Why the Popularity of Laneway Homes in Vancouver Is Growing

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Guest post by Kenny Wong, the Operations and Marketing Manager for PHW Homes

Single detached home prices in Vancouver are the highest they have ever been and the most astronomical in Canada. With the average Vancouver home now priced at a cool $1 million and up, these prices don’t leave many options for the new prospecting home buyer or recent graduate student fresh out of school. Young families often find it exceedingly difficult to purchase their first home.

A rising solution to Vancouver’s housing woes has been something called laneway homes. A laneway house is a smaller, detached home, typically located where a garage is on a lot. Permits for laneway homes have increased every year since 2010, reaching 357 in 2014. Read more…

Cool Thing We Want: Chocolate Arts’ Ice Cream Sandwich

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Image: Chocolate Arts

It’s cool alright. In fact, it’s frozen. In case you forgot that Chocolate Arts rolls out seasonal desserts, consider this a friendly reminder. Avalon milk and free range eggs enhance the intensely vanilla speckled ice cream. It sits on a solid brownie base. The whole shebang is adorned in dark chocolate. Next time you hear the ice cream truck, feel free to turn up your nose. You got better places to source those calories.

1620 W 3rd Ave., 604-739-0475, Chocolatearts.com

Kitsilano Showboat Schedule Summer 2015

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Image: Kitsilano Showboat

Kitsilano Showboat is celebrating their 80th anniversary this summer. Performances take place at Kitsilano Beach in front of the Kitsilano Pool Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm through August 15. Kits Showboat performances are free and family-friendly. Go support this wholesome and super fun Kits community event.

If you haven’t already checked out the Kitsilano Showboat Summer 2015 show schedule, here it is. Read more…

4 New Places to Eat in Kitsilano

Basil Pasta Bar features $8 pasta dishes in Kits. Image credit: Basilpastabar.com

Basil Pasta Bar features $8 pasta dishes in Kits. Image credit: Basilpastabar.com

This Spring and Summer in Kitsilano has seen a lot of new restaurant openings. Here we have 4 more for you to check out this weekend. Choose from Japanese tapas to juicy burgers, or fresh vegetarian salads and cheap pasta.

4 New Places to Eat in Kitsilano

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Free Canada Day Events at Granville Island

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There’s an all-ages Canada Day party happening next door to Kits on Granville Island this July 1. If you’re hunting for an easy win, look no further. The hodgepodge of fun has something for everyone.

Canada Day on Granville Island includes a parade, live jazz, roving performers, making your own flag at Arts Umbrella, Canada Day donuts at Lee’s, a parade, face painting, patriotic tattoos, a lobster cookout, a canine obstacle course and more.

Details below. Browse the rest of our Vancouver Canada Day events here. Read more…

Greek Day on Broadway is Sunday, June 28

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Image: Greek Day

We look forward to Greek Day on Broadway every summer. It’s free. It’s fun. You learn stuff about Vancouver urban culture and Greek culture. There’s lots of tasty food. People actually dance in the streets. It’s especially meaningfult o get out ad support Greek culture this year, as Greece’s financial future hangs precariously in the balance.

The big day is tomorrow: Sunday, June 28. Here’s what you need to know about the event schedule. Read more…

5 Ways to Stay Cool this Weekend in Kitsilano

Rain or Shine's Strawberry Mint Sorbet. Image credit: Rainorshineicecream.com

Rain or Shine’s Strawberry Mint Sorbet. Image credit: Rainorshineicecream.com

Another heatwave is coming for us here on the West Coast this weekend. Thankfully there are plenty of ways to stay cool in the Kitsilano neighbourhood. From outdoor pools to icy treats and breezy patios, here is our list of 5 ways to stay cool this weekend.

5 Ways to Stay Cool this Weekend in Kitsilano

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