Kitsilano, one of the most popular areas of Vancouver to live in, is known for its healthy out-door lifestyle, close proximity to beaches, downtown, and U.B.C., and for its shopping districts along 4th avenue and Broadway. Kits is ideal place to live for active singles, couples, and families.
Running east to west from Burrard to Alma, and north to south from Cornwall to 16th avenue, Kits is lined with beaches and tree filled streets. Average housing costs for the area is from one million for smaller houses, and up to 3 million for larger houses with ocean views or properties. Many houses have been converted by owners into self contained suites giving the opportunity for renters to live in the area. As a result, the highest population density belongs to young singles and couples, and well off professionals.
The main shopping districts of Kits belong to 4th avenue and Broadway. High end surf and snow-broad shops, like Billabong, Comor, Board Room, and Showcase, congregate towards the east end of 4th avenue. Yoga studios, hair salons, and restaurants like Hell’s Kitchen and Las Margaritas, line the middle of the avenue, with the organic grocery store Capers at the top of the hill. Though Biminis pub hosts live music and an attached cold beer and wine store, Broadway supports much of nightlife of the area and is dense with pubs that cater to live music, including the well known Jazz Cellar. It has a 24hr internet cafe, and is home to award winning restaurant Lumiere and sister restaurant Bistro Modern. Also the host for Greek Day, Broadway is blocked of once a year in June, and filled with dancers and Greek food venders. Prussin Music store also makes its home on Broadway and offers instruments, repairs, and lessons.
When asked what her favourite things is about Kits, 2 yr resident Mara Geldart , on her way back from downtown said “That I can walk everywhere I want to .”
Beach life is large of part of the Kitsilano community. Kits beach is filled with people year round. In the summer time, whether swimming, tanning, playing volley ball tournaments, or relaxing with friends, it’s a popular place to be. The Showboat is host to out-door yoga classes, and at the back of Kits pool, the only heated salt-water pool in Vancouver and the longest pool in Canada. The Watermark Restaurant, newly built, sits right on the beach and overlooks the North Shore Mountains. Around the corner from Kits Beach, by the H.M. Macmillan Planetarium, is a designated dog beach where owners can let their pets off the lease to play swim and socialize. On clear nights, from 8pm to midnight, Friday’s and Saturdays, the Planetarium’s observatory offers public viewings of the solar system by donation. Kits Beach is great place to talk a walk or watch the sunset year round.
On the West end of Kitsilano is Jericho beach, and Jericho Park. The park is host to the annual Folk Festival, an all-ages music event that takes place in July. The park also has woodlands with a large pond that offers a home to ducks and geese and wild rabbits. Jericho sailing club, at the furthest end of the beach, offers rentals and lessons in sailing, paddle boarding, wind-surfing, skim boarding and more.
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