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Old 11-18-2012, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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My wife and I are considering our options, and we're probably moving from Victoria to Vancouver sometime in the next 12 months. Victoria is too old, too sleepy, too small and doesn't have a very big job market to support career growth (we're a young family just starting out).

I'm reading more and more people griping about how terrible life in Vancouver has become (2 years ago it was all "Vancouver is #1!"). The prices are too high, the weather is too rainy, the immigrants are too foreign, etc etc.

Surely, there must be something good about living in Van? If so, please feel free to let me know here!
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:49 PM
 
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My wife and I are considering our options, and we're probably moving from Victoria to Vancouver sometime in the next 12 months. Victoria is too old, too sleepy, too small and doesn't have a very big job market to support career growth (we're a young family just starting out).

I'm reading more and more people griping about how terrible life in Vancouver has become (2 years ago it was all "Vancouver is #1!"). The prices are too high, the weather is too rainy, the immigrants are too foreign, etc etc.

Surely, there must be something good about living in Van? If so, please feel free to let me know here!
It has very nice views..but I'm sure Victoria does too.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Canada
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It's a big vibrant city with lots going on, the public transportation system is excellent, the air is clean, the urban planning is impeccable, great urban parks, and there's very good shopping compared to Victoria.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Kanada 🍁
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Vancouver is a beautiful place, yet heavy populated. Vancouver has a lot to offer for people year round, from sea to mountain. The scenery is breathtaking and I love to visit each year.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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Vancouver is very expensive but the surburbs aren't as bad. With some planning, even if you intend to work downtown there is the skytrain, and buses that can make your commute easier. South of the Fraser has some pretty nice areas, as long as you have a decent real estate agent, you can stay out of areas that aren't the best, or are doing down hill. Some areas are also undergoing revitalization and have a lot to offer as well.

I have travelled extensively in Canada, and the States, and cannot imagine living anywhere else in North America. I also lived in the Saanich / Sidney area and while it was nice, I wouldn't have stayed there.

Go on MLS and start getting familiar with the different areas, and then research the schools and area and demographics - I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

I think you will find we have far less rainy days than Victoria...
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:12 AM
 
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I think you will find we have far less rainy days than Victoria...
Quite the opposite, Victoria has far less rainy days than Vancouver.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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Quite the opposite, Victoria has far less rainy days than Vancouver.
You are absolutely correct that Victoria has less rainy days on average:


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Snowfall: Victoria 43.8 cm - Vancouver 48.2 cm
Total Precipitation: Victoria 883.3 mm - Vancouver 1,1990 mm
Number wet days: Victoria 154.2 - Vancouver 166.1
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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The access to outdoors from the heart of the city. Beach culture in the summer. Ski culture in the winter. The food. The restaurant scene, cocktail scene, craft beer scene, live music scene. Saw Leonard Cohen last week. Cirque du Soleil are performing this next week. Paul McCarney comes on Sunday, Bruce Springsteen on Monday. Lots of great indie bands are playing all throughout.

Real estate is ridiculous unless you're willing to purchase small spaces, but renting is more affordable.

Neighbourhoods outside of downtown are more culturally interesting (Commercial Drive, Main Street, Kits, etc.) in terms of shopping, community atmosphere, pubs, cafes, etc., but the suburbs (North Van, Richmond, Burnaby, etc.) are just as sleepy as Victoria.
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Old 07-09-2016, 09:36 PM
 
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It's an expensive place to live, but other than that it great! easy to get around however hard to find a place, however when I finally did I found there are lots of moving company's and some place rent plastic moving boxes like gorillabox.ca

Overall transportation is good but housing cost sucks
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Old 07-14-2016, 09:41 AM
 
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It's an expensive place to live, but other than that it great! easy to get around however hard to find a place, however when I finally did I found there are lots of moving company's and some place rent plastic moving boxes like gorillabox.ca

Overall transportation is good but housing cost sucks
to say housing cost sucks is misleading. Housing is expensive only if you have to buy and buy a house. To rent or buy a condo is not that outrageously expensive at all.


Why do we all assume we are entitled to a single family home? In large cities, people should come to accept the fact that SFH are only available to the rich class (say top 10%). This kind of entitlement makes me sick. A SFH is not a necessity. I don't see people complaining Chanel or Lamborghinis are too expensive.
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