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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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  • 3691 POINT GREY Road in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2181274

    Open House on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM Brokers open
    Main Photo: 3691 POINT GREY Road in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181274
    $14,000,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181274
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,709 sq. ft.
    This unique residence on Pt Grey Rd was designed by Tony Robbins (recent winner of Western Living Architect of the Year) & built by Keystone. The stunning home is a simple "cube", 4 floors, a corner lot w/ close proximity to RVYC Jericho. Boasts a 4 car underground garage w/ laundry & glass elevator that unites flrs all the way to the rooftop deck. Here you will marvel at the wide vista of mountains, the ocean & the city while soaking in your hot tub. Deck has kitchen, TV & stereo, powder & outdoor shower. The open concept ground floor accommodates custom kitchen, dining & living room (w/ F/P), park view to the west & a water feature. 2nd flr bdrms have ensuite, decks & laundry. Heating multi-zoned radiant hot water. Private. More details
    Rennie & Associates Realty
  • 304 1868 W 5TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "THE GREENWICH" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2181438

    Open House on Thursday, June 29, 2017 5:30PM - 7:00PM
    Main Photo: 304 1868 W 5TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "THE GREENWICH" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181438
    • Kits Pool
    • Kits Seawall-Beach
    $649,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181438
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    636 sq. ft.
    The Greenwich! NW one bdrm & den in the quiet East building! Mountain views plus a large covered private deck surrounded in greenery that gets afternoon sun! Open floor plan- kitchen with breakfast bar & St/steel appliances including gas stove. New wide plank engineered floors. Perfect den/office space in this well laid out unit. Polygon built with pro-active strata, this complex is considered one of the finest in Kits! Fabulous location - mins to the beach, 4th or Broadway shops/restaurants or 5th Ave theaters. In-suite laundry, 1 sec parking & pets & rentals OK! 1st showing at 'Sneak Peek' Thurs, June 29th, 5:30-7:00 PM More details
    One Percent Realty Ltd.
  • 2288 REDBUD Lane in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale in "MOZAIEK" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2181107

    Open House on Sunday, June 25, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 2288 REDBUD Lane in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale in "MOZAIEK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181107
    $1,450,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181107
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,445 sq. ft.
    BRING YOUR HOUSE SIZE FURNITURE! This beautiful 1,445 sqft, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome has ample space. Main level has fantastic airy layout with width and lots of open space. Complimented with high ceilings, large open kitchen with lots of cupboards & breakfast bar, living room has French doors to patio, and large formal dining area. Main level also has 2pc powder room for guests. Upper level has extra large master bedroom, spacious 2nd bedroom, 2 full bathrooms as well as a flex room. Located in the beautiful MOZAIEK building in sought-after Arbutus Walk neighborhood. Parks, great schools & restaurants just steps away. Short stroll to Kits Beach and 4th Ave shopping plus quick access to downtown & UBC. Open house June 25, Sunday 2-4pm. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside and Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 12 1870 YEW Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale in "NEWPORT MEWS" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180967

    Open House on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM
    Open House on Saturday, July 1, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 12 1870 YEW Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale in "NEWPORT MEWS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180967
    $899,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180967
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,078 sq. ft.
    Newport Mews at 3rd & Yew. Fantastic central Kits location, this 2 bedroom, 2 bath townhouse has a peaceful outlook with some City & Mountains VIEWS. A bright corner unit with skylights, vaulted ceilings, no neighbours above and just one common wall. An incredible opportunity to renovate and create your own masterpiece! A diamond in the ruff, there is nothing cookie cutter about this townhouse. 24 units in total, many building improvements & a proactive strata council as well as long term residents. Close to boutique stores and trendy restaurants along West 4th Ave and Yew Street as well as within a close walk to Kitsilano Beach and Pool. Two decks, Ample storage, Insuite laundry, underground parking, rentals & pets ok. More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 3206 W 3RD Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180906

    Main Photo: 3206 W 3RD Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180906
    $3,098,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180906
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,150 sq. ft.
    Fabulous Kitsilano character home! Currently a revenue machine with 3 suites bringing in $7350/month from excellent tenants, this home also has great bones for restoration project. For investors, you've got a turn key revenue property. For renovators, you've got a home loaded with charm and curb appeal, almost 3200 square feet of living space, and good ceiling height in the basement to work with. Turn the main house into a 4 bedroom home and keep the legal 3 bedroom suite downstairs for income or take over the whole house. Great corner lot North of 4th Ave with South facing back yard, duplex zoning and basement suite with side entrance. Large 2 car garage. Viewing by appointment only. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
  • 2517 CORNWALL Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180813

    Open House on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:30AM - 12:00PM
    Main Photo: 2517 CORNWALL Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180813
    $2,900,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180813
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,192 sq. ft.
    Little oasis in Kits. Spacious, meticulously maintained 3 bdrm, den, family rm & 4 bathrm. 1/2 duplex, QUIET, private & absolutely stunning! Heaps of upgrades thru-out! New chef's kitchen w/centre island, pantry & adjoining family rm, 2 pc bath on main plus 3 other full bathrms! 2 great yard spaces perfect for BBQing plus 4 huge decks! High vaulted ceiling thru-out, sunken living rm, 2 gas fireplaces. Elegant formal dining rm. A location that is second to none. Steps to best beaches, parks, pools, shopping! Breathtaking views from top den & master bdrm. 1 of best little pockets of Kitsilano, across from 20M properties! Properties with this size, location and quality very seldom come on market. Single garage plus 1 parking. FIRST SHOWINGS TUESDAY JUNE 27th 10:30 - 12:00. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy) and Sutton Grp-West Coast (w.blvd)
  • 2276 REDBUD Lane in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180235

    Open House on Sunday, June 25, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 2276 REDBUD Lane in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180235
    $1,299,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180235
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,165 sq. ft.
    Ansonia at Arbutus Walk, the most desirable location in Kitsilano. Quiet Concrete 2 level townhouse, Private entrance, big patio, fantastic floor plan, open kitchen with Gas stove, stainless steel appliances, 9 ft ceiling, Large master bedroom, 2 bedrooms and 3 washrooms, Gas fireplace. It comes with 2 side by side parkings and a locker. Enjoy walking distance to Kits Community Center, parks, schools, restaurants and transits, Close to Kitsilano Beach, UBC. Must see! Open House June 24, 25, Saturday and Sunday 2-4pm More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 2349 W 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180429

    Open House on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM
    Main Photo: 2349 W 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180429
    $2,748,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180429
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,240 sq. ft.
    Beautiful and spacious 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom side by side 1/2 duplex on a picturesque tree lined street in Kitsilano. Over 2400 square feet of living in this excellently laid out entertainer's home with an open plan living, dining, kitchen, family room with high ceilings, HW floors, and a 2 piece bath on the main. Large chef's kitchen complete with lots of cupboard space, Viking apps, gas stove, and a wine fridge. The fully finished lower level with wet bar and fridge is the perfect space for a rec room or guest room and even has the potential to be a self-contained studio suite with a separate entrance & full bathroom. An abundance of storage space including a substantial crawl space. Direct access from the attached single car garage into the lower level. Three sizeable bedrooms on the upper level including a very large master bedroom with walk-in closet, intimate balcony, and spa-like en-suite with separate tub and shower. Easy access to Broadway and W 4th shops, restaurants, transit, & the beach. More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 3228 W 6TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180462

    Main Photo: 3228 W 6TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180462
    $1,780,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180462
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,507 sq. ft.
    Kitsilano character with a modern floor plan and great yard make this special 3 bedroom 1/2 duplex feel like a house. Located on a beautiful and quiet tree-lined street, this home has been recently updated and is ready to move into for Summer. The main floor features 9’ ceilings, hardwood floors, big windows on 3 sides and french doors leading out to your private yard. The open kitchen with white cabinets, striking Caeserstone counters, new stainless steel appliances with an induction cooktop and a breakfast bar. Spacious living area. Large master bedroom with walk-in closet. Top floor is a great multi-purpose room with space for guests, kids, a rec room or an office. A bathroom on each level is nice bonus. Fabulous outdoor space is great for entertaining and for kids to play. Single car garage plus large crawl space for storage. This one has it all! Open house Thurs June 22 from 5-6PM, and Sat/Sun June 24/25 from 1-3PM. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
  • 302 2255 W 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180557

    Open House on Sunday, June 25, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM
    Main Photo: 302 2255 W 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180557
    $649,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180557
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    654 sq. ft.
    Stunning, fully renovated 1 bedroom & den penthouse suite in the heart of Kitsilano! 14' ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows bring in an abundance of natural light truly making this a special and airy space. Extremely quiet & private, this suite has an entertainer’s dream layout with open concept kitchen/dining/living and beautiful hardwood floors. Gorgeous custom kitchen with concrete countertops, stainless appliances, and breakfast bar. Spacious and covered South facing balcony with private outlook over the pretty tree-lined street. BBQ's permitted. Free shared laundry with ample machines, but in-suite laundry is allowed with strata approval and the perfect spot for it in the suite awaits. Large in-suite storage room/potential den. Well maintained building of long term owners with low turnover. Pet friendly building (up to 3 pets allowed) and rentals allowed with restrictions.1 parking and 1 locker. A walker's paradise close to W 4th and Broadway shops, restaurants, & the beach. Love where you live. More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties
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Listing information last updated on June 25, 2017

Kitsilano, Vancouver, B.C