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Real Estate

Sep 1, 2007
How Ucluelet is Remaking itself - Slideshow
BCBusiness D.B.

Long derided as Tofino’s dumpy stepsister, Ucluelet is remaking itself as a model community on canada’s furthest western edge. The only question is whether any but the fabulously wealthy will be able to afford to visit. All photos/images by Nik West Related story: Shifting Tides by Richard Littlemore...

Aug 1, 2007
Cumberland: Hometown Showdown
Andrew Findlay

“I was the first one to put up a sign like this. I wanted everyone to see it as they drove into town,” she explains as a trickle of traffic rolls past on Cumberland Road. Cumberland was once a town...

Jul 29, 2007
Luxury Golf Development: Fore Star Resorts
By Robert Thompson

Jack Nicklaus may be a legendary sports figure, but on a crisp, clear day in Ucluelet, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the man some consider the greatest golfer in the history of the game is not trying to find the fairway or put one in the back of the cup.

Jul 1, 2007
GVRD Agriculture Land Reserve: Space Invaders
Philip Hochstein

Limited land supply is a common contributing factor to both problems. Yet the Greater Vancouver Regional District’s (GVRD) 1996 Livable Region Strategic Plan designates about 70 per cent of the region as a Green Zone, to be protected from urban growth. And a large chunk of that is accounted for...

Apr 1, 2007
Slideshow: The Lost City
BCBusiness D.B.

Enamoured with high-rise living and glossy downtown lifestyles, Vancouver politicians and city planners have neglected the city’s industrial needs for years in favour of condo development and live-work space. Developers are aggressively assembling land and flipping property to create sites for future townhouses, while prostitutes, drug addicts and squatters infiltrate...

Mar 1, 2007
Cost of Living
Alison Appelbe

The problems began in late 2004, when the residential strata council, made up of strata-unit owners, fired its property manager and turned to a large management firm. A per-unit management fee of $17.50 – which was then an average amount...

Aug 1, 2006
B.C.'s Recreational Real Estate: Quiet Stampede
Andrew Findlay

It’s Friday afternoon and a convoy of sparkling SUV's with Alberta plates, many of them towing trailers and powerboats, is squeezing through the ochre-coloured walls of Sinclair Canyon at the western portal of Kootenay National Park near Radium Hot Springs.

Aug 1, 2006
Vancouver Real Estate: Pop Goes The Market
Patricia Croft

The debate is not only on, it’s raging: is Vancouver real estate in the midst of a housing bubble that will ultimately end in tears with a pop in the market bubble, or are things different this time around?

Jul 1, 2006
White Rock Development: Paving Paradise
Myles Murchison

After White Rock's Official Community Plan, and its barring of any development of over nine storeys, expired, residents led by Jean Kromm fought the planned development of a 25 storey condo building till exhaustion with no avail. So why did they fail to prevent the paving of their paradise?

Jul 1, 2006
Aboriginal Territory: Landlocked
Keith Clark

B.C. is unique in Canada with its relationship with aboriginal people. It has the largest number of distinct groups, yet the smallest percentage of land subject to treaty negotiations. While the province and aboriginal groups argue over who has the right to control the territory, private companies seeking access to natural resources are landlocked in the middle of a fight that is not their own.

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