Recently, the Globe and Mail featured Nanaimo as one of the most desirable places for retirees to live. The article described our wonderful city as having "all of the amenities of a city without the traffic congestion and high property prices of Vancouver". Stereotyped as Victoria's, less-expensive "little brother", some perceive Nanaimo to be a second choice city— if you want Victoria, but can't afford it, look at Nanaimo. My experience suggests something different: Many, if not most, folks who buy a home in Nanaimo do so on purpose, because Nanaimo is their FIRST choice. No offense to Victoria, which is a gorgeous city with its Parliament buildings and impeccable English-inspired mansions in Oak Bay, but it's kind of like comparing apples and oranges.