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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

Image:  Guilhem Vellut

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…

3 open houses in Kits this week

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Image: Livekitsilano.ca

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…

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival tickets on sale now

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Image: bard on the Beach

Kitsilano is lucky to have Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in Vanier Park each summer. The festival is one of the top events of Vancouver festival season, and is largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festival in Canada. Tickets for Bard on the Beach 2016 just went on sale April 6. The season runs from June 3 to September 24. Details on the performances and how to get tickets below. Read more…

Kidsbooks’ new location is super fun for the entire family

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Kidsbooks recently opened in a new bigger space at 2557 West Broadway, and the 5,000 square foot shop is getting rave reviews from all ages. Not only is it next to Thomas Haas, which makes it easy to pair it with coffee and an indulgent treat, it has books for the entir family. Yes, there’ s lots of skillfully-curated picks for tiny people. You can also find the a well-stocked teen section, the hippest cookbooks, adult bestsellers, and even pajamas for your bedtime stories. Read more…