Kitsilano Real Estate and Community - Everything you need to know

Kitsilano, also known as "Kits" by the locals is located on the breathtaking Pacific Ocean on the sunny West Side of Vancouver, just minutes from Downtown.  Kits is one of the most sought after locations to call home in the Country.  From character low-rise walk-up apartments to modern condominiums and luxurious single-family homes, Kitsilano has something for everyone.

 

 

View of English Bay from Kitsilano Pool

 

It doesn’t take long to understand why so many are drawn to its lifestyle.  Just take a drive along Cornwall Street and see the thousands of people at the beach, spending summer days at Kits pool, biking around the sea wall, sitting at a coffee shop, or shopping on 4th Avenue.

 

Kitsilano offers a great lifestyle for families.  With great schools, community centres, and sports programs you will find everything you need within minutes of the big city.

 

The Vancouver School Board offers 6 elementary schools, 1 offering French immersion, and 3 high schools to the Kitsilano community and surrounds areas.  Within a short drive you will also come across over 6 of Vancouver’s best private elementary and high schools.

 

Just minutes from Kitsilano is the University Of British Columbia (UBC), established in 1908. UBC educates a student population of 50,000 on major campuses in two cities and holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning. The Vancouver campus boasts some of the city's best attractions and recreation facilities, including the Museum of Anthropology, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the UBC Botanical Garden and The Centre for Plant Research as well as endless opportunities to explore forested trails in the adjoining 763-hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

 

Ariel view of UBC

 

Kitsilano is conveniently located just a short distance from Canada’s second largest hospital, Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). This hospital is equipped with 955 beds and offers specialized services to residents in Vancouver and across the province.

 

VGH is also a teaching hospital, affiliated with the University of British Columbia and home to one of the largest research institutes in Canada. BC Children’s Hospital is also located just on the outskirts of Kitsilano. BC Children’s specializes in caring for the province’s most seriously ill or injured children, including infants and adolescents.  

 

The public transit system surrounding Kitsilano is improving every year. The addition of the Canada Line connecting the Vancouver Airport (YVR) and Downtown Vancouver makes two stops very close to Kitsilano, at 12th & Cambie and 6th & Cambie. This rapid transit line can take you from Kitsilano to YVR in less than 25 minutes. At the moment there is no rapid transit servicing Kitsilano or UBC, but Translink, UBC, Metro Vancouver, and University Endowment Lands are working together on a multi-year technical study for rapid transit service along the Broadway corridor from Commercial Drive west to UBC.  Today, if you are looking to get around Kitsilano on public transit Translink’s buses are a fast and efficient mode of transport.

 

 

UBC Rapid Transit Study Area

 

Kitsilano is also home to a number of great community centers and attractions. The most famous attraction is Kits Pool situated on the water in the heart of Kitsilano. Kits Pool stretches out in all its glory to 137 meters!  It’s Canada’s longest pool, almost three times longer than an Olympic pool and Vancouver’s only heated salt-water pool. To accommodate every type of pool-goer, the pool is divided into three sections: a shallow section for families, a section of lanes for lap-swimmers and a deep-end for more casual adult bathers.  With its white bottom, turquoise water and spectacular views of the ocean, mountains and the city skyline Kits Pool is a vacation destination unto itself, and just stepping through the gates feels like an escape.

 

 

Kitsilano Pool

 

Kitsilano is also famous for being home to Forbes’ 3rd Sexiest Beach in North America - runner up to Miami’s South Beach, and Main Beach in East Hampton, NY.  Kits Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Vancouver, especially in the warm summer months. Located at the north edge of Kitsilano, the beach faces out onto Burrard Inlet with a stunning outlook spanning from English Bay, to the North Shore Mountains.

Not only is the beach home to the longest swimming pool in Canada, but it also has a large playground, basketball courts, concession stand, fine dining restaurant, and a number of beach volleyball courts. There is something at Kits beach for everyone.

 

 

Kitsilano Beach

 

Kitsilano is home to some of Vancouver’s best restaurants. Whether you are looking for a casual patio to spend a summer night relaxing with friends, or a world class fine dining restaurant you will find what you are looking for in Kitsilano. The two major streets in Kitsilano, West 4th Avenue and West Broadway are full of cuisine from around the world. Las Margaritas for Mexican, Hapa Izakaya for Japanese, the Sushi Bar for sushi, Trattoria for fine Italian, even the Naam for vegetarian - there is truly something for everyone. Also, Kitsilano is one of the only neighbourhoods in Vancouver where you can get brunch almost anywhere any day of the week. Residents of Kitsilano do love their coffee and you will find local and chain coffee shops 3 or 4 to every block.

 

Along with the amazing selection of restaurants you will also find great shopping without having to venture across a bridge into downtown. From high-end labels to second-hand and thrift stores and everything in-between you will find it in Kits. Not only is Kitsilano the original home of Lululemon Athletica but it also has a number original designers and exclusive boutiques strewn along its walking streets.

 

Kitsilano is known for being a very active and fit community.  The sea wall spanning from Kits Beach to Granville Island offers a great place to run or bike. If you prefer to exercise inside, there is a great selection of co-ed and ladies-only gyms most tailored to the busy downtown lifestyle with long hours and great class selections. Yoga and Pilates are also very popular with the Kits locals, you will find a yoga or pilates studio on almost every block, whether you are looking for a traditional hour and a half Bikram class to a condensed power-hour hot yoga class, to a relaxing meditation you will find it in Kitsilano.

 

Kitsilano is home to a number of Vancouver's annual festivals and events such as "Greek Days" held every June is celebrated along several blocks of Broadway.   Also known as Greektown, embracing and celebrating Greek culture and food. The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is held at Jericho Beach Park each summer and Vanier Park at Kitsilano Beach is home to the annual Vancouver Children's Festival, "Bard on the Beach" and the outdoor Shakespeare festival. These are just some of the events that call Kitsilano home.

 

 

Bard on the Beach at Vanier Park

 

Kitsilano encompasses everything there is to love about west coast living. If you are looking to have the convenience of the big city, with the peace and quiet of the suburbs think about making Kitsilano your next home.

 

For all your Kitsilano Real Estate Needs Contact:

 

Morgan DuVernet   

Century 21 In Town Realty

421 Pacific Street

Vancouver BC

604.209.1230 (direct)

604.685.5951 (24 hours)

www.kitsliving.com

www.morganduvernet.ca

www.century21.ca/morgan.duvernet

 

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