Real Estate sales in Vancouver and Port Moody

Vancouver Sun January 7th, 2012

430 Carlsen Place, Port Moody

Type: 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom townhouse
Size: 1,749 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $370,000
Listed for: $399,800
Sold for: $389,000
Sold on: Nov. 28
Days on market: 7
Listing agent: Terry Osti at RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
Buyers agent: Nick Parente at Prudential United Realty

The big sell: One of the reasons this three-bedroom townhome in Port Moody’s Eagle Point complex sold in seven days can be attributed to simple math: With a sale price of $389,000, the cost per square foot for the three-level property works out to $222.41 — about half the cost of a similar-sized townhouse in Vancouver. Other attractions are its comprehensive renovations: there’s a gourmet kitchen with dark wood cabinets accented by a glass tile backsplash; a designer colour scheme throughout; new flooring that’s a mix of laminate, tile and carpet; three new bathrooms; and custom-made blinds. As well, there is a private detached garage, and green space to the front and rear of the home. The building has recently benefited from updated windows and a new roof, deck and paintwork, and the communal amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and playgrounds. The property is close to shops, restaurants, Eagle Ridge Hospital, Port Moody’s Civic Centre, the Inlet Theatre and Galleria, and schools and transportation.

6984 Rupert St., Vancouver

Type: 5-bedroom, 2-bathroom detached
Size: 2,250 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $875,100
Listed for: $974,800
Sold for: $976,000
Sold on: Dec. 5
Days on market: 8
Listing agent: Joanne Taylor at Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
Buyers agent: John Lee at Royal Pacific Realty

The big sell: According to agent Joanne Taylor, there are specific reasons why this 50-year-old rancher achieved multiple offers the day after its first — and only — open house, offers that resulted in a winning bid over the asking price. Vancouver’s Killarney area is of particular interest to property purchasers due to its proximity to Fraserview Golf Course, Champlain Mall, and other community amenities. The fact that it is one of the last areas in the city that is yet to be fully developed also increases its appeal to buyers and investors. This home had been well maintained. It has an updated kitchen, a fully finished basement with a 1,125-square-foot suite, original hardwood flooring protected under the carpet, a two-year-old roof, two gas fireplaces, and a fully fenced 143-foot-deep back yard with room for a fish pond, patio, storage shed and two-car garage.

4 — 3160 West 4th Ave., Vancouver

Type: 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom townhouse
Size: 832 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $516,000
Listed for: $514,800
Sold for: $500,000
Sold on: Dec. 4
Days on market: 29
Listing agent: Colette Gerber at RE/MAX Select Properties
Buyers agent: Ruthie Shugarman at Dexter Associates Realty

The big sell: This townhouse in the Avanti complex on Vancouver’s West Fourth Avenue is accessed via an inner courtyard, and according to agent Colette Gerber, that acts as a buffer against the traffic noise and creates a much quieter interior. Since it was built in 2000, the seller has upgraded the unit and installed some mirror arrangements that give the illusion of a much larger space. The home has a gas fireplace, engineered hardwood flooring, and has been painted in designer hues. The rear patio — with its south-facing exposure — ensures that maximum light enters the home. Both bedrooms are upstairs; the front one has been transformed into an office/guest room through the addition of a Murphy bed and a built-in desk and shelving. There is a large in-suite storage area, underground parking, and the building is pet- and rental-friendly.

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