Known for its spectacular scenery
and endless stretches of beaches.
Kitsilano (“Kits” as it is affectionately called by residents) is ranked as the second most recognizable community in Canada (after Toronto’s Rosedale area). Known for its spectacular scenery and endless stretches of beaches, Kitsilano blends the best of both worlds: Urban, with its proximity to the downtown core and myriad clubs, restaurants, shopping and office buildings that make up the downtown experience; and Hip Suburban, with its eclectic mix of coffee joints, neighbourhood pubs, and local hangouts for good eating and excellent people watching.
With neighbourhood eateries, excellent shopping, and a panoramic mountain/beach setting right on your doorstep, is it any wonder that Kitsilano is the place – secretly anyway – everyone wants to live?
As one would expect from one of the older neighbourhoods in Vancouver, the school possibilities for all ages is plentiful. For the little ones in the family, there are the following easily accessible elementary school offerings: Gordon Elementary, Bayview Elementary, Tennyson Elementary and the iconic heritage Henry Hudson Elementary. For the teenagers in the family, Kitsilano Secondary School is in the heart of the area while Prince of Wales Secondary and Lord Byng Secondary are both within an easy commute whether walking or driving. If your tendency is towards a private or independent institution, there are several strong considerations including, St. John’s School, St. Augustine School and St. John’s International School.
Kitsilano is a vibrant, thriving, active Vancouver Westside neighbourhood bordered by Alma Street on the west, Burrard Street on the east, 16th Avenue on the south and the ocean to the north. This outstanding community is centrally located, with the downtown core just across the bridge and the world famous Granville Island Public Market, plus the shops and galleries of the ‘South Granville’ area within walking distance. There is also easy access to the University of BC and Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
The diversity of housing in Kitsilano is a major contributor to the ambiance of this Vancouver Westside neighbourhood. California bungalows, heritage homes, low-rise condo buildings, townhouses, duplexes … the housing is as diverse as the people who inhabit them.
This outstanding community is centrally located, with the downtown core just across the bridge
In this Westside neighbourhood most recreation focuses on the waterfront with Kits beach, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, beach volleyball, the seawall for jogging/running, biking and rollerblading… the list goes on and on. The Kitsilano Community Centre is another primary centre for recreational activities. In addition, a wide variety of community programs are offered through many of the area’s schools. Cultural activities are provided by the Maritime Museum, the Vancouver Museum, the Conservatory of Music, and the Observatory.
In addition to conveniently located major grocery chain stores, Kitsilano residents can pick and choose from the wide variety of commercial and retail establishments located along West 4th Avenue and West Broadway (West 9th Ave). From second hand stores and antique shops, produce markets, wine and book stores, to clothing boutiques, hardware stores, bakeries and delicatessens, Kitsilano offers a veritable bazaar for the dedicated shopper.
Kitsilano is an easy commute to downtown, by car, bicycle or bus. For a motorist, it’s possible to park your car on a Friday after work and not use it again till Monday morning, yet still manage to get all the errands done … because it’s all available in your own neighbourhood!