Vancouver Real Estate – Once Upon a Time


HoneyDo List

Each summer there is a project around my place. It involves getting rid of the stuff that hasn’t been used in the last year. You know what I’m talking about! It’s all those boxes of stuff which, important the day they came home, never achieved more than their arrival. Stuff!

This time it was found. This singular box that had rested quietly hiding for 20 years. Through the cold and damp rainy Kitsilano winters it survived in a dark corner away from seeking eyes, but not this time!

The Mistress of the HoneyDo List found it. Now duly recorded on the list, it was to be removed. My task, to sweep away the cobwebs and dust so that I might open this cardboard time capsule and determine what mysterious treasures lay inside.

Enduring Purpose

Stuff in a cardboard box rarely is attributed the importance of a treasure chest. Yet, in this box existed a historical snapshot of Vancouver Real Estate. Crumpled and compressed, the protective paper balls served a most enduring purpose. It acted as insulation for precious nothings that had exceeded their “past due date”. Those nothings the paper guarded, were soon passed to others who excitedly began a new cycle breathing life into stuff discarded. I kept the paper.

Treasure Chest

Fond memories were relived as brittle paper unraveled to display the bits of ‘necessary’ items, things once important. The golden treasure, was the crumpled mass of newsprint. It was the Vancouver Real Estate Weekly, published Friday July 15, 1988.

Once Upon a Time

You could buy high quality homes on the west side of Vancouver in the Mackenzie and Dunbar neighborhoods for less than the price of today’s average condo.

20 Years

I suspect these homes have served one or several families during their time having provided as many Vancouver Real Estate treasures as were found in the dusty old box.

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*Statistics Courtesy REBGV. While believe to be accurate they are not guaranteed. **Numbers provided may vary as they are dynamically posted by the REBGV.

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*Disclaimer: Statistics Courtesy REBGV. While believed to be accurate they are not guaranteed.
**Numbers provided may vary as they are dynamically posted by the REBGV.

Reader Comments:

Julie Says:
September 19th, 2008 at 9:27 am

Very cool post – thanks for sharing!! It’s also a good reminder for everyone that is feeling the panic from the latest market events that well selected real estate, over the long term, has always been a good place to put your money.

September 19th, 2008 at 10:06 am

Very very cool! I love seeing where things were 20 years ago.

September 19th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Very interesting seeing regional trends and differences. I think I’ll look for some 20 year old Spokane papers and post some housing information from then.

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