A Peaceful Multicultural Oasis.
Quiet, conservative and diverse, the Killarney neighbourhood in East Van was one of the last areas in the City of Vancouver to be developed. Up to the end of the World War II, it was home to mostly second growth forest and farmland. Even today, a small orchard of apple trees near the corner of 54th Avenue and Tyne Street can be found. Traditionally an Irish immigrant enclave, today Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Carribean and Filipino citizens play a significant part in this multicultural neighbourhood. A short stroll along Kingsway in its north east corner proves this point.
A total of four Vancouver School Board elementary schools are located in the community including Waverly, MacCorkindale, Sir Charles Kingford-Smith and Dr. George M. Weir, offering classes from all-day kindergarten to Grade 7. Killarney Secondary located on 41st Avenue is the largest secondary school in Vancouver and is highly regarded for its varied Fine Arts Program.
Killarney is located on the south eastern side of Vancouver, with boundaries of East 41st Avenue to the north, East 54th Avenue to the south, Victoria/Argyle to the west and Boundary Road to the east.
Numerous less expensive homes and townhomes in Killarney have made this East Van enclave a haven for raising families in the heart of the metropolis. Because many of the older single family homes in Killarney were constructed in the post-war era, heritage properties in the neighbourhood include 1920s farmhouses. The community is also home to Vancouver’s very first housing co-operative built in 1970. Exciting new townhomes coming soon to Killarney include Avalon Mews built on the old Avalon Farm heritage property.
At the heart of Killarney in Vancouver is the Killarney Community Centre with fitness centre, leisure pool and ice skating rink. The neighbourhood is well populated with green spaces and city parks, reflecting its forest history. Nearby is one of the best kept secret hideaways in the city in Everett Crowley Park, the magnificent reclaimed landfill, a green sanctuary and the 5th largest park in Vancouver with secluded trails ideal for walking, cycling and dog walking.
Shopping and Restaurants
You can’t live in Killarney without paying a visit to Champlain Square Mall, which includes a large grocery store, fresh produce market, Starbucks, financial institutions and a community public library. Great eating can be found on Kingsway that dissects the north east section of Fraserview with a wide variety of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine.