Oftentimes referred to as a village, Kerrisdale is a unique comforting blend of urban convenience, the rural charm, and the suburban breathing room. This safe and comfortable enclave is the home of single family residences and tree lined streets between the area of Granville and Blenheim Streets.
Named after the old Kerrisdale Rail Station situated at the West Boulevard and West 41st Avenue, this premier neighbourhood gets a lot of its character as the ‘final stop’ before leaving Vancouver City. The Vancouver Lulu Island railway still runs at the heart of Kerrisdale, taking you back to the days when the community was a famous gateway between the metro and the fish canneries located at Lulu Island.
From only a few stores built in the year 1912 to accommodate the few residents in the area, the West 41st Avenue has transformed into a unique shopping hub for this well established neighbourhood and as well as for the entire Vancouver City. History In 1905, Kerrisdale got its name when the BC Electrical Railway manager R. Sterling asked Mrs. W. McKinnon to tag a name to this interurban store located at Wilson Road. She chose the name “Kerry’s Dale” right after her family home in Kerrydale.
This lovely neighbourhood was part of the Point Grey Municipality. The community was initially settled by the McCleery brothers in the 1860s and the famous 41st Avenue area started to develop rapidly after their first efforts. Geographic Location The route from the airport to downtown Granville Street defines the eastern side of Kerrisdale. The southern part of Kerrisdale is bounded by the scenic Southwest Marine Drive. The neighbourhood attracted its first residents with its semi rural feel.
Kerrisdale boasts abundant lush green scenery all throughout. There is also an established shopping centre and dining cores that will make you stick with your cosmopolitan pursuits. Housing Kerrisdale has about fifty named Heritage structures that reflect the Spanish Colonial, Tudor and Beaux Arts Styles. Currently, the community is made up of single family homes, interspersed with low rise and high rise condo and apartment buildings. School and Transportation Some of the educational institutions in Kerrisdale include Maple Grove Elementary School, Kerrisdale Elementary School, Magee Secondary School, the Crofton House, and McKechnie Elementary School.
Major thoroughfares like the Marine Drive, 49th Avenue and the Granville Street are conveniently accessible routes to UBC, the eastern suburbs and or downtown. Shopping and Recreation A variety of dining and shopping options in Kerrisdale are tailor made to suit the tastes and needs of its residents. Along West Boulevard and West 41st Avenue, expect to find children’s fashion, seafood restaurants, bike stores, pet shops, coffee bars, teahouses, and so much more. The neighbourhood is also home to two popular golf courses, fitness centers and the Kerrisdale Community Centre.