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Life in Kerrisdale

Five great things about living in Kerrisdale: Here’s why it’s a great spot to call home Christina Newberry REW.ca

With 50 structures listed in the Vancouver Heritage inventory and plenty of grand, estatestyle homes, Kerrisdale is a tony neighbourhood with strong ties to its British colonial past. 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.

The Kerrisdale Village shopping area has plenty of modern shops, but Kerrisdale is also home to some classics. 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. Kerrisdale is the kind of place where shopkeepers still make the effort to get to know their customers by name.

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It’s also home to a large population of new Canadians — many from Asia — who have brought with them an excellent selection of food options. 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.

Some of the city’s oldest shops

A great place to eat — from sushi to high tea

Kerrisdale Cyclone Taylor Arena

A sense of civic pride and community

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 cuisine with them as well 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.

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.

Kerrisdale was one of the first communities to have a business improvement association, and the BIA is an active presence in the neighbourhood, 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. For the complete version of this story, visit REW.ca.

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