Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 1: West Point Grey

Pacific Spirit Park trail

Pacific Spirit Park trail

This weekend, venture out west. To West Point Grey to be exact. With its eastern boundary beginning at Alma Street, the West Point Grey (or Point Grey for short) neighbourhood is a pleasant stroll or short drive/ride away for many Kits residents. Here’s our guide on what to see, eat, and buy in this affluent, well-established section of Vancouver.

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 1: West Point Grey

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Why You May Want to Abandon Kits Beach Playground for this Amazing New $1 Million Playground in Richmond

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In 2010, the Kitsilano Beach playground was the new cool kid of Vancouver play spaces. A legacy of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, it’s the city’s largest fully accessible playground and the rotating climber and saucer swings are super fun. A couple thousand illegal cigarette butts later, plus overcrowding, and proximity to the young adult meat market, and many neighbourhood moms are willing to make the trek to another neighbourhood.

Where are they heading? The new $1 million playground Terra Nova in Richmond is the one to visit.

Designed by Vancouver’s Hapa Collaborative, this magical wonderland is the result of over decade of planning. The play landscape is inspired by the environment of the parkland on a middle arm of the Fraser River. The design includes an jaw-dropping spiral slide, a treehouse, meadow maze, zip line, and a “log jam” climbing structure that is meant to be like the classic West coast experience of walking on logs. Read more…

Fall Fashion Trends and Where to Find Them in Kitsilano

Acne sweater. Image: Gravity Pope

Acne sweater. Image: Gravity Pope

Fashion on 4th, hosted this past Thursday by Sarah Bancroft at Bimini Public House, introduced us to a horde of fall fashion trends, and, even better, told us exactly where we could find them on West 4th.

A few common themes were rich, bold colours – blue-black as the new go-to neutral and ox blood (or merlot, as I prefer to call it) as the favoured vibrant hue – as well as statement outerwear, military details, and skinny jeans (they’re not going anywhere for a while). A couple styling trends I will definitely indulge in include running shoes with skirts (ideal!), the collegiate look (skinny sweats and bomber jackets, again – ideal), and 80’s-style baggy tops over tight bottoms (do I have to say it again?).

All of these trending looks are ideal because they bring comfort to the forefront, which is exactly what we all need at this time of the year. With a couple choice accessories and lots of bold colour, comfort can also be stylish.

Here are a few of my favourite picks from spots along West 4th, so that you can feel cozy and chic all at once. Read more…

Proposal to Change Vanier Park Draws Fire from Kits Residents

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Kits residents galvanize to action when there’s a proposed change to their parks and the new plan for Vanier Park, pushed forward by Bard on the Beach (BOTB), is no different.

BOTB wants to remove part of Vanier Park’s lawn and replace it with a hard surface such as pavement or gravel. They have good reasons. But still. The response from Kits seems appropriate. Folks want to know: exactly how much of an impact should commercial enterprises be allowed to have on public parks?

Here’s the scoop, as reported by Business in Vancouver. We’ve also included how to impact the outcome on Vanier by filling out the surveyRead more…

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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The fall real estate market is in full swing, so you’ll see lots of Open Houses this weekend. Take a look at out top choices for a condo, townhouse and house in Kits; follow the link to LiveKitsilano.com to see a full list of every open house.

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5 Ways to Welcome Autumn in Kitsilano

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You know it’s nearly autumn when your sweaters and boots suddenly appear from the back of the closet, squirrels hastily begin collecting acorns outside, and the couch starts to look mighty cozy in the evenings. We’ve got 5 ways for you to get out and welcome autumn in Kitsilano and here they are:

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Lucky’s Doughnuts Launches New Menu; Pumpkin Doughnuts Are Back

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Go buy elastic waist pants. Lucky’s Doughnuts, our local doughnut shop that operates out of 49th Parallel Coffee (2198 West 4th) , launches their new menu today. They’ve remixed old favourites; they’ve added new wonders.

Pumpkin doughnuts return with a few tweaks (see above). There’s a magical breakfast cruller with maple icing and candied peppercorn bacon (see below). We’re tempted to use that as the carb in a wacky sweet-meets-savoury-eggs breakfast sandwich.  Other standouts: chocolate chip cookie dough (what?!) and a matcha bismarck. Ummm, eat your greens? 

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Cocktails and Shopping at Kitsilano’s Fashion on Fourth: September 18, 2014

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Vancouver Fashion Week , Vitamin Daily, and West 4th Avenue join forces this coming Thursday, September 18, to celebrate the eclectic mix of fashion and retailers in our neighbourhood. The goal? To encourage Vancouverites to explore our wonderful boutiques, find a good deal on fall fashion, and sip a cocktail while doing so. Read more…

A Tale of Two BC Apple Festivals

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Every year, we cover the annual fall UBC Apple Festival. This year, we’re bringing you even more fall harvest goodness and more access to tasty apple pies.

UBC Apple Festival takes place October 18-19, 2014. But there’s another apple festival on our radar. The Salt Spring Island Apple Festival takes place September 28, 2014. It’s a little farther afield and totally worth the trip. Salt Spring has been growing apples since 1860. Today over 350 varieties of organic apples grow on the island.

Details on the festivals are below. You don’t have to choose. They’re on different weekends. Why not hit up both? Read more…

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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The Kitsilano real estate market has picked up pace this fall. We’re seeing lots of new listings, and price drops with many of the older listings that haven’t sold. We expect a lot of activity this weekend at the Open Houses, so make sure you get in to see the homes that have caught your eye before they sell.
Here’s a full list of all homes with Open Houses in Kitsilano this weekend: www.livekitsilano.com/open-houses. Below are some notable listings with Open Houses:

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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