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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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  • 1742 DUNBAR Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale in "KITSILANO" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2308975

    Open House on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM
    Main Photo: 1742 DUNBAR Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale in "KITSILANO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308975
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Front
    • Front Porch
    • Front Porch
    • Front Porch
    • 13'1 x 6'8
    • 13'1 x 6'8
    • 15'6 x 13'1
    • 15'6 x 13'1
    • 13'10 x 5'5
    • 11'11 x 10'3
    • 11'11 x 10'2
    • 11'11 x 10'2
    • Deck
    • Bathroom
    • Balcony Off Upper Level
    • Kitchen on Upper Level
    • 13'2 x 9'9
    • Exterior Back
    $3,100,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2308975
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,190 sq. ft.
    Circa 1912 character home in the most desirable Kits North of 4th neighbourhood. Currently owner occupied triplex however this would make an excellent renovation back to a single family home…or keep as a revenue property for an investment. Approximately 3,190 square feet on 3 levels on a private 40 x 99 foot property. The location simply doesn’t get any better. Quiet street located 2 blocks to the beaches, shopping and Point Grey Road. Call today! More details
    Listed by WESTSIDE Tom Gradecak Realty
  • 2255 W 13TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2308957

    Main Photo: 2255 W 13TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308957
    $2,798,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2308957
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,902 sq. ft.
    Spectacular Kitsilano duplex renovation 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 yard. Large 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. Rainscreened hardi-plank exterior with new roof 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. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 3127 W 3RD Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2308977

    Main Photo: 3127 W 3RD Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308977
    $1,688,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2308977
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,151 sq. ft.
    This exquisitely renovated ½ rear duplex in coveted North of 4th location will appeal to the most discerning buyers. Entertain in the larger open living/dining area with fireplace, in-floor radiant heat & custom Roman blinds or in summer months open French doors to a 540 sq ft, sunny, private patio and garden area surrounded by beautiful perennials. The kitchen is a chef’s dream boasting a La Cornue gas range, Fisher Paykel fridge, marble counters, Perlick wine fridge & custom cabinetry. On the second level you’ll find a large master with ensuite /walk-in closet & private balcony, and 2nd bedroom & full bath. No maintenance fees. This quiet and convieniently situated home is steps to beaches, shopping, Jericho Tennis & Yacht club. More photos to come... More details
    Listed by Coldwell Banker Premier Realty
  • 2589 W 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2308818

    Open House on Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 2589 W 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308818
    $1,149,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2308818
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,065 sq. ft.
    KITS HERITAGE STYLE TOWNHOUSE- Gorgeous 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom one level townhouse set in Kitsilano. This uniquely designed property looks like a heritage home but was actually converted in 1999. This garden level suite is one of only 3 townhouse in the building, the open-plan interior features top quality finishing including maple H/W floors, radiant hot water heat, new S/S gas range, fridge, dishwasher, skylights, crown mouldings. A wall of windows and 15ft of skylights crown the living room, dining room and kitchen. Living area face onto 199 sq. ft. private landscaped patio. OPEN HOUSE SAT & SUN SEPT 22/23 2-4PM More details
    Listed by Royal LePage Westside
  • 319 2255 W 4TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Capers Building" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2308108

    Open House on Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 319 2255 W 4TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Capers Building" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308108
    $679,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2308108
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    665 sq. ft.
    Capers Building in Prime Kitsilano location. Award winning CONCRETE low-rise built with rain screen technology. Courtyard entrance just steps to Whole Foods, restaurants, cafés and shops along West Fourth. This one bedroom home features laminate floors throughout, gas fireplace and patio off the living room. Insuite laundry, parking and storage locker are all included. Strata plan - 642sf. Pets and rentals allowed. Excellent investment property, currently tenanted to long term tenants @ $1,950/month. OPEN HOUSE : SAT/SUN, SEP 22/23, 2-4PM More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 2950 W 2ND Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2308094

    Open House on Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 2950 W 2ND Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308094
    • Exterior Front
    • Corner
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Dining Room
    • Dining Room
    • Kitchen
    • Rear Garden
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Hall Bathroom
    • Lower Rec Room
    • Rear Garden
    • Rear Garden
    • Corner
    $2,749,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2308094
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,286 sq. ft.
    Charming and well cared for home sitting on a corner lot with south facing back garden. This north of fourth, in Kitsilano character home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and has been updated through the years while still maintaining it's original character. This fantastic location is a short stroll to the beach, the quiet part of Point Grey Road, shops and restaurants, and great schools but is still tranquil. Roof replaced in 2016, updated mechanicals and Kitchen renovated in 1995. RT-8 zoning provides plenty of opportunities. First showing at Open House Sunday Sept 23, 2-4pm. More details
    Listed by Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada
  • 2229 STEPHENS Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale in "KITSILANO" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2307671

    Open House on Sunday, September 23, 2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM
    Main Photo: 2229 STEPHENS Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale in "KITSILANO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2307671
    $2,399,900
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2307671
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,665 sq. ft.
    Lovely KITSILANO Heritage B home located on tree lined street. Duplex zoned- RT8 with two legal suites-main floor 1 bed, upper 2 bed plus, 2 bed garden suite (unauth)for total of 3 units. Potential revenue for 3 units+garage is $93,600/yr. Renovations are outstanding, & highlight the unique heritage features, incl. original oak and fir wood floors, stain glass accents, coffered ceilings, exposed brick chimney. In add., modernized w/ Carrera marble counters, S/S Jenn-Air appliances, new lighting, gas f/p. Multiple decks for entertaining and bonus secluded area with hot tub. Main and upper flr easily converted back to large size family home with 4 bedrooms. Lane access & room to park 2 vehicles. Amazing walk score of 98. Close to beaches, shopping, transit & schools. OPEN Sun Sept 23 12-1pm. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 1363 WALNUT Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2308095

    Open House on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 10:30AM - 12:00PM THERE WILL BE NO SIGNAGE OR DIRECTIONAL SIGNS FYI
    Main Photo: 1363 WALNUT Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2308095
    $1,880,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2308095
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,100 sq. ft.
    Like a new townhome in Kits Pt uniquely with one of the biggest wrap around garden/patio having 500 sf plus surroundings & a further bonus…a huge roof top deck. Beautifully landscaped, well positioned facing Walnut St with Eclipse Doors connecting the interior to this beautiful outdoor space extending living and entertaining. Beautifully and tastefully renovated Liebherr fridge kitchen, quartz counters and newly installed built-in cabinetry and closets. Engineered floors, recessed lights, modern gas f/p plus much more. Just move in! Feels so much larger than the size indicated…must be seen. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 201 2238 W 2ND Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Sandpepples" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2306847

    Open House on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM Agent's open
    Main Photo: 201 2238 W 2ND Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Sandpepples" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2306847
    • Street view - 201-2238 W. 2nd Avenue Vancouver
    • Living Room
    • Living room
    • Gas Fireplace!
    • Dining Room
    • Dining Room
    • Spacious Kitchen
    • Spacious Kitchen
    • Wall Oven!
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom Walk-in Closet
    • Master Bathroom
    • Second Bedroom
    • Second bathroom - 3 piece
    • Entry Hallway
    • Covered Balcony
    • Peek-a-boo view!
    • 2D Floor Plan - 201-2238 W. 2nd Avenue Vancouver
    • 3D Floor Plan - 201-2238 W. 2nd Avenue Vancouver
    $1,058,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2306847
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,125 sq. ft.
    Situated in the heart of Kits, this fabulous 2 bed/2 bath/2 parking spacious condo features a gas fireplace, nice sized balcony and separate, in-suite laundry room in a fully rainscreened building. Ride your bike anywhere! Ride to work! Stroll to the beach! Grab a bite to eat at Local. It's all about lifestyle living here. Rentals & pets (including 1 dog or 1 cat) allowed with restrictions. By appointment only. Have your Realtor® call to arrange. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 411 3638 W BROADWAY in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Coral Court" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2306862

    Open House on Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 411 3638 W BROADWAY in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Coral Court" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2306862
    • Peek-a-boo view of the mountains from private balcony (on a cloudy day)
    • Peek-a-boo view of the mountains from private balcony (on a sunny day)
    • Rainscreened building with updated roof.
    • Large rooftop deck for all the owners to enjoy. Enjoy panoramic city and mountain views, or watch the fireworks in the summer.
    • View from rooftop deck.
    • View from rooftop deck
    • Transit, shops and restaurants just outside your door! Easy access to UBC, Kitsilano Beach and all the amenities on Broadway and West 4th.
    $550,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2306862
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    651 sq. ft.
    PENTHOUSE - VIEWS - MODERN UPDATES - RAINSCREENED! Large 1 bed in KITSILANO with vaulted ceilings, lots of storage & open flex area (perfect for office or reading nook). Move in ready with tasteful renovations (fresh paint, newer stainless kitchen appliances, front load washer/dryer, laminate floors). King size fits in bedroom. Peek-a-boo mountain view from your private balcony. Enjoy fireworks from common rooftop deck or be captivated by panoramic views. Newer roof ( about 3 yr old). Secured parking, locker, bike room. Pet/rentals with restrictions. Transit, shops & restaurants just outside your front door. Walk score 93! Easy access to UBC and Kits Beach. The home you've been waiting for! Public Opens Sat/Sun Sept 22nd & 23rd 2-4pm. More details
    Listed by Dexter Associates Realty
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Listing information last updated on September 23, 2018 at 03:24 AM (UTC)

Kitsilano, Vancouver, B.C