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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 2348 Lawson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2348675 - 2348 Lawson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2348 Lawson Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,498,000.

Absolutely stunning residence at the heart of West Van's breathtaking Dundarave. Encompassing incredible quality, luxurious design is apparent from every angle. Built by Procon Projects & design by Mason Kent. This modern home offers almost 4,700 sq ft living on 3 levels w spacious plan you will be impressed. Main flr features fabulous formal living & dining rm, family rm opens onto large south facing patio, stunning chefs kitchen w/ high end wolf appliances accompanied by a large island & wok kitchen. 4 spacious bedrms upstairs. Full lower level with spectacular rec rm, wet bar, wine cellar, theatre rm, gym & guest bedrm. Large south facing sunny lot with great landscaping. Also included multi-camera security, smart home system, A/C, HRV, & much more. Short walks to beach, shops & school

New Listing 989 Forest Hills Drive, North Vancouver, BC


R2346407 - 989 Forest Hills Drive, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 989 Forest Hills Drive, North Vancouver and currently listed at $2,280,000.

Great family home sitting in sought after Edgemont Village . This house has had many renovations over the years that include kitchen, bathrooms, hardwood floors and much more. The main floor features entertainment sized living room & dining room, kitchen open to family room with cozy fireplace , added bonus on this level is a large private office and double car garage off the kitchen. Upstairs are 4 bright bdrms with vaulted ceilings, including master suite with walk in closet plus 5 piece en-suite. Downstairs features a large rec rm & 3 more bdrms. For outdoor entertaining, there is a large sunny deck perfectly set up for BBQ's overlooking the flat fenced south facing backyard. This is the perfect home for entertaining & raising a family. Open Mar 17, Sun 2-4 pm

New Listing 528 E 7TH STREET, North Vancouver, BC


R2345955 - 528 E 7th Street, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 528 E 7th Street, North Vancouver and currently listed at $1,598,000.

Do not miss out the opportunity of a charming flat, south facing 7,000.00 lot a the convenient lower Lonsdale area in North Vancouver. Pleasing 4 bedroom home in a great neighborhood with over 1,000 sq ft of unfinished floor space for rooms that fit your plans. Fabulous lower Lonsdale location near great schools, parks, ski hills, and restaurants and shopping centers. Just a delightful property with great POTENTIAL for expand & build your dream home. Features include original hardwood floors, garage, covered deck, updated bathroom, and all the benefits of living in this Lower Lonsdale community. It is in an idyllic neighborhood and presents an excellent opportunity for investor/builder.

New Listing 1415 Kings Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2343793 - 1415 Kings Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1415 Kings Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,498,000.

This is the most stunning home I have seen in Ambleside. A gorgeous Cedric Burger designed home built by Cube 4 Construction to the highest level of quality. From the moment you enter the home and experience the benefits of full automation, 4,059 sq. ft. of modern design living space and spacious plan you will be impressed. The property has been fully utilized with impressive architectural landscape. Enjoy beautiful views, radiant heating, and air-conditioning. This home has it all.

New Listing 2095 Queens Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2342783 - 2095 Queens Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2095 Queens Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,880,000.

ESTATE SIZED PROPERTY of over 23000 sq ft, flat, south facing, extremely private with a frontage spanning 155 ft on beautiful gardens. The split level home features 6 bedroom, with 5426 SF of spacious open plan indoor living. Arthur Erickson design with vaulted ceilings and plenty of light throughout. Featuring hardwood floors, granite counters, crown moulding, huge luxurious indoor swimming pool. Prime community of Queens in West Van gives you convenient living near prestigious private schools & Irwin Park Elementary & West Vancouver High schools, beaches, & sea wall, community center, restaurants and easy access to the highway.

New Listing 2245 Queens Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2342765 - 2245 Queens Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2245 Queens Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,398,000.

An exceptional property with breathtaking city and ocean views from the Lions gate bridge to Vancouver Island. This corner and flat lot is 12703 sq ft with a 153 sq ft frontage! Ideally Located in the heart of Queens and close to all schools, Dundarave village, the sea wall and easy access to world class ski resorts Cypress and Whistler. Completely renovated in 2013. Main floor has 3 bed, 2 bath with a large patio and stunning views. Lower has 2 bed 1 bath legal suite with separate entrance and water views. Bonus guest studio self contained with private side entrance. A great opportunity for anyone to live in or an investor looking to buy and hold to build a dream home. Well maintained and landscaped.

New Listing 5598 Gallagher Place, West Vancouver, BC


R2341766 - 5598 Gallagher Place, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 5598 Gallagher Place, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,980,000.

This stunning 5200+ SF home is in one of the most spectacular locations of West Vancouver. This home offers 4 spacious bedrooms, 5 luxurious baths, and a chef's gourmet kitchen! Not only is this home architecturally designed dream home by award winning architect Brad Lamoureux, it boasts never ending views to the southwest. The Pacific Ocean is at your front door & lush, never ending hiking trails like Baden Powell are at your back door. The convenience of Caulfield shopping only minutes away and also offers easy access to incomparable skiing, dining, shopping or just relaxing in front of the fire at 'famous' Whistler Mountain. This home offers it all! .

New Listing 402 - 2245 Twin Creek Place, West Vancouver, BC


R2341338 - 402 - 2245 Twin Creek Place, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 402 - 2245 Twin Creek Place, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,788,000.

A STUNNING PENTHOUSE to rival any other!! Designed for elegant living & lavish entertaining; this home also affords the owners a private sanctuary among majestic trees & running creeks hugging a hillside. The sights, the smells & the sounds of nature abound. In the living room, 52' of uninterrupted floor-to-13'ceiling windows showcase a most SPECTACULAR mountain, ocean & city view from Mt. Baker to the Gulf Islands. AMAZING VIEWS & TOTAL PRIVACY for every room! Other features include: Concrete construction; Private elevator; Attached over sized double garage; 11'-25' ceilings; Custom woodwork; Wine room; Integrated sound system; Water purification system; Automatic blinds; A/C; Heated bathroom floors; Built-in vacuum system; Miele & Sub zero appliances. A rare buying opportunity!!

New Listing 102 - 2245 Twin Creek Place, West Vancouver, BC


R2339940 - 102 - 2245 Twin Creek Place, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 102 - 2245 Twin Creek Place, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,780,000.

Nestled high on the South facing slopes of Hollyburn Mountain in prestigious British Properties, is an exclusive enclave of ultra-luxury homes. "The Properties"by Quigg. This very private community has 44 residences in total, contained in 7 small scale 4 storey solid concrete buildings. This spacious 3218 sq ft. 3 bedrooms 4 bathrooms townhome features south facing panoramic views from every room. Entertainment sized patios and decks, gourmet kitchen featuring the finest quality appliances and fixtures, media room, den and private 2 car garage. This townhouse has the largest most beautiful garden in the complex. This is truly one of the best townhouse you will ever find! Don't miss the opportunity.

New Listing 1115 Fulton Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2339187 - 1115 Fulton Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1115 Fulton Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $5,880,000.

Stunning masterpiece in prime Ambleside steps away from the beach, shopping & schools. This French inspired Mansion sitting on the higher side of the street 360 degree views of City, ocean, mountains. Incredible luxury design is apparent from every angle, built w/the finest materials & workmanship. Main floor features 12' high ceilings, elegant living & dining rm, stunning kitchen, wok kitchen, office. Upper floor features large master bdrm w/amazing en-suite, walk in & large deck to enjoy the views, plus 2 large en-suited bedrooms. Lower floor features spacious rec room, fully equipped media rm, wet bar & a large 2-bedroom legal suite. Also features limestone exterior, Preverco hardwood floors, crystal chandeliers, multi-camera security, Euroline windows, Miele and more...