The 2011 Greater Vancouver housing market began with heightened demand in regional hot spots and concluded with greater balance between seller supply and buyer demand. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that total sales of detached, attached and apartment properties in 2011 reached 32,390, a 5.9 per cent increase from the 30,595 sales recorded in 2010, and a 9.2 per cent decrease from the 35,669 residential sales in 2009. Last year’s home sale total was 6.3 per cent below the ten-year average for annual Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) sales in the region.
With a past that can be traced back to 1531 and the indigenous tribe of the Totorames, the story of Mazatlan is rich with traditions, European architecture, and activities that treat visitors to genuine Mexico. Unlike many more tourist-driven destinations, most “Mazatlecos” have lived their entire lives in the area and are part of large families who also live and work in the city. Family comes first in Mazatlan, and to visit is to become a part of that tradition.
Michael, my cooking teacher at the New Orleans School of Cooking, claims that Cajun food is “the only real American cuisine.” Michael is admittedly subjective—he passionately loves his city and its cuisine. One thing is true; N’Awlins offers some of the freshest produce and seafood around due to its climate and location. That fact, coupled with a culinary history that originates from French-speaking Canadians immigrating to Louisiana, makes this cuisine a true North American foodie favorite.
For gardeners, winter can be a terribly long and colorless season. But if you’re a plant lover who’s discovered the joys of growing African violets, just the opposite is true. Their dainty blooms, in a wide array of purple, pink, blue, white, and multicolored combinations, will appear almost constantly and brighten any gloomy January day.
When Pal Pang, founder and principal of Another Design International, took on the task of remodeling a 1,000-square-foot residence for a young family in Hong Kong, his primary goal was to improve the design while proving the old adage that less is more. Today, the apartment, which sits in a peaceful residential area surrounded by schools, is a study in minimalist design.
The kissing city, a romantic road leading to the castle Walt Disney replicated, and a shop devoted to chocolates rumored to be aphrodisiacs— busy packing your bags for France, Italy, maybe Spain? Not so fast; these schatz, or treasures in English, are located in Germany. Forget your stereotypes of bratwurst, beer, and Bavarian costumes—think Baroque architecture, bittersweet chocolate aphrodisiacs, and broken-heart memorials.