Kitsilano Homes For Sale – Kitsilano Condos For Sale
Named for a Squamish Chief, “Kits” (as it is known colloquially) is arguably Canada’s most recognizable neighbourhood, its very name conjuring up romantic images in the most stoic minds. A mix of bucolic sophistication and urban primitivism, Kitsilano is home to the very best of what makes Vancouver one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Bordering English Bay in the north, Kitsilano is primarily defined by Alma Street to the west and Burrard Street to the east. W 16th makes up the southern border for the area.
History Of The Housing Market
Home to some of Vancouver’s more prominent current and former denizens, Kitsilano is a very diverse community of single-family dwellings, heritage buildings, low-rise condos, townhouses and apartments for a wide range of tastes and incomes. The market is fairly strong in the area, and there are more rental units than most other Vancouver neighbourhoods.
Under the paving stones, the beach! Well, just down the road at least. (Don’t tear up the streets.) Kitsilano Beach Park is one of the more well-known, and jealously defended, jewels of Vancouver. With the Kitsilano Yacht Club and pool on one side, and Kits beach on the other, this park provides year-round respite to residents and tourists with its beach volleyball, tennis courts, basketball courts, ample jogging and hiking paths, etc. The Kitsilano Community Centre on Larch Street provides a number of indoor activities for residents of all ages. A number of Vancouver’s more popular cultural centres reside in Kitsilano, specifically in Vanier Park: the Maritime and Vancouver Museums and the HR MacMillan Space Centre. Some annual cultural events include the Khatsahlano Street Party and the Shakespeare Festival “Bard on the Beach”
Restaurants & Shopping
Kitsilano residents and visitors take full advantage of the area and its myriad shopping bazaars. Along W 4th and West Broadway major shopping areas, full of salons, haberdasheries, shoe stores and enough haute couture to occupy even the most discerning fashionista. Second hand stores, niche clothing boutiques, antique shops, organic markets, wine stores, boulangeries and delis appeal to more bawdy tastes. Several world class restaurants and bistros dot the landscape of West 4th alongside more traditional fare. The downtown core and the Granville Island Public Market are also nearby and huge favourites of the Kits crowd.
Schools In The Area
There are a fair number of elementary schools in Kitsilano for young children, including the epochal Henry Hudson Elementary, while Bayview Community School, General Gordon Elementary and Lord Tennyson Elementary round out the available public options. For older students, Kitsilano Secondary is in the heart of Kits, while Prince of Wales and Lord Byng are an easy commute. Private institutions include St. Augustine Elementary, the independent St. John’s (K-12), and St. John’s International Secondary on West Broadway.
Commuting to downtown, or UBC, by car, bus or bicycle is easy for residents of Kits. W 4th, West Broadway and W 16th are the major east-west routes running through Kitsilano, while Granville, Arbutus and McDonald handle most of the north-south traffic. Downtown is just across both the Burrard Street and Granville Street bridges while UBC is just a short trip up W 4th. Public transportation in the area is frequent. The City of Vancouver is currently implementing a plan that will greatly enhance the current ease with which pedestrians and cyclists travel between downtown and Kitsilano.
Traces of the hippie era remain, such as the vegetarian eatery called the Naam Café on the corner of MacDonald and 4th Avenue. Three pubs from that era, boasting the some of the first pub licenses issued in the city of Vancouver, still operate, all on 4th Avenue. It probably is not all that surprising that Greenpeace got its start, and opened its first office, in Kitsilano, as did British Columbia’s Green Party.
Festivals abound in Kitsilano. In June, Greek Day is celebrated in the area’s Greektown. Jericho Beach Park hosts the Vancouver Folk Music Festival each summer. And the words of Shakespeare flow freely each year at Vanier Park’s outdoor festival honouring the Bard.