“I left Vancouver for a lot of reasons. I had 2 career streams to choose from, IT/management and culinary. To be honest I couldn’t find a job in either, and neither could a lot of my culinary school buddies. Most of them left Vancouver.
I left 2 years ago almost to the day and I’ve had a much easier time of it since then. I’ve climbed the ladder quickly, going from a technical consultant to Morgan Stanley ro a technical project management role, and currently I’m a senior business analyst specializing in cloud based IT solutions, specifically Salesforce related engagements. My salary has climbed accordignly. While I’m making very good money now, it wouldn’t be enough to even consider purchasing even a shit shack in Van.
While I found Vancouver beautiful, I think in a lot of ways people are deluded. I’m sorry, but you don’t have “the best weather in Canada”. It’s not cold in winter but you guys have the darkest, dreariest winters I’ve ever experienced, and I’ve lived in Ottawa in February. The city’s surroundings are beautiful but that’s about it.
The worst thing about the place is the whole nature of the housing market. The numbers on renting there and in Toronto might be similar, but they don’t tell the whole story. The rental stock in Vancouver is *awful*. Most of the apartments I saw were in horrible shape.
Worse is the stigma around renting, which happens no where else in Canada. There’s this whole weird vibe around renting, it’s like there’s something wrong with you.
I finally got tired of feeling like no matter how smart or well educated or determined I was, I was never going to get ahead in Vancouver. It’s a pretty place and I don’t mean to slam the city but I’m glad I left. I keep reading Vancouver housing blogs because honestly, you guys are at ground zero in the Canadian housing bubble and from a sociological standpoint, it’s fascinating.”
- scullboy at vancouvercondo.info 2 Nov 2011 4:34am
[This is an update. 'scullboy's story was previously featured on these pages]
We agree the Vancouver housing bubble is fascinating. Each time it appears to have reached ultimate fever pitch, it takes it up a notch. Things look precarious. – vreaa