Nanaimo Real Estate Blog
I drove past a home in Nanaimo that had sold and had undergone substantial renovations. It looked very impressive from the front of the home, until I noticed a large red line down one side of the driveway and a survey post in front of it. I thought that it was quite odd, given that the property was over a half an acre and the line was directly down the driveway. I asked a neighbour who advised that the driveway was actually on the neighbour’s property and this was now causing some problems between the neighbours. It seemed as though the new neighbour was quicking becoming a bad neighbour!
Someone mentioned to me earlier this week that members at the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club, home of the PGA Master tournament, pay next to nothing in dues. Intrigued, I sought to found out more information on this exclusive golf course that represents American golf history and share it with others. Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most famous golf courses in the world and is located in Augusta, Georgia. Since 1934, it has been home to the Masters tournament. Membership is limited to 300 successful and high-achieving individuals who are handpicked. If you ask to join, you can be assured that you will NEVER become a member. It is rumored that Bill Gates voiced his desire to join and was denied membership due to his lack of candor (it appeared that he was "begging"), but Gates was finally initiated as a member in 2002. Memberships are by invitation only, and often a potential member is not notified in advance and they only receive an invitation to join the club by mail! Typically, memberships become available only when an existing member dies, and it is estimated that the average age of a member is in their 70's today. The club values secrecy and does not publish a membership list.
It is difficult to conceive of a world without the internet, but in 2005, slow and cumbersome dial-up internet was a reality for most North Americans. Newly constructed homes included additional plugs for technology and the home served as a centre for family gatherings and activities. Larger homes included separate offices, grand foyers intended to impress visitors, formal dining room, and games room. As technology evolved, high-speed internet made dial-up obsolete, and individuals could access information 24/7 on their Smart Phones - including social media which was in its infancy in 2005. One's ability to connect immediately with others eliminated the need for formal spaces within a home, as friends could send a quick text or post a note of encouragement on a friend's social media feed instead of "just stopping by".