Charming old house in spectacular Vancouver

Charming old house in spectacular Vancouver

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 baths

About our home

Our 1913 house has been thoroughly updated but retains lots of funky charm. In front there's a patio surrounded by a "jungle" of bamboo and other subtropicals. In back a deck overlooking lush plantings and a vegetable garden plus greenhouse, fig tree and more. We're located in the ultra-leafy Dunbar area, a short walk from Pacific Spirit Park and a short drive from UBC, beaches, golf courses and Vancouver's buzzing downtown. It's one of the nicest neighbourhoods in a city that is considered one of the most beautiful and livable in the world. Jim and Jessie are empty nesters who will consider various possibilities, especially Europe in summer and warmer places in the winter. (Be warned that Vancouver is pretty damp from November through March, but that said, there's a lot going on here, and the city's three local mountain resorts are only a half-hour's drive while Whistler is maybe 90 minutes.) We have a cat, but she can move into the self-contained suite occupied by our adult son.

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  1. We have done six wonderful swaps.
  2. Jim's a writer; Jessie has just retired.
  3. We like a lot of things, but we love to golf.

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Where is it?

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Buzzy restaurants
Our immediate neighbourhood is kind of sleepy, though there are several sushi joints and coffee shops within walking distance, as well as the nationally regarded bakery/coffee shop Butter. We're a seven-minute drive from one of Vancouver's liveliest neighbourhoods, Kitsilano, and even closer to another spot, Kerrisdale, that also has lots to offer.
Cool bars
Not so much, though there are a couple of OK spots within walking distance. There are plenty in Vancouver, of course, and we're well served by transit.
Cozy cafés
Two coffee hangouts within a couple of blocks.
Retail therapy
Nearby Kerrisdale is home to several notable shops. Kitsilano and the Main Street area are 10 minutes or so away by car.
Bit of culture
We're very close to UBC, with its world-famous archaelogy museum and Chan Centre. Vancouver is a significant contemporary art capital, and a culturally oriented place in general: Berlin or Brooklyn, but with mountains and totem poles.
Walks in the park
We're a short walk from Pacific Spirit Park, the forest of several hundred acres that surrounds the University of British Columbia. Also a few blocks away is the tiny agricultural enclave called Southlands, a favouite haunt of the horsey set. And Vancouver is set on the ocean within a wilderness of gorgeous mountains and forest. You can step off a suburban cul de sac and walk north for six days before reaching the next road.
Spot of exercise
There are five golf courses within a five-minute drive (though three are private) and seven within 10 minutes. Pacific Spirit Park is full of biking and walking trails, and the beaches are just 10 minutes away.
Day tripping
Whistler, Victoria, Seatlle and various Gulf Islands are all less than thre hours away. Vancouver's rugged north shore is a half-hour; beaches are a few minutes. And there is easy access to the rest of British Columbia, as well as Washington State, with all they have to offer.

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