Vancouver Sun September 25, 2010
3120 Bowen Drive
Type: 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom detached
Size: 1,837 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, July 2010: $591,500
Listed for: $699,900
Sold for: $695,000
Sold on: July 19
Days on market: 87
Listing agent: Liz Chapman at One Percent Realty Ltd.
Buyers agent: Linda Robins at One Percent Realty Ltd.
The big sell: This split-level in Richmond’s Quilchena neighbourhood had great curb appeal with flowering trees and shrubs in the front garden. Anyone who stopped in would have discovered the house had a new roof, leaded-glass windows, fresh interior paint, a new high-efficiency furnace, hot water tank and alarm system, and a private southfacing back yard with a patio, deck and additional landscaping. The interior consists of three levels: all three bedrooms upstairs; separate reception rooms leading off a 13-by-five-square-foot entrance hall on the main floor; and a family room, laundry and mud room on the lower level. It is opposite Quilchena Golf Course and close to schools, dike and bike trails and parks and transit.
750 East 38th
Type: 5-bedroom, 2-bathroom detached
Size: 2,063 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, July 2010: $560,500
Listed for: $649,000
Sold for: $658,000
Sold on: July 3
Days on market: 25
Listing agent: Lorne Goldman at Macdonald Realty Ltd.
Buyers agent: J. Paul Toffoli at TRG – The Residential Group Realty
The big sell: Situated just off Fraser, this 1957 rancher sold for $9,000 over the asking price, perhaps in part because of a rare commodity: a basement that is larger than the main floor and which contains an updated three-bedroom suite, a feature that provides an opportunity for the owner to significantly reduce mortgage payments. The home is on a 33-by-122-square-foot lot. The main level has two bedrooms, a spacious living room and electric fireplace, an open kitchen with granite countertops and separate eating area, and hardwood floors throughout. A resurfaced sun-drenched southfacing deck overlooks the rear garden. This is a quiet stretch of Fraser Street, opposite Mountain View Cemetery, and close to a host of shops just south of 41st Avenue.
208 – 350 East 5th Avenue
Type: 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment
Size: 488 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, July 2010: $167,600
Listed for: $228,000
Sold for: $218,000
Sold on: July 8
Days on market: 3
Listing agent: Karin Morris at Royal LePage Northshore
Buyers agent: Connie Buna at Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
The big sell: This studio apartment proves that small can be beautiful. Over the course of a nine-year ownership, the seller transformed this unit by removing kitchen and bedroom walls, and creating an efficient open-plan concept with custom cabinetry, new appliances, a corner gas fireplace and wool carpeting. Further attributes include a southfacing balcony with a quiet, treed and landscaped outlook, same-floor laundry facilities, a bike room, storage, parking, and low monthly maintenance fees. It is in the sought-after neighbourhood of SOMA (South Main), with the new Mount Pleasant Community Centre, coffee shops, restaurants, shopping and transportation on its doorstep.
318 Lake Avenue
Type: 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom detached
Size: 1,357 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, July 2010: $188,700
Listed for: $225,000
Sold for: $220,000
Sold on: Sept 10
Days on market: 121
Listing agent: Bill Lander at Coldwell Banker Rosling Real Estate Ltd.
Buyers agent: Cheryl Black at Coldwell Banker Rosling Real Estate Ltd.
The big sell: According to listing agent Bill Lander, the Silverton/New Denver real estate market continues to defy the West Kootenay area pricing slide, as demonstrated by this historic Silverton home with Valhalla Mountain views: it sold for 98 per cent of its listed price. Built around 1920 on a 75-by-105-square-foot lot, the property oozes charm. A 408-square-foot separate studio provides a space for artistic endeavours or it could be used as a guest cabin.