June 20, 2011
Pleasant prosperity describes Kerrisdale, where the oak trees are older than most downtown buildings. A recent visit yielded signs of questionable excess, the most egregious being a tailored toddler who called to his nanny, “Mush!” West 41st Avenue is the site of sunny-day shopping at luxe boutiques like Isola Bella and Thomas Hobbs. But it wasn’t always so in this neck of Vancouver; for those who bought here 40 or 50 years ago, it’s often a case of being house-rich but pocket-poor. Real estate in the area has skyrocketed, yet there are three thrift shops in Kerrisdale Village. Locals—both rich and less rich—have dug in their heels to keep Kerrisdale a single-family housing area (as was decreed by their “community vision”); recent laneway-housing propositions have been met by pockets of fierce NIMBYism. That said, what lovely homes they are. Nowhere in the city will you find so pleasing a mix of Tudor, Arts and Crafts, and Beaux Art houses. Take a coffee (and a pain au chocolat from Faubourg) to Southwest Marine Drive for optimal estate peeping.—Pat Richardson
MEET THE NEIGHBOURS
DAVID & ANNE LIZE MORDANT | RETIRED VETS
4749 Trafalgar Street – $1,980,000
The Mordants moved from South Africa to be closer to their grandchildren. Since space for their Dalmatian (both in the backyard and at nearby parks) was also a must, this home was exactly what they were looking for.
The Realtor Tom Gradecak of Westside Realty
The Search They’d browsed on previous visits, but it wasn’t until they arrived as Canadian citizens that they started to search in earnest. The first morning, their realtor took them to this house and Anne Lize fell in love. David insisted they look more broadly, but it wasn’t long before she got her wish. This recently renovated five-bedroom boasts a basement suite, private backyard, and large windows that flood the home with light and views of the city and North Shore mountains. The front room’s window seat and the impressively large kitchen sealed the deal.
The Neighbourhood The Mordants love the self-sufficiency of Kerrisdale; from drugstores to boutiques to bakeries, they never find the need to head elsewhere. They also look forward to making more animal-loving friends while walking their dog down the area’s tree-lined streets.—Laura Dennis