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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 2110 Rosebery Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2271481 - 2110 Rosebery Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2110 Rosebery Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $2,988,000.

Well maintained 2 level home situated at the end of a cul-de-sac on a beautiful 70 x 130 property in Upper Dundarave/Queens! This home features lovely ocean views, formal living & dining rooms, hardwood floors, main floor master bedroom, updated kitchen with eating area that opens onto a large sun-deck overlooking the ocean, city and a gleaming pool surrounded in privacy by mature foliage & grassy yard. Lower level features a lg rec room w/French doors to the backyard and 3 additional bedrooms & 929 sq ft unfinished storage. Lane way access to the double garage. Outstanding location with easy access to down town, Dundarave and Ambleside Village’s, Park Royal shopping, the Seawalk, recreation Centre, Irwin Park and West Van High. PRICED BELOW ASSESSED VALUE!

New Listing 3047 Spencer Close, West Vancouver, BC


R2271061 - 3047 Spencer Close, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 3047 Spencer Close, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,388,000.

Luxurious Classic Altamont Tudor View property situated on a child friendly cul-de-sac . It has gorgeous private setting with some westerly views and lots of sunshine. This three levels traditional layout home offers 4,618 sq ft with 4 bdrms up, 1 bdrm/office on the main, and total 5 bathrms. Main level features large kitchen with eating area, family room, games room, living and dinning rooms. Upper Master bdrm offers vaulted ceilings, walkin closet and 5pc ensuite. Large oversized fully walk-out rec room on the lower level, nice and bright. Great entertaining living with private setting outdoor space including an ingroud swimming pool. Steps away from the beach and top ranking West Bay Elementary School. This house is always a pleasure to show. Open House May 27 Sunday 2-4 pm

New Listing 2560 NELSON AVENUE, West Vancouver, BC


R2271105 - 2560 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2560 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $5,998,000.

Welcome to this luxurious VIEW property located in the heart of the extremely desirable area of Dundarave. This sensational brand new, custom built home was designed & built by Pavilion Venture. 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 and kitchen with highend Miele appliances, as well as a quality wok kitchen. Every level of the home benefits from jaw dropping views of Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, Vancouver & the Ocean. This home boast 4 bedrooms all with ensuites, 6 baths, 4,589sqft of internal living space over 3 levels, an incredible 2,464sqft of balconies/patios & a private garden with a huge hot tub.

New Listing 2655 Palmerston Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2268045 - 2655 Palmerston Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2655 Palmerston Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,390,000.

Great Upper Dundarave location with ocean views. This impeccably updated split level home sits on a generous lot with an 80 foot frontage. Main level offers a open planned gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, large formal living room and dining rooms, 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. Upper level has a large family room. Lower level has 4th bedroom, and bathroom. Completely private fully fenced sun filled flat yard is perfect for all your outdoor entertaining. Close to Irwin Park Elementary and West Vancouver High Schools, Pauline Johnson French Immersion Elementary School, Kay Meek Theatre, Library, Recreation Centre, shopping in Dundarave and Ambleside plus the beach, Seawalk and parks. A pleasure to show! Open May 27, Sun 2-4pm.

New Listing 1480 14th Street, West Vancouver, BC


R2266530 - 1480 14th Street, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1480 14th Street, West Vancouver and currently listed at $2,698,000.

Beautiful family home located on a lovely 55 X 122 corner lot in Ambleside. Fantastic location just a short walk from Ridgeview elementary, West Van High School & Chatwin Park. Main Floor features a grand formal living room, separate dining room, wonderful family kitchen, eating area and family room with a sundeck overlooking the picturesque yard & mature plantings. This well looked after home offers a traditional split level plan, newer appliances & a great working area at garden level which is now used as office but was, in the past an in law suite, this can be easily re-converted. Perfect for any growing family, convenient to all local amenities. In addition, there is easy highway and bridge access. A great opportunity!Open May 26, Sat 2-4 pm

New Listing 3347 Duval Road, North Vancouver, BC


R2266024 - 3347 Duval Road, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 3347 Duval Road, North Vancouver and currently listed at $2,688,000.

Move into one of Lynn Valley's best neighbourhoods. This luxurious beautiful family home has everything you need. Main floor has a large open floor plan for all your entertaining needs, 2 kitchens with high-end appliances, nice family room off the kitchen as well as a living room, dining room and office. Upstairs features 3 bedrooms, all with ensuites and downstairs is a recreation room for family fun. Bonus is the mortgage helper, a 1 bedroom large legal suite. Floor to ceiling European windows bring in light from all directions. Large folding doors off the living room, dining room and family room lead onto a flat manicured yard for family BBQ's and children to play. No GST. Open May 26th Sat 2-4pm.

New Listing 449 Hillcrest Street, West Vancouver, BC


R2265438 - 449 Hillcrest Street, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 449 Hillcrest Street, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,498,000.

Beautiful sun drenched property with fabulous ocean and city views in the heart of West Bay. This home sits on over 13,000 sq ft with a huge frontage of 75.83 feet. Build your dream home or keep the charming house as an investment. This sought after neighbourhood is home to many $10 + million dollar homes. This is a great opportunity to move to one of the finest neighbourhood’s in West Vancouver. The location is the best! Easy access to the highway , minutes to Dundarave Village, beautiful McKechnie Park near by and the famous West Bay School. PROPERTY IS TENANTED, DO NOT WALK PROPERTY!  STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY .

New Listing 3312 Westmount Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2264236 - 3312 Westmount Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 3312 Westmount Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,298,000.

This is an absolute spectacular large property of over 13,000 sq ft with sweeping 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, 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. Renovate or build your dream estate!

New Listing 3351 Craigend Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2263594 - 3351 Craigend Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 3351 Craigend Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $8,988,000.

Panoramic views! 6041 sq ft custom built, open floor plan & great for entertaining. High ceilings, large windows & high-end door systems. Main floor: living & dining room, kitchen & family room, all w/breathtaking views of the city, ocean & infinity pool. Also on this floor a den & bedroom. Upstairs: 3 bedrooms w/spectacular views. Lower level: an opulent spa w/double sized steam shower & sauna, media room, bar/rec area, 5th bedroom w/ensuite. 12,389 sq ft property beautifully landscaped w/lush & mature plants. Exquisite finishing & features include custom built-in's & millwork , radiant heat, high-end appliances, LED Lutron ambient lighting system, Control 4 automation, air con, security, & front gates. Open May27, Sun 2-4pm

New Listing 986 Baycrest Drive, North Vancouver, BC


R2262369 - 986 Baycrest Drive, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 986 Baycrest Drive, North Vancouver and currently listed at $4,350,000.

One of North Vancouver’s finest offerings. This stunning custom built contemporary residence showcases exceptional European craftsmanship with no expense spared from floor to ceiling. From the spacious and modern open floor plan this home will not disappoint. This home features over 4900 sq ft of opulent living space; including 5 beds with 6 baths, polished concrete floors & floating staircase. Panoramic view accessed by eclipse doors that create seamless indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Outdoor decadence rivals the interior space with an incredible landscaped backyard pool and hot tub. Other features include wok kitchen, Smart Home technology, & radiant heat.Weekend Open May 19,Sat 2-4pm.