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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.

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Ups and Downs in Kerrisdale

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  • 6330 MACDONALD Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2747643

    6330 MACDONALD Street Kerrisdale Vancouver V6N 1E6
    Main Photo: 6330 MACDONALD Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2747643
    $26,888,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2747643
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    10
    Floor Area:
    9,070 sq. ft.
    ABSOLUTELY WORLD CLASS DREAM HOME! RARE FIND THIS CONTEMPORARY MODERN STYLE SOLID MANSION STUNNING ON HALF ACRE LAND, LOCATED IN THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS PRIME KERRISDALE AREA! Truly once a life time to own this AWARD WINNING ARCHTECTURAL MASTERPIECE BY FAMOUS ARCHITECT. ALMOST 10,000 SF ORIENTAL SERENITY LIVING SPACE WITH SOPHISTICATED INTERIOR. DRAMATIC FEATURES THROUGHOUT INCLUDING VAULTED CEILINGS AND CUSTOM GLASS. Features including central air conditioning, swimming pool, Radiant heating system, alarm system, sauna hot tub, steam shower & outdoor BBQ, Guest suite. THE BUILDING COST OVER 12 MILLION(WITH INSURANCE ESTIMATED VALUE, PLEASE DISREGARDS BC ASSESSMENT) AND IT TOOK FOUR YEARS TO BUILD WITH ALL TOP MATERIAL AND CRAFTMAN, CUSTOM INTERIOR DESIGN! Truly a "PIECE OF ART" LUXURY HOME! More details
    Listed by LDG Realty
  • 6380 MACDONALD Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2773737

    6380 MACDONALD Street Kerrisdale Vancouver V6N 1E6
    Main Photo: 6380 MACDONALD Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2773737
    $9,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2773737
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    7,180 sq. ft.
    The last resort of half-to-one-acre luxurious single-family house neighbourhood. No condo development. Features jaw-dropping English garden with massive lawns, oversized pool, a truly private park. The house features a grand Georgian character outlook, generously large dining room, office/study, a family room with stone fireplace leading to outdoor park and pool area, with stunning light exposure throughout. Master suite with massive closet, picture-like view. 4 other family bedrooms including the 4th bedroom suite on the 3rd level. A guest bedroom with ensuite in lower lever. Close to McCleery Golf Course, Crofton House School and UBC. More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 6171 SOUTHLANDS Place in Vancouver: Kerrisdale Land for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2674691

    6171 SOUTHLANDS Place Kerrisdale Vancouver V6M 3Y5
    Main Photo: 6171 SOUTHLANDS Place in Vancouver: Kerrisdale Land for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2674691
    $8,500,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2674691
    An exclusive 18,961 sf development opportunity with side by side lots on a quiet, private cul-de sac off Balaclava on Southlands Place. Easy access to best schools & UBC. Bring your best dreams to develop this rare opportunity in an exclusive enclave. House is in original condition and sold " as is where is". Property offered below assessment at $8,500,000. Owner has requested a one year rent back while your plans are developed. Permission required to walk on property. Please contact listing agent. No sign by owner's request. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 6171 SOUTHLANDS Place in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2663075

    6171 SOUTHLANDS Place Kerrisdale Vancouver V6N 1M9
    Main Photo: 6171 SOUTHLANDS Place in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2663075
    $8,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2663075
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    8,193 sq. ft.
    An exclusive 18,961 square feet development opportunity with side by side lots on a quiet, private cul-de-sac off Balaclava on Southlands Place. Easy access to best schools and UBC. Bring your best dreams to develop this rare opportunity in an exclusive enclave. House is in original condition and sold " as is where is" and offered below assessment at $8,500,000. Owner has requested a one year rent back while your plans are developed. Permission required to walk on property. Please call agent. No sign by owner's request. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 6507 MAPLE Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2713507

    6507 MAPLE Street Kerrisdale Vancouver V6P 5P1
    Main Photo: 6507 MAPLE Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2713507
    $8,280,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2713507
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    5,463 sq. ft.
    Developer & Investor Alerts -Vancouver Secured Rental Program Land Assembly, Located at Kerrisidale. Do not miss the development opportunity for this over 20,960 sf. Lot. The project got potential for a 4-6 story rental housing development. The neighbour properties also show interest in selling as a land assembly project. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 2843 W 44TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2773760

    2843 W 44TH Avenue Kerrisdale Vancouver V6N 3K1
    Main Photo: 2843 W 44TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2773760
    $7,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2773760
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    5,136 sq. ft.
    Located in most desirable Kerrisdale neighbourhood luxury custom 5136 sqft home sitting on quiet beautifully landscaped 7920 sqft south facing lot. Bright and sunny, it offers supreme finishing giving a feeling of luxury, full attention to detail, open layout concept, 4 bdrms in upstairs; 1 office on main, spacious living space, top of line appliances in European kitchen and gourmet kitchen; 2 guest room, rec. room and media room in basement. Mini golf range in back yard. Radiant heating, A/C, HRV, Smart Home System. Close to Crofton House School, Kerrisdale Elementary, Point Grey Secondary, York House, St. Georges Private school, UBC, easy access to transit, Kerrisdale shopping centre, Golf Courses. A Must See! Showing by appointment only. More details
    Listed by Luxmore Realty
  • 6450 MCCLEERY Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2814248

    6450 MCCLEERY Street Kerrisdale Vancouver V6N 1G6
    Main Photo: 6450 MCCLEERY Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2814248
    $7,199,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2814248
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    5,301 sq. ft.
    GEORGIE AWARD WINNING CUSTOM HOME. Fusion of modern, clean, simple lines with traditional Japanese aesthetic are unique in design. Features include Poggenpohl kitchen, wok kitchen, wet bar, massive Travertine stone walls, striking bamboo floors, oversize Kolbe copper front door & eclipse doors. Italian lighting fixtures, avant-garde laundry room & dumbwaiter, Tatami/guest room, authentic Japanese landscaped gardens & more! 727SF gorgeous laneway house, features modern and functional design, include A/C and 1 bedroom with workstation, large bi-fold windows and skylight into the space. Openhouse SUN (Sept 17) 2-4PM. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 3186 W 42ND Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2773715

    3186 W 42ND Avenue Kerrisdale Vancouver V6N 3H2
    Main Photo: 3186 W 42ND Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2773715
    $5,698,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2773715
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    4,155 sq. ft.
    INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY-LARGE SUBDIVIDABLE SOUTH FACING CORNER LOT! At the end of the block by Crofton House School so the area is like country living when school is on vacation-very quiet. Prime location to schools, shopping, transportation, golf course & more. House is very livable. Windows were replaced & are double pane for extra insulation. There is no oil tank. Please advise listing realtor if you want to walk the property. **No sign at Sellers' request.** More details
    Listed by Heller Murch Realty
  • 1922 W 44TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale in "KERRISDALE" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2809625

    1922 W 44TH Avenue Kerrisdale Vancouver V6M 2E7
    Main Photo: 1922 W 44TH Avenue in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale in "KERRISDALE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2809625
    $5,398,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2809625
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,635 sq. ft.
    Stunning custom-built masterpiece with a north-south direction, offering warm southern exposure. High-end finishes blend classic and modern living. Grand foyer, open-concept gourmet kitchen, oversized island, and wok kitchen. Main level: family and living rooms. Upstairs: 3 bedrooms with en-suites on the 2nd level, 1 bedroom with en-suite on the loft-style 3rd floor. Master bedroom has ample natural light, walk-in closet, and spa-like bath. Basement: home theater, wet bar, sauna, guest bedroom. Close to Magee High & Maple Grove Elem. High Ceiling on all levels. Luxurious comfort epitomized! Open house on Sunday, Sept. 24 More details
    Listed by Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
  • 6289 CARNARVON Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2812195

    6289 CARNARVON Street Kerrisdale Vancouver V6N 1K2
    Main Photo: 6289 CARNARVON Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2812195
    $5,388,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2812195
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    9
    Floor Area:
    8,836 sq. ft.
    BUILDING PERMITS ready to go for this EXQUISITELY designed fully custom home! Embrace luxury living in this SERENE 23,000+sf lot in coveted KERRISDALE! Amazing Design 6 Bed, 7 Bath CUSTOM ARCHITECTURAL PLANS by BLA DESIGN Group, Interior Design by globally renowned Design Apartments from Taiwan Top 100 Global Award Winner & Landscape Design by Paul Sangha Creative! The PLANS are designed to have everything: HUGE entertainers kitchen w 32 FOOT island countertop, built in jacuzzi on primary balcony, home theatre w full library, lounge & bar area, outdoor pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, 4 car garage A/C etc. This home is ONE of KIND! Desirable neighbourhood, close to UBC & golf course. Sold as is, this is your chance to BUY & BUILD an idyllic haven. Priced under assessed value! More details
    Listed by Prompton Real Estate Services Inc.
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