The Hidden Costs of the Neighbourhood You Choose

David Dodge | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

When you buy a house the first thing your eye goes to is the sticker price. But buying a home comes with a major hidden cost that doesn't show up in the MLS report: Transportation costs could more than eat up the savings of a lower-priced home in the suburbs. The concept is called location efficiency and it's the amount of time, energy and greenhouse gas emissions you spend getting from where you live to the workplace as well as your other frequent trips. And location efficiency may be the secret sauce to saving money and getting that house in the neighborhood you never thought you could afford.

Toronto Is Drowning in a Sea of High Rises

Jonathan Naymark | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada
Jonathan Naymark

When I mentioned to my New York real estate broker that I had relocated from Toronto he had one thing to say about the Big Smoke: "I've never seen so much construction in one place." Statistically, he's right. Few cities in North America rival the sheer amount of high-rises that are currently under construction in Toronto.

Vancouver Architects Create A Lot With A Little

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

When you think of an attic, what do you see? Probably something like this: But what if instead, it could look something like this? T...

Stop Fighting Higher, Denser Developments, Vancouver

Michael Hungerford | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Hungerford

For such a real estate rich city, Vancouverites have some fairly backwards attitudes, witnessed most recently in the vehement and emotional outbursts opposing high-density developments along transit lines. But what's wrong with a 20-storey tower? We need to think bigger and higher because in 20 years, we'll be standing outside the station on Cambie and looking at little 4-storey buildings and asking why we didn't.

Re-defining the D-Word: 'Density Done Well' in Vancouver

Brent Toderian | Posted 04.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Brent Toderian

Density can be the most controversial aspect of how cities and communities are planned. But smart and successful cities worldwide are now tackling "the D-Word" head on, and looking to model cities who have learned how to do density well, often with the scars to show for it. Vancouver is such a city.