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Kitsilano Life

A Vancouver Beach Neighbourhood

Kitsiano 2The Kitsilano westside neighbourhood of the Canadian City of Vancouver in British Columbia is on the shore of English Bay on the north between the flanking neighbourhoods of Point Grey at Alma Street on the west and Fairview east at Burrard Street on the east. West 16th Avenue is the southern border with the neighbourhoods of Dunbar, Arbutus Ridge, and Shaughnessy. Notable neighbourhood landmarks are the Burrard Street Bridge, a five-lane, Art Deco style, steel-truss bridge constructed in 1932 to connect Kitsilano to Downtown Vancouver, the splendid Kitsilano Beach, and the Maritime Museum and MacMillan Space Centre, both in Vanier Park near the beach. Kitsilano hosts the annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Bard on the Beach outdoor Shakespeare festival, and Celebration of Light fireworks competition.

Mostly residential with commercial areas on West 4th Avenue and West Broadway, Kitsilano’s population was 40,595 according to the 2006 Census, a 2.5-percent increase from 2001. English is the dominant language of area residents followed by Chinese; however, French, German, Greek, Japanese, and Spanish are not uncommon. About 75.0 percent speak English as their native language, 4.5 percent Chinese, and 3.2 percent French. The 2006 neighbourhood median household income was $53,455, and 21.3 percent of residents live in low-income households.

Historical Development

Vancouver streetcar lines once had a loop at Arbutus & Cornwall, making the beach area easily accessible from the new city, then still mostly on the small Downtown peninsula on the north side of the Burrard Street Bridge over False Creek. The Lulu Island Railway opened an interurban line from Downtown Granville & Pacific streets to Richmond via Seventh Avenue and Arbutus Street through Kerrisdale in the 1890s, putting more of the neighbourhood within easy range of Downtown.

An inexpensive neighbourhood in the 1960s, Kitsilano attracted many countercultural residents from across Canada and the USA and became with Gastown one of two such city neighbourhoods gentrified in later decades. Easy access to Downtown Vancouver and walking distance to parks, beaches, and ever popular Granville Island in Fairview have made the neighbourhood very desirable. Following the days of the counterculture, many environmentalists came to Vancouver. Greenpeace opened its first office in Kitsilano in 1975 as did the Green Party of British Columbia in 1983.

Kitsiano Information Links:

http://shopwest4th.com/
http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/kitsilano.aspx
http://kitscc.com

Parks and Beaches

Kitsilano has seventeen parks, six playgrounds, an off-leash dog park, and one of Vancouver’s finest, most popular beaches with a franchise restaurant, the heated, salt-water outdoor Kitsilano Pool open from May to September, longest (137 metres/150 yards) swimming pool in Canada, and the Kitsilano Showboat, which has operated since 1935 as essentially an open-air amphitheatre with free performances from local bands and dance groups to entertain residents and tourists and showcase amateur talent.

No New Beach Bicycle Trail for Now

After months of vocal opposition and a lawsuit, the Vancouver park board in February 2014 gave up on plans for a new $2.2 million bicycle trail through Hadden Park and Kitsilano Beach and directed its staff to improve safety on the present trail through the parks. Opponents obtained in November 2013 a court order enjoining the board from breaking ground on the project until the case against it could be heard fully. An opposition spokesman said she was happy that “we won’t be putting blacktop through our precious green space.” The discontinued proposed project would have completed the city’s Seaside Greenway route from Coal Harbour to Jericho Beach Park on English Bay in the Point Grey neighbourhood several miles west of Kitsilano Beach.

New Kitsilano Live MLS Listings

Kitsilano Life: A Vancouver Beach Neighbourhood

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  • 2707 POINT GREY Road in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2147316

    Main Photo: 2707 POINT GREY Road in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2147316
    $23,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2147316
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    5,269 sq. ft.
    A luxurious custom built home in the very best location of Golden Miles in prestigious Point Grey Road. On waterfront location, it captures everlasting views of water, mountain, city & sunset. Charming Rotunda foyer, sun-drenched spacious living room and dining room with high ceiling and floor to ceiling windows, gourmet kitchen with skylight and eating area, family room with cathedral ceiling, entertainment sized recreation room with wet bar, 3 bedrooms plus 2 den (potential bedrooms) including master suite with private deck. Rooftop decks for your enjoyment or entertaining. Attached 2 car garage. Over 5,200 sf of comfortable living area. Point Grey Park and Kitsilano Beach nearby. A short drive to downtown & UBC. More details
    Macdonald Realty - Manyee Lui
  • 3415 POINT GREY Road in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2176393

    Main Photo: 3415 POINT GREY Road in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2176393
    $15,880,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2176393
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,509 sq. ft.
    Stunning 2 storey Tudor home with unparalleled water views on prestigious Point Grey Waterfront. Fabulous deck spae, open living, dining & updated gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar. Tranquil den/office on main w/fireplace. 3 bedrooms up, 2 full bathrooms, gorgeous master w/fireplace, walk in closet & spacious ensuite. Top floor office loft & huge balcony! Garden level features attached garage, nanny suite, ample storage thru out. Massive 40ft water deck feels like you are on a ship. Lush garden. Beautiful block. Home has many updates over the years and is in great condition. Homes with this amount of SF in this prestigious block rarely come on the market! This home has it all! More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy) and Sutton Grp-West Coast (w.blvd)
  • 3175 POINT GREY Road in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2169102

    Main Photo: 3175 POINT GREY Road in Vancouver: Kitsilano House 1/2 Duplex for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2169102
    $11,788,900
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2169102
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,312 sq. ft.
    Waterfront property on the Golden Mile! A rare opportunity to purchase this gorgeous half-duplex, three bedroom, three bathroom 3-level home with outstanding ocean, mountain and city views! This is now a quiet cul-de-sac location and the neighbourhood upgrade is almost complete, with new roads, sidewalks and landscaping, creating a beautiful park-like setting! You will stare at the gorgeous view for hours from this updated home with high ceilings, hardwood floors, and new doors and windows. Featuring over 900 Sq. Ft. of outdoor living space, including a deck, two balconies and a patio with spectacular ocean views. This is a rare offering, a waterfront half-duplex on a 48.5 Ft. x 142.5 Ft. (Eff.) lot. Private showings by appointment only. More details
    Virani Real Estate Advisors
  • 3691 POINT GREY Road in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2226915

    Main Photo: 3691 POINT GREY Road in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2226915
    $9,998,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2226915
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,709 sq. ft.
    This unique residence on Pt Grey Road 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 unite flrs all the way to 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 bdrm has ensuite, decks & laundry. Heated multi zoned radiant hot water . Private. More details
    Rennie & Associates Realty
  • 3319 POINT GREY Road in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2166341

    Main Photo: 3319 POINT GREY Road in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2166341
    $9,880,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2166341
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,696 sq. ft.
    Charming waterfront home with beach access close by. Situated on a block of all new beautiful homes. The gorgeous water, city, and mountain views that everyone expects. Inspiring floor plan design with interior courtyard & a multitude of view patios and decks to enjoy at different times of day & weather. Very open and bright section of Pt Grey Rd. Great outlook to south to triangular park/boulevard. It's a pleasant surprise. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (w.blvd)
  • 2535 W 10TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2212564

    Main Photo: 2535 W 10TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2212564
    $5,380,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2212564
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,300 sq. ft.
    Great location and high quality. This beautiful new family home is masterfully crafted to the highest standards. Bright & cheery interior, lots of windows and good chi flow from the open plan for elegant living w/ 4 bdrm upstairs. Heat pump/AC with HRV, high efficiency on-demand tankless hotwater, Low-E 366 anti-UV laminated windows, loads of insulation, Energuide Rating:84! WiFi network sys w/smart panel, all bdrms wired for TV & internet. Bsmt has a 2 bdrm 2 bath LEGAL suite with own meters, plus a movie theatre & wetbar for owner's use. Quartz counters in gourmet kitchen & all baths. Wok kitchen roughed in. Short drive to WPGA & UBC. Mountain view on 2nd floor! More details
    Luxmore Realty
  • 1650 WATERLOO Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Home for sale in "KITSILANO" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2215102

    Main Photo: 1650 WATERLOO Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano Home for sale in "KITSILANO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2215102
    • Aerial View
    • Aerial
    • Aerial
    • Jean Beaty Park
    • Aerial View
    • Aerial View
    $5,198,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2215102
    Exceptional opportunity to build your dream home at this world class location on the Golden Mile. This 33’ x 107’ approx. (33.2’ N, 33.0’ S, 108.15’ W, 103.74’ E) property is situated on the traffic calmed section of Point Grey Road at Waterloo. Offering unobstructed water and mountain views with Jean Beaty Park directly across the street. Walking distance to the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Jericho Tennis Club, Kitsilano Beach, West 4th shopping and restaurant District. More details
    WESTSIDE Tom Gradecak Realty
  • 1812 W 10TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House Fourplex for sale in "LOWER SHAUGHNESSY" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2215755

    Main Photo: 1812 W 10TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House Fourplex for sale in "LOWER SHAUGHNESSY" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2215755
    $4,780,000
    Multifamily
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2215755
    Bedrooms:
    10
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,456 sq. ft.
    PRIME LOWER SHAUGHNESSY - KITSILANO LOCATION. BIG AND BEAUTIFUL LEGAL VIEW FOURPLEX. This very rare property offers TWO legal side by side 3 bedroom units and TWO 1 bedroom basement suites. These large suites have been beautifully updated. One unit has retained its character & other is renovated with Italian style. The basement suites have been tastefully updated & show very well. The property offers 5 open parking, storage, separate meters, newer hot water tanks & a 10 year old roof. Large private fenced yards. Property has scan, no oil tank. This is GREAT MULTIPLE FAMILY HOME, holding property future development opportunity with new Broadway developments. Walk to the best shopping/restaurants & short drive to Downtown. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
  • 2769 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2171138

    Main Photo: 2769 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2171138
    $4,488,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2171138
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,554 sq. ft.
    New renovations give this home a timeless update; including stunning new ensuite bathrooms, heated marble floors, Euroline windows, new kitchen appliances, a state of the art Hi-efficiency heating system, surround sound throughout the home and a large walk-in closet. Enjoy stunning water and mountain views from the magnificent rooftop terrace and dinner parties in the private backyard. Boasting over 2500 sq ft this home has three levels, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms with the lower level offering a theatre style living room that's ideal for guests or a suite conversion. With walking ability to all Kitsilano has to offer, this home is located just off Point Grey Road's 'Golden Mile,' in one of Vancouver's most prestigious neighborhoods. More details
    Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 2006 WHYTE Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale in "Kits Point" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2214610

    Main Photo: 2006 WHYTE Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale in "Kits Point" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2214610
    $4,458,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2214610
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,500 sq. ft.
    Kits Point lifestyle! Steps to the beach! Carefully restored with sensitive and thoughtful renovation to create a perfect blend of historical modern! Situated on prestigious Whyte Avenue, surrounded by beach, seawall, parks, cafes and restaurants you can have all the luxury you desire while living a carefree lifestyle without all the upkeep. Light fills each room and views are enjoyed from most. Classic verandah with brackets and columns, original interior doors and stained glass windows, grand staircase and inlaid oak floors. Kitchen boasts top of the line Miele, 6 burner Dacor range, Sub Zero fridge, spa like bathrooms feature in floor heating, single garage, and excellent wine storage! More details
    RE/MAX Masters Realty
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Listing information last updated on December 11, 2017
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