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Kensington & Cedar Cottage

With spectacular mountain views, an abundance of parks, schools, and a true culturally diverse mixture of residents, Kensington offers many advantages for those who choose to call this neighbourhood their home.

Kensington-Cedar Cottage has a wide social and demographic mix, with an impressive range of ethnic groups who contribute richly to Vancouver’s cultural diversity. This area also has a thriving colony of artists, many in residential live/work studios. Kensington-Cedar Cottage lies in the centre of east Vancouver, with scenic views from the top of the city’s east-west ridge and running down to beautiful Trout Lake, an urban lake and park. People here come from many different backgrounds, languages, and income levels, and the population is growing at a faster rate than most communities in Vancouver.

Kensington & Cedar Cottage's Appeal

Approximately 68% of the housing in Kensington is single-family, with a large majority of these homes catering to Vancouver’s middle-class income bracket, providing an affordable neighbourhood where owning a home is still possible for the hard-working middle-class family. Kensington also offers many schools, parks, restaurants, and independent markets, ensuring that residents here are well situated while having everything they need.

Kensington & Cedar Cottage Provides...

Restaurants

Kensington/Cedar Cottage is a true melting pot where the restaurants are just as diverse as the residents. Some of Vancouver's best hole-in-the-walls are found in this neighbourhood, including one of our personal favourites, House of Dosa. You can also find excellent neighbourhood hot spots like Les Faux Bourgeois and Savio Volpe.

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Schools

With so many families living in this neighbourhood it should come as no surprise the number of schools you will find here. For residents looking for elementary options, you can choose from Dickens Annex, Lord Selkirk Annex, McBride Elementary, Sir Sandford Fleming Elementary, Tecumseh Elementary, and Tecumseh Annex, and for those looking for middle school and secondary options, this neighbourhood also provides a choice from Vancouver Technical, Gladstone Secondary, John Oliver Secondary, Sir Charles Tupper, and Killarney Secondary.

Transportation

Kensington/Cedar Cottage has several of the city's busiest streets and major transit routes, meaning busses are plentiful. There is also a Skytrain that takes you either west towards downtown Vancouver or east towards either Surrey or Coquitlam.

Ethnic Markets

High-end grocery stores such as Whole Foods do not exist in Kensington; instead, you will find an abundance of wonderful ethnic markets, which provide a larger, more diverse amount of goods, and generally at a much more reasonable price point than some of the other markets in the city, and with these markets scattered throughout the neighbourhood, one can usually walk to get their groceries no matter where they live.

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Trout Lake Farmers Markets

What makes it so special? First, it's one of the Lower Mainland's biggest markets, which means lots of things to see, buy, and sample. There are multiple fresh fruit and vegetable vendors, folk selling baked goods, artisans selling local crafts, and people selling homemade preserves, among other items. There can be over 70 vendors and a couple of thousand shoppers on a busy day in the summer.

Parks and Recreation

With 11 parks, a community centre with a pool, a multipurpose sports facility, outdoor tennis courts, ultimate frisbee, an off-leash dog park, and many other sporting facilities, Kensington provides something for everyone, with most of these activities having little to no cost.

The Kensington & Cedar Cottage Housing Market

Most of the housing in Kensington/Cedar Cottage consists of single-family homes built in two stages – the first being pre-1946 and the second during a resurgent interest in the neighbourhood between 1981 and 1990. The uptick in new construction during this era was primarily due to the influx of middle-class families, who quickly realized the benefits of being close to the downtown core while still maintaining a suburban neighbourhood environment that catered to its residents. More recently, there has been an upswing in the construction of multi-unit buildings – both low-rise and mid-rise – as well as townhouse developments. The Kensington/Cedar Cottage is filled with young couples and established families.

Your Life In Kensington & Cedar Cottage

Your Life After Work

Go to one of the 11 parks in the neighbourhood to relax in the quiet atmosphere they provide, or walk down Kingsway and grab some delicious Pho from one of the top Vietnamese restaurants in the city.

Your Life On Weekends

Get up and go to the Trout Lake Farmers Market, where you will pick up all sorts of local, seasonal goods you can't find anywhere else. Play tennis at one of the free outdoor courts, or go to dinner at any one of the number of great restaurants in the area.

Dining and Entertainment

With so many dining options in this neighbourhood, suffering from over choice is a common problem to have, whether it is excellent Mexican food from Sol y Limon or Los Cuervos to coffee at Matchstick or Our Town Cafe, or drinks at the Black Lodge, or to some of our previously mentioned favourites, there is no shortage of options for you in this neighbourhood.

Rio Theater

Since its evolution in 2008, the Rio has hosted Hollywood blockbusters, local independent filmmakers, midnight screenings of cult classics, the toddler-friendly "Movies for Mommies" series, local and international film festivals, comedy festivals, queer film events, burlesque shows, screenings, and tours for local public schools, political events, religious services, spoken word, and other live performances, and local and international live music.

What You'll Love

You will like the single family homes, housing affordability, and cost of living in general, the many local shops and markets that provide most of your needed goods and produce. You will also love the excellent transportation that goes through this neighbourhood, taking you to wherever you need to go quickly and conveniently.

What You May Not Like

Kensington/Cedar Cottage has many rented houses, meaning there is more density here, and this neighborhood encounters issues with traffic, especially during rush hour. There are parts of this neighbourhood that are quieter than others, but this area can be noisy as there are several busy roads that cut right through this area, and they carry traffic from not only Vancouver but Burnaby and beyond as well.

Kensington & Cedar Cottage Property Search

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  • 3532 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2502073

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    $1,350,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2502073
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,600 sq. ft.
    ATTENTION BUILDERS AND INVESTORS! Southern sunny view of Richmond!! Charming 4-bedrooms house situated on a 33" x 105.10' (3468 sq ft) lot with 1600 sq ft of open living space. You can build your dream home on this beautiful lot. Main floor features living room, kitchen, foyer, one master bedroom and one bedroom. Downstairs features living room, kitchen, and two bedrooms. Short distance to park, restaurant, bus stop, and skytrain. Nearby parks include Sunnyside Park, Clark Park and Kingcrest Park. School Catchment: Lord Selkirk Elementary & Gladstone Secondary. More details
    Listed by eXp Realty
  • 6295 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2522316

    6295 KNIGHT Street Knight Vancouver V5P 2V9
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    $2,450,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2522316
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,383 sq. ft.
    Solid well kept Vancouver Special with 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & 2 kitchens with separate entrance. Gleaming hardwood floor & updated kitchen & appliances on main floor. 43x115' big lot (close to 5,000 square feet). Perfect for young family with potential mortgage helper. Steps to bus stops & close to shopping. Hold if for now or for future rezoning. he house beside 6281 Knight St is on MLS too. More details
    Listed by LeHomes Realty Premier
  • 6281 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2524247

    6281 KNIGHT Street Knight Vancouver V5P 2V9
    Main Photo: 6281 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2524247
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    $2,450,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2524247
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,383 sq. ft.
    Solid well kept Vancouver Special with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms & 2 kitchens with separate entrance. Gleaming hardwood floor & updated kitchen & appliances on main floor. 43x115' big lot (close to 5,000 square feet). Perfect for young family with potential mortgage helper. Steps to bus stops & close to shopping. Hold if for now or for future rezoning. The house beside 6295 Knight St is on sale too. More details
    Listed by LeHomes Realty Premier
  • 4717 LANARK Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2524828

    4717 LANARK Street Knight Vancouver V5N 3R9
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    $1,338,888
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2524828
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    2,600 sq. ft.
    *48K CITY FEES INCLUDED in list price* Vacant Lot. A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD 2600sf approx in one of the most QUIET, serene, tree-lined streets in the super desirable Cedar Cottage neighbourhood! This 3267 sqft lot is afforded a calm, peaceful energy while being EXTREMELY WELL LOCATED. SAVE on DEMO, PLANS, PERMIT EXPENSE. Architect, Geotech, Structural, Energy fees included in list price. Plans ready for pickup form City in a few days - for 2.5 level+laneway approx 2500-2600sf finished area. Detailed plans shown after accepted offer. (BSMT=Laneway, BELOW=Mid floor). Start construction April '21. MINS TO DOWNTOWN via Knight/Kingsway, EASY ACCESS shopping, rec ctr, playground. MTN VIEWS from top flr deck. Peat soil present. Seller prefers to sell together with adjacent lot (similar). More details
    Listed by Homeland Realty
  • 1333 E 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2537175

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    $2,180,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2537175
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,341 sq. ft.
    Convenient location, close proximity to parks and schools. Two bedrooms up and five bedrooms down. Contains 2 ideal for mortgage helper. Easy access to public transportation and shops. More details
    Listed by LeHomes Realty First
  • 3470 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2540408

    3470 KNIGHT Street Knight Vancouver V5N 3K9
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    $1,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2540408
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,900 sq. ft.
    ATTENTION!!! 2 lots in a row **Assembly Site** on KNIGHT STREET: 3458 & 3470 ! A perfect starter home in the Cedar Cottage area. Charming 5-bedrooms house situated on a 33" x 105.10' (3468 sq ft) lot with 1900 sq ft of open living space. Main floor features living room, kitchen, master bedroom and two bedrooms. Downstairs features living room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms, and Laundry & have the option to rent out the fully finished 2 bedroom suite. The grassy backyard is great for kids & the patio is great for entertaining. This property is just two blks to Tyee Elem & a walker's paradise for all your needs. School Catchment: Lord Selkirk Elementary & Gladstone Secondary. More details
    Listed by eXp Realty
  • 5392 DUMFRIES Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2546510

    5392 DUMFRIES Street Knight Vancouver V5P 3A4
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    $1,799,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2546510
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,168 sq. ft.
    !!Builder + Investor's Alert!! This house sits on a 41 x 122 (5002 SqFt) lot with LANE access. Prime area with flat oversize 41x122 lot with back lane access, an ideal place to build a SIDE BY SIDY Duplex home with laneway garage. Building plan ready with Geotechnical Report. READAY TO BUILD. Open house March 13/14 2-4 PM by appointment only. More details
    Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
  • 4508 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2553115

    4508 KNIGHT Street Knight Vancouver V5N 3M9
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    $2,300,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2553115
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    1,920 sq. ft.
    DEVELOPER ALERT!!! Available LARGE CORNER LOT 52 X 113 (5879 SqFt) w/ LANE ACCESS at a Prime Location. ATTENTION: BUILDERS + INVESTORS! Many options for this property. Great holding property for a wise INVESTOR. Over sized corner lot will accommodate a large new home with laneway for a growing FAMILY. Take advantage of the opportunity NOW! School Catchment: Lord Selkirk Elem.& Gladstone Sec.; French Immersion: Laura Secord Elem.& Van Tech Sec. Sought-after Cedar Cottage neighbourhood - Clse to transit including (33 TO UBC), shops (Save-On-Foods, T&T) restaurants (White Spot, Golden Swan), parks (Grays, Memorial South, QE), CC(Hillcrest & Kensington Community Centre) More details
    Listed by Pacific Westpoint Realty Group
  • 6960 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2554608

    6960 KNIGHT Street Knight Vancouver V5P 2W5
    Main Photo: 6960 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2554608
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    $1,498,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2554608
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,536 sq. ft.
    Builder's and Investor's ALERT. A SPECTACULAR Knight Street Lot. An older 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home that sits on a 39.5'x 114.25' flat lot with LANE ACCESS. Ideal for building or living. Potential for future development on a main through way. Mostly Land Value, Sold "As is, Where is". More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 4846 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2556172

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    $1,699,800
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2556172
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,545 sq. ft.
    Original owner's house first time on the market. Custom build Vancouver special with 6 good size bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, new furnace, new flooring, new painting in 2018. Great property to hold for the future land assembly to a multifamily project. Central location, close to transit, shopping, schools, park and community centre. Separate entrance for the first floor with kitchen. DO NOT miss this one call today to book your appointment right away. More details
    Listed by Multiple Realty Ltd.
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