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EDITORS’ NOTES

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re you too busy to manage a home? Perhaps you’ve done the homeownership thing, and want to unshackle yourself from the costs of upkeep and home maintenance? Most everyone these days is looking at ways to de-stress and simplify their lives, and renting rather than owning one can be one of the easiest ways to get relief. When you really think about it, it’s an option that may take some getting used to! Needless to say, when you’re renting a home, your “to-do” list will likely look very different than those from your homeownership days. Whether you’re a life-long renter or a homeowner in need of a change, this issue of Renters Guide is for you. We’ve got some great advice on renting and rental living in the issue. Check it out! Your new, much lighter, much easier and much less expensive “to-do” list is waiting.

Susan Legge EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, National Real Estate susan.legge@wall2wallmedia.com Follow me on Twitter at Twitter.com/SusanLegged

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hen you decide to move, the rules change. You’ve got to get in and see apartments so you can choose a new place to live – and your landlord has to show your current residence to prospects to find a new tenant so that they don’t lose income. As you go looking at other apartments, peering into someone else’s private space, trying to imagine it as your own, there are others peering into your private space doing the same thing. You see every variation of lifestyle, from the clean freaks to the slobs, from well-planned suites to the style-challenged. Which are you? What impression is your apartment making on prospective tenants? While it's only the space – not the lifestyle of the current residents – that is for rent, the way the suite looks when you go for a viewing can definitely impact your impression of it – first impressions are the strongest. Logically you know that price, location and size are your biggest considerations, but you also want to connect with the place, feel at home in the apartment. Keep all this in mind in your own space. Try and keep a tidy and well-kept home. People will be coming through, looking into cabinets, judging cupboards and seeing more of your personal life than you'd normally show guests. Also, don’t leave valuables or breakables vulnerable to theft or damage. The faster your landlord rents your home, the less viewings they'll hold, after all. With Renters Guide in hand you’ll find that perfect apartment. Our magazine and website, TheRentersGuide.ca, offer the best selection of available apartments, informative articles and advice, making it easy to make your move!

Elisa Krovblit EDITOR elisa.krovblit@wall2wallmedia.com Follow me on Twitter at Twitter.com/ElisaKrovblit Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheRentersGuide

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A15. Cypress Gardens 114 & 1132 Howie Street Caprent.com A16. Park Regency Apartments 612 Clarke Road Coquitlam Caprent.com A17. Sydney Place Apartments 544 Sydney Ave Caprent.com A18. Lougheed Village Apartments 9500/9502 Erickson Drive 9303/9304 Salish Court

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Delta A24. Deltita Gardens 8507 120 St

A26. Fraser Place 11675 Seventh Ave Caprent.com A27. Dolphin Square 8200 Park Rd Caprent.com A28. Carlton Park Gardens 10951 Mortfield Rd Caprent.com

A31. Villa Fontana 5609-201A St. A32. Majorca 5699 201A St A33. Stardust 5639 201A St A34 Encore 19899-55A Avenue www.baywest.ca

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MAKE MOVING

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Moving an elderly loved one can be tough. No one wants to upset that person and everyone wants the move to go as smoothly as possible. This can seem like ‘mission impossible’. Census Canada data suggests Canadians approaching retirement age are now the fastest-growing demographic in Canada and experts predict 28 per cent of the United States population will reach retirement age within the next five years. The children and families of the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation TheRentersGuide.ca - people born between 1946 and 1960 are already helping their loved ones move into downsized or elderly assistance accommodations and often are not emotionally prepared for the task at hand.

Senior loved ones can be very set in their ways and often are not well equipped to express their emotional frustrations in a constructive way as moving day draws closer. It all can seem like a daunting task. Over the years, we have packed and moved many seniors and the important thing is to stay organized, be patient, calm and respectful throughout the move process. If you are moving a senior loved one into a retirement facility or an apartment, you should first contact the management to find out what they are allowed to bring in, appropriate moving hours and if they have any tips specific TheRentersGuide.ca to their facility to help smooth the moving process.

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RemembeR: Organize and Start packing several weeks in advance. If your loved one is moving from a large home to a one bedroom apartment, there will be more furniture than needed. Get a floor plan of the new space and help your senior plan the space with their favourite furnishings, then help them decide what to do with the extra furnishings. If the item is a family heirloom and can’t be accommodated in the new space, suggest giving it to a close family member like a child or grandchild. Sort before you pack. Seniors tend to collect things they don’t need or use. Be sensitive when suggesting to get rid of possessions. Ask if they use the item and if they would mind if you donated it to raise money for the Salvation Army, for example. Start packing early so you won’t be overwhelmed as moving day draws near. Pack and clean as you go. When helping sort and pack your senior’s belongings keep in mind that their eyesight and reduced mobility prevents them from doing regular chores and can result in poor housekeeping habits. Instead of commenting, offer to clean as you pack and try not to be judgmental. You’ll will need more time than you think. Allow enough time so your loved one doesn’t feel rushed. Sorting through years of stuff is difficult and sometimes emotionally painful. Allow your loved one time to say goodbye. If they take longer to clean out the desk drawer because they found a stack of pictures, let them take the time to walk down memory lane. This is a very important part of the process. Be patient and listen to their life stories, there will come a time you will be glad you did. Make their new space feel familiar. Take pictures and colour samples of the inside of their current home. Try to decorate the new space and place objects in a similar way, so that their new space will feel like the old one. Be as detailed as you can from arranging the bedroom furniture to placing family pictures on the bureau. This will help make the new surroundings feel like home. Wrap small items in coloured paper. This prevents items like knick-knacks from becoming lost or thrown out. Label boxes on top and sides. Make sure to mark the top and sides of boxes as they’re packed and write in large letters to make it easier for your loved one to read. Make sure to label boxes containing breakable or sentimental items as ‘fragile’.

Use boxes designed for the items you are packing. Dish packs for dishes and wardrobe boxes makes it easy for seniors to access their clothing on hangers. Check clothing before donating. It’s a good idea to sort unwanted clothing for donation prior to moving. Before donating any gently worn unwanted clothing, check pockets for valuables. Seniors often hide small valuable items like jewelry or cash in the pockets of suit jackets or shoes and forget where they hid it. Two Men and a Truck – Canada is committed to exceeding customers’ expectations. We follow ‘The Grandma Rule’ and treat everyone the way we would want our Grandma to be treated – with care, respect and dignity.

Pack all electronic equipment in their original boxes. Otherwise use lowstatic bubble wrap when packing these items. Always use packing paper. When wrapping fine china and precious items, don’t use newsprint because the ink can bleed.

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Dan Hopkins is chief operating officer, Two Men and a Truck Canada. For more information visit the website at twomenandatruck.ca

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• Swimming pool • Fitness center • Water front property with ocean view suites • Only minutes walk to the heart of Steveston Village • Dishwashers in select suites. • Next to West Dyke Trail. • Next to Garry Point Park.

Carlton Park Gardens 10951 Mortfield Road, Richmond Bachelors Available! 1 Bedrooms Available! 2 Bedrooms Available! 3 Bedrooms Available!

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• Cable ready, large suites • Private balconies • Outdoor pool and indoor sauna • BBQ area • Exercise room • 3 appliances - fridge, stove & dishwasher • Resident party room • Courtyards and water fountains throughout the property

Dolphin Square 8200 Park Road, Richmond

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1 Bedrooms Available! 2 Bedrooms Available! • Ample secure covered parking • Landscaped courtyard • Outdoor pool • BBQ patio with • Desirable location • Minutes to Vancouver Airport • Short walk to shopping • Close to City Hall, library, and the Minoru Park Sports Complex (pool, ice rink, playing)

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Located in the established central area of Coquitlam, 1114 and 1132 Howie St (Cypress Gardens Apartments) provides the ideal standards of living in the area. Close to parks and all conveniences, it is your best choice for apartments for rent in Coquitlam.

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778.730.0126

Private balconies, Dishwasher, underground parking, laundry room, elevators, fitness room. 1 MONTH FREE. INQUIRE NOW 1 Bedrooms Available! FOR DETAILS These apartments for rent in Coquitlam are located in the beautiful parkland in the city. Just 15 kms from the city of Vancouver and bordering New Westminster and Burnaby, 612 Clarke Rd is an ideal location for commuting and living. A small property with ample access to shopping at the Lougheed Mall and other retailers provides everything you would need in your day.

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These apartments for rent in Coquitlam are Located in the parkland community of the city, with mountain views, this mature site with large trees and gardens is the ideal location for commuting or working in the area.

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Holly Tree Apartments 1116 Hamilton Street, New Westminster, BC Indoor & Outdoor Parking, Lockers, Balconies, Elevators, Laundry Room. 1 Bedrooms Available!

778.732.0135 1 MONTH FREE. INQUIRE NOW FOR DETAILS

This accommodating low-rise is located in the Moody Park neighbourhood and is surrounded by impressive greenery. Our bright and spacious apartments for rent in New Westminster come with hardwood floors throughout. Located near bus routes, The Sky Train, Justin Morneau Field, the Royal City Centre Mall and Westminster Centre Mall and theatre. Lord Kelvin Elementary and New West Secondary School are also conveniently located close by. For your grocery needs you are located less than 1km from a Safeway and Save on Foods supermarket

Royal Ridge Apartments 315 Agnes Street, New Westminster, BC

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Elevators, Parking, Balconies, Laundry Room, Fitness Room. Bachelors Available! 1 Bedrooms Available! This well kept low rise building, featuring apartments for rent in New Westminster, is located close to the Columbia Sky train station, the Fraser River, the Westminster Quay Public Market and Douglas College. The River Market offers you quaint shops and restaurants with breath taking views of the Fraser River. For your added convenience, Columbia Square Plaza and Royal City Centre Shopping Centre are both nearby. Our units come carpeted throughout the living and bedrooms along with tiled floors throughout the bathroom and kitchen. A fitness room is also available for your use at no extra charge.

Park Astoria Apartments 430 - 11th Street, New Westminster, BC

778.727.0191

Elevators, Indoor Parking, Balconies, Laundry Room, Fitness Room, Dishwashers, Entry Call Board. 1 Bedrooms Available! Surrounded by lush foliage and well manicured grounds, these beautiful and modern low rise apartments for rent in New Westminster are what you will want to call home. The spacious units have carpeting throughout and come equipped with dishwashers for your added convenience. A fitness room is available for your use at no extra charge. Close to bus routes and grocery stores such as Safeway and Buy-Rite foods. The New West Mall, which has a Cinema and the Royal City Centre Shopping Centre are also located nearby.

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Large Suites, Balconies, Dishwashers, Laundry Rooms, Exercise Room, Close to Skytrain. 1 Bedrooms Available! 2 Bedrooms Available! Princeton Place, featuring 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for rent in New Westminster, is a well situated and leading neighbourhood building. This beautifully maintained property is ideal for commuters given the closeness to the Sky Train or the short commute to downtown Vancouver. This condo-like building surrounds beautiful grounds and a courtyard for all to enjoy.

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Making the most of your

Balcony BY JANE HERMAN

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hether your balcony is a sun-drenched southern exposure with a spectacular view or a secluded shady nook, it’s

your own window onto the world below, an oasis in which to enjoy the fresh air, relax, catch some rays, read and entertain. Here are some of my favourite ideas for enjoying this most-under-utilized apartment feature.

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By Use your imagination A balcony is useful to check the daily weather – but why not enjoy your morning coffee and the paper outside before you go to work? Perhaps you even have the space to do some stretches outside in the early AM sunshine, or partake of your lunch under an umbrella, with proper table linen and real dishes and a book – and savour the scenery. A cold supper picnic on the balcony with friends or neighbours could add tranquil pleasure to the daily dinner ritual. If you’re romantically inclined, consider a date night close to home at twilight with a nice bottle of wine. After the sun sets, take out your star chart and explore the night sky. Check out www.almanac.com/astronomy for tips on what to see and when. Don’t miss the Meteor Showers, visible this summer from August 11 to 13 (visit www.almanac.com/content/meteor-showers-guide for complete details).

Create comfort You don’t need to invest a lot to create an attractive balcony. A couple of inexpensivebut-comfortable lounge chairs, a small side table – an umbrella if you need one – are sufficient to get started. Over time and you could add a waterproof rug, throw pillows, attractive containers, hanging baskets, even a bird feeder. Browse through your local Home Outfitters or Crate and Barrel for inspiration into the season’s patio must-haves. A set of plastic dishes and serving pieces, such as a pitcher and salad bowl will last for years. If you plan to garden on your balcony you’ll also need to invest in some simple tools and a watering can.

Transform your balcony into an urban garden The buzzword of the day is “sustainability,” which connotes greening our homes, workplaces and urban environment. Container-grown flowers, vegetables, and herbs support biodiversity by attracting pollinators such as butterflies and bees, adding to the oxygen in the air and helping to create a calming space in which to relax. In addition, it’s tremendously satisfying to eat or enjoy something that you’ve grown yourself – and don’t let the fact that you live in an apartment deter you. You can successfully grow tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, and other small vegetables in containers on your balcony, along with lettuces and herbs. Right now I am enjoying freshly snipped basil and oregano in my salad every day, and tea made from freshpicked mint leaves. Just make sure that you have adequate sun before setting out edible plants, otherwise, stick to shade-loving flowers.

Banish Clutter Too many apartment dwellers utilize their balconies as storage areas, creating an eyesore from the street and diminishing the building’s aesthetic. Try to store bicycles in your building’s bike racks in the garage along with your snow tires. Consider investing in a large plastic storage cupboard to conceal luggage, golf clubs, skis or other bulky items such as children’s toys. During Canada’s all-too-brief summer season, make your balcony your own personal retreat. The potential is yours to discover.

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Jane Herman is a Communications Consultant who has worked in the rental property industry. Jane provides communications solutions for a diverse range of clients and has written about food, fashion, apartment living and personal finance for several publications.

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Canada’s Rental VaCanCy Rate InCReases The average renTal aparTmenT vacancy raTe in Canada’s 35 major centres1 increased to 2.7 per cent in April 2013, from 2.3 per cent in April 2012, according to the spring Rental Market Survey2 released recently by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). “While demand for rental units remains high, substitutes to purpose-built rental market units, such as rented condominiums, have taken some of the overall demand for rental units,” said Mathieu Laberge, Deputy Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre.“Sustained demand for rental housing from net migration was partly offset by moderating employment growth, notably for young workers aged 20 – 24.” The results of CMHC’s spring survey reveal that the major centres with the lowest vacancy rates in April 2013 were Edmonton and Calgary (1.2 per cent each) and St. John’s (1.5 per cent). The major centres with the highest vacancy rates were Saint John (10.4 per cent), Charlottetown (8.7 per cent) and Moncton (7.4 per cent). The Canadian average two-bedroom rent in new and existing structures was $911 in April 2013. With respect to the Census Metropolitan Areas, the highest average monthly rents for two-bedroom apartments were in Vancouver ($1,255), Toronto ($1,202) and Calgary ($1,202). The lowest average monthly rents for two-bedroom apartments were in Saguenay ($560), Trois-Rivières ($562) and Sherbrooke ($586). Overall, the average rent for two-bedroom apartments in existing structures across Canada’s 35 major centres increased 2.7 per cent between April 2012 and April 2013, up from 2.2 per cent in the previous year. The major centres with the largest increase in fixed sample average rent were Calgary (7.2 per cent), St. TheRentersGuide.ca John’s (5.5 per cent) and Regina (4.7 per cent). Year-over-year comparisons of average rents can be slightly misleading because rents in newly built structures tend to be higher than in existing buildings. Excluding new structures and focusing on structures existing in both the April 2012 and April 2013 surveys provides a better indication of actual rent increases paid by tenants.

As Canada’s national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of high quality, environmentally sustainable and affordable housing solutions. CMHC also provides reliable, impartial and up-to-date housing market reports, analysis and knowledge to support and assist consumers and the housing industry in making informed decisions. Follow cmhc on Twitter @cmhc_ca major centres are based on Statistics canada census metropolitan areas (cmas) with the exception of the Ottawa – gatineau cma, which is treated as two centres for rental market Survey purposes and charlottetown, which is a census agglomeration (ca). 1

cmhc’s rental market Survey is conducted twice a year in april and October, to provide vacancy, availability and rent information on privately initiated structures in all centres with populations of 10,000 and more across canada. reports are released in June and December. note that there are differences between the fall and spring surveys. The spring survey covers apartment and row structures containing at least three rental units, and, unlike the fall survey, does not report information on: a) Smaller geographic zones within centres; b) Secondary rental market (rented condominium apartments, single detached, semi-detached, duplexes or TheRentersGuide.ca accessory apartments). 2

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Huron Court 31790 Union Ave

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Valley View Terrace 2750 Fuller St

$680

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buRnaby Burnaby Centre 4288 Grange St

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California Gardens 8350 - 11th Avenue

$929

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Cornerstone (SFU) 8950 University High Street

$950

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Horizon Towers 5050 Sanders Street

$939

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Lougheed Village 9500 Erickson Dr

$900

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coquitlam Braemar Court 600 Smith Avenue

$979

Kent Place 533 Cottonwood Ave

$610

ridgemont Apartments 1117 Ridgeway Ave

$749

rivers Inlet 1145 Inlet St

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Sydney Place 544 Sydney Ave

$750

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Suncreek Estates 7151 133B St vancouveR 600 Drake 600 Drake Street

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Alexander Tower 1326 West 13th Ave

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Almata 3675 West 7th Ave

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Bay Tower 1461 Harwood St

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Beach Towers 1600 Beach Ave

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Bellevue Tower 4639 West 10th Ave

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Brockton House 1640 Alberni St

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Carlton House 1540 Burnaby St

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Casa Bella 840 Broughton St

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Casa Del Vandt 1265 Cardero St

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Cassiar Court 1750 Cassiar Street

$925

Central Plaza 1160 Haro St

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Cresta 855 Jervis St

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Crestview Terrace 1414 Davie St

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Crystal Court 1434 Burnaby St

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Earles Court 3428 Crowley Drive

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Emerald Terrace 2045 Nelson St

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Flamingo 2061 Beach Ave

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Fraser Pointe 3033/3083 East Kent Avenue N.

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Fraser Pointe 3033/3083 East Kent Avenue N.

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Harbourview 1920 Alberni St

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Hendry House 1265 Burnaby St

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Hollyburn Court 550 West 12th Ave

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Ilikai 1905 Robson St

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Infinity 828 Howe St

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Katherine Anne 2054 Comox St

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royal Villa 8675 French St

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Santana 1251 Jervis St

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Seaside Plaza 2324 West 1st Ave

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Shannon Tower 5976 Tisdall St

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Shaughnessy House 1465 West 12th Ave

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The remington 3528 Vanness Avenue

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The royale 1848 West 3rd Ave

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The Westridge 4170/4180 Nanaimo Street

$755

University manor 4640 West 10th Ave

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Villa Cardello 1580 Haro St

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Wessex Gate 3408 Crowley Drive

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Willow Gardens 6111 Tisdall St

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west vancouveR Hollyburn Plaza 1775 Bellevue Ave

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The Iona 1370 Clyde Ave

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