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6 Warm and Inviting Rooms You’ll Never Want to Leave

6 Warm and Inviting Rooms You’ll Never Want to Leave

With so many wonderful homes listed by Macdonald Realty, it was difficult to choose a few to feature.

Let’s get inspired by these six sophisticated and inviting rooms we’ll never want to leave.

Bright & Blue Kitchen

Here is a clean & bright kitchen. The happy blue color invites us to stay here forever. The custom wood cabinetry is classic and we love the way it adds charm and sophistication to this fantastic space.

Listed by Sean Stevens Personal Real Estate Corporation – Price $1,799,000 – Macdonald Realty / MLS® R2389170


Living Room with a Charm

If there’s anything that can make us stop mid-scroll on Instagram or Facebook, it’s a well-designed living room with a touch of blue! There’re so many great little details here, like the blue cushions that don’t compete with the rest of the decor and this amazing fireplace. It is all clean, and the natural light brings this feeling of a cozy home.

Listed by James McKenny – Price $739,000 – Macdonald Realty / MLS® R2397788


A Palette of Wood & Greys

We love when the color palette of a house works so seamlessly through the entire space. This combination of greys and wood tones gives this space a very warm look! The natural light coming through the window boosts all the tones and textures of the fabric and wood grain. The dining table is also gorgeous and these dark modern chairs bring a touch of classic decor to a contemporary space.

Listed by Richie Huang Personal Real Estate Corporation & Lucia Wang Personal Real Estate Corporation & Jerry Y. Wang Personal Real Estate Corporation – Macdonald Realty / MLS® R2398149


Office & Accessories

All the clean colours work very nicely with the white desk! We love the super soft rug draped across the chair. Accessories can make a big difference and can give a home character and personality. The bright floor and pale grey walls could give to this space an almost clinical look; however, everything in this room is perfect. So clean, so natural, so ready to work!

SOLD by Julie PhoenixMacdonald Realty / MLS® R2365716


Open Plan Kitchen & Living Room

This kitchen looks so luxurious with the white lower cupboards and the custom countertop. The living room is also stunning – it looks straight out of a home magazine. Unique!

Listed by Emily SandhackMacdonald Realty / MLS® R2391231


Gorgeous Bathroom

The neutral floors and walls really stand out! It’s simple and sophisticated at the same time. This beautiful bathroom has an open feel of a contemporary space. The bathtub adds charm to the everyday routine, with its minimalist yet functional style.

Listed by Lynn Johnson & Vita Kalns Personal Real Estate Corporation & Bruce WarnerMacdonald Realty / MLS® R2390880


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7 Top Vancouver Waterfront View Properties Currently Listed by Macdonald Realty

7 Top Vancouver Waterfront View Properties Currently Listed by Macdonald Realty

Enjoy some of the best views around the city with these fantastic waterfront properties currently listed by Macdonald Realty.

#2601- 277 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, BC
Listed by Juliana Jiao Personal Real Estate Corporation

Imagine living with one of the world’s most majestic waterfront views of the ocean, mountains, Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge, Coal Harbour Marina & Park, plus a 360-degree city view. Amazing terraces covering 688 square feet with two fireplaces.

Best waterfront view properties currently listed by Macdonald Realty

Price: $38,888,000  / Click here to see this listing

#1102 – 1139 W Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC
Listed by Lucie Ingoldby

Sensational waterfront home at Two Harbour Green. This 2400 square feet home with unobstructed views of the ocean, Stanley Park and Harbour Green Park plus the North Shore mountains has a great entertainment size family room with direct access to the wrap-around balcony.

Price: $7,390,000 / Click here to see this listing

2707 Point Grey Road, Vancouver, BC
Listed by Manyee Lui

Everlasting views on the prestigious Point Grey Road. With its waterfront location, this property captures the best of water, mountain and city. Enjoy the rooftop decks and incredible family living spaces.

Price: $17,800,000 / Click here to see this listing

#2101 – 1077 W Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC
Listed by Joseph Chiang

Amazing views of Coal Harbour, mountains and city from all windows. This open layout features an entertainment-size living room, fabulous gourmet chef’s kitchen and more. Relax in the spacious master bedroom with a spa only for you.

Ocean View - Best waterfront view properties currently listed by Macdonald Realty

Price: $4,488,000 / Click here to see this listing

#1605 – 1328 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC
Listed by Murphy Costello Personal Real Estate Corporation and Jodi Norrison

180-degree views to the South, East & North of False Creek, Science World and the city. Floor to ceiling windows, elegant interior floor plan, updated kitchen, and hardwood flooring. Everything with fabulous resort-level amenities.

Price: $2,998,000 / Click here to see this listing

1418 Haywood Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Listed by Jennie Frizzo Personal Real Estate Corporation

Situated on south-facing back gardens and beautiful views of Stanley Park, the city, and ocean and well designed with modern, open-concept and 20’ ceilings in the living room in a beautiful and functional floor plan.

Price: $5,888,000 / Click here to see this listing

#5604 – 1128 W Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Listed by Frank Ye Personal Real Estate Corporation

Incredible views of English Bay and the Gulf Islands. This Shangri-La 5-star home has updated Italian closets, entertainment center, and multiple amenities.

Price: $5,780,000 / Click here to see this listing

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Head Mother Nature’s warning and prepare your emergency kit

Half a million residents were without power after the latest wind storm hit the lower mainland in late August.  300,000 hectares of BC forest have burned this summer.   And, of course, we have the ever present threat of “the big one” earthquake.

Now is the time to review and prepare your emergency kit.  Recheck batteries, food and water supply expiry dates and fill in any pieces you are missing. Experts agree you need to be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours following a disaster.

10 Essentials for your Emergency Kit

  1. Water — At least two litres of water per person per day; include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
  2. Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year)
  3. Manual can opener
  4. Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
  5. Crank or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
  6. First aid kit
  7. Extra keys to your car and house
  8. Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones (if you can find one)
  9. A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
  10. If applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal (personalize according to your needs)


Click here to order Emergency Preparedness Kits for the Home or Car from the BC Government (1-6 person kits available)

This article was originally posted on CBC News, October 17th, 2013.

5 Ways to Stay Safe At Home

5 Ways to Stay Safe At Home

No matter how beautiful or spacious your house, the most important thing is that you feel safe and secure in your own home. It is scary to think that break-ins happen, but don’t worry, there are things you can do to prevent them. Check out these 5 tips to stay safe at home!

  1. Set up an alarm system. Alarms are one of the most effective ways to ensure safety in your own house. By setting up an alarm system, the police would be alerted in case of a break in. Moreover, it would automatically make your home a less favorable target since the burglars would not want to risk setting off the alarm.
  2. Don’t hide your keys in obvious places. Hiding your keys under the doormat or a rock may be okay a few decades ago, but now you may want to change up your hiding spot. The best place to put a spare key is with a trustworthy neighbor or family member.
  3. Install yard lights and security cameras. The brighter the area outside your house is the less likely it is for burglars or intruders to find hiding spots. A security camera could also help with identifying the intruders or alerting homeowners of an intrusion.
  4. Lock your windows and doors. The easiest way to prevent a break-in is at the point of entry. Locks are crucial, so don’t be afraid of spending a little bit more on them to ensure the safety of your house. Burglar-proof windows are not necessary but could be a possible upgrade in particularly at risk areas or dark alleyways.
  5. Keeps your plans private. You may be super excited for your next vacation, but wait until you’re back from the trip to share your plans publicly. It’s okay to tell your close friends and families but there is no need to tell the supermarket clerk or the hairdresser because burglars rely on these tips on people who will be out of town.


5 Tips for Staying on Budget During Renovations

5 Tips for Staying on Budget During Renovations

Are you getting ready to sell your house? Perhaps that includes some renovations. Check out our top 5 Tips for Staying on Budget during Renovations!


  1. Stick with standard sizes and models. Custom kitchen cabinets, for example, are very expensive. Save money by choosing stock ones, then attaching molding, corbels, or wood carvings for flair.
  2. Don’t work without a design. Some projects require an architect, some an interior designer, and sometimes a talented builder will get your aesthetic and help you come up with a good plan. Don’t start a remodel without a detailed floor plan. A lot of elements interact in a space — put them all on paper and you’ll catch problems before they are built.
  3. Rent or borrow what you don’t have. Check with neighbors and friends for miter saws and power drills. Home centers rent heavy-duty tools, such as tile cutters and power washers, for a weekend fee
  4. Keep the same footprint. Consider what projects you can complete without moving walls or other systems behind the walls. Building an addition, moving walls, or relocating sinks and stoves involves major construction as well as new electrical, plumbing and flooring work.
  5. Budget for the Unknown. While it’s great to keep a positive attitude and think that everything will go as planned, life usually doesn’t work out that way. When coming up with your kitchen reno budget, add on at least 15% for contingencies.
5 Spring Cleaning Hacks

5 Spring Cleaning Hacks

Spring is here and that means it’s time to start your spring cleaning. But it doesn’t have to be the bane of your existence this year! Here are a few hacks that will help you get through that cleaning faster with these spring cleaning hacks.

1. Use lemons to remove hard water stains

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2. Coarse salt can help you clean cast iron.

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3. Get rid of water rings on tables by using a hair dryer

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4. Remove soap buildup from glass shower doors by using a fabric-softener sheet

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5. Slide an old pillow case over a ceiling fan blade to catch dust and dirt

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