Despite the manicured appearance of Kitsilano, especially west of MacDonald, a flair for whimsy or kitsch still survives. Between garden gnomes, Tibetan prayer flags, and counterculture paraphernalia, a few striking examples can be found.
The remarkable leopard print door on 5th Avenue deserves comment. A cornflour blue bungalow, neatly painted with white trim and picket fence, is framed by cedars and flowering trees. Two comfortable green chairs grace the porch, inviting a moment of Okanagan pinot gris in Sunset magazine. In short, we are presented with the ideal Kitsilano stereotype, perhaps completed by a muddy Subaru or Volvo hatchback parked at the curb. In the centre of this perfect West Coast tableau, an exotic yellow explosion impresses itself upon our senses, discordant and also dazzling. The juxtaposition approaches pop art, and the residents are to be commended for their imagination. Kitsilano needs more exceptions of this kind.