A post from Melissa Carr’s local blog, ‘The Thirties Grind‘, was recently headlined here: (“Are we all lying to each other? How the f*%#k are people affording to live in Vancouver?”, VREAA 4 Jun 2012). Various archive-worthy anecdotes appeared in the comment section at ‘the grind’, and we’ll headline and save them as a series here.
“My guy & I are both almost 48 and living in Vancouver. We make great $$ and still find it hard to get by. Everything we make goes into our lifestyle which means a 1300 sq. foot home we RENT in Kits, 2 great vehicles (Lexus SUV and BMW 328i) that are not excessively “fancy” schmancy, 2 vintage cars that are sentimental, a vacation home in Palm Springs, which is fully paid for, and 2 sweet senior Bichon Frise dogs who have their own set of expenditures…I do not think for a minute our lifestyle is over the top and we have RRSP’s but not nearly enough to retire on…I have not really ever saved and for the life of me I worry all the time about money!!!! Sorry to freak everyone out, but I am not sure who can live and own in Vancouver unless you make at least 500 G’s+ a year.”
– TP at thethirtiesgrind.com 29 May 2012 3:15pm