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May start "living" in Vancouver part-time-need your help

May start "living" in Vancouver part-time-need your help

Oct 5th, 2006, 12:09 PM
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May start "living" in Vancouver part-time-need your help


I've visited Vancouver before and loved it, but due to frequent business travel, hubby and I may need to start staying there for at least a week each month. In addition to hotels I'm looking into weekly apt rentals, especially in the Yaletown area (but open to other suggestions). Questions:

We've looked at furnishedrental.com and bridgestreet.com, can Fodorites suggest other good corporate housing/short-term rental sites or specialists?

If we want something that is in a nice area (safe, vibrant and convenient), how much should we expect to pay for an apt? Ideally we're hoping for a place with separate living room and bedroom.

If we go back to the hotel solution, between the Opus, Renaissance, and le Soleil, which one will be most convenient and comfortable for longish-term stay?

We may have a relocation/corp housing agent helping us soon but I'd rather get locals' unbiased feedback first. Thanks in adavnce!
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Oct 5th, 2006, 02:42 PM
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My son has just returned to Calgary after spending a year in Vancouver doing an internship (practical work experience in the middle of university studies). Iím sure Yaletown would be a nice area in which to live too, but as it happens my son lived in a one-bedroom, unfurnished apartment in the West End. As I recall, he paid about $850 per month for it.

It was small, around 500 sq ft or 550 sq ft, and the layout made rather poor use of the available space. That did not really worry him, however. He is a very outdoorsy person and, between his work and his sports activities, he did not spend a huge amount of time in the apartment.

He really loved the location. He often did his grocery shopping at Granville Island Market, he cycled to work, and so on. Another thing he liked about the location was the mixed density of the neighbourhood. While there were many high rise buildings, there were some medium rise and low rise buildings and some green spaces as well.

My husband has done two different stints involving extensive commuting to another city, similar to what youíll be doing. One was in London, UK and the other was in Vancouver, BC. In both cases his employer rented a furnished apartment for the entire duration of the multi-month assignment. That enabled him to leave some clothes, books, etc., in the apartment. He then was able to fly back and forth with just a brief case. He found that to be a huge help. It saved him from having to pack and fully vacate his accommodation every time he came home to Calgary.

When he worked in downtown Vancouver, his apartment was in the West End. However, that was back in 1995. I cannot remember the rent that his employer paid for a one-bedroomed, furnished apartment. Even if I could remember, the rate hardly would be relevant today.

Sorry I canít help with specifics. However, I hope what I said about my husbandís experience of long term commuting may be of some use.
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Oct 5th, 2006, 05:31 PM
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I know several people who have stayed at Shaughnessy Village. They have daily, weekly and monthly rates. It's in a good location (South Granville) which is a short commute from downtown (10 minutes) by bus. The website is www.shaugnessyvillage.com

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Oct 6th, 2006, 08:46 PM
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The units @ Shaugnessey are tiny and not suitable for two people long or even mid term.

http://www.rosellensuites.com/ might suit.
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Oct 7th, 2006, 08:50 AM
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Thanks so much for the input so far. We're excited about getting to know the lovely city.

Am I right to assume that Vancouver as a city is very used to absorbing "outsiders" who temporarily live in the city? I always get the impression there are a lot of Asian investors, American film crews and people from different sectors coming into the market. I guess my point is, is it right to assume there are a lot of housing and other services options available for people coming in for longish term stay for business (ie not strictly for pleasure) purposes? Or are services mostly set up to cater to short-term tourists?

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Oct 7th, 2006, 10:06 AM
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I believe it's fair to say that Vancouver can accommodate both short term and longer term visitors.

At the risk of flogging a dead horse, I again will mention the concept of renting a furnished apartment on a longer term basis. I believe that, depending on the deal that you managed to find, the price per month for one property might not be so very different from the price per week for another property.

As I mentioned to you before, my husband commuted between Calgary and Vancouver for several months in 1995. When his employer rented a furnished apartment on his behalf, they rented it from a private individual who had only one furnished apartment for rent. She did not have a whole fleet of properties. Although I don't remember what the rent was, I can remember thinking how reasonable it was. It was a decent-sized, one-bedroomed apartment.

Our two kids and I joined my husband there for part of the kids' summer vacation. The kids slept on camping stretchers that we brought with us from home and that we put in the dining room. The living room was big enough to accommodate both the living room and dining room furniture while the kids slept in the dining room.

My husband's ability to leave clothes and books there without having to pack up each time he came home to Calgary was something that he found very convenient.

I recommend that you refrain from committing to a property until you have seen it with your own eyes. I'm sure you would take that precaution anyway, but I mention it just in case. It would be worth your while to stay in weekly accommodation on your initial visit while you scoped out the possibilities.

Another thing I would do if I were you is test a neighbourhood in "real life" conditions. That is, if your husband will be catching public transportation from a given neighbourhood to work, he should test it during morning and afternoon rush hours.

You should test what it's like to get from the accommodation to grocery stores and other amenities that you might want to access while your husband is at work.

Above all, you should walk around the neighbourhood during the day AND at night. Friends of ours who had relocated a lot gave us that piece of advice, and we have found it to be invaluable.
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