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A Trip down Vancouver with Mary-Jo Braid

Have you ever considered living in Vancouver? Are you considering a move to Vancouver? Did you know that Vancouver was voted the most livable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit, not once but for the second year in a row. Well, now you know.

A Little about Vancouver

Vancouver is ideally located near the ocean and right next to the North Shore Mountains, offering exploration opportunities throughout the whole year. The mountains are ideal for the adventurous types offering up scenic hiking trails and snow sports while for the more relaxed types, the coastline offers up fantastic views and beautiful beaches. This is the ideal location to live because it is surrounded by the mountains and the sea. The metropolitan offers up diverse cultures giving one the best of both worlds in terms of nature and city living.

The People of Vancouver

Considering that this is a relatively new town (established in 1886), the original inhabitants were of Irish, German, British and Scottish origin, but today, that’s a whole different story. Nowadays majority of the inhabitants do not speak English while 30% are of Asian Origin. Everyone has learnt to live together in harmony making the city more linguistically diverse. This is a city for everyone and anyone.

Where to Go while in Vancouver

What can we say, basically the whole city is an attraction, well, give or take a few not so attractive spots. Otherwise, if you are in Vancouver, you might want to consider going for some ice-skating in the many all year ice skating rinks available.  http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/ice-rinks.aspx . You may also want to visit the Vancouver Aquarium, http://www.vanaqua.org/ especially ideal on rainy days. You could also consider a visit to the Grouse Mountain for some snowboarding, skiing and all other winter sports.

Mary-Jo Braid

Now that you know a little more about Vancouver, it’s time to look into your property partner in North and West Vancouver areas. Mari-Jo Braid has been in the sales business for over 25 years helping new Vancouver residents settle into Vancouver while at the same time, helping existing residents live their dreams by turning their dream homes into a reality. Mary-Jo Braid puts herself in the client’s shoes and tries to visualize what the client has in mind. Many a client have been amazed at the ease with which Mary-Jo Braid is able to find and list properties at just the right price, leaving each party happy and content with the results. As a realtor, I strive to provide you with all the current prices and properties the market has to offer, giving you an opportunity for a wider selection when it comes to looking for what you want. Mary-Jo Braid does not limit your selection but rather allows you the opportunity to try your hand out at all that is available in the market.

So, if you are in Vancouver and are looking to buy, rent or sell a property, Mary-Jo Braid is your ideal agent.

New Listing 4084 Highland Boulevard, North Vancouver, BC


R2207875 - 4084 Highland Boulevard, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 4084 Highland Boulevard, North Vancouver and currently listed at $3,980,000.

Stunning brand new masterpiece home situated in the heart of North Van's most desirable Forest Hills neighborhood. With 6148 SF enormous & luxury living space on the 10715 SF lot, this magnificent modern family home boasts 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms with a fabulous open kitchen featuring Miele appliances accompanied by a large quartz island leading to the private backyard and patio. Upstairs offers 4 spacious bedrooms all with private ensuites. Downstairs features a spectacular home theatre, rec room, wine room & a legal 2 bed suite. Also included are multi-camera security system, window covering, A/C unit & much more. Minutes away from Edgemont Village, top ranking Handsworth Secondary and Canyon Heights Elementary.

New Listing 1367 Cammeray Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2206702 - 1367 Cammeray Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1367 Cammeray Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $7,288,000.

Architecturally designed by Barclay McLeod. This beautifully park-like property stes a calm mood with exotic plants, trees, fish ponds & your own stream. The gardens were carefully created to blend and connect you with the sensational natural surroundings. Step inside this home to view high vaulted ceilings, skylights, floor to ceiling windows & doors with living & family rooms have walkout access to the pool that is positioning to take in the sensational view of the ocean & city. The updated kitchen & eating area look out to the lush backyard with pond & quiet forest setting. Upstairs offers the master suite with large vaulted ceilings, deck & large master bath & heated floors. Chartwell & Sentinel school catchment. Open House Sep 28 10-12pm, Oct 1 Sunday 2-4pm

New Listing 2342 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2204355 - 2342 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2342 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,898,000.

Beautiful cozy, contemporary home in the heart of gorgeous Dundarave neighbourhood rebuilt in 2015, just minutes away from top schools, beaches, shopping & much more! Beautiful spacious living room with spectacular view to the ocean & city. Gourmet kitchen offers quartz counters, top of the line appliances and an elegant dining area with big bright window accessing to the large entertaining size covered deck. Upper floor features a large master bedroom with skylight and beautiful view overlooking into Vancouver, plus 2 large ensuited bedrooms. Lower floor features a fully equipped media room, 2 bedrooms and a wet bar with large island & access to the fabulous yard and patio.

New Listing 5598 Gallagher Place, West Vancouver, BC


R2203657 - 5598 Gallagher Place, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 5598 Gallagher Place, West Vancouver and currently listed at $6,980,000.

This stunning 5200+ SF home is in one of the most spectacular locations of West Vancouver. This home offers 4 spacious bedrooms, 5 luxurious baths, and a chef's gourmet kitchen! Not only is this home architecturally designed dream home by award winning architect Brad Lamoureux, it boasts never ending views to the southwest. The Pacific Ocean is at your front door & lush, never ending hiking trails like Baden Powell are at your back door. The convenience of Caulfield shopping only minutes away and also offers easy access to incomparable skiing, dining, shopping or just relaxing in front of the fire at 'famous' Whistler Mountain. This home offers it all! Open House Sep 24th Sunday 2-4pm

New Listing 1488 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2202806 - 1488 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1488 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,588,000.

Brand new ocean & city view home in the most desirable and family friendly neighborhood Ambleside. Custom built & designed by Archia Development, this contemporary residence showcasing exceptional craftsmanship and quality. Spacious modern open floor plan offers elegant family room with eclipsed doors open to the gorgeous covered deck, built in BBQ & outdoor space. Beautiful chef's kitchen with high end Miele appliances and separate wok kitchen. Featuring total 5 beds & 6 baths, including a stunning master bedroom. 2 more bedrooms downstairs plus a spectacular recreation room and home theatre. Close to top West Van schools, public transit, recreation centre & parks. A wonderful home to raise a family! Open House Sep 24, Sun 2-4pm

New Listing 4781 Marineview Crescent, North Vancouver, BC


R2202815 - 4781 Marineview Crescent, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 4781 Marineview Crescent, North Vancouver and currently listed at $2,098,000.

Most desirable and family oriented neighborhood of Canyon Heights. Build your dream home in this prime location, or renovate. This is a rare opportunity to own an extremely sunny, flat lot. Perfect for backyard BBQ's and children playing. Your just a short walk to Canyon Heights Elementary or Handsworth Secondary School. An outstanding place and neighborhood to raise a family.

New Listing 14 - 2206 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver, BC


R2202831 - 14 - 2206 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 14 - 2206 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver and currently listed at $1,350,000.

Breathtaking 270 degree panoramic ocean view townhome overlooking Mt Baker, downtown, Lions Gate Bridge to UBC, this well maintained 2 level townhouse offers large sized rooms including living w/fireplace, kitchen w/eating area on the main floor w/2 exterior balconies. 2 bed & 2 bath including a wonderful master on the main floor living with additional 1 bed, 1 bath, recreation room and plenty of storage downstairs. 2 car underground garage with easy access. Spacious 2170 SF floor plan. Close to Collingwood School, West Van Secondary, shopping & recreation center.

New Listing 1748 Riverside Drive, North Vancouver, BC


R2202843 - 1748 Riverside Drive, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1748 Riverside Drive, North Vancouver and currently listed at $2,498,000.

Welcome to North Van's "Hidden Gems": Riverside Drive, where nature beauty and greenery is right at your front door! Situated in the convenient Seymour neighborhood on an enormous 28,427 SF lot, this luxurious 8 bed & 4 bath "NOORT" built home offers 4620 SF living on 3 spacious levels. With 4 bed self contained suite downstairs, this home also closet, 1 bed on the main floor especially suitable for in law & 2 bed self contained suite downstairs, this home also featuring gourmet chef kitchen w/granite island, H/W floors, vaulted ceilings in living room, extensive crown mouldings & beautiful millwork throughout. Relax in the stunning backyard overlooking tall cedar trees. Close to Capilano U, transit & shopping.

New Listing 3225 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2201626 - 3225 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 3225 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $6,988,000.

Spectacular Ocean view brand new home situated on one of most desirable neighborhood and best street Mathers Avenue. Overlooking Vancouver coast line to UBC, this 3 level architectural design & custom built mansion offering 5972 SF luxurious living space with open space floor plan and exceptional quality. Main floor featuring gorgeous high foyer leads to entertainment-sized rooms including cross-hall formal living & dining areas. 5 large beds incl 4 up with stunning master feature a magnificent spa-like ensuite. Beautiful gourmet island kitchen, wok kitchen, home theatre, elevator, sun-filled terrace, pool, and hot tub, air conditioning, list of amazing features goes on. Top ranking West Bay Elementary only steps away.

New Listing 3243 Travers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2199110 - 3243 Travers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 3243 Travers Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $2,298,000.

Meticulously maintained character home situated on a 11,010 sq.ft. lot with gorgeous ocean views. Main level offers an open plan living and dining room with a cozy wood fire place, kitchen with eating area, spacious family room, and 3 bedrooms. The upper level boasts a 388 sq.ft. play room. Other features include leaded glass windows, vaulted ceiling and hardwood flooring. Ample green space in both the front and back yards which is ideal for children. This home has had many tasteful updates over the years and would make a great holding property or build your dream home on one of the most popular streets in the West Bay neighbourhood. Walking distance to the beach, parks and transit. Located in the West Bay and Rockridge Secondary school catchments.