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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 349 W 17th Street, North Vancouver, BC


R2219965 - 349 W 17th Street, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 349 W 17th Street, North Vancouver and currently listed at $2,680,000.

West of Lonsdale luxury 4 yr old home offers an outstanding functional layout w/luxury finishes. Main floor w/open floor plan offers high ceilings, large living & family room both w/fireplaces, den, dream kitchen w/large island, wok kitchen all w/high end SS appliances. Upstairs has 4 bedrooms all w/ensuites, mst bedroom w/city & water views, luxury spa like ensuite w/steam shower & large walk in closet. Lower floor has private media room & bar, 1 bedroom, full bath plus a 2 bedroom bedroom legal suite. Other features include A/C, HRV, LED lighting, 3 car garage & Room for RV parking, inground sprinklers, back up generator & more! Walking distance to amenities, parks, shopping, this home is the perfect balance of urban & suburban living.

New Listing 2342 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2218133 - 2342 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2342 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,699,999.

Completely rebuilt in 2015 with 2-5-10 New Home Warranty! Beautiful cozy, contemporary home in the heart of gorgeous Dundarave neighbourhood, 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. Open House Sunday, Nov 5 from 2 PM to 4 PM.

New Listing 1394 Camridge Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2218073 - 1394 Camridge Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1394 Camridge Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,980,000.

Situated in one of the most prestigious and sought-after neighborhood of Westhill/British Properties, this well-maintained lovely 2 level family home features 5 beds and 3 baths with 3746 SF of living space & sitting on a 14560 SF lot. Beautiful ocean view from UBC to Vancouver Island. Top ranking Mulgrave school & Collingwood School are nearby. Excellent location close to rec center, shopping, seawall & parks. A great opportunity to hold or build a dream home.

New Listing 525 Robin Hood Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2218234 - 525 Robin Hood Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 525 Robin Hood Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,980,000.

Stunning architecturally designed and custom built mansion situated on a 22651 SF huge lot in the most prestigious and sought-after neighborhood of British Properties. Located on the higher side of the street, this wonderful gated home enjoys excellent privacy & security. Gorgeous high foyer leads to spacious cross-hall formal living & dining rooms with elegant millwork, polished marble & custom moulding throughout. Beautiful gourmet island kitchen & wok kitchen w/pantry and large picture windows adj family room & eating area. Total 8 large bedrooms, 6 up including 2 magnificent master bedrooms features spectacular dressing area and spa-like ensuite. Excellent location with walking distance to top ranking Collingwood School. Open House Saturday, Nov 4 from 2 PM to 4 PM.

New Listing 258 W 17th Street, North Vancouver, BC


R2214568 - 258 W 17th Street, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 258 W 17th Street, North Vancouver and currently listed at $1,298,000.

Spacious three story unit, over 2000 SF, located the heart of Central Lonsdale in the best part of North Vancouver. Such a smart layout with three bedrooms and 2 full baths up, main floor has your kitchen, dining room and living room with a south facing bay window, lower level has a large recreation room, laundry and another full bath. Walking distance to all amenities, recreation centre, shopping, restaurants, city buses, Queen Mary elementary & Carson Graham schools. Enjoy the children's play area or walk the trails at your neighborhood's Mahon Park. Nothing to do but move in and make it your own. Single car garage and no maintenance fee. Open house Sat/Sun, Nov 11/12 from 2 to 4 PM.

New Listing 1410 Chippendale Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2214631 - 1410 Chippendale Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1410 Chippendale Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $6,980,000.

Great opportunity to own an absolutely amazing property with unobstructed city & ocean views on all 3 levels. Home is situated on the south side of one of the most prestigious streets "Chippendale Road". Sweeping views of Ocean, Burrard Inlet, Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park & vast 180 degree mountain views spanning from east to west. The views are breathtaking! Well maintained family home sits on 12000 SF lot featuring 6 bedrooms & 7 bathrooms, great entertainment size living room & dining room, open plan kitchen & family room with new wok kitchen. The lower level features 2 bedrooms & 2 full baths, rec room, wet bar, walk out to the swimming pool. Within walking distance to top ranking Chartwell & Sentinel schools.

New Listing 4084 Highland Boulevard, North Vancouver, BC


R2213198 - 4084 Highland Boulevard, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 4084 Highland Boulevard, North Vancouver and currently listed at $3,698,000.

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. Open house Sat/ Sun, Nov 11/12 from 2 pm to 4 pm.

New Listing 3225 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2213220 - 3225 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 3225 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $6,498,000.

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. Open house Sunday Nov 5 from 2 to 4 PM.

New Listing 4781 Marineview Crescent, North Vancouver, BC


R2213508 - 4781 Marineview Crescent, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 4781 Marineview Crescent, North Vancouver and currently listed at $1,980,000.

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 920 King Georges Way, West Vancouver, BC


R2211099 - 920 King Georges Way, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 920 King Georges Way, West Vancouver and currently listed at $5,988,000.

This spectacular, private, 0.55 acre estate is situated in an area called The Golden Mile; one of the most prestigious streets in British Properties. A most stunning family residence that was Completely Rebuilt 10 years ago by a local custom builder, Goldwood Homes. This home features the absolute finest in quality throughout; from the beautiful gourmet kitchen with granite & stainless steel, to the gorgeous master bedroom suite; you won't be disappointed. The large patio doors lead out to exquisite south facing landscaped grounds with large pool, jacuzzi, outdoor fireplace and barbeque area. Perfect for family fun & entertaining. Open house Sunday Oct 29 from 2 to 4 PM.