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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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  • 2426 W 14TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2280883

    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 2426 W 14TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280883
    $4,200,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2280883
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,455 sq. ft.
    This perfect Kitsilano family home was custom built with the utmost love & craftsmanship! Offering a perfect layout. As you enter you are greeted by a spacious living/dining area leading into an open kitchen w/ s/s appliances, Sub-Zero fridge, maple cabinets & grand island, eating area & family room w/gas f/p. The upper floor boasts an immense master bedroom w/ walk-in closet & spa-inspired ensuite, along w/ 3 additional bedrooms that all have ensuites. A private workshop, rec room & wine cellar are on the lower level, as well as a 1 bed+den (could be 2nd bed) legal suite w/ private entrance & sep patio area - a perfect nanny/in-law space! Enjoy summer days in the fully fenced rear yard that has been beautifully landscaped w/ an array of gorgeous flora, a vegetable garden, and gazebo. More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Downtown Ltd.
  • 2410 YORK Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale in "OLD YORK TOWNHOMES" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2281189

    $1,379,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2281189
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,356 sq. ft.
    Rarely available 1350 sq ft 2bed/2bath tudor style townhome in prestigious Old York Townhomes at York & Balsam. Prime location 1 blk from beach, private entrance thru iron gates & 50 ft long garden patio, this 1 level unit has high ceilings, oak floors, large living room, french doors to garden, separate dining room & kitchen, huge master bed with lots of closets and ensuite with separate shower & tub. Bonus - secure parking at your back door. Some bathroom updates otherwise make it your own in this quintessential well built Kits building. Call for showings. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 1818 W 11TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2280693

    Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 1818 W 11TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280693
    $1,789,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2280693
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,525 sq. ft.
    Stunning like new lower Shaughnessy heritage conversion is now available for the first time. This exquisite three level 3 bedroom home was built by acclaimed Aree Developments and enjoyed by his family for the past eight years. Situated on a picturesque tree-lined street with a spectacular walking score of 97 is located near: Lord Tennyson Elementary, South Granville shopping, Granville Park, Kitsilano Beach Park, Granville Island and downtown. Features: Vaulted ceilings, skylights, hardwood flooring throughout, Gourmet kitchen with high-end S/S appliances, Quartzite kitchen countertops, maple cabinets, gas fireplace, separate storage room, secured garage, Sunny patio & deck with North Shore Mountain views. Open House June 23/24 @ 2PM-4PM. More details
    Listed by Sutton Centre Realty
  • 208 2181 W 12TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "The Carlings" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2280614

    Main Photo: 208 2181 W 12TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "The Carlings" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280614
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Front
    • Foyer
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen Sink
    • Stove
    • Kitchen/Dining
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Patio/Deck
    • Dining Room
    • Dining Room
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • Murphy Bed
    • Bathroom
    • Exterior Back
    $949,999
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2280614
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    941 sq. ft.
    Welcome to The Carlings #208, a beautifully updated 2 bedrm+2bath home with peaceful treed outlooks! Kitchen with Cambrian quartz countertops, stainless appliances including gas range, custom oversize stainless sink, eating bar with custom pendant lighting. Warm hardwood floors throughout the open plan living & dining rooms with custom stone fireplace. Generous bdrms, custom Murphy bed. Master suite offers large walk in closet & spa like ensuite. This sought after building is fully rainscreened & re-piped providing confident ownership. 2 parking stalls + generous locker Located in the heart of Arbutus Walk it is close to shopping, transit & amenities. Move in with your family pet & love the vibrant Kitsilano lifestyle! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Masters Realty
  • 3 3301 W 16TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2280618

    Main Photo: 3 3301 W 16TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Townhouse for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280618
    $1,348,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2280618
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,464 sq. ft.
    3 bed 3 bath & Den, 1,464 Sqft Very large house like Townhome at Blenheim Place. Situated in a very quiet corner of this gorgeous courtyard is 2 levels of family living. Main floor features an eating area off the kitchen overlooking a beautiful garden attached to a south facing private deck. Next to the kitchen is a large dining area and living room with a wood burning fireplace and access to another private outdoor deck area. Upstairs has 2 generous bedrooms on one end and a Master bedroom with ensuite on another, which has a large walk in closet, plus one more good sized closet for you know who! Two parking underground. Open house June 23/24 Sat/Sun 1:00-3:00PM. More details
    Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 309 2288 MARSTRAND Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "The Duo" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2280094

    Main Photo: 309 2288 MARSTRAND Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "The Duo" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280094
    $1,125,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2280094
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,029 sq. ft.
    Welcome to the Duo! This rarely available 2 bedroom + den home boasts over 1000 sqft of open living space. The SW exposure allows lots of light to brighten the home and showcase the lush outlook of the Arbutus Walk Greenway. The massive den can be used as an office, play area or converted to a 3rd bedroom. Master bedroom is spacious, has amble storage and a luxurious ensuite. The large balcony faces the quiet side of the park. Fantastic location steps away from community centres, prestigious schools, shops, parks and transit. 2 pets and rentals allowed, 2 side by side parking stalls. Open House - Saturday, June 16 at 2-4PM & Sunday, June 17 at 2-4PM More details
    Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver and RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 201 2458 YORK Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2280022

    Main Photo: 201 2458 YORK Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280022
    $659,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2280022
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    548 sq. ft.
    Measurements approximate. Buyer to verify if important. Parking #6. Storage #6. Pets allowed. Rentals allowed. Notice to show, tenant occupied @ $1625 per month. More details
    Listed by Royal LePage Westside
  • 203 2458 YORK Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2280038

    Main Photo: 203 2458 YORK Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280038
    $699,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2280038
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    674 sq. ft.
    Great Kits Location. 2 Bedrooms, Large Balcony..Steps to Kits Beach. Pets allowed. Rentals allowed. More details
    Listed by Royal LePage Westside
  • 202 2458 YORK Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2280075

    Main Photo: 202 2458 YORK Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280075
    $659,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2280075
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    552 sq. ft.
    Great Kits Location. 1 Bedroom, Large Balcony..Steps to Kits Beach. Pets allowed. Rentals allowed. More details
    Listed by Royal LePage Westside
  • 206 2175 SALAL Drive in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "SAVONA" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2280673

    Main Photo: 206 2175 SALAL Drive in Vancouver: Kitsilano Condo for sale in "SAVONA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280673
    $938,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2280673
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    852 sq. ft.
    Welcome to the Savona by Arbutus Walk! A tranquil 2 bedroom Northeast facing condo set amongst Arbutus Walk facing a short quiet street. Fully updated in 2014, this 9' ceiling unit features a smart open concept layout with sleek open concept kitchen modern finishes, quartz counters and stainless steel appliances. Spacious bedrooms with master suite offering a walk-in closet. Balcony measures 95 sqft and is perfect for summer entertainment. Building upgrades include plumbing in 2016/2017 and roof in 2018. Neighbourhood is steps away from shopping, restaurants and parks. Schools in proximity include General Gordon Elementary and Kitsilano Secondary. You don't want to miss this! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Central
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Kitsilano, Vancouver, B.C