This is the fifth in a series of articles about Austeville neighbourhoods.
Austeville Properties offers quality residential rental suites in many of Vancouver’s most desirable communities. Here we explore the Kerrisdale neighbourhood, home to Starlight Towers and Royalee Court.
Don’t let Kerrisdale's quiet, leafy streets fool you. This upscale community has a lot going on under its calm and quaint exterior.
One of the most affluent neighbourhoods in North America, Kerrisdale is a village in the heart of the city, home to a mix of seniors, professionals with families and university students who love the proximity to UBC.
Kerrisdale was named in 1905 by one of the area’s first residents, Mrs. William McKinnon, who called it “Kerry’s Dale” (meaning “little seat of fairies”) after the name of her family home in Gairloch, Scotland.
At that time, land in the area cost just upwards of $50 an acre! The main street of Wilson Road (now West 41st Avenue) was home to exactly three enterprises: a general store and post office, real estate office and hardware store.
Today, the Kerrisdale Business Association boasts more than 200 member shops in addition to dozens of restaurants and service providers—all of which are an easy walk from Austeville’s Starlight Towers and Royalee Court.
Also within walking distance is the Arbutus Corridor, a nine-kilometre stretch that was, until this June, home to an old Canadian Pacific Rail line. The City of Vancouver recently purchased that land and removed the tracks—the first stage of creating a greenway that will enable Kerrisdale residents to walk or cycle north towards False Creek and south to Marpole.
In the not-so-distant past, foodies in Kerrisdale had to travel downtown to enjoy a selection of diverse and delicious meals. No longer! The community is becoming a magnet for some of Vancouver’s freshest dining establishments. Bufala, voted best pizzeria in 2016 by Vancouver magazine, offers made-from-scratch Neapolitan-style pizzas. Jinya Ramen Bar is a haven for noodle lovers, and Barra 41 ushers in a new iteration of the neighbourhood pub, serving up creative and delicious Mediterranean cocktails and big screen sports.
Starlight or Royalee residents who prefer to cook in and enjoy a great summer dinner from their airy balconies will find everything they need at local grocery stores, including Choices Market and West Wood Organic produce.
For those with a passion for fashion, family-owned Hills of Kerrisdale has been a fixture in Vancouver’s local clothing scene since it opened its doors in 1920.
If you’re interested in joining the Kerrisdale community by renting a spacious studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom suite at Starlight Towers or Royalee Court, check out Austeville Properties’ vacancies here.