Kitsilano History: Neighbourhood Guide and Real Estate

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Featured image of ‘Greer’s Beach’ (now Kitsilano Beach) circa 1908 from the Vancouver City Archives.

Kitsilano in Vancouver, BC is an old neighbourhood with a lot of character. Blessed with beautiful beaches and quaint homes, the diverse communities here in “Kits” have shaped it into the colourful, picturesque town it is today. Trust us, living here will never be boring. Before we show you the active heritage home property listings, we thought we’d share what we love about Kitsilano, past and present. 

 

How Kitsilano came to be

Kitsilano has such a rich and colourful history, influenced by the various communities that settled there for centuries. It has been home to indigenous people for as long as 10,000 years. The Vancouver Heritage Foundation notes that people began to move into the region as the ice started retreating in the area, which we now know as Vancouver. 

While explorers have been around since the 19th century, the neighbourhood got its present name in 1905, right around the time streetcar service began. “Kitsilano” is an anglicized form of Khatsahlano, after famous Squamish chief August Jack Khatsahlano. He was a medicine man who helped record his people’s oral history and worked closely with many of Vancouver’s first settlers. 

Various settlers filled the town with single-family dwellings in the early 20th century, and eventually, industrialization firmly took hold after World War II. 

 

In the 1950s, apartments began replacing houses, which brought in a younger generation of residents. A decade later, it became the creative hub for hippie culture — home to Greenpeace, the Green Party of Canada and The Naam, Vancouver’s premier vegetarian restaurant. 

 

Kits today

Today, Kitsilano is still home to yuppies, but perhaps with a less psychedelic culture than before. Young families who live in the area enjoy a relaxed lifestyle, thanks to Kitsilano’s combination of parks, homes, and commercial districts. Yoga is incredibly popular, and it’s the birthplace of global athleisure brand lululemon athletica

One of Kitsilano’s biggest attractions is Kits Beach. From water sports to the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Kits Beach is filled with a lot of activities for everyone in the family. Even if you’re just there for a walk on the sand, the view of the Pacific Ocean and the mountains is a real treat.

 

The Kits legacy

But there’s so much more to this neighbourhood than its chill vibe. One of the province’s oldest residential neighbourhoods, Kitsilano is home to historical structures that have stood the test of time. 

The Kitsilano branch of the Vancouver Public Library, for example, has been around since 1927. Arbutus Coffee, a coffeehouse whose boomtown-style building has been around since 1907, is listed as a Class A Heritage Building by the Vancouver Heritage Register.

In the Delamont Park area, there are 22 heritage homes that are still intact. Heritage Vancouver hopes to preserve the site in the form of a Mole Hill type of model, where old homes were rehabilitated and converted into affordable housing. 

 

Planning to live in Kitsilano? Go vintage!

If you want to experience the town’s history on a deeper level, why not invest in a heritage home? Homes with a heritage designation have high value, which continues to rise. According to BC Assessment data, 42% of designated heritage homes increased in value from 1999-2004. More heritage homes have increased in value compared to non-heritage properties, as well. 

As an owner of a heritage home, you get to help preserve the neighbourhood’s history and culture, too. You can even opt to rent out your space, sharing its story with even more people. If you’re looking to go into business, heritage homes make great inns or bed and breakfasts as they offer a more intimate experience of the neighbourhood compared to modern hotels. 

 

Current Kitsilano Heritage Property Listings

$2,998,000 R2886950

2906 W 11th Avenue, Vancouver

2 Percent Realty West Coast

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,532 sqft
  • 4,789 lot size

$2,201,100 R2885921

2742 W 6th Avenue, Vancouver

Allodium Realty Advisors

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,433 sqft
  • 2,993 lot size

$3,298,000 R2885890

3437 W 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

FaithWilson Christies International Real Estate

  • 5 bed
  • 4 bath
  • 3,347 sqft
  • 3,960 lot size

$2,999,999 R2884266

2635 W 5th Avenue, Vancouver

Oakwyn Realty Ltd.

  • 12 bed
  • 9 bath
  • 3,949 sqft
  • 3,960 lot size

$3,299,000 R2884060

2888 W 15th Avenue, Vancouver

Dexter Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 5 bath
  • 3,452 sqft
  • 4,758 lot size

$2,299,000 R2883158

3174 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver

Dracco Pacific Realty

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,865 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$2,400,000 R2881897

2755 W 11th Avenue, Vancouver

Pathway Executives Realty Inc.

  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,128 sqft
  • 4,024 lot size

$2,599,000 R2882061

2923 W 5th Avenue, Vancouver

RE/MAX Crest Realty

  • 7 bed
  • 4 bath
  • 3,176 sqft
  • 4,340 lot size

$2,399,000 R2881487

3174 W 5th Avenue, Vancouver

Royal Pacific Realty (Kingsway) Ltd.

  • 6 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,628 sqft
  • 0 lot size

$2,399,000 R2881484

2645 W 6th Avenue, Vancouver

Royal Pacific Realty (Kingsway) Ltd.

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,038 sqft
  • 0 lot size

$3,448,000 R2881239

3347 W 8th Avenue, Vancouver

RE/MAX Crest Realty

  • 9 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,992 sqft
  • 3,630 lot size

$2,868,000 R2880907

3099 W 6th Avenue, Vancouver

LeHomes Realty Premier

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,333 sqft
  • 3,497 lot size

$1,998,000 R2880796

2333 Collingwood Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Crest Realty

  • 4 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,542 sqft
  • 2,400 lot size

$2,888,000 R2879931

2623 W 5th Avenue, Vancouver

Royal LePage Sussex

  • 6 bed
  • 4 bath
  • 2,631 sqft
  • 3,012 lot size

$3,198,000 R2879927

3574 W 14th Avenue, Vancouver

Grand Central Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,452 sqft
  • 4,023 lot size

$2,998,000 R2876957

2965 W 13th Avenue, Vancouver

TRG The Residential Group Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,838 sqft
  • 4,026 lot size

$1,848,000 R2875917

2311 Yew Street, Vancouver

Sotheby's International Realty Canada

  • 2 bed
  • 1 bath
  • 1,750 sqft
  • 1,875 lot size

$2,478,000 R2874969

3628 W 5th Avenue, Vancouver

RE/MAX Crest Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 1,890 sqft
  • 3,630 lot size

$4,998,000 R2873844

1541 Maple Street, Vancouver

Angell, Hasman & Associates Realty Ltd.

  • 5 bed
  • 4 bath
  • 3,170 sqft
  • 2,000 lot size

$4,998,000 R2873842

1549 Maple Street, Vancouver

Angell, Hasman & Associates Realty Ltd.

  • 4 bed
  • 4 bath
  • 3,208 sqft
  • 2,000 lot size

$4,998,000 R2873841

1533 Maple Street, Vancouver

Angell, Hasman & Associates Realty Ltd.

  • 7 bed
  • 4 bath
  • 3,020 sqft
  • 2,000 lot size

$2,450,000 R2871334

3159 W 14th Avenue, Vancouver

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 2,463 sqft
  • 4,831 lot size

$3,258,000 R2869050

3425 W 8th Avenue, Vancouver

RE/MAX City Realty

  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1,966 sqft
  • 4,632 lot size

$3,795,000 R2868577

2575 W 3 Avenue, Vancouver

Heller Murch Realty

  • 8 bed
  • 5 bath
  • 3,808 sqft
  • 5,990 lot size

$2,790,000 R2866046

3638 W 3 Avenue, Vancouver

Parallel 49 Realty

  • 4 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,159 sqft
  • 3,960 lot size

$5,600,000 R2862351

2908 W 8th Avenue, Vancouver

Pacific Evergreen Realty Ltd.

  • 6 bed
  • 4 bath
  • 2,606 sqft
  • 5,672 lot size

$4,990,000 R2822276

2188 W 5th Avenue, Vancouver

Dracco Pacific Realty

  • 5 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,528 sqft
  • 3,000 lot size

$4,999,000 R2821340

2318 Macdonald Street, Vancouver

RE/MAX Select Properties

  • 6 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,321 sqft
  • 2,904 lot size

$3,728,000 R2811631

3346 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver

RE/MAX Real Estate Services

  • 8 bed
  • 6 bath
  • 3,753 sqft
  • 6,150 lot size

$4,368,000 R2777396

3616 Point Grey Road, Vancouver

Easy List Realty

  • 7 bed
  • 3 bath
  • 2,969 sqft
  • 3,713 lot size

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