Ranked as the second most recognizable community in Canada (after Toronto’s Rosedale area), Kitsilano, commonly referred to as ‘Kits’, is one of Vancouver’s most popular neighbourhoods. A vibrant community known for its spectacular scenery and beautiful beaches, Kitsilano is the perfect blend of urban and hip suburban. Its main district for shopping and dining out, West 4th Avenue also boasts more than 300 restaurants, shops and services, meaning residents have everything they need right on their doorstep. What more could you ask for?
The Kitsilano neighbourhood began to take shape in 1932, when the Burrard Bridge was erected. Previously a predominantly family area, many single-family homes were built during World War II which were knocked down in later years and turned into apartments and condos to account for an increase in the neighbourhood’s population. Due to Kitsilano’s beautiful beaches, the area was also used by some of Vancouver’s first settlers, who came there to unwind in the sun. They then pitched their tents on an area then known as Greer’s Beach, which lies next to the First Nations Reserve, Khatsahlano.
This westside neighbourhood isbordered by Alma Street on the west, Burrard Street on the east, 16th Avenue on the south and the ocean to the north. Nearby neighborhoods include Arbutus-Ridge, Shaughnessy, Dunbar-Southlands, Fairview, West End, West Point Grey and Kerrisdale.
Kitsilano has a much younger and culturally diverse demographic than other neighbourhoods in Vancouver’s West, with many choosing to move here interested in a healthy and social outdoor lifestyle. People between the ages of 20 and 39 make up 42% of Kitsilano’s population, while approximately 35% are aged between 40 and 64. There is a pretty even split between those that rent and own property, with 57% renting. The majority of Kitsilano residents have English as their first language (78%).
One of the most diverse neighbourhoods in Vancouver in terms of housing, buyers can take their pick of bungalows, heritage homes, townhouses and duplexes, and low-rise condos, which make up 68% of the neighbourhood’s properties. Contact me to find out more about current bench mark pricing in the area.
As far as recreational facilities go, this neighbourhood has it all. Home to Canada’s longest pool, the Kitsilano Pool, as well as Kitsilano Beach, one of Vancouver’s most popular beaches, featuring a beach volleyball court, tennis courts and basketball courts, Kitsilano is the perfect neighbourhood for those wanting to live an active outdoor lifestyle. The neighbourhood is also home to many parks including Vanier Park, Kitsilano Park and Connaught Park. If you need a break from the outdoors, the Kitsilano Community Centre is a popular location for recreational activities. Cultural activities are provided by the Maritime Museum, the Vancouver Museum and the HR MacMillan Space Centre.
The main dining areas in Kitsilano are located along West 4th Avenue and West Broadway. Both are home to several cafes and restaurants, with popular choices including vegetarian eatery, The Naam, The Oakwood Canadian Bistro, serving homemade Canadian cuisine, Malaysian restaurant, Banana Leaf, and popular coffee house, Platform 7 Coffee. If you’re looking for somewhere to grab a quick bite, try Nat’s New York Pizzeria, or Menchie’s for a delicious sweet treat.
As with restaurants, shops tend to be clustered along West 4th Avenue and West Broadway. Shops range from thrift and antique stores, bookstores and clothing boutiques, with popular choices including Miz Mooz Boutique, Zulu Records, Tanglewood Books, and Edible Flours Bakery. There are also several conveniently located grocery store chains including Safeway and Whole Foods Market, both located along West 4th Avenue. With the downtown core just across the bridge, the Granville Island Public Market is also easily accessible.
There are plenty of schools accessible to students living in Kitsilano. Elementary schools in the area includeGordon Elementary, Bayview Elementary, Tennyson Elementary and the iconic heritage Henry Hudson Elementary. Nearby secondary schools include Kitsilano Secondary School, Prince of Wales Secondary and Lord Byng Secondary. Private schools include St. John’s School, St. Augustine School and St. John’s International School. There is also easy access to the University of BC and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.
With a walk score of 89, Kitsilano is the 4th most walkable neighborhood in Vancouver, meaning almost all amenities are accessible by foot. Kitsilano also has excellent public transportation, with regular bus services running in the area. If you do drive, as many Kitsilano residents do, the neighbourhood is an easy commute to downtown Vancouver and other surrounding neighbourhoods.