So I decided to see what was in my range. Two caught my eye as possibilities.
This one (v649911) is great because it is right on Knight St., and that will make it easy to get to Richmond and the ferries, and the airport. That is important because I like to jet-set around the world, and take leisurely vacations in the Gulf Islands. I know that it is built well too, because it is older, and all the kinks will have been worked out already.
This one (v667863) caught my eye too. It's nice and close to the Trans Canada highway which will make it handy for my ski vacations in Whistler, and the wine-tasting tours in the Okanagan. The problem is that it is tucked away on a quiet street, and all that lovely landscaping is a bit of a bore. I'm kind of turned off by the well-written features sheet though. There must be something seriously wrong with the place with all that flowery writing, and the price, it's so low! And who wants three levels in their home? All those leaves on the trees indicate that it has been on the market since last fall at least. Obviously there is something wrong with it, or it would have sold with multiple offers in this smoking market.
Most people are as concerned about where they live as the home they live in. This lovely East Hastings property fulfills both requirements perfectly. Features include 3 bdrms up, mortgage helper suite below, 4 baths, a huge main level playroom, completely private & secure backyard w/ bountiful fruit trees. All this is set in a serene family neighbourhood w/ Templeton Community Centre just a block south w/ its pool, track & park. Schools abound. Only a block north you'll find locally-renowned Donald's Market, bakeries, green grocers, coffee shops, & restaurants. Plus only minutes to downtown or the #1. A truly wonderful combination of property, location & amenities.
It's a tough choice. They are the same price ($775k). Which would you take?