I have sold a property at 2300 DAWES HILL RD in Coquitlam.
Enjoy unobstructed panoramic views of the Fraser River, Mount Baker & City Landscapes from this beautiful, recently renovated home with one bedroom mortgage helper. Step into the lovely living room, complete with a quiet bay window where you can relax and enjoy a book by the gas fireplace. Entertain in the gorgeous kitchen with quartz countertops & dining room leading to your serene balcony with unparalleled views! Upstairs are 3 large bedrooms and family room. Huge master bedroom wth custom walk-in closet & family room all wired for surround sound. Relax and take in the views from the comfort of your jetted soaker tub. Outdoor heated SALT-WATER (low maintenance) pool with outdoor shower and newer pool pump. Close to shopping & Highway 1.
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I have sold a property at 324 DARTMOOR DR in Coquitlam.
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I have sold a property at 30 1486 JOHNSON ST in Coquitlam.
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Lights at Lafarge

Lights at Lafarge is a free winter attraction that features over 100,000 Christmas lights and festive displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at night.

 

Christmas Lights at Lafarge

Lights at Lafarge is a free attraction that runs from late November until around the third week in January.

During the event the 1.2 km pathway around Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam is decorated with sparkling holiday lights. There are illuminated archways to walk under, Christmas light reindeer to admire and various themed areas throughout the park including a Fantasy Forest, Arbour Walk and Woodland Garden.

The winter holiday displays at Lights at Lafarge are beautiful and highly recommended if you’re ever in the area.

Arbour Walk at Lights at Lafarge

Lights at Lafarge 2017

In 2017 Lights at Lafarge takes place from November 25, 2017, until January 21, 2018. The lights are illuminated daily from 4:30 until 11:00 pm, and on New Year’s Eve from 4:30 pm until 1 am.

November 25th Opening Night

On opening night of the season, on Saturday, November 25th, there is a special free event outdoors at Lafarge Lake and indoors at the Evergreen Cultural Centre between 2:30 and 5:30 pm. The celebrations feature street performers, free cookies and hot cocoa, craft activities for children, a vendor market, choir performances, a photo booth and the official lighting of the park’s Christmas illuminations.

Where is Lights at Lafarge?

Lights at Lafarge takes place at Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way which is right next to the Evergreen Line’s new Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain Station.

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Many Vancouver baby boomers using living inheritance to finance kids' home purchases

 
 

Survey finds over a third of Vancouver baby boomers are using a living inheritance to finance their kids' home purchases

 

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As real estate prices in Vancouver continue to soar, the children of baby boomers are turning to a familiar source to finance their first homes: mom and dad.

That’s according to a new survey by Mustel Group and Sotheby’s International Real Estate Canada.

“Many people are now dependant on either getting loans or, in the case of living inheritance gifts from their parents in order to be able to get into the market, even at modest levels,” says Sotheby’s President and CEO Brad Henderson.

 

The survey finds over a third of baby boomers in Vancouver are using a living inheritance to finance their kids’ home purchases.

 

Despite the high real estate prices, Henderson claims people still consider real estate to be a solid investment.

“People still feel that it is a good store of wealth, if not an investment. And many of the people that we surveyed found that it was going to be as good, if not better, than some… typical financial investments,” he says.

Nearly half of those who are getting receiving a living inheritance say they would not be able to buy real estate without that windfall.

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Unless you're famous for doing something terrible, having your own Wikipedia page is probably a point of pride.

The question on Seth Stephens-Davidowitz's mind is: What does it take to actually attain that level of prominence?

Stephens-Davidowitz is a former Google data scientist and Harvard-trained economist. He's also the author of the book "Everybody Lies," which presents research on how internet searches can get at people's innermost thoughts.

Instead of calling people into a lab, Stephens-Davidowitz prefers to look at what the masses are confessing to Google at 8:36 p.m. on a Wednesday. This data can also be harnessed to learn a few things about what makes people successful.

To do that, Stephens-Davidowitz downloaded all of Wikipedia -- "You can do that sort of thing nowadays," he wrote -- and plucked more than 150,000 editor-approved entries about individuals to comprise his initial dataset. His metric for success was simply that the included individuals had their own Wikipedia page.

Here's what he found.

 
 

They grow up near big college towns.

Geography played an enormous role in producing a Wikipedia success story, according to Stephens-Davidowitz's research, in particular when there was a thriving college town nearby.

For example, the counties containing Madison, Wisconsin; Berkeley, California; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Ithaca, New York were all in the top 3% of page frequency. Those towns are home to the University of Madison, Wisconsin; University of California, Berkeley; UNC Chapel Hill; and Cornell.

When Stephens-Davidowitz sliced the data even further, he found college towns were especially good at producing famous musicians.

"A kid in a college town will be exposed to unique concerts, unusual radio stations, and even independent record stores," he wrote.

They grow up in counties with big cities.

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If a county didn't have a college town, people were still more likely to find success if there was a big city nearby. It's more important to be near big ideas than big backyards, Stephens-Davidowitz wrote.

"Being born in San Francisco County, Los Angeles County, or New York City all offered among the highest probabilities of making it to Wikipedia," he wrote, reasoning that "urban areas tend to be well supplied with models of success."

New York City was most likely to produce notable journalists, Boston produced the most scientists, and Los Angeles produced the most actors -- all relying solely on who was born there, not who moved there.

"And this holds true even after subtracting people with notable parents in that field," Stephens-Davidowitz wrote.

Their hometowns are culturally diverse.

Tracking with the finding that famous people grew up near novel ideas, Stephens-Davidowitz found counties with higher proportions of immigrants produced more notable people than homogeneous ones.

His data showed it's even better if the parents themselves are immigrants: At least 13 of the 100 most famous white baby boomers were children of immigrants, according to MIT's Pantheon Project, which also used Wikipedia data. That's more than three times higher than the national average during the period, Stephens-Davidowitz noted.

"If two places have similar urban and college populations," he wrote, "the one with more immigrants wil produce more prominent Americans."

Sometimes, they specialize.

When it doubt, Stephens-Davidowitz wrote, go narrow.

Roseau County, Minnesota doesn't have the urban population, diversity, or big college presence that many other notable counties do. But it does make Stephens-Davidowitz's list for a simple reason: It produces star hockey players.

Roughly one in 740 people from Roseau County made it into Wikipedia -- nine in total, all of them professional hockey players, "no doubt helped by the county's world-class youth and high school hockey programs."

Bonus: It doesn't matter how much states spend on education.

One thing he found that didn't correlate to achieving fame was the degree to which a county invested in local education.

"Spending a lot on education helps kids reach the upper middle class," Stephens-Davidowitz wrote. "It does little to help them become a notable writer, artist, or business leader. Many of these huge successes hated school. Some dropped out."

In other words, education does affect how much people attain over their lives. But it won't necessarily lead to runaway success. Research has shown the average millionaire had a high-school GPA of just 2.9.

 
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I have sold a property at 1550 WINSLOW AVE in Coquitlam.
BRAND NEW 7 bedroom 6 bathroom home in central, yet quiet location in Coquitlam! Enjoy open gourmet kitchen with high end S/S appliances and large centre island that opens into family room and spacious patio. Upstairs boasts 4 bedrooms, 2 of which have their own ensuites. Basement features recreation room and 5th bedroom, IN ADDITION to a 2-bedroom legal suite that can be used as a secondary mortgage helper. Features air conditioning, HRV ventilation, radiant heating & 2 hot water systems - on demand & tank. New Home 2-5-10 warranty. Within walking distance to Poirier Rec Centre, Dogwood Pavillion, library, public transit, shopping and all levels of schools.
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