Bright and airy apartment in the best part of Vancouver. Three blocks to Kits beach and a few minutes to downtown. You get the best of both worlds - urban living and a peaceful neighbourhood.
In the heart of the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver ("north of 4th" as the locals say). The apartment is only a few blocks to trendy shops, restaurants, pubs, grocery stores (including a Whole Foods, Safeway and liquor stores) and Kits beach.
Downtown is a short and easy bus, bike or drive over the Burrard Street bridge. The apartment has a spacious living room and cozy bedroom with a treed corner window.
The building is a classic Kitsilano 1950s three-story walk-up. It has original hardwood floors, which are beat up, no outlet in the bathroom, a pink sink, tub and toilet, all of which add charm, but if you're looking for a flashy apartment, this is not the place.
Please note: The building is old and the hallways have old carpet that can smell musty. The apartment, however, is clean yet rough around the edges.
Also note: My bed is also very soft. It is a high-quality bed purchased a few years ago, but if you have problems with soft mattresses it will not be good for you.
The building is pet-friendly so there are dogs in the building. I have a small dog myself, but of course he would not be there when you are there. The place is kept clean of dog hair as much as possible, but it would not be a good place for someone with allergies.
The location has a Walk Score of 92, which is VERY good, comparable to New York City, meaning almost anything you need is within walking distance.
Parking on the street is free; however, there is a 2 hour time limit Monday-Saturday 9:00-5:00. There is free unlimited street parking 4 blocks away.
I sell furniture so furniture in my apartment will change, but it will always be a warm and cozy place to be!
From West 4th Ave (half block away) take bus #4 or #7 to downtown. About 10 min. Cabs are $10-15 one way to downtown. Or ride a bike in 15 minutes. (bikes can be rented nearby) (Vancouver has lots of bike-friendly lanes)
From West 4th Ave (half block away) take express buses #44 or #84. About a 20min.
From West Broadway St (five short blocks away) take express bus #99 B-Line. About 15 min.
From West 4th Ave (half block away) take bus #84 Express, get off at the Canada Life. Take Canada Line ("Skytrain) to the airport.
TO KITSILANO BEACH
Walk three blocks.
Other Things to Note
The building is old and the hallways have old carpet that can smell musty. The apartment, however, is clean yet rough around the edges.
The bed is a queen size mattress with down feather top.
Treat the place as your own and leave it how you found it.
No smoking inside, and I prefer no shoes in the bedroom and living areas please.
We arrived at Bonnie's at the prescribed time yet the keys were not in their appropriate location. Called Bonnie, who came by within 15 minutes with keys and let us in her place. The place was almost precisely as Bonnie had stated - older building, deferred maintenance...yet the bed wasn't just soft, it was truly uncomfortable. We struggled to sleep as the middle sagged so badly that the sides were like peaks, which we invariably slid down time and again throughout the nights. Great location, paper thin walls, yet adequate minus the most important feature, the bed. A new bed will breathe new life into this location - a must upgrade to be certain. Without a new bed, I cannot recommend.
Bonnie was prompt, polite, and efficient. Her place was well-located, bright and sunny as promised -- plus very quiet. We were really lucky -- Vancouver was sunny. All of the arrangements with Bonnie went as promised, and both wi-fi and cable TV were excellent. The bed was also warm and comfortable. This is not to say that the flat is new and without flaws. It is far from perfect, the kitchen and bath are average, and the photos are much prettier than the actuality. That said, my son and I were satisfied and don't wish to complain.
Location, location, location! Around the corner from great shops and restaurants and it's fairly close to the beach. The walk along the water from the beach to Granville Island is beautiful!
Bonnie is very honest in her listing about the shortcomings of this apartment. Everything was exactly as expected: clean, but not fancy. The floor is a bit squeaky. Just like in any apartment building like this, you hear the neighbors well, so keep in mind that they can hear you too!
Bonnie was very accommodating, we loved the location and quietness of the place. Overall we enjoyed our our stay at her apartment !
Taking a moment to express our concerns in regards to the property. First of all it was very difficult to book the property as there appeared to be a glitch in the system. To be honest it was two days of frustration so that did sour us on the process for sure. The location is okay with a nice (long) walk to the water or places to eat. Keep in mind it is not at the beach and the walk home is all up hill. Great for exercise ... The apartment is very out dated and pictures on the system do not tell the story. Front entrance lock to the building is almost impossible to open, the carpet on the stairs going up to the apartment is old, dirty and smelly, the hallways are very loud, the apartment is small with a bathroom so out dated it is a shame to call it a bathroom. The property and the apartment need some work for sure from the hardwood floors, the bathroom, the bed and the TV is impossible to turn on. If you are looking for a place to hang for a couple of days the price is right. If you are planning a longer stay keep looking as you will be very disappointed. In regards to the host Bonnie Wilson not sure as she was hard to reach and we felt the renting of the apartment was not accepted by management of the building. Something is odd for sure within the arrangement. So the positive is the price is right as you do pay for what you get....
The house was in a superb location, close to the beach and also a good main street where you can shop and grab bites to eat. The house was clean and comfortable. No complaints!
The listing was perfectly accurate: the unit is bright, very well-furnished and an excellent comfy home-base for exploring all the great stuff in Kitsilano and Vancouver in general. We had a wonderful time there!
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