West Vancouver is a suburb of Vancouver located just 10 minutes from the Downtown core, across from the Lions Gate Bridge. The city spans from the bridge (which I see as the border of West Vancouver and North Vancouver) all the way to the Coast, and continues for a short while up north.
With very little commercial zoning and zero industrial zoning, West Vancouver is a primarily residential city. As a result the city is very quiet, and there is even a by-law prohibiting business to stay open for 24 hours a day (the 7-Eleven in Ambleside closes up for an hour).
Most of the shopping in West Vancouver is located on Marine Drive, a main thoroughfare which runs just a couple of streets up from the beaches. There are also small restaurants, ice cream shops and retail stores on Bellevue Avenue, just a block south of Marine Drive.
West Vancouver is home to the most popular beach on the North Shore, Ambleside Beach, as well as Dundurave Beach. They are both very family friendly sandy beaches, with children’s playgrounds available as well as fishing at the pier. Ambleside Beach also offers a par 3 golf course and a dog park. The West Vancouver Centennial Seawall runs approximately 3 km between the two beaches, and offers fantastic views of Stanley Park and the Vancouver Westside.
Known as Canada’s most affluent city, West Vancouver, surrounded by mountains and the ocean, is one of the most desirable areas to live around Vancouver. The school district here is the best in the province; class sizes are smaller and the equipment is superior compared to other districts. Sentinel High School is West Vancouver’s French Immersion school.
Deadline is approaching! At the end of January 2010, the Federal Home Renovation Tax Credit incentive, part of Canada’s economic action plan, will be coming to an end. If you’re a Canadian homeowner and were thinking of a kitchen remodel or finally landscaping your front or back yard…time to move.
Here’s the low-down on the Home Renovation Tax Credit.
What is it? : It’s a federal non-refundable tax credit based on eligible expenses for improvements to your house, condo or cottage exceeding $1,000 but not more than $10,000.
Maximum credit: $1,350.
Valid period: Purchases made before February 1, 2010.
Eligible expenses must be of an enduring nature and integral to your property (no, new TVs or lawn mowers don’t count, sorry).
Be sure to get your contracts in writing, and keep your receipts. Claim the credit on your 2009 income tax return at the time of filing.
Examples of Eligible Expenses:
- Kitchen, bathroom, basement renovations
- New windows, doors, flooring
- Major remodels such as building an addition, garage, deck, shed or fence
- A new furnace, woodstove, fireplace, water softener, water heater
- A new driveway or resurfacing a driveway, re-shingling a roof, or painting of a house
- Landscaping- new sod, perennial shrubs and flowers, trees, etc
- Swimming pools (must be permanent, in and above ground)
- Fixtures- blinds, shades, shutters, awnings, lights, fans, etc
- Associated costs such as permits, professional services, equipment rentals, and incidental expenses
Examples of Non-eligible Expenses
- Furniture, appliances, tools, and audio and visual electronics
- Routine repairs, maintenance and cleaning (eg. furnace cleaning, snow removal, lawn care, pool cleaning, house cleaning)
- Financing costs
For more information on the tax credit, call 1-877-959-1CRA or visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
Hope that you’ve all had a fantastic holiday season and a great New Years! 2010 is going to be an exciting year for Vancouver and we wish you all the best as well!