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Absurd Property of the Week: Vancouver vs. Alberta

06/09/2013 02:35 EDT | Updated 08/09/2013 05:12 EDT

People keep complaining that I'm not comparing apples to apples.

Look, I honestly think that there are pros and cons to living anywhere - nowhere is perfect. But, for whatever reason, lots of people believe that Vancouver is incomparable to other places in Canada. I disagree. People live in lots of other cities in our country and for many different reasons. Yes, Vancouver is beautiful. Yes, we have a mild climate. Yes, our quality of life here is amazing! However we also have tons of rain, an out-of-control cost of living and -- absurd property prices.

Anyway, I digress. I'm on the last leg of my cross-Canada tour. Today we'll have a look at what your Canuck bucks will fetch you in Alberta.

First up is this $2-million home in Calgary.

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This designer arts and crafts house backs onto a huge public park. Over 5800 sq.ft. includes main floor master bedroom and a separate 700 sq. ft. legal self contained walk-out suite. Five fireplaces, three ensuite baths and pristine views from the gourmet kitchen.

Over in Edmonton, $2-million will fetch you this newer home:

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Right beside the golf course, this 11,000 sq. ft. home has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, library, great room and four car garage. There may still be snow on the ground, but you'll stay cozy and entertained in your home theatre!

Back in Cow Town, there's also this charming character home in prestigious Mount Royal:

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So much original charm still exists in this home, although it has been fully updated in the areas that matter like the kitchen and bathrooms. Gorgeous woodwork throughout as well as gleaming hardwood floors. Close to excellent schools, parks and shopping.

In Vancouver, I found this bungalow for $2-million and change.

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It does have a new furnace, roof and air conditioning system but the listing says the inside of the house is in original condition and "needs updating". Me thinks the bulldozer cometh.

 

Vancouver...are you f*%king kidding me?