It’s totally OK, Richmond. I’m sure this is fine. I’m sure that if we stand back and consider things coolly that the idea of luxury condos to house supercars
will seem perfectly reasonable. That if we scrunch up our eyes, it won’t seem like some sort of hyper-vulgar fever dream, what with Metro Vancouver being in the midst of a full-blown housing crisis and all.Where the benchmark price for housing of any kind – well, for we pathetic humans anyway – is now C$1,029,700, making the city among the most unaffordable in the world.Where the vacancy rate
for purpose-built rentals is basically zero.Zero-point-seven per cent in Metro Vancouver if you want to get picky. Whatever. It’s a tiny number. Which stands in contrast to the extremely large numbers associated with Hungerford Properties’ condos-for-supercars “Trove” project, which is a totally fine endeavour and not at all the kind of hubristic excess that results in common folk gagging and then curling up in the fetal position to quietly sob.Canada’s tax agency is out for blood
Say, 600,000, the Canadian-dollar base price for a unit in this admittedly-extremely-glorified garage. Or 2,500, the square footage of the biggest of the units in the project, due for 2019 completion.Owners will get the option of luxury furnishing and decoration packages that reflect their vehicular tastes: Maranello, Stuttgart, Goodwood, or Detroit. And it’s two-thirds sold already.
All 45 of the units will feature a mezzanine level, from where owners can, say, enjoy a glass of vintage wine or a Cuban cigar while gazing down, wet-eyed, at their beloved supercars.But certainly not while masturbating. No siree. No masturbation whatsoever will occur on those mezzanines.Anyway, I’m sure there is some reasonable explanation of how the city of Richmond, a Vancouver satellite and the most Chinese city in the world outside Asia, where median individual income sits at C$25,842*, can behave like a Redbull-chugging teenager who has won the lottery, instead of a locale in borderline impoverishment.Chrome Ferraris and camo Lamborghinis: A wild ride through Vancouver
The prevalence of supposed low-income earners in Richmond is a whopping 22.4 per cent, compared to Canada’s 14.2 per cent.
It’s certainly curious, that while the proportion of C$150,000-plus high-income earners across all of Canada is 2.8 per cent, that this totally-not-ludicrous supercar condo project occurs in Richmond, where the proportion of high earners, supposedly, is a rather pitiful 1.8 per cent.But I’m sure there is a reasonable explanation for all of that, and it has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the under-declaration of global income and the tax evasion that CRA auditors
have told me runs rampant across our region.
This is fine.“Let them hate me,” said Caligula, supposedly, before he was stabbed to bits by the Praetorian Guard in AD41.“Let them eat cake,” opined Marie Antoinette, supposedly, before she was separated from her noggin in 1793.“Let them have condos for supercars,” said the real estate development industry in Richmond in 2017.On the bright side, future historians will have no trouble determining the exact moment of conception, when the Most Glorious Peasants’ Revolt of 2017 flickered into life, right here in Xanadu, BC.So this is all totally fine, probably. Carry on.****all pre-tax income figures from 2016 CensusThe Hongcouver blog is devoted to the hybrid culture of its namesake cities: Hong Kong and Vancouver. All story ideas and comments are welcome. Connect with me by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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