Explore the neighbourhoods of our nine rental buildings
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One of Vancouver’s prettiest, liveliest and most unique neighbourhoods, Kitsilano is located adjacent to the Pacific Ocean on the southern shore of English Bay. Along with some of the city’s best beaches, Kitsilano boasts spectacular views of the North Shore mountains. Featuring great shopping, restaurants and outdoor activities, “Kits,” as it’s known to locals, is a highly desirable area in which to live.
Austeville’s Kitsilano rental property, Art on 6th, is situated near the eastern border of Kitsilano, steps from Vancouver’s iconic West 4th Avenue shopping district and a short walk to ever-popular Granville Island. With a five-screen movie theatre around the corner and tons of great restaurants, cafés, and all manner of shops within walking distance, Art on 6th is the ideal place to call home.
The Kitsilano neighbourhood is one of Vancouver’s best areas for dining, with a wide range of eateries to satisfy all tastes and cravings. There’s something for everyone, from vegans and vegetarians to diners craving steaks or seafood.
Kitsilano is home to many well-established restaurants such as Italian favourites La Quercia and Fiore Famiglia, French bistro Au Comptoir, farm-to-table AnnaLena and Fable Kitchen, plus a number of traditional Greek tavernas that hearken to Kitsilano’s heritage as a post-war Hellenic enclave.
A world of other cuisines is plentiful in Kits too, with mouth-watering Thai, Indian, Lebanese, Malaysian, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, and other international fare on offer. Breakfast and brunch are also a treat in Kits, with a multitude of top-notch daytime spots to choose from, including Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe, Jam Cafe and Their There. And this being Kits, there are wonderful vegan options as well.
If you’re down by the Kitsilano seashore, you’ll find lots of casual neighbourhood bars and restaurants, and a range of takeout options, including fish & chips. This area has a fun, lively vibe and, being right by the beach, is packed all summer long.
Kits has a perennially vibrant, youthful, and dynamic community that naturally attracts new restaurant concepts and food trends that keep the dining scene intriguing and fresh.
Kits has shopping choices for everyone – high fashion to casual activewear, luxury home goods to dollar-store necessities, high-end art to homespun handicrafts, with stores clustered along West 4th Avenue. Here you’ll find well-known retailers and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Peppered with coffee bars, ice cream shops, and bakeries for when you need a break the West 4th shopping experience is a satisfying one.
While fashion stands out on West 4th Avenue, its equal partner is outdoor and sporting goods. Kitsilano’s past as a hub for all things mountaineering, outdoorsy and active lives on. In fact, West 4th is known today as a shopping destination for outdoor gear with shops like Patagonia and Fjällräven at home here. Whether you are into skiing, scuba diving, road or mountain biking, mountain climbing or anything in between, there is a shop for you.
Fuelling an active lifestyle is also easy: greengrocers and grocery stores like Whole Foods can be found along West 4th as well as on West Broadway, while the specialty Greek grocery stores like the iconic Parthenon Market are a must-visit for foodies.
Whether you’re into land or ocean sports, Kitsilano offers something for every fitness level. English Bay is a playground for paddle-boarding, boating, windsurfing, kayaking and swimming. Kitsilano’s most famous landmark is perhaps Kits Pool, a 137-metre outdoor saltwater pool – the longest outdoor pool in North America and a favourite destination of Vancouverites to swim, sunbathe and take in views of the ocean and mountains.
Out of the water, beach volleyball, basketball and tennis have dedicated facilities at Kits Beach. Kitsilano is also home to several large parks where locals gather to play soccer, rugby, baseball, ultimate Frisbee and many other sports. As for cycling, safe and convenient bike paths meander through leafy residential neighbourhoods and along the ocean, allowing for easy transit to other neighbourhoods.
Kits is ground zero for Lululemon, and still home to the its head office and flagship store. This is fitting as yoga studios abound. Whether you want to browse and buy yoga wear, or head straight to a class, you’ll feel right at home in Kits.
Summertime brings a variety of annual festivals to Kits. There are two street festivals: Khatsahlano, Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival, takes over 4th Avenue from Burrard to Macdonald, while Greek Day, on West Broadway between Macdonald and Blenheim, focuses on Greek food and culture.
Bard on the Beach, Western Canada’s largest annual Shakespeare Festival, stages plays under iconic red-and-white striped tents in Vanier Park against the spectacular backdrop of English Bay. Honda Celebration of Light is a midsummer treat for all ages. People come from far and wide to line Kits Beach and other Vancouver waterfront areas to ooh and ahh at this fireworks competition, which features talent from countries around the world.
Throughout the year, Kitsilano hosts a wide range of educational and entertaining attractions . The Museum of Vancouver and the Vancouver Maritime Museum are located close to the waterfront, just east of Kits Beach. Nearby at Vanier Park, you’ll find the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre, an astronomy museum with hands-on displays, live shows, the Planetarium Space Theatre, and an observatory from which to examine the local night sky.