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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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  • 6349 ELM Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2221396

    Main Photo: 6349 ELM Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2221396
    $12,388,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2221396
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    6,326 sq. ft.
    RemarksAbsolutely stunning! Welcome to this mansion custom built 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. Top craftsmanship and attention to details throughout the house. 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. Upstair 3 sizable secondary bedrooms and a master retreat with spa-inspired ensuite. Huge rec room / game room on the lower level. An addition of 200sf one-bdrm suite above the garage done recently. Top school catchment. More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 6248 BALACLAVA Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2217684

    Main Photo: 6248 BALACLAVA Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2217684
    • Exterior Back
    • Exterior Front
    • Pivate Driveway
    • Grant Foyer
    • Foyer
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Living Area
    • Living Area
    • Dining Room
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Den
    • Family Room
    • Family Room
    • Eating Area
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Rest Area
    • Master Padio
    • Theater
    $10,880,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2217684
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    8,088 sq. ft.
    This magnificent 6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, gated house was rebuilt in 2007 from the studs, all highest standards with exquisite fixtures and architectural details. It offers over 8,000 sq ft living space: a double level grant foyer with stunning chandelier, a gourmet kitchen with family room open to the large deck, a 3,000 sf bluestone pool deck with a salt water pool, a beautiful cabana with sauna, waterfall and landscaped rear garden, nestled onto an absolutely gorgeous 24,000 sf private estate. Prime Kerrisdale near Crofton St George, UBC & endowment parklands. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 6462 MACKENZIE Place in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2217469

    Main Photo: 6462 MACKENZIE Place in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2217469
    $8,680,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2217469
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    7,524 sq. ft.
    This one of a kind custom built home is located in Kerrisdale neighbourhood, sits on a massive 12,650 (110 x 115) sqft. lot, 7524 sqft living space, lavishly furnished w/imported crown/panel molding, amazing antique chandeliers & sconces. Main floor features 18' ceiling, grand foyer with Greek Thassons Marble, huge wok kit ( Sub -zero, Wolf & Miele ) in gourmet Chef's Kitchen, luxurious master suite, spacious home theatre features 120'' silver screen, 6 power recline seats & wet bar. Basement has a synthetic ice rink, rec room, gym/sauna & wine storage. Well manicured yard with hot tub and covered veranda. School Catchment: Kerrisdale Elementary, Point Grey Secondary. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 7187 CYPRESS Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2226694

    Main Photo: 7187 CYPRESS Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2226694
    $8,680,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2226694
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    5,354 sq. ft.
    Brand NEW Home in Prime Kerrisdale location. This custom crafted home has a large living room that flows into an open concept kitchen, Executive office with the finest quality of cabinets and finishing throughout. Large Kitchen and Wok Kitchen with the best appliances. The large family room overlooks a private exquisitely landscaped yard. Down stairs boasts a private media room, Custom Bar, Wine Room and accommodations for guests or family with separate entry. Just steps to BC's top schools: St. George’s, Crofton House, Kerrisdale Elementary and Point Grey Secondary. Close to Pacific Spirit Park, UBC, buses, shops. A must see today! Call today, this location won't last! Easy to show! Open House: Dec 10, 2017, Sun, 2:00-4:00PM. More details
    Luxmore Realty
  • 6289 CARNARVON Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2181926

    Main Photo: 6289 CARNARVON Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # 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
  • 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
    $7,900,000
    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
    Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 6425 VINE Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2178059

    Main Photo: 6425 VINE Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # 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.
  • 5337 ELM Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2212550

    Main Photo: 5337 ELM Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2212550
    $6,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2212550
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    5,429 sq. ft.
    A fabulous western style home sits on a large lot 10725 sq ft (66 x 162.5) in a fantastic location, Stunning Kerrisdale central area. This spacious 5348 sq ft house features 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and double car garage. Major renovation was done in 2012 with new flooring, cabinets, kitchen, painting, bathrooms, lighting, closets, etc. Beautiful western exposure back yard and patio for privacy and large scale entertaining. Steps to BC's top public schools: Kerrisdale Elementary, Point Grey Secondary. Close to BC's top private schools: WPGA, St. George's, Crofton House, York House. Walking distance to shopping, public transportation, parks. Easy assess Richmond, Downtown, UBC. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 6398 CARNARVON Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2217478

    Main Photo: 6398 CARNARVON Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2217478
    $6,688,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2217478
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    7,890 sq. ft.
    The wonderful custom built 7 bedroom single house, using 2 x 6 construction with top quality materials and craftsmanship to build the wall insulation the house, which can provide great and quiet environment. 4 spacious bedroom up with walk-in closets & en-suites. Main floor has huge Master bedroom & guest bedroom with en-suite. Gym, spa, music room, recreation room, and a guest room located at the lower level. Perfect place to relax with family and friends. Southwest facing with views to Southland and Beyond. A good choice for your family to live and invest. Book your viewing today, it won't last. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 6807 CYPRESS Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2224248

    Main Photo: 6807 CYPRESS Street in Vancouver: Kerrisdale House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2224248
    $6,380,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2224248
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,045 sq. ft.
    Three blocks to Magee Secondary! BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME on this 66' X 130' RS6 zoned CORNER LOT. Drawing ready, in application process. Updated kitchen, large living room, formal dining room, den & bedroom on the main floor with hardwood floors and a wood burning fireplace. 3 bdrms upstairs and a fully finished basement perfect as nanny accommodation. Beautiful tree lined street with easy access to UBC, Downtown and YVR. BUY LAND TODAY, SAVE ON TAX. ASK FOR MORE DETAILS. More details
    YVR International Realty
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Listing information last updated on December 11, 2017
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