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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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  • 404 2481 WATERLOO Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "WATERLOO" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2290684

    Open House on Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    $788,800
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2290684
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    721 sq. ft.
    Location Location Location! This lovely open concept spacious unit has 1 BR and 1 Den which is centrally located in the Kitsilano neighbourhood. Enjoy the sunshine as you sit back on your balcony just off the living room. Kitchen has stone counters with stainless appliances and two tiered dishwasher. Take a stroll or bike to Kits beach. Experience all the quaint restaurants, shops just steps away. Schools, Library and community centre which are all walking distance. Close to UBC. More details
    Listed by Coldwell Banker Westburn Rlty.
  • 2764 W 14TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2290093

    Open House on Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM
    Open House on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM
    Main Photo: 2764 W 14TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2290093
    $2,158,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2290093
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,164 sq. ft.
    Why buy a new house when you can save money by building your own. Priced over $400k below BC Assessed Value. Live in, hold, or build your dream home on this level 33' x 122' private lot on a pretty tree-lined street in Kitsilano. Sunny South facing backyard with laneway potential. RS-5 zoning with lane. This over 2100 sq ft, 6 bedroom, 3 bath home with basement suite is a great potential income generator. A short stroll to Starbucks, beaches, parks, shops & restaurants. Easy access to transit and great schools such as Bayview Elementary, Kits Secondary, West Point Grey Academy, OLPH, & UBC. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 4 3437 W 4TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2290634

    $828,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2290634
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,012 sq. ft.
    If it is "Private Outdoor Space" that is on your wishlist, this 2 level, 1012 sq ft, 2 bath town house is for you. Over 40 sq ft of paving stone patio, trees, and fully fenced private space to enjoy. Quiet, close to transportation, restaurants, and walking distance to beach area. Updated, Kitchen & Bathrooms, ensuite laundry, W/B fireplace, and large storage space in suite. Wonderful Kitsilano location. Dont miss this one. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 217 3440 W BROADWAY in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Vicinia" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2290607

    Open House on Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Public Open House
    Open House on Sunday, July 22, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Public Open House
    Open House on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 10:30AM - 12:00PM Agents Open
    Main Photo: 217 3440 W BROADWAY in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Vicinia" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2290607
    $690,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2290607
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    1,024 sq. ft.
    You will be hard pressed to find a better combination of value and space in such an amazing Kitsilano location. The Vicinia is a fully rain screened building with a great community vibe promoted by the vast common roof top decks with views of the North Shore and children's play rooms. Brand new hardwood floors run throughout the apartment with a spacious kitchen, updated with cherry wood cabinets, granite countertops, gas range all open to the living areas accented by a cozy gas fireplace. 2 full bedrms & den (with built in murphy bed) make this a space large enough for a family. Great in suite storage and laundry. I parking, I pet is ok but no rentals. Need space but don't want to leave this remarkable area? This is it! | Open house: Sat. July 21 and Sun. July 22 2-4PM. Come say hi! More details
    Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 201 2020 W 12TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "2020" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2290210

    Open House on Monday, July 23, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM
    Main Photo: 201 2020 W 12TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "2020" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2290210
    $849,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2290210
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    804 sq. ft.
    Welcome to 2020, a fresh and modern unit conveniently located within the heart of Kitsilano. This 1 bed+den+flex is perfectly laid out with lots of living space and a kitchen that includes a 4 burner gas range, floor to ceiling cabinetry, s/s appliances and an oversized island; a chefs dream! The large Master bedroom has a walk-thru closet attached and an ensuite including a soaker tub. The unit itself is full of light and leads out onto a great patio. This quiet complex is perfectly situated for you to be able to walk to all amenities such as restaurants, shops and of course the beach that Kits has to offer! OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY JULY 22ND 1-3PM More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Realty
  • 2275 W 16TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2289937

    $3,880,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2289937
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,670 sq. ft.
    Well kept spacious two level with 5 bedrooms, updated kitchen, enclosed porch, hardwood floors on a nicely landscaped 50 x 125 lot in ARBUTUS. House has new paint and bonus kitchen in the basement. Legal one bedroom suite. Potential land assembly rezone, lot size 50x125. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
  • 206 1827 W 3RD Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "The Westshore" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2289735

    Open House on Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, July 22, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 206 1827 W 3RD Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "The Westshore" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2289735
    $699,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2289735
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    853 sq. ft.
    LOCATION! (West of Burrard, North of 4th ave steps to the BEACH) – The Westshore is a boutique building in Kits with only 24 units, Proactive owners w/ new roof in 2017, common area painting, plumbing and hot water riser replaced & $165K in CRF. Over 850 sqft, this corner unit 2 Bed/1 Bath has large principal rooms, a family friendly 200 sqft private patio, formal dining, wood burning fireplace and updated kitchen. Amenities: Resident's Lounge/Games Room, FREE Shared Laundry. School Catchment: Henry Hudson Elementary, Kitsilano Secondary 1 Parking + 1 Storage. 2 Pet + Rentals w/Restrictions. Walking Distance to city’s best restaurants, Granville Island, true Vancouver lifestyle! Open House Sat + Sun July 21/22 2-4PM More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 305 2480 W 3RD Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Westvale" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2289850

    Open House on Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:00PM - 5:30PM
    Open House on Saturday, July 21, 2018 3:00PM - 5:00PM
    Main Photo: 305 2480 W 3RD Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "Westvale" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2289850
    $649,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2289850
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    662 sq. ft.
    We have here, a remarkable remodelled, stunningly designed TOP FLOOR, 1 bdr & den, by one of Vancouver's bright new architects. She created her dream condo - then child! It is new, ultra modern & beyond words, as no expense was spared to create this exquisite & beautiful home! It is bright & flooded w light from large skylight under which you should experience the cozy upholstered multi purpose family/play/dining area w sculptured marble table to fit the theme of the home, plus the gourmet kitchen & lovely tone of flooring. Every inch of space is functional w/cupboards & storage galore! Very private, it is quiet & serene, you see mature evergreens from every room. Sorry no rentals; 2 pets welcome! It is a solid well managed bldg. Sneak Peek Thurs 4-5:30 July 19. OPEN Sat 3-5pm July 21st. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 2448 LARCH Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2290188

    Open House on Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Open House on Sunday, July 22, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 2448 LARCH Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2290188
    $1,468,888
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2290188
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,013 sq. ft.
    A "MUST-HAVE!" Beautiful energy-efficient home with 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom coach house. A spacious living room on the main floor. Radiant floor heating, solar panel, soft close drawers in the kitchen, quartz counters, stainless steel appliances, double-drawer dishwasher and built-in wall oven just to name a few details. This lovely home sits in a beautiful convenient family-oriented area just walking distance to main attractions. Close to community centre & easy transit to downtown and UBC. Book your private tour today! This will not last! More details
    Listed by Maxcel Westcoast Realty Ltd.
  • 3345 W 11TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2290300

    Main Photo: 3345 W 11TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2290300
    $3,058,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2290300
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,766 sq. ft.
    Attention! Attention! This cozy on large lot of 53'x122' in Kitsilano also on a quiet tree-lined street. It's 3 unit property. Features hardwood flooring, hot water, heat radiators, door mouldings, brick fireplace & base. Upstairs 2 bdrms/den/kitchen. Downstairs 2 bdrms/living area/kitchen. Another 2 large bdrms/living/dining/kitchen on main flr. Fully fenced backyard with oversized garage. Just one block to all restaurants/cafes/grocery/markets/banks/dessert cafes on Broadway Street. Easy access to Lord Byng Sec; Kits Sec; community centre, Jericho or Kits beach parks & much more. Can live in or build new dream house! More details
    Listed by Maxcel Westcoast Realty Ltd.
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Listing information last updated on July 19, 2018 at 11:09 AM (UTC)

Kitsilano, Vancouver, B.C