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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


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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5 Tips For Helping You Sell Your Home Fast & For More Money

5 Tips For Helping You Sell Your Home Fast & For More Money

It’s that time in your life where you’ve decided to sell your home. That’s amazing and I truly hope you get exactly what you want. But what if I told you that there are some tricks to help sell your home. Tricks that are actually tips but you get what I’m saying. These tips will help you sell your home fast and for more money. Sure some of these tips are common sense but you would be surprised on how many of these are not utilized. So let’s get into this portion of the writing.

I imagine that if you are reading this and thinking of selling fast. You just want to get to the point.

Here’s a Small List to Help You on Your Journey

1. Hire A Marketing Genius Realtor: Okay so what does this mean exactly. Well what if I told you the one Realtor who has helped you before or is the first person you’ve been referred… is not your guy? It’s true that there are some bad Realtors out there. Ones that don’t have your best interest at heart, ones that are not adapting to the new age of tech.

You need to consider that one Realtor who is also a marketing genius. The one that has his or her pulse on all of todays technology, social media platforms and can think outside the box. So be sure to check out there Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and all others…even SnapChat.

2. Stage, Stage and Stage Your Home: I can personally guarantee that staging your home will sell your home faster and for more money. Now there are different ways to go about this. You can hire a staging company or maybe your Realtor stages for you. This is all dependant on where you are selling but staging is a must.

I get that you love that computer desk or old piano. I get that your couch has been in the family for generations. Great…you can take those with you when you sell. But the buyer who is coming to look at your house is going to judge your place on how it looks from the inside and outside.

So when they walk in to your home you may as well have that perfectly placed painting or photo. That beautiful table and couch. Those perfectly placed accents scattered around. take away any and all distractions and let the buyer in on an experience. One that will have them actually asking to buy the furniture from you in their offer. Seriously…this happens when you stage. Your buyers will make a bigger and better offer and will even try to buy all the furniture and things around. You of course can’t sell it if it’s not your stuff but that goes to show how effective it was.

This will single-handedly be the best thing you can do when selling your home. Even if you use your own stuff, have a professional come in to give you some ideas of what to do and where to put things.

3. Take Professional Photos: Yep…that’s right! Professional photos are a must. I get that your iPhone is the best on the market. That you consider yourself a great photographer. But it is a proven stat that professional Real Estate photos make for a fast sale and drive the value up on your property.

Do not let your Realtor be cheap and make sure that they get professional photos done. A beautiful photo that is perfectly focused instead of blurry speaks a thousand words. Odds are the buyers of your home are looking at these photos online first and judging for themselves whether to come to the Open House or not.

In fact odds are like 100% chance that they are doing that!

4. Have Open Houses: That’s right, have an Open House. It seems like utter common sense but you would be surprised at how many people don’t do them. They’ll go ahead and say stuff like, appointment only or the photos are online. There are Realtors out there that will do everything to convince you not to do an Open House…Seriously they are out there. How they still have a business and are getting business is beyond me.

It’s pretty obvious that by having an Open House and applying all these tips will bring people in to your place. That in turn will have people talking about your place, which will put even more eyes on the sale of your house. This in turn will help you sell fast and for even more money.

Reminder – Be open to all availability for your Realtor to show your home. Even before and after the Open Houses. Some buyers just can’t make it to the Opens that are available.

5. Landscaping: This is a must for any home seller. Even if you are selling a Townhouse or Condo. Make sure that the buyers first impression of the place is amazing. Imagine the difference of a place that has garage outside and haven’t raked up the leaves if it’s the fall. Compared to a perfectly manicured property and mowed lawn. Even if you have a small garden on the patio of your condo, apply this tip. It will work.

Every little detail in selling your home will go above and beyond. Think about using some white little rocks around the plant beds or planting some fresh flowers in the front. This first impression will be in your favour if you do.

So now you know some great tips about how to sell your home fast one for more. Now comes the time that you have a great educated idea of what your home is worth before you apply these.

CLICK HERE to find out what your home is worth.


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


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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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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How To Be Prepared When Buying Your Next Home

Buying a new home

How to be Prepared when Buying your Next Home.

Sometimes Buying A New Home Is Tough But It Doesn’t Have To Be.

The road isn’t easy when buying a new home in Real Estate. Especially in this crazy market in British Columbia. When it comes to Condos and Townhouses, it is very competitive for buyers. You would love for it to be as simple as making an offer and having it accepted. So how do you make yourself prepared for the ups and downs that are ahead of you?

Well think of it like this:

Here are 3 steps to consider when buying your next home.

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5 Reasons to Own Your Home

5 Reasons to Own Your Home…What Are You Doing and Why?!

It feels weird to me when I hear so much talk about how high rents are in the city. It feels so weird to me when I hear people say they will never be able to own. As I have grown up in this great city of Vancouver, there has been this shift in the minds of many that owning is impossible. That renting is acceptable.

“This is the way of life now they say.”

Let’s take a closer look at reasons to OWN YOUR HOME.

5 Reasons to Own Your Home

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Top 4 Neighbourhoods in White Rock & South Surrey

Top 4 Neighbourhoods in White Rock & South Surrey

White Rock & South Surrey are well-known for its seaside lifestyle. Laid back and ready for a great cabin like life, this is the city for you. Only 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver, yet still far enough away to feel like a retreat. Here are some of the great neighbourhoods to check out when considering buying in White Rock & South Surrey

Crescent Beach

This is the best beach in South Surrey. Far better than the busier White Rock Beach. The beachfront has a walking path and some amazing unique homes. Very quiet and relaxing during the off-season portion of the year. It is of course a busy hotspot during the summer but a great place to call home. As should these seaside communities, this is dog friendly too.

People have said that they love having this beauty just a walking distance from their home. It has a small community feel where people take the time to say hello….you dont get that anymore. Living near crescent beach affords nature enthusiasts plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy beautiful ocean views and outdoor fun.

This area honestly feels like a vacation spot, yet is an amazing place to call home.

This is the average cost of condo’s in this area. CLICK HERE

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7 Must Have Apps Both Personally And Professionally

7 Must Have Apps Both Personally And Professionally

The Remote Control of Life

Your phone is your life — you use it for everything from your Social Media consumption to your Camera to your primary email outlet. But it could also be so much more than that, if only you have the proper tools in your utility belt. So be sure to add these apps to your arsenal.

If you really think about it. Your smart phone is the remote control of life nowadays. What are most people doing when they have a spare moment. If it’s in a line up at the coffee shop or when a commercial comes on their tv, and most of the time even while they are watching their favourite shows. Most people at this point are on their phones all the time.

So let’s talk about that for a second. If most people are on their phones, doesn’t it make sense that as a Realtor or Entrepreneur you should be focused on making the best of it. That’s where the world is going. Your newspaper and tv ads are marketing dollars being thrown in the garbage. It’s now time to focus on being on the go and using your phone as it’s now meant. That’s to be your computer on the go. You need it to manage your notes and draft your blogs, vlogs and marketing content.

I’ve put together a list of the most useful apps every modern Realtor, Entrepreneur and Anyone should have on their phone.

  1. Facebook – When it comes to all your personal and professional needs, Facebook is a must have. Not only can it help organize your life by keeping you updated with things like friends birthdays. It also is a must have tool for your business life. Being able for such a small amount to market to your exact target audience. Facebook is killing it in this aspect. As a Realtor you can spend hours walking door to door and dropping off flyers or you can spend minutes setting up a marketing campaign for less money. It will reach way more people too, up to thousands of people a day. Try walking to a thousands houses a day…Good Luck!
  2. Instagram – As you may know or maybe you don’t. Instagram is owned by Facebook but it is a great tool for your business. You can use all the hashtags you want to reach to the people you need. With a great flowing account you will be sure to have a great following. As a professional this is a great platform to pick up leads as you can see exactly who is liking your photos and commenting too. Plus now with Instagram stories you can add your human element to your business so that your clients and potential clients can see you grind.
  3. Evernote – This is a must have for any business professional. It’s a great place to securely keep your notes. Inspiration strikes anywhere. Evernote lets you capture, nurture, and share your ideas across any device. You can write a note or send a photo to Evernote. Then when you get home. It will be synced to your system there to pick it up without missing a step.
  4. Studio – One of favourite tools. There are so many other apps out there that are similar to this. Like Canva which is great for your computer. But when it comes to your phone and apps this is a must. I can take a picture and add some great text to it for my marketing. What’s great about Studio as well is that you can browse other people’s work. You can then use what they have created or you can edit theirs to your liking. Whats great is that it’s so easy to use and can be set up to automatically share on your social media.
  5. Flipboard – This is a great tool for any one who has specific likes. Maybe you are looking for articles on Real Estate or Technology. Well this is that app for you, it’s a personal magazine that scours the internet for specific articles you are interested in on any industry you want. Sometimes you just want to read about the city you are living in or a specific subject without have to go to google to search on it.
  6. FilmoraGo – Now when it comes to video editing. Good luck in finding an app that makes it as easy as this. For anyone who is looking to makes videos for their business. This is the place to go. You can add text and music to your videos and as an added benefit the desktop platform is so easy to use. Instead of paying top dollar for Final Cut Pro, the app is free and the desktop platform is such a good value. I recommend it for anyone looking to add an extra level to their business. Imagine being at a great event and sitting at the coffee shop to make a quick edit, add text, music and then share it to your clients. Yes Please!
  7. Magisto – Looking to put together a quick video to post to your friends on business page. This is a must, so easy that all you have to do is open the app. At this point you hit make a movie, then pick your theme, pick the photos and videos you want to add, pick your music, add a title. Maggots will do the rest for you. In as little as 1 minute you can have a great video to add to your social media platforms. Be sure to look into upgrading to the business profile. It does coast some money but at this point you can add your logo and edit even more things.

So do yourself a favour and add these tools to your utility belt. It will help you in all aspects of your life, both personally and professionally. Be sure to click on the links of the apps as that will take you directly to the apps page to download.

Stay in touch and ask me if you are looking for any other suggestions.

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