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Ups and Downs in Kerrisdale

Geography and Demography

KerrisdaleIn the Canadian City of Vancouver, British Columbia, the affluent westside neighbourhood of Kerrisdale lies between 33d Avenue on the north, Blenheim Street on the west, West Avenue on the east, and the Fraser River on the south. Commercial shopping districts are along West 41st Avenue from Larch to Maple streets and along West Boulevard from 37th to 47th avenues.

The 2006 Census reported 14,615 inhabitants. Originally thoroughly British demographically, Kerrisdale has received since the mid ’80s an influx of affluent Hong Kong emigrants, many of whom have built large, modern houses, making Kerrisdale an architectural mixture of lavish new and renovated houses. In 2007, Blocktalk.ca reported an estimated median annual household income of $113,286, much higher than the average for Metro Vancouver generally.

History

In 1862, the McCleery family became the first to farm the land of the present McCleery Golf Course on the river. By the mid-1870s, with many more families farming the area, the logging industry was well underway. A local legend is that “Kerrisdale” is a corruption of “Kerry’s Dale,” the ancestral home in Scotland of an early resident who, when asked to choose a name for a British Columbia Electric Railway station for the area, made that choice. In 1912, the streetcar went from Kerrisdale along then-graveled 41st Avenue to Granville Street, where connecting service took passengers to Downtown Vancouver.

Until 1929, when they merged to form the City of Vancouver, three municipalities, Vancouver, South Vancouver, and Point Grey, which included Kerrisdale, provided local government services. Point Grey Secondary School, founded in 1929, and the Point Grey Golf & Country Club recall those earlier days. The Kerrisdale Community Centre now occupies the block on which the Point Grey Municipal office once stood.

Kerrisdale Business Association

Kerrisdale 2The West 41st Avenue businesses between Larch and Maple streets belong to the Kerrisdale Business Association. In all, about 250 businesses and property owners are members. Established in 1990, it is the oldest business association in Vancouver. Members fund general area maintenance and beautification, hiring a full-time gardener during summer months. The association employs for its properties a nighttime security force that operates during daytime hours as well in December.

Every September, association members elect a board of directors of about 25 individuals who then appoint executive officers. The full board meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Dedicated board members engage fully in committees on beautification, finance, marketing, parking, publicity, and security.

Information Links:

http://www.kerrisdalevillage.com/index.php
http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/kerrisdale.aspx
http://www.kerrisdalecc.com
http://vancouver.ca/docs/planning/arbutus-ridge-kerrisdale-shaughnessy-arks-community-vision-full-report.pdf

An Association Casualty

Inevitably, there must be a downside to the steady rise in Kerrisdale property values. As an example, Thomas Hobbs opened a gift shop on West 41st Avenue near West Boulevard in the heart of the business association area in 1989 and operated it for 23 years until closing in December 2012. Hobbs said the gift shop was Vancouver’s “home store” for which he travelled to Italy and France for high-end merchandise artfully displayed behind his store windows. Hobbs lamented that most shoppers now seem to prefer big box stores over independent retailers.

Hobbs said the gift shop is not the only victim of Kerrisdale’s changing times. To make that point, his 2012 Halloween storefront display had tombstones etched with the names of other Kerrisdale independent businesses that have closed in recent years. Hobbs said annual rent on his retail space had increased tremendously to $120,000, half of which pays the landlord’s property tax. He estimated that he has paid millions of dollars in rent since opening the shop in 1989.

New Kerrisdale Live MLS Listings

Ups and Downs in Kerrisdale

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  • 6188 MACDONALD Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2237832

    Main Photo: 6188 MACDONALD Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2237832
    $13,880,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2237832
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    9,709 sq. ft.
    Stunning gated private estate! Well landscaped on over 33,000 sq ft lot and has almost 10,000 sq ft living area. This tastefully designed home offers 6 spacious bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. Fabulous features include stone fireplaces, custom millwork, limestone floors, antique fixtures, kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, butler's pantry and office, mahogany panelled library, gym, media room, workshop, swimming pool and wine cellar. Welcoming entertainment areas throughout. A true piece of art! School Catchment: Kerrisdale Elementary and Point Grey Secondary. More details
    Listed by Luxmore Realty
  • 6349 ELM Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2333417

    Main Photo: 6349 ELM Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2333417
    $10,888,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2333417
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    6,326 sq. ft.
    Absolutely stunning! Welcome to this mansion custom built with top craftsmanship and attention to details by well respected Paul Grant of Grant and Sinclair architects. Excellent curb appeal, professionally landscaped yards and a round-about driveway make you fall in love with the house upon first look. Entertainment sized living , dining and family room with high ceilings and wood burning fireplaces. A gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances, custom built cabinetry and granite countertop. Upstairs 3 sizable secondary bedrooms and a master retreat with spa-inspired ensuite. Huge rec room/game room on the lower level. An addition of 200 sf guest house above the garage. Top school catchment. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 2008 W 43RD Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2314472

    Main Photo: 2008 W 43RD Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2314472
    $6,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2314472
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    5,579 sq. ft.
    Centrally located Kerrisdale luxurious custom built. European style new home with highest standard. Over 5300 sf home sits on a SOUTHEAST corner large lot 7894 sf (66.2 x 119.25) w/ beautiful south facing back yard. Carefully selected materials and quality workmanship. Total 6 bdrms, 8 bathrooms, super high ceiling on all three floors + an attic. Gourmet kitchen, wok kitchen, movie theare, Sauna rm, recreation room, unique wine cellar. Smart home, security system, audio surround system, LED lights, HRV, AC. Walking distance to BC top schools: Maple Grove Elementary, Magee Secondary. Close to BC's top private schools: Crofton, St. George's, West Point Grey, York House. Steps to Kerrisdale community centre, parks, shoppings, restaurants. Don't miss! Public Open House Sun Feb. 17 between 2-4 More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 6450 CEDARHURST Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2226004

    Main Photo: 6450 CEDARHURST Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2226004
    $6,870,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2226004
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    3,307 sq. ft.
    Sought after almost 1/2 acre lot on one of Vancouver's most prestigious streets. Great exposure RS -5 zoning. Call LB for details of development potential for additional residence on subject property. Close to all the best public & private schools, golf clubs & equestrian facitilies in Southlands. Great opportunity for a creative buyer to work with the city and subdivide. More details
    Listed by Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 3030 W 45TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale in "KERRISDALE" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2339236

    Main Photo: 3030 W 45TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale in "KERRISDALE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2339236
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior
    • Exterior Front
    • 18'11 x 18'5
    • Dining Area/Living Area
    • 21'1 x 17'6
    • 14'3 x 11'6
    • 17'3 x 13'2
    • 17'9 x 17'0
    • 15'1 x 12'9
    • 14'4 x 13'9
    • Master Bathroom
    • 15'11 x 14'7
    • View
    • 35'4 x 19'11
    • 35'4 x 19'11
    • 35'4 x 19'11
    • 18'11 x 18'5
    • Aerial
    • Aerial
    $6,295,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2339236
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,565 sq. ft.
    Stunning example of West Coast modern architecture. Designed by Fred Dalla-Lana for the Zack family this home won architectural awards and editorial recognition during the 1970’s. Built in 1973 and re-built in 2018, this home is simply one of a kind. Complete privacy with indoor/outdoor living overlooking a large courtyard garden. Natural light is maximized through the extensive use of skylights and floor to ceiling windows. Spectacular roof deck with outdoor kitchen and views of the Gulf Islands. No expense was spared to restore this masterpiece to its former glory. A must see for those looking for the ultimate modern masterpiece. More details
    Listed by WESTSIDE Tom Gradecak Realty
  • 5398 TRAFALGAR Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2302863

    Main Photo: 5398 TRAFALGAR Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2302863
    $6,150,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2302863
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    5,390 sq. ft.
    Gorgeous European Custom built Kerrisdale contemporary home designed and decorated by well- known architect and interior designer, built by reputable Westside builder. Soaring 10' ceilings (on the Main), 9' (down) and vaulted ceiling (above), hardwood floors, A/C, double garage with gym & legal suite. Beautiful gourmet kitchen with ceiling height cabinets, spacious island with waterfall marble slab counter & prep sink. Miele appliances. Close to Kerrisdale Village shops and transportation to downtown, and UBC. This is truly a unique home with quality finishing materials throughout. More details
    Listed by Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
  • 1969 W 45TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2335601

    Main Photo: 1969 W 45TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2335601
    $5,999,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2335601
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    3,991 sq. ft.
    Amazing Superb Quality New Home in prime Kerrisdale, South Facing with VIEW to the Park - a Rare Gem! You chance to own and enjoy great Craftsmanship with bright modern finishing in this beautiful home. Top quality appliances (Wolf, Subzero), luxury wall hand painting & unique lighting decors. Location is the best in Kerrisdale, kids can come home from to lunch from Magee, just a nice walk to shops, banks and restaurant! On a level land on 50*134.5 & 3,991 sqft of luxury-living! Top floor: Master Spa en-suite & total 4 bdrm en-suite. Main floor Den, gourmet kitchen / wok kitchen,luxury living room, dining / family room & covered Deck for BBQ & summer entertaining. School Catchment: Maple Grove Elementary & Magee Secondary. Open house: Feb 10 (Sun) from 2~4 pm More details
    Listed by Maxcel Westcoast Realty Ltd.
  • 3270 W 39TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2335502

    Main Photo: 3270 W 39TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2335502
    $5,680,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2335502
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,137 sq. ft.
    New custom built house in prestigious neighbourhood Kerrisdale, sits on 58' x 105' corner lot with a side lane and no trees. Total 7 bdrms & 6.5 bathrooms, perfect for a big family. Bright & spacious. Massive banks of windows offer light and airy. Elegant hardwood flooring throughout all levels. 4 good-sized bdrms upstairs. Basement includes 1 guest bdrm, media room, laundry, and 2-bedroom legal suite with its own kitchen, laundry & separate entrance in basement, can be be mortgage helper. Just walk steps to Crofton House, Kerrisdale Elementary & transit #41 that leads to UBC or Oakridge. Quick drive to Save-On-Foods, St. George's, Dunbar Community Centre, Kerrisdale Village, UBC, golf clubs & much more. It's where you'll love to live. More details
    Listed by Dracco Pacific Realty
  • 5566 TRAFALGAR Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2340368

    Main Photo: 5566 TRAFALGAR Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2340368
    $5,580,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2340368
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,825 sq. ft.
    A Beautiful completely renovated and updated house in desirable Kerrisdale neighbourhood. Over 4800 sqft of spacious living space built with top quality finishing includes high ceiling, graceful chandeliers, gourmet kitchen & wok kit w/ top of the line Miele appliances, air conditioning, HRV, radiant floor heating & full spa down with sauna and indoor hot tub. Total of 5 bedrooms & 6 bathrooms, 4 car garages. Centrally located within walking distance to Kerrisdale shopping, restaurants, banks and transportation, excellent school catchments: Point Grey Secondary, Kerrisdale Elem. Close to Crofton House, York House & St Georges Private Schools and transit to UBC. A fantastic opportunity to own your dream home! First Open House: Feb 16 Sat 2-4pm. More details
    Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
  • 2023 W 47TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2336979

    Main Photo: 2023 W 47TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2336979
    $5,388,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2336979
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,863 sq. ft.
    Brand New Luxury House! Kerrisdale's hidden Castle with total 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms. Gourmet kitchen, wok kitchen, movie theatre, Sauna room, large recreation room, security system, high quality appliances(most Miele). 2 Car-Garage plus 900 sq. ft. 2 bedrooms laneway house! Steps away from Maggie High School and Kerrisdale Market as well as only one bus to UBC. Open House Feb 16-17 Sat & Sun 2-4 pm More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
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