Laurel Bridge – 305 908 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Welcome to Laurel Bridge; this 1-bed/1-bath home is centrally located on the traffic calmed 7th Ave with easy access to Charleson Park in False Creek & Granville Island via the convenient Laurel Bridge crossing. Unit 305 is well maintained and features a spacious layout with gas fireplace, SS kitchen appliances, in-suite laundry & storage, and a Juliet balcony overlooking the mature landscaping in the central courtyard. Recent building upgrades include the roof (2014) and pipes (2015). Pets & rentals are welcome w/ restrictions & 1-parking is included. Strata plan measures 687sf, professionally measured at 688sf.

Macdonald_RealtyLogo_FullColour_RGBList Price: $598,000
List Date: July 02, 2019
MLS #: R2384944
Macdonald Realty Downtown Vancouver
Chris Lambert

One Town Centre in the River District

Welcome to One Town Centre in the heart of the popular River District! This bright and spacious 2-bed/2-bath air-conditioned condo boasts 968sf + a 112sf covered balcony. The home features an open layout w/ chef’s kitchen, stone counters, Jenn-Air/Whirlpool appliances, gas cooktop, roller blinds, and a Nest thermostat. The master suite includes a walk-in closet & 3-piece bath w/ glass enclosed shower and heated floors. Enjoy access to the impressive Club Central w/ full gym/yoga room, pool/spa/sauna/steam, guest suites, party rooms, squash & indoor basketball courts, and community garden plots. Neighbourhood amenities include Save-on-Foods, Everything Wine, Starbucks and more on the way! One parking & storage locker included. Strata plan measures 910sf, Professionally measured at 968sf.
List Price: $774,800
List Date: June 04, 2019
MLS #: R2376866
Macdonald Realty Downtown Vancouver
Chris Lambert


The Trails

Coming soon to Lower Lonsdale is The Trails – a collection of garden townhomes by the Wall Group of Companies. 3 bedroom homes are starting at $999,900. Register below and I will send you a copy of the advanced preview package. If you’re interested in the property, I will assist you in scheduling an appointment with the sales team.

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Chris Lambert | | 604.340.6457

City of Vancouver Empty Homes Tax


The new City of Vancouver Empty Homes Tax begins in 2018. If you own a property in the city you’ll need to declare your property status before February 02, 2018. Failure to declare will result in your property being deemed vacant and subject to a tax of 1% of its assessed taxable value.

What you will need:

  • Your folio number and access code [these can be found on your property tax notices]
  • Additional information, such as tenant names, court order number, permit number, etc.

If you have any questions about the process then contact the City via their 3-1-1 information phone line, or if you would prefer in person assistance then City staff will be available to assist you at City Hall during opening hours.

Vancouver City Hall
453 West 12th Avenue
​Monday to Friday (except holidays)
8:30 am – 5:00pm



503 3315 Cypress Place, West Vancouver | Offered at $2,298,000

This luxury condo was just listed & sold for over the asking price in just one week! Contact me today if you’re interested in selling your home, or if you would like to know the final sale price.

Chris Lambert | Realtor, Certified Negotiation Expert

604.340.6457 |


This spectacular 2,022 square foot two-bedroom plus den home is located at the base of Cypress Mountain, across from Mulgrave Park & Private School, with easy access to the entire North Shore and Sea to Sky corridor. The luxurious West Coast Modern home offers panoramic views from Downtown Vancouver to Vancouver Island, and was completely renovated in 2016 Georgie Award winning CCI Renovations and Jamie Banfield Design. The suite boasts brushed white oak flooring throughout, extensive custom walnut millwork, rift-cut oak cabinets and quartz stone counters, two fireplaces, one with a custom stone mantel and bar counter, master bedroom with custom walk-in closet, spa like five-piece master bath with stand alone soaker tub and heated flooring.  New built-in appliances, LED lighting and a private 2 car garage and storage with custom shelving are included.  Stonecliff features extensive landscaping, walking trails and clubhouse with exercise room, hot tub and 2 guest suites.

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The Morrison is a collection of 40 contemporary 2, 3, and 4-bedroom townhomes, and 1 & 2-bedroom garden flats. If you’re not familiar with the area, Moodyville is centrally located in North Vancouver and provides easy access to one of Vancouver’s hottest neighbourhoods, Lower Lonsdale.

Designed by SHAPE Architecture, the exteriors combine whitewashed brick, wood accents and large windows; giving them a contemporary look.

The Morrison will be built by Creo Developments to LEED (Gold) standards –– one of the industry’s most rigorous energy-based design and construction standards. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Chris Lambert | 604.340.6457 |




Earlier this week, the City of Vancouver announced a plan to study the possibility of turning Water Street in Gastown into a permanent car-free zone. The plan would see traffic diverted off Powell Street and onto Hastings, and builds on the city’s Transportation 2040 framework.

The goals of the plan include:

  • Celebrate and acknowledge the complex history of Gastown and work towards reconciliation
  • Explore Vancouver’s first car-light or pedestrian priority area
  • Address a major gap in the all ages and abilities cycling network
  • Enhance transit service for bus and future streetcar

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It’s everyone’s least favourite time of year – property taxes are due! For property owners, you should have already been mailed your property tax notices. In BC, there is a $570 grant available for property taxes if the property you are paying taxes on is your principal residence.

 There are two categories for grants: 

  1. Basic (principal residence) grant of $570
  2. Additional/Seniors grant to a maximum of $845

To claim your grant, you must have your FOLIO NUMBER and ACCESS CODE. These are provided on your property tax statement.

Claim your Home Owners Grant Online: 
Vancouver  |  Burnaby  |  Richmond  |  Surrey  |  North Vancouver  |  West Vancouver
New Westminster  |  Coquitlam  |  Delta  |  Langley  |  Maple Ridge  |  Pitt Meadows
Port Moody  |  White Rock  |  Kelowna

Once you claim your grant, you can then pay the reduced property tax amount online or at any bank.

Chris Lambert | 604.340.6457 |

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North East False Creek Plan Unveiled

False Creek

The City of Vancouver has unveiled it’s plan for a post-viaduct North East False Creek. This long awaited project is one of the most ambitious in the city’s history. The plan aims to integrate the natural ecosystems of False Creek while also creating public gathering spaces and connecting the downtown core to the area.

The guiding principles of the project include:

  • Reconnect the historic communities and the False Creek waterfront
  • Expand parks and open space
  • Repair the urban fabric
  • Explore housing development and place-making opportunities on the City blocks
  • Create a vibrant waterfront district
  • Increase efficiency of the street network
  • Improve connectivity between Downtown, Northeast False Creek, and the waterfront
  • Enhanced pedestrian and cyclist movement
  • Develop a fiscally responsible approach
  • Engage residents and stakeholders in a meaningful way
  • Strengthen the festival and entertainment function of the area

If you’re interested in learning more about the project, the city will be hosting a block party at Andy Livingstone Park on Saturday, June 10, or you can click the image above for a detailed map of the proposed plan.

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Buyer Preparation Part 5: Final Steps

Buyer Prep Series


Insufficient buyer preparation when searching for a property is a recipe for disaster. If you fail to prepare, the process will be long, frustrating, and filled with disappointment. Much of the work I do is with first-time buyers because it gives me great satisfaction to help people achieve their goal of home ownership. Unfortunately, many buyers make the same mistakes which prevent them from achieving their goals. I’ve created this educational series to help my clients improve their chances for success, and to better prepare them to navigate the highly competitive Vancouver real estate market. The real estate industry is evolving, and I will continue adding to this series as necessary.

PART 5 – Final Steps

Over the last four weeks I’ve taken you through the process of buying a home in Vancouver’s competitive real estate market. This week I’ll review the process so far, as well as your final steps as you prepare to receive possession of your new home. The previous sections of the blog series are below.

PART 1 – The Importance of Working with a Realtor is available HERE

PART 2 – Financing Your Home is available HERE

PART 3 – Needs Analysis is available HERE

PART 4 – Preparing the Offer is available HERE

The move to your new home can be a challenge. In my opinion, professional movers are well worth the expense, but beware of hidden fees. If you choose to hire professional movers then do your homework – ask for referrals from friends, read online reviews, and be sure that you read the fine print in your agreement. Disreputable companies will hide extra fees that can end up costing you a lot of money. You also want to hire a company that you can trust with all your possessions.

If you want to keep your moving expenses down then it’s time to start bribing your friends with free beer and pizza! Call in all the favours you’ve saved up by helping others move over the years – the more people helping the better.

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