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Old Sep 15th 2015, 3:24 pm
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Bloody hell sounds like maple ridge can be discounted. So in an ideal world I would be looking for approx 40 minute commute to downtown. A nice family friendly town with good facilities for shopping, eating out, children's/toddler activities/groups. Parks. Good schools. Safe. Low crime. Expected base rate salary before commission is 170k dollars. I will be a stay at home mum with 1 child. So not sure if this is enough in terms of renting in some areas. Happy to hear any thoughts / suggestions. We live in such a fab little town in Hertfordshire in the UK I'm just not sure if I'm being unrealistic to find the same there?? Also mentioned to us were Surrey but I'm sure I read that a load of refugees had been housed there? and coquiitlam not sure about this one? Thanks so much for any input. Really appreciate it.
Ugh! And the difference between you and them is?
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Bloody hell sounds like maple ridge can be discounted. So in an ideal world I would be looking for approx 40 minute commute to downtown. A nice family friendly town with good facilities for shopping, eating out, children's/toddler activities/groups. Parks. Good schools. Safe. Low crime. Expected base rate salary before commission is 170k dollars. I will be a stay at home mum with 1 child. So not sure if this is enough in terms of renting in some areas. Happy to hear any thoughts / suggestions. We live in such a fab little town in Hertfordshire in the UK I'm just not sure if I'm being unrealistic to find the same there?? Also mentioned to us were Surrey but I'm sure I read that a load of refugees had been housed there? and coquiitlam not sure about this one? Thanks so much for any input. Really appreciate it.
It doesn't work that way here. Everywhere is new so anything outside a city centre will be at best be a soulless sub-divivsons of newish houses interspersed between strip malls and big box stores. Apart from the natural landscape, the place is really a long series of connected ugly buildings. Think of Hounslow but without its charm.
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Bloody hell sounds like maple ridge can be discounted. So in an ideal world I would be looking for approx 40 minute commute to downtown. A nice family friendly town with good facilities for shopping, eating out, children's/toddler activities/groups. Parks. Good schools. Safe. Low crime. Expected base rate salary before commission is 170k dollars. I will be a stay at home mum with 1 child. So not sure if this is enough in terms of renting in some areas. Happy to hear any thoughts / suggestions. We live in such a fab little town in Hertfordshire in the UK I'm just not sure if I'm being unrealistic to find the same there?? Also mentioned to us were Surrey but I'm sure I read that a load of refugees had been housed there? and coquiitlam not sure about this one? Thanks so much for any input. Really appreciate it.
At 170k may not be able to own in Vancouver (not sure if its enough to own or not) but you should be able to find a suitable rental and just live downtown, otherwise all the suburbs are pretty much the same just have a different name.
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Renting in kitsilano might be right up OP's alley.
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Old Sep 15th 2015, 4:34 pm
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Expected base rate salary before commission is 170k dollars. I will be a stay at home mum with 1 child. So not sure if this is enough
I suppose that's a variation on the $60k is do-able.
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You really have to come and try these different areas for yourself, but I can pretty much guarantee it will be very different to what you are used to. We were in North Vancouver to start with and absolutely hated it, others on here love it. We live in Maple Ridge now and love it, others hate it, so it is very much a case of each to their own. Surrey has some very nice areas so don't discount it based on what you read on here from a handful of people. My best advice would be to try and get a short term rental so you can really get a feel of all the different areas for yourself before committing to one area. Good luck!
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.. Expected base rate salary before commission is 170k dollars. ...
If you can't get by on $170k you have problems. It is more than enough.

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...Also mentioned to us were Surrey but I'm sure I read that a load of refugees had been housed there?
Which just proves that you should be cautious about believing idiots on the internet.
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Thanks all.

Tirytory. I'd like to think the difference between me and them is I would be a self sufficient immigrant. Emigrating because Canada needs my husbands skill set. Self sufficient. I'd expect the refugees to be claiming benefits. Probably not fluent in English. Different religion and culture you get the general gist. Thanks anyway your comment was so helpful.
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Thanks all.

Tirytory. I'd like to think the difference between me and them is I would be a self sufficient immigrant. Emigrating because Canada needs my husbands skill set. Self sufficient. I'd expect the refugees to be claiming benefits. Probably not fluent in English. Different religion and culture you get the general gist. Thanks anyway your comment was so helpful.
I think you have said all you need to...
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Probably not fluent in English. Different religion and culture you get the general gist.
Something you don't seem to grasp is that in Canadian cities it's common, even usual, not to have fluent English. I'm not sure what religion you would expect non-refugees to have but, here, there's no prevalent religion. If you wanted to pick somewhere in the UK with a similar population mix to where I sit (small town Canada) it would be Brent.

Vancouver does not, imo, have a diverse population by Canadian standards but it's way less white and anglophone than you seem to expect.
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Tirytory. I'd like to think the difference between me and them is I would be a self sufficient immigrant. Emigrating because Canada needs my husbands skill set. Self sufficient. I'd expect the refugees to be claiming benefits. Probably not fluent in English. Different religion and culture you get the general gist. Thanks anyway your comment was so helpful.
Blimey. Just be aware that whilst you might think there's a difference between you and 'them', when you move you'll all be viewed as immigrants, no matter what language you speak.

You'll find far higher numbers of immigrants in Vancouver than in Hertfordshire (Vancouver is the most 'Asian' city outside Asia, something like 45% of those that live in metro Vancouver iirc), so if that's an issue for you then I'd suggest Vancouver really isn't for you.
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Bloody hell sounds like maple ridge can be discounted. So in an ideal world I would be looking for approx 40 minute commute to downtown. A nice family friendly town with good facilities for shopping, eating out, children's/toddler activities/groups. Parks. Good schools. Safe. Low crime. Expected base rate salary before commission is 170k dollars. I will be a stay at home mum with 1 child. So not sure if this is enough in terms of renting in some areas. Happy to hear any thoughts / suggestions. We live in such a fab little town in Hertfordshire in the UK I'm just not sure if I'm being unrealistic to find the same there?? Also mentioned to us were Surrey but I'm sure I read that a load of refugees had been housed there? and coquiitlam not sure about this one? Thanks so much for any input. Really appreciate it.
You'll struggle to find places such as Harpenden, etc in and around Vancouver. Mountains are nice but at sea level the areas aren't comparable at all i'm afraid. Strip malls are so ugly for one. If i had to choose with the outskirts of Vancouver / Fraser Valley or Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire would be a no brainer.

Surrey is a bit like areas in south london where you have Dulwich Village nestled nextdoor to Peckham and Herne Hill. Nice pockets but some horrible areas.

I really think you should look to rent a nice apartment downtown near the ocean and beaches for at least the first year. There are a ton of family things to do on your doorstep, lots of families and some beautiful areas.

We have a 3yr old and there's always something going on in our community.

Look around the areas on South side of False Creek from the Olympic village at Science World across to Granville Island or Kitsilano. Also look at the West end closer to Stanley Park and English Bay. Personally, with kids, South False Creek is excellent. I pick my son up from daycare each day on the aquabus, although i think i enjoy that more than he does.
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I hope OP sticks around for a bit as it looks like they will fit right in. I'm not even being sarcastic.
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Thanks for the info. Just to clarify in my definition there's a difference between immigrant and refugee. That was my only point in reply to the original poster whom asked what the difference between me and a refugee was. I'm happy for a diversity of immigrants (I will be an immigrant) I don't however want to move next door to 4000 + Syrian refugees. (A previous post mentioned this had occurred in Surrey. ) either way this is off point so moving on thanks for some helpful info
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Thanks for the info. Just to clarify in my definition there's a difference between immigrant and refugee. That was my only point in reply to the original poster whom asked what the difference between me and a refugee was. I'm happy for a diversity of immigrants (I will be an immigrant) I don't however want to move next door to 4000 + Syrian refugees. (A previous post mentioned this had occurred in Surrey. ) either way this is off point so moving on thanks for some helpful info
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