Photo: Ariana Gillrie
Popular among retirees and starving students alike, Kerrisdale exudes a certain small-town charm while offering convenient proximity to the city centre. The main drag (West 41st Avenue between Maple and Balsam streets) is peppered with chain stores and local businesses, some occupying their locations since the mid-1920s. Despite its vanilla demeanour, the Kerrisdale Arena played an integral role in the city’s music scene, hosting Vancouver’s first rock concert in 1956 and many other historic shows until the early 1980s.
Real Estate: Quiet Kerrisdale is Waking Up
Kerrisdale has long been known as a sleepy retirement area, and the tree-lined neighbourhood is a key spot for downsizers who sell their west-side homes but don’t want to leave its charms behind. But with more row houses and townhomes, the mom-and-pop 41st Avenue shops, proximity to good schools and the redevelopment of the Arbutus Greenway—which runs from Marpole to Kits—Kerrisdale is increasingly an area of choice for young families, too. “It’s not as hip as Kits or Yaletown or Olympic Village, but if you want to raise kids where you can have a patch of grass and not have people on top of you, it’s a great place to be,” says realtor and Kerrisdale local Andrew Hasman. However, even the most basic postwar bungalow goes for $2.5 million and a livable family home sells for $4 million and up.
Median Age of Residents: 40–64
Average Monthly Rent: $1,394
Avg. Total Household Income: $151,582