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When the Guinness family built the Lions Gate Bridge to connect their British Properties in West Vancouver with downtown at the height of the Great Depression, it was almost an act of desperation.

Previous developers had gone broke attempting to entice homeowners across the fast moving waters of the First Narrows, but the ferry service was never successfully up to the task.

The huge estates carved up on the sinewy streets above the Capilano River were designed by the famous architectural firm Olmsted Brothers of Boston, Massachusetts.

Fans of landscape architecture have no doubt read and re-read Witold Rybczynski’s classic, "A Clearing in the Distance," about Frederick Law Olmsted and the creation of Central Park and Mount Royal. The Capilano Golf & Country Club was designed by Stanley Thompson.

Even today, British Properties' street names evoke a certain colonial nostalgia. Craigmohr, Ballantree, Glengarry. “Southborough,” for instance, sounds like it should be lined...

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West Vancouver’s British Properties is one of the most expensive, and lovely, neighbourhoods in Canada. It’s a mix of Bentley-driving, old-money types, seniors who bought in years ago, and the nouveau riche who’ve only recently made it big.

 

The shifting market that’s happening throughout the Lower Mainland is illustrated perfectly on Southborough Drive, a winding road that cuts through the Lower British Properties and wraps itself around Capilano Golf & Country Club. While a house may sit unsold for months despite huge price reductions, another can still go for more than asking.

 

There is a lovely three-bedroom rancher on the south side of Southborough that has been on the market since early this year. It sits so close to the golf course that I could see the 18th tee while standing in the front yard, which is more like a park, really. When I viewed it, the owners were asking $3.695-million and I hear they’ve recently re-listed at $3.198-million....

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I have a designation known in Real Estate as an SRES.  This stands for Seniors Real Estate Specialist.

 

This means that I am trained and experienced working with those over 55.

 

I am a downsizing specialist but it’s really more than that.

 

I can assist couples or singles and help a lot or a little depending on the situation.

 

I gather information to assess your needs, timing and options.

 

Provide advice on preparing you home for sales from clearing out closets to organizing the sale of unwanted items.

 

Help you explore options for your next home; and there can be many depending on your health, your finances and your lifestyle choices.

 

Identify community resources that may be able to assist you.

 

Involve and communicate with family if you wish.

 

I stay right with you until your home is sold and you move the last box into your new residence.

 

I’m here when you need me…just pick up the phone and call 604-803-4280....

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