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Old 09-23-2002, 04:34 PM   #1
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Question Might be moving to the Vancouver area..where to go??

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I'm from n.cal, but I might be moving to the Vancouver area. Anyways, I was wondering what areas I should look in to? I'll probably be looking for a 1 bedroom and a 1 bath apartment, possibly a 2 bd if it's not too expensive. I'm looking for something that is relatively cheap, but not insanely expensive either. If you can give me any tips, that would be great. Also, I don't mind living in the city or a nice area right outside of the city. The areas I was looking into were Burnaby, Victoria, and Richmond because I don't know much more. Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-23-2002, 04:45 PM   #2
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I live in Burnaby. It's on higher ground and it's quite nice. Central enough to go to the beach, downtown, out of town quite fast.

Richmond I find kind of dull. Shopping malls, but no clubs, and there's always talk about people being pulled over for mods by the cops. That's just hearsay though.

Kits is quite nice. Nice night life, close to the beach and downtown. My friend pays $1,000 Cnd for a 2 bedroom apartment with his roomie.

Anything east of Burnaby I'd say is too far to enjoy everything. I think it would be safe to say, not to move to Port Coquitlam, Surrey... which are kind of east away from things.
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Old 09-23-2002, 04:56 PM   #3
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I live in Burnaby. It's on higher ground and it's quite nice. Central enough to go to the beach, downtown, out of town quite fast.

Richmond I find kind of dull. Shopping malls, but no clubs, and there's always talk about people being pulled over for mods by the cops. That's just hearsay though.

Kits is quite nice. Nice night life, close to the beach and downtown. My friend pays $1,000 Cnd for a 2 bedroom apartment with his roomie.

Anything east of Burnaby I'd say is too far to enjoy everything. I think it would be safe to say, not to move to Port Coquitlam, Surrey... which are kind of east away from things.
Cool, that helps alot. Burnaby and Kits are sounding quite nice. Do you have any web sites that has apartment, condos, or town house rental listings? I just hope I can move soon. I've visited Canada and love it there. Thanks again.

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Old 09-23-2002, 04:58 PM   #4
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Old 09-23-2002, 05:25 PM   #5
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I used to live in Kits on 2nd Ave when I went to university and I loved it. You were close to the ocean, school and downtown is close as well. There were lots of good local bars and restaurants in the area. I'm sure you'll like ti there.

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Old 09-23-2002, 06:30 PM   #6
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Thanks for the links. I'll have to check them out after work.
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Old 09-23-2002, 07:21 PM   #7
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Having lived in N. California around the bay, anything you find here is "Cheaper". Hey, I've been living in Vancouver for about 3 month's now and I guess my neighborhood is called...South Granville. I guess the first question you should ask is where are you going to work or go to school? Secondly, you might want to get a room in a house, that's what I did, got a studio w/bathroom and kitchen for $650 CND = $400 US a month including utilities. Not bad. Another link that might help you out.

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Old 09-23-2002, 07:35 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advice, but I'll be telecommuting. I guess that's one benefit to working in the tech industry. I would rather live by myself. I don't like living in other people's houses. Especially ones I don't know.
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Old 09-24-2002, 12:00 AM   #9
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i live in west vancouver, the BRITISH PROPERTIES. A great place to live in. feels clsoe to nature, has great view of downtown and the lions gate bridge all the way to burnaby and metro etc..
i love it here. My parents bought this place couple years ago so that i won't be involved in crimes gangs etc.. lol, it didn't work much but still, this place changed my whole personality and attitude. well think about it.
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Old 09-24-2002, 12:55 AM   #10
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Overboost, are there any apartments in the Properties?
I would recommend the Northshore. North Van has some very reasonable apartments and is in a good location as long as you don't mind the bridges. It's much closer to nature than most other parts of Vancouver. Burnaby also has some great neighbourhoods. Victoria is pretty far away but is a nice but slow city.
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Old 09-24-2002, 02:37 AM   #11
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Victoria is going to cost you an arm and a leg on ferry cost. Anything north of the bridges are nice but may be too far away or too time consuming for you. I think the rent on both North and West Van may be expensive compare to Burnaby. Kits may be about the same as North and West Van. As for Richmond, there's no mountain, no trees, no scenary. Oh yeah, if an earthquake hits, say bye bye because Richmond and the surrounding area is going to sink. If not, you may get hit by the Hundred Year Flood. However, it's a great place for Chinese food.
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Old 09-24-2002, 03:04 AM   #12
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Overboost, are there any apartments in the Properties?
I would recommend the Northshore. North Van has some very reasonable apartments and is in a good location as long as you don't mind the bridges. It's much closer to nature than most other parts of Vancouver. Burnaby also has some great neighbourhoods. Victoria is pretty far away but is a nice but slow city.
no, but closer to the waterfront there are
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Old 09-24-2002, 04:01 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the replies. I'll have to take a trip out there soon and check the places I'm interested out in person. Hope to attend a meet while I'm there too or something.
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Eh? Another Norcal expatriates club member? You're gonna love it in Vancouver. As you probably know, the quality of life is really unique in the world, and even the i-Club guys are cool (but of a different flavour than BAIC of course).

It's a bit hard to maintain those contacts back home in your field when you've moved away, but if you do good work, people will keep coming back. Also let me insert my official prediction that the Vancouver tech industry will experience growth rates above and beyond those of the major centres in the States. Once I'm done with my year in Japan I'm going to try really hard to come back to Vancouver...

If telecommuting, traffic really isn't an issue for you since you can easily avoid the "rush hours" (which are insignificant by Bay Area standards). Basically you can live anywhere you want. Just pick your flavour. Here's a comparison chart with places you already know (sometimes the similarities are amazing!)

- Wannabe NYC / SFO downtown: Downtown West End
- Hillsborough/St. Francis Wood: West Side / Point Grey
- Santa Cruz: Kitsilano
- Berkeley: Commercial Drive / Strathcona
- Marin County: North Shore
- Mill Valley: West Vancouver (which is on the North Shore)
- South of Market (gentrified): Yaletown
- South of Market (artsy): Downtown East Side / Granville Island
- DC, San Mateo, San Bruno, Redwood City: Burnaby
- Nob Hill, Los Gatos: South Granville
- Pleasanton, Fremont: Coquitlam
- Benicia, Concord: Port Coquitlam


If renting, be aware that the rental vacancy rate in Vancouver has always been quite low, and apartments usually start on the first of the morth.

If you need a place to stay while you look for a place, let me know. My condo in Burnaby is currently sitting unoccupied and I'd be glad to make arrangements with you.

If you don't mind me asking, how do you intend to handle the visa situation, assuming you're not a Canadian citizen? As long as you don't accept local employment (which can be tempting!) you can probably stay in Canada, but the "visitor" visa is technically only granted for 6 months at a time. You might be able to get "landed immigrant" status (equivalent to a green card) depending on your background and experience, but you'll almost certainly need an employer sponsor with the new rules these days.

Anyway, I did the California -> Vancouver move last year, so let me know if you'd like any help, advice, or a place to stay. It's truly an awesome place.
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Old 09-26-2002, 01:39 PM   #15
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Eh? Another Norcal expatriates club member? You're gonna love it in Vancouver. As you probably know, the quality of life is really unique in the world, and even the i-Club guys are cool (but of a different flavour than BAIC of course).

It's a bit hard to maintain those contacts back home in your field when you've moved away, but if you do good work, people will keep coming back. Also let me insert my official prediction that the Vancouver tech industry will experience growth rates above and beyond those of the major centres in the States. Once I'm done with my year in Japan I'm going to try really hard to come back to Vancouver...

If telecommuting, traffic really isn't an issue for you since you can easily avoid the "rush hours" (which are insignificant by Bay Area standards). Basically you can live anywhere you want. Just pick your flavour. Here's a comparison chart with places you already know (sometimes the similarities are amazing!)

- Wannabe NYC / SFO downtown: Downtown West End
- Hillsborough/St. Francis Wood: West Side / Point Grey
- Santa Cruz: Kitsilano
- Berkeley: Commercial Drive / Strathcona
- Marin County: North Shore
- Mill Valley: West Vancouver (which is on the North Shore)
- South of Market (gentrified): Yaletown
- South of Market (artsy): Downtown East Side / Granville Island
- DC, San Mateo, San Bruno, Redwood City: Burnaby
- Nob Hill, Los Gatos: South Granville
- Pleasanton, Fremont: Coquitlam
- Benicia, Concord: Port Coquitlam


If renting, be aware that the rental vacancy rate in Vancouver has always been quite low, and apartments usually start on the first of the morth.

If you need a place to stay while you look for a place, let me know. My condo in Burnaby is currently sitting unoccupied and I'd be glad to make arrangements with you.

If you don't mind me asking, how do you intend to handle the visa situation, assuming you're not a Canadian citizen? As long as you don't accept local employment (which can be tempting!) you can probably stay in Canada, but the "visitor" visa is technically only granted for 6 months at a time. You might be able to get "landed immigrant" status (equivalent to a green card) depending on your background and experience, but you'll almost certainly need an employer sponsor with the new rules these days.

Anyway, I did the California -> Vancouver move last year, so let me know if you'd like any help, advice, or a place to stay. It's truly an awesome place.
Wow, that's some great info. Thanks a bunch!! I just need a new change of scenery and I've visited Canada before and loved it. I'll be telecommuting most likely and/or looking for a tech job there before I move. I have a friend who lives in Ontario ATM and moved about 3 months ago so I'll ask him about the whole visa situation. If anything, my company should sponsor it if other problems arise.

I look forward to meeting you guys one of these days. I should book a flight for next month and check the area out. Thanks again for the info.

Paul

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Old 09-26-2002, 10:26 PM   #16
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Don't forget Coquitlam

Nice small town, but bustling.

For your fun hill driving, we have Westwood Plateau.
Coquitlam Center is very close by, and access to Burnaby or Vancouver is easy via either the Barnet Highway or the Freeway.

Gee, I should go into real estate (hehe... sarcasm intended).
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