We, like most North Vancouverites, consider our pets “family”.  And fortunately in our fair city – many buildings permit pets.  Frankly, we are such a pet-friendly city that it can be detrimental to your Apartment or Townhome’s market value should pets not be allowed!  That no-pets-no-rentals-no-BBQ’s rule really reads, “No fun here” !  While most of the time ‘pets’ means dogs or cats, most buildings allow fish & birds, but not snakes or reptiles …


Here are 5 buildings that welcome your four legged friends, and have other benefits, too:


One Park Lane (170 West 1st Street)



One of the most elegant and best-selling concrete buildings in Lower Lonsdale – in fact won a 2005 Georgie Award for “Best Residential Building in BC”.  Lucky 13 floors, and 117 apartments & townhomes.   Has a swanky foyer, Conceirge, Gym, Lounge, Theatre, Video Security, secure resident & guest parking, bike lockers.  Adjacent to Jack Loucks Park (where, funny enough, dogs are prohibited??!)

Small dogs and/or cats to a maximum of two (2) with a weight restriction.

 

 

Vista East & Vista West at Hamersley Park (333-365 East 1st Street)



A collection of 140 apartments, built in 2 phases; in Craftsman Tudor style, AND with rain screen exterior by reputable and still-in-business, Ledingham McAllister.  This is a super quiet location, and indeed across from Hamersley Park, and just steps to the waterfront & cool places like historic Hamersley House, Finch & Barley, and the Juicery.  Two pets permitted here, too – dogs, cats or one of each.  No weight restriction.


The “Q” – 124 West 1st Street


Popular & very well kept concrete building, built in 2001 when a one bedroom, 610 sq ft home here cost between $129,900 & $155,900 – and a 2B 2B suite of almost 900 sq ft set you back $200 - $250K.   73 really great suites here, no rentals permitted, but up to three pets.  Many of these homes have spectacular views, large patios / terraces and spacious floor plans.  Steps to Buddha-full Juice Bar & eatery, Waves coffee, Obsession Bikes, and some really great Pizza.

 


“Burham Court” – 222 East 5th Street



One of Noort Developments’ very first projects in North Vancouver (1998).  19 beautiful townhomes, measuring about 1500 sq ft each.  This complex is a shining example of good maintenance, and has always sold well.   Most recent sale was $891,000 in Dec ‘15.  Lovely generous floor plans, good outdoor space, well landscaped, well built, and this part of 5th Street is really pretty.  “Standard” Bylaws apply here in regard to pets, so that is 1 cat or 1 dog.  A great favorite of ours; ticks all the boxes, but people move in & stay – so very few come up for sale.

 

15 West – 150 West 15th Street



OK, so technically “Central” Lonsdale, but WOW – so good we couldn’t resist.  A Citimark / Grosvenor project.  Gorgeous views from many suites in this all concrete building.  18 stories, lots of glass, party room, gym, meeting room, tons of visitor parking (thank goodness – have you tried to park middle of Lonsdale these days ?), a beautiful lobby with soaring ceilings (so nice to come home to), some MASSIVE patios and HUGE storage lockers and private garages for the PH suites.  Delicious.  2 pets permitted in this very urban – super high quality building.  Take your pet one block North to Fur-Doos grooming!

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The BC government introduced its 2016 budget February 16th, and there is some really good news here. The budget included a number of items intended to affect affordability and availability in the Lower Mainland’s housing market.  Here’s a summary:

Property Transfer Tax (PTT)

• a New Housing exemption will apply to newly built homes or newly subdivided units priced up to $750,000, saving buyers up to $13,000; and

• a partial exemption will apply on newly built homes priced $750,000 to $800,000.

• a new 3% PTT rate will apply to the portion of a home sale that exceeds $2 million. For homes that sell for below $2 million, the PTT will continue to apply at a rate of 1% on the first $200,000 and 2% on the balance. 


These changes will take effect on February 17, 2016. 


Data collection

Starting this summer, individuals and corporations buying property must disclose if they are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and if neither, their home country. These changes will provide information on the volume of foreign investment in BC. 


Home Owner Grant

The Home Owner Grant threshold will increase to $1.2 million from $1.1 million for the 2016 tax year.

Affordable housing

The province will invest $355 million to help the BC Housing Management Commission support more than 2,000 affordable housing units for residents with low-to-moderate incomes.  


Additional Government resources:

Read the Housing Affordability Backgrounder. Read the Budget Speech. (Opens 24-page pdf)

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