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North Vancouver Real Estate| Blog | West Vancouver RealEstate|Mary-Jo Braid|Jonathan Yu › March 2014

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 2675 W 33rd Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia


V1054748 - 2675 W 33rd Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2675 W 33rd Ave, Vancouver and currently listed at $1,998,000.

Mackenzie Heights charming character home with partial City and Mountains View! This home offers a great floor plan which ready to renovate into a a super generous family home, or hold and build your dream home later on. Upper level offers 3 generous sized bedrooms and 1 bathroom, a large size living and dining room on the main with a den. It also offers a newer kitchen and powder room on the main as well. Partially finished basement with a rec-room and bedroom, potential to develop further more. It won't last, act fast! Open House Sat/Sun April 12/13, 2-4pm.

New Listing Lot 1 - 0 Canoe Road, Pender Harbour, British Columbia


V1054540 - Lot 1 - 0 Canoe Road, Pender Harbour, British Columbia, CANADAView my new listing for sale at Lot 1 - 0 Canoe Road, Pender Harbour and currently listed at $157,500.

This neighbourhood is quiet, charming, & close to all of Pender Harbours amenties. Marina (s), restaurants, shopping & boutiques all within a few minutes. This lovely sunny lot backs onto a small tidal lagoon. Very pretty spot to build your dream home or cottage. Lot has some interesting options to build upon. Neighbourhood is picturesque and quiet.

New Listing 708 - 888 Homer Street, Vancouver, British Columbia


V1053908 - 708 - 888 Homer Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 708 - 888 Homer Street, Vancouver and currently listed at $439,900.

Bright open concept 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo with a good sized den located in the heart of downtown. Hardwood floors in the living and dining room, tile in the kitchen and bathroom. The unit comes with high end S/S appliances and heated floors in the washroom. The Beasley offers concierge 24/7, on-site gym as well as a private dog park on the 8th floor common balcony. The unit has a large balcony where you can enjoy running the BBQ or sitting to have a quiet coffee Enjoy walking to BC Place, Rogers Arena, the local grocery store and many restaurants and coffee shops. If you like running, the sea wall is 5 minutes down the street.

New Listing 801 Highland Road, Gibsons, British Columbia


V1052822 - 801 Highland Road, Gibsons, British Columbia, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 801 Highland Road, Gibsons and currently listed at $1,988,000.

Custom Log Home & Guest Cottage set high above on 10 gorgeous acres of prime land. Currently holds RU3/AL status.Great for farming & taxes. Easy to maintain ALR Status. Mature hop fields already under way. Custom built beautiful log home is stunning in every way.The ocean views will mesmerize you & your quests.Two full floors that can be completely self contained, offering 2 commercial grade kitchens with massive granite islands, counters, gas stoves, multiple ovens & fridges.This has been chosen by many wedding parties as "The Destination" hosting friends & family.Extremely well built & thought out.Geothermal heating & cooling, radiant in flr heat.Relax on one of the many sundecks and take in the Pacific Ocean views.By appointment

New Listing 629 Pratt RD, ,


v4039381 - 629 PRATT RD Sunshine Coast, Gibsons & Area, BC, V0N 1V7, Gibsons Landing, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 629 PRATT RD Sunshine Coast, Gibsons & Area, BC, V0N 1V7, Gibsons Landing and currently listed at $2,298,000.

Fantastic business opportunity here! 1.5 acres of beautifully landscaped property. This Garden and Landscape Supply Centre has always been a local favorite for year round shopping since 1992. Relocated and developed on current site in 2005. Indoor retail space is 4000 sq. ft with 2000 sq. ft. patio decks, 16 bulk bins for soils & gravels. Fully chain link fenced with iron gates. New Kubota 530 loader, forklift, tandem dump truck w/hiab crane and split compartment dump box, mini-van, 4000lb scale, 30' x 70' greenhouse. New computer systems with POS software. Residence suite has 2000 sq. ft. of spacious living space, w/3 bedrooms, large master ensuite and more. Landscaped 2000 sq. ft wrap around patio. C-5 zoning gives this property endless options for a successful business. Easy access just off the Sunshine Coast Hwy. Close the gate when business hours are done, and retreat to your own private piece of Paradise. Owners are ready for retirement.