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Month: April 2008

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Will Senator Campbell’s Support Help the Whitecaps Stadium Downtown Vancouver?

It has now been 5 years since ex-Mayor of Vancouver Larry Campbell encouraged Kerfoot to build a soccer stadium east of the Pan Pacific Hotel and no backhoe has entered the land.

A couple of days ago Campbell made this news release “I’d like to really see it go ahead. It would be tremendous for the city,” Campbell said. “The Whitecaps have been great citizens. It would be nice to bring them into Vancouver.” He was, of course, supported by Vancouver Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi, who is  welcoming an offer by Sen. Larry Campbell to play striker in stalled talks over a proposed waterfront soccer stadium. Read more

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George Lucas and the Digital Revolution

Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour. April 16th 7.30 pm

Michael Rubin, author of Droidmaker: George Lucas and the Digital Revolution, and Dr. Alvy Ray Smith, former Director of Computer Graphics Research at Lucasfilm and co-founder of Pixar, present the inside story of George Lucas, his intensely private company, and their work to revolutionize film making.

In the process, they made computer graphics history. Discover the story of the birth of Pixar, digital video editing, video game avatars, THX sound, and a host of other icons of the media age. Lucas played a central role in the universe of entertainment technologies we see every day.

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Vancouver’s Art Gallery

Looking for some culture when visiting Vancouver?

View some of Canada’s most iconic painters  displayed at Vancouvver’s Art Gallery, located at Hornby and Robson and opened daily 10am – 5.30pm

Canadian Women Modernists – Dialogue with Emily Carr is on til the end of September.

There’s also a lovely cafe at the Art Gallery to enjoy a bite after the show.

Weigh in…what’s your favourite Vancouver Art Gallery show?

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The Carina at 1233 W. Cordova, Coal Harbour, Vancouver

Coal Harbour’s Carina at 1233 West Cordova & Bute (V6C 3R1) sits on Vancouver’s most prestigious waterfront.

Recently I viewed a magnificent suite for sale #1402, listed at $5,998,000 and boasting over 3600 sq.ft. with water views on 3 sides and comprising of 3 bedrooms, a den, family room and a conservatory,2 balconies, insuite storage plus 2 large lockers and 4 parking stalls.

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Discovering Vancouver

One of my favourite neighbourhoods in Kitsilano is Arbutus Walk.

Do you remember the Carlings O’Keefe Brewery industrial lands that used to be here, prior to 1996? That’s when the transformation to residential began. The hood is now built out and contains more than 1000 condos and townhomies, in over  12 buildings. There was quite an outcry from the hood in the initial planning stages as the City wanted to build midrise condos. Read more

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Which Condo Is Coal Harbour’s Best Buy?

804-1650 Bayshore Drive, Coal Harbour, Vancouver. Price slashed $90,000. Now below Assessed Value.

Priced $71,000 below assessed value and $90,000 below the price the suite below it sold for one year ago.

This beautiful 1500 sq.ft. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo has stunning views of the water and mountains and boasts high end finishings, concierge 2 parking stalls, insuite storage plus a large storage locker. It is the largest suite on the floor and has windows on 3 sides. Click here to read more. Read more

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Vancouver Sun Run

Vancouver Sun Run held on Sunday, April 20th broke many  records.

The 24th Sun Run broke a record for lowest temperature on that day, the highest number of participants (over 59,000) from all over the world.

The first Sun Run in 1985 started with about 3700 people. In 2006 it ranked the 3rd largest race in the world. It is Canada’s largest 10K run. Other interesting facts. Maybe you’d like to join in next year? Click here for my contact form for other Vancouver events.  See what  other Vancouver events are happening in Vancouver.

The race is not a charity event, however, the organizers claim that over $l.l million has been donated since 1985. The purpose of the race is promote health, fitness and community spirit and to support amateur athletics.

Did you run? Was the weather detrimental to your performance?

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The Origin of Vancouver Names

We walk down our City streets and drive around our Vancouver neighbourhoods every day, ever wonder who Vancouver streets are named after?

I’m a bit of a history buff , so thought I’d check out the British Columbia Encyclopedia to see what our forefathers did to get a street named after them. Here’s what I found. 

 Cambie – named after Henry J. Cambie, born in County Tipperary, Ireland. He came to B.C. in 1874 to work on the railways, and was in charge of the Fraser Canyon stretch of the C.P.R Read more

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British Columbia Real Estate Association launches a Green Website

BCREA is committed to providing “green” information to Realtors, homebuyers and homeowners.

Its new website will focus on green real estate, water conservation, energy efficiency and parks, all of which add to our quality of life and mirrors their Quality of Life philosophy.

Here you can find information on the benefit of greener homes, making greener renovations, links to rebates and incentives. Read more

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The Star of Kitsilano Open House

View this spectacular one bedroom and den with a huge south facing terrace 

226-2680 W. 4th, Kitsilano, Vancouver $457,000. MLS V702401

First Open Houses Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th April, 2-4pm and Tuesday 22nd, 10-12.

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Opinions on Vancouver’s Real Esate Prices 2008

There’s a lot of chat these days about Vancouver real estate prices and where they may be heading.

The latest one to throw their hat into the ring is Credit Union Central of B.C., who are about as bullish as any of the reports I’ve read. You may remember my recent post on CMHC’s prediction for 6-8% increase this year.

Helmut Pastrick is saying a 12% hike in 2008 and moving up again in 2009 by 12-14%. That scenario will result in a seller’s market. The dark cloud on the horizon is the affordability factor, which Pastrick says will have a slowing on the rate of increase. Read more

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The Star of Kitsilano

The best 1 bedroom & den in Kits

A couple of weeks ago I received a referral from a Calgary agent.  She told me the I would be one of three agents that the Seller would be interviewing. It took us a while to connect because the Seller travels all the time.  I was delighted when we finally got to meet a couple of days ago and more delighted to leave the condo with a listing in hand. Read more


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