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Kitsilano Vancouver has a very long and colourful history. Some of the notable highlights begin back in 1885 when push came to shove and after a shoot-out there was a forced removal of the private owners of the 200 Acre waterfront parcel of Kits Beach (then known as Greers beach). That owner who was shot and his family forcibly removed was an early non-native settler named Sam Greer. Then 28 years later a native tribe lead by Chief Khatsahlanos was forcibly given pennies on the dollar to vacate their homes & land which was Vanier Park at Kits Point. Both of these forced removals were at the hands of none other than the City of Vancouver & CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway). These actions cleared the way for the two corporations to take full control of the land now known as Kits Point. They City & CPR wanted to do so to build a resort on this huge parcel of land which never happened. The years that followed this saw kits beach as an extremely popular campground in the summer. However, in 1908 the city finally banned the use of tents on the beach.


Some other key historical points about the Kitsilano neighborhood that you may not know.

1932 saw the completion of the Burrard Street Bridge that connected the West Side to Downtown Vancouver. Arbutus Coffee at 6th & Arbutus was initially built in place in 1907. I believe this is the oldest currently standing commercial building in Kits. 1927 brought the Kitsilano Branch of the Vancouver Public Library to the area. This is now the oldest library in the province of British Columbia. 


The amenities of Kitsilano Vancouver run a long list. The Vancouver Maritime Museum, The Museum of Vancouver & The HR Mcmillan Space Centre (R.I.P Harold) are home here. The most famous amenity is of course Kits Beach and there are 17 different parks throughout Kitsilano.

Community events like Greek Days & the Khatsahlanos Festival draw huge crowds every summer and keep the neighborhood vibrant with culture.


Schools in Kitsilano have great reputations. These include Lord Tennyson Elementary, Henry Hudson Elementary, General Gordon Elementary & Bayview Elementary Schools. The neighborhood highlights just one high school, Kitsilano Highschool.


The Real Estate of Kitsilano Vancouver is unmatched. Kits offers 2,181 Houses between its boarders of Burrard Street to Alma Street, the water to West 16th Avenue. These homes come in all shapes and sizes as you can imagine. From entry level homes to the ultra-exclusive and somewhat controversial Point Grey Road with its amazing collection of true waterfront addresses. Kitsilano Real Estate truly has something for everyone in literally any price bracket.

Contact me today to purchase your next home in Kitsilano Vancouver!