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Just Sold! 3493 David

We have just sold one of the best SOUTH view HOMES on Burke Mountain. If you missed this great opportunity – email me below to find out about other similar homes in your neighbourhood that are coming up for sale! Find the Full Listing information here.

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Place for your family and more.

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Stunning VIEWS. Master bedroom retreats with spa-inspired Ensuites. Built by MOSAIC.

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Upgraded appliances, a master-planned community to be complete with play space, green space and shopping village. Massive kitchen islands, spacious laundry rooms, double-door ensuite bathrooms, walk-out backyards, mud rooms for gear, window lounges, closet space to spare. No CARPET AT ALL. Located in Quite side of David Ave.

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Just Listed! 601-111 East 13th Street

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We have just listed this Beautiful Bright unit in a Gorgeous building! Welcome to The Prescott!
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Close to everything, from restaurants and shopping to transit and parks, location can’t be beat!
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Oversized One Bedroom Unit with High End Finishings and Modern Open Concept living. End Unit, so only has 1 shared wall. Complete with a wonderfully open view of City, Water and Mountains. Come live in the centre of North Van with a View! OPEN HOUSE: Saturday October 10th, 2015 2 – 4 pm.

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Just Sold! 7437 Moffat Rd #117

I have just sold this clean, cozy and move-in ready 2 bdrm, 2 bath unit in Colony Bay North. If you missed this great opportunity – email me below to find out about other similar homes in your neighbourhood that are coming up for sale!

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Great location within the building, this unit features an updated kitchen with newer appliances, newer cabinets, counter tops, and undermount lighting. Pantry/ Laundry features lots of storage and newer frontload washing machine and dryer. Italian tile throughout entrance, kitchen, hall and both bathrooms. Hunter Douglas blinds, window screens and phantom roll screen on door leading to one of the 2 lovely balconies on the quiet side of the building. Huge storage locker with private entrance. Cozy gas fireplace, new light fixtures throughout. Master features a generous walk-in closet. Building has a brand new roof and has been re-piped.

Just Sold! 404 Silverdale

I have just sold this stunning home which was featured on the cover of BC Home & Garden Magazine! If you missed this great opportunity – email me below to find out about other similar homes in your neighbourhood that are coming up for sale!

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It boasts an irreplaceable property situated on a 12,000 sq. ft. sun drenched lot offering west exposure & backing onto a private green belt. The outdoor space is an entertainer’s dream featuring lush landscaping, designer patio, pool & spa. The interior has undergone spectacular reno to create an open living space that embraces both function & modernism with style that merges the owner’s love & passion for entertaining family & friends.

The beautiful classic exterior & modern contemporary interior are a perfect blend for this outstanding neighbourhood. No attention to detail has been spared. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own your dream home.

Tourists are back Buying Vancouver Waterfront Condos

Tourists Return To Buying Vancouver Coal Harbour Condos

The dropping Canadian dollar, along with Vancouver’s natural beauty, is bringing impromptu foreign buyers back to the Coal Harbour area, says one realtor.

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“It happened a long time ago and now it seems to be happening again,” Shaun Kimmins with Sotheby’s International Realty told The Huffington Post B.C. in an interview. He said his office fielded dozens of daily inquiries from tourists this summer.

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“People walk in and with no previous intention of setting out to buy property, end up just falling in love with the area on a sunny day, walking into our office and end up writing offers.”

While Chinese visitors buying property remains consistent, it’s the American clients that have returned, he said.

Kimmins has sold several waterfront condos ranging between $2 million and $4 million this year to U.S.-based clients who use them as vacation properties.

When the towers in Coal Harbour were going up around 2001, the low dollar attracted many Americans. But as it swung up to $1.05, many cashed in.

“They have to be objects of desire but they also have to represent a safe or secure investment,” said Kimmins. “Now that we’ve seen a reversal in the depression of the [Canadian] dollar versus the U.S. dollar, we’re sensing that there’s more money coming back and buying back in.”

One of Kimmins’ clients from Mexico, who already owns in the area, bought a $5.5 million waterfront property this summer.

Meanwhile, Canadians who left Vancouver to work in Hong Kong after obtaining citizenship appear to be moving back to Vancouver, realtor Winfield Yan told the Georgia Straight.

The cost of living in Hong Kong is high, with rich mainland Chinese pushing locals there out of the real estate market, he said.

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Just Sold! 1695 West 10th Ave #107

I have just sold this lovely 2 bedroom co-op in fantastic South Granville – Sherwood Manor, very well run co-op in a great character building!

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If you missed this great opportunity – email me below to find out about other similar homes in your neighbourhood that are coming up for sale!

Affordable living on pretty, quiet, tree lined street. Walk to shops, restaurant, transit, Granville Island and seawall. Extra spacious with original solid oak inlaid hardwood floors waiting to be revealed restored. Lots of insuite storage with add’l storage locker, bike & trunk room.

Other Info:  1 cat welcome with council approval, no rentals and 16+ age restriction. Co-op housing is not a leasehold, nor is there any work-share requirement.

How Would You Like To Own A B.C. Resort?

Everyone needs a getaway now and again — but why not go the extra mile and buy your very own resort?

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The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort, located in British Columbia’s serene Chilko Valley, is on the market for $10.5 million, according to the Luxury Real Estate listing.

The 25-acre lot comes complete with seven log homes, a greenhouse, a gym (complete with climbing wall), and a private 10-acre lake, for starters. Eleven ATVs and three boats are included in price, as well.

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“Although never intended to be operated as a Resort, the Huston Family Estate has quietly become known (largely through word-of-mouth) for its outstanding facilities, and has hosted internationally recognized politicians, movie stars, musicians, and titans of industry,” states the listing.

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Just Listed! 1695 West 10th Ave #107

I have just listed this large 2 bedroom in fantastic South Granville – Sherwood Manor, very well run co-op in a great character building!

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Affordable living on pretty, quiet, tree lined street. Walk to shops, restaurant, transit, Granville Island and seawall. Extra spacious with original solid oak inlaid hardwood floors waiting to be revealed restored. Lots of insuite storage with add’l storage locker, bike & trunk room.

Other Info:  1 cat welcome with council approval, no rentals and 16+ age restriction. Co-op housing is not a leasehold, nor is there any work-share requirement. Email me to discuss!

VIFF features on Chinatown and Japantown raise questions about Vancouver’s urban changes

TWO SELECTIONS AT this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival cast their gaze upon historical neighbourhoods in Vancouver: Chinatown and Japantown. Together, they raise interesting questions for discussion about not only the past, present, and future of these areas, but also about what is becoming of our entire city as urban change and development overtake us.

Although Chinatown and Japantown were distinct from one another, they shared many parallels.

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Both areas neighboured one another on the edges of the Downtown Eastside, and both were formed by ethnic groups as a result of numerous historical social factors, including language barriers and racial discrimination.

Julia Kwan‘s documentary Everything Will Be takes an intimate and sensitive look at how current changes in Chinatown are affecting citizens who live and work in the area. Meanwhile, The Vancouver Asahi, which tells the story of a legendary local baseball team of Japanese Canadians, recreates life in Japantown during the 1930s.

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Chinatown, past and present

UBC planning professor Andy Yan was one of the people Kwan chatted with while conducting research for her film. Like Kwan, Yan has ties to the neighbourhood—his family owned businesses there. His great-grandfather owned Most Modern Cleaners while his father owned the Kwong Chow Restaurant. His grandmother also raised him in the area.

For his master’s thesis, Yan took an in-depth look into Chinatown and issues about revitalizing degenerating neighbourhoods.

What’s interesting to note is that prior to Chinatown, the area was an Italian and southern European enclave. As Kwan’s documentary reveals, one Italian family-run business in that area remains, Tosi & Company (current proprietor Angelo Tosi is featured as an interviewee in the film).

This shift in ethnic dominance in various areas is one that has repeatedly occurred throughout the city’s history. Both local, national, and international economics and politics have determined not only waves of immigration from different countries but also what types of class and professionals the city has attracted. As but one example, Robson Street used to be known as Robsonstrasse, due to the growth of German immigration in the area.

Yan explained by phone that Chinatown began as a bachelor’s society, but grew as women arrived and families began to grow, particularly after the Second World War.

“The completion of the [Canadian Pacific] railway in 1886 certainly helped increase the population of Chinese Canadians to concentrate and move to cities like Vancouver and Victoria and begin in neighbourhoods like Chinatown, but also the kind of ongoing relationships to Chinese settlements throughout the province was in part connected and coordinated out of the neighbourhood.”

Both Chinatown and Japantown were also hit by the Anti-Asian Riots of 1907. The Asiatic Exclusion League, formed by local labourers concerned about their jobs being taken away by cheaper Asian labour, became upset by Asian immigration. In reaction, they marched through downtown Vancouver and continued into Chinatown and Japantown (also known as Little Tokyo) where they smashed businesses and looted stores.

The attacks did not deter the communities, however. While Japantown blossomed up until 1941, Chinatown particularly boomed in the 1960s and ’70s.

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