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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-19-2013, 05:56 PM
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You should go online and check out Canmore, Alberta. Doesn't get any better than that and I think the rent would be cheaper than Whistler. Its the bomb.


The idea of moving nearby a resort town has definitely crossed my mind, living in the east coast has it's drawbacks. Where is a good place to begin looking at real estate or apartment rentals ? What is the average cost for a 1 bdr for example ?
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The condos in Whistler are phase I or phase II. Can't remember which is which, but one of them is only useful as an investment because you're only allowed to use it a certain number of weeks per year. No, it's not a timeshare. The rest of the time the property mgmt company is allowed to rent it out (you get, I think, 60% of the rent). What'll kill you is the maintenance fee, which can be up to $500 A MONTH. Condos outside of town are more reasonable (and I mean short bus ride).


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Yep, phase 1 is unlimited use, phase 2 is limited owner use in Whistler.

Honestly, rent isn't that bad in Whistler. Come in the summer and there are plenty of long leases available for decent prices. As long as you aren't trying to find a place to rent in the middle of winter peak season the rental rates aren't that bad.

As far as IT jobs go, as already mentioned both Whistler Blackcomb and Whistler tourist have IT departments. I'm sure Squamish has some IT departments too.

Besides that, most of the other businesses are either tourism, service or commercial things like house builders and construction, but you do see the odd opening for other jobs like accountants and dentists every once in awhile.

I'm sure Canmore is nice, but if you like Whistler it's honestly hard to find a place quite like it. I live here because I haven't found any other ski resort where you have amazing ski terrain mixed with such a kickass village. As much as I like small ski towns, I still like having really nice restaurants, bars, pubs and cinemas right inside the village.

Plus the drive to Vancouver is really easy on the odd occasion when you need to get out of the bubble.

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Jed what do you do for a living?
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Yep, phase 1 is unlimited use, phase 2 is limited owner use in Whistler.

Honestly, rent isn't that bad in Whistler. Come in the summer and there are plenty of long leases available for decent prices. As long as you aren't trying to find a place to rent in the middle of winter peak season the rental rates aren't that bad.

As far as IT jobs go, as already mentioned both Whistler Blackcomb and Whistler tourist have IT departments. I'm sure Squamish has some IT departments too.

Besides that, most of the other businesses are either tourism, service or commercial things like house builders and construction, but you do see the odd opening for other jobs like accountants and dentists every once in awhile.

I'm sure Canmore is nice, but if you like Whistler it's honestly hard to find a place quite like it. I live here because I haven't found any other ski resort where you have amazing ski terrain mixed with such a kickass village. As much as I like small ski towns, I still like having really nice restaurants, bars, pubs and cinemas right inside the village.

Plus the drive to Vancouver is really easy on the odd occasion when you need to get out of the bubble.
Sounds similar to vail, except it's Denver we drive to on occasion. All the same reasons I enjoy living in vail too. You can be as reclusive as you want too....
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Jed what do you do for a living?
I work for myself doing a mix of internet marketing, affiliate marketing, online product creation and website creation / development. Basically just a lot of online things that bring in passive income streams.

Plus I run Snomie.com which will be a full time income as well once I flip the switch on some stuff I have coming up for the site.

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Also, don't a lot of computer programmers telecommute? My friend was considering it.
On a recent trip there I talked to a guy on the lift who does this. he has one client that gives him steady work. He has to travel down to Vancouver once a month or something.

Not a bad gig.

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This is just a bit of casual curiosity on my part, and I'm thinking specifically of Whistler but I guess the question could apply to most resort towns. Anyway, as a general question...
I've actually thought about this myself a lot lately... I love Fernie so if I could get around paying significantly more for everything, I'd try to get a job in my field right in the town or in the nearby coal mine operation (with my qualification I could get work anywhere there's highway maintenance, mining, industrial, etc. etc.).

That said, I think Alberta will be my home for a while. Been looking lately at something near cochrane, but not quite in town. Although Canmore is VERY tempting... Unfortunately my house in canmore would cost $600,000+, and the options in my price range are much smaller than what I'm in now.

Fernie on the other hand I could buy about the equivalent house for the price, and it really would be an amazing place to setup camp for a long time. I just can't get over the taxes, fuel costs, and on and on.
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