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Kitsilano Farmers Market Now Open

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In case you were so excited about the Kitsilano Pool opening and forgot about the other hot spring neighbourhood events, here’s a reminder. Kitsilano Farmers Market is now open for the 2016 season from 10am to 2pm each Sunday at Kitsilano Community Centre on Larch Street.

Every Sunday, the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional produce, meat, cheese, seafood, and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. Kids can enjoy the playground and waterpark nearby and parents will find the best selection of organic produce around. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week.

Details here: eatlocal.org/markets/kitsilano

Beer sales could be coming to Kitsilano Beach

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Kitsilano beach goers may soon be able to purchase alcohol from at Vancouver Beach Parks concessions. For many, cracking a beer or sipping wine while picnicking should be a natural part of beach enjoyment. The question of alcohol on Vancouver beaches is part of a larger survey the park board is conducting as it looks at revamping concessions. The Park Board has hired a consultant to develop a business strategy for its 12 seasonal concessions operated between April and October.

“If provided in a responsible manner, do you agree or disagree with the sale of alcoholic beverages at Vancouver Beach Parks concessions?” asks the online survey. (The survey is still live. So take the time to weigh in.) Read more…

Kitsilano Showboat needs volunteers for summer 2016

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Kitsilano Showboat has been providing Kits residents and fans from all over Vancouver with free, live entertainment at Kitsilano Beach for over 80 years. They need your help this summer to keep the fun going.

Do you enjoy being part of our beautiful community of Kitsilano? Do you enjoy making all kinds of people smile – young and old? Then turn up for the volunteer meeting 7:30pm on June 8, at the Kitsilano Showboat stage at Kits Beach.

There are opportunities for greeters, program sellers, and donation collectors. Volunteers commit to 2 1/2 hours per week (6:30-9pm), Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday from July 20 to August 20.

For more information about Kitsilano Showboat:
kitsilanoshowboat.com

Kitsilano Coast Guard base finally re-opens

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As reported by CKNW, Kitsilano Coast Guard Station re-opens Sunday, May 1. The base closure in 2013 was controversial, to say the least. The debate about the closure heated up immensely with the 2015 bunker fuel spill in English Bay.

There won’t be an official announcement, public open house, or ribbon cutting of any kind though, as Canadian Coast Guard spokesperson Dan Bate calls the re-opening of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base a soft launch. Read more…

“Is Kitsilano Dead?” asks Vancouver realtor

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Image:
Guilhem Vellut

An article on Kitsilano real estate recently published in Vancouver magazine has residents talking. Realtor Ben Chimes of Zwick Chimes Real Estate Group wrote the piece titled: “Is Kitsilano dead?”

At first, the idea seems ludicrous. Real estate around Kits has always been pricey and desirable. But the argument makes a few salient points. You can read an excerpt below:

“With easy access to beaches and parks, a highly walkable community of shops, restaurants, and cafés along 4th Avenue—not to mention a mellow Westcoast vibe that once seemed to define Vancouver—you could easily understand why Kits would be in high demand.

From a real estate perspective, however, we are seeing a different story developing. At the end of 2015, the average sales price of a condo in Kitsilano was $522,425. Whereas near Main Street, it was $572,661. Just five years ago, those numbers were $438,068 and $365,295, respectively. Read more…

Kitsilano Pool opens Saturday, May 21

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Opening day for Kitsilano Pool marks the unofficial start of summer in Kits. According to the Vancouver.ca public pool schedules, opening day for Kitsilano Pool is Saturday May 21, 2016 with public swimming from 9am to 8:30pm.

Kitsilano Pool is Vancouver’s only heated saltwater swimming pool. The outdoor summer pool is 137 metres long (almost three times longer than an Olympic pool) and has 3 slides. Because it’s so close to Kits beach, one of the top 5 beaches in Vancouver, it appears to be a turquoise extension of the ocean. Read more…

3 open houses in Kits this week

Image: Livekitsilano.com

Image: Livekitsilano.com

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…