Recent real estate sales in Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Vancouver Sun August 6th, 2011

7383 Charlford Ave., Burnaby

Type: 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom detached
Size: 2,371 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $717,700
Listed for: $849,000
Sold for: $1.01 million
Sold on: May 30
Days on market: 11
Listing agent: Brian Vidas at Sutton Centre Realty
Buyers’ agent: Charles Jiang at Royal Pacific Realty (Kingsway)

The big sell: There are some things that cannot be manufactured when it comes to selling homes — namely, lot size and location. When these are favourable, buyers tend to line up. Such was the case with this 1954 home in the Metrotown area of Burnaby that received nine offers and resulted in a sale price of more than $150,000 over the asking price. Those plus points? A 7,040-square-foot corner lot at the end of a block next to David Gray Park and a west-facing garden. According to listing agent Brian Vidas, the two-level house was solidly constructed with original hardwood floors under the carpet, a wine room, two wood-burning fireplaces, double-glazed windows, a new roof, updated electrical system, furnace, paintwork and drapes. An attached, 324-square-foot single-car garage provides plenty of room for additional storage.

4773 Ross St., Vancouver

Type: 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom detached
Size: 2,025 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $560,700
Listed for: $899,000
Sold for: $978,000
Sold on: June 14
Days on market: Eight
Listing agent: Laurie MacDonell atRE/MAX Select Properties
Buyers’ agent: Robert Zwick atRE/MAX Crest Realty Westside

The big sell: This heritage home is on a quiet, tree-lined street between Fraser and Knight in the catchment area for Sir Richard McBride and Sir Charles Tupper schools. It had been carefully reconstructed inside and out with a list of meticulous updates that reads like a Mike Holmes’ renovation manual: New bamboo hardwood floors, a custom-built kitchen with a glass mosaic backsplash, CaesarStone countertops and stainless-steel appliances and modernized bathrooms on both floors finished with contemporary tiles and fixtures. As well, there have been numerous closets installed, as well as a new roof, a 97-per-cent high-efficiency furnace, windows, skylights, insulation and electrical system. There is a deck off the kitchen, a west-facing back yard and garage, and a mortgage-helping suite on the ground floor. It also came with a certificate showing that an oil tank had been removed.

3299 137A St., Surrey

Type: 6-bedroom, 5-bathroom detached
Size: 7,371 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $1.538 million
Listed for: $1.998 million
Sold for: $1.928 million
Sold on: May 30
Days on market: Nine
Listing agent: Glenn Dennis at RE/MAX Colonial Pacific Realty
Buyers agent: Esther He at Sutton Group – Seafair Realty

The big sell: This Bayview Estates home was built in 1990 and has more than 7,000 square feet of quality construction. It sits on a private 46,875-square-foot lot that backs on to green space and contains a triple garage. Family and friends will be torn between watching movies in the media room, relaxing beside the heated outdoor swimming pool, lounging in the games and recreation rooms, working out in the gym or helping the chef in the open-plan gourmet kitchen. There have been extensive renovations carried out to provide modern touches with new bathrooms installed, and updates to the flooring, paintwork and lighting fixtures. The property is in the Chantrell Creek and Elgin Park school catchment areas.

For the full story, please click on Real estate sales in Burnaby, East Vancouver and Surrey.

Recent property sales in Vancouver, Langley, Williams Lake and Kelowna

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Vancouver Sun June 25, 2011

4763 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

Type: 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom detached
Size: 5,043 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $6.078 million
Listed for: $7.68 million
Sold for: $7.16 million
Sold on: May 17
Days on market: 267
Listing agent: Bryan Yan at Regent Park Realty Inc.
Buyers agent: Bryan Yan at Regent Park Realty Inc.

The big sell: This Point Grey house was totally remodelled in 1992 with an understated elegance. It is on an estate measuring more than 32,000 square feet in an enclave north of Fourth Avenue and close to UBC’s Endowment Lands. Its new design boasts three levels that take advantage of the city and water views. The Italian-style garden has an outdoor, stone swimming pool, hot tub, tennis court and patios. The interior showcases a modern chef’s kitchen with granite countertops, Sub-Zero and Kohler appliances, dark oak wood flooring, vaulted ceilings, skylights, and a sundeck of almost 500 square feet. Tall, mature trees surround the property and provide complete privacy.

4230 196th Street, Langley

Type: 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom detached
Size: 2,519 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $505,000
Listed for: $549,900
Sold for: $548,000
Sold on: May 6
Days on market: 6
Listing agent: Jeremy Sutton at RE/MAX Treeland Realty
Buyers agent: Will Rempel at RE/MAX Treeland Realty

The big sell: This Brookswood home is on a 81-by-135-foot lot on a no-through street with designated parkland opposite.The property was built in 1975 and expanded with family conveniences in mind, resulting in a larger kitchen and family room on the main floor, both with sundeck access to the front and rear of the house. Oak is a central theme throughout, and has been incorporated into the staircase design, the crown mouldings, the living area floors and the kitchen cabinets. Noteworthy details include the stained-glass window in the dining area, gas fireplaces on both levels, a double garage with workshop extension and side access for RV parking, and new appliances, windows, furnace and hot water tank, as well as a large, fenced rear garden.

614 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver

Type: 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom detached
Size: 2,283 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $769,000
Listed for: $899,000
Sold for: $1 million
Sold on: May 3
Days on market: 6
Listing agent: Patrick Weeks at RE/MAX Select Properties
Buyers agent: Teresa Comeau at RE/MAX Select Realty

The big sell: This 1911 heritage house in the South Main neighbourhood sold for $1 million in just six days. The property provides an attractive combination of old and new. Original claw foot bath tubs, hardwood floors, and wood-trim windows showcase the history of the home, but there’s a nod to 21st-century design, with an open-concept plan on the main level that allows design opportunities for a growing family.As well, the home has been divided and contains a two-bedroom mortgage-helper on the lower floor. The south-facing position allows plenty of light and there is copious backyard space for children, dogs and barbecues.It is close to the popular shops and restaurants of Soma.

2448 Sutton Road, Williams Lake

Type: 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom detached
Size: 3,300 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $523,000
Listed for: $569,900
Sold for: $563,900
Sold on: May 3
Days on market: 2
Listing agent: Tanya Rankin at Tanya Rankin Ltd.
Buyer’s agent: Tanya Rankin at Tanya Rankin Ltd.
The big sell: According to agent Tanya Rankin, lakeshore properties such as this secure some of the highest prices in this area. It is easy to see why, as the home is just feet away from the water, and the lure of water-skiing and beach activities. Set on a gently sloping lot, the rancher has a fully finished basement. The main reception rooms – including the master bedroom – are positioned so that the views pour in, and an oversized deck provides a venue for entertaining and summer gatherings. The sellers lived in the property for the past 30 years and there is evident pride of ownership.

2336 Selkirk Drive, Kelowna

Type: 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom detached
Size: 3,335 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $570,000
Listed for: $669,000
Sold for: $650,000
Sold on: May 3
Days on market: 85
Listing agent: Krista Suchar at MacDonald Realty Kelowna
Buyer’s agent: Eric Prehofer at MacDonald Realty Kelowna

The big sell: This was a show home built by Dilworth Homes in 2006 on a private lot backing on to the edge of Dilworth Mountain to the north of downtown Kelowna. The interior has a contemporary design with espressocoloured cabinetry – a theme that reoccurs in many rooms throughout the home. An open-concept kitchen – with pendant and recessed lighting, a breakfast bar and Corian countertops -flows into the dining and family rooms, which have floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the expansive valley views below. There are ceramic tile and hardwood floors, carpeting in the bedrooms, a built-in vacuum, two gas fireplaces and balconies. The property has almost a quarter of an acre and has a double garage and parking for further vehicles.

For the full story, please click on Real estate sales in Vancouver and Langley and Real estate sales in Williams Lake and Kelowna

One out of two Vancouverites is now foreign-born

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Vancouver was once considered a “European” city. Now it’s more accurate to call it “Eurasian.”

In less than two generations, Vancouver has transformed from a city dominated by people of British, German and Italian origin to one in which people of Asian heritage make up the majority.

The demographic changes in this city of more than half a million people are most readily seen in the hundreds of restaurants serving Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Japanese, Arabic, Afghan, Malaysian and Korean food. But the changes go much deeper.

Since the early 1970s -after Canadian immigration laws made the country more open to Asians and multicultural policies were instituted -the city has developed a whole new personality, one that’s attempting, in fits and starts, to fuse Atlantic and Pacific cultures.

Statistics compiled by Vancouver city hall tell the story of the new Asian wave.

In 1971, three out of four of the city’s 426,000 residents had English as their mother tongue.

Just six per cent of residents had Chinese as their mother tongue, while five per cent spoke German, three per cent grew up speaking Italian and three per cent were raised in French. In addition, people who were most familiar with a Scandinavian, South Asian, Greek or Spanish language accounted for about one per cent each of the population.

By 2006, the city’s European atmosphere had been dramatically adjusted by new Asian immigrants fluent in everything from Mandarin to Korean, Hindi to Farsi.

Only 49 per cent of the growing city’s 578,000 residents had English as a mother tongue, according to the 2006 census, which is the last year for which Statistics Canada census figures are available.

Meanwhile, 21 per cent reported that one of the various forms of Chinese was their first language. Another two per cent of Vancouverites said they had Punjabi as a mother tongue, while almost two per cent spoke Vietnamese at home, almost two per cent spoke Tagalog (Filipino) and roughly one per cent each were most familiar with Korean or Japanese.

Given the tens of thousands of immigrants from Asia who have moved into the city of Vancouver since 2006, the East Asian and South Asian percentages of the population only will have risen since the last census.

How are Vancouver’s eclectic European and Asian-rooted residents getting along in this city, which has grown by more than 100,000 since the 1970s? Harmony is not entirely supreme among Vancouverites of different ethnicities.

To get around the problem of under-employment for foreigntrained medical workers, engineers, botanists and other specialists, the City of Vancouver has initiated the Mentorship Pilot Project. It aims to link newcomers to the city’s formal and informal employment networks.

If one had any doubt, consider that the non-English links on the City of Vancouver’s official website now receive more hits than almost anything else.

Source: Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun

Recent property sales in UBC, Cambie and Richmond

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Vancouver Sun May 28, 2011

5918 Chancellor Blvd., Vancouver

Type: 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom detached
Size: 2,030 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $1.457 million
Listed for: $1.569 million
Sold for: $1.569 million
Sold on: April 3
Days on market: 24
Listing agent: Lailey Wallace at One Percent Realty Ltd.
Buyers agent: Lailey Wallace at One Percent Realty Ltd.

The big sell: This Douglas Park home already has an impressive pedigree, having been featured in the Spectacular Homes of Western Canada publication. It was custom-built in 2007 for the owner of an award-winning design group, so standards are high and attention to detail paramount. The character exterior of the property is combined with a modern interior, which includes spa-inspired bathrooms, a “floating” glass staircase, a contemporary kitchen and clean lines throughout. The upper floor has a large office, and a master bedroom with a semi-open ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet. As well, there is plenty of built-in storage space throughout the home. The lower level has a two-bedroom secondary suite with its own access and laundry, while outside, there is a single garage and a south-facing rear garden.

880 West 23rd Avenue, Vancouver

Type: 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom detached
Size: 2,030 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $1.457 million
Listed for: $1.569 million
Sold for: $1.569 million
Sold on: April 3
Days on market: 24
Listing agent: Lailey Wallace at One Percent Realty Ltd.
Buyers agent: Lailey Wallace at One Percent Realty Ltd.

The big sell: This Douglas Park home already has an impressive pedigree, having been featured in the Spectacular Homes of Western Canada publication. It was custom-built in 2007 for the owner of an award-winning design group, so standards are high and attention to detail paramount. The character exterior of the property is combined with a modern interior, which includes spa-inspired bathrooms, a “floating” glass staircase, a contemporary kitchen and clean lines throughout. The upper floor has a large office, and a master bedroom with a semi-open ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet. As well, there is plenty of built-in storage space throughout the home. The lower level has a two-bedroom secondary suite with its own access and laundry, while outside, there is a single garage and a south-facing rear garden

#212 8720 No. 1 Rd., Richmond

Type: 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment
Size: 1,120 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $245,600
Listed for: $269,000
Sold for: $252,000
Sold on: March 31
Days on market: 19
Listing agent: Ron Smith at HomeLife Benchmark Walnut Grove
Buyers agent: Harris First at Macdonald Realty Westmar

The big sell: The Apple Greene Park building has an advantageous location, close to the Seafair shopping centre, the West Richmond Community Centre, and transit, schools, golf and tennis facilities. Residents are also provided with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a recreation centre, a Jacuzzi, and games and meeting rooms. This two-bedroom unit is on the second floor, and has a quiet, northern exposure. It has benefited from some updates in the form of new paintwork, tile flooring, carpeting, crown moulding, wood baseboards, fixtures and shelving. The kitchen has an eating area, pantry, updated countertops and cabinets, and a new sink and fridge. There is in-suite laundry, five closets and an enclosed, carpeted balcony that runs the length of the apartment.

For the full story, please click on Real estate sales in Vancouver and Richmond.

Real estate sales in Surrey, Vancouver and Quesnel

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Vancouver Sun February 26, 2011

Surrey
64 14655 32nd Avenue

Type: townhouse
Size: 2,727 sq. ft., 4 bed, 4 bath
BC Assessment,: $661,000
Listed for: $789,900
Sold for: $779,000
Sold on: Jan. 8
Days on market: 10
Listing agent: Brian Dopson at Homelife Benchmark Realty Walnut Grove
Buyers agent: Jim Titus at Homelife Benchmark Titus Realty

The big sell: One of the advantages of buying a home during the construction phase is the ability to customize the property. This is exactly what the original owners of this 2006 townhouse did by adding an additional $85,000 in upgrades. The result? A house complete with hardwood and slate flooring, top-of-the-line Viking appliances including a built-in fridge, gas stove and warming drawer, a two-level kitchen island, a custom buffet in the dining room, a media room with a theatre-style 92-inch screen and overhead projection, a built-in credenza, a bar area with wine fridge, a seven-zone NuVo sound system, and a stamped concrete parking area. This unit is in the gated community of Elgin Pointe which includes a clubhouse and has walking trails, shops, services and golf courses close by.

Vancouver
6718 Gladstone Street

Type: detached
Size: 2,400 sq. ft., 5 bed, 2 bath
BC Assessment: $711,600
Listed for: $808,000
Sold for: $852,800
Sold on: Jan 9
Days on market: 13
Listing agent: Alan Mah at Park Georgia Realty Ltd.
Buyers agent: Craig Newsholme at Sutton Group – West Coast Realty

The big sell: Once derided for the esthetics of their design, Vancouver Specials have recently seen a resurgence in popularity mainly due to their generous-sized rooms and the ability to easily install a secondary suite on the lower floor. This particular property was built in 1967 and has a large living area with separate dining room, a kitchen with additional eating area, a 19-by-11-square-foot recreation room, and hardwood floors in excellent condition. It attracted more than 70 prospective purchasers in the first hour of the open house. Seven offers ensued who, according to listing agent Mah, were attracted by the choice location near Victoria Street and the potential to update the home from its original condition.

Vancouver
2 – 3838 Cypress Street

Type: half duplex
Size: 7,530 sq. ft., 5 bed, 7 bath
BC Assessment: $ 6.344 million
Listed for: $7.588 million
Sold for: $7.138 million
Sold on: Jan 7
Days on market: 24
Listing agent: Julia Lau at Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
Buyers agent: Amy Lau at Multiple Realty Ltd.

The big sell: This property forms one half of Greencroft, the home of a former lieutenant-governor, Eric Hamber (1879 – 1960). Its history is rich: photographs depict Hamber with the Queen, President Roosevelt and other dignitaries. In 2009, the home was completely restored and while the infrastructure is new, the property is resplendent with period features that include oak flooring, antique stained glass windows, five fireplaces, original plasterwork, and intricately carved walnut panelling. The luxurious property occupies more than 7,500 square feet and consists of formal reception rooms, two wine cellars, an oak panelled elevator and an art deco parkade. The attention to detail continues outside with landscaped grounds, a fountain and Corinthian columns.

Quesnel
2009 Eberg Road

Type: detached
Size: 1,890 sq. ft., 4 bed, 2 bath
BC Assessment: $206,500
Listed for: $249,900
Sold for: $235,000
Sold on: Jan 6
Days on market: 59
Listing agent: Leslie Johnson at RE/MAX Quesnel Realty
Buyers agent: Leslie Johnson at RE/MAX Quesnel Realty

The big sell: Country life beckons for the buyers of this Cariboo family home. The property sits on almost seven acres and is located south of the town of Quesnel in the Red Bluff community. It is all set up for horses with a barn, stalls and watering system specifically for the animals. The house itself has four spacious bedrooms, a four-piece bathroom on each floor, a cosy country kitchen complete with dining area, a new roof, a reverse osmosis water system and a sundeck. The property offers privacy and acreage and comes with covered parking.

Read more: Recent property sales in Surrey, Vancouver, and Quesnel

Real estate sales in Vancouver, Surrey and Fernie

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Vancouver Sun February 19, 2011

Vancouver
3903 West 22nd Avenue

Type: detached
Size: 2,400 sq. ft, 4 bed, 1 bath
BC Assessment, 2011: $1.4436 million
Listed for: $1.86 million
Sold for: $1.85 million
Sold on: Dec 8
Days on market: 0
Listing agent: Walter Wells at Sutton Group -West Coast Realty
Buyers’ agent: Juliana Qu at Sutton Group -West Coast Realty

The big sell: How does a home sell on the day that it is listed with no sign and no showings? When it is being sold for land value only, that’s how. (The 49 ½-foot-wide, 122-foot-deep lot is big enough for a 4,000-square-foot residence.) According to listing agent Wells, this address reaped the benefit from its location in the desirable school catchment of Lord Kitchener – one of the highest rated schools in the city for which buyers are prepared to pay a premium – and current low levels of inventory. This particular home was built in 1927 and has had the same owner for the past 50 years who retained its original features. It is situated on a corner lot, close to UBC and Pacific Spirit Park.

Surrey
18993 68B Avenue

Type: detached
Size: 3,625 sq. ft, 7 bed, 4 bath
BC Assessment, 2011: $592,000
Listed for: $609,700
Sold for: $602,500
Sold on: Dec 20
Days on market: 119
Listing agent: Ben Gauer at Royal LePage Ben Gauer & Associates
Buyers agent: Ralph Janzen at Homelife Benchmark Realty Walnut Grove

The big sell: Corner lots are popular as they provide extra parking and, for the most part, additional light. This two-storey home with a basement is no exception -all occupants of the seven bedrooms, if necessary, could have space for their vehicles. This home is situated in Clayton Village and features high ceilings, upgraded appliances, quality laminate flooring, built-in speakers, maple wood stairs, three fireplaces, and a large 22-by-14-squarefoot master bedroom with sitting area and a five-piece ensuite. On the lower level there are more bedrooms, a den, a large kitchen island and roughed-in plumbing for a second laundry facility Adding to the convenience factor, all shopping, schools and parks are within a three-block radius.

Vancouver
2676 West Fifth Ave

Type: half duplex
Size: 2,142 sq. ft, 4 bed, 4 bath
BC Assessment, 2011: $1.359 million
Listed for: $1.395 million
Sold for: $1.37 million
Sold on: Dec 21
Days on market: 25
Listing agent: Tom Gradecak at Westside Tom Gradecak Realty
Buyers agent: Allyson Brooke at Macdonald Realty Ltd.

The big sell: Sometimes half duplexes present the opportunity to purchase a property in a sought-after location that is the same size as many detached family houses, but for a more affordable price. This four-year-old Kitsilano home offers more than 2,000 square feet with a main floor that features a living space that incorporates a kitchen, dining and eating area, and a family room that opens on to a south-facing deck and yard. The top floor has three bedrooms and two full bathrooms including the master ensuite, and the lower level contains a recreation room, a guest bedroom, a laundry room and another full bathroom. This property offers proximity to Fourth Avenue’s shops and restaurants.

Fernie
192 4A Avenue

Type: detached
Size: 3,068 sq. ft, 4 bed, 2 bath
BC Assessment, 2011: $608,000
Listed for: $599,900
Sold for: $590,000
Sold on: Jan 4
Days on market: 57
Listing agent: Todd Fyfe at Fernie Real Estate Company
Buyers agent: Sharon Taylor at RE/MAX Elk Valley Realty

The big sell: As one of the few properties that survived the fire that swept through the town more than 100 years ago, this property was touted as a piece of historic Fernie. The large family home is situated on a corner lot with views of the Elk River, Mount Fernie, Lizard Range and Three Sisters from two covered porches and a private lush back garden. The interior boasts compelling original features such as softwood flooring, a claw foot bathtub, cast iron radiators, bay windows, wood panelling in the dining room. Rooms are spacious, with a 10-foot-by-25-foot living room and a nine-by-19 kitchen.

Read more: Recent property sales in Vancouver, Surrey and Fernie

Real estate sales in Vancouver, Powell River and Burnaby

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Vancouver Sun October 30, 2010

Vancouver
34 East 18th Avenue

Type: detached, 6 bed, 2 bath
Size: 2,098 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment: $783,300
Listed for: $1.038 million
Sold for: $1.055 million
Sold on: Aug 24
Days on market: 10
Listing agent: Mario Felicella at Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
Buyers agent: Clair Rockel at Macdonald Realty Ltd.

The big sell: Buyers can be divided into two camps: those who want a project to renovate and those who simply want to move in. This house in Vancouver’s Riley Park neighbourhood would hold tremendous appeal for the latter. Built in 1927, it has been extensively remodelled without losing original character. Essential updates to the roof, furnace, hot water tank and electrics have been undertaken. The home has a self-contained two-bedroom suite downstairs, a large open-plan layout on the main floor, with fir floors, stained glass windows, custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances including a commercial-style gas stove. The southern-exposed garden is well-established with fruit trees.

Burnaby
413 – 9150 University High Street

Type: attached, 3 bed, 3 bath
Size: 1,221 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment: $N/A
Listed for: $514,000
Sold for: $514,000
Sold on: Aug 20
Days on market: 1
Listing agent: Howard Steiss at Red Dot Real Estate Marketing Ltd.
Buyers agent: Howard Steiss at Red Dot Real Estate Marketing Ltd.

The big sell: This apartment is located in the Origin new-home project scheduled for completion in March 2012. Origin is located on Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby Mountain campus. This suite has in-floor radiant heating, a mix of laminate flooring, carpet and porcelain tile, polished quartz kitchen countertops, Greenlam cabinetry, deep soaker tubs, a walk-in closet off the master bedroom, and two decks. Meeting the neighbours is easy: there will be a large social suite, a handy workshop and all the fitness facilities of SFU, plus myriad walking, hiking and biking trails.

Vancouver
104 – 2137 West 10th Avenue

Type: attached, 1 bed, 1 bath
Size: 669 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment: $425,000
Listed for: $439,000
Sold for: $429,000
Sold on: Aug 10
Days on market: 49
Listing agent: Lailey Wallace at One Percent Realty Ltd.
Buyers agent: Lailey Wallace at One Percent Realty Ltd.

The big sell: This townhouse is a bright address with a southfacing courtyard. The interior is impressive and benefits from some striking upgrades: African Sepeli hardwood floors that flow throughout the property, a central kitchen island with an oak butcher block and granite countertops, an electric fireplace and double sinks in both the kitchen and bathroom. It comes with parking and storage and rentals and pets are allowed. Adera built the building in 2004 so some of the 2-5-10 warranty is still in place.

Powell River
105 – 4580 Joyce Avenue

Type: attached, 2 bed, 1 bath
Size: 1,130 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment: $172,000
Listed for: $179,900
Sold for: $172,000
Sold on: Aug 31
Days on market: 91
Listing agent: Paige Anderson at Coast Realty Group (Powell River) Ltd.
Buyers agent: Dawn Adaszynksi at Coast Realty Group (Powell River) Ltd.

The big sell: Listing agent Anderson represented this apartment as “the perfect home for people who love to get out of town — no lawn to mow or weeds to pull!” It is in Powell River’s downtown, with conveniences on its doorstep. The home is a ground-level, wheelchair-friendly home, which has been freshly painted, with a new kitchen countertop and sink. Recent laminate flooring adds to the appeal, as does the roomy closet off the master bedroom, a spacious bathroom with a separate tub and shower, extra storage in the ensuite laundry room, and outdoor parking with space for RVs.

Real estate sales in Vancouver, Burnaby and Kelowna

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Vancouver Sun October 23, 2010

Vancouver
4539 Angus Drive

Type: 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom detached
Size: 4,803 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, July 2010: $2.491 million
Listed for: $3.38 million
Sold for: $3.28 million
Sold on: Aug 12
Days on market: 38
Listing agent: Greg Carros at Sotheby’s International Realty Canada
Buyer’s agent: Carole Yang at Sutton Group — West Coast Realty

The big sell: Size counts in real estate: This substantial home fits seamlessly into its 80-by-140-foot lot on Angus Drive, one of Vancouver’s premier residential roads. It was completely rebuilt 25 years ago in keeping with the original design, and with sensitivity to the neighbourhood. The home comprises three levels with a floor plan that takes advantage of natural light from the westerly exposure. All the principal reception rooms are spacious, including an entertainment-sized kitchen, living and dining rooms, and a garden level with a walk-in closet, laundry room and a 17-by-26-foot recreation room, perfect for further development. The landscaped garden features plenty of deck areas and a three-car garage.

Vancouver
703 – 1263 Barclay

Type: 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment
Size: 930 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, July 2010: $561,000
Listed for: $549,000
Sold for: $532,000
Sold on: Aug 6
Days on market: 22
Listing agent: Aki Li Foster at Macdonald Realty Ltd.
Buyer’s agent: Lesley Hick at Dexter Associates Realty

The big sell: According to listing agent Aki Foster, one of the main draws of this two-bedroom top-floor unit in the rainscreened Westport Terrace building was the 400-square-foot balcony, which could serve as an outdoor dining area or provide a place for plants. The apartment is in its original 1989 condition, but prospective purchasers were not deterred by the renovations that need to be done, as the attractive layout features high ceilings and plenty of light-filled rooms. The home is in the heart of the West End, and is blocks to shopping and transit and a 10-minute walk to downtown, Stanley Park and English Bay.

BURNABY
313 – 6893 Prenter

Type: 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment
Size: 795 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, July 2010: $274,000
Listed for: $304,900 Sold for: $294,000
Sold on: Aug 14
Days on market: 23
Listing agent: Tom Everitt at ThinkTom.com Realty
Buyer’s agent: Brian Vidas at Sutton Centre Realty

The big sell: This two-bedroom apartment in South Burnaby had several key features that set it apart from other units. The outlook from the covered balcony faces a serene greenbelt area, and the two bedrooms are on opposing sides of the property. The kitchen and living areas are painted in contemporary colours. The home also has an in-suite laundry room and a natural gas fireplace. The unit was unoccupied for the showings, which often can be a disadvantage as prospective buyers struggle to see how furniture can be arranged, but in this case, it enhanced the sleek lines and flow of the property.

Kelowna
2142 Breckenridge Court

Type: 3-bedroom, 5-bathroom detached
Size: 6,073 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, July 2010: $1.817 million
Listed for: $1.795 million
Sold for: $1.735 million
Sold on: Aug 30
Days on market: 53
Listing agent: Krista Suchar at MacDonald Realty Kelowna
Buyer’s agent: Hermann Riepl at Century 21 Executives Realty Ltd.

The big sell: This property is at the top of its game. Built by SanMarc Custom Homes on over half an acre, it provides panoramic city, lake and mountain views from expansive windows and decks, and offers meticulous attention to detail. The master bedroom suite is far from typical, featuring a fireplace, wet bar, six-piece spa-style ensuite, dressing room, gym, and hot tub on the adjoining deck. The professional kitchen has Sub-Zero, Miele and Dacor appliances. In addition, the home has bespoke cabinetry, five fireplaces, surround sound, sensor awnings, a seven-car garage, and a 4,000-bottle wine cellar.

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Monday, October 18th, 2010

Vancouver Sun October 16, 2010

Vancouver
196 West 23rd Avenue

Type: 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, detached
Size: 2,494 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment: $1.1349 million
Listed for: $1.39 million
Sold for: $1.35 million
Sold on: July 31
Days on market: 6
Listing agent: Linda Hale and Elizabeth Campbell Wride at Dexter Associates Realty
Buyers agent: Ryan Taylor at RE/MAX Real Estate Services

The big sell: This character house received multiple offers and sold in just six days, circumstances that suggest reports of a slowdown in sales recently have to be circulated and heard cautiously. It is not hard to see why this home’s time on market was so short: This 1929 home has an expansive 46-by-148-foot corner lot, large principal rooms, oak hardwood floors, top floor bedrooms with walk-in closets, a basement with a recreation room and a southfacing back porch overlooking a vegetable patch and garage. Situated in the popular, family-oriented Riley Park neighbourhood, this property will be a prime candidate for a renovation or a new-build.

Burnaby
4192 Price Crescent

Type: 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom, detached
Size: 2,353 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment: $602,900
Listed for: $680,000
Sold for: $710,000
Sold on: July 27
Days on market: 8
Listing agent: Tony Eng at Park Georgia Realty Ltd.
Buyers agent: Tony Eng at Park Georgia Realty Ltd.

The big sell: Another home that’s defying trends, this bungalow in South Burnaby Garden Village in original condition sold for $30,000 over the asking price in eight days. It benefits from being on the higher side of the street, and has mountain views. The property has a large lot, with a 60-foot frontage, and a southfacing private rear garden with fencing and lane access to an open double carport with a storage room. The basement has high ceilings and is partly finished with a bedroom, utility room and recreational space, and has a convenient separate entrance. Burnaby’s ratio of park and to residents is one of the highest in North America, and Garden Village carries on this tradition with the newly constructed George McLean Park.

Vancouver
1502 – 1199 Marinaside Crescent

Type: 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment
Size: 1,310 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment: $863,000
Listed for: $1.12 million
Sold for: $1.075 million
Sold on: July 24
Days on market: 75
Listing agent: Artem August at Sutton Group — West Coast Realty
Buyers agent: Ryan Hawk at TRG — The Residential Group Realty

The big sell: This is an apartment worthy of its unobstructed southfacing views overlooking Quayside Marina. Situated in one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in downtown Vancouver, Concord Pacific’s Aquarius One building boasts a state-of-the-art fitness facility, an indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna. It is just steps from the seawall, Urban Fare, and the cafes and restaurants that line Marinaside Crescent. The suite is an end unit with hardwood flooring, a kitchen with dark granite countertops and designer cabinetry, two good-sized bedrooms, a den, a solarium and a balcony large enough to accommodate a table and chairs.

Kelowna
607 – 3000 Pandosy Street

Type: 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment
Size: 767 sq. ft.
Listed for: $481,000
Sold for: $481,000
Sold on: Aug. 5
Days on market: 247
Listing agent: Michele Wangler at SOPA Square Discovery Centre
Buyers agent: Michele Wangler at SOPA Square Discovery Centre

The big sell: With an anticipated completion date of spring 2013, construction on Kelowna’s SOPA Square development is underway. Situated in the South Pandosy area and overlooking Lake Okanagan, the project is targeting a gold rating through its LEED certification and its heavy emphasis on sustainability. The development will house retail stores, restaurants and cafes on the street level, with townhouses and tower residences above. The demographic of the buyers so far? According to SOPA Square, baby boomers are snapping up the larger homes, with single professionals and retirees taking the smaller one-bedroom units.

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Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Vancouver Sun October 9, 2010

Vancouver
2107 – 928 Beatty Street

Type: One-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment
Size: 615 sq. ft.
BC Assessment: $361,000
Listed for: $397,700
Sold for: $385,000
Sold on: July 17
Days on market: 39
Listing agent: Linda Hale at Dexter Associates Realty
Buyers agent: Winnie Pak at RE/MAX All Points Realty

The big sell: Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of BC Place, together with water views, from this condo in The Max 1 that has one bedroom and a den. Built in 2005 by Concord Pacific, the building has a comprehensive list of amenities, including 24-hour concierge, a billiards room, party room and theatre. For fitness enthusiasts, there is an indoor swimming pool, fully equipped gym, sauna/steam room and hot tub. A bonus for owners: pets are welcome and so are rentals. This unit is open and bright with a mix of laminate wood flooring and tile, a European-style kitchen with granite countertops, contemporary cabinets with frosted glass doors, a breakfast bar and that cook’s delight – a gas stove. There is good size in-suite storage, an open balcony, parking and an additional storage locker. A great downtown location within walking distance to the library, seawall, SkyTrain, shopping and restaurants.

Langley
#301-5438 198 Street

Type: Two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment
Size: 830 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment: $212,800
Listed for: $225,000
Sold for: $223,000
Sold on: July 29
Days on market: 89
Listing agent: Cindy Wilson at RE/MAX Treeland Realty
Buyers agent: Steve Karrasch at Macdonald Realty Olympic

The big sell: This bright corner condo has an open-plan design and room dimensions similar to some detached homes, with a 16-by-10-foot living room, a kitchen and eating area totalling 20 by 18 feet, and an ample master bedroom. The kitchen has a double sink, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a pantry, a window box and pendant lighting. The unit is situated in the Creekside development, a four-storey building with an attractive stone exterior and a peaked roof over the entrance way. It comes with an electric fireplace, walk-in closet, laundry room, covered parking, balcony and views over the garden, and it is still under the warranty program. The complex overlooks green space and Brydon Creek, and is within walking distance to schools and shopping.

Vancouver
105 — 2161 West 12th Avenue

Type: 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment
Size: 1,151 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment: $641,000
Listed for: $738,000
Sold for: $738,000
Sold on: Aug 6
Days on market: 54
Listing agent: Lester Soo and Henry Fung at Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
Buyers agent: Irene Mandzuk at Royal LePage Northshore

The big sell: This garden level suite is in The Carlings in Kitsilano’s Arbutus Walk neighbourhood features a rare commodity – three bedrooms. It faces northeast on to quiet Salal Drive and is surrounded by lush greenery for complete privacy. The unit was completely renovated in 2009 with finishings that include Italian floor-to-ceiling tile, marble countertops, Philippe Starck toilets, Kallista sinks, Hansgrohe faucets, an ASKO dishwasher and an Elica range hood. There are “his and hers” closets in the master bedroom and espresso-coloured Teragren bamboo flooring throughout. There is enough room for separate living and dining rooms, but if you are thinking that space must be compromised, consider that the sellers fit a baby grand piano in one of the reception rooms.

Bowen Island
871 Valhalla Place

Type: 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom detached
Size: 2,972 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, July 2010: $811,000
Listed for: $899,000
Sold for: $875,000
Sold on: Aug 11
Days on market: 16
Listing agent: David Riddell at Angell Hasman & Associates Realty
Buyers agent: David Riddell at Angell Hasman & Associates Realty

The big sell: Living up to its meaning as a heavenly destination, this custom-built, three-level residence is in the Valhalla district of Bowen Island. A true view property, its outlooks include the ocean, mountains, West Vancouver and UBC. The top floor features open-plan reception rooms, and the living, dining and kitchen have vaulted ceilings. The middle floor contains three bedrooms, including a large master suite with a walk-in closet, ensuite bathroom and two decks. The lowest level has a sizable 18-by-15-foot recreation room with blackout curtains providing a perfect media/TV area. Also on this level are another bedroom with an ensuite and a home office. Built in 2001, the home has maple flooring, a kitchen designed for living and entertaining, and separate areas throughout the property to allow for guests and family.

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