I work in the theatre and spend half the year in Toronto and half in Vancouver usually. I grew up in Ottawa and went to school at UBC so I know the city quite well. It is an amazing place to explore and I love my neighbourhood.
My favourite thing about the apartment is the situation. My balcony looks right onto 10th Ave which has been voted the best street in the city several times. It's a section of the street where the trees are filled with fairy lights. My apartment is on the top floor and there is a huge chestnut tree outside the window so it kinda feels like you live in a tree house. Sounds cheesy but it very awesome.
I am equal parts city lover and nature lover and Vancouver is a great place for people like me. You can find some of the best restaurants, bars, theatre, art galleries here, and you can also climb a mountain and swim in the ocean.
There is an amazing library not far from my apartment complete with a fireplace to sit beside. So if the weather is dreary you can grab a coffee from Gene and pop over there to make the day cozy.