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Family Friendly in Kitsilano, Close to Beaches, Downtown and Cafes.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5

Welcome to your home away from home in one of Vancouver's most pleasant areas: Kitsilano. Known colloquially as "Kits", the neighborhood is named after Squamish chief August Jack Khatsahlano and belonged to the Squamish First Nation until 1946. It is relaxed, safe, friendly and very walkable close to downtown and beaches. Formerly a Greek neighbourhood it has retained much of its European feel, especially on Broadway with great restaurants, cafes and organic food stores. You are also a few blocks from plenty of retail, on Broadway as well as trendy 4th avenue, ranging from outdoor equipment to high end fashion.

Relax with a glass of wine on your patio in our beautiful secluded garden, which has a BBQ for your use. If you have children they can freely play in the safety of a fully fenced and child friendly garden. Enter through the French doors into the well designed living area with its big and comfortable sofa, where you can read a good book or watch a show or movie on the flat screen TV. For cooking there is a brand new kitchen with dishwasher, and restaurant grade gas stove. If you don't feel like cooking, Vancouver also happens to be well-known for its great restaurants. Within a walking distance of a few blocks you have a large selection of restaurants, deli's and neighbourhood bars, or why not take a short busride/drive to downtown or the eccentric Commercial Drive.

The master bedroom with a queen bed is conveniently separated from the 2nd bedroom with two beds. An additional bed is also available in the third bedroom. The new bathroom has a bathtub with shower and large sink. The separate laundry room has a new large washer/dryer.

Many guests appreciate the excellent quality of the amenities provided, such as high quality kitchen utensils, cutlery and crockery, pots and pans, basic grocery staples (such as olive oil, tea, sugar), good linens, towels, iron/ironing board, etc.

For those visiting family or friends you are free to bring them over to enjoy a barbeque, knowing there is plenty of room, inside and outdoors, to entertain them and enjoy the beautiful Vancouver summer.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our beautiful British Columbia, regardless of where you end up staying. If you have any questions about the apartment or the area, before or during your time here, we are more than willing to provide pointers to help making your stay the best possible.

More Details

Ian Freemantle
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish, swedish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

About Ian Freemantle

We are a professional couple who enjoy our eclectic neighbourhood, walks on the beach, swimming in Kits pool and time in the beautiful outdoors. We enjoy socializing with our adult children, love traveling and visit family in Europe each year.

We have just taken over this beautiful vacation rental that the former owners have been running for almost a decade. Our goal is to continue to deliver the same excellent experience to our guests that the Heart of Kitsilano is known for. We will do our utmost to ensure that you, our guests, feel welcome and fully enjoy your stay with us. The former owner's guest book is full of warm and positive reviews. We have listed a few comments below.

"The garden suite is very well equipped, spotlessly clean and comfortable."

"This is a great place to stay and a wonderful retreat after enjoying the hustle and bustle that Kitsilano has to offer. We are looking forward to our next visit."

"Travelling into the downtown by bus is straightforward, and driving out of the city is also easy. "

"The property is very thoughtfully equipped, beautifully furnished and very comfortable. The garden is pretty, and can be directly accessed from the living room. Highly recommended"

"Can't recommend this place highly enough. It was good value, and we would definitely stay again! "

Ian Freemantle purchased this house in 2015

Why Ian Freemantle chose Vancouver

Kitsilano is close to everything while maintaining a true neighbourhood feel. Guests frequently comment on its proximity to everything and the large number of activities and attractions accessible to them during their stay. There are also great restaurants and theatres close by. It is a walking or cycling city, so a car is not necessary.

What makes this house unique

Location, location, location. Relaxed neighbourhood, safe for strolling. Wonderful gardens and coffee shops everywhere. Beautiful beaches within walking distance. Friendly neighbours and lots to do. Our personal favourite is walking the beach early mornings or late at night.


West Side House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Please note that a 'twin bed' is for one person only
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Please note that a 'twin bed' is for one person only
  • infant crib is available
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Relaxed and spacious accommodation ideal for family visits, long term stays, or as a self-catering alternative to hotels for those wanting privacy and a fully equipped garden level suite (1100 sq.ft./100 m2) with internet, washer/dryer, dishwasher, outdoor patio with BBQ and fully fenced garden. Located on a quiet street in a safe and elegant residential neighbourhood. Walking distance to many amenities including great restaurants, deli's and neighbourhood bars. Local sandy beaches (3) close by, community centre with gym, parks. Ideal as a base for touring beautiful British Columbia. Often described as 'a haven for travelling families' and 'a home away from home'.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Family Friendly in Kitsilano, Close to Beaches, Downtown and Cafes.
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews
Swansea UK

Holiday vacation - Easter period 2017 (Submitted June 6th, 2017)

  • 5 of 5

This was our second vacation at this apartment; the first being in 2014 under the previous owners. We were therefore excited to be returning to Vancouver from the U.K. for our seventh visit to this great city and we were really glad to be back in familiar surroundings in Kitsilano.

The apartment had retained all of the comforts we had appreciated on our first visit, with additional improvements having been made in the garden i.e. screening added for privacy which enhanced an already inviting outdoor space. The property had also been freshly painted. Indeed, this home is in pristine condition.

Ian was welcoming on our arrival and responded immediately when we inadvertently knocked off the underfloor heating in the kitchen.

We wasted no time in purchasing Compass cards for our travel needs and the highlight of our stay was our third visit to Vancouver Island via float-plane (a bucket list adventure we will always remember). My husband played golf locally at UBC - so convenient and accessible while I ventured out on solo walks to Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks. We also thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to the Sea to Sky Gondola at Squamish which we would highly recommend.

On our departure Ian was very accommodating in allowing us to vacate the apartment late afternoon in time for our flight at 6. 40p.m. as the next guests were not expected to arrive until the following evening. This was very much appreciated as we were able to relax, eat lunch at the apartment (cooked food purchased from Whole Foods at W. 4th Ave) and enjoy the serenity of the garden one last time.

We would therefore highly recommend this property and hope to be back in the not-too-distant future, with our extended family, so that they can experience what truly wonderful experiences Vancouver has to offer.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved everything​ about this place, it was a clean and beautiful place and friendly neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful facilities, clean and newly renovated. Close to everything you need, love this city! Beautiful and hospitable.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

Excellent place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

The three of us stayed at this lovely place and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Lots of room with all the comforts of home in a fabulous location near many trendy cool shops and restaurants. Highly recommend it. The owner, Ian, communicates promptly, is genuine and very nice. We'll be back!

David, Cindy & Reed

Winnipeg, MB

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada

My Heart Has been left in Vancouver!

  • 4 of 5

Great location, great restaurants and groceries stores near by! We felt immediately at home with the simple, clean decor. We came with our 2 teen age boys to go skiing over Spring Break, and it was an approximate 2 hour drive to the ski hill. Staying in Vancouver has its advantages, Spring weather, more amenities than Whistler. Lovely drive to and from the mountain. We walked to Granville Island Market, which is a staple activity of anyone who visits Vancouver. The area this rental is situated is surprisingly quiet for Vancouver. Definitely a safe quiet spot to venture from.

Be prepared to learn all about Vancouver's extensive recycling program. So glad there was a book with photos to refer to as Vancouver requires you to sort your recyclables. One suggestion is to have a liner for the garbage bin as we used shopping bags for our limited garbage as we did not want any garbage items to spoil the bin.

Lovely kitchen, some staple items were there if we needed (sugar for coffee!) Thank you. Very comfortable living room and an excellent little library. We would definitely consider booking again for our next time out on the coast. For anyone wanting to go to church while visiting Vancouver, we were blown away by Tenth Church (2 locations fairly close).

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, clean and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of five and easily stayed in this well equipped apartment. Kind and flexible host.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hong Kong

A good home away from for family vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family has just returned from our holiday in Vancouver staying in this lovely home over the Christmas 2016. We are a family of 4 with two grown up boys, and have found Ian's place perfect for us for our stay. Ian's home is spacious, and provides everything we needed for our stay - from the bedrooms to kitchens. The kitchen is fully stocked and although we love to cook but we didn't cook too many meals as there are plently to eat in Vancouver, all within a short walking or driving distance.

Ian's home is close to the public transport although we did have a car which made us even more convenienct. Parking on the street in front of the house was not a problem at all, and in fact we parked at more or less the same spot every night!

There are bicyces in Ian's home for the guests to use but we didn't try them as the weather was a bit cold and wet for us, but we can tell that the bikes are of good quality, and they will come with helmets.

Ian was very friendly and responsive during the process of the rental although it was a pity that we didn't get a chance to meet up while we were there.

We highly remommend Ian's home to our fellow travellers. We are sure that you will enjoy staying there, either in the summer of winter.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Paul, Thanks for the great review! We are happy that you enjoyed our place and sorry that we did not get to meet your family since we were out of the country over Christmas. We trust that our friend Danijela took good care of you. We should point out that the bikes actually belong to us and our other tenant and are not for use by guests. However Vancouver has the Mobi bike rental system and we would be happy to tell future guests about it. Take care, Ian
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Nearest Airport
13 Kilometres
YVR, Vancouver International Airport
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Horseshoe Bay
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
UBC Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Pacific Central Station
Nearest Ski
10 Kilometres
Grouse Mountain
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Kits Beach
Car: not necessary

Surrounded by spectacular beaches and mountains, Kitsilano is a premier location for its proximity to sports and entertainment activities. Only 2 blocks from a vibrant neighbourhood high street and 10 minutes from downtown theatres, museums, and shops. There are 3 large sandy beaches and a sailing centre only a 15 minute walk away. A bike friendly city with extensive bike transportation lanes, as well as beautiful parks (especially Stanley Park), and gardens. Local mountains provide winter skiing and summer hiking. Spectacular views of city and mountains are free.


Rates & Availability

West Side House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season Fall
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 6 2018
5 night minimum stay
Low Season 2018
Jan 7 2018 - May 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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