Kitsilano Rental Sale Sets Record Price


In the pre-kids days, before space needs overtook atmosphere in our property rankings, my husband and I always kept an eye out for the apartment rentals in Kitsilano with ocean views. Our best was an ancient-but-scenic two bedroom in an eight-unit apartment building on the beach side of Cornwall. We had a view of the water from every room in the house, floor-to-ceiling in the living room. Moving was tough, although necessary. I learned what homesick meant when I had coffee on the couch in our next place and didn’t see the reassuring grey-blue of English Bay.  When we saw the recent BIV post about an old eight-unit apartment building on Cornwall setting a record price per suite, we wondered if it was ours. The building sold this month for $5,025,000 total, or $628,125 per apartment door.

Want to Play Table Tennis in Kits? Join the Kitsilano Ping Pong Social Club

ping_pong_paddlesA ping pong table is an invaluable workspace. It’s great for wrapping presents, laying out photos, having lunch, folding laundry and so much more. For those who have friends who play table tennis, a ping pong table is also the obsession-worthy epicentre of the ping pong club world. You know, where all the sweaty, high-speed action happens.

Apparently, Kitsilano has a lot of individuals who are into table tennis. They’ve gone and started the Kitsilano Ping Pong Social Club which takes place every Thursday night at the Billy Bishop Legion (upper level) in Kits. All you have to do to participate is book a table.

Warning: this sport is addictive. Why? Because in a world of anxiety-ridden folks, there’s something abut the speed of the tiny ball and the clack of the paddles that allows you to shut out the constant, tiny nagging voice and enter The Zone. Or so I hear.

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5 Indulgent Easter Treats from Kitsilano Shops

Easter chocolate

Image: Thomas Haas Chocolates

We’ve already filled you in on all the best Easter events and toddler treats in and around the neighbourhood, but what about some guilty pleasures you can justifiably indulge in over the long weekend? I’m not just talking chocolate (although the sweet stuff admittedly pops up more than once on my list), but all things Easter-themed that will spoil you rotten for the holiday. Here are 5 indulgent Easter baskets ideas found in Kitsilano shops and boutiques.  Read more…

5 Sugar-Free Easter Treats for Kids

Naturally dyed eggs

Naturally dyed eggs

Easter treat shopping for a young child this week? You may want to consider some alternatives to the usual sugar-laden options, so try these 5 sugar-free Easter treats and activities for tots below. Of course, you could always include a few pieces of that divine stuff from Chocolate Arts in their baskets. You could eat it for them and do their teeth a favour, right? Read more…

Heritage Vancouver Names Hollywood Theatre #1 Endangered Site for 2014


The Heritage Vancouver Society has released its annual list of top 10 endangered sites in the city. Our very own Hollywood Theatre is top on the list:

“The Art Deco Hollywood Theatre is a precious community landmark built in 1935-36, and one of our last intact neighborhood theatres. The current owner has not expressed interest in retaining the interior of this significant theatre and has not found a buyer who would maintain its public assembly use. The only proposal so far would retain the facade, make significant changes to the interior and end the building’s use as a cultural community space.” — Heritage Vancouver Society

What happens next? Well, Kits residents are known for civic action. We’ll leave that in your capable hands.

5 Cool Things to Do in Vancouver in Spring

things to do in Vancouver in spring

Image: Pixabay/Steinchen

Balmy breezes. Blossoms. More sun. Warm weather is on its way back, along with your desire to get outdoors and explore Vancouver. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up five cool things to do in Vancouver in spring. Go play outside! Read more…

A Week in Drink Specials in Kitsilano

Image: Local/jerbeland

Image: Local/jerbeland

We may be known for our coffee shops and yoga studios, but Kits is also home to a pretty great selection of bars, pubs, and patios. I tend to stay close to home on my nights out and I’m restricted by the budget of a writer, which means I’m well versed in the drink specials in our neighbourhood.

Here are some of my favourite spots and their best deals. I’ve got you covered for every night of the week.

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Bikram Yoga Closes in Kitsilano. Guru Scandal to Blame?

Bikram Choudhury

Bikram Choudhury in his youth

Bikram Yoga Vancouver has closed their West End and Kitsilano studio locations. The last sweat sessions were held on March 30. Their Cambie studio, located at 555 West 12th at City Square Mall will remain open, but for how long?

The competition is fierce for yoga studios in our city, with over 7 studios in Kitsilano alone, and dozens more in the surrounding neighbourhoods. As we approach the balmier months, it is especially challenging for hot yoga varieties such as Bikram and Moksha to hold onto their clients. It hasn’t helped business either, with Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram Yoga, and his fantastical, but now disputed health claims or his lifestyle in Beverly Hills that hardly resembles that of a yogi. Or perhaps the recent and rather serious accusations against Choudhury are to blame for a decline in membership. Read more…