December 12, 2011

West Van Home is an Architectural Delight

Residence with clean lines, modern design and a lap pool sells for $3.47 million in 23 days

1905 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver

Type: 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom detached
Size: 4,430 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $2.61 million
Listed for: $3.588 million
Sold for: $3.47 million
Sold on: Oct. 7
Days on market: 23
Listing agent: Karim Virani at Virani Real Estate Advisors
Buyers agent: Simon Lo at Macdonald Realty Westmar
The big sell: Contemporary homes often fall into the “one-of-a-kind” category because architects have more freedom than they might with a more standard design. This certainly applies to this Ambleside property in West Vancouver, which was created with a spectacular blend of concrete, glass and red cedar. It was built in 2009 on a 12,662-square-foot lot. The interior offers a spacious floor plan that showcases American walnut doors, cabinetry and staircase, and Italian porcelain slab flooring throughout. The open-concept kitchen has Gaggenau appliances and an eye-catching stainless-steel breakfast bar that runs the length of the room. There are numerous custom built-ins, including Eclipse folding patio doors, a Control4 entertainment system, large home theatre, steam sauna, wine cellar, and irrigation system. If one feature had to be singled out that will impress the most? How about the 70-foot lap pool.

 Lonsdale home sells in just four days

228 East 6th St., North Vancouver
Type: 2-bedroom, 3-bathroom half duplex
Size: 1,258 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $562,000
Listed for: $599,000
Sold for: $587,500
Sold on: Sept. 27
Days on market: 4
Listing agent: Helen Grant at RE/MAX Crest Realty
Buyers agent: Stu Bell at Prudential Sussex Realty
The big sell: Despite the fact this property is a three-level half duplex, there are no shared walls as the building’s staggered design ensures that just the staircase has a common partition. The home is at 6th Street and St. Andrews, which puts it within walking distance of Lonsdale Quay and the SeaBus, and in the catchment area for Ridgeway elementary and Sutherland secondary schools. There is laneway access to a convenient two-car garage that enters directly into a recreation room that has sliding doors on to a south-facing patio. Some additional interior highlights include two gas fireplaces, updated bathrooms, hardwood flooring, crown mouldings, and a kitchen filled with natural light. Both the bedrooms are on the top floor. The master benefits from a walk-in closet, ensuite bathroom, and one of the big attractions of the home: a panoramic view of the city and harbour.

East Van home has character, possibilities

5540 Fleming St., Vancouver
Type: 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom detached
Size: 2,410 sq. ft.
B.C. Assessment, 2011: $676,500
Listed for: $799,900
Sold for: $870,000
Sold on: Oct. 4
Days on market: 18
Listing agent: Steve Triantafillou at Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
Buyers agent: Tyler MacDonald at Century 21 In Town Realty
The big sell: This three-level character home is close to East Vancouver’s Kensington Park on the high side of the street. Among the advantages of this: impressive city and mountain views. The main floor of the home, which dates to 1932, retains the original hardwood fir floors. As well, there is a separate dining room with french doors, a gas fireplace, kitchen with eating area and gas range, and two bedrooms. A bedroom on the top floor could be turned into a master suite with the addition of a bathroom, and further potential is provided in the form of a one-bedroom basement suite. The oversized 124.5-foot property length creates additional space for a one-car garage and a fully landscaped garden.

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