Dan Cooper at francesbula.com Jun 24, 2011 at 11:42 am–
“I live in a tiny condo in the Douglas Park neighbourhood, about halfway between the Mayor and the Premier if I have their locations correct. I can walk or at a pinch bike or bus to almost everything I could possibly want to do, be it stores, restaurants, sports venues, theatre and opera, shopping, parks, work, libraries or whatever else… Well, they did move the government map store from Broadway and Cambie out onto some such foresaken strip of road in the ‘burbs, but I’ve been managing somehow despite no longer having instant access to the latest geodesics. Anyway, my child continues to have a great experience in his local public school, again within walking distance. Did I mention the multiple community centres with all kinds of activity and sport options, ranging from a few blocks to a kilometre or so away? The youth sports teams? I would say that from a middle class perspective, Vancouver is a really good place to live, with the only drawback being the expense of housing. If you’re willing to live in a place half or a third the size you could afford elsewhere, Vancouver is perfect. For me, it’s been well worth that trade-off. As for visitors, as others have said they tend to go and do many of the same things I do when I’m relaxing: parks, seawall, Granville Island, theatre, restaurants…”
“If you’re willing to live in a place half or a third the size you could afford elsewhere, Vancouver is perfect.”
Hahahahaha? (Ummm… no..) Under normal circumstances, such a statement would produce a round of laughter, but Dan Cooper is serious. For him, the trade-off is worth it. For many others, not.
And, by the way, we co-incidentally agree with Dan’s math: Vancouver RE is overvalued by a factor of 2 to 3. – vreaa