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Ivy on the Park: Community Living in UBC’s Wesbrook Village

Ivy on the Park by the Wall Group of Companies is to be the newest addition to the well established Wesbrook Village. Located adjacent to Binning Tower, which shares the same developer, Ivy on the Park will be immersed among some of Vancouver’s most notable landmarks. Anchored by Point Grey, Pacific Spirit Park, University of British Columbia (UBC), and the Pacific Ocean, Wesbrook Village harmoniously blends nature, culture, education and community into one bustling, highly livable neighbourhood, and all just 20 minutes away from Downtown Vancouver.
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Rennie Review – August 2018

Each month, Rennie Market Intelligence produces the Rennie Review, which includes the latest real estate data for Vancouver and the Lower Mainland’s housing market. In addition to presenting detailed neighbourhood-level stats, the Rennie Review also includes current Rennie Marketing Systems projects, featured listings, client testimonials, our take on the latest market conditions, and more.

Conditions continue to tilt more in favour of buyers across Greater Vancouver, with sales and new listings slipping, inventory expanding, and prices softening.

For your reading pleasure, please click here for the August 2018 edition of the Rennie Review.
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Around the Block: Ambleside

It’s easy to be smitten with Ambleside, the gateway to West Vancouver with a village vibe and community feel, anchored by stunning views of downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park across the Burrard Inlet. It’s a neighbourhood filled with great amenities, offering a good balance of different options for entertainment and recreation, including plenty of shopping in the area, as well as copious amounts of green space.

Ambleside is a quick jaunt to the Lions Gate Bridge, making it an easy commute to Vancouver’s city centre. And because of its proximity to the North Shore mountains and the relatively easy commute from here to Horseshoe Bay and Whistler, Ambleside is an ideal location for those who love the outdoors, whether from the perspective of a chairlift or the bow of a boat.
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Family Friendly Living with Plenty of Terrain to Roam in North Vancouver

Vancouver’s North Shore is the epitome of Canada’s West Coast. It’s natural, picturesque, lush and green. Residences dot the treed slopes of the Coast Mountains. The community’s perimeter is marked by the watered edges of the Burrard Inlet. It’s climate welcomes spring early and unleashes snow on the highest elevations to the delight of the numerous winter sports enthusiasts during winter. Its geography earmarks North Van as an outdoor enthusiasts’ dream.

Outdoor exploration and hiking trails are abundant with Grouse, Cypress and Seymour Mountains easily accessible. Grouse Mountain offers eco walks, ranger talks, a bear habitat, zip lines, disc golf, to name a few, but is best known for its 2.9 KM hiking trail which climbs 2,800 feet up Grouse Mountain, also known as the Grouse Grind, or ‘Mother Nature’s Stairmaster’. Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour are other popular locals spots for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and tubing too.
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6 Amenity Trends We’re Seeing that Benefit Renters

It’s a great time to rent in Vancouver. With inventory ranging from apartments through to detached homes, the Vancouver rental market has long since offered variety, yet even seasoned renters may find themselves amazed at the range of new amenities that are quickly becoming the local norm. Many rental buildings we’re seeing these days boast thoughtful features like innovative common areas, communal garden settings and in-building services. These shared amenities create vibrant and collaborative environments in which residents can enjoy a real sense of community within their own home.

Truly multi-purpose spaces

Most rental buildings come equipped with at least one communal space, but what we’re seeing in 2018 is an updated attitude towards these common areas. For instance, it isn’t unusual to find a warm and welcoming lobby, a multi-purpose lounge and a communal alfresco dining area, all in one building. Developers are even building certain rooms with indoor/outdoor connections, providing additional room to move and mingle.

These multi-purpose areas are much more than the rec rooms of years past. They encourage a community mindset and an overall sense of cohesion. Families and individuals have the opportunity to easily interact with other residents, which helps to promote a neighbourly atmosphere.

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Top Public Elementary Schools in Vancouver

When young families are searching for a new home to better fit their changing lives, local schools are often top of the list when differentiating between neighbourhoods. Some areas may have convenient amenities, some may have vast green space, while others may be very well connected to the surrounding parts of the city. All of these attributes are important to family life, but arguably none compare when it comes to which school’s catchment area your new home falls within.

Here we take you through the top public schools in Vancouver as ranked by the Fraser Institute.

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Rennie Review – April 2018

Each month, Rennie Market Intelligence produces the Rennie Review, which includes the latest real estate data for Vancouver and the Lower Mainland’s housing market. In addition to presenting detailed neighbourhood-level stats, the Rennie Review also includes current Rennie Marketing Systems projects, featured listings, client testimonials, our take on the latest market conditions, and more.

Few were surprised by the latest release of data describing trends in Greater Vancouver’s housing market, with year-over-year March sales being down and inventories expanding ever-so-slightly. Few were surprised, of course, because the headwinds—in the form of rising interest rates, stricter underwriting rules, new provincial government demand-suppressing policies, and the product of these factors, consumer uncertainty—were already blowing.

For your reading pleasure, please click here for the April 2018 edition of the Rennie Review.

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What Should I Look for During my Homeowners Walkthrough

New construction homeowners, in compliance with New Home Warranty, are always offered a home walkthrough – which should occur before their completion date.

A homeowner walkthrough is meant for soon-to-be owners of pre-sale construction. The walkthrough usually occurs near completion, roughly one month ahead, and is intended to ensure that the property is in perfect condition, and in working order while also providing a brief demonstration of the workings of your new home.

Usually in attendance at a walkthrough is a representative of the developer (who may guide the walkthrough), the home buyer(s), and guests of the home buyer(s). The developer will stipulate how many attendees are permitted in addition to the home buyer(s). Some homeowners seek comfort in hiring a home inspector and having them attend the walkthrough too – this might cost somewhere between $300 – $500 – depending on the size of the home.

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