Pros and Cons of Living In Vancouver, B.C. Canada (2019) | 100% Honest

So, you want to know about the pros and
cons of living in Vancouver? Well, in this video I’m gonna tell you about the five things that I love about Vancouver and the five things that I do not like about
Vancouver so stay tuned. Hey, everyone it’s Craig Veroni with RE/MAX Masters Realty here I’m a local real estate agent here in Vancouver, BC. I was
actually named one of the top 50 video influencers in real estate in North
America for the past two consecutive years for the way I utilize video to
sell my client’s homes and educate them as well. I should a ton of videos about what it’s like to live, love, and own here in
Vancouver so if you haven’t yet, subscribe to this channel, hit that
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moment that I have a new video out. I really want you to be able to stay up to
date on all the latest tips and insights into the Vancouver real estate market so
you can become an expert too. As I said, this video is about the five things that I love about Vancouver and the five things I don’t like about Vancouver
and I’m also going to include five things that kind of fall right in the
middle for me. So, let’s jump into it. The first thing I love about Vancouver are
the endless amount of activities that you can do in this city. Vancouver is
known for its active and outdoorsy lifestyle for good reason. The downtown
core of Vancouver is incredibly walkable. You know, for a big city we’re actually a
small city geographically so it’s very easy to walk from one end of the city to
the other. It also has a ton of bike lanes and bike paths for you to enjoy
not to mention the world-famous Stanley Park and its seawall. You know, this is one of the few cities in the world where you can go skiing in the morning, jump
into your kayak or onto your mountain bike mid-afternoon and still get in a
round of golf later that same day. Everything in this city is so close and
accessible. It’s why we love to spend so much time outdoors. Now, we’re also incredibly close to places like world-famous Whistler known
for its skiing on both Blackcomb and Whistler mountains. Not to mention all of the activities that you can do there year. We’re also very close to Kelowna which is known for its world-famous wine and
the wineries available to tour there. Not to mention Vancouver Island and all of
the beautiful islands in between and we’re just a stone’s throw away from the
Canada-U.S. border. Now with all those people moving around the city wanting to take advantage of the amazing activities it has to offer, it leads me to the first
con that I don’t like about Vancouver and that is the traffic. I know every
major city has its traffic issues and from what I know of the traffic in
Toronto, I really don’t think we have it so bad. But, traffic here in Vancouver can
definitely be a pain in the butt if you have to do a lot of commuting. Now if you
live here for a while you will get to know the the various shortcuts and
routes that you can take to move around the city and if your job allows you to
be flexible with when you drive, there are certainly are better times to be
moving around the city than others. And, if you are stuck in traffic, just focus
on the second thing that I love about Vancouver which is the scenery and
natural beauty of this city. Vancouver is gorgeous. I mean it’s a beautiful city with stunning natural beauty to look at in nearly every direction. If you aren’t busy staring at the ocean, it’s the mountains, or the trees, or the flowers,
and all of the lush greenery. Now our cityscape is gorgeous to look at
as well as is the iconic Lions Gate Bridge. Right there! And in the wintertime when the North Shore mountains are covered in snow, it’s a stunning sight! Now the flip side to all this lushness and greenery brings me to the second con for me about Vancouver which is all the rain. Yes, it does rain a lot here in Vancouver. and in the wintertime when we turn the clocks back it does get dark here around 4:30 pm. So, the days tend to feel a lot
shorter. So, if you’re one of those people who happens to be going to work early in
the morning, when it’s dark, and you don’t get home till 5:00 or 6:00 p.m., when
it’s dark, it can feel like a drag being in the dark all the time. Now, hopefully
you have an office with a window or you are able to get outside on your lunch
break. Here’s a look at the rainfall in Vancouver for the past year now as you can see November December and January were our wettest months. But, look. We live amongst rainforests which is really freaking cool. Did you know that BC is home to almost half of North America’s coastal
rainforests and close to 25% of the world’s temperate rainforests? Now that’s amazing. The towering coastal temperate rainforests of Vancouver Island are
globally rare covering less than 1% of the Earth’s surface. Now that’s pretty cool so yes we have to put up with the rain here in Vancouver but at least we don’t have to put up with minus 40 degree
winters and endless amounts of snow. So, just deal with it get out and enjoy the
rain you’re not made of sugar. You’re not going to melt. The third thing I love about Vancouver is its food and beverage scene. Now I’ve traveled a decent amount of my lifetime and I’ve eaten some amazing food around the world but my god are we spoiled here in Vancouver. The food in Vancouver is world-class and you can pretty much get anything and everything you want. Simply
pick a culinary ethnicity and we have some of the best in the world right here. That goes for the beer wine and spirits scene as well. B.C. is renowned for its wine. The various micro climates in B.C. produce some phenomenal wines. The
Okanagan is only four hours away and is home to some amazing wineries for you to
visit. Our craft brewery scene is incredible as well & we’re also home to award-winning vodkas gin and other spirits. Now the flip side to all of this
and the third con for me about Vancouver, is its cost of living. It’s expensive to
live in this city. I recently made a terrific video about the cost of living
in Vancouver and you can watch that here. Yes, food is expensive, gas is expensive,
and clothing is expensive. After all we are a world-class city and rated as one of the most livable cities in the world. So, naturally we’re going to attract
people from all over the world wanting to come live here as well that tends to
make things more expensive but that leads me to the fourth thing that I love
about Vancouver and that is its diversity. I think the people in Vancouver are awesome. and we have such a beautifully diverse culture here. Now I know Vancouver has a rep for being unfriendly and honestly I don’t know
where that comes from. I’ve lived here for over 40 years and I still meet new people on the street nearly every day who are
incredibly warm and friendly. I think if you’re a friendly and outgoing person then you’re going to attract the same kind of people to you and with all of
the local Facebook groups here in Vancouver, you’re bound to find people and meet new people with similar interests and values as yourself
Vancouver’s cultural diversity is definitely one of its strengths, in my
opinion. Living here allows you to get out and meet people from all over the
world and I love that. I love meeting people from other cultures and finding
out their stories and thankfully my job as a real estate agent allows me to do
that every day. as I said this is a world-class city that attracts people from all over the world who want to live here but one of the cons of that is that it does have an effect on real-estate prices here in Vancouver. Real estate is definitely expensive here in Vancouver and some xenophobic media outlets would
love for you to believe it’s because of foreign ownership. Now sure it does have some effect on real-estate prices here in the city as it does in any city around the world but it is not the sole or root cause of our lofty real estate
prices. Now trying to explain why real-estate prices are what they are in Vancouver is a complex discussion and would take way too long for this video
so I’m not gonna go there. as you do move outside of the city center to the neighbouring cities and communities, home and rental prices do get a little
cheaper. Emphasis on little. The fifth thing I love about Vancouver is its
water and air quality. The air is fresh here people and the water is amazing. It
comes out of the tap crisp, cold, and clean. We actually should be a no bottled
water city because there really is no need for bottled water in Vancouver. And
the fifth con about Vancouver would definitely have to be the price of gas.
We have the highest gas prices in Canada and for some reason nobody can tell us
why. Okay now here are five things which for me fall right in the middle. Meaning
I could go either way on them. Number one is transit. I know some people
are gonna complain about the transit in this city. Personally, I think it’s pretty
good. We have the Sea Bus the Skytrain and all the regular bus systems and I actually
think they’re very good. Now I live in North Vancouver and when I have to go to the airport with my family we don’t drive. We take the Sea Bus with our
carry-on luggage and then we hop on the Millennium Skytrain line straight out
to the airport. It only takes 40 minutes for us
door-to-door. Now you can’t drive there that fast it’s fantastic. Number two is that marijuana is legal here in Vancouver. Now I know some people are
ecstatic about the fact that it’s legal. I don’t partake personally so it really
doesn’t matter to me and I also don’t think that it being legal is a bad thing.
I certainly don’t agree with how the government has handled the whole thing
but that’s another matter. Number three. The amount of bike lanes in
the city. Now I know some people hate the bike lanes in Vancouver but for someone
who lived on his bike for three years while he attended college, I personally
think there is a need for them. We are simply following the lead of other
world-class cities around the world and if it’s working for them I don’t see why
it shouldn’t work for us as well. I think every city needs to offer its citizens
as many different modes of transportation as possible. Number four is the weather. Now, I know we talked about how much it can rain in Vancouver
in certain months but the other thing about the weather in Vancouver is that
it will change if you give it five minutes. it can be dark in pouring rain
one minute and brilliantly sunny the next. You really have to be prepared for
anything. The other thing about the weather in Vancouver is that when it is
sunny here Vancouver can’t be beat. It is simply stunning. Particularly in the
summer months. Okay the fifth thing that’s right in the
middle for me is the casual dress code here in Vancouver. Now some people hate
the ubiquitous Lululemon apparel and polar fleece. And it is also a fact that
no matter what time of the year it is in Vancouver you can always find someone
wearing shorts. It’s a fact. It’s hilarious. Now, look I’m an active outdoorsy guy myself so I have a lot of active wear
but I also like to dress up frequently and the terrific thing about Vancouver
is that you can just do you! So, there you have it. 5 things I love about Vancouver. 5 Things I don’t like about Vancouver and also 5 things that fall right in the middle for me. As I said, I’m a local real estate agent here in Vancouver. So, if you have any questions, or if you’re thinking of moving to Vancouver, or your job has you relocating here, give me a call.
I know Vancouver and its surrounding areas incredibly well. I’ve lived here
for over 40 years and I would love to help you find a home here as well. I hope you’ve enjoyed this video and if so, please, hit that thumbs up button, give it
a like don’t forget to leave a comment down in the comment section below. I’d
love to hear what your pros and cons are about Vancouver. And, as I said, I shoot a
ton of videos about what it’s like to live here in Vancouver so if you haven’t
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Have a fantastic day and remember this is where you Live. Love. Own. Vancouver!

Stephen Childs


  1. In this video I reveal the 5 things I love about Vancouver, the 5 things I don't like about it, and 5 things that fall right in the middle for me. Thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCf6Nu1XUpOfzOgxTMmZYNA/?sub_confirmation=1

  2. Every place has good and bad things about them – but Vancouver is one of the best cities on earth! It's beautiful, modern, and I love that you show it off!

  3. Hey Craig, another very informative video on your favorite city!

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