Real estate sales in Burnaby and Vancouver

Vancouver Sun September 18, 2010

9236 University Crescent

Type: 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom townhouse
Size: 970 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment: $321,900
Listed for: $319,900
Sold for: $310,000
Sold on: June 29
Days on market: 22
Listing agent: Robert Crowe at RE/MAX Real Estate Services
Buyers agent: Keith Volz at Royal LePage — Coronation Park

The big sell: According to listing realtor Robert Crowe, this is a good example of how staging can help a property by optimizing the available space. Having previously been on the market for 351 days with another agent, this townhouse in the Novo 2 development was re-listed and the main floor staged, resulting in a sale in just 22 days. It is a two-level suite with a large private patio that provides space for container gardening and entertaining. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, with another bathroom on the main floor. The complex is part of the residential development at Simon Fraser University and provides recreational facilities inside with a gym, billiards room and lounge, as well as outside with myriad walking, hiking and mountain bike trails around Burnaby Mountain.

4 — 1945 West 12th

Type: 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom townhouse
Size: 1,132 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, July 2010: $444,200
Listed for: $669,000
Sold for: $675,000
Sold on: July 6
Days on market: 6
Listing agent: Lailey Wallace at One Percent Realty Ltd.
Buyers agent: Patricia Lok at RE/MAX Select Properties

The big sell: This two-level townhouse had a complete renovation within a converted heritage-style building, resulting in a sale $6,000 over the asking price. It has soaring ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, wooden banisters and an abundance of skylights, as well as stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, custom-made European cabinets, hardwood floors, and two spa-style bathrooms. A loft area overlooking the living room would be a perfect spot for an artist’s studio or guest bedroom, and an upper deck provides ample space for patio furniture and relaxing mountain views. The piece de resistance? A large 13-by-14-square-foot master bedroom housed in a turret.

4448 West Sixth

Type: 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom detached
Size: 2,931 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, July 2010: $1.318 million
Listed for: $1.689 million
Sold for: $1.65 million
Sold on: June 23
Days on market: 14
Listing agent: Sue Johnson and Sarah Thompson at Dexter Associates Realty
Buyers agent: Jennifer Sanderson at Century 21 In Town Realty

The big sell: On the market for just two weeks, this character family home is in a sought-after neighbourhood in one of Point Grey’s most coveted blocks, just steps from Trimble Park and Queen Mary school. Over the years, the property has received some upgrades, but still retains elements of its 1925 origins with solid oak flooring, walnut inlay, and leaded glass built-ins. The open-plan country kitchen has a centre island that overlooks the 20-by-11-square-foot family room and beyond to the south-facing rear garden accessed through french doors. The lower level has a bedroom, bathroom, 24-by-14-square-foot recreation room and laundry facilities, plus a separate entrance.

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