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bell

Trad climber
Scotland
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 30, 2013 - 06:08pm PT
Alrighty folks. im moving from Scotland to Vancouver in May. Looking to move in with a bunch of climber/back country skiers. first up, anyone got any spare rooms that will be coming available early summer??

if not, what are folks general ideas on good places to stay in Van? i want to get out of the city quickly on friday evenings/summer nights but stilll want to be in a sociable part of town. i will be working at UBC and would like to cycle to work (~45min max if possible)

also, any beta on being close to local climbing spots, hill runs, cool places, that i can do in the evenings - the more info the better!

cheers for all the help in advance!
bell
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 30, 2013 - 06:11pm PT
bell - Vancouver is stupid expensive to live in. What's yer price range is what you should be asking . That sweet list you made above is gonna have you spending about 2k/month on a place esp if you wanna bike to UBC and live on the west-side.

Edit : Okay I exaggerate some but you ARE Scottish and the rent for a flat within cycling distance of UBC is raaaadddddicckckckckculous.......

So figger out whatchya wanna spend on a flat and take it from there. PM me if you want. I've lived in Van all my life AND have visited Scotland :-)

ha ha !!!
bell

Trad climber
Scotland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2013 - 06:19pm PT
yeh, guess places easy to cycle to UBC gonna be expensive..... not worked out ma budget yet but 2k/month sounds pretty daft! half that might be still too much, but ive no idea what it will get me. would happily live out of town to the north if thats cheaper/better/easy to find room mates

actual quality of apartment doesnt bother me, just wanna stay in a place i can store my gear and get to know the mountains/city wi folk who appreciate same things i do (which i like to think is most folk in vancouver)

cheers

EH! what you sayin about scottish folk ??? :-P
Hoser

climber
vancouver
Jan 30, 2013 - 07:51pm PT
I cycle to UBC every day and anywhere east of Main st will put you over the 45 min max. I can get to UBC from anywhere in Van west of Main in 45 min. Rent, if your willing to have room mates I bet you can sneak into a home for no less than 700$ a month. Possibly you could find something cheaper but that would be a good deal.

Your coming at a good time, since the student housing will be vacating.

My small home of three in winter with gas heat and a sweater on and being good with lights gets me a hydro and gas bill about $200 a month, drop a hundred off in summer.

basic internet and cable will cost $120, a smart phone is $100 per month

Food is dumb expensive

There is a major major major major major problem with bed bugs here, DONT screw with these guys, ask the land lord at least 100 times if they have ever had a problem, if they say its been fixed, leave and burn your clothes.

go here to double check

http://bedbugregistry.com/metro/vancouver/

See the place with all the red, thats the west end, super super awesome place to live, too bad every place is infested. DONT GO THERE

Best idea is to find a place to stay temporarily then ride around, often folks place signs instead of ads to weed out the craigslist weirdos from where ever they come from.

The closer you are to UBC the less chance you have on getting on a bus during the school year.

The closer you are to UBC means you are far away from everything else

Main street is full of hipsters, so if you think going to the coffee shop and using a type writer is cool then you will like it.

If I was you...I would poke around on Cambie st, from broadway to 25th and the west to Granville. Alternatively you can check out the "new" stuff in gas town/china town, but its not the safest place for a girl but if your reasonable...it can work.

the sky train runs up Cambie

Good luck
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Jan 30, 2013 - 08:36pm PT
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/apa/

and what he said about bedbugs. Eww.
Khoi

climber
Vancouver, BC
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:23am PT
I recommend Main & Hastings.

There's lot of ammenities nearby, lots of options for food, public transportation, banking, laundry, pharmacy, a public library, and it's close to the water, too!
gf

climber
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:35am PT
khoi
alas the gritty urban realism has been replaced by thin crust joints like farina (best in the city imho) which adjoins the cobalt -but be sure to do the high step over the junkies outside any maybe give em a slice rather than change for more junk. Good news is that there is a metadone clinic at main and terminal plus the injection sites on hastings. Our friend from the UK may find this to have shades of train-spotting
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:54am PT
Kitsilano is a good bet, you can still find an affordable (by Vancouver standards) 1 bedroom for $1,000.00 per month and cycle to UBC,
http://vancouver.kijiji.ca/c-real-estate-apartments-condos-1-bedroom-Spacious-BACHELOR-ONE-BEDROOMS-IN-KITS-FEB1ST-or-MARCH-1ST-W0QQAdIdZ452510976

The alternative is North Vancouver, lots of local after work crags and world class mountain biking, more inexpensive sushi than you can eat in a lifetime.
A longer commute but you live at the foot of the outdoors. Shared accomidations for $600.00
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/nvn/roo/3583591536.html

A new guide book for the crags and bouldering on the Shore will be out this spring. http://www.quickdrawpublications.com/Vancouver%20Rock%20Climbing.html
North Van also has a good gritty climbing gym for the rainy days and is still within 20minutes of the stellar bouldering gym "the Hive" in Vancouver.
Hoser

climber
vancouver
Jan 31, 2013 - 02:29am PT
Rolf its been over a 100 years since you could find a reasonable one bedroom for $1000 on the west side.

That link is for $1050 for a 500 sq foot 2nd floor no elevator apt building.

One bedrooms start at $1300...and you really have to be careful taking the bottoms...

Of the four listings in your link two are in a building registered as a problem building in the BB registry.

orle

climber
Jan 31, 2013 - 10:35am PT
YER GONNA DIE!!!!
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:28pm PT
rolfr posted this link to the place in kits:

http://vancouver.kijiji.ca/c-real-estate-apartments-condos-1-bedroom-Spacious-BACHELOR-ONE-BEDROOMS-IN-KITS-FEB1ST-or-MARCH-1ST-W0QQAdIdZ452510976

that'd be great. i used to live about a block away. great hood, mostly early-mid 20th century small and medium size apartment buildings. the beach has a micro-climate that can be good when its rainy elsewhere. there's a pullup bar and a set of rings above a sandpit down there, too.
bell

Trad climber
Scotland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
cheers for all the info guys!! a wee bit more expensive than i had hoped but looks like cheaper options can be found and am happy to share with a few folk

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 31, 2013 - 03:26pm PT
If you want to be quickly skiing, climbing or mountain biking, you want to be near a highway. Kits is nice but kind of a journey through traffic lights and bridges to get to the goodies.

Look in the North Shore News for W. Van. and N. Van. rentals or shared
housing. It can be surprisingly affordable but twice as far to UBC as Kits is.
Hoser

climber
vancouver
Jan 31, 2013 - 03:30pm PT
Dont pay $1100 for a 500 sq ft apt with no laundry or elevator. That part of town is reserved for the bridge and tunnelers in the summer.
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Jan 31, 2013 - 11:06pm PT
Vancouver is an expensive place to live, tough to have it all, cycle to work, close to urban ammenities and access to the outdoors.

If you can share, try Craigs List. http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/roo/ I can't vouch for any of the listings, just hope this helps points you in the right direction.

If you aren't familiar with the areas, feel free to ask help , a lot of well informed people online here.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 31, 2013 - 11:44pm PT
You're a scottsman? find a little oceanside shack in west van and kayak straight across the inlet to UBC. The locals will think you're nuts but jut tell them you're a kiwi. I'm only half kidding. West van has almost zero methheads, its a bit like a sea side scottish highlands and you are forty minute from squamish and fifteen from Klootchmans and lighthouse. My brother used to motor bike to ubc daily from eagle harbour for most of a decade. Thats what i'd do unless you're a real urban hipster coffee shop type but then - why post here?
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Jan 31, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
If you get this shack, i'll be happy to paddle you to UBC.
http://www.theangellgroup.com/2770-bellevue-ave-dundarave-west-vancouver-home-real-estate/752
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Feb 1, 2013 - 12:03am PT
Yeah but the West Vancouver reality is there's a lot of first wives left with the first house who fill the basement suite at a rate they think is acceptable for all concerned. Bills are bills, every month.

Getting done in by the professional 2nd wife with the rack didn't exclude a lot of homeowner's from having a sense of fairness...

The North Shore is an exercise in ambition !
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Feb 1, 2013 - 12:17am PT
huh. what happened to the west van of my youth? I bet there's still a few shacks around. Maybe in Tiddly cove.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Feb 1, 2013 - 12:45am PT
That's my point Bruce. The North Shore still has some remnants of the Lower Mainland's good times.

All the rich f*#k, come lately types think they are what was, before anyone knew any better during the last outpost of the British empire phase.

I go to visit my West side MOM and it's suicide to drive the limit and turn right off of 25th ave.

It's going Los Angeles, like, "cover me, I'm going to change lanes..."

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