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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 1575 Rena Crescent, West Vancouver, BC


R2167953 - 1575 Rena Crescent, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1575 Rena Crescent, West Vancouver and currently listed at $2,980,000.

Ocean view, fully renovated home sitting on a wide and massive 83x196 lot with 14811 SF. Located in the kids friendly and convenient Ambleside neighborhood, this cozy 2 levels Rancher/Bungalow has gone through complete renovation, from new roof, plumbing and HE furnace with air conditioning to new gourmet kitchen with Bosch appliances and a beautiful front lawn w/new ground sprinkler system. Main floor features 3 large bedrooms plus a spacious solarium overlooking the spectacular ocean views. Lower floor features an optional suite with a separate entry, kitchen and a fireplace. Minutes away to West Van top ranking public and private schools. Shopping, sea wall and parks are also nearby. Open House May 27/28, Sat/Sun 2-4pm

New Listing 6084 NORTH LAKE ROAD, Egmont, BC


R2168598 - 6084 N Lake Road, Egmont, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 6084 N Lake Road, Egmont and currently listed at $689,000.

This lovely Lakeside property is sure to while your summers away in pure joy. Or make it your home year round. 1.5 acres to call your own. Lots of room for extended family and friends! Lg dock. Tiny house is 8x8 & is so adorable, your guests will have the BEST sleep ever! The main house is well appointed. An open floor plan with access to lg sun decks both back & front.Huge master with its own deck, W/I closet & lg ensuite.A outdoor fire pit that could host a family reunion and keep everyone dry (specially built overhang with fire vent). Get the s'mores ready.Also features a detached Shop + Studio & a Carriage House accommodation above.Full kitchen/beautiful bathroom & sleeps 5. All these dwellings have lg windows looking out to nature. Natural creek winds through property.Appt Only.

Recently Sold Listing 5632 Eagle Creek Place, West Vancouver, BC


R2161230 - 5632 Eagle Creek Place, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAI have just recently sold this listing at 5632 Eagle Creek Place, West Vancouver.

Recently Sold Listing 1479 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2158819 - 1479 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAI have just recently sold this listing at 1479 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver.

New Listing 1470 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2161180 - 1470 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1470 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,580,000.

Panoramic view of Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, Downtown Vancouver & UBC! Prime location in the heart of fabulous Ambleside neighborhood. This cozy family home situated in a quiet and kids friendly cul-de-sac, only few minutes walking distance to Ridgeview Elementary and West Van Secondary. Top ranking private schools are also very close by. Main floor features spacious living space with a newly equipped kitchen and a bright living room leading to a large balcony with breathtaking ocean view. Upstairs has 2 large south facing viewed bedrooms including a charming master. Downstairs offers a rec room and a 1-bedroom suite with separate entrance. This 2012 renovation home is ready to move in today. A wonderful opportunity. Open House May 20 Sat 2-4pm

New Listing 5632 Eagle Creek Place, West Vancouver, BC


R2161230 - 5632 Eagle Creek Place, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale SOLD at 5632 Eagle Creek Place, West Vancouver and currently listed at $2,998,000.SOLD

You will fall in love with this gorgeous Executive home. Designed by David Poskitt and built by Mike Brody for the current Owners, the house features bright, generous sized rooms on all 3 levels and is fully equipped for today's family living. Outside, enjoy the completely private, sunny, flowering English garden located on a quiet cul de sac. The Eagle Harbour location is close to the beach, marina, shopping and golf, plus easy access to Downtown and Whistler. Several highly regarded schools, elementary and secondary, are nearby including the well known Eagle Harbour Montessori. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a special home in a wonderful part of West Vancouver. Call to arrange a private viewing.

New Listing 4084 Highland Boulevard, North Vancouver, BC


R2161304 - 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. Public Open May 27/28 Sat/Sun 2-4pm

New Listing 1805 St. Denis Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2161314 - 1805 St. Denis Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1805 St. Denis Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,498,000.

Beautiful South facing over sized 12823 SF private corner property with lovely views of ocean, downtown & Lions Gate bridge. Recognized as one of the best street in Ambleside area, close to everything in West Vancouver, walk distance to the best schools, West Van Secondary, Pauline Johnson French Immersion School, Community Centre, shopping & seawall. House at great condition 2784 SF of bright living space offers 5 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms. Large decks, beautiful gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors and wood burning fireplace. Ideal family home to move in, or great investment to hold or build your dream house.

New Listing 349 Park Avenue, Keats Island, BC


R2160944 - 349 Park Avenue, Keats Island, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 349 Park Avenue, Keats Island and currently listed at $220,000.

Charming cottage by the sea, close to dock and beaches. Two Bedrooms, one 2 piece bathroom. Very cozy and functional. Year round use possible. Quick and easy access from Horseshoe Bay. Call today for your island tour.

New Listing 1479 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2158819 - 1479 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale SOLD at 1479 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,398,000.SOLD

Stunning masterpiece brand new modern contemporary house in prime Ambleside with fabulous views of the city & ocean. This gorgeous home offers total 6 bdrms & 6 bathrooms. Spacious contemporary open floor plan features elegant living rm with eclipsed doors open to the outdoor space, gorgeous kitchen with high end Miele appliances and separate wok kitchen, big bright windows, high ceilings, theatre room, radiant floor heating, A/C, HRV, engineered hardwood floors, bright 2 bedrooms legal suite, 2-5-10 home warranty and much more. Walking distance to top rated schools, parks, beach & shops.