Kerrisdale is a community rich in culture, boasting landmarks and history that date back to 1862. Known for its quaint village charm and warm atmosphere, this neighbourhood welcomes residents and tourists alike with something for everyone to see and do.
Primarily a residential area, all age groups inspire quite a perfect balance, offering a well rounded community of young families, entrepreneurs and retirees.
The village itself is the main shopping area, tucked in a naturesque setting of old trees and beautifully landscaped streets, decorated with elegant furniture, lush grass and colorful flower displays.
The pristine beauty of the entire area motivates an active community, making Kerrisdale an ideal location for many outdoor adventures such as biking, hiking or a leisurely stroll to breathe fresh air and take in all the sights, shopping and local eateries.
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The History and Heritage of Kerrisdale
Today what is known as the Marine Drive Golf Club was originally farmed in 1862 by Samuel and Fitzgerald, the McCleery brothers. Transportation began to take shape in 1902 with the building of the CPR railway tracks, making the area a desirable place to live. Soon after in 1905, the then Vancouver-Lulu Island Railway was taken over by The BC Electric Company, managed by R.H. Sterling.
Mrs. William MacKinnon arrived from Scotland with her husband in 1903 and they built a family home at West 42nd Avenue. Later in 1905, she received the distinct honour of naming the interurban railway stop at Wilson Road, Kerry’s Dale, meaning ‘little seat of the fairies’ which paid tribute to her family home Kerrydale, in Gairloch, Scotland.
The streetcar line built eventually extended from Vancouver to Lulu Island, and served as a gateway for the transportation of ‘sockeye special’ workers for the Steveston fish canneries.
These railway tracks still run through the heart of what today is called Kerrisdale, where the historical Wilson Road name has been replaced by 41st Avenue.
West 41st Ave began with the construction of a few shops in 1912, and has since evolved to a Westside community that still terms itself a village, with a terrific variety of restaurants, coffee shops and specialty boutique retail shops.
The Essence of Kerrisdale
The essence of the Kerrisdale community is captured in the distinct design of homes constructed by early European settlers featuring Spanish, Tudor and Colonial style with Beaux Arts architecture. Its history remains today with 50 named Heritage structures.
Wonderful stories rich in history run along the 41st avenue village street, and its people take great pride in preserving the work of those that came more than 100 years ago, and carved this iconic masterpiece.
Nearby the main street are schools, churches and homes constructed in the early 1900’s. St. Mary’s church erected in 1913 still offers service to a growing community today, and York House, founded in 1932 continues to teach a private school curriculum to an all female student body.
Kerrisdale is in the south-western section of Vancouver city, opposite from the downtown core, that slopes down to the Fraser River. Today the prestigious west side is known for the oldest local business association in Canada and its upscale shopping village and neighbourhood.
Types of Housing in Kerrisdale
Breathtaking landscapes and unique architectural designs make Kerrisdale a top pick for the most sought after real estate on the market.
Kerrisdale proper is defined with a northern boundary at West 41stAvenue, a southern boundary at West 57th Avenue, a western boundary at Bleinheim Street, and an eastern boundary at Cypress Street. The area that runs along 41st Avenue also encompasses Maple Street to the east and Larch Street to the west, with a north/south span along West Boulevard between West 39th and West 42nd Avenues. An additional block of Kerrisdale is found just north of West 41st Avenue at Yew Street.
Kerrisdale residents offer a diverse ethnic mix, primarily Chinese, Asian and Caucasians. Homes feature a blend of new and renovated single family dwellings, older bungalows, and high-rise or low-rise condominiums. Mid-rise condominiums and low-rise townhome developments can be found in the business district. Upscale homes with large yards can be found throughout Kerrisdale, often with beautiful views and rental suites in the basement.
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Schools in Kerrisdale
The community is served by a host of schools for all ages, allowing easy planning of convenient short commutes for all families.
Kerrisdale Elementary founded in 1908 and located at Carnarvon Street, Maple Grove Elementary on Cypress Street, and both Quilchena and R.E. McKechnie Elementary on Maple Street are the main schools for kindergarten through grade 7.
Kerrisdale Annex at West 43rd Avenue offers an education curriculum for students in kindergarten through grade 3.
Kerrisdale’s public school district 39 also includes Magee Secondary on Maple Street and Point Grey Secondary on East Boulevard are the public high schools.
Prestigious private school offerings are in close proximity to Kerrisdale. Crofton House is located at West 41st Avenue and York House, founded in 1932 is a kindergarten to grade 12 independent day school for girls.
Kerrisdale is very close to the University of British Columbia campus, and Langara College is only a kilometer to the east.
Recreation in Kerrisdale
Kerrisdale offers an amazing range of recreational opportunities that give way to an active community all year long, from exercise facilities and golf courses to swimming pools and picturesque local parks.
Kerrisdale is a local gateway to the Pacific Spirit Regional Park on the UBC Endowment Lands, while Marine Drive and McCleery golf courses are situated nearby the Fraser River.
City parks within and surrounding the neighborhood offer a peaceful place to stroll or to sit and enjoy the true beauty Kerrisdale holds. The village offers a wide range of distinctive local shops, restaurants and cafés.
Kerrisdale Community Centre features an indoor pool, an exercise room, pool, gym, library and numerous programming options suited for all ages.
Shops, Dining, Culture in Kerrisdale
Kerrisdale Village is a commercial hub for shops and restaurants in a neighbourhood that serves a diverse population. Known for its quaint village charm, Kerrisdale is home to over 200 businesses, many of them owned and operated by members of the community.
While galleries, shopping, coffee houses and dining define the streets, there’s never a hurried feeling. With something to suit everyone’s unique needs and tastes, this relaxed village atmosphere provides a welcome alternative to the often overcrowded buzz of downtown shopping.
Distinctive businesses in the heart of Kerrisdale include Benton’s Cheese, Hills Dry Goods, Isola Bella Children’s Clothing, Faubourg French Bakery, Jinya Ramen Bar Japanese cuisine, and so much more!
You really can get it all in Kerrisdale.
Transportation in Kerrisdale
Kerrisdale is about a 15 minute drive to downtown. The standard direct driving route from the airport towards downtown is Granville Street, which defines the east side of Kerrisdale. The more scenic route is Southwest Marine Drive, just over the south side of the neighbourhood. Major thoroughfares such as Granville Street, Marine Drive and 49th Avenue are easily accessible routes to downtown, UBC or the eastern suburbs. Malls, the downtown core, and airport are very accessible.
Kerrisdale is well served and readily connected to the rest of the city by public transit and major bus lines. The 41 bus runs east and west, connecting residents to UBC, as well as the Canada Line Skytrain station at Cambie Street. Additional express buses run from UBC to the skytrain station at Oakridge. The 22 bus takes you right into downtown. Busses run up Arbutus Street from downtown at close intervals and across the city from Burnaby and East Vancouver and through to UBC along 41st and 49th Avenues. Multiple bus lines run north and south, taking residents downtown in under half an hour.
Designated bike routes can be found throughout Kerrisdale and downtown.