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According to a report from The Economist, Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto have been ranked some of the best places to live in the world. According to the magazine a world pole was conducted and Vancouver ranked 3rd best with Calgary in 4th and Toronto tied with Adelaide, Australia for 5th.

 

Melbourne, Australia topped the poll with Vienna, Austria coming second.

 


The Economist ranks the cities on 30 factors across various categories, including stability, health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.

 

Rounding out the top 10 were Sydney, Australia, Helsinki, Finland, Perth, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand.

 

The report noted the world's most livable cities were often mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with low population density.

 

"This can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure," said the report. "Eight of the top 10 scoring cities are in Australia and Canada, with population densities of 2.88 and 3.40 people per square kilometres respectively."

It also pointed out that although crime rates may be on the rise in some of the top-tier cities, it wasn't in the case in all the top 10 cities. Vancouver was an example where crime has been steadily decreasing after the city hit a decade-long record for homicide rates in 2012.

 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, human rights violations and conflict were responsible for many of the reasons for the bottom 10 cities on the list.

 

Damascus, Syria was ranked the least livable city in the world, preceded by Dhaka, Bangladesh, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Lagos, Nigeria and Karachi, Pakistan.

 

"Conflict is responsible for many of the lowest scores. This is not only because stability indicators have the highest single scores, but also because factors defining stability spread to have an adverse effect on other categories," said the report.

 

"For example, conflict will not just cause disruption in its own right, it will also damage infrastructure, overburden hospitals, and undermine the availability of goods,services and recreational activities."

 

- Vancouver Sun


 

 Top 10 Most Liveable Cities

1. Melbourne, Australia

2. Vienna, Austria

3. Vancouver, Canada

4. Toronto, Canada

5. Adelaide, Australia

5. Calgary, Canada

7. Sydney, Australia

8. Helsinki, Finland

9. Perth, Australia

10. Auckland, New Zealand

 

The Bottom 10

131. Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

132. Tripoli, Libya

133. Douala, Cameroon

134. Harare, Zimbabwe

135. Algiers, Algeria

136. Karachi, Pakistan

137. Lagos, Nigeria

138. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

139. Dhaka, Bangladesh

140. Damascus, Syria

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The ESCAPE cabin was designed by architect/artist Kelly Davis. Don't let the outside fool you. This quaint cabin is actually a RV. Yes, it is actually on wheels.

 

 

The design is inspired by the latest tiny house movement where people are living with a smaller financial, environmental, and physical footprint. The motto? Less house, more life.

 

 

The cabin is around 400 square feet, larger than most 1 bedroom apartments.

 

 

Kelly Davis from SALA Architects, who has many years of experience designing modern cabins and cottages, was the chief architect on this project.

 

 

The cabin was originally designed with the intent of being a high end cottage (not a RV).

 

 

Inspiration was drawn from the famous Frank Lloyd Wright as Davis put the highest attention to detail to every aspect of the project from best-in-class quality standards to LED lighting to cedar lap siding.

 

 

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Additional creativity was needed to maximize the usage of the small space. While there's no full bathroom or kitchen, functionally, one has everything he/she needs to sustain themselves in the ESCAPE cabin.

 

 

There's nothing that is underutilized. The fireplace is said to be 90% more efficient than the standard but still strong enough to survive the cold winters.

 

 

According to Escape's website, you can get the ESCAPE cabin delivered to you, and the cabin is designed to travel anywhere on the road. The current cost is around $79,000. 

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Buyer demand continues to put Greater Vancouver in the upper reaches of a balanced real estate market in summer 2014. There were 3,061 homes sold on the MLS service in July of 2014 which is up 3.9% from last year and is the fourth consecutive month where the market has exceeded 3,000 sales.

 

There are a total of 15,617 homes for sale on the Greater Vancouver MLS in July 2014. The benchmark home price has seen moderate but steady growth over the last year and is now hovering around the $628,600 for all of Greater Vancouver which is up 4.4% from last July. 

 

Home buying activity has been steady throughout the summer months and continues to stay strong throughout August and September. If you have any questions about the Buying or Selling process or would like to know what your home may be worth, please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

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Vancouver City Council has just approved Concord Pacific's new rezoning application to construct two new towers at the North end of the Cambie bridge.

 

This new development located at the corner of Expo Boulevard and Smithe streets, 998 Expo Boulevard will be called Arc Vancouver and comprise two arc buildings connected by 3 sky bridges.

 

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No date as of yet on construction or timeline.

 

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