2018-06-10 21:22:30 UTC
The Unreal, Eerie Emptiness of China's 'Ghost Cities'
Exclusive: Who are the people in the neighbourhood? Lonely West Van mansions,
where a forest stood
"Whitby Estates in West Vancouver may be the most-expensive new neighbourhood
in Canada with the most-awesome panoramic views.
It may also be the most lonely.
During visits to the area over the last two years, theBreaker noticed a dearth
of daytime pedestrian and vehicle movements and very few residences with lights
on during evenings in this British Pacific Properties development.
There are knee-high weeds growing in many gardens and walkways during the
summer. After winter snowstorms, the streets are dutifully plowed long before
the knee-high snowbanks on many driveways.
When cars are spotted, they are often parked in clusters while their drivers
are inside, perhaps enjoying the solitude.
An analysis of property assessment records for 60 mansions and townhouses on
the once-forested slopes of Highview Place and Highgrove Place shows a whopping
$350.416 million combined real estate value - an average of $5.84 million - in
the luxury enclaves below Cypress Bowl Road.
The area, developed between 2009 and 2014, was marketed to investors from
China. Two-thirds of the names on titles in the B.C. Assessment database are
non-anglicized Chinese names. Some of those names are familiar to court
watchers in B.C."
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