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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 570 St. Andrews Place, West Vancouver, BC


R2379662 - 570 St. Andrews Place, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 570 St. Andrews Place, West Vancouver and currently listed at $2,698,000.

Panoramic and unobstructed VIEWS stretching from Grouse Mountain to the breathtaking skyline of downtown Vancouver highlight this beautiful, recently-renovated family home on a cul-de-sac in West Vancouver. Very private southern exposure makes this home warm and bright all day long. The house has ample space for a growing family with three big bedrooms upstairs plus another large bedroom on the main floor with walk in closet & ensuite bathroom. All has been completely renovated to bring a gorgeous open-concept living to the home. A stunning contemporary kitchen, sunny southern exposure, a separate rental or in-law suite downstairs complete with its own exclusive private terrace & kitchen you will enjoy in this home. Agent open June 13, Thur 10am-12 noon. Public open June 15, Sat 2-5 pm

New Listing 1405 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2379155 - 1405 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1405 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,293,000.

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.

New Listing 4880 THE DALE, West Vancouver, BC


R2379431 - 4880 The Dale, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 4880 The Dale, West Vancouver and currently listed at $2,580,000.

A spectacular family residence Conveniently located on a quit cul-de-sac olde Caulfield offering an estate like property w/ magical gardens & complete privacy! Specious, functional layout blends the cozy living rm into the bright, refined kitchen with walk out access to the private backyard. Meticulously maintained home with the impressive entrance foyer leads you to the large, bright formal dinning & living rm & large office. Three large bdrms upstairs with lovely in-suit bathrm & walk in closet. Fully finished down with the fourth bdrm, rec room, storage & double car garage. Large patio & deck captures the sun throughout the day. close to the public transit, shopping centre, the beach. Rockridge secondary and Caulfield Elementary catchment. Absolutely immaculate move in condition.

New Listing 102 2408 HAYWOOD AVENUE, West Vancouver, BC


R2379426 - 102 - 2408 Haywood Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 102 - 2408 Haywood Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $998,000.

Bright Specious 2 Beds/ 2 Baths townhouse style apartment in on of the prime Dundrave's most outstanding buildings just step away from the village and evening walks to the seawall. Close to all amenities and pleasures of West Vancouver. Excellent and functional living and dinning layouts, Hardwood floors, tile entry with gas fire place and in-suit laundry. Dream kitchen features maple cabinets, Black Granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Master bedroom includes in-suite bathroom fixtures and granite with marble counter tops . Large private covered, paving stone patio for summer entertaining. Includes one parking stall and storage. Gorgeous well maintained Building over the years with Unbeatable location. Agent Open June 13, Thur 10-12 noon. Public Open June 15, Sat 2-5 pm

New Listing 1415 Kings Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


R2378386 - 1415 Kings Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1415 Kings Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $3,998,000.

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 1490 Tyrol Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2377054 - 1490 Tyrol Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1490 Tyrol Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $5,988,000.

Magnificent Luxury property in the prestigious Chartwell neighborhood. Excellent architect design fantastic layout home with unobstructed Lions Gate Bridge, Ocean & City View! This house offers spacious open concept living, dining, family room, stunning kitchen and functional wok kitchen. Top quality material throughout, top brand appliances, meticulous mill-work, high-end stone counter-tops, hardwood floor, smart home feature etc. 4 large en-suited bedrooms on the upper level and a large rooftop patio. Lower level offers large open rec room, wet bar, sauna, fully self-contained bright two large bedrooms suite, and flat private backyard with swimming pool.. Walking distance to Sentinel Secondary, Chartwell Elementary and Hollyburn Country Club.Open House June 16, Sunday 2-5 pm.

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


R2373687 - 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 $3,198,000.

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.AgentOpen June 9th, Sun 2-5 pm.

New Listing 1493 GORDON AVENUE, West Vancouver, BC


R2373378 - 1493 Gordon Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1493 Gordon Avenue, West Vancouver and currently listed at $2,398,000.

Charming Ambleside Character Home. This stunningly unique 5 bdrm 3 bath home was completely rebuilt & upgraded from studs in 2003 effective age (new plumbing, drainage, & electrical plus panel; also drywall & new slab) but maintained the character of yesteryear w/refinished hardwood floors w/inlays, heritage doors, & crowns/floor moldings. The Kitchen feat. granite counters, maple cabinetry & S/S appls. Recently both upper baths have been exquisitely reno'd w/top of the line tile & fixtures. 3 good size bedrooms up (the Master has a spacious en-suite & large WIC), the lower level lends itself to an easy conversion for an in-law suite. Ambleside is well known for its walk-ability, close to beach, shopping and top ranking schools. Agent open May 30, Thursday 10-12 Noon

New Listing 1266 Ottaburn Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2373221 - 1266 Ottaburn Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1266 Ottaburn Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $4,888,000.

Spectacular new contemporary family home with great views of the City of Vancouver, harbor and Ocean. This Luxury 7 bedrooms home is located in famous BRITISH PROPERTIES area of West Vancouver. Modern designing, high ceilings, A/C, new home warranty. 4 bedrooms upper level, all with ensuite baths. Also features a 2 bedrooms legal suite in walking out basement with large recreation room, full size theater room and gym,infrared sauna, flat private back yard with swimming pool. Conveniently located just minutes from Collingwood School, Capilano Golf, Country Club, Hollyburn Country Club, Chartwell elementary and Sentinel High school in catchment, and Short drive to Park Royal Mall. Open June 15, Sat 2-4 pm

New Listing 14 2206 FOLKESTONE WAY, West Vancouver, BC


R2370815 - 14 - 2206 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 14 - 2206 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver and currently listed at $1,598,000.

Absolutely spectacular 2234 sq ft unit totally transformed into a gorgeous showpiece in 2018. Beautiful wide plank white oak hardwood floors, expansive use of stone and elegant finishing compliment the totally unimpeded 270 degree views including, Mount Baker, Burnaby, Downtown, Lions Gate Bridge, to UBC. An entertainers dream, with large kitchen with 8’ X 4.5’ island open to the over sized living and dining rooms. 2 spacious bedrooms, Master bedroom with spa inspired ensuite, 2 more full bathrooms plus den and recreation room. 2 car underground garage with easy access. Close to Collingwood & Mulgrave Schools, West Van Secondary, Shopping, Recreation Center & Sea. Open June 8th, Sat 2-4 pm.