Do You Live Near VANCOUVER ???

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    Mar 07, 2013 6:27 PM GMT
    My two best friends in the world are planning on moving from Europe to Vancouver, BC within the next nine months to a year.
    What are the best gay friendly suburbs for homes within the $500k and $650k
    range? Have done some research online, but most seem to be centered around where the best schools and play grounds are. These are two adult men who have been married for 14 years....with NO intention of adopting any children.
    If you live in a suburb of Vancouver, do you love it...and why???
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    Mar 07, 2013 11:33 PM GMT
    Gee...that's funny....I coulda swore there were A LOT of gays in Toronto....or around that area.....icon_sad.gif
  • AMoonHawk

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    Mar 07, 2013 11:51 PM GMT
    give it time, they are probably having dinner or something right now
  • FlypinHigh

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    Mar 07, 2013 11:58 PM GMT
    Does BC have a Toronto?
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    Mar 08, 2013 1:06 AM GMT
    I would help you but you're a bitch soooo....
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    Mar 08, 2013 3:43 AM GMT
    FriendsOnly saidGee...that's funny....I coulda swore there were A LOT of gays in Toronto....or around that area.....icon_sad.gif



    I live in Buffalo, 1.5 hours from Toronto. And Yes...there are PLENTY of gays there haha...Toronto is a beautiful city. HUGE overall....but there's a huge gay population, an entire part of the city is dedicated to them lol

    Love it there! So fun.
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    Mar 08, 2013 2:55 PM GMT

    FlypinHigh saidDoes BC have a Toronto?


    HOW EMBARRASSING!!!! I HAD THE "BC" RIGHT, BUT I MEANT VANCOUVER!!!!
    Actually my friends were originally considering Toronto, but recently changed
    their choice of locales.
    Soooooo,
    It's VANCOUVER....not Toronto. icon_redface.gif
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    Mar 08, 2013 3:27 PM GMT
    If you're looking for a house, good luck. Former crack houses sell for more than their budget.

    http://www.crackshackormansion.com/

    If they are looking for a condo, that's a whole different ball of wax.

    In any event, All of Vancouver is gay friendly.

    Oh, by the way, why not edit your thread title? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 08, 2013 3:46 PM GMT
    Stick to Richmond, Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Moody, or Surrey. The farther east you go (Langley, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford, Chilliwack) the more rural it gets and the more conservative things become. But even then I've never heard of the rural areas being gay-unfriendly.

    There's no way you can buy a house in Burnaby, Richmond, or Vancouver for less than $500k, and what you do get for that amount will be either a grow op or crack house. If they can't in increase their budget they'll have to look at Surrey or a condo.
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    Mar 08, 2013 4:56 PM GMT
    condo in down town is the answer.
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    Mar 08, 2013 5:03 PM GMT
    550k isn't going to get you very far in Vancouver. There are cheaper places in the suburbs but then you end up in a neighborhood you'd probably not want to live in. Langley is nice, kind of, but it's literally row after row of houses with nothing around. It's certainly nothing like DT van in terms of the amount of stuff happening. Surrey has nice parts to it--white rock, cloverdale (the parts closer to Langley). I would never move back to Surrey central or any of that area..horrible neighborhoods. Lots of people love Richmond, That might be a decent option. All in all, Vancouver is the most expensive place to live in North America..remember that icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 08, 2013 6:06 PM GMT
    red_series said550k isn't going to get you very far in Vancouver. There are cheaper places in the suburbs but then you end up in a neighborhood you'd probably not want to live in. Langley is nice, kind of, but it's literally row after row of houses with nothing around. It's certainly nothing like DT van in terms of the amount of stuff happening. Surrey has nice parts to it--white rock, cloverdale (the parts closer to Langley). I would never move back to Surrey central or any of that area..horrible neighborhoods. Lots of people love Richmond, That might be a decent option. All in all, Vancouver is the most expensive place to live in North America..remember that icon_smile.gif


    yes and im not sure why.....seattle is a lovely bundle of fun hoods, surrounded by some plain burbs, and run down areas, but the city is fun, young and full of life...


    vancouver seems to have a cool DT. but once you leave that it turns to shit..
    amirite?
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    Mar 08, 2013 6:23 PM GMT
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    red_series said550k isn't going to get you very far in Vancouver. There are cheaper places in the suburbs but then you end up in a neighborhood you'd probably not want to live in. Langley is nice, kind of, but it's literally row after row of houses with nothing around. It's certainly nothing like DT van in terms of the amount of stuff happening. Surrey has nice parts to it--white rock, cloverdale (the parts closer to Langley). I would never move back to Surrey central or any of that area..horrible neighborhoods. Lots of people love Richmond, That might be a decent option. All in all, Vancouver is the most expensive place to live in North America..remember that icon_smile.gif


    yes and im not sure why.....seattle is a lovely bundle of fun hoods, surrounded by some plain burbs, and run down areas, but the city is fun, young and full of life...


    vancouver seems to have a cool DT. but once you leave that it turns to shit..
    amirite?
    I actually think the entire city's pretty nice.


    Right. The whole city is nice. If you live downtown, you tend to get stuck there and rarely leave. I live in the Mount Pleasant area of East Van. Love it there. The further you get out of downtown, the less expensive the housing market is.
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    Mar 08, 2013 6:27 PM GMT
    Shawnathan saidTry to find a house near Surrey Central. It's a nice area. Or if you're looking for a condo, you should try the Downtown Eastside.


    Downtown Eastside? Really?? They are building nice condos there, but its still very poor with a lot of drug addiction in the area.
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    Mar 08, 2013 9:17 PM GMT
    um no... they will not get a house in Vancouver with that budget. They need to double that amount.

    However, there is plenty about 30 minutes east of Vancouver... maybe a condo or a townhouse would be in their budget out there.
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    Mar 08, 2013 9:19 PM GMT
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    k3l3k0 saidum no... they will not get a house in Vancouver with that budget. They need to double that amount.

    However, there is plenty about 30 minutes east of Vancouver... maybe a condo or a townhouse would be in their budget out there.

    Or Abbotsford icon_wink.gif


    I would never suggest anyone live here...

    Luckily I didn't sign a lease... I'm packing up and going back downtown haha
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    Mar 08, 2013 9:25 PM GMT
    Shawnathan said
    k3l3k0 said
    Shawnathan said
    k3l3k0 saidum no... they will not get a house in Vancouver with that budget. They need to double that amount.

    However, there is plenty about 30 minutes east of Vancouver... maybe a condo or a townhouse would be in their budget out there.

    Or Abbotsford icon_wink.gif


    I would never suggest anyone live here...

    Luckily I didn't sign a lease... I'm packing up and going back downtown haha

    So fast? What about living in Mission or Chilliwack?


    ha not right away but by June for sure...

    as for Mission and Chilliwack... I can't even think about that it's so terrible
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    Mar 08, 2013 9:28 PM GMT
    Vancouver is gorgeous, and I love it to death. That said, it is a brutally expensive place to live. If you want a home for 550k you are going to have to go a little further afield than downtown or the areas immediately adjacent to it (unless you are willing to brave the highly sketchy downtown eastside). You might be able to find something in that price range in one of the nicer burbs like South Surrey, New Westminster, or Coquitlam. I grew up in White Rock -- it is a really nice area too.

    If your heart is set on downtown or Kits a condo is probably the way to go...
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    Mar 08, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    Sometimes.

    Kits is great. http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/kitsilano.aspx

    Live there. Every other place in Van is a hell hole.
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    Mar 08, 2013 11:39 PM GMT

    OK....now that I have the Provence and City correct, we're starting to make some headway. I have mapped the region around Vancouver, as I knew that the real estate there is like Manhattan or downtown San Francisco.
    Besides, these guys would be more comfortable in the 'burbs anyway.
    I found Surrey, White rock and Richmond.
    ALSO....have NO interest in downtown Vancouver....so we don't care what the prices are.
    The budget has been raised to $600,000 and I have found several four and five bedroom homes that are GREAT at that price.



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    Mar 09, 2013 6:02 AM GMT
    Shawnathan said
    staticpulse said
    Shawnathan saidTry to find a house near Surrey Central. It's a nice area. Or if you're looking for a condo, you should try the Downtown Eastside.


    Downtown Eastside? Really?? They are building nice condos there, but its still very poor with a lot of drug addiction in the area.

    Was not serious. The guy confused Vancouver and Toronto, how could I take it seriously?



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    Mar 10, 2013 1:32 AM GMT
    gay men don't live in houses. They don't spend nearly enough time at home to need anything more than a condo.
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    Mar 10, 2013 1:36 AM GMT
    hungrykittenz saidgay men don't live in houses. They don't spend nearly enough time at home to need anything more than a condo.


    lol, wut? We're on our third house.
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    Mar 10, 2013 1:39 AM GMT
    meninlove said
    hungrykittenz saidgay men don't live in houses. They don't spend nearly enough time at home to need anything more than a condo.


    lol, wut? We're on our third house.


    Two friends of ours bought this and restored it, then used it as a bed and breakfast. Years later they sold it, made a handsome profit and moved to Vancouver Island (which is what we're doing as well).

    Yes they're a gay couple. icon_wink.gif

    http://www.tripadvisor.ca/LocationPhotos-g154943-d184925-w2-O_Canada_House-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html
  • LoveVancouver

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    Mar 10, 2013 1:54 AM GMT
    As far as the suburbs go, I would strongly recommend Port Moody or Coquitlam.

    Check mls.ca -- you can find some nice places in the stated price range in both locations, but they would be townhouses.

    Why do I suggest Port Moody / Coquitlam. Well, I'm biased icon_biggrin.gif but...
    > No bridges to cross to get to DT Vancouver
    > Highway access (check maps -- Barnet / Inlet / Hastings or Lougheed / Highway 1)
    > If you don't want to drive (probably best), commuter train that takes < 30 minutes to get to DT
    translink.ca/wce
    with skytrain coming soon
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Line_(TransLink)
    we hope...
    > Low crime rate, reasonable property taxes, plenty of greenspace

    It *will* get cheaper if you move further east (Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, etc), but then you have to deal with bridges, traffic congestion, poor transit, and less open minded people. Point in case:
    http://www.xtra.ca/public/Vancouver/BC_MLA_promotes_antigay_church_in_the_legislature-10947.aspx

    Again, I'm biased, but I would suggest staying out of Surrey / Langley, and South of the Fraser in general. Higher crime rate with little additional benefits (part of Surrey has skytrain, but you still have to deal with bridges).