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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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…

Residents protest new pedestrian walkway on Point Grey Road and other ‘wasteful infrastructure’

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As reported by Global News, approximately 200 residents held a rally in Kitsilano Sunday to protest changes to Point Grey Road and other examples of what they call “wasteful infrastructure spending.”

Two years ago, residents supported measures that closed the street to all but local traffic. Point Grey Road between Alma Street and Macdonald Street was closed permanently to through traffic, removing 10,000 cars per day from the street in order to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians. The result?

“We have now gone from an unsafe car freeway to an unsafe bike speedway,” Ron Chunick told Vancouver city council.

They are now concerned about the second phase of the city’s project. Read more…

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…

Don’t miss Greek Day on Broadway: Sunday, June 26

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Greek Day on Broadway. It’s one heck of a party and it’s been taking place in Kitsilano, the core of the Vancouver Greek community, since 1974. This year Greek Day falls on Sunday, June 26 from 11am to 9pm. The party attracts over 100,000 participants and closes traffic on Broadway from MacDonald to Blenheim.

The Greek Day festivities are free, lively, heartfelt, joyful and crowded. The food, which deserves its own sentence, is delicious. Read more…

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…

Free summer fun – Kitsilano Showboat schedule 2016

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Kitsilano Showboat‘s 81st season of music and dance begins on Monday, June 20th and continues through August 20th. Join them by Kits Pool every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm. You can expect a different performance every evening, but always the most beautiful view in the world.

Kitsilano Showboat performances are free and family-friendly. Special programming on Canada Day begins at 3pm, and you can say late for the Celebration of Light fireworks on July 23rd, 27th, and 30th. Read more…

Free outdoor movies Vancouver 2016 at Stanley Park schedule

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Free outdoor movies at Stanley Park, one of our favourite Vancouver summer traditions, returns starting Tuesday July 5 through August 23.

Stanley Park’s Ceperley Meadows (Second Beach) will be outfitted with a four-storey inflatable movie screen for thousands of Vancouverites to kick back and watch flicks outdoors under summer skies.

How it works? Shows start at dusk. Seating is first come, first serve. Bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs and, since it’s a family-friendly event, smoking or alcohol is not permitted. Movie goers are encouraged to walk, take transit, or bike out to Stanley Park for the shows – there will be a bike valet service offered on site each night too.

Find the full Evo Summer Cinema Series at Stanley Park – “in the park after dark” schedule after the jump. Read more…

7 great family road trips in BC

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Family road trips are the stuff of legend. Adventure, togetherness, and a few comical mishaps are the inputs you need to create a lasting memory. Read more…

Car-Free Day Kitsilano block parties June 18-19

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The 12th Annual Car Free Day Vancouver returns Saturday-Sunday, June 18th and 19th. The free festival will take over Commercial Drive, Main Street and Denman Street—with block parties held in Kitsilano.

Kitsilano puts its own twist on Car Free Day. Instead of closing off a major street and filling it with live entertainment and food/drink, people host block parties with their neighbors. Some dance, some sing, while others bring out their couches and drink together. Read up on Kits block parties and how to host here. Or check out their Facebook page.

If it’s easy access to family fun you’re after and you can’t find a Kits block party, we recommend gravitating toward the Commercial Drive fiesta with 15 blocks of live entertainment and a huge family zone.