Five Great things About Living in … Kerrisdale

Christina Newberry
April 28, 2015

Kerrisdale is a historic area of Vancouver, dating back to the 1860s. It retains much of its heritage charm, with a very active business improvement association working to maintain the main shopping village area as a slice of living Vancouver history.

With 50 structures listed in the Vancouver Heritage inventory and plenty of grand, estate-style homes, Kerrisdale is a tony neighbourhood with strong ties to its British colonial past. It’s also home to a large population of new Canadians – many from Asia – who have brought with them an excellent selection of Asian food.

And with a good inventory of condo buildings, including several co-ops, Kerrisdale has a diverse group of residents, from students to retirees, who enjoy the self-contained village feel in a location that’s well connected to both downtown and UBC.

1. Tree-Lined Streets

Kerrisdale is paradise for those who love to stroll. Its streets are lined with large trees that make just about any side street worth exploring. To take it up a notch, wander along one of the old streets where grand estate-style homes are nestled behind those trees. Even for those just driving through, the trees give Kerrisdale the feeling of a country town rather than a bustling community in a major city.

2. Some of the City’s Oldest Shops

The Kerrisdale Village shopping area has plenty of modern shops, but Kerrisdale is home to some classics, too. Hills of Kerrisdale has been outfitting the area’s trendy men and women since the 1920s, while The Kerrisdale Lumber Company has been taking care of the community’s hardware needs since 1921 and Buchan’s Kerrisdale Stationery has been a community staple since the 1950s. When shops stay put that long, they build relationships with regular customers, and Kerrisdale is the kind of place where shopkeepers still make the effort to get to know their customers by name.

3. A Great Place to Eat – From Sushi to High Tea

With its strong British heritage, Kerrisdale has plenty of spots for those craving an afternoon cuppa. Adonia Tea Shop, the Secret Garden Tea Company and La Cuisson Café all serve up traditional afternoon tea. But the influx of Asian immigrants who started to arrive in the 1980s brought great Asian cuisine with them, too, and the area is now a hotspot for sushi and Chinese food at spots like Ajisai Sushi Bar and Golden Ocean Seafood Restaurant. The Avenue Grill has been serving up hearty meals to local customers since 1927.

4. Kerrisdale Cyclone Taylor Arena

These days, the arena spends most of the year as an ice rink offering public skate times and drop-in hockey, while in the summer the ice is removed and the rink is transformed into a giant indoor "play palace" complete with bouncy castles and an obstacle course. But the arena has a storied past as the go-to venue for alternative music acts from the 1950s through to the ‘80s. Most recent events are decidedly tamer – think antiques fairs and charity hockey games – but the arena remains an icon in Vancouver’s music history.

5. A Sense of Civic Pride and Community

Kerrisdale was one of the first communities to have a business improvement association, and the BIA is an active presence in the community, working on beautification projects among other activities. The community hosts several festivals throughout the year, including Carnival Days in April and Kerrisdale Days in September, as well as community movie nights in Elm Park and regular free skating events at Kerrisdale Arena.

Kerrisdale is truly a great spot to call home. View Kerrisdale homes for sale

Christina Newberry
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.