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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 1484 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2512178 - 1484 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1484 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,788,000.

Luxury custom-built property with incredible view located in the heart of Ambleside neighborhood! Gently sloping lot offers outstanding privacy & beautifully landscaped front yard. Double height foyer with a showpiece staircase feat. Stunning open floor plan offers elegant living room, gorgeous gourmet kitchen w/ high-end Thermadore appliance, custom Synergy cabinets, rough-in for Wok kitchen, & hug functional view deck. Features 4/5 bdrms and 4 full bthrm, the master bdrm with direct access to the large balconies w/ incredible ocean view. Lower level features rec room, bar, wine cellar, media room, & guest bdrm, large double car garage w/ a over-sized flat driveway, private backyard with large size patio and much more. Walking distance to top rated schools, parks, beachs.

New Listing 1252 Duncan Street, West Vancouver, BC


R2510142 - 1252 Duncan Street, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1252 Duncan Street, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,580,000.

A MAGNIFICENT quality custom built residence in most desirable Ambleside! This Over 3800 SF west coast contemporary home spacious custom designed and built with quality materials and workmanship. Spacious open living, dining and family rooms, great concept kitchen with lg centre island & all SS appliances plus oversized pantry roughed in for wok kitchen. 4 spacious bdrms all ensuite w/ laundry room upstairs, incl master w/ spa-like ensuite & w/i closet. The lower level features an additional multi-media Room plus two bdrm legal suite, great mortgage helper or extended family. Ideal neighbor for family life, playgrounds, parks, shops, Community Centre. Walking distance to Ridgeview Elementary & West Vancouver Secondary.

New Listing 241 BAYVIEW ROAD, Lions Bay, BC


R2510215 - 241 Bayview Road, Lions Bay, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 241 Bayview Road, Lions Bay and currently listed at $2,998,000.

Approximately 7,000 SF custom built mansion situated on a Half-Acre lot with spectacular ocean VIEWS of Howe Sound & beyond to the Sunshine Coast surrounded by lush, landscaped gardens in Lions Bay. This luxurious masterpiece with European flair design, craftsmanship & millwork throughout, over 3,200 SF of indoor space on the main level incl. double high foyer, formal living rm with cathedral ceilings & Brazilian Cherry wood flooring, gourmet kitchen w/ new SS appliances & lg island w/ nature stone countertop, & brfst bar, 1st master bdrm with w/i closet & spa like en-suite, indoor sauna & hot tub plus one bdrom suite, 1,500 SF outdoor deck great for entertainment. 4 bdrm incl. 2rd master bdrm plus media room, wet bar, upstairs. Lower level offers gym, game room, party room, lg workshop.

New Listing 1425 BRAMWELL ROAD, West Vancouver, BC


R2510232 - 1425 Bramwell Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1425 Bramwell Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $5,880,000.

UNBELIEVABLE PANORAMIC VIEWS OF GREAT VANCOUVER, OCEAN, LIONS GATE, MOUNTAINS AND VANCOUVER ISLAND! Located in the prestigious Chartwell area one of the best street "Bramwell RD", situated on an immaculately manicured lot of over 18,000 sq ft. 3,600 sq ft interior living space offers total 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, take your breathe away with the picturesque views enjoyed from every room and corner. spacious kitchen with built-in gas range, plenty of cabinet space, separate dining & eating area , & large living room. Master bdrm with an enormous ensuite featuring double sinks, large jetted soaker tub, skylights & a spacious walk-in closet. Minutes away from Sentinel and Chartwell school, parks, recreation, shopping, the beach & Cypress mountain.

New Listing 875 ESQUIMALT AVENUE, West Vancouver, BC


R2510237 - 875 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 875 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $2,580,000.

Sentinel Hill with Panoramic City, Harbor & water views. This property is suited for living, investment or building your dream home on this 10,345 sq.ft. private north side lot, spacious 3600 sq.ft. 5 bedroom home on 3 levels. Completely flat & private backyard, beautiful gardens. Popular Sentinel location close to Park Royal Mall, Lions Gate Bridge, schools & highway 1. Very well priced in this very desirable location.

New Listing 1158 Queens Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2508675 - 1158 Queens Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1158 Queens Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,280,000.

Absolutely prime location in the British Properties. Approximately 9,000 sq ft lot  with 72 ft frontage with your own private front and backyard. Enjoy the Panoramic views of the City, lions gate and the Ocean!!  Super bright 2,500 sq ft 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms home. Walking distance minutes away from Chartwell Elementary, Sentinel High Schools, Hollyburn Club, Easy a quick access to Collingwood and Mulgrave private schools as well as Prestigious Capilano Golf Country Club. Great opportunity to move into The British Properties! A good investment property. You can live, hold or build your dream home.  Can't be missed!

New Listing 5202 Sprucefeild Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2506844 - 5202 Sprucefeild Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 5202 Sprucefeild Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $2,290,000.

This gorgeous completely renovated home located in the quaint community of Upper Caulfield! Offers 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and over 2,300 sq ft of luxury living built w/superior material & workmanship. Feature an open concept chef's kitchen with stainless steel appliances, countertops plus wine cooler, hardwood flooring, A/C, and the dining room opening onto a large decks to enjoy the BBQ & hot tub. Upstairs spacious master bedroom with ensuite and two large bedrooms. Walking distance to Caulfeild Elementary School, Rockridge High School, Caulfeild Shopping Village and beautiful trails.

New Listing 5658 Westhaven Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2505064 - 5658 Westhaven Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 5658 Westhaven Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $1,980,000.

Perfect family home in one of West Vancouver's best neighbourhoods! This almost 2,000 sqft 2 level traditional home is situated on a 14,953 sq.ft. flat & park like lot on cul de sac. Main level features lg foyer, living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen with eating area and a lg family room with gas fireplace that opens onto a private gorgeous forested back yard. Upper level offers 4 good size bedroom including the master with ensuite. Easy access to golf courses, yacht club, ski hill, Caulfeild village & HWY1. Close to private International Mulgrave and Collingwood School, Eagle Harbour Elementary, Caulfeild Elementary & Rockridge Secondary Schools.

New Listing 354 Taylor Way, West Vancouver, BC


R2502210 - 354 Taylor Way, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 354 Taylor Way, West Vancouver and currently listed at $1,275,000.

One of only 10 Concrete townhomes in the Westroyal complex with plenty of sunshine throughout. This 3 bedroom Townhome feats over 2,000 sqft living area incl. high ceilings lg foyer & kitchen with brkfs bar, granite marble counter & SS appliance, open plan living & dining rm w/ gas fireplace open onto huge private courtyard w/ water feats & BBQ area. Upper level offers 3 good size bdrm incl. lg master with w/i closet & spa like ensuite. Lots sunshine from the skyline and the large rooftop patios overlooking 'Capilano River'. Lower level offers large rec. room and garage access from unit w 2 parking stalls. The building amenities incl. a indoor pool, spa, fitness centre, resident manager. Walk to Park Royal Shopping mall, Ambleside village & beach, easy access to D/T.

New Listing 2080 26th Street, West Vancouver, BC


R2500123 - 2080 26th Street, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2080 26th Street, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,450,000.

Gorgeous family home with 3 level, 4,487 sq.ft. and panoramic Ocean & City views . Main level features a sky lit foyer that opens to formal dining & living rooms (sharing 2 sided fire place), gourmet kitchen with eating area, family room & home office. Upper level offers 4 bedrooms (master with 5 pieces en-suite, walk-in closet, sitting area that opens onto a south facing balcony with magnificent ocean views. Lower level boasts a 5th bedroom, rec room, flex space & mud room off garage. Situated on a 12,663 sq.ft. lot at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Offers a large, sun drenched yard with in-ground sprinkler system. Flat gated entrance to attached 3 car garage. Close to transit, schools, recreation & Dundarave Village.