If you are looking for a fantastic family oriented community, stop right here. This community might be the one you are looking for. There are several neighborhoods here to choose from; estate residences, large single-family, small single-family, row homes and townhouses. There is something suitable for all stages of life.

On the southern slope of Burke Mountain, new suburbs are being created and expanded. The area is supposed to house over 30,000 people when it is completed. 

Families, professionals and empty nesters looking for a walkable neighbourhood, village setting, nature on their doorstep and access to transit can stop their search on Coquitlam’s Burke Mountain.

On a typical day for a Burke Mountain resident, waking up to stunning views is very much likely. Shop for groceriec in the future Burke Mountain Village, mountain biking at Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, or just have a beer on a patio as the sun goes down.

Professionals may find themselves biking to SkyTrain in the morning, taking a classes at the nearby community centres work, and having a farm-to-table meal in the village. 

Many families choose to walk or a bike to get to nearby schools, parks and amenities via the extensive trail network.

Burke Mountain feaures several community parkes including Pioneer Park and Harper Park.

Pioneer Park is located at 3000 Highland Drive is a 4.4 acre intended to help create a sense of community in Burke Mountain and provide a focal point for socializing, as well as children’s play and recreation. 

The park elements include activities for all ages and accessibility levels. Features include:

  • game tables,
  • open lawn area for picnicking and informal play activities,
  • community garden,
  • full-sized sport court including basketball and hockey nets,
  • neighbourhood grass sports field,
  • art play installation with rubberized surface to serve as a climbing play element,
  • approximately 47 new parking spots,
  • 25 shade trees to grow with the park, and
  • connections to new and existing trails 

Harper community park is located in Smiling Creek and is a part of 4.4-hectare (10.8-acre) Harper Park expansion, located off Harper Road.

The project will retain much of the existing forest while adding features that allow for the passive enjoyment of the space, including:

  • 620 metres of trails
  • a wooden pedestrian bridge over Smiling Creek
  • seating
  • rest areas
  • picnic tables
  • interpretive signs and other elements throughout the site will recognize Burke Mountain’s logging history, glacial influences and forest features

Access will be provided from trailheads at Highland Drive to the south, and along the Harper Road multi-use pathway to the north and northeast.

Burke Mountain features several awesome Neighbourhood Parks including Galloway Park, Queenston Park, Riley Park and Victoria Park. There are many other smaller parks whithin walking distance of every neighbourhood. Which is just great for families with kids, if you’re an outdoorsy person this area is great for you!

Another area nearby is the Park Ridge Estates. It was built in the 90' and cut into the side of Burke Mountain, North of River Springs. It enjoys many of the same perks as Burke Mountain, including forest and hiking trails. The whole neighbourhood is being close enough to amenities such as Coquitlam Centre Mall, 7-11, Shopper Drug Mart, and restaurants.

From Park Ridge, you are a walking distance or just a short drive to Coquitlam’s town centre park, which has a small man-made lake, walking trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, a large playground, football & soccer fields, and it is also the centre of Coquitlam's main events.

If you need to commute by public transportation, Coquitlam station will take you anywhere and everywhere you need, including throughout Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Burnaby. The Lafarge Lake-Douglas station to the new Evergreen extension of SkyTrain that can take commuters to most of Metro Vancouver. It is located just a short drive away by the Town Centre Park.

If you are thinking of moving to Burke mountain Area or simply want an insider’s report about what’s happening with the local real estate, click here and customize your own report for his area and for any other around vancouver!

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It's Tempting, but Don't Do It: The Perils of Moving in Prior to Closing
It is not a given that every sale will close on the contracted closing date. With this in mind, it is important to have contingency plans to cover any delays that will hinder moving plans for both buyer and seller. The buyer who wants to move in prior to a delayed closing and the seller who accommodates such a request may find themselves in a predicament if things don't go according to plan. Keep in mind that even if there is a written agreement to allow an early move-in, a legal dispute can still evolve from the unforeseen.

Early occupancy by a buyer means that the seller will have to maintain insurance on the property until closing, but there will be a potentially costly change to that policy. The new coverage would be landlord insurance to cover the now "tenant-occupied" home. Part of the closing process is the funding of the buyer's loan and a final check of clear title. If a final verification of employment is not in order for the underwriter, funding will not occur and may cause the lender to withdraw the loan commitment. If the final title check reveals a last-minute recorded encumbrance against the property, the sale closing could be indefinitely delayed. These are all good reasons for early occupancy to be avoided.

While the buyer benefits the most from an early move-in, the seller potentially suffers great loss in the event of any buyer default. The seller will have vacated their home, thinking it was sold. This, coupled with the house possibly having been altered or damaged by the buyer during early occupancy, could create unanticipated financial hardship. The seller still owns the house and remains liable for activities on the property.

In any of these scenarios, it wouldn't be long before buyer and seller would find themselves entangled in a legal battle over monetary damages. The message is loud and clear. Both the buyer and seller need to plan their moves with a flexible timeline and avoid early buyer possession in the event unexpected delays cause a late closing.

If you're considering upsizing or downsizing, let me know what I can do to help make that transition as smooth as possible for you.


Keeping Out of COVID-19's Harmful Way


If you’re not staying at home just yet, HERE is a helpful reference guide for preparing to stay home.

Putting Yourself at Risk Isn't Worth it!

Take advantage of what's available to you online.

As we practice social distancing and staying at home to reduce the greater potential impact of COVID-19, we now find ourselves navigating a very different way of being.

To battle the cabin fever for those already at home or to curb some of the ongoing updates, I’ve gathered over 40 online links and ideas not only to entertain the kids, but also to give you access to places that you may have always wanted to experience like museums, oceans, musicals and so much more.

Plus, you'll also find virtual places for fitness and exercise, online courses, and activities so you can explore as much as possible from the safety of your own home.

I’ve tried to include as many free options as possible, but some of them aren’t. Please know that I get no compensation or benefit in any way from these different links - we just want to give you a hub you can turn to or share with others to benefit from.

Theatre and Entertainment

1) Enjoy a museum or art exhibit from the comfort of your own couch. Google Arts & Culture has access to a number of different museum exhibits across the globe. Take a peek at Frida Kahlo’s diary or get up close and personal with Van Gogh. See all options here.

2) Are you a musical theatre or Broadway junkie? Playbill has 15 Broadway plays and musicals you can watch ON STAGE from anywhere right here.

And they some great recommendations for musicals what to watch from home and where to find them in this article.

3) The Louvre in France has 3 virtual tours of their exhibits you can view online right from here.

4) With movie theaters being closed for safety, movie goer subscriptions have been suspended and studios are offering what would have been in-theatre movies online, on demand instead. Learn how you can rent or buy in- theater movies without needing a subscription here.

Take Classes and Courses

1) Harvard University offers a number of free online courses. Check out the options here.

2) Yale’s most popular class The Science of Well-Being with 4.9 stars from over 4,110 ratings is available
free online right here.

3) Ever wish you could take some cooking classes? Well, you can stretch your culinary skills by signing up for this free cooking school (until the end of April).

4) If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to code, you can do it free and online with Ivy League Courses in programming here.

5) You can learn a new skill here on for the next 2 months – this is a paid service, but they offer 2 free months.

6) You can get a small taste of the inner working of Walt Disney’s Imagineers who created a free online program called Imagineering in a Box. It is a series of interactive lessons in theme park design and engineering, for a behind-the-scenes peek into their development process.


Thousands of Health and Wellness Options

For many, heading to the gym or catching work out classes was part of a regular routine. Now, we’re having to get creative if there’s no home gym. Here are ways you can still burn calories at home or work on your mental state of being.

1) The YMCA has launched a free on demand service where you can take group exercise classes for all ages right in your own home at no charge for a limited time here.

2) Take up Yoga With Adriene’s YouTube channel has so many video resources you can watch for free here.

3) The Daily Burn is one membership with access to thousands of different workout videos so you can mix it up every day right from your own home (extended 60 day free trial).

4) Nike’s Nike Training app helps turn staying in into your at-home advantage here.

Escape with

Travels & Tours

Maybe some travel plans were cancelled or you’re dreaming of your next bucket list destination. Well, now you can take a virtual tour through national parks, zoos and beaches near and far.

1) Google Earth lets you discover all parts of the planet here.

2) Why not check out the peaceful The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks here?

3) You can even explore Mars here.
4) And, you can
enjoy spring flowers with these 5 gardens

across the globe that you can virtually tour right here. 5) Take a peak of the Great Wall of China here.

6) Get an insider view of jelly fish and more with Georgia Aquarium’s live web cam footage here. Or check out Monterey Bay Aquarium’s here.

7) Then, hop on over to San Diego Zoo for some more than 10 live camera adventures with pandas, koalas, giraffes, elephants and more here.

5) Barre Body Studio is a boutique fitness studio with online classes here.

6) Practice pilates anytime with access to 3,400+ streaming Pilates videos in your home and on the go (15 day free trial).

7) Daily PE Sessions Monday through Friday for Kids with Joe Wicks (a fitness trainer in the UK) – I'm hoping they will be available on his YouTube channel here after they are done LIVE via video.


38 Activities

For the Kids

You might be looking for creative ways to entertain the kids or grandkids after school closures and thankfully there are some great online resources that may come in handy.

1) Tune in for the daily Lunch Doodle from 1-1:20 PM EST through March 27. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks.

2) Children book author, Mac Barnett, is also reading a different book every day at 3 PM EST via Instagram Live.

3) The Kennedy Space Center has launched science lessons on Facebook Live.

4) In the STEM (stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Activity Clearinghouse, you can find vetted activities that are appropriate for multiple audiences and difficulty level here.

5) is a comprehensive, interactive math practice site for students in Kindergarten to fifth grade and can be used for independent practice, remediation, assessment, and more (90 day free access).

5) A teacher gathered links for over 30 Virtual Field Trips including Mars, an animal farm tour, U.S. Space and Rocket Museum in Huntsville, the Boston Children’s Museum, and more here.

6) Learn more about marine biology with this family’s Virtual Marine Biology Camp.

7) Vooks has an ever-growing streaming library of kid- safe animated storybooks on all your favorite
devices here.

8) Authors are grabbing their favorite books and phone and are recording themselves reading with Operation Story Time.


Why you should consider a Pre- Inspection before you list?
Getting a Pre Listing Inspection Before You List
Before your real estate agent places the "For Sale" sign in your front yard, you want to be sure that no stone has been left unturned when preparing your home for marketing. The "To Do" checklist that your agent gives you is created to help protect you from the unknown once you are under contract to sell. It is also a great checklist for taking care of everyday preventative maintenance of your home.

One of the key items on your list will be the recommendation to obtain a professional Pre- Listing inspection prior to listing instead of waiting for an acceptable offer to see if your home is the subject of hidden pest or water damage.

For a fee of about $300, a licensed inspector will prepare a full report on your property. Once the inspection is complete, you will receive a report with suggested remedies and estimated costs of repair.

Having this information before you move ahead with an offer gives you great advantages when selling your home. You will know the repair costs prior to agreeing on a selling price. Your buyer's loan approval may depend on having a clear report so closing delays will be avoided. You can also share the report and explain how everything was fixed. 

We reimburse clients who chose to have a pre- Inspection done upon a firm sale. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about the home selling or buying process. I'm here to be your resource.
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