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Mayor’s house has sold for asking: Vancouver real-estate stocks soar

July 12th, 2013 · 42 Comments

Okay, this is Friday fluff, but whatever. I feel I must contribute to the ongoing deep investigations into Mayor Gregor Robertson’s change of abode by reporting that his Douglas Park-area house has apparently sold, for the asking price of whatever it was, $1.95 million or something.

I realize that where the mayor lives is significant. I did at least one story, if not more, on Mayor Philip Owen’s momentous move from his Shaughnessy house to Marinaside. That was seen symbolically as a boost for the new north False Creek area, just as the move of Art Phillips and Carole Taylor to south False Creek a couple of decades earlier was also viewed as a stamp of approval. (For some reason, when I was told back at the beginning of June that the mayor was downsizing and house-hunting, it never occurred to me that it was a Story of Momentous Proportions and therefore I didn’t report anything on it.)

However, no one seems to see Robertson’s move, from a single-family house near Emily Carr elementary in central Vancouver to a smaller place in Kits near the beach, as symbolic of the prototypical Vancouver downsizing. Instead, it seems to have turned into massive theory-building about how it has something to do with the Point Grey bike lane. Or his federal-election ambitions. Or something.

No one seems to be speculating that it’s because he wants to further his paddle-boarding skills. Weird.



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