Relocate from Whitby, ON to Maple Ridge, BC.... what to consider?
If I could sell my 4 bed, 5 bath home in Whitby, ON for $1.1 or $1.2M and shop for a house of similar value between $1.0 to $1.2M in BC, it seems (according to Realtor.ca) that the nicer homes within this price range are found in the Maple Ridge area of BC (is this still considered GVA)? Mind you, I have absolutely NO idea what this place is like, other than doing 30 minutes of research into the community and google maps telling me that it's supposed to be a 1 hour drive from Maple Ridge to downtown Vancouver (pretty equivalent for the drive from Whitby to downtown Toronto).
If I recall correctly, I think there's a pretty robust public transit (commuter train) system out West... correct me if I'm wrong. I'm just not sure if it extends as far as Maple Ridge, or if I'd have to drive a bit before I hit a station that would take me into the city core.
Our neighborhood in Whitby is pretty multicultural and composed mostly of young professionals with kids.... is there a similar type of mix in the Maple Ridge area? Or is it pretty homogeneous for either race/age? We're an interracial family, so we value exposure to multiculturalism.
It seems homes in my price range in Surrey or Coquitlam tend to be quite a bit older and smaller than what we have now, and we'd rather not go 'backwards' in terms of the quality/style of home we've become accustomed to.
Any other things or areas to consider?
Obviously having a house that faces the harbour or has waterview may be completely out of my budget.... or is it? Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong areas. Condo living is definitely not for us... we enjoy our space and privacy.