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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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  • 6420 MACDONALD Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2130747

    Main Photo: 6420 MACDONALD Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2130747
    $13,990,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2130747
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    7,388 sq. ft.
    This beautifully designed Jim Hancock house is located in the prestigious area of Vancouver West. The location provides convenient access to two top-notch private schools (Saint Georges and Crofton) they are perfect for families that want to give their kids a more elite education. The house itself includes a luscious backyard, with the intention of a large open concept, provides a spiral staircase in the middle of the home connecting to the basement, main floor & top floor directly for complete ease and access. Walking distance for those golf enthusiasts! Public Open House: June 24, Sat, 2:00-4:00 pm. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 6349 ELM Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2174817

    Main Photo: 6349 ELM Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2174817
    $12,388,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2174817
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    6,326 sq. ft.
    ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! This unique dream home sits on a HUGE 22269 SF lot in the prestigious Kerrisdale area. Custom built 6,326 SF mansion was envisioned by the respected architect Paul Grant of Grant & Sinclair Architects. Total 5 bdrms, 7 bathrooms & 3 covered parking. Main level includes a gourmet kitchen features top of the line stainless steel appliances, spacious family living. Enormous storage space for all work & play items families accumulate in the basement. High privacy hedges & meticulous landscaping complete the backyard serenity. A large heated pool. Close to BC top schools: Kerrisdale Elementary, Point Grey Secondary, UBC. Private schools: St George's, York House, Crofton, WPGA. Public open Sat June 24, 2-4pm. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 6289 CARNARVON Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2181926

    Main Photo: 6289 CARNARVON Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181926
    $7,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181926
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    9,369 sq. ft.
    Rare to find 23949 sqft cleared and ready to built desirable Kerrisdale Lot. DP, BP already in place, saves you a year waiting time. Ready to go 9369 sqft unique home architecture drawings designed by Robert Billiard. Surrounded by luxurious houses with beautiful tree lined and quiet street appeals. Close to Richmond, UBC, and Kerrisdale Shoppings. Great Investment Opportunity. Don't miss it! Sell "as is where is". More details
    Luxmore Realty
  • 6246 MACKENZIE Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2152285

    Main Photo: 6246 MACKENZIE Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2152285
    $7,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2152285
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    6,005 sq. ft.
    This Elegant, Luxury, Classic 75x119 (8,925sf) is cutom-built large home IN MOST PRESTIGIOUS KERRISDALE( located at the quiet side of Mackenzie st) and designed by famous Raffaele Funaro, Offering 6000sf living area with 3 spacious levels, providing 7 bedrooms & 7.5 bathrooms, especially one en-suite bedroom on main floor which is convenient for parents. And also a dream kitchen, wok kitchen designed high-end appliances. It is close to POINT GREY SECONDARY SCHOOL, KERRISDALE ELEM, CROFTON, YORK HOUSE, ST. GEORGE'S PRIVATE SCHOOL, UBC, TRANSIT, SHOPPING and KERRISDALE COMMUNITY CENTER. Don't miss it! More details
    Nu Stream Realty Inc.
  • 6450 CEDARHURST Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2118558

    Main Photo: 6450 CEDARHURST Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2118558
    $7,900,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2118558
    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. Open House Sat 1st 2-4pm More details
    Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 5988 MACDONALD Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale in "Kerrisdale" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2181137

    Main Photo: 5988 MACDONALD Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale in "Kerrisdale" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181137
    $7,388,888
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181137
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,566 sq. ft.
    Located at the Quiet section off W. 43rd & W 44th block, over $10M dollar houses, Neighborhood. Rare opportunity to own a front circular driveway 12,733 huge lot which is very liveable, rentable 3,566' house, walk to Kerrisdale Elementary school, Crofton House private school, Point Grey High school catchment. Or build a 8,913' Dream House More details
    Park Georgia Realty Ltd.
  • 6425 VINE Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2178059

    Main Photo: 6425 VINE Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2178059
    $6,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2178059
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    6,000 sq. ft.
    AN OPPORTUNITY LIKE THIS IS RARE... to own one of the largest pieces of property in the prestigious Kerrisdale neighbourhood. 15,200 square feet of lush greenery and manicured gardens... a tranquil, private oasis in the heart of Vancouver's most desirable neighourhood. Located in close proximity to high-end shopping, some of the city's best restaurants and cafes, golf courses, Maple Grove Elementary and Magee Secondary School. ACT FAST. More details
    Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 6305 MCCLEERY Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2148894

    Main Photo: 6305 MCCLEERY Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2148894
    $6,890,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2148894
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    4,539 sq. ft.
    OUTSTANDING CORNER PROPERTY! A chance to purchase a residence in one of Vancouver's best neighbourhoods and streets. This inviting home has been meticulously updated and maintained with attention to detail inside and out with fabulous landscaping and pool. Spacious living for both family life and entertaining. Totally hedged property for your privacy. 4,539 s.f. and 70x132.8 lot. 2 car attached garage. Central location and close to private schools golf courses. transit & shopping. 24 hour notice for showings please. More details
    Dexter Associates Realty
  • 2819 W 45TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2181241

    Main Photo: 2819 W 45TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181241
    $6,888,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181241
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    5,379 sq. ft.
    Luxurious home situated in the quiet and private neighbourhood in Vancouver West's prime Kerrisdale area. Beautifully designed throughout including manicured gardens and private yard providing lots of greenery and sunlight. Front door opens to a grand foyer with elegant staircase. Extra large windows and high detailed ceiling brighten up the entire house. European styled open kitchen with granite island and dining space that open to backyard with French doors. Masterbed with ensuite and large walk in closet upstairs with 3 more rooms. Newly installed kitchen, laundry in the full basement featuring media and recreation rooms and guest rooms providing plenty of fun family spaces. School Catch: Kerrisdale Elementary, PG Secondary, walk distance to Crofton House, OPEN: SUN7/2, MON 7/3 2-4pm More details
    Keller Williams Black Diamond
  • 6455 VINE Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2177991

    Main Photo: 6455 VINE Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2177991
    $6,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2177991
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    4,357 sq. ft.
    Beautiful custom-built Kerrisdale home situated on an expansive 50 x 304 ft resort-style property complete w/outdoor pool & cabana. Impressive home boasts 4 bdrms & 3.5 baths, dramatic double-height foyer, clean architectural lines, functional layout & numerous skylights. Spacious principal rms, 3 gas f/ps on main, terrific kitchen w/eating area & adjoining family rm overlooking the private terrace, perfect for family & friends. Large master up w/handy built-ins, good-size walk-in closet & luxurious 5 pc enste w/jetted tub. The completely private & serene back yard is a playground for all ages. 2 car garage, 5 open parking & lots of storage. Premier location, close to parks & all amenities along W Blvd & W 41st. Schools: Maple Grove Elem., Magee Sec., Crofton House, St. George’s & UBC. More details
    Faith Wilson Group
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Listing information last updated on June 29, 2017
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