Photo: Ariana Gillrie
Close to downtown, close to the beach, close to restaurants and great shopping—there’s not a lot this neighbourhood lacks. Once a hippie haven, Kitsilano has evolved into a yuppie paradise, replete with endless yoga studios and trendy baby boutiques. While the grocery stores and many restaurants still focus on health foods, there are plenty of ways to indulge: heaping scoops of Rain or Shine ice cream to keep you company while you walk to the beach, a lazy brunch at retro diner Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe or pitchers of beer on the expansive beachside patio at Local Public Eatery.
Real Estate: Beach Lovers, Bohemians and Health Nuts
With its mix of condos, townhouses, duplexes, triplexes, single-family homes and mansions, not to mention rental suites tucked into every nook and cranny, Kits is the most eclectic west-side ’hood—at least from a real estate perspective. But it’s the proximity to the ocean and mountain views, as well as the health- and fitness-minded shops and eateries along bustling 4th Avenue, and the food stands and cafés on West Broadway, that continue to draw buyers of all stripes and incomes. Those who purchased a while back are sitting pretty, too: over the last decade, the average two-storey detached home has increased in value by more than 133 percent. “Some people are leaving Kits and moving to Main Street, Cambie or Commercial Drive,” says realtor Rod MacKay. “Other people don’t want to be anywhere but Kits, and they just never leave.”
Did you know?
West 4th was known colloquially as Rainbow Road in the 1960s because of the proliferation of hippies, health food stores and vegetarian restaurants, including The Naam, Vancouver’s oldest vegetarian restaurant (open 24/7)—a Kits staple since 1968.
Median Age of Residents: 20–39
Average Monthly Rent: $1,204
Avg. Total Household Income: $87,825
Whether you’re in the market for that perfect-fitting pair of jeans or a winter jacket that will hold in the heat, knowing where to go is half the battle.