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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 402 2245 TWIN CREEK PLACE, West Vancouver, BC


R2309082 - 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 $4,988,000.

A STUNNING PENTHOUSE to rival any others!! 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 1705 Palmerston Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2305517 - 1705 Palmerston Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1705 Palmerston Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $6,188,000.

This stunning master piece home is ideally situated at the heart of West Van's breathtaking Ambleside neighbourhood. Encompassing incredible quality, its luxurious design is apparent from every angle. Marque Thompson design, custom built by Georgie Award winner Archia Development. High ceilings throughout, European solid wood interior doors, amazing millwork as well as the latest technology. Stunning living rm & dining rm, gourmet kitchen with high-end Miele appliances & large wok-kitchen, bright 14 foot high ceiling family room that sits between two large covered decks. Stunning master bedrm w/ vaulted 10 foot ceiling & large deck to enjoy the views. Also included are spectacular recreation rm, wet bar, theatre rm, gym, sauna, guest bedrm, in-law suite & more! Open Sep 22nd, Sat 2-4

New Listing 630 GREENWOOD ROAD, West Vancouver, BC


R2304950 - 630 Greenwood Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 630 Greenwood Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $7,980,000.

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 w/ensuites Open Sat/Sun 15/16 2-4 pm

New Listing 1425 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2303806 - 1425 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1425 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,488,000.

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. Open House on Saturday Sept 29 from 2:00-4:00 pm.

New Listing 1325 Lawson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2304168 - 1325 Lawson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1325 Lawson Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,980,000.

Spectacular modern family home with a solid construction & great floor plan. This home is one of a kind w/top quality design in one of the best location of West Vancouver. Over 4000 SF on 3 levels. Main level with open bright & dynamic concept offers a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances & separate wok kitchen, family room, private patio, living & dining area plus two spacious ensuite bedrooms. Master bdrm on the top floor with walk in & stunning ensuite plus amazing roof top deck. Lower theatre room, wine cellar, two bdrm inlaw suite & a large living room with a separate entrance. Ideal neighbor for family life, playgrounds, parks, shops, Community Centre. Walking distance to Ridgeview Elementary & W Van Secondary.

New Listing 1315 Tyrol Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2302514 - 1315 Tyrol Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1315 Tyrol Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,688,000.

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 Sep 9, Sunday 2-4 pm

New Listing 3047 Spencer Close, West Vancouver, BC


R2300208 - 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.

New Listing 860 BURLEY DRIVE, West Vancouver, BC


R2299377 - 860 Burley Drive, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 860 Burley Drive, West Vancouver and currently listed at $2,498,000.

Extremely impressive RANCHER in convenient Sentinel Hill. This home is set off the road on 12,750 sq ft lot with gorgeous, panoramic mountain views & private, sunny south facing back yard. High ceiling living room with gas fireplace, dinning room, kitchen with like new appliances and a door leading to a private, safe backyard surrounded by mature landscaping and walking trails for the children to play. This one level home also contains a expansive master bedroom with 2 piece in-suite, 3 more bedrooms, 4 piece bathroom and a huge storage room. The nice sized office is an added advantage with a separate entrance. Equipped with newer roof, hot water tank and furnace. Minutes away to top ranking schools, shops, transportation. Open House Sep 22nd, Sat 2-4 pm.

New Listing 1967 Inglewood Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2297911 - 1967 Inglewood Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1967 Inglewood Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $2,898,000.

Amazing , Stunning family, open plan contemporary home with great central location close to community center, library, parks, west van high school, Pauline Jonson French Immersion Elementary, park Royal mall and Seawall. This This home offers specious living area with fireplace, formal dining room, an open concept kitchen with access to the back yard. Upper level offers 3 bedrooms with beautiful, large master w/spacious en-suite, large walk in closet, and 2 other good size bedrooms. Lower level contains media room, 4th bedroom and a big office room with attached garage access with a separate entrance. Private backyard and covered decks on both levels enables you to enjoy your outdoor area with your family and friends. Amazing opportunity! Open House Sep 22nd , Sat 2-4 pm.

New Listing 2559 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2298430 - 2559 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2559 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $5,998,000.

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 & kitchen with highend 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 1,874 sqft of balconies/patios & double car garage. Media room, Sauna, Steam Shower, Wine cellar... Walking distance to Shops, Top Schools, Seawall... Open House Sep 23rd, Sun 2-4 pm.