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#1 MarchandSucks

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:26 PM

I'm hoping to move to Vancouver once I finish college, and I was just wondering if you guys suggest moving to Vancouver itself or living in a suburb outside the city?
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:29 PM

do you like cold shoulders, ugly architecture, and $7600 rent? move to vancouver

if you like gun violence, move to the suburbs

if you wanna hang out with the fly honeys, chill homies, and government employees, move to victoria
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:30 PM

I'm hoping to move to Vancouver once I finish college, and I was just wondering if you guys suggest moving to Vancouver itself or living in a suburb outside the city?


you rich?
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:31 PM

do you like cold shoulders, ugly architecture, and $7600 rent? move to vancouver

if you like gun violence, move to the suburbs

if you wanna hang out with the fly honeys, chill homies, and government employees, move to victoria


Um....
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:31 PM

you rich?

Nope. My family is comfortable, but not rich
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:35 PM

Move to Kitsilano.
  • Not too expensive
  • $12 cab to Downtown Vancouver
  • Great restaurants, shops and pubs
  • Close to beaches
  • More of a younger scene because of UBC

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:36 PM

Nope. My family is comfortable, but not rich


I'd suggest living outside Vancouver then....

Richmond, Burnaby, New West, Delta, Surrey.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:37 PM

Depending on your job location, make sure you can get to the Skytrain easily.

I've lived in North Van, Van, BBY, New West and Surrey.

I'd do Vancouver if money was ok or NV if you were into the slopes. Surrey only if you have family there, want to buy cheap or are desperate.

So, Van, North Van, New West, BBY, then Surrey for me. If I was to move back to Vancouver I'd probably do New West taking everything into account.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:37 PM

What are the best cities to raise families?

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:38 PM

Just moved to the West End at the start of February...
Yes, Vancouver is ridiculously expensive but the convenience of living downtown is also amazing. I walk out my front door and I am within 5 minutes of Stanley Park, the Seawall, a gym, a library, a community centre, a grocery store, bus routes, and 40 some-odd restaurants. I also recently discovered meetup.com and have had a great time being able to do things with random people in the city.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:38 PM

Need more details. What are you planning to do when you finish college? Do you have a car/ like driving or do you prefer to have good access to transit? Are you going to rent or buy? What kind of living arrangement do you want? (Ie. condo? House? And are you going to be sharing with someone or are you trying to get a place to yourself?) What kind of activities do you like? What kind of services and amenities would you like to be nearby?

There's many options, but it really depends on what you want.

Glassjaw, yah, Victoria's awesome but there's no jobs there. Well, maybe if you manage to swing a gig with the government but those are pretty tough to get. I know I really wanted to stay there after University but no dice. :( Vancouver's the next best choice.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:41 PM

I'm hoping to be a children's doctor.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:43 PM

are you looking for a basement suite, apartment, townhouse, house?

Are you renting or buying?

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:44 PM

Hoping to buy a house
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:45 PM

West End also feels like more of a neighbourhood than some other places in Vancouver. I've never truly lived in the 'burbs but I have lived in the Lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver as well as right downtown near the Wall Centre. Both of these other places were more sterile and seemed to really earn the "cold shoulder" image.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:49 PM

So you're graduating from med school then? Or you mean you're finishing your residency and then moving to Vancouver?

Hoping to buy a house


If you can swing it, Burnaby's a really nice place to buy a house and raise a family imho. It has good schools, great amenities, good transit and is right next door to Vancouver. Of course, you'll pay a lot more for property in Burnaby then in some further out suburbs like Surrey or Delta. But again, won't it mostly depend on where you end up working? I mean, if you end up working in Surrey then I'm assuming you won't want to live in say North Van.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:53 PM

I'm finishing med school at the University of Washington. I've been leaning towards burnaby. Like the area. Just wanted to know other opinions
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:58 PM

You can buy just out of Med school?

WOW.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:02 PM

My parents are going to give me a hand for the first year or so till my wife and i settle in
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:02 PM

Well, I'm kind of biased because my parents live in Burnaby and I spent a good portion of my life there. :P I live in Vancouver now and I actually find that amenities like community centres, pools, rec centres, city parks etc. in Burnaby are superior to those in Vancouver proper. Or at least it seems like there's more of them. The nice thing about Burnaby too is it's kind of right smack dab in the middle of the Lower Mainland so you're never too far from most places.

That being said, I really don't know very much about the other suburbs so yah, definitely do your own research. Burnaby is pretty expensive. You'll definitely get better bang for you buck if you go further out. It just depends what you want. Oh also, Burnaby definitely has it's grungier neighbourhoods (just like Vancouver). Not all of it is nice.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:03 PM

How far is burnaby out of vancouver
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:08 PM

How far is burnaby out of vancouver


Their borders touch. Maybe 20 min by car to downtown with no traffic.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:14 PM

dont move to Abbotsford.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:16 PM

Well, I'm kind of biased because my parents live in Burnaby and I spent a good portion of my life there. :P I live in Vancouver now and I actually find that amenities like community centres, pools, rec centres, city parks etc. in Burnaby are superior to those in Vancouver proper. Or at least it seems like there's more of them. The nice thing about Burnaby too is it's kind of right smack dab in the middle of the Lower Mainland so you're never too far from most places.

That being said, I really don't know very much about the other suburbs so yah, definitely do your own research. Burnaby is pretty expensive. You'll definitely get better bang for you buck if you go further out. It just depends what you want. Oh also, Burnaby definitely has it's grungier neighbourhoods (just like Vancouver). Not all of it is nice.


Agree completely, grew up in Burnaby and living in Van now too to be closer to school. Burnaby has great amenities and tons of parks (25% of arable land I believe). The schools are good and pretty mellow in terms of bullying fighting etc (at least in my experience). I'm not sure about the grungy neighbourhoods, i've spent lots of time all over Burnaby and feel safe walking anywhere at night, but I guess the worst area would be South Burnaby, which still isn't bad.

How far is burnaby out of vancouver


As already said, Burnaby borders Vancouver to the east. about 20 minutes to drive, and there are two skytrain lines in Burnaby that access Vancouver so transit is probably better than any other suburb.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:23 PM

Well it sort of depends on your needs...

I would say that Burnaby or Surrey would be your best choices. Both cities are central, Burnaby being on the north side of the river and Surrey on the south side. Burnaby and Surrey would be your best choices if you're going to be out and about...just avoid the "rougher" areas and you'll fine.

* If you prefer to walk then Surrey and Burnaby aren't exactly ideal. :P

Burnaby:

- lots of great neighborhoods (Brentwood, Capitol Hill, Burnaby Heights, hell anything in North Burnaby)
- good schools
- shopping
- transit is widespread
- connector city (Vancouver to the east, Coquitlam to the west, Surrey to the south)
- good sized homes with a real yard
- close to downtown and Stanley Park, etc.
- lots of parks and trails

Surrey:

- lots of great neighborhoods (Panorama Ridge, Fleetwood, Cloverdale, Elgin, Morgan Creek, Grandview, the farther south you go, the better...)
- good schools
- shopping
- connector city (Vancouver/Burnaby to the east, Coquitlam to the North, Fraser Valley to the east)
- easy access to the border
- beaches are close by (Crescent Beach and White Rock Beach)
- less traffic compared to north of the Fraser
- new homes are EVERYWHERE
- city of parks...

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:29 PM

guys, he's finishing med school and has financial backing from his parents

let's be honest: this guy is tailor made for vancouver citizenship. not surrey.

in fact, he should be given honorary season tickets to the canucks, too
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:31 PM

Alright really repping my home town now. Burnaby has been named the best run city in Canada and has a budget surplus, and still manages to have potentially the best amenities in the Lower Mainland.


Currently the city has great options for sports and sporting facilities. Burnaby has a constantly competitive soccer program and is home to the Burnaby winter club which has produced quite a number of NHLers. As well the city currently has development in progress to expand their already large central sporting area, which I believe will the the largest in Canada when completed.

http://www2.macleans...rst-run-cities/

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:32 PM

Live anywhere but Surrey/Abbotsford and you shall be fine :)

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:42 PM

Well it sort of depends on your needs...

I would say that Burnaby or Surrey would be your best choices. Both cities are central, Burnaby being on the north side of the river and Surrey on the south side. Burnaby and Surrey would be your best choices if you're going to be out and about...just avoid the "rougher" areas and you'll fine.

* If you prefer to walk then Surrey and Burnaby aren't exactly ideal. :P

Burnaby:

- lots of great neighborhoods (Killarney, Brentwood, Capitol Hill, Burnaby Heights, hell anything in North Burnaby)
- good schools
- shopping
- transit is widespread
- connector city (Vancouver to the east, Coquitlam to the west, Surrey to the south)
- good sized homes with a real yard
- close to downtown and Stanley Park, etc.
- lots of parks and trails

Surrey:

- lots of great neighborhoods (Panorama Ridge, Fleetwood, Cloverdale, Elgin, Morgan Creek, Grandview, the farther south you go, the better...)
- good schools
- shopping
- connector city (Vancouver/Burnaby to the east, Coquitlam to the North, Fraser Valley to the east)
- easy access to the border
- beaches are close by (Crescent Beach and White Rock Beach)
- less traffic compared to north of the Fraser
- new homes are EVERYWHERE
- city of parks...


Killarney area is in Vancouver, no?
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:44 PM

I grew up in North Burnaby, lived in Coquitlam (just - by Lougheed Mall), South Burnaby (3 places, Patterson Ave, Imperial, and close to the BCTel (Telus) boot), East Van (Earles St just north of Kingsway), Richmond (3 different areas - mostly east), and Langley was the last place (1997-99) I lived in (only place I could afford a house).

I won't live in Vancouver again - can't stand the amount of people there.

Wife has turned me into a Country boy. :)
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