioning system. Central vacuum. 2 covered parking plus 2 open. Outstanding opportunity in a picture perfect location. Open house Sat/Sun Nov 17/18 from 12-2PM. More details
    Listed by Stilhavn Real Estate Services
  • 708 2528 MAPLE Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Pulse" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322370

    Open House on Saturday, November 17, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 708 2528 MAPLE Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Pulse" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322370
    $1,168,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322370
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    865 sq. ft.
    Welcome home to the PULSE of Kitsilano! Enjoy city & mountain views from this open plan Nigel Baldwin design. This is a spectacular unit w/ floor to ceiling windows, over height ceilings throughout, a gourmet kitchen w/ Bosch & Liebherr appliances opening onto the spacious living area. Both master & 2nd bedroom are large w/ loads of storage & boasting views from every window. Enjoy lovely summer evenings on the private 500 sq. ft. rooftop deck overlooking the fabulous 360 degree view. A walker's or biker's paradise w/ a 98% walk & a 100% bike score. Steps (or pedals) from the amenities of Broadway & 4th, the Arbutus Greenway, Connaught Park & Kits Beach. This unit includes 1 secured underground parking stall, so you can park your car & enjoy those great scores! OH - Sat, Nov 17th 2 - 4pm More details
    Listed by Royal LePage Sussex
  • 305 2033 W 7TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "KATRINA COURT" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322359

    Open House on Sunday, November 18, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 305 2033 W 7TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "KATRINA COURT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322359
    $698,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322359
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    720 sq. ft.
    Top floor, corner unit with mountain view! Open plan from contemporary kitchen to spacious living area. Katrina Court is a well run building with an updated roof, plumbing, elevator, balconies, windows, halls and lobby. Prime Kitsilano location right next to Arbutus Greenway and major transit routes. Short stroll to beach, restaurants, groceries and amenities. Easy access to downtown or UBC. Open Sunday Nov 18 from 2-4pm. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 203 3505 W BROADWAY in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322350

    Open House on Saturday, November 17, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, November 18, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 203 3505 W BROADWAY in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322350
    $568,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322350
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    611 sq. ft.
    Kitsilano Living at it's finest! This FULLY renovated 1 bed and 1 bath home is turn key and in pristine condition! Everything is 2018 NEW - fresh designer paint, beautiful wide-plank laminate flooring throughout, immaculate granite countertops in kitchen & bath, stylish backsplash, brand new custom cabinetry and whirlpool stainless steel appliance package! It doesn't stop there - buy with confidence in this RAIN SCREENED building that boasts NEW balconies, windows, & sliding doors! One of the most desirable locations the city has to offer with popular restaurants, Pacific Spirit Park trail system, Jericho Beach, and public transit West to UBC or East to the Canada Line within steps of your front door! OPEN HOUSE Nov 17 & 18, 2-4pm. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty Westmar
  • 2901 W 5TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322414

    Main Photo: 2901 W 5TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322414
    $2,249,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322414
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,737 sq. ft.
    Beautifully maintained multi-family character home on a quiet tree-lined street in the heart of Kits, featuring original oak floors, beamed ceilings, stained glass windows & heritage woodwork. THREE separate suites generate HUGE INCOME (approx. 75k)! The BRIGHT & SPACIOUS main suite offers over 1700sf of efficient living space w/ an updated open gourmet kitchen (2015), large living & dining area, 2 spacious bedrooms, 2 full baths w/ heated floors & tons of storage. Upstairs find a 1-bed & a studio suite w/ MOUNTAIN VIEWS & separate laundry. Owned by same family for 20 yrs, w/ countless mechanical updates (roof, furnace, windows), this home is close to Jericho & Kits Beach, the Arbutus Greenway, the shops of W 4th as well as Broadway - the home of the future Skytrain! More details
    Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
  • 306 1750 MAPLE Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "MAPLEWOOD PLACE" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322279

    Open House on Friday, November 16, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, November 18, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 306 1750 MAPLE Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "MAPLEWOOD PLACE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322279
    $799,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322279
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    886 sq. ft.
    This one has it all! Completely renovated top-floor corner-unit in the most sought after location in Kitsilano, North of 4th. This gorgeous 2-bed/1-bath 886 sqft home features brand new wool carpet, fresh paint, updated kitchen with S/S appliances, huge bathroom with double-vanity, large master-bedroom, in-suite laundry, cozy wood-burning fireplace and a 100 sqft patio with views of the North Shore Mountains. All of this in a completely-rainscreened, exceptionally well-run building with new elevator. Unbeatable location with a walk-score of 97 - just a short stroll to the beach, shops, restaurants and downtown Vancouver. 1 parking/1 storage included. Rentals/Pets allowed. OPEN HOUSE FRI NOV 16TH 10am-12pm; SUNDAY NOV 18th 2pm-4pm More details
    Listed by Rennie & Associates Realty
  • 1848 W 14 Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2322240

    Open House on Saturday, November 17, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, November 18, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 1848 W 14 Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2322240
    $1,488,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2322240
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,173 sq. ft.
    Gorgeous PRIVATE DETACHED Brand New Coach/Carriage House located in Upper Kitsilano/Lower Shaughnessy. Open concept kitchen with high end S/S Fisher Paykel appliances and Caesarstone Quartz counter tops. Large Master bedroom with walk-in closet and ensuite. Beautiful and bright with radiant in floor heating and Nest Thermostat. Two outdoor spaces, including south facing patio and fully fenced yard to call your own! Ample storage in the garage, bike room and a separate FULL height storage space of 100+ sq ft. A home like this doesn't come along often in this prestigious neighborhood. Fabulous location with shopping, restaurants, trails and beaches nearby. Minutes to downtown and UBC. OPEN HOUSES: Thurs Nov 15th (5-7pm) Sat/Sun Nov 17/18 (1-4pm) More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
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Kitsilano, Vancouver, B.C