JUST LISTED! 6307 Lorimer Road

Date Posted: January 28, 2019

A lovely family home nestled in Whistler Cay

 $2,099,000

Main Home: 4 Bed, 1.5 Bath   |   Suite: 1 Bed, 1 Bath   |   1,8383 Sq.Ft.   |    Single-Family Home

Surrounded by beautiful perennial gardens and a flat backyard this lovely family home places all of Whistler at your doorstep. The Village is just a short walk or bike away and you are in close proximity to the trails that will take you to Alta Lake or Meadow Park. A flexible floor plan allows you to enjoy a 5 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home with an extra living space or take advantage of having a 1 or 2 bedroom suite.

See the photos & find out more here.

Listed: January 2019


Whistler Market Update: January 2019

Date Posted: January 17, 2019

With 2019 well underway, it is time to take a look at what has been happening in the local Whistler real estate market and how the trends of 2018 may impact where we go from here as we move forward through the new year.

2018 Year in Review

Over the course of 2018, the real estate market in Whistler continued to follow much the same course as was established in 2017. As the year progressed, the number or transactions began to decrease as the market slowed. The rapid pace of sales began to dwindle and many sellers found that their properties were staying on the market longer. This trend started slow at the beginning of the year and accelerated somewhat through the second half of 2018 as a result of rising interest rates, changes to mortgage approval rules, and a combination of government policies and taxes that had an impact on buyer enthusiasm.  Combined, these factors resulted in overall slowdowns in real estate markets regionally and nationally, not just in Whistler.

Although down 26% from 2017, overall real estate activities (number of transactions) that occurred in 2018 remained consistent with the levels achieved prior to the peak of the current market cycle (in 2015 to 2017). Suggesting a return to more ‘normal’ levels of market activity. Meanwhile, 2018 demonstrated an 18.2% decrease in the total value of transactions that occurred (at $828 million) as compared to the previous year.

Despite an overall cooling of the market, overall values continued to increase with the average transaction value for a property in Whistler sitting at $1,250,168 at the end of 2018 (a 7.5% increase from 2017). The greatest price appreciation was seen in the medium density market segments. Interest was particularly high for family oriented accommodation (large townhomes and single-family homes) although scarcity of supply and high price points mitigated the amount of demand. Condos and townhomes that offered opportunities for short-term rentals (especially those located close the the Village and/or slopes) were also in very high demand.

It is also important to note that as the market slowed, the number of properties available for sale increased from the historical lows we witnessed at the start of the year. This means that there are more options for Buyers and potentially more competition for Sellers.

Breaking the numbers down a little more:

  • Single-Family Homes: Average sale value increased 2.5% over 2017
  • Towhomes: Average sale value increased 33% (to $1,526,168) over 2017
  • Condos: Average sale value increased 11% (to $664,390) over 2017

Combined, condo and townhome sales accounted for 67% of the total transactions and 56% of the total transaction value in 2018 – making them a critical portion of the local real estate market. Especially as increased international awareness (due to the Vail purchase) as well as significantly increasing overnight guest numbers continue to bring interest from traditional real estate investors and those looking to enjoy the “Whistler Lifestyle” while offsetting some of their ownership expenses.

In 2018, the luxury real estate market (properties listed at over $2 Million) accounted for 119 transactions with an average transaction value of $3,363,000. While the number of transactions remained very consistent with 2017, the average value is down slightly. Overall, these sales account for 18% of all transactions and about 48% of the total transaction value.

In Whistler, buyers will now find that many listings are priced at over $1,000 per square foot. This places our local real estate market on par with most of the other elite ski resorts in North America; however, when the exchange rate is taken into consideration, we remain good value from an international perspective.

What We Expect Moving Forward

Going forward through 2019 we expect to find ourselves in a more balanced marketplace with levels of activity remaining consistent with historical levels. We also anticipate the price appreciation will be more subdued as the market adjusts to more sustainable levels. That said, it is still possible that some properties will still surprise due to pent-dup demand for specific locations and types remains.

Going forward, buyers will continue to buy and sellers will continue to sell. Supply and demand will direct pricing in the year ahead and there will continue to be strong buyer interest in Whistler properties, especially those that are well priced and/or unique.

If you are curious about what your home is worth in today’s market, or if you are wondering how to be successful as a buyer in this market, or even if you are just looking to stay up-to-date on the current market trends, contact me and I will be happy to discuss the current market with you and how you can accomplish your real estate goals.

*All stats deemed to be accurate and taken from the Whistler Listing System, January 2o19


SOLD! 5-2227 Gondola Village

Date Posted: January 8, 2019

A rare top-floor Gondola Village townhome in Whistler Creek

This rare, top floor Gondola Village townhome offers an airy living space with vaulted ceilings and plenty of windows. The extra-large deck extends the living space for summer entertaining and the wood-burning fireplace adds a cozy element on winter nights. This home is ready for your renovation ideas and personal touch. You’ll love this Creekside location and enjoy the convenience of walking to the gondola and Alpha Lake, not to mention the shops, restaurants, and amenities. GST is not applicable and the Phase I zoning means that you can take advantage of rentals or enjoy unlimited personal use.

Listed for $559,000 and sold over asking price for $565,000!

Market activity in Whistler remains strong but not at the same levels we were seeing through 2016 and 2017. As the market returns to more normalized levels we are seeing many listings staying on the market longer giving buyers more choices and the opportunity to take more time to consider their options – good news for buyers. Meanwhile, prices have continued to rise in all segments of the market – good news for sellers.

If you are curious about your home’s value in today’s market, want more information about this sale or similar listings, or if you would like an update on market conditions, contact me today!


SOLD! 575 The Westin Resort & Spa

Date Posted: December 21, 2018

A Revenue Producing Studio in Whistler Village

 

This luxurious renovated 354 square foot studio suite sleeps 4 and looks out onto the peaceful forest and is situated in an ideal Village location that is steps from the Village gondolas. With a fully equipped kitchen, this suite offers all the comfort and convenience you could need for your stay in Whistler. The Westin Resort & Spa is popular amongst owners who love the lifestyle and investors alike. The award-winning hotel features an outdoor pool, 2 hot tubs, an exercise facility, a spa, and restaurants. Phase II ownership allows owners to enjoy 28 days of personal use in the summer and 28 days in the winter while earning excellent revenues the rest of the year.

Listed for $295,000 and sold under multiple offers in just 8 days!

“Amber was very professional, timely and our overall experience was seamless. We are very happy with her services as our realtor.” Buyer of 575 Westin

Market activity in Whistler remains strong but not at the same levels we were seeing through 2016 and 2017. As the market returns to more normalized levels we are seeing many listings staying on the market longer giving buyers more choices and the opportunity to take more time to consider their options – good news for buyers. Meanwhile, prices have continued to rise in all segments of the market – good news for sellers.

If you are curious about your home’s value in today’s market, want more information about this sale or similar listings, or if you would like an update on market conditions, contact me today!


SOLD! 64 Glaciers Reach

Date Posted: November 21, 2018

A fully furnished 2 bedroom townhome in Whistler Village

 

This fully furnished, 2 bedroom townhome in Glaciers Reach is ideally situated in a central location that is just steps from all the Village amenities and free shuttle bus. Imagine yourself relaxing in your private hot tub on the main deck or enjoying a morning coffee on the deck off the master bedroom with views of Whistler Mountain. With new living room furnishings, appliances, and hot tub it is ready for you to enjoy for weekend getaways or as an excellent rental investment with a strong rental history. In addition to your private hot tub, Glaciers Reach offers a year-round outdoor pool, a hot tub, secure underground parking, and an exercise room.

Listed for $1,029,000 and sold for 99% of the list price in just 18 days!

Market activity in Whistler remains strong but not at the same levels we were seeing through 2016 and 2017. As the market returns to more normalized levels we are seeing many listings staying on the market longer giving buyers more choices and the opportunity to take more time to consider their options – good news for buyers. Meanwhile, prices have continued to rise in all segments of the market – good news for sellers.

If you are curious about your home’s value in today’s market, want more information about this sale or similar listings, or if you would like an update on market conditions, contact me today!


SOLD! 231D Legends

Date Posted: November 16, 2018

A 2 bedroom quartershare at the base of Whistler Mountain

 

A popular complex for its convenient year-round location, The Legends could not be closer to the Creekside Gondola and amenities. It also puts you within minutes of Alta Lake and the Valley Trail. This 2 bedroom condo is in a desirable location that offers walk-out access to skiing and you couldn’t be closer to the pool area. With a spacious, open floor plan that includes a full kitchen, in-suite washer/dryer, and a deck with mountain views for relaxation, this is a perfect retreat. Legends offers plenty of storage, an outdoor pool and hot tub, an exercise room, and recreation/media facilities. As a quartershare property, owners can take advantage of unlimited use during their weeks, rent them out, or trade them through the resort2resort exchange program. This is an affordable freehold ownership where the monthly strata fee includes all expenses (property taxes, TW fees, phone, cable, and internet). Enjoy 2 weeks of use over Christmas and New Years 2019!

Listed for $199,000 and sold for 93% of the list price in just 11 days!

“Amber has handled a few of our real estate transactions and we have always been very happy with her services. We will continue to use her for her professionalism and the ease of dealing with our real estate sales and purchases in the Whistler area.” – Seller of 231D Legends

“I really appreciate your care, prompt service and ease of doing business. Hopefully out paths will cross again someday” – Seller of 231D Legends

Market activity in Whistler remains strong but not at the same levels we were seeing through 2016 and 2017. As the market returns to more normalized levels we are seeing many listings staying on the market longer giving buyers more choices and the opportunity to take more time to consider their options – good news for buyers. Meanwhile, prices have continued to rise in all segments of the market – good news for sellers.

If you are curious about your home’s value in today’s market, want more information about this sale or similar listings, or if you would like an update on market conditions, contact me today!


JUST LISTED! 5-2227 Gondola Village – Now Sold

Date Posted: October 30, 2018

A convenient townhome in a popular Whistler complex

 $559,000

1 Bedroom   |   1 Bathroom   |   423 Sq.Ft.   |    Townhouse

Conveniently located within walking distance to the Creekside Gondola and amenities, this rare top-floor townhome is ready for your personal touch. Make it your own and enjoy cozy winter days by the wood-burning fireplace and long summer evenings with family and friends on the large deck. Phase I zoning gives you the flexibility to enjoy unlimited use options.

See the photos & find out more here.

Listed: October 2018


SOLD! 233/234 Four Seasons Resort

Date Posted: October 17, 2018

A luxurious, 5-star Whistler condo

 

An end unit offering unbeatable views, this luxurious and spacious two bedroom two bathroom Four Seasons suite can be your Whistler haven. Each bedroom features a 5 piece ensuite, fireplace and private balcony with south western mountain views, reminding you that year-round recreation is right outside your door. One bedroom suite can be locked off separately allowing a flexible floor plan for revenues and usage. Enjoy the benefits of a five star hotel with ski concierge, 24-hour room service, health club, outdoor pool, hot tubs and the level of service you can only expect from the Four Seasons. The Phase 2 zoning allows ample time to enjoy, with 56 days of usage per year.

Listed for $998,000 and sold for 95% of the list price!

The real estate market in Whistler has remained steady so far through 2018. Buyer interest remains strong while listing inventory continues to be low. As a result, prices are still feeling some upward pressure and despite a slowing in transaction rate, it continues to be a Seller’s Market.

If you are curious about your home’s value in today’s market, want more information about this sale or similar listings, or if you would like an update on market conditions, contact me today!


SOLD! 4875 Casabella Crescent

Date Posted: October 3, 2018

A luxurious townhome in a fantastic year-round location

Situated in a fantastic year-round location walking distance to the Village amenities and Lost Lake, this end unit three bedroom, three bathroom townhome with garage offers a luxurious escape just minutes from everything Whistler has to offer. Whether you are gathering with friends and family in the open concept living area with vaulted ceilings, cozy gas fireplace, and grand wood beams, relaxing after a day of adventure in the brand new, private hot tub in your private backyard, or taking in the mountain views and afternoon sun from the master bedroom deck – you can’t beat this location. You will find everything you could need for full-time living, Whistler getaways, or rentals in this fully-furnished, turn-key property in Montebello, one of Whistler’s most sought-after neighbourhoods.

Listed for $2,090,000 and sold for $2,190,000, in 47 days (that is 97% of the list price)!

“I used Amber for the second time this summer to sell my place and once again had a great experience with her.  She’s knowledgeable, professional, and makes the overall experience great whether you are buying or selling your property!” – Seller of 4875 Casabella Crescent

The real estate market in Whistler has remained steady so far through 2018. Buyer interest remains strong while listing inventory continues to be low. As a result, prices are still feeling some upward pressure and despite a slowing in transaction rate, it continues to be a Seller’s Market.

If you are curious about your home’s value in today’s market, want more information about this sale or similar listings, or if you would like an update on market conditions, contact me today!


JUST LISTED! 231D Legends – Now Sold

Date Posted: September 21, 2018

A desirable 2 bedroom condo in Whistler Creekside

 

 $199,000

2 Bedroom   |   2 Bathroom   |   894 Sq.Ft.   |    Quarter Ownership

With walk-out access to skiing, you won’t find a more desirable location in Whistler Creekside than this lovely 2 bedroom condo in the always popular Legends complex. A spacious open floor plan is perfect for Whistler getaways as you take advantage of unlimited personal use during your weeks or earn revenues from nightly rentals.

Owners can look forward to Christmas and New Years 2019!

See the photos & find out more here.

Listed: September 2018


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