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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 1425 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2333347 - 1425 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1425 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,390,000.

This South facing Ambleside gem is situated at one of the quietest street in a well sought after neighbourhood. It has an open concept design floor plan with 14 ft vaulted foyer entrance. Other features include 9ft exterior grand door, contemporary style lighting, bi-fold patio door, walnut kitchen cabinets, Miele & Wolf appliances, top of the line bathroom fixtures, home theatre, air-conditioning, HRV, automatic sprinkler system, storage shed and many more. Walking distance to Ridgeview Elementary and West Van High. It's truly a perfect home.

New Listing 2559 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2332446 - 2559 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2559 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,980,000.

Luxurious VIEW property located in the heart of the extremely desirable area of Dundarave. Custom built home enjoy panoramic views of Mount Baker, Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, Ocean & The City Skyline. Upon walking into the grand foyer you’ll have your breath taken away by the opulence, attention to detail & well designed open floor plan. The main floor features a large living room, family room, dining room, office/bedroom & kitchen with high-end Miele appliances, as well as a quality wok kitchen. This home boast 7 bedrooms, 5 with ensuites, 7 baths, 5,980 sqft of internal living space over 3 levels, an incredible nearly 2,000 sqft of balconies/patios... bright ground level 2 Bedrooms legal suite.Agent open Jan 17, Thursday 10:00-12:00 Noon. Public Open House Jan 19, Sat 2-4 pm.

New Listing 2595 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2332447 - 2595 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2595 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $5,180,000.

West Vancouver beauty! Superbly designed & custom built Craftsman style family home situated on a large lot with 3 spacious levels and all principal rooms overlooking spectacular views of the city, Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley and the ocean. This brilliantly designed five years old family residence located in one of the most desirable and coveted neighborhoods of West Vancouver walking distance to Dundarave Village, Erwin Park Elementary School and the beach. This stunning and luxuriously appointed residence offers approximately almost five thousand square feet of spacious living and was created to provide a wonderful indoor outdoor lifestyle. Bright ground level two bedrooms legal suite with Ocean View~!! Agent open Jan 17, Thursday 10:00-12:00 Noon.Public Open Jan 19/20, Sat/Sun 2-4 pm.

New Listing 1290 Queens Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2332448 - 1290 Queens Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1290 Queens Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $1,698,000.

Tremendous value in this over 12,000 Square Foot, ocean, city and mountain view property located in a cul-de-sac in lower British Properties. 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom total in 2 separate levels. 3 bed, 2 bath, on upper level with open concept living area and top of the line appliances , hard wood floors, Granite counters, and 2 bed, 1 bath suit which has day care permit to run your own business, or rent it for over 1,900$ per month as your mortgage helper. Over 200ft wide frontage and sunny south fac'n backyard. Close to Collingwood, Sentinel, and Chartwell schools as well as Hollyburn Country club. Do not miss out the opportunity to own the BEST VALUE property in British Property!

New Listing 1415 Kings Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2331358 - 1415 Kings Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1415 Kings Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,890,000.

Welcome to 1415 KINGS AVE, where youthful spirit meets SOPHISTICATION. THIS WORLD CLASS ART PIECE is injected with innovation and sustainable design, combining drama, functionality and tranquilly to achieve an URBAN OASIS. Architecturally designed by local West Vancouver’s Burgers Architectures and built IMPECCABLY with concrete, wood and steel. DEVELOPED BY NEXFORE, built by Cube 4 Construction & Design, this exquisite 4509 square foot MODERN living space over 3 levels in the heart of AMBLESIDE IS SIMPLY INCREDIBLE quality and style - like I’ve never seen. The MODERN ORGANIC MINIMALISM style has an INCREDIBLE sense with the warmth of a home one desires to return to everyday. STUNNING OPEN CONCEPT main floor that delivers breathless like boutique hotel style to live in.

New Listing 630 Greenwood Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2327848 - 630 Greenwood Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 630 Greenwood Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $5,800,000.

The ultimate in class & luxury in this new, beautifully designed home in the prestigious BP’s. Every detail of this home exudes elegance. Enjoy the views of the city, mountains & park like yard from the outdoor living area adjacent to the living & dining rooms. Inside you'll find open-concept living with high ceilings,6 beds, 8 baths, a chef-inspired kitchen w/ Sub-Zero & Wolf appl. Main floor features formal living & dining rooms, family room, kitchen, wok kitchen & office,mud room & garage access. Upper floor features 4 large en-suite beds with patio’s. The stunning master suite has two-sided fireplace, 5 pc en-suite, lg wrap around deck & massive walk-in closet. Lower level; rec room w/bar, wine room & media room, fitness studio, 2 guest beds. Open House Jan 20, Sun 2-4 pm.

New Listing 3312 Westmount Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2326114 - 3312 Westmount Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 3312 Westmount Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,780,000.

This is an absolute spectacular large property of over 13,000 sq ft with sweeping panoramic views from Stanley Park, UBC and Vancouver Island. This sun-drenched home sits in the heart of the one of the West Vancouver’s best neighborhood Westmount, on the south side of the street surrounded by ten million dollar homes . Walking distance to to the top rated West Bay Elementary School. Top private schools, Collingwood and Mulgrave, are minutes away. Relax and enjoy summer fireworks, sunsets, passing cruise ships in this beautiful back yard. This is a fantastic holding property.Public Open Jan 12, Sat ,2-4 pm.

New Listing 1315 Tyrol Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2326113 - 1315 Tyrol Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1315 Tyrol Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,380,000.

First time on the market. This is a must see! Stunning architecturally designed home that's 3550 sq ft located in one of the finest neighbourhoods in West Van. A few minutes' walk to Hollyburn Club, Chartwell Elementary & Sentinel High School & a short drive to the private schools; Collingwood & Mulgrave. The outside living space is lush and private w/over 2300 sq ft of decks & patio’s to take in the breathtaking 180 degree views of Ocean, City, Lions Gate Bridge & Vancouver Island. It offers floor to ceiling windows on all 3 levels, 4 beds, 3 baths, library, updated kitchen & family room, formal dining & living rooms & a cozy rec room. Well maintained home with lovely refinished hardwood floors throughout. This is a magnificent home! Open House Jan 20, Sun 2-4 pm.

New Listing 1807 St. Denis Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2325108 - 1807 St. Denis Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1807 St. Denis Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,050,000.

Stunning flat large lot 12883 SQF w/lovely ocean, city view in quiet St. in Ambleside/Queens. A great family house have mint, clean condition in 2 level less than 3000 Sqf, 4 bdrm & 3 full bathrm, rec room, large flat back yard... could be wonderful investment property w/potential hold for rental, upgrade existing home or build your dream estate house. This property located in one of the BEST street in Ambleside area, near by the Best Schools: West Vancouver Secondary catchment, Ridgeview Elementary, Pauline Johnson French Immersion, steps from transit and close to community cr, shopping cr & all you need.

New Listing 1405 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2324293 - 1405 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1405 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,598,000.

Beautiful, prime, 82.5 X 297 lot totaling 24,500 sq ft is gently sloped with south facing peek a boo views right in the heart of Ambleside. This 3 bedroom home has been well maintained over the years. This is an ideal place to raise your family. Located between Ridgeview Elementary School and West Vancouver Secondary plus 3 top rated private schools a short drive away. A great investment property brimming with potential, hold for rental, upgrade existing house or build your dream estate home! Easy access to Park Royal Mall. Open House Jan 12/13, Sat/Sun 2-4 pm.