A tight-knit neighbourhood in Vancouver, Kerrisdale is the perfect place for someone looking for amenities on their doorstep. One of the only neighbourhoods where you can literally walk to everything you need, the area is filled with schools, restaurants, shops and parks, and what’s more, residents have stunning views of the North Shore and Vancouver Island.
Getting its name from the old rail station at West 41st Avenue and West Boulevard, Kerrisdale was considered to be the “last stop” before leaving the Vancouver municipality. With the CPR’s Vancouver-Lulu Island Railway tracks still running through the neighbourhood, Kerrisdale’s history as gateway between the city and fish canneries on Lulu Island is still visible.
A friendly community on Vancouver’s west side, not to be confused with West Vancouver, the boundaries of Kerrisdale are 37th Avenue to the north, 49th Avenue to the south, Blenheim to the west, and Cypress to the east. Nearby neighborhoods include Arbutus-Ridge, Shaughnessy, Dunbar-Southlands, Marpole, Oakridge, Kitsilano and South Cambie.
An increasingly popular area due to its close proximity to schools, shops, restaurants and other amenities, Kerrisdale is comprised mainly of residents between 40 and 64 years old. Having said that, the area is also becoming more popular with young couples and families looking for a friendly neighbourhood to raise children. 55% of residents have English as their first language, and there is also quite a high Chinese population in the area (31%).
Kerrisdale is made up of a mixture of heritage homes and new developments. Heritage homes are typically single-family detached homes and are characterized by stone walls and tree lined streets, connected to the newer developments in the neighbourhood via pathways, parks and various trails. Newer developments tend to be either low-rise or high-rise apartments and condos. Many lucky property owners in Kerrisdale also enjoy fantastic views of the North Shore mountains and Vancouver Island. Contact me to find out more about current bench mark pricing in the area.
If you enjoy leading an active lifestyle, Kerrisdale has plenty to offer in terms of recreational facilities. As well as containing two major golf courses, McCleery Golf Course and Marine Drive Golf Club, there are also plenty of activities within Kerrisdale Community Centre, including an indoor and outdoor pool, play palace and exercise room. Kerrisdale Area is also home to a public ice skating rink, offering skating lessons to people of all ages and abilities. If you need some air or somewhere to walk your dog, Kerrisdale has eight city parks, including Malkin Park, Kerrisdale Park and Queen Elizabeth Park, one of Vancouver’s largest parks.
One of the best areas for dining out in the Kerrisdale neighbourhood can be found along West 41st Avenue and West Boulevard. The neighbourhood has a wide range of neighbourhood restaurants and cafés, with popular choices including Sofra Mediterranean Kitchen, serving everything from hummus and baba ghanoush to shawarma and doner wraps, Italian favourite, Bufala Pizzeria, La Cuisson Cafe, specializing in coffee from around the world, and The Secret Garden Tea Company, offering the best afternoon tea in Vancouver. There are also lots of options for Asian and Continental cuisine, including Bubble Waffle Noodle House, Irashai Sushi and New Chong Quing Restaurant.
As with restaurants, most of Kerrisdale’s stores and boutiques are gathered along West 41st Avenue and West Boulevard. With shops selling goods ranging from fitness equipment and electronics, to baby and children’s fashion, there is something here for everyone. Despite being a popular neighbourhood, Kerrisdale possesses a quaint, village-like feel since shopping areas don’t feel busy or stressful. Many people choose to move to Kerrisdale to escape from the hurried feeling of downtown Vancouver.
Kerrisdale is an extremely popular area for families, with many elementary and secondary schools within easy reach of the neighbourhood. Elementary schools in the area include Kerrisdale Elementary and the Kerrisdale Annex, both within walking distance, as well as Quilchena Elementary, Maple Grove Elementary and McKechnie Elementary, just slightly further out. Point Grey Secondary School is the most popular secondary school for high school students living in the Kerrisdale area. Private schools, Crofton House and York House, are also within close proximity.
With a walk score of 63, Kerrisdale is the 19th most walkable neighborhood, meaning most amenities can be accessed by foot. Kerrisdale also has good public transportation, with regular buses running in the area. If you do own a car, as many Kerrisdale residents do, major thoroughfares such as Granville Street, Marine Drive and 49th Avenue are easily accessible routes to downtown, UBC or the eastern suburbs.