Home Is Where The Beach Is

July 1st 2011 marked my first Canada Day in Vancouver, but it also marked the end of our 6 month sublet and the day we moved apartments.  It was with a formidable sense of déjà vu that we packed our belongings at the end of June as July 1stis moving day for students back in Southampton, and the day that I’ve moved house for the past six years. This particular move went very smoothly, thanks to the help of my Guardian Angel/friend who turned up with her surprisingly roomy car to transport our worldly possessions to our new place three blocks over.

Our building - The Green Monster as it's known to locals!

Our prized belongings contain largely clothes, so it was essential that we found somewhere fully furnished to move into. Bed linen, plates, pans…you name it, we need it. We struggled to find somewhere in the area that we wanted (i.e. the beach) at first, but 10 days before we were due to be made homeless we found a three month sublet in a very large and imposing building on the edge of Kits Point, and at the bottom of the bridge to Downtown. It’s definitely a little more cosy than our last apartment, but the bright and colourful interior and proximity to the beach more than make up for it.

The 'beach style' living room

The building itself is very, very, verydated. It’s typical 1960s architecture, and I use the term ‘architecture’ loosely. The three-pronged shape is very similar to that of a Vegas hotel, and fittingly the motto for the building seems to be: ‘if we’re going to build a big tall imposing high-rise in Kitsilano, we might as well make is really big, really tall and really imposing’. On the plus side, the elevators are currently being refurbished, which is necessary for a speedy ascent to all 15 storeys. Italso has a small but warm outdoor pool, perfect for an evening swim or a weekend sunbathe.

The heated outdoor pool

We did a fair bit of moving furniture around when we first moved in, which has given us both space and surfaces.  Our landlord used to sleep on the futon in the living room, but luckily bought us a bed for the bedroom on the day we moved in. We’ve added a few homely features, such as a British flag covering our shoe shelves, and some playoff towels to the chairs, and it’s starting to feel more like home. Tonight we’re cooking our first meal in our teeny tiny kitchen, and tomorrow we’re picking up a coffee table that we found for free on craigslist.

The view of the city from the living room

The most important thing for us is that we haven’t moved very far. We absolutely love Kitsilano and wanted to stay in a very small 4 block by 4 block area right by the beach. We’re in a prime location for the annual fireworks competition, the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare festival and the Kitsilano 133m outdoor pool. We’re now easy walking distance to Downtown, though if we want to get the bus it stops less than a block away and takes us to the SkyTrain station (which I use for work) in less than 10 minutes. Vancouver really is all about location, location, location, and we’re definitely well placed for the next three months.


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About MarmitetoMaple

I'm originally from the UK and have been working and living the dream in Vancouver, BC, since January 2011. I am a firm believer in travel, good cheese, volunteering and community engagement.

2 responses to “Home Is Where The Beach Is”

  1. Kenzie says :

    Hi there, I would love your help! I have been searching for the actual name of the “Green Monster” apartment building. My boyfriend and I are moving to Vancouver and have been told this is a fairly cheap place to live in Kits!! I would really appreciate your help!


    • MarmitetoMaple says :

      Hi Kenzie,

      Thanks for the comment! Yes, this building is a great place to live! Great location, a good swimming pool and usually pretty good value! The name of the building is Parkview Towers and the address is 1450 Chestnut Street. When we lived there we sub-letted (illegally…) from an owner, but there is a central rental office as they have a sign outside listing vacancies. This looks like the phone number here. http://www.yellowpages.ca/bus/British-Columbia/Vancouver/Parkview-Towers/2454183.html.

      Good luck with the search and congrats on the move to Vancouver, you’ll love it here!!! 😀

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