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Posted by Aedis Realty on March 1, 2024
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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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  • 2584 POINT GREY Road in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2849029

    2584 POINT GREY Road Kitsilano Vancouver V6K 1A3
    Main Photo: 2584 POINT GREY Road in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2849029
    $3,900,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2849029
    Floor Area:
    9,999 sq. ft.
    A rare opportunity to build on Point Grey Road. This vacant lot zoned (RT-8) to build single family home or duplex. Bring your imagination and design your dream home on Point Grey. Be part of this exclusive heritage community surrounded by West Coast beauty. 4 lots available in total. Lots can be consolidated if looking for a larger property & the ability to build a larger home. Access by appointment only. More details
    Listed by Royal LePage Regency Realty
  • 3540 W 3RD Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2840227

    3540 W 3RD Avenue Kitsilano Vancouver V6R 1L7
    Main Photo: 3540 W 3RD Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2840227
    $3,888,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2840227
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    3,514 sq. ft.
    North of 4th fantastic investment opportunity. This stunning property is available for sale for the first time in over 20 years. Lovingly upgraded while keeping its craftsman charm including intricate stained glass windows, inlaid hardwood floors, and stunning crown mouldings. Too many upgrades to list here, so please call for more details. Luxurious accommodation on all three levels with a total of 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and 3 kitchens. Private front garden is low maintenance. large grand front porch with heater and ceiling fan to enjoy in all seasons. Back yard offers a private oasis with heaters and BBQ area with loads of seating as well as oversized secure carport. Entertainers dream! More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 1936 WHYTE Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2851918

    1936 WHYTE Avenue Kitsilano Vancouver V6J 1B3
    Main Photo: 1936 WHYTE Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2851918
    $3,850,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2851918
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,549 sq. ft.
    Don't miss the chance to call Kits Point home. This property offers 2549 sq ft of living space, ideally situated on a 33' lot with a south-facing yard. Zoned RT-9, it caters to various possibilities, from revenue generation to multi-generational living or creating your dream home. The main floor is filled with original charm, 2 spacious bedrooms, and original wood floors, while the airy top floor features a large south-facing deck for BBQs and two north-facing balconies. The renovated basement suite offers full-height ceilings and heated floors. Embrace Kits Point's allure, with proximity to Vancouver attractions, a 15-minute waterfront walk to Granville Island, nearby 1st and 4th Ave restaurants, Kits Beach sunsets, and waterfront dining. Open House Sat & Sun March 2&3, 1-4pm More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Realty
  • 1936 WHYTE Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Triplex for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2851912

    1936 WHYTE Avenue Kitsilano Vancouver V6J 1B3
    Main Photo: 1936 WHYTE Avenue in Vancouver: Kitsilano Triplex for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2851912
    $3,850,000
    Multifamily
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2851912
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,549 sq. ft.
    Don't miss the chance to call Kits Point home. This property offers 2549 sq ft of living space, ideally situated on a 33' lot with a south-facing yard. Zoned RT-9, it caters to various possibilities, from revenue generation to multi-generational living or creating your dream home. The main floor is filled with original charm, 2 spacious bedrooms, and original wood floors, while the airy top floor features a large south-facing deck for BBQs and two north-facing balconies. The renovated basement suite offers full-height ceilings and heated floors. Embrace Kits Point's allure, with proximity to Vancouver attractions, a 15-minute waterfront walk to Granville Island, nearby 1st and 4th Ave restaurants, Kits Beach sunsets, and waterfront dining. Open house Sat/Sun Mar. 2 & 3 1-4pm More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Realty
  • 1228 MAPLE Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2847943

    1228 MAPLE Street Kitsilano Vancouver V6J 3R8
    Main Photo: 1228 MAPLE Street in Vancouver: Kitsilano House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2847943
    $3,798,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2847943
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,573 sq. ft.
    Charming 1910 Kits Point character home on a spectacular SW corner lot a block from the beach! Offering over 3500 sqft of interior space, recent updates to the kitchen and bathrooms, and tons of natural light. Main floor features over height ceilings, an open floor plan, and original hardwood floors. Upstairs is 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, plus solarium office. Home is very livable as is, but permits are in place for a stunning new home designed by Measured Architecture as well. Inquire with listing agent for details. More details
    Listed by Stilhavn Real Estate Services
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