"Kits" has evolved as the perennial choice for young professionals to call their home. " MARKETS
Welcome to Kitsilano - North of 4th Avenue, Vancouver's most famous beach community. Situated just across from the Burrard St Bridge, since its bohemian days in the 60's and 70's "Kits" has evolved as the perennial choice for young professionals to call their home. The land slopes down from 4th Avenue (Kits' major shopping street) to Cornwall Avenue at Kits Beach, so many of the properties here enjoy panoramic views across English Bay.
The Jewel in the crown here is Kits Point, a tiny oasis north of Cornwall Avenue adjacent to the beach. For peace and tranquility in the heart of the city nowhere beats Kits Point. In addition to 4th Avenue, take a walk along 1st Avenue (1800 - 1900 block) or Yew St (1500 - 1700 block) to sample Kits lifestyle. Street side restaurants and cafes abound and in the summer Kits really comes into its own.
With building height restriction imposed prior to major development in Kitsilano, most condominium complexes here are low rise. Unlike the other areas featured on this site there is also still a large selection of single-family and duplex property available. On Kits Point for instance there are just a handful of condos, making them highly sought after when they do reach the market. Some of the most reliable buildings are now over 20 years old and continue to be more popular then many subsequent developments. With larger rooms and better structural track records, their values are holding up against the competition. More recently a number of reinforced concrete low-rise developments have taken place and while more expensive to build and purchase they have also proven to be a terrific investment, especially while they are in such limited supply.
Watch for listings in these buildings. They may not reach the market as frequently as some but are well worth waiting for:
Carriage House. 2445 West 3rd Ave. A rarity - one of only two stratified concrete high-rises in the whole of Kitsilano. 32 years old, well-run. One and two bedrooms. Awesome view.
Old York Townhomes/Old Kits Townhomes. 1609 Balsam/1620 Balsam. Pair of attractive stratas built in '80 with a Tudor influence. Ideal for those downsizing from a house. 1000 - 1500 sq ft units with large rooms, interesting designs, good patios, decks, and views.
"Capers Building". 2255 West 4th Ave / 1978 Vine / 1979 Yew. Renowned for its high quality low-rise concrete construction and its eco-friendly geo-thermal heating system. Close to everything. Views and decks on the popular north side of the building. One and two bedrooms. Developer retained ownership of the commercial space below and therefore also has a keen interest in the welfare of the building.
Links and Tips
- Kits Beach on Cornwall at Arbutus. Parkland, beach and outdoor pool, leading to Kits Point and Vanier Park.
- Sea Wall - connects you from Kits along the water to Granville Island.
- West 4th Avenue - restaurant, cafes, houseware and gift stores, Safeway, Capers
- Yew St - restaurants, cafes, pubs/bars, groceries/convenience stores
- West 1st Avenue - cafes, restaurants
- Coffee - 49th Parallel, 2152 West 4th Ave.
- Breakfast - Sophie's Cosmic Café, 2095 West 4th Ave.
- Restaurant (Pizza) - The Bibo, 1835 West 4th Ave.
- Restaurant - The Flying Tiger, 2958 West 4th Ave.
- Restaurant - Trattoria , 1850 w 4th Ave.
- Restaurant - Las Margaritas, 1999 West 4th Ave.
- Restaurant - The Naam, 2724 West 4th Ave.
- Bar/Restaurant - Local Public Eatery, 2210 Cornwall Ave.
- Wine store - Kitsilano Wine Cellar, 2235 West 4th Ave.
- Book store - Banyen Books and Sound, 3608 West 4th Ave.