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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 940 Wavertree Road, North Vancouver, BC


R2190230 - 940 Wavertree Road, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 940 Wavertree Road, North Vancouver and currently listed at $2,580,000.

1500 sqft Rancher home on beautiful flat lot (8050 SF) with 70 ft frontage in the wonderful neighborhood of Forest Hills, North Vancouver. The house is bright with gorgeous mountain view. Short walk away to Edgemont Village, Canyon Heights Elementary and Handsworth Secondary Schools. Located in the quiet and kids friendly street with a spacious fenced yard.

New Listing 2518 Marr Creek Court, West Vancouver, BC


R2184014 - 2518 Marr Creek Court, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2518 Marr Creek Court, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,398,000.

Spectacular ocean views of Vancouver's inner harbour, coastline & Gulf Islands, this cozy family home situated in the West Van's prestigious neighborhood, Whitby Estates. Beautifully built by British Pacific Properties w/exceptional quality & craftsmanship, this residence offers 3 level of comfort & easy care living w/high ceilings, & bright open floor plan. The main floor features a fabulous gourmet kitchen w/custom millwork & top-of-line appliances leading to the elegant dining & living room perfect for family gathering. The lower floor offers a fabulous master bdrm w/picture windows & lavish bath. Many highlights include gorgeous roof top balcony & entertaining home theatre. Top ranking private schools are steps away. Open House July 6, Thursday 10-12pm, Open House July 9, Sunday 2-4pm

New Listing 1448 Chartwell Drive, West Vancouver, BC


R2183215 - 1448 Chartwell Drive, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1448 Chartwell Drive, West Vancouver and currently listed at $11,980,000.

Magnificent mansion in the most prestigious Chartwell neighborhood w/breathtaking sweeping city and ocean view from all 3 levels. With luxurious 7738 SF living space on a large 16110 SF lot, this spectacular masterpiece showcasing world class craftsmanship, exceptional quality and attention to details throughout. Main floor features a stunning living room with contoured high ceilings leading to a large dining room with granite floors and a custom gourmet kitchen with a large marble island plus wok kitchen. Upstairs features 4 spacious & lavish bedrooms all with their own ensuite. Other highlights include 5 custom marble F/P, smart home system, A/C, fabulous home theatre, an enormous rec room, O/D pool and much more.

New Listing 1394 Camridge Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2180001 - 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 & 3 baths with 3746 SF of living space and sitting on a 14560 SF lot. Beautiful ocean view from UBC to Vancouver Island. Top ranking Mulgrave School and Collingwood School are nearby. Excellent location close to rec centre, shopping, sea wall and parks. A great opportunity to hold or build a dream home.

New Listing 2052 Jones Avenue, North Vancouver, BC


R2179218 - 2052 Jones Avenue, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2052 Jones Avenue, North Vancouver and currently listed at $1,698,000.

FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A HOUSE IN NORTH VANCOUVER, prime area of Central Lonsdale. Two family can easily live in this lovely house. This family home offers two levels. The upper level has 3 beds, 2 bath, living room, family room and kitchen. Lower level has 2 beds, 2 bath, living room & kitchen with separate entrance. One level can be considered as a great mortgage helper. Heated floor. Fully fenced back yard with a cozy and delightful garden. Detached double garage and additional parking space with back lane access. Great school catchment: Westview Elementary School & Carson Graham Secondary School. Easy and very close access to transit, highway, Shopping, parks, trails, rec centres, and restaurants. AMAZING VALUE!

New Listing 175 Stevens Drive, West Vancouver, BC


R2177762 - 175 Stevens Drive, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 175 Stevens Drive, West Vancouver and currently listed at $5,388,000.

Situated in one of the best locations in British Properties, this magnificent contemporary home offers top quality and master craftsmanship. Featuring 20ft high ceiling and big bright windows, the main floor offers a spacious gourmet kitchen w/a huge marble island, plus a generous living room, a cozy family room, an oversize office and much more. Upstairs features 3 comfort ensuites, including a spectacular master suite w/a sitting area and a fantastic walk in closet. Downstairs features a large 1 bedroom suite w/separate entrance, a recreation room, home theatre, wine rooms and a wet bar. A truly well maintained home with luxurious design & materials. Top ranking Collingwood School and parks are all just minutes.

New Listing 2342 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2177256 - 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, 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. House come with 2-5-10 New Home Warranty.

New Listing 1325 Lawson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2177364 - 1325 Lawson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1325 Lawson Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,280,000.

Spectacular modern family home with a solid construction & great floor plan. This home is one of a kind w/top quality design in one of the best location of West Vancouver. Over 4000 SF on 3 levels. Main level with open bright & dynamic concept offers a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances & separate wok kitchen, family room, private patio, living & dining area plus two spacious ensuite bedrooms. Master bdrm on the top floor with walk in & stunning ensuite plus amazing roof top deck. Lower theatre room, wine cellar, two bdrm inlaw suite & a large living room with a separate entrance. Ideal neighbor for family life, playgrounds, parks, shops, Community Centre. Walking distance to Ridgeview Elementary & W Van Secondary.

New Listing 420 Hillcrest Street, West Vancouver, BC


R2174247 - 420 Hillcrest Street, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 420 Hillcrest Street, West Vancouver and currently listed at $7,348,000.

This stunning master piece OCEAN VIEW home is ideally situated at the heart of breathtaking Westmount neighborhood. Encompassing incredible quality, its luxurious design is apparent from every angle. The house is fully equipped for today's family living. Inside, elegant foyer, formal living & dining rooms, private office, kitchen & wok cooking, top brand appliances, ensuite bdrms, custom millwork throughout, rich hardwood & marble flooring, home theatre, home automation and more. Outside, enjoy the completely private, sunny, lush garden with outdoor pool & hot tub. Close to the beach, park, marina, shopping & seawall. Highly regarded schools are nearby including the well known West Bay Elementary. 2-5-10 New Home Warranty.

New Listing 2095 Queens Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2172646 - 2095 Queens Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2095 Queens Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,380,000.

Beautiful home located at the best prime community of Queens in West Vancouver. International architectural master Arthur Erickson's design including vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, granite counters, crown moulding, 155 ft wide frontage & 23,231 sqft of flat private south facing lot. Plenty of light, beautiful gardens, huge luxurious indoor swimming pool. 6 bedroom, 2 level of 5426 SF of spacious open plan indoor living environment. Near famous public & private schools, beaches, community centre. Gives you convenient living & everything else!