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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.

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  • 1412 E 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2708458

    1412 E 18TH Avenue Knight Vancouver V5N 2H3
    Main Photo: 1412 E 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2708458
    $2,099,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2708458
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,200 sq. ft.
    Quick possession and ready to move in! This newly renovated 2 storey Vancouver special has North Shore mountain views in a convenient location. This RT-10 duplex zoning house has 5 bed 3 bath which includes a 2 bedroom suite mortgage helper. Renovation includes new flooring, paint, kitchen cabinets/countertops, bathroom, light fixtures, appliances, new roof and hot water tank. South facing sundeck with additional parking at the rear. This house is perfect for a growing family or investor. More details
    Listed by Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
  • 5831 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2738197

    5831 KNIGHT Street Knight Vancouver V5P 2V4
    Main Photo: 5831 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2738197
    $2,099,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2738197
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,564 sq. ft.
    Land Assembly Along with 5843 Knight St or Any Interested Buyer can offer separately, doesn't have to be in conjunction with the neighbouring property. Possible to rezone to RR-2A, RR-2B and RR-2C to build a 4-5 storey Apartment (1.75-2.4 FSR) for city Streamline Rental Housing Policy. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group - 1st West Realty and Royal LePage West Real Estate Services
  • 1475 E 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2791452

    1475 E 41ST Avenue Knight Vancouver V5P 1K1
    Main Photo: 1475 E 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2791452
    $2,700,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2791452
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,500 sq. ft.
    ATTENTION DEVELOPERS!!!LAND ASSEMBLY for 1475-1485 AND 1491 E.41ST.This site falls under THE SECURED RENTAL POLICY(SRP).Central location accessible to transit and shopping.Call for more info or verify from the COV. More details
    Listed by Grand Central Realty
  • 1491 E 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2791469

    1491 E 41ST Avenue Knight Vancouver V5P 1K1
    Main Photo: 1491 E 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2791469
    $2,700,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2791469
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,685 sq. ft.
    ATTENTION DEVELOPERS!!!LAND ASSEMBLY for 1475-1485 AND 1491 E.41ST.This site falls under THE SECURED RENTAL POLICY(SRP).Central location accessible to transit and shopping.Call for more info or verify from the COV. More details
    Listed by Grand Central Realty
  • 1485 E 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2791538

    1485 E 41ST Avenue Knight Vancouver V5P 1K1
    Main Photo: 1485 E 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2791538
    $2,700,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2791538
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,414 sq. ft.
    ATTENTION DEVELOPERS!!!LAND ASSEMBLY for 1475-1485 AND 1491 E.41ST.This site falls under THE SECURED RENTAL POLICY(SRP).Central location accessible to transit and shopping. Call for more info or verify from the COV. More details
    Listed by Grand Central Realty
  • 1294 E 33RD Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2806241

    1294 E 33RD Avenue Knight Vancouver V5V 3B6
    Main Photo: 1294 E 33RD Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2806241
    $2,299,900
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2806241
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,443 sq. ft.
    Investor, Builder Alert, This sweet 1957 built bungalow features a sunny renovated kitchen with thoughtful upgrades throughout that kept all of this homes charm. 3 spacious bedrooms on the main floor and a large fully finished, full height basement. Suite potential with separate entrance on lower floor and a 2 piece bath. Located on a corner lot between Gray's Park & Kensington Park with lane access.Bus Stop also near by. The property next door is also available (1280 E 33RD AVENUE). More details
    Listed by Keller Williams Ocean Realty
  • 1280 E 33RD Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2806251

    1280 E 33RD Avenue Knight Vancouver V5V 3B6
    Main Photo: 1280 E 33RD Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2806251
    $2,299,900
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2806251
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    444 sq. ft.
    Investor, Builder Alert! Amazing opportunity - 1944 built cottage set at the back of a 33 x 118 landscaped lot with lane access between Grey's Park & Kensington Park. Great opportunity to build a duplex in a fabulous location and Bus stop also near by. The property next door is also available (1294 E 33RD AVENUE). More details
    Listed by Keller Williams Ocean Realty
  • 5595 DUMFRIES Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2808421

    5595 DUMFRIES Street Knight Vancouver V5P 3A5
    Main Photo: 5595 DUMFRIES Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2808421
    $2,200,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2808421
    Bedrooms:
    9
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,781 sq. ft.
    2 level Vancouver Special on 43' x 121' (5238 sq ft lot), new paint on exterior. 5 bedrooms up and 4 bedrooms down. 2 kitchens + 3.5 baths. The property is situated on a PEATLAND. Showings by appointment only on Wednesday at 5:30pm, Saturday/Sunday 2:30-3:30pm More details
    Listed by Selmak Realty Limited
  • 6325 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2811256

    6325 KNIGHT Street Knight Vancouver V5P 2V9
    Main Photo: 6325 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2811256
    $1,999,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2811256
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,620 sq. ft.
    Attention Builders and Investors! WOW!!! Great Investment Chance. 5 START LOCATION! MONEY PRINTING MACHINE! BC NEW POLICY: IT CAN BUILD 12 Floor Apartment With FSR3 NOW. $8000 Per Month RENTAL INCOME! THE OWNER SPENT $20K Renovations! New Metal ROOF, NEW DOUBLE Glass Window, Doors and SO ON. Very Solid and livable House: Great location in the Heart of East Vancouver. Long Term Holding, Possible Huge Potential Value added Space in future. The whole house Was Upgraded in 2022. The House is Very Clean& Good condition with Separate entrance. Just steps to Sir Sandford Fleming Eleme, 49 UBC BUS Station, The knight Bridge, Shopping Mall, Banks, Restaurants, Park, Community Center, and much more. Walking Distance to All Your Daily Needs. ALERT: PLEASE HURRY UP AND THE AMAZING GARDEN IS YOURS!!! More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 1457 E 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2811682

    1457 E 18TH Avenue Knight Vancouver V5N 2H2
    Main Photo: 1457 E 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Knight House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2811682
    $2,799,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2811682
    Bedrooms:
    8
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,114 sq. ft.
    Prime Location and Highly Desirable Area! This exceptional property boasts a generously sized lot measuring 33 x 155. Impeccably maintained over the years, this Vancouver Special residence has undergone numerous renovations, ensuring comfort and style. Encompassing a spacious living area of 3100 sqft, this home features 8 bedrooms 4 full baths, providing a comfortable and private space for the family. The two separate 2-bedroom suites, each with its own independent entrance, offering both a versatile living arrangement and great rental income. The property is fully fenced, ensuring privacy and security, making it an ideal setting for families. Close proximity to Trout Lake, schools and public transportation, facilitating daily commuting and nature. Come check it out! More details
    Listed by Sutton Group - 1st West Realty
  • 3420 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight Townhouse for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2811899

    3420 KNIGHT Street Knight Vancouver V5N 3K9
    Main Photo: 3420 KNIGHT Street in Vancouver: Knight Townhouse for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2811899
    $1,396,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2811899
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,300 sq. ft.
    KNIGHT 18 - A collection of 3 and 4 bedroom architectural townhomes by BOVO, is located in the heart of East Vancouver with few minutes walk to Kingsway business district, schools, and trout lake. Townhomes range from 1066 sq ft - 1316 sq ft, designed for functionality and flexibility in mind, all come with large windows to maximum natural sunlight, spacious flex/den big enough to be another bedroom, gourmet kitchen w/ high-end appliances, private outdoor living space, and a large attached garage with plenty of storage area for you to utilize. Estimated completion summer 2025! Act fast! More details
    Listed by Pacific Evergreen Realty Ltd.
  • 103 1406 E 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Knight Townhouse for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2811910

    103 1406 E 18TH Avenue Knight Vancouver V5N 3K9
    Main Photo: 103 1406 E 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Knight Townhouse for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2811910
    $1,199,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2811910
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,066 sq. ft.
    KNIGHT 18 - A collection of 3 and 4 bedroom architectural townhomes by BOVO, is located in the heart of East Vancouver with few minutes walk to Kingsway business district, schools, and trout lake. Townhomes range from 1066 sq ft - 1303 sq ft, designed for functionality and flexibility in mind, all come with large windows to maximum natural sunlight, spacious flex/den big enough to be another bedroom, gourmet kitchen w/ high-end appliances, private outdoor living space, and a large attached garage with plenty of storage area for you to utilize. Estimated completion summer 2025! Act fast! More details
    Listed by Pacific Evergreen Realty Ltd.
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