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Old 05-24-2005, 05:30 PM   #1
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So, I was looking for a place to retire.
I wanted a view of the city lights, mountain, and the ocean in view from my patio. I needed security...some place safe - not just for us, but also for the vacant home because we intend to travel as much as we can.
Well, after extensive search...it does exisit.
Point Roberts, Washington. It's only 20 minutes to Vancouver, B.C. Canada - I say one of the most cultured city one can find in the world.
Point Roberts is a government controlled "gated community". There's Marina & Golfing. Charming place to call home. Be away from it all, yet only be 20 minutes away from the best city.

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Re: Looking for Retirement Heaven? I've found it!!
Old 05-24-2005, 05:35 PM   #2
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The Zipper's #2 son lives in Vancouver and loves it.

Just don't try to buy a house.
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Point Roberts - drive thru Canada - to get back to the U.S.

That one? I left Washinton State in 1969 at age 26 and never looked back. Nice place to visit.
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Planning a vacation to BC/Vancouver and Vancouve Island in July and will look in. (Though if it is a gated community we might not get to see much?)
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The Zipper's #2 son lives in Vancouver and loves it.

Just don't try to buy a house.
Exactly...the houses in Vancouver are crazy like California. We get to take advantage of low housing costs in Point Roberts and still be in driving distance to Vancouver. The Vancouver-ians are jealous of us because we can take advantage of the strong dollar, and pay cheaper housing costs. AND! if you spend money there in Canada you can get taxes back.
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Point Roberts - drive thru Canada - to get back to the U.S.

That one?
Yes, that one.* But by living in Point Roberts, you don't have a reason to drive back into Washington 'cause you can do your shopping, entertainment, etc in Canada - not to mention local shopping centers etc right in Point Roberts.* Oh, and don't forget Richmond!!! (only 10 min).* *
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Planning a vacation to BC/Vancouver and Vancouve Island in July and will look in. (Though if it is a gated community we might not get to see much?)
When I say "Government controlled gated community"- it was a bit of humor.
It is an immigration check point. All you need is an ID to go into Point Roberts. Living there, you will feel as if you live in a manned gated community with cameras.
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Can the Vancouver housing boom be traced back to right before Hong Kong take over by the Chinese. The relative status of U.S./Canadian laws at the time - fueled the boom due to 'flight capital'. Or so I thought I read something like that.
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unclemick - don't like the pac west or just certain areas?
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Can the Vancouver housing boom be traced back to right before Hong Kong take over by the Chinese. The relative status of U.S./Canadian laws at the time - fueled the boom due to 'flight capital'. Or so I thought I read something like that.
This has nothing to do with Point Roberts, but to try to answer your question...I do believe that the Vancouver housing has boomed because of the Hong Kong take over in 1997. *I think many Chinese were scared, and moved their investments to Canada. *But I'm no history buff, and this is a very hard question for me to answer. *What I do know is that the housing in Vancouver keeps rising everyday. *
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Could jit ust be Canadiens heading to the warmest place they can find without leaving the country? Sort of like our Florida?
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So, I was looking for a place to retire.
I wanted a view of the city lights, mountain, and the ocean in view from my patio. I needed security...some place safe - not just for us, but also for the vacant home because we intend to travel as much as we can.
Well, after extensive search...it does exisit.
Point Roberts, Washington. It's only 20 minutes to Vancouver, B.C. Canada - I say one of the most cultured city one can find in the world.
Point Roberts is a government controlled "gated community". There's Marina & Golfing. Charming place to call home. Be away from it all, yet only be 20 minutes away from the best city.

"Best city"? Man. I hope you are kidding. BTW, have you done any traveling or just read a book?

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Old 05-24-2005, 08:22 PM   #13
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"Best city"?* Man. I hope you are kidding.* BTW, have you done any traveling or just read a book?

JG
Everybody has a different opinion.* To me, I love the city because of the diverse culture is holds...as wells as the beautiful spring, summers & fall.* I've lived in Vancouver, NJ, DE, PA, GA, FL, AZ, Nurenberg, Germany and Tokyo Japan.* And to me, it is the best.* I know the winters can get a bit cold, but I am retired and plan on taking* many trip during those seasons.* And therefore, to me it is the best & resonable location to retire.
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There are a lot of very nice cities. Vancouver is definitely on the short list.
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There are a lot of very nice cities. Vancouver is definitely on the short list.
I think Vancouver is fine, but to say it is "the best" is ridiculous.
That said, I know more than one person who thinks Vancouver is
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Vancouver is a great place. It has a lot of gardens and great Chinese restaurants. Thanks for the tips about Point Roberts. I will check that out.
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The pac west is my old stomping grounds, also liked Colorado(Littleton), Huntsville, Al and greater Baltimore(Towsend, Middle River).

However - after Upper Michigan, and greater Philly - The SO thinks La heat and humidity are the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Relatives - Whidbey, Kalama, Kent, Anacortes. Also Sparks(Reno) - another place I liked but never lived there.

P.S. I was born in Vancouver - Wa that is.
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Vancouver is gorgeous - definetely on my short list but the housing cost deters me from it. Lived there for a couple of years. My apartment in Kits was overlooking the ski slopes and the ocean. In exchange for the location I had to deal with high rent and virtually no heat/insulation. A warm jacket, gas stove and oven kept me warm.

Go skiing in the morning. Play tennis in your shorts in the afternoon. Lots of good restaurants too. I could not live and work there though. Wages are not that great and you pay through the nose to live there. That continous drizzle rain drove me mad. Still got my gore tex from then, but I only use it 1-2 times a year in TX

I went sailing out of Point Roberts one time. Can't remember much about it. Checked on the internet, virtually no real estate for sale - must be either a hole in the wall or immensely popular.

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The pac west is my old stomping grounds, also liked Colorado(Littleton), Huntsville, Al and greater Baltimore(Towsend, Middle River).

However - after Upper Michigan, and greater Philly - The SO thinks La heat and humidity are the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Relatives - Whidbey, Kalama, Kent, Anacortes. Also Sparks(Reno) - another place I liked but never lived there.

P.S. I was born in Vancouver - Wa that is.
Ah, Upper Michigan. Lived it and loved it, "Yoopers" and all. Hated the winters though. Absolutely brutal. Otherwise, it's really quite beautiful.
No big cities at all and very few liberals. Actually, except for the weather,
it reminds me of east Texas. Lots of pine trees, lots of lakes, lots of
pick up trucks with gun racks. My kind of country.

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What about all that rain? What is the Rainfall at the Point and how many hours of sunshine per year?

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