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Kerrisdale, Vancouver

Kerrisdale is a chi-chi area of Vancouver's West Side, but did you know it used to be a farming community? Here's more about this quiet gem of a neighbourhood

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REW.ca
May 5, 2015






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Kerrisdale – a quiet, wealthy neighbourhood on Vancouver’s West Side – stretches from Blenheim Street in the west to Cypress Street in the east. MLS® marks 41st and 49th Avenues as the north and south boundaries, with a jag along West Boulevard to 57th Avenue.

Kerrisdale began as a family farming area in the 1860s. It was originally part of the Municipality of Point Grey, and became part of the City of Vancouver in 1929. It was named after the Scottish town of Kerrydale by Mrs. William McKinnon, who in 1903 became one of the area’s first residents beyond the initial two farming families.

As one of Vancouver’s older neighbourhoods, Kerrisdale has plenty of history – including 50 structures listed in the Vancouver Heritage inventory. It’s a mature, well-established community of large single-family homes on tree-lined streets mixed with condominiums and townhouses popular among retirees – including a good selection of co-op buildings. Co-op condo units start at under $300,000 for a one-bedroom, with freehold strata units starting just under $400,000. The single-family homes in Kerrisdale are large – think estate-style homes with up to eight bedrooms – with a price tag to match. While it’s possible to find a house for under $2 million, the majority are above that price point.

One of Kerrisdale’s defining features – the grassy Arbutus Corridor that runs along the old CP rail tracks from False Creek to the Fraser River – is currently the subject of a spat between CP and the City of Vancouver. CP is updating the track, and it remains to be seen what will happen to the Arbutus Corridor, but for now it remains an important green space in this community.

Over the last 30 years, Kerrisdale has welcomed an influx of Asian immigrants, bringing a sense of diversity to this formerly very British area. View Kerrisdale MLS® Listings and upcoming open houses.

Kerrisdale Amenities

Kerrisdale Shopping

Kerrisdale Village, a classic main-street shopping district, mixes old-fashioned brick-paved sidewalks with modern baby, pet and home retailers. There’s a London Drugs in the area, plus plenty of financial, health, beauty and professional services. Hills of Kerrisdale, offering women’s and men’s fashions, has been a neighbourhood institution since the 1920s, and The Kerrisdale Lumber Company, voted Vancouver’s best hardware store in the Vancouver Courier’s 2015 Stars of Vancouver reader awards, has been in business since 1921.

Schools and Education in Kerrisdale

Elementary schools

Secondary schools

Independent schools

Kerrisdale Cafés and Restaurants

Kerrisdale features an abundance of cafés and hidden lunch spots, including Avenue Grill, which has been a locals’ favourite since 1927. The area is also popular for teashops, with Adonia Tea Shop, the Secret Garden Tea Company and La Cuisson Café among those offering traditional high tea. Recently, Kerrisdale has become known for its excellent Chinese and Japanese food at establishments including Ajisai Sushi Bar and Golden Ocean Seafood Restaurant. Pizzeria Bufala, from the Wildebeest team, is a relatively recent but very popular addition to the neighbourhood.

Kerrisdale Sports and Recreation

Plenty of local green spaces spruce up Kerrisdale; honourable mentions include baseball, lawn bowling, soccer and tennis at Elm Park, and the mostly forested Malkin Park. Kerrisdale Centennial Park includes the Kerrisdale Community Centre and indoor swimming pool.

Kerrisdale also boasts its own indoor ice-skating rink at the Kerrisdale Cyclone Taylor Arena. For most of the year, the rink offers skating lessons, drop-in hockey, on-the-ice family activities and plenty of public skate times. From April to August, the ice is removed and the arena becomes an indoor playground complete with bouncy castles.

Kerrisdale Transportation

Transit activity in Kerrisdale includes bus routes along 41st Avenue, 49th Avenue, West Boulevard and MacKenzie Street. The #16 bus connects residents directly to downtown Vancouver.

Kerrisdale Property Statistics

Average home price1

$1,985,741

The large estates in Kerrisdale skew the average price upward

Rental information2

Average rent for a private apartment

$1,335

Private apartment vacancy rate

1.0%

 

Makeup of dwellings3

Total number of occupies dwellings

5,655

Single-detached homes

53%

Duplexes

6.6%

Semi-detached/row homes

1.6%

Apartments, under five stories

27.9%

Apartments, five or more stories

10.9%

       

Kerrisdale Demographics3

Population           14,735

Age

65+

16.4%

40 to 64

39.4%

20 to 39

22.1%

19 and under

22.1%

1REW.ca Interactive Map, incorporating data from the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, and Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, April 2015.

2CMHC Rental Market Report, Vancouver and Abbotsford-Mission CMAs, Fall 2013. The information is based on the “Westside/Kerrisdale” area as defined by CMHC, which includesKerrisdale, Mackenzie Heights, Dunbar, Shaugnessy and Oakridge.

3Statistics Canada, Census 2011, custom order for City of Vancouver Local Areas.

Neighbourhoods Surrounding Kerrisdale


Christina Newberry is a Vancouver-based writer and editor who writes lifestyle and travel stories for publications both online and in print. When she's not travelling, Christina can be found exploring Vancouver's unique neighbourhoods or puttering in her community garden plot.
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