Vancouver Price Drop

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Just your slightly above average home – April 2012

We see crazy numbers thrown around like > $1 million average selling price for a Vancouver home and people, especially people outside of Vancouver, are of course shocked.  Well that’s nothing because what most outsiders don’t realize is that in most places in the lower mainland, $1 million doesn’t get you a whole lot of home.  The majority of people just want to live in a slightly above average home, say the 60th percentile of homes – so for example, if there were 100 homes in an area, what does the 40th most expensive home get listed at?  Well that’s the focus of today’s post.

1) Vancouver West – $3,230,000

5428 ASH ST, Cambie, Vancouver West

Well maintained deluxe top quality home built by European builders. Big lot with almost 5000 sq ft living space. Spacious living and dining room, cozy family room leading to professionally landscaped backyard. Bright open kitchen with a lot of granite and wok kit. All 4 bedrooms above are ensuited. Air conditioned and radiant heat. Basement fully furnished with home theatre, recreation room, wet bar, sauna room, and an ensuite bedroom too. Detached 4-car garage with rear lane. Walking distance to Oakridge Mall, QE Park & Eric Hamber High School.

2) West Vancouver – $3,068,000

2120 MATHERS AV, Dundarave, West Vancouver

Impressive executive Craftsman-style 4 year old home in Ambleside/Dundarave location with fantastic ocean view. 3 levels of quality with 2×6 construction, Euroline T/T doors, Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring, crown mouldings, high efficiency boiler….This 5 bedroom home feats on the main excellent open plan with merging grand living & dining rooms, nook, family room off open stunning kitchen with S.S. appliances & granite counters, all looking out to the views., den & laundry. Up has 3 spacious bedrooms & a self-contained lower level with recreation room, kitchen & 2 bedrooms & walkout access to the level rear yard. Priced to sell! Open House: Sun, Apr. 15th, 2:30-4:30pm.

3) Whistler – $1,825,000

6303 LORIMER RD, Whistler, Whistler/Pemberton

In the heart of Whistler Cay Estates, close to the Valley Trail and Rainbow Park, this warm and charming Chalet has it all. With a complete renovation in 2009 this house received all new modern upgrades, including home automation system which gives the ability to control the heat, security and lighting from anywhere in the world. Relax by the fire in the cozy living room and enjoy preparing a meal with your family in the large gourmet kitchen. Unwind in the private outdoor hot tub in the winter and bask in the sun during the summer in this fully landscaped, fenced, irrigated backyard with peak-a-boo views. The outdoor kitchen with built-in BBQ and outdoor speakers makes it perfect for entertaining. Inside and out, this home is a treasure and not to be missed.

4) Richmond – $1,399,000

5500 WOODWARDS RD, Lackner, Richmond

This like-new home has been completely repainted and is steps from among the top ranked elementary schools in BC!* Radiant heat, South facing rear yard for afternoon sun, wok kitchen, granite counter-tops, slate tiled floors, concrete tile roof, stainless steel appliances, new hardwood floors, crown mouldings, vaulted living room ceiling, lawn sprinkler system and the large laundry room UPSTAIRS where it is most convenient. Each large bedroom has a 4 piece ensuite bathroom and there is an office or den downstairs. The huge kitchen has great counter space! Move-in condition and forget the school commute or carpool! *Richmond Christian School & Jesse Wouk Elementary School. New Home Warranty to November 2012.

5) Burnaby – $1,298,000

5122 CARSON ST, South Slope, Burnaby

PURE ELEGANCE & Quality Workmanship throughout. There’s nothing like this 5 Bdrm (4 up & 1 down for Ste. potential), 4.5 Bthrm home. Breathtaking SOUTH VIEW from all 3 levels incl. the private balcony from your Master Bdrm. Relax in your 5-pc Master Ensuite (separate shower & tub) w. rich Marble tile. Gourmet Style Kitchen complete w. Breakfast Bar & 6 high-end KitchenAide Appliances, Maple Cabinets & Engineered Stone Countertops. Beautiful Maple Engineered HW Floors complimented by large Travertine tiles w. Granite border on the Main. Enjoy year-round comfort w. your Built-in A/C, HVR, Radiant H/W Heat, & 2 designer gas f/p’s. Mins. to Schools, Skytrain & shopping. All meas approx. OPEN HOUSE APRIL 21ST & 22ND @ 2-4PM.

6) North Vancouver – $1,298,000

3211 HUNTLEIGH CR, Windsor Park, North Vancouver

Wow! One of the spectacular homes built by CREST. Completely renovated in 2011 from top to bottom with outstanding quality 3 bdrms, master bdrm with a luxury ensuite and contemporary kitchen with stainless steel appliances to desire for with an open plan to the family room creating a fantastic room to entertain family, friends and guests. Beautiful new chandeliers to brighten up for the dining room and an eating area. Also, 2 bdrms down with a full size kitchen, a wet bar, a wood-burning fireplace and separate entrance for a mortgage helper. Double windows with wooden blinds save a lot of heating cost. Cozy front side yard and beautiful south facing backyard fenced backing onto the greenbelt. Ready for you to move in!

7) White Rock – $1,295,000

15619 COLUMBIA AV, White Rock, White Rock

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East Beach – Ultimate smart living & functionally chic describes this LEED PLATINUM home in the heart of White Rock’s vibrant East Beach Community and only 2 blocks from the bay, Relax in privacy on rooftop deck or in the garden. This BRANDNEW 3 bedroom, 4 bath + office home incorporates the best in sustainable technology & smart home innovation. The 12′ vaulted ceilings & floor to ceiling window, huge master bdrm & European ensuite are a must see. Professional Bosch appliances, with hand crafted Wenge cabinetry & European built-ins throughout. Large office/studio space features separate entrance & private washroom. Integrated Control4 smart home system with complete lighting, alarm, built-in audio & video control.

8) Port Moody – $1,290,000

2189 SUMMERWOOD RD, Anmore, Port Moody

Chartwell Green Rancher (with bachelor suite) one acre lot with a peek-a boo-of Burrard Inlet- Approx 2900′- 4 bdrm- 3 car garage & loads of additional parking-3 baths-1 F/P-Loads of upgrades-Laminated hardwood, new appliances, newer roof-wheel chair friendly, hot water heat, huge rooms, prestigious area-good buy-New subdivision- Close to school.

9) Vancouver East – $1,098,000

2529 FRANKLIN ST, Hastings East, Vancouver East

Excellent location and quality. Walking distance to school, bus, market. 2 separated suite (1 & 2 bedrooms) with separate entry. Unbeatable value in this well maintained home. Call for your private view.

10) Coquitlam – $899,900

3357 PALISADE PL, Burke Mountain, Coquitlam

Million dollar home for under $900k! Prepare to be wowed by this stunning custom-built home on a private Burke Mtn greenbelt lot, where no detail has been forgotten. Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac, this upscale home has all of the quality and high-end finishings you’d expect in a luxury residence. Entertain guests in the gourmet kitchen complete w granite, stainless, & $10k chef’s DREAM stove! Bamboo flooring throughout with unique in-laid tile in kitchen. Large master bdrm features a private dressing area & luxurious spa-like ensuite. The beautifully finished walk-out 1-bdrm LEGAL suite features granite, crown mouldings, in-suite laundry & more!

11) New Westminster – $867,900

402 6TH AV, Queen’s Park, New Westminster

Queen’s Park Historic District, circa 1915 Heritage Craftsman Style family home, lovingly restored to maintain it’s original character & charm, a unique design with lots of light & windows, excellent flow & floor plan, foyer with open staircase leads to 3 bedrms up, oak & fir floors, stained glass, french doors,wood fireplace, updated shaker style period kitchen, open to sunroom, dining rm, built-ins, formal living rm, 3 bathrms, claw tub, 9′ ceiling, full basement with 4th bedrm down, easy suite potential. Beautiful mature gardens provide intimacy & privacy, prime corner lot 83.5×51(4258sq ft)+ easement makes a total lot of (5800sq ft). Open parking, walking distance to transit, schools, shopping & parks. Move-in and Enjoy!

12) Tsawwassen – $849,900

5096 DENNISON DR, Tsawwassen Central, Tsawwassen

Wonderful family home with room to grow. Enjoy this spacious 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom family home with room to spread out and have your own piece of paradise … Relax in the south facing back yard with new deck and hot tub. Grow your favorite herbs and veggies in the custom garden plots all for your comfort and enjoyment. All the renovations were done with permits and great updates with granite counters and updated bathrooms. This cosy, warm and friendly house has room for your home office with elegant french doors, a true gem. Walking distance to the high school and sports fields, centrally located and a bonus with plenty of storage.

13) Ladner – $814,900

4972 59TH ST, Hawthorne, Ladner

If you are looking for a great 4 bedroom family home on a quiet street….look no further! On the main floor you have the perfect floor plan for entertaining as you have a large family room off the kitchen/eating area. You will also love the radiant heating on both floors. The well layed out kitchen features granite countertops,stainless steel appliances (gas stove) and has plenty of cabinets for storage. In addition you have separate living and dining rooms. On the upper floor, you have 3 nice sized bedrooms along with a spacious master bedroom. The master also has a large walk in closet, full ensuite (separate shower/soaker tub) and a private balcony. Call today to book your private showing.

14) North Surrey – $739,000

15911 107A AV, Fraser Heights, North Surrey

Beautiful corner lot property in a highly desired location with lots of upgrades inside out. It features a great layout with hardwood and granite flooring and a wook kitchen. Close to schools parks and public transportation.

15) Langley – $699,000

8098 210TH ST, Willoughby Heights, Langley

Yorkson 4312 FT BIG LOT with 4272 SF of fab. living incl. a stunning 2 or 3 Bedroom Legal Suite! Shop the neighborhood and then come visit your future home. There is NO comparable anywhere near what this Executive Home has to offer! The Cabinetry and solid granite counters alone will simply amaze you, even before you step into the huge, ultra lux M.Bedroom with coffered ceiling, rain shower Bath & every bedroom has an Ensuite. The Media Room features a huge Wet-Bar & Powder Room so that you can stay hiding away for days on end! Just wait until you step onto the most unique Patio Deck c/w Gas F/p & a place for your Flat Screen TV to watch the game outdoors! Located only steps from new Elem. School & blks from Events Centre. HURRY!

16) Surrey – $699,000

6295 147B ST, Sullivan Station, Surrey

Welcome to this brand new Executive home in a fabulous neighborhood in Sullivan Station, close to schools, transit, YMCA, restaurants and shopping center. This home features spiral staircase, high ceilings in living and dining with a gas fireplace, along with a den in the entrance which is ideal for home office. Cooking is pleasure in beautiful kitchen w/granite counters & a spice kitchen. Family room has built-in entertainment unit overlooking sundeck & fully fenced yard. Upstairs has 4 bedrooms, the master has a spa like ensuite with a walk-in closet. The fully finished basement has (2+1) bedrooms with its own separate entrance. A must see. HST Included.

17) Squamish – $688,000

1743 HARRIS RD, Squamish

Invest in this massive 8 bedroom and den home and let your mortgage be covered with main home being rented for $1800 monthly and 2 separate basement suites rented at $700 and $800. This house is just a block away from public transport and school bus picks up kids right from house front for school. Just minutes away from shopping, Quest & Capilano University (Squamish Branch), has stunning views of mountains and greenery with nice backyard. One great investment not to be missed.

18) Cloverdale – $665,000

18146 70A AV, Cloverdale BC, Cloverdale

Fabulous ” GREAT ROOM” plan with brand new rich hardwood flooring throughout the main level. Gourmet kitchen with dark cherry wood cabinets, granite counters, all new updated stainless steel appliances, and a huge island perfect for entertaining. Large master with deluxe ensuite, 3 good size bedrooms, 4 piece bath, and open area for computer or play area complete the upstairs. Lower level awaits your idea’s with a separate entrance very easily made into a 2 bedroom suite. This home is just like brand new without the HST. Vacant and ready to go. Call today for your viewing.

19) North Delta – $649,000

11240 86TH AV, Annieville, North Delta

FAMILY HOME – Two-Storey plus full unfinished basement in North Delta with fantastic floor plan and big potential. Gourmet kitchen, formal living and dining rooms, 4 upstairs bedrooms and study area, 2 full, 2 half baths and large living spaces. Fresh paint, new carpets & blinds, updated appliances, kitchen counter tops, new gutters (Roof is 50 year tile). Short walk to schools, transit & shops. Move in and enjoy!

20) Port Coquitlam – $649,000

1657 PITT RIVER RD, Lower Mary Hill, Port Coquitlam

Mountain view. Open floor plan with 3 bedrooms up. Kitchen with maple cabinets and granite countertops. Exclusive use of slate, tile and pot-lights. Unfinished daylight basement with separate entry. Close to elementary school.

21) Sunshine Coast – $649,000

830 BAYVIEW HT, Gibsons, Sunshine Coast

Beautiful 2 storey ocean view home located in desirable Lower Gibsons. The lovely outside living areas feature stamped concrete south facing sundeck, covered deck in the backyard with gas barbecue hook up, fully fenced yard and a stamped concrete driveway. Inside features include hardwood floors, slate entrance areas, vaulted ceilings, large master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in closet, natural gas fireplace with custom wood mantle, 2.5 bathrooms and a heat pump for comfort in both hot and cold weather. This home offers an open concept plan with great space for entertaining. This is a classy but functional home waiting for you to enjoy.

22) Pitt Meadows – $625,800

19293 STREAMSTONE WK, South Meadows, Pitt Meadows

Fieldstone Park! New Bsmt Home! Terrific location. Private rear lot w/low maintenance, great, view/over greenbelt/future park, top quality details & craftsmanship. Spacious plan, city building inspect favorite. Impressive four level foyer view. Bright great room, gourmet kitchen w/eating bar, large master 5 pce ensuite w/lge soaker & walk-in closet. Large media/bdr room, open den off foyer, part bsmt awaits your ideas. Close to all amenities & walk to westcoast express, only 3 mins drive beyond Burke Mtn (via Maryhill) get more for a lot less, limited HST discount, 2-5-10 yr warranty, irreplaceable pricing ready to move in.

23) Maple Ridge – $584,900

10153 241ST ST, Albion, Maple Ridge

“Mainstone Creek” The Pine Plan features 3 bedrooms, full unfinished daylight basement, Maple Kitchen with Granite Countertops, Walk-in Closet, Computer Desk, Low-E Windows, Fire Protection Sprinkler System, Stainless Steel Appliances, Blinds, Unfinished Daylight Basement, 10 Year Warranty. Call for your private showing!

24) Abbotsford – $584,900

27866 MACLURE RD, Aberdeen, Abbotsford

5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath with finished walk out basement. Great room with gas fireplace, spacious kitchen and eating area, main floor den off large front foyer, covered patio off dining area, main floor laundry. 4 good sized bedrooms and 2 full baths on second floor, full 2 car garage plus 10×8’6 work area, full walk out basement. Quiet cul-de-sac, lot backs onto green space, located in off Lefeuver road in West Abbotsford, net HST included in price. A great family home ready in the new year.

25) Chilliwack – $559,900

206 1ST AV, Cultus Lake, Chilliwack

Live year round at Cultus Lake! Fantastic modern upscale home located just steps from the beach. The main floor boasts a gourmet kitchen with tile flooring and gorgeous cabinets, dining room and spacious warm living room with access to the sundeck. Upstairs includes three bedrooms including a beautiful master bedroom suite with it’s own private sundeck! Self contained 1 bedroom guest suite down. Front and back access to the home and a park across the street, no fishbowl here. Absolutely spectacular views of Cultus Lake and surrounding mountains. Quiet neighbourhood of upscale homes. Close to shopping and many activities including golf, waterslides, trails, parks, swimming, boating and more!

26) Mission – $482,900

33134 TUNBRIDGE AV, Mission BC, Mission

Spacious 2 storey with basement home featuring detached double garage and legal 2 bedroom suite! Stunning main floor with spacious great room concept, elegant kitchen with centre island and granite countertops, dining room and large den! Laundry and 4 bedrooms upstairs, oversized Master enjoys huge walk-in closet and lavish tiled ensuite! Large 2 bedroom suite in basement with own laundry, lane access and detached double garage, HST included in price if owner occupied.

27) Kent – $379,900

2021 MCCAFFREY RD, Agassiz, Kent

ABERDEEN VILLAGE, the “AMBER” 2 bedroom plus den and loft. Open kitchen great room plan on large freehold lot with geothermal heating and air conditioning. The show home is staged, come out to Agassiz and take a look!

28) Hope – $325,000

360 FERRY LANDING PL, Hope Center, Hope and Region

Extensive quality renovations highlight this large family home in great Hope location. Only short walk to schools, town, rivers, and golf. Private large lot on cul-de-sac street with close access to Fraser River shoreline. Home features massive kitchen area with updated cabinets, large family room, newly built BBQ deck, wood stove and fireplace, hardwood floors, 3 bathrooms and five bedrooms. Good sized fenced yard and gorgeous mountain views. This one has it all.


4 responses to “Just your slightly above average home – April 2012

  1. Zerodown April 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Please tweet your posts: it’s the new RSS. Just when I thought that the #VanRE community was well served by smart, well written critics with considered points of view, this um,drops in. Well done. Thank you.

  2. casualobserver1 April 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Great site. It’s interesting how major price distortions in one area (Vancouver) have a ripple effect on prices in the surrounding area. I wonder how many people “cash out” with huge windfalls from selling their Vancouver homes and then bid up prices in the sub-urbs and surrounding area? Is there any way of figuring out what area people re-purchase in after they sell, or even if they stay in the same area? Also, are there any stats on what percentage of new purchases is due to foreign buying?

  3. vangrl April 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    ya when I sold my 600 square foot, 45 year old, one bedroom condo in Kitsilano for close to $400,000 it was pretty tempting to go buy a 3 bedroom house in Maple Ridge for the same price, but then I thought I’d wait till Kits houses came down 50%

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