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Welcome to Kitsilano Real Estate.  Kitsilano is one of Vancouver’s most beautiful neighbourhoods.

This website provides up to date listing information on the Kitsilano neighbourhood in Vancouver, BC, showing all active houses for sale.  Please feel free to contact us for an evaluation on your property or to view any of these listings.

Kitsilano is bordered to the north by two beaches, Kitsilano Beach and Jericho Beach on the shores of English Bay and runs south to 16th Avenue. It is bordered in the east by Burrard Street and on the west by Alma Street.  Home to fantastic shopping and numerous famous eateries, “Kits” also possesses a rich and colourful history; one that is reflected in the neighbourhood still today.

In the 1960s, beachside Kitsilano was Vancouver’s largely known for its hippy community. Today, Kitsilano still has plenty of culture, but its apartments and houses are now occupied by young urban professionals and families who enjoy a modern version of that relaxed atmosphere. Just over the Burrard Bridge from the downtown peninsula, the neighbourhood brings together a collection of attractions, beach and parks, residential streets, and a couple of main commercial districts. “Kits,” as it’s known locally, is bordered by the waterfront to the north and West 16th Ave to the south; Burrard Street to the east and Alma Street to the west. Most of the commercial activity is along West 4th Avenue and West Broadway, but you’ll also find shops and restaurants in the areas close to the beach.

Arbutus Greenway Park
W 11th Avenue between Vine St. and Arbutus St. (@ W 11th Avenue)

Almond
3600 W 12th Avenue (@ Dunbar Street)

Connaught

2390 W 10th Avenue (@ Vine Street)

Delamont
2091 W 7th Avenue (@ Arbutus Street)

Hadden

1905 Ogden Street (@ Cypress Street)

Jericho Beach

3941 Point Grey Road (@ Wallace Street)

Kitsilano Beach

1499 Arbutus Street (@ Cornwall Avenue)

Margaret Pigott

2743 Point Grey Road (@ Macdonald Street)

McBride

3350 W 4th Avenue (@ Waterloo Street)

Park Site
Point Grey Road

Point Grey Road

3215 Point Grey Road (@ Trutch Street)

Point Grey Road

2699 Point Grey Road (@ Stephens Street)

Point Grey Road

2601 Point Grey Road (@ Trafalgar Street)

Seaforth
1620 Chestnut Street (@ Cornwall Avenue)

Tatlow

2845 W 3rd Avenue (@ Point Grey Road)

Vanier

1000 Chestnut Street (@ Whyte Street)

Volunteer

2855 Point Grey Road (@ Macdonald Street)

Elementary Schools

Bayview

Bayview is a community school of children, staff, parents, volunteers, community members and outside agencies who come together to provide a safe, caring, mutually respectful, challenging and welcoming environment that enables learners of all ages to develop their intellectual, physical, social, emotional and aesthetic potential.

Bayview Community School is a traditional public elementary school which offers an extended program of education, social, recreational, and cultural opportunities for all age groups in the community. This concept is based on a commitment to community involvement and lifelong learning.

Contact:

Darrell Cavanagh (604) 713-5433

Carnarvon 

Carnarvon School opened in September 1966; it was known as Trafalgar Annex from 1955-66.  In 1974, the Vancouver School Board approved Carnarvon’s application to become one of six original comprehensive community schools with provisions for a coordinator and secretary.  The Programs Office offers a variety of programs and services that reflect the needs of the community and student population.  A separate building for our daycare and pre-school programs was added in 1998 and the large adventure playground was rebuilt at that time.

Carnarvon is a one-level building that is wheelchair accessible and home to approximately 360 students.  About 17% of our students are acquiring English as their second language.  The library, computer lab and all classrooms in the main building have access to the Internet.

Our staff values the uniqueness of each child and encourages the development of positive self-concept, social responsibility and competency in the basic skills.  We stress safety, respect and accountability.

Contact:

Lois Layton 604-713-5396

General Gordon

Gordon School was built in 1912 to serve the rapidly growing Kitsilano area of Vancouver. The school accommodates approximately 425 students in two programs: Kindergarten to Grade 7 English program, and Grade 6 and 7 Late French Immersion. The school’s philosophy and guiding practice are adapted from the work of Dr. William Glasser; this “Quality School” initiative is exemplified in Gordon’s Mission statement. Each September, during an orientation week, multi-aged groupings of students from both programs meet all staff and are introduced to a thematic, school-wide program while circulating through learning activity stations. Within a comprehensive curriculum, numerous opportunities are provided to foster a strong student voice, including Peer Helpers, Student Council, buddy programs, clubs, sports teams and, often, interest group studies. To further promote cooperation, tolerance and caring, a Social Responsibility theme has been adopted with the motto “Kind, Safe, Fair”; also, a teacher-advisor system is in place, as well as class meetings for social problem-solving and exploration of students’ ideas and opinions.

Contact:

(604) 713-4550

Henry Hudson

Located in Kitsilano, Hudson School is four blocks from Kitsilano Beach and in the immediate neighborhood of many restaurants and shops. We are on the southwest corner of Cornwall and Cypress, just two blocks west of Burrard on the south side of Burrard Bridge. Our families live in apartments, condominiums, cooperative housing, multiple and single-family homes. Many of our families are cross-boundary from Yaletown on the north side of Burrard Bridge. We are a small, friendly school (approximately 280 students) in a well-maintained, two-storey, 88-year-old brick building. We pride ourselves on the warm and friendly atmosphere of the school, and we are very proud of our students and their accomplishments.

We strive to maintain a balance in our program among the intellectual, social, aesthetic and physical aspects of the students’ development.

Contact:

Metta Hamaguchi (604) 713-5441

Lord Tennyson

The school is named after the famous 19th century British Poet Laureate – Lord Alfred Tennyson.

The school is a beautiful brick building dating from 1912. It boasts a wonderful park-like playground with picnic tables, a native garden, planters, benches, adventure playgrounds, a basketball court, and a grass soccer field.

Lord Tennyson is a French Immersion school enrolling 340 students in fourteen divisions. The school has two daycares on site: TOSS (Kinder and primary care) & YMCA (Intermediates); an another in the area – Kitsilano Neighbourhood House.

Mutual respect and concern for others are the hallmark of our school community. One of the school’s distinguishing characteristics is its openness. There is much opportunity for parent involvement in the school, making for an active Parent Advisory Council.

Contact:

(604)713-5426

Trafalgar School 

Trafalgar School was officially opened in 1947.  The one and two-storey building is situated adjacent to Trafalgar Park, providing students with unlimited playing space on tree-lined, grassy fields.  The Trafalgar Tile Wall, a mural created in 1997 by the school’s students, staff and families, traces the history of our first fifty-plus years.

Students at Trafalgar are predominantly from the area west of Arbutus, north of West King Edward, south of West 16th Avenue and east of MacDonald.  Students in the French Immersion program come from as far west as Dunbar Street.

Approximately 25% of the students at Trafalgar receive English as a Second Language support.  Most of these students are from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Korea.

Trafalgar parents have high expectations for their children.  They work cooperatively with staff to enhance the school’s offerings.  School functions are well attended and many parents volunteer in daily activities and special school programs.

Contact:

Cheryl Douglas 604-713-5475 

St. John’s School 

St. John’s School is an independent, international baccalaureate school for boys and girls kindergarten to grade 12. St. John’s school in Vancouver inspires excellence and graduates confident learners who peruse their goals with passion, integrity and respect for others.

Contact:

Eris C. Bonokoski 604-732-4434 

St. Augustine School 

As one of the oldest Catholic Schools in the Vancouver Archdiocese, St. Augustine’s pride themselves in providing an education rich in Faith, solid in curriculum, and open to the diverse needs of the students and families they serve.

Contact:

(604) 731-8024 

Secondary Schools

Kitsilano

Kitsilano Secondary School strives to provide learning experiences that foster skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to prepare students to contribute to the well-being of our changing world.

  • enables maximum intellectual development of all its students by providing learning experiences that promote:
    * the acquisition of knowledge;
    * the basic skills of communication; 
    * the ability to understand and apply learning processes and knowledge independently;
    * the ability to reason analytically, critcaly and creatively; and
    * an appreciation of the concept of lifelong learning and curiosity about the world.
  • fosters a tolerant and positive understanding of the world, through a wide range of programs.
  • recognizes the cultural uniqueness of its school community.
  • encourages students to participate in an atmosphere of cooperative caring and respect for human differences.
  • encourages students to take responsibility for their learning.
  • assists each student to maximize his/her self-esteem and self reliance through various activities to develop physical, artistic, and emotional well-being.
  • provides students with experiences, knowledge and skills necessary to function practically and flexibly in a changing workplace.
  • fosters an awareness of the environment and a desire to promote a sustainable future.

Contact:

(604) 713-8961

Vinery

The Vinery Alternative Program is for Grade 9 and 10 students. This program provides students with the core academic courses along with Physical Education, Art, and Business Education. Students are required to maintain an 85% attendance record as well as participate in all course activities, including Anger Management and Personal Development sessions. Staff includes two teachers and a Youth and Family Worker. Limit of 24 students.

Contact:

(604) 713-4571

St. John’s International School

St. John’s offers a unique educational experience to a small group of selected students from around the world. St. John’s is fully certified by the Ministry of Education and offer courses leading to fluency in English as well as the skills and knowledge needed for graduation with a government diploma.

Contact:

(604) 683-4572

St. John’s School

St. John’s School is an independent, international baccalaureate school for boys and girls kindergarten to grade 12. St. John’s school in Vancouver inspires excellence and graduates confident learners who peruse their goals with passion, integrity and respect for others.

St. Augustine School

As one of the oldest Catholic Schools in the Vancouver Archdiocese, St. Augustine’s pride themselves in providing an education rich in Faith, solid in curriculum, and open to the diverse needs of the students and families they serve.

Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre


One of Vancouver’s oldest Community Centres, the Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre was founded in 1951 as part of a grassroots movement to provide indoor public recreation services while commemorating those Vancouverites lost in the Second World War. Located on the western portion of beautiful Connaught Park (5.99 hectares) at Larch Street and West 12th Avenue, Kitsilano Community Centre also offers a full size indoor ice rink open from October to May for public skating and lessons. Serving a diverse ethnic neighbourhood comprised of all ages, this facility provides general recreation programs including group fitness classes, youth lounge, senior’s lounge, special needs youth program and a fall-to-spring educational preschool. The fully equipped fitness centre with sauna, whirlpool and personal training programs, is one of the city’s most popular and opens 365 days a year. Outdoors offers a large playground adjacent to the centre. Recent additions include an expanded fitness centre and a newly installed sprung, hardwood dance floor and multi-purpose room.


Kitsilano Neighborhood House


Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is a friendly neighbourhood place. People of all ages and cultures come together to enjoy programs and services that make the Westside a healthy, safe and vibrant community in which to live and do business. Kits House is a non-profit registered charitable organization providing services on the Westside of Vancouver from Granville Street to UBC, from Musqueam to Cornwall Street.

Vancouver Heritage Housing

In April 1983, City Council initiated a Heritage Conservation Program. Both Council and the Vancouver Heritage Commission (then known as the Heritage Advisory Committee) realized that a comprehensive management program was necessary to identify the city’s heritage resources, to develop incentives to assist in the conservation of those resources, and to create a greater awareness and understanding of our built heritage. There are three main components to the Heritage Program.

Vancouver Heritage Register

By the end of 1986, Vancouver’s centennial year, City Council adopted the Vancouver Heritage Register (then known as the Heritage Inventory) which included buildings, landscapes, monuments and archaeological sites that have heritage significance. A site does not have to be designated to be included on the Register. There are approximately 2,400 resources listed on the Register ranging from workers cottages and utilitarian warehouses to elaborately decorated mansions and commercial buildings. The Vancouver Heritage Register [pdf] is a valuable record of the development and change that has occurred in Vancouver’s history. Approximately 21% (about 500) sites are municipally designated [see the Heritage Bylaw].

Heritage Management Plan

The Heritage Management Plan includes a program of incentives and protective measures that are aimed at promoting the conservation of our heritage resources. Incentives such as zoning by-law, subdivision by-law and parking by-law relaxations, density bonuses and transfers, and permit fast tracking encourage the restoration and continued use of heritage buildings. Protective measures include designation, heritage revitalization agreements, heritage alteration permits, heritage inspections, impact assessments, temporary protection, the withholding of approvals and permits, heritage control periods and heritage site maintenance standards.

Public Education and Information Program

This aspect of the Heritage Conservation Program provides information to the public on heritage issues and appropriate conservation techniques. Initiatives such as the annual Heritage Awards which recognize efforts that further the goal of heritage conservation are also an important part of the Heritage Program. The Heritage Plaque Program identifies municipally designated heritage sites with a distinctive bronze plaque and serves to acknowledge conservation efforts of building owners. It also increases public awareness of our built heritage and of our history.

What is the Vancouver Heritage Register?

The Vancouver Heritage Register [PDF] is the cornerstone of the City’s Heritage program. Adopted in 1986 (then known as the Heritage Inventory), it is a policy and guideline document which includes approximately 2,150 buildings, and 131 landscapes, monuments and archaeological sites. To be included on the Register, sites must be identified as having heritage value and/or heritage character and be at least 20 years old. The Register is a planning tool which provides a valuable record of Vancouver’s heritage.

How Was the Heritage Register Completed and How Are Buildings Evaluated?

A comprehensive architectural survey of the city was completed by a study team that looked at every street in the City to identify notable buildings. This work, together with additional historical research on the buildings, was used to evaluate each building according to the following criteria: (1) architectural significance; (2) historical significance; (3) the extent to which the original context of the building and its surroundings remain; and (4) the degree of alteration to the exterior of the building.

To be included on the Heritage Register, a site is evaluated as outlined above, and in so doing it must be identified as having heritage value and/or heritage character. Heritage value means historical, cultural, aesthetic, scientific or educational worth. Heritage character means the overall effect produced by traits or features which give a property or an area its distinctive quality. There can be different degrees and kinds of value and character. A rare example of a once-common building type may be of considerable value in one neighbourhood over a similar building in another area where that building type is more prevalent.

What do the “A”, “B” and “C” Evaluation Categories Mean?

These categories are general classifications and are based on any combination of historic, architectural, cultural, spiritual, scientific or social values.

A – Primary Significance
Represents the best examples of a style or type of building; may be associated with a person or event of significance.

B – Significant
Represents good examples of a particular style or type, either individually or collectively; may have some documented historical or cultural significance in a neighbourhood.

C – Contextual or Character
Represents those buildings that contribute to the historic character of an area or streetscape, usually found in groupings of more than one building but may also be of individual importance.

While the category is a useful reference, the key is that whichever category a building is placed under, it has heritage value.

Can Registered Buildings be Altered or Demolished?
Does a Building’s “A”, “B” or “C” Category Affect How It Is Treated?

A building which is listed on the Heritage Register can be altered on the exterior. However, when considering alterations, the way in which the exterior is treated should not depend on whether it is an “A”, “B” or “C”. In other words, the heritage value of each building on the Heritage Register is formally recognized and the elements that define its character should be afforded the same level of respect. If a permit is required for the alteration, it will be referred to heritage staff for comments as part of the permit process.

Council’s “Heritage Polices and Guidelines” describe Council’s intent with respect to heritage properties listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register (VHR). Before a permit can be issued to demolish a building on the VHR, development and building permits for the new development must first be obtained. In this period staff would explore retention options with the applicant. Often applicants do not know all the options and incentives/bonuses which are applicable if a heritage building is retained. These can include floor area bonuses and relaxations in height, setbacks, parking, etc. Heritage incentives are meant to be used to successfully find alternatives to the demolition of heritage buildings to the satisfaction of both the property owner and the city.

In addition to the process described above, Council policy specifies that if a building is listed in the “A” category on the VHR and demolition is sought by the owner, then:

“Council has instructed that, prior to consideration of a proposal for the demolition of an “A” building, a formal independent consultant’s report on the physical condition and economic viability of retaining the building should be reviewed by the Director of Planning. The consultant’s report is to be carried out at the expense of the applicant.”

The Planning Department’s practice in this regard has been to advise Council of the demolition request for an “A” listed building and seek their advice. For all other buildings on the Vancouver Heritage Register, if the development application is “outright” with respect to use and regulation, and there is no voluntary interest in keeping the building by the owner (or prospective owner) then the heritage hold would be removed and the demolition application process would proceed. The process typically takes one to three weeks.

For applications that seek a “conditional” development with respect to use or regulation, (e.g. a single family dwelling containing a secondary suite) the City is under no obligation to approve an application that seeks the demolition of a building on the VHR. Instead, Council’s policy instructs staff to give special consideration through applying zoning incentives to applications that seek the retention of a resource on the Heritage Register. It can take one to six months to complete the permitting process to retain the heritage building, depending on the complexity of the site, development requested and the level of negotiation.

In addition to the procedures described above, the Vancouver Charter (sections 583 and 589) permits Council to delay the demolition approval of a building either on the Heritage Register or a building that “may be heritage property”, through temporary protection for a period of 120 days. During this time, a heritage inspection may be ordered (at the owners expense) to assess the heritage value of the site.

How are Sites Added to the Vancouver Heritage Register?

When the original Heritage Register was adopted in 1986, Council supported a public nomination program whereby sites would be nominated for addition to the Register. Public nominations are reviewed by heritage staff who prepare an evaluation form for the site. The evaluation is then reviewed by the Vancouver Heritage Commission. If the person nominating the building is not the owner, then consultation with the owner must occur to determine whether or not the owner is supportive of the nomination. Sites with sufficient heritage value or character are forwarded to Council for consideration in amending the Register. If approved, the site is added to the Register.

Our listings

1311 Walnut Street

Active
$1,595,000 Attached Strata, Duplex

KITS POINT HALF DUPLEX!  Yes, it’s true, a phenomenal value…

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1121 sq ft
2 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
1 Garages

209-1490 Pennyfarthing Drive

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$898,000 Attached Strata, Condo

Fabulous waterfront executive 952 sf 2 bedroom in prime Harbour…

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952 sq ft
2 Bedrooms
1 Bathrooms
1 Garages

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