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Vancouver Celebration of Light kicks off this weekend: July 23, July 27 & July 30

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Free fireworks with a beachfront view? Heck yeah. We’re in. Kitsilano residents enjoy one of the best views of the Vancouver Celebration of Light fireworks competition without having to leave the neighbourhood. Those of us who don’t have an ocean-facing patio will head down to Vanier Park or Kits Beach for the fun. This year, the pyrotechnic showdown takes place July 23, July 27, and July 30, with the Netherlands, Australia and the USA competing for total domination (in that order).

Also good to know: Celebration of Light has launched a handy app so you can find out more about the live music and venues for events that accompany the fireworks. You can also vote for a winner; a People’s Choice Award will be determined at the end of the festival.

Looking for more Vancouver community events? Check here. Happy summer, folks.

3 open houses in Kits this week

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Looking for real estate in Kitsilano? If you live, work, or play in Kits neighbourhood and want to put down roots, here’s a peek at real estate that has an open house this week. We’ve included three listings from the condos and houses on the market now.

Not sure what you can afford? Use this mortgage calculator, then sit back and enjoy the Kitsilano  real estate porn. Read more…

The Khatsahlano Street Party is this Saturday, July 9th

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Khatsahlano Street Party, Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival, returns to West 4th Avenue on Saturday, July 9th from 11am to 9pm.

Khatsahlano is host to a long list of local musicians including headliners Hannah Georgas, Mounties, We Are The City and Jordan Klassen. The line-up, curated by Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, also features White Poppy, Jasper Sloan Yip, Woolworm, Gang Signs and many more. Read more…

Chocolate Arts now scooping house-made ice cream

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As if the competition for awesome ice cream wasn’t fierce enough, another contender has entered the race. Chocolate Arts has just launched their seasonal house-made ice cream menu featuring dark chocolate with wine-soaked dried cherries, apple crumble, and coconut & lime. Stop by and check it out.

Chocolate Arts, 1620 West 3rd Ave, Vancouver,  604.739.0475, Chocolatearts.com

Vancouver investigates Kitsilano apartment block with 17 Airbnb units

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As reported by Vancouver Sun, there are 17 Airbnb listings in the New York Apartments at 2341 York Ave. near Kitsilano Beach. The two-storey building has 29 units total and is zoned as a medium-density residential development.  Units are listed at between $60 and $169 per night. Tenants of the New York’s sleeping rooms – SROs averaging 110 square feet – share four parking stalls and common washrooms, showers and baths. The building also has a penthouse and several one- and two-bedroom units.

In Vancouver, all rental tenancies must be at least 30 days except in hotels and licensed bed and breakfasts, but the vast majority of Airbnb hosts violate this regulation. In online reviews, many users say they stayed at the New York for just a few days. Read more…

3 open houses in Kits this week

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Image: Livekitsilano

Looking for real estate in Kitsilano? If you live, work, or play in Kits neighbourhood and want to put down roots, here’s a peek at real estate that has an open house this week. We’ve included three listings from the condos and houses on the market now.

Not sure what you can afford? Use this mortgage calculator, then sit back and enjoy the Kitsilano  real estate porn. Read more…