Nanaimo Real Estate Blog
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".
I see the beauty in my city. I see the struggle of a downtown core that is in the process of gentrification, as more people return to live, shop and eat in small independent stores and restaurants. I recognize the disheartened faces of those suffering from addiction and health issues. I cannot close my eyes to the reality that my city is changing, redefining itself and that the process is not always painless. However, I see the heart of the city, like so many others, and appreciate the natural beauty and opportunity that exists in this spectacular area of the world. With new developments poised to define our city's neighbourhoods, and a strong desire to preserve the integrity of our Old City heritage homes, Nanaimo is melding the best of our past with the best of what is yet to come.
Have you ever wondered how come there are so many odd and wacky street names in Nanaimo? Many people say that it was Frank Ney himself who chose some of the more colorful street names. Streets such as Bergen-Op-Zoom, Twiggly Wiggly, and Dingle Bingle are certainly not common streets that you might find elsewhere. In Nanaimo, Bergen-op-zoom is in a subdivision with names such as Amsterdam, Tulip and Arnhem Terrace. Frank Ney served in the RAF and RCAF as a pilot during World War II. The naming of those streets was in memory of the Canadian involvement in Holland during the war. Jingle Pot was the name of a mine in that same area during the early days in Nanaimo. Panorama View Drive was given the name as the street offered panoramic ocean and city views at that time.