Living Above The Clouds

Now I know where the phase, “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day” from the song My Girl by the Temptations came from.

As many of you may know, I moved from Richmond to the British Properties in West Vancouver a few months back. Moving to West Van kinda complete my story as the guy who grew up in the poorest neighborhood in Canada and now lives in the richest. Yes, Vancouver has the unusual honor of having both the poorest and richest neighborhood in the country.

One of the great benefits of living in West Van, aside from the great school district, is the view. The British Properties are built onto a mountain side that offers a panoramic view of the city. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Mount Baker and Vancouver Island. And then we have days like today. While the rest of Vancouver got fogged over by a cloud that descended onto the city, I got the most amazing view ever. I wonder if this is what living in heaven is like?

View from my house

View from my house

View from my house

The View After Getting Home From Dot Com Pho

View from house on Dec. 26

View from house on Dec. 26

View from house on Dec. 26

View from house on Dec. 26

This Is The View When The Clouds Decide To Stay In The Sky

West Vancouver

50 thoughts on “Living Above The Clouds”

  1. Is West Vancouver a gated community?

    1. Jeff Kee says:


      But in the sense that there is a single 3 lane bridge that connects downtown Vancouver to West Vancouver, it may as well be entirely gated… John works from home, so he doesn’t suffer the traffic so much.

    2. John Chow says:

      Vancouver doesn’t have any gated communities. That is a US thing. But like Jeff said, the Loin’s Gate Bridge that connects West Van to Vancouver might as well be a gate.

      1. Tim says:

        We have some gated communities in Alberta.
        ____ Wow what a view John.

      2. What? You mean the rich people don’t want to keep the riff raff out like they do here in the US?

        1. John Chow says:

          We’re more friendly in the great white north. 🙂 Gated communities just never got caught on here for some reason. I don’t think it has more to do with keeping the riff raff out as it does not feeling like you’re living in a prison.

  2. Wow what an incredible view you have from your house John.

    1. Truly amazing, john deffinetely picked a prime place to live.

    2. Custom Essay says:

      It must be cold there 🙁 but very inspiring view for artists. Invite any painter there to paint some kinda abstract art for you and place that painting in your drawing room.

  3. chester says:

    wow those are awesome images. Definitely some nice foggy weather in Vancity.

  4. John that’s amazing!! I used to have a view like that when I lived at Big White Ski Resort (just outside Kelowna).

    We have a few gated communities here in Calgary, I live just down the street from one but it’s no where near as high security as the ones in the states. Just a pass code to get in and out.

  5. Incredible photos, John! I’m used to your foodie pics, but these work too. Enjoy it up there, above the clouds!

  6. Morgan says:

    Beautiful pictures and video! Vancouver is definitely my top choice for cities in Canada – I really love West Van – you are lucky to live there!

    Now if only it didn’t rain so much!!

  7. Fiona @ BSF says:

    That is a beautiful view. Canada seems like an amazing place to live.

  8. One of the best view man can own. Stay there, don’t come down.

  9. Is this a view from your own living room, or from a high spot around your neighborhood?

    1. John Chow says:

      Living room. Well the same view from my office, master bedroom, family room and kitchen too. It all faces that way.

      1. I’d kill to wake up to that view every morning…

  10. John,

    Merry Christmas to you!

    Amazing photos and video, you are blessed!

    I’m trying to make it to Affiliate Summit 2010 but no $$ for tickets.

    Are you thinking of having any contests for passes??


    Nicholas Chase –
    ‘the video guy’ from ML Dinner and BlogWorld Expo 2008.

    1. John Chow says:

      You’re too late. I held a contest to give away 10 gold passes already.

  11. Greg Ellison says:

    That is a very breath taking view. Thanks for sharing John. Greg Ellison

  12. EarningStep says:

    wonderful john , greatest city that i ever seen . now i understand why people said that vancouver is the most beautiful city in the world

  13. The view is breath-taking. I’m quite jealous as I look out of my window and see a muddy field and a dirty canal.

  14. Brian says:

    That is an amazing view! My girlfriend heads up to Canada to go biking every summer, and she’s been wanting me to go with. Scenery like that makes me want to buy tickets now.

  15. Gordie says:

    Hi John.

    How high up are you there? Or is that fog? A very cool view.

    1. John Chow says:

      According to the GPS in my car, my house is 300 meters above sea level. A fog is a cloud, right?

      1. Gordie says:

        Yeah, I think so. 🙂

      2. S Ahsan says:

        You are living in a great location John.. 300 meters above sea level, sweet!

  16. bloggerCafe says:

    Beautiful view to be watch…Love it! Really amazing!

  17. icejiacom says:


  18. Those are some awesome pictures. That must be pretty wild to look out your window and see that in person.

  19. The view is absolutely surreal. it gives new meaning to having your head in the clouds. The blanketing out of the city also makes for really unspoilt scenery. You could truly be on a mountain in the middle of nowhere. Thank you for sharing your view, John 😉

  20. George says:

    What an awesome video and pics! Thank you! I think Vancouver is a great place.

  21. fas says:

    Pictures of your house, plz plz plz.

  22. Hey John, Your pictures are truly breathtaking. I’m embarrassed to admit that the very first picture I thought was snow with a ice fishing shack on the water. Coming from New England that’s what we look at on most lakes, so my first view was wow they have a lot of snow already! But what I’m seeing is even more beautiful than expected…thanks for sharing also congrats on your move up. Do you contribute this move “up” to quote you “from the poorest to the richest neighborhood” to just your blogging entrepreneurial work or to other irons that you have in the fire? I’d think many of us are interested in this part of your life, if you care to share. To your success for the New Year too, your fellow blogger JJ

    1. John Chow says:

      While blogging help, it was a combination of a bunch of factors, all internet related.

  23. Wow, nice view there John.

  24. David says:

    I would like to have that view from my office, bedroom, kitchen… or just any room for that matter! Wow! We live in a beautiful place!

  25. It seems the view very refreshing john. Hope i can get it from dot com one day.

  26. Cedric says:

    This is inside the fog the same day, pretty nice too but different…
    on Flickr

  27. chandan says:

    Hi John you are living really very nice place, it look like you are living on heaven..

  28. hd monitors says:

    Poorest to richest neighborhood…..Inspiring!
    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.

  29. Hey John, great pictures!
    That reminds me of the view from Cypress when we had those really foggy days last year.
    Which neighbourhood did you grow up in? Did you grow up in Strathcona?

    1. John Chow says:

      Downtown Eastside. I went to Strathcona Elementary school.

      1. cool! I went to the language school kitty corner from there… =) Small world.

        You should do a post on where you grew up! (unless you’ve done it already)

  30. I think living above the clouds would be quite a site.

  31. Jose says:

    That is AWESOME JOHN! I am wondering…when are we going to get a tour of the house? 😀

  32. So vivid and beautiful , Is this in Vancouver WA or CA?

    1. John Chow says:

      Vancouver Canada of course. Does Vancouver WA even have mountains?

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