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5 Great Things About Deep Cove

5 Great Things About Deep Cove

The Backdrop of Mountains and Ocean Bleed Into Your Soul

Deep Cove is a hidden gem nestled at the very eastern edge of North Vancouver. An Oasis of a neighbourhood that has transformed immensely over the years. I’m telling you that there must be something in the water here. It’s not a legendary tale or myth, but a true story of those from here. Deep Cove has bred some truly talented and famous people, from NHL hockey players to Olympic Athletes.  The reason being is what Deep Cove has just in its backyard. The backdrop of mountains and ocean bleed into your soul.

So by now Deep Cove is no secret, just try going there on a beautiful sunny weekend day in the summer. Good luck at finding any parking, unless you have friends or family here. It is truly a crazy, busy place during this time of year. But that’s not the only time of year it’s busy. It seems that what Deep Cove has to offer is something that people want all year around.

I could talk about 5 things just in my below list of Usual Suspects. But this area has so much more to offer, some that only the locals know and some that deserve to be spoken about. So instead of just focusing on what every other blog will talk about.

Let’s also talk about the other things that make Deep Cove truly special.

1. The Usual Suspects 

  • Quarry Rock – An nice little hike that has a great payoff at the end. A view that overlooks the Cove and the Marina. There’s a reason that it’s hard to find parking when visiting Deep Cove, this is one of the major culprits. On any given weekend you will see the hoards of people flocking here to make this a part of their day. It really is a great hike, great for those who don’t want anything crazy and intense like the Grouse Grind. But also those who want to run up and down as exercise or take their dog for a good little outing. Be sure to leash your pet at the top, their noses will guide them to everyones treats and into some trouble with the cliffs.
  • Deep Cove Kayak – Perfectly placed within the sheltered waters of Deep Coves Inlet at Panorama Park. You will have the chance to rent a Kayak, stand up paddle board (SUP) or canoe. Then venture up Indian Arm, 25 km of water surrounded by mountains, scattered with secluded beaches and islands.
  • Honey’s Doughnuts – A charming hidden gem of a spot. Well, not really hidden at all, try walking by it on a sunny summer day. The crowds of people will make you want to check out whats going on. The doughnuts in hands will make your mouth water and soon you will find yourself in line. This is a must stop spot, especially after a hike up Quarry Rock or a walk around the water.
  • The Raven – Those who know, know of The Raven. The pub hosting locals for generations, is a staple for Deep Cove. It’s a 100% chance that you will run into someone you know here if you grew up in Deep Cove. The local watering hole that all Deep Cove residents have grown up with is about to change dramatically. As some major development is coming but The Raven will stay, it just will be moved down to the corner. The very corner that’s the gateway to Deep Cove. Do yourself a favour and get there now, order a pizza and a pint.
  • Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers – It’s no secret that the Craft Beer industry has taken over Vancouver. So where better to have a brewery than Deep Cove. Now this isn’t based in Deep Cove but rather a short distance away, still in North Vancouver. A great stop to have some food, beer and even spirits. As they too are a distillery and make their own Gin and Vodka. If there on the weekend you’ll be surprised with some live music.

2. Mount Seymour

Deep Cove residents are serious spoiled when it comes to nature and all its benefits. Here’s a list of some of my favourite spots to venture. Now the mountain in question here is Mount Seymour, located near Deep Cove in North Vancouver. A local ski hill that has so many other benefits to offer. Some for summer, some for winter.

  • The Trails – There are too many trails to mention. Whether you are a mountain biker, hiker or trail runner. This is where you must visit and explore. Just get up to the top of this mountain and see where the trails take you. You will even find some great trailheads along your way up.
  • Dog Mountain – Okay so I get it, you started reading the portion above and it went nowhere. You ask yourself why doesn’t he at least mention one trail to explore. So here we are, Dog Mountain is a must hike. Whether in the summer or winter. The beauty of this trail is its great all year round. Amazing trail to take your dog on, and when you get to the top the pay off is huge. At least as long as it’s a clear day. An amazing view of the city below and views that extend forever.
  • Mystery Lake – This took me 20 years to find. It actually took a Deep Cove local (My Wife) to tell me about it. Sure it’s called Mystery Lake, but it’s no longer a mystery to many. But in the summer this is a great swimming hole, one that’s made for hanging out with friends, family and your dog. A short hike from the parking lot at the top of Mount Seymour.

3. Northlands Golf Course

  • Northlands Golf Course – This is must on any golfers list, one of the best courses Vancouver has to offer. At the fingertips of Deep Cove locals and showcasing all that North Vancouver has. Set in the mountains and tough terrain, a challenging but fun course. One that will make you come back again and again. Do yourself a favour, get a golf cart or at least a pull cart. Nothing worse than wasting all your energy on a sore back after hauling your clubs on this course. Trust me, I’ve been there and done that for you.

4. The Ocean

The true beauty of Deep Cove and what it truly has is the Ocean that surrounds it. Get yourself out there someway, somehow. Rent a paddle board or kayak. Maybe if you are one of the lucky ones you have access to a boat. Either way be sure to explore one or more of these options below.

  • Jug Island – A short paddle away but a great payoff at the end. You will approach Jug Island if you head straight out from the Deep Cove Marina. Once you are there, head across to the adjacent beach and have yourself a picnic. It’s here that your mind will be blown that you are actually now at Belcarra Park, Port Moody. Port Moody?! Yup, that’s right Port Moody is this close to Deep Cove.
  • Twin Islands – This is about double the distance of Jug Island away from the marina. But a great location to call your hub. You can even camp overnight here and will probably see one of the local cliff jumping into the ocean. Do so at your own risk but you must make this one of your stops when put in the water. Hike around the island, it’s really a small island but a great time to be had.
  • Granite Falls – Located 18km up Indian Arm from Deep Cove Marina. I would recommend boating to this but it can be done in a kayak. You’ll want to camp when you get here if done this way. But these waterfalls are awesome, flowing hundreds of feet down a rock fdace. Truly a must if you can find a way to get here.
  • Cates Park – Really a location that most would drive to but a good spot none the less. A ton of different beaches spread across this park and if you find yourself on the water. This is a family fun park to picnic at or pick up a friend while on the water. Odds are you’ll see a movie being filmed here at any given time.

5. The Village of Deep Cove

The Village of Deep Cove has so much to offer on its own. A village full of mom and pop boutique shops like Cafe Orso for your coffee fix. Also shops like Room 6 which is full of little special things you would love or love to give as a gift.

Deep Cove embodies a cabin like lifestyle with a year round setting that’s been built by the locals over generations. You will find yourself wanting more and in fact probably checking out local listings. Reconsidering where you live and thinking maybe, just maybe I can afford a place here.

Trust me when I tell you that this is a great neighbourhood to raise a family. Even better for the kids as they grow up with this as their backyard.

Lucas McCann is an Realtor with the G+D Real Estate Team. A 2017 President’s Club Team (Top 1% of Realtors in Greater Vancouver.

Let me know if you are looking to have any questions answered.

Contact Me at lucas@gdrealestate.ca

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5 Great Things About Living in Coquitlam

5 Great Things About Living in Coquitlam

So Let’s Talk About What I Love In The Area.

Coquitlam is by far the largest city in the Tri-Cities and really this list could have 10-20 things on it. So for now in this first part I want to outline the things I love about Coquitlam. I hope you enjoy!

1. Town Centre Park & Lafarge Lake: A 1.2-kilometre trail loops this popular urban lake in Town Centre Park, offering views of both mountains and the city. This is right in the town centre and is home to many sporting events and activities year round. A great place to walk and clear your head while not having to stray too far away to some of the other local trails. Only steps away from the Lafarge Lake Skytrain Station.

‘Tis the season to mark down this event in your calendar. The Lafarge Lake Lights is a free attraction with community engagement, family fun, and plenty of photo opportunities! Follow the path  around the lake and you’ll go through themed light zones.

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5 Great Things About Living in Port Moody

5 Great Things About Living in Port Moody

So Let’s Talk About What I Love About The Area.

Port Moody is a great city to call home and also to visit. It’s comprised of some amazing mom and pop shops, local breweries and restaurants. A great place for families, young and old couples, plus your family pet. You really will fall in love with what it has to offer and probably will be blown away on your first visit. A visit that may have you considering relocation to the suburbs.

1. The Neighbourhood: Port Moody is set up into different sections of hoods and areas. There’s Newport Village, Suter Brook Village, Brewers Row (not technically a hood per say) but I like to call it one, Anmore, Heritage Mountain, Moody Centre and more. But these are the ones I venture to on a regular basis. What I love most about these areas is that each one has its own character. I’ll write more about it soon but for a quick example.

  • Newport Village has a laid back vibe with Brown’s Restaurant (Great summertime patio), Gallaghers Cafe (Be sure to pick up a stamp card for your coffees, Buy 10 get 1 free), Kin’s Market (Fresh Veggies), St. James Well (The perfect local pub, great food and rotating taps), and The Runners Den (An amazing local shoe store for those avid runners).
  • Suter Brook Village has a Thifty Foods (great grocery store, be sure to get a beautiful bouquet of flowers and fresh sushi made on site), Romers Burgers (Great spot to watch the game), Starbucks (There’s another one in Newport Village too), Sango Sushi (best Beef Yaki Soba I’ve had so far in town).
  • Moody Centre has a lot to offer too, but my favourite is the Original’s Café Mexicano (placed in a house, cool atmosphere), Taps & Tacos (amazing happy hour, must try is the Korean Pork Taco), and Rosa’s Cucina Italiana restaurant (Prepare to wait for a table, but a must in Port Moody) plus Gabi & Jules Handmade Pies and Baked Goodness (you must stop and get one, even just a slice…absolutely no excuse).
  • Brewers Row; please read below at number 3.

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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying an Investment Property

Investment Property

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying an Investment Property

Using your hard-earned money should mean that you do your research when buying an Investment Property. So be sure to do your researchThe goal is to start your portfolio off successfully. I recommend looking outside your area and trust in your Realtor®. They will guide you in the right direction. Almost every prospect requires that you start out low and work your way up. Real estate investments are no different. It’s important to begin with a solid property before finding a challenge. Start out with smaller, cheaper properties that you can afford and look into rents in that area.

If you look in Maple Ridge for example, you can buy a $199,900 property that can bring in $1200 a month in rent. With 20% down you’ll be bringing in a positive cash flow, after mortgage and strata fees are paid. Be it a small return but it’s a return none the less. That’s exactly what you want to be doing, which is making money. So think outside the box and start small. Once you’ve got the hang of it then you can add to your portfolio. In no time you’ll have 5-10 properties and be on the way to financial freedom.

The prices in Greater Vancouver are inflated, so learn other areas in BC. Reason being is that the prices in the surrounding areas are better. Making it easier to get into the market at an affordable price. So instead of buying a $600,000 downtown property, maybe think of investing elsewhere. This is so that you can grow that positive cash flow.

Plenty of challenges accompany the current real estate market. So those who invest in real estate without proper preparation might suffer the negative consequences. If you’re interested in beginning a rental property business…

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The Sunny Side Of Moving To The Suburbs

The Sunny Side Of Moving To The Suburbs

The battle is between the city and the suburbs but also what it is that you want out of life. The quality versus the quantity, the conversation will always continue. Each has it’s benefits and drawbacks. I became kind of a suburbanite this year, and I continue to be pleasantly surprised by my new community and everything it has to offer.

Here are some advantages that could tip the scales in favour of the outskirts.

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The Perfect Date Night In Port Moody

Port Moody Date Night

The Perfect Date Night In Port Moody

It can also be just a great time with friends too!

As you can tell by now. I’m a huge fan of Port Moody and what it has to offer.
So today’s blog is going to be about those times when you’re looking for something to do. Something a little different but still around what Port Moody has to offer.
This is a date night that I recently went on with my Fiancée. It was one of the best times I’ve had here. I’m already looking to rinse and repeat it with her again.
So it all started on a random night that she told me, we need to go on a date soon. “It’s been so long since you and I went on one“. She in a round-about but direct way said “you should take me out on a date” which we all know means It should be soon and by soon I mean very soon. So I knew I only had a couple of days to pull this off.
A couple of days went by and I was racking my brain on what to do. I wanted to keep it local and still make it different from what we usually do. We love going and walking the area, usually down the trails towards Rocky Point then hit up a brewery, food truck and head home. Maybe we stop at Browns for cheap pizza night (Sunday or Monday) or sushi.
But this time I had to think about what we haven’t done and what would make for a great night. I did all this research and realized there needs to be more info and resources to help others out in this situation. So I had to think outside the box, and I remembered driving by a couple of places that I keep saying to myself that we need to go there someday. That’s when I decided that this is what we are going to do.

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The 3 Key Villages in Port Moody

The 3 Key Villages in Port Moody

Let’s talk about something important for just a moment.

Port Moody is one of three cities in the Tri-Cities. The other two are Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. But this focus is on Port Moody and specifically the three villages that are perfectly positioned within it (Newport Village, Suter Brook Village, and Klahanie Village). Port Moody really is a hidden gem that is growing so much and will be a completely different place very, very soon.

Port Moody is North Vancouver’s Lonsdale before it was what it is today. Port Moody is North Vancouver’s Deep Cove before it was what it is today. It is made up of some really great neighbourhoods and areas that you must get to know.

So let’s just talk today about these 3 Key Villages in Port Moody.

1. Newport Village; This Village is on the corner of Ioco Road and Guildford Way and is home to many great establishments. Newport Village has a laid back vibe feeling to it. More of an older demographic as it is the older of the 3 villages but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking life. It’s actually full of life! This location is very close proximity to Eagle Ridge Hospital. So a great place to be located should you want to be close to this.

I visit this village on almost a daily basis. I use it as an excuse to go to the cozy coffee shop Gallaghers Cafe (Be sure to pick up a stamp card for your coffees, Buy 10 get 1 free). This is a great place to people watch and it has a covered patio. So on those rainy days grab a warm coffee and get some work done. It’s a good place to stop when walking your dog as they have a secret cookie jar of treats for them. Also nestled in Newport is Brown’s Restaurant, a must have for an area like this. Really one of our must go places if we don’t feel like cooking or just wanting to get out of the house. This Browns has one of the best patios in the city. Great in the summer time of course. Another great stop is St James’s Well Pub. Live music on the weekends and always packed then too. Looking for a great spot to watch the hockey game or football game, really any sporting event, this pub is for you.

There really are so many great shops in this Village. Everything you need is here, you really don’t have to leave this village at all.

  • Newport Village Real Estate Info (One Bedroom)  – Click Here
  • Newport Village Real Estate Info (Two Bedroom)  – Click Here
  • Newport Village Real Estate Info (Townhouses)     – Click Here

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Pros and Cons of Buying a Pre-Sale Condo.  

Pros and Cons of Buying a Pre-Sale Condo.  

Let’s get down to the brass tax of a new build and Pre-sales. As I’m sure you are seeing all of their beautiful marketing. That place looks so nice and enticing. But make sure to take a step back to understand the advantages and disadvantages of buying a pre-sale condo. Especially in a market like Vancouver and its surrounding areas like Port Moody, North Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster.

Sun Towers at 4458 Beresford Street, Burnaby, BC – Developers Belford Properties Click Here for Details

 Advantages:

1.) Beautiful New Condo Building

Can you imagine yourself as the first owner of that new place? Everything is shiny and clean, has a great design and top technology. Many new buildings in Vancouver are LEED certified and are built to be greener and more environmentally sustainable in design, construction and operation than older buildings. Typically they too have state of the art fibre optic cabling too. Great for options when it comes to your digital needs like phone and internet.

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Location or Quality – Which to Prioritize in Terms of Your Investment?

Location or Quality – Which to Prioritize in Terms of Your Investment?

Is it better to focus on the neighbourhood or state of the property listing – or can you get both? 

I suggest that you should choose location, every time, especially in the Vancouver market. Even in its surrounding areas, like New Westminster, Burnaby, Port Moody and North Vancouver. These are all great locations that have some good neighbourhoods to keep an eye on. It will appreciate more in time.

Things to keep mind are that the quality of a home can change – or be changed – but location never can, and it’s the most crucial aspect of property value.

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6 Tips For Choosing A Neighbourhood To Live In

6 Tips For Choosing A Neighbourhood To Live In

What is important to you when choosing a neighbourhood to live in?

It’s easy to say but is it really that easy to achieve. When trying to choose a new place to call home, one of the many factors that you have to keep in mind is neighbourhood. I may be biased, but I have lived in Kerrisdale, South Granville, Commercial Drive, Downtown (Yaletown and Westend), North Vancouver and now Port Moody.

I have to say when it comes to my lifestyle and personality, the North Shore of the Tri-Cities, Port Moody has everything I need. Being so close to the trails and mountains for hiking, trail running, swimming, paddle boarding, breweries, boating and so much more is what I love. The market is still reasonable too, I mean it’s crazy if you are to compare it to other cities across Canada but when it comes to Greater Vancouver Port Moody has amazing upside in its pricing. But is it within the confines of what’s important to you?

That’s what really matters. What is important to you when choosing a neighbourhood to live in?

Here are 6 tips to consider:

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