Tim’s Story

A resident for over 32 years, I’ve stayed at Seafield because people here nurture and look out for each other like family. Unlike the anonymous vacuum of high-rise life, here everyone knows each other by first name and we’re all there to to help at a moment’s notice.

We have fun together too, from our annual Canada Day barbecue to recurring ‘Hall-i-day’ parties (where the hallway upstairs or down is the natural place to hang out) and inspired Hallowe’ens that are the talk of the neighbourhood. And, of course, great food is never far removed.

Seafield is a gracious older building, whose heritage inspires its own very genuine character, and a community of friends which is solid as a rock.

When I moved in, the West End was fighting social evils such as child street prostitution. We bonded with our neighbours to out the perpetrators with the successful ‘Shame the Johns’ campaign.

When Heather and I got married we looked all over for a ‘neutral’ place to call our own, but kept coming back to Seafield because there was no other that compared. Of course, we stayed.

Noted social activist and urban commentator Jane Jacobs was emphatic that cities need to retain buildings such as the Seafield to maintain a healthy mix of housing types and ages. She also understood the appeal of affordable, older buildings to the creative element. Ours is no exception.

We are a group that spans the spectrum: architects, TV producers, opera singers, massage therapists, sanitation drivers, nurses, market research specialists, journalists, university profs and more—not to mention retirees who contribute to the West End’s vibrant community. We are young and old (aged from four to 84 and 90 plus), with at least one baby on the way to add to our extraordinary family that epitomizes Vancouver’s West End with its open minded mix of forward-thinking, socially aware and caring folk.

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