We are proud to announce that effective July 1st, 2022 Jeannie Shaver has been appointed Managing Broker for Macdonald Realty’s boutique office in Parksville. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Jeannie joined Macdonald Realty as an agent in 2018 and received the company’s Sales Achievement Award in each of the next 3 years. Active in the Oceanside community, Jeannie has served on the board and managed the Qualicum Beach Farmers Market, as well as serving on the Official Community Plan Review Steering Committee in Qualicum Beach. She will continue to assist clients with buying and selling properties in the community, while also helping to expand Macdonald Realty’s presence in Central Vancouver Island.
“We’re excited to work with Jeannie to grow our Parksville office,” says Rosey Hudson, VP of Operations for Macdonald Real Estate Group. “For agents, Macdonald Realty offers many leading technology tools such as Skyslope for efficient transaction management, kvCORE their agent website, lead generation and CRM, and the Macdonald Online Marketing Centre for quick listing brochures and social media posts. For the public, our marketing channels cover digital, local print and global syndication through the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International networks. Best of all, as a locally owned company, Macdonald Realty is able to focus 100% of our efforts on building programs and services for people who live and work in BC.”
Those who are interested in joining a brokerage in the Parksville-Oceanside area can connect with Jeannie by visiting careersinBCrealestate.com to schedule a meeting.
As we welcome our office in Burnaby, BC we’ve found many fun facts about the city.
With one of the largest parkland to resident ratio in all of North America, with approximately 25% of the city’s land being parkland or open space, Burnaby has ample room to get outside and is a great mixture of the urban environment and natural landscape.
Check out some of our favourite places to visit and as a bonus, celebrity sightings.
Parks & Urban Centre
According to the website Burnaby.ca, the city has one of the highest park land to resident ratio in all of North America.
The city has witnessed significant changes in its demographic profile. It has evolved from a rural and suburban community to a significant urban centre that is socially, economically and culturally diverse. While Burnaby occupies just over three percent of the land area of Metro Vancouver, it accounts for about 10 percent of the region’s population. It is the third most populated urban centre in British Columbia with a population of 232,755 in 2016.
Photo by Nick Zheng – Burnaby, BC
The largest park in Burnaby is called Central Park and is covered mostly with large fir and spruce trees. With 213 acres and 8.5 kilometres of trails for biking and walking the park also offers other general recreational activities.
If you never had the chance to visit the Playground of the Gods, home of 50 totem poles created by Japanese artist Nubuo Toko, and his son, Shusheo, you need to add it to your “must to do” list. The totems are located atop Burnaby Mountain overlooking Coal Harbour and symbolizing Burnaby’s bond with its sister city, Kushiro, Japan.
Playground of the Gods, near SFU. Photo by Marlus M. Grecu, released by Daily Hive.
Third-Largest Commercial Mall in Canada
The fantastic Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, BC is the largest mall in British Columbia, and the third-largest in Canada behind Alberta’s West Edmonton Mall and Ontario’s Square One Shopping Centre, with 27 million customer visits annually. The mall is located adjacent to Metrotown station on the SkyTrain.
Photo released by metropolisatmetrotown.com.
The Very Famous Carousel at Burnaby Village Museum
Centuries of history are packed into a 10-acre site at the Burnaby Village Museum, you can find more discoveries at www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca.
The crown jewel of the Burnaby Village Museum is the restored 1912 C.W. Parker Carousel, which visitors can ride for only $2.65.
Burnaby Village Museum is closed for the season. Please check back for updates.
Photo released by adventureawaits.ca.
Michael Bublé, Michael J. Fox, Joe Sakic, and national soccer team player Christine Sinclair all came out of Burnaby.
For some real estate highlights: Michael Bublé’s home in Burnaby is more than 27,000-square-foot and is located across from his childhood elementary school.
Michael Buble’s home in Burnaby, BC – Photo by Richard Lam/PNG released by Vancouver Sun in 2018.
We all agree that Burnaby is a beautiful city and it impresses with its strong economic growth and abundance of natural beauty. If you are thinking of purchasing your home in Burnaby, BC you can count on our new Macdonald Realty Burnaby office.
Find listings on Burnaby, BC by visiting our website: macrealty.com.
Burnaby Village Museum
Burnaby Things To Do – Central Park
Burnaby Things To Do – Burnaby Mountain
Canada Day is right around the corner and we are all ready to relax a bit. What do you have planned to celebrate Canada Day This Year?
It’s been an unprecedented year, and more than ever, Canada Day will bring Canadians together, but now virtually. While parades and big parties have been cancelled, you can still find amazing events online and get connected with family and friends.
Photo By Danik Perkinson
BC has prepared a lot of virtual events to toast this important holiday and, we at Macdonald Realty have prepared this list of virtual family-friendly events to participate and enjoy the Canada Day!
Get your kids ready to see the cutest parade ever: a pet parade! Pets will be able to strut their stuff and show off their Canadian pride via an online livestream. Stay tuned for other activities including online play zone and prizes.
Delta is inviting residents to host their own physically distanced block parties this year on front lawns and balconies. Neighbourhoods interested in hosting a block party can check with the city to see about getting a #WeLoveDelta Block Box or Mini Box, with all the stuff you need to set up a block party. Visit Delta’s website and get your Canada Day party ready to go!
Don’t miss the chance to watch streamed content from Science World, the Greater Vancouver Zoo, the Fraser Valley Regional Library and the Langley Centennial Museum!
Have a lot of fun by watching dance troupes and magician Shawn Farquhar and stay tuned for the four-ingredient challenge.
Several rooftop performances are scheduled to take place in Ambleside, Dundarave and the Horseshoe Bay area for July 1 and you’ll be able to hear the bands from your home though you won’t be able to see them. (Residents are asked not to congregate on the streets.) At 7 p.m., residents are invited to stand in their yards or balconies to join a community-wide singalong of O Canada, after cheering healthcare workers.
After kids bedtime, because you also deserve to celebrate, join White Rock’s events. They will be a live-streamed concert by Ludic from Blue Front Studios, and a comedy set by John Cullen and much more. The event will be live-streamed on YouTube or Facebook, beginning at 7 p.m.
The City of Victoria in partnership with Canadian Heritage are excited to present Victoria’s Canada Day and they want you to be a part of the show! To enter simply head over to their video submissions page and upload a 10 to 20-second clip explaining “What it means to me to be Canadian” OR a video of you singing “O Canada”. Selected video entries will be a part of the commercial-free broadcast on July 1, at 7 pm on CHEK as well as a multitude of online platforms.
Submit your videos HERE and tune in July 1st for a chance to see your entry as a part of Victoria’s official Canada Day celebrations.
Canada Day Together (Government of Canada)
The federal government’s Canada Day celebrations will be celebrated online this year. The hosts Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord will present original artistic performances between artists across Canada, including Vancouver.
Among the artists, we will have Alanis Morisette, Avril Lavigne, Srah McLachlan, Shane Koyczan, Alan Doyle, The Sheepdogs, Joel Plaskett, and more. Check other interactive activities by clicking HERE. Watch the online streaming on Facebook | CBC Player
Looking for fireworks? You’ll get it. Click HERE.
Happy Birthday Canada!
Enjoy your holiday and we’ll see you online on July 01st.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – (April 24, 2020) – Macdonald Realty Victoria has committed to donating a portion of their agent’s monthly office fees to the Victoria Rapid Relief Fund which is raising money for coronavirus emergency relief in the capital region. The first monthly contribution of $1200 was delivered to The Victoria Foundation who chairs the fund, with a commitment to continue the monthly donations while Macdonald Realty agents work from home during physical distancing.
“We saw an opportunity to shift the focus and support our community during this critical time, ” says Ara Balabanian, Managing Broker of Macdonald Realty’s Victoria and Sidney offices. “Real Estate has been deemed an essential service by the BC Government so while the doors to our office are closed, we are fortunate to be able to continue offering essential services to clients from our homes. Our agents are happy to see a portion of their office fees redirected to support this worthwhile cause.”
The Victoria Rapid Relief Fund was established to provide funds to local Registered Charities and Qualified Donees providing front-line services to vulnerable populations whose staff, volunteers, programs, and operations have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Since March 21st they have raised over $5 million dollars.
Picture from The Victoria Foundation Facebook Page
About Macdonald Real Estate Group: Founded in Vancouver in 1944, Macdonald Realty (macrealty.com) has grown to become BC’s largest full-service corporately owned real estate company, with over 20 offices, 1,000 agents and staff in the province, and nearly $6 billion in annual sales.
In addition to residential sales, Macdonald Commercial has over 40 dedicated commercial agents with a head office in Vancouver and a new Fraser Valley office in South Surrey; Macdonald Property Management currently manages over $5 billion in BC properties; and Macdonald Platinum Marketing has sold over $2 billion in luxury new construction.
VANCOUVER, B.C., Oct. 2019 / Macdonald Realty, Western Canada’s largest independent full-service real estate company, today announced the re-opening of its office in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada. This office is one of Macdonald’s 20 offices throughout British Columbia.
The freshly renovated office in North Vancouver will bring to the team and clients more space and comfort. The space provides everything Macdonald’s real estate agents need to keep improving and growing their business.
Find us at 206 Lonsdale Ave or give us a call at 604.960.1100.
To find more about Macdonald Realty’s offices in British Columbia – please visit macrealty.com/offices.
About Macdonald Realty
Macdonald Realty was founded in Vancouver back in 1944 and has continued to grow through the years and the changes in the real estate market. We’re solid, established and respected, with 20 offices throughout British Columbia. Today, we’re Western Canada’s largest independent full-service real estate company, with Residential, Commercial, Property Management, and Project Marketing divisions. And we’re still proudly BC owned and operated.
Visit the company’s website today www.macrealty.com