Weekly Whistler Real Estate 2020 to 2019 Comparison

Since March, I have been comparing Whistler real estate sales and new listings 2020 against the same week in 2019. This has helped me and hopefully you, understand what is happening in the market, with regards to new listings and to sales. Let’s have a look at the graphs below:

New Real Estate Listings in Whister

New listings in whistler real estate

Real Estate Sales in Whistler

If you have any questions about the graphs, and you are not working with a realtor, please call me. For more statistics check out the Market Update page.

It’s A Good Life in Whistler!

Marion

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(604) 938-3885
Marion Anderson, PREC*

*Personal Real Estate Corporation
Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
203-1080 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC, V8E 0S7 CANADA

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June 2020 Whistler Market Update

Winter view from snowridge townhouses

After several months of alarming Covid-19 news, the Whistler real estate market is showing a positive recovery. New listings are coming on at a higher rate than they did the same week last year. In addition, sales are happening, and although it might only be 5 sales in a week, when you compare that to 10 sales in the same week last year, it doesn’t look so bad.

Compare New Listings in 2020 To The Same Week In 2019

Since British Columbia shut-down on March 13th, the graph below shows the response by owners of Whistler real estate. First we saw a decline in new listings, as owners gathered information and made an assessment of what the lack of tourists, and available buyers might mean to the real estate market. By May, there was enough information for owners to make a decision as to whether to list their property at the top of a buyer’s market, or hold off, and see if the market might rebound.

graph showing June 2020 new listings whistler real estate

Compare Sales in 2020 To The Same Week In 2019

The one segment that showed continuous confidence in the Whistler real estate market was the luxury segment. Typically, the majority of this segment are non-resident buyers, and this example focuses on properties purchased over $3M CAD. We have had 9 sales over $3M from March 13, 2020 to June 10, 2020. In comparison, in the same period in 2019 we had 3 sales. Demonstrating that the savvy and successful buyers had confidence that transferring their money from stocks into a real estate investment in Whistler was a sound business decision.

The sales stats shown below are what we call “firm sales”. These sales have had their conditions met, and the buyer’s deposit has been received. However, the sale has not closed. This is interesting because the buyers of property since March, were well aware of the pandemic situation. Yet, this group of buyers decided to proceed with their negotiation and purchase. For as many as purchased, I expect just as many buyers who decided to stop the purchase process, and wait and see what might happen to the Whistler real estate market. Time will tell.

graph showing the Whistler real estate sales June 2020

Direction Of The Whistler Real Estate Market

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If you are thinking that now might be a good time to start looking at Whistler Real Estate, and you are not already working with a realtor, please call me. With the banning of Dual Agency in Whistler, you will need your own representation. I look forward to hearing from you.

In the meantime, have a look at the Market Update page on this site, for more statistical information.

It’s a Good Life in Whistler!

Marion

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(604) 938-3885
Marion Anderson, PREC*

*Personal Real Estate Corporation
Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
203-1080 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC, V8E 0S7 CANADA

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May 2020 Whistler Market Update

spring skiing in may

By the time of this May 2020 Whistler Market Update post, Whistler Real Estate started to see an upswing in the number of new listings posted. The best place to view these statistics is on the Market Update page on this site. In the meantime, have a look at this month’s video on the state of Whistler real estate, and the effect of the pandemic.

May 2020 The Best Time to Buy investment Real Estate in Whistler

The rental property market in Whistler is an unknown for the remainder of 2020. With a second wave of the pandemic predicted, who knows when the international tourists will start coming back to Whistler. Tourism Whistler, the marketing body, regularly publishes updates on where they are focusing their marketing dollars. From what I have read, the focus will be on provincial visitors. This might be fine for summer, but it certainly will not sustain the 2020-2021 winter season rental rates. Some owners of rental property could be in troubling times and this may mean opportunity for a buyer who is not immediately reliant on rental income.

Remember to check out the Market Update Page on this site. In addition, if you are not working with a realtor, and you are considering Whistler real estate, please contact me. I am here to help you.


It’s a Good Life in Whistler!

Marion

[email protected]
(604) 938-3885
Marion Anderson, PREC*

*Personal Real Estate Corporation
Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
203-1080 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC, V8E 0S7 CANADA

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Luxury Condo at 209 First Tracks Lodge Zoned For Nightly Rental

winter view from First Tracks Lodge at Creekside

The luxury condos at First Tracks Lodge were built to offer those buyers and guests the opportunity to enjoy a luxury property in an excellent location. Luxury and excellent location typically go hand in glove, and First Tracks Lodge (FTL) is no exception. Many realtors, would equate the quality of First Tracks Lodge as close to the quality of Four Seasons Resort in the Benchlands, or as close as we have in Whistler. First Tracks Lodge was also built with commercial space for a restaurant. Unfortunately, and despite a couple of attempts the restaurant could not sustain itself during the April to December period. That space is now the children’s snow camp, which is another excellent use of the space, and one which benefits the owners of 209 more than a restaurant.

I always suggest First Tracks Lodge to any buyers I am working with. The incredible location, steps from the Creekside Gondola station is the main reason to consider this property. In addition, the location of Creekside has everything you need for your stay in Whistler. For more information on the location check out the First Tracks Lodge page on this site. Most buyers shy away from First Tracks Lodge because of the hefty strata fees, which is possibly a short-sighted approach. Either the money is being collected monthly or it is coming down as a large assessment every other year, but either way, it needs to be collected. This strata fee strategy has worked well for First Tracks Lodge since the property was built, so the FTL council will not be changing their approach.

Listing Details Provided By Listing Agent

  • Listed at: $2,098,000
  • GST: exempt
  • Size: 1,577sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms: 3 (two with an ensuite)
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Parking: 2 stalls underground
  • Built: 2002
  • Strata fees: $1,274/month
  • Property taxes: $7,960 (2019)
  • Ski-in Ski-out: Dave Murray Downhill and Peak to Creek
  • Walk to Creekside Village in less than 5 minutes; bus to Whistler Village
  • Zoned for nightly rentals
  • Listed with Macdonald Realty

Pricing of First Tracks Lodge 3 Bedroom Condos

When we consider the location of a suite within a building, such as First Tracks Lodge, there is usually a personal preference. However, if you are considering renting out the suite, the difference in price based on the location should be factored in. It can take a lot of nightly rentals to generate $100,000 after tax dollars. Have a look at the following chart and look at the cost/sq. ft. This cost/sq. ft. is instrumental in determining the value of any unit within a building or complex. When determining the market value of a condo, just look at the comparable last sale, the cost/sq. ft., and then start adding or subtracting value to reach your market value range. From there it is up to the realtors to negotiate a fair price, terms and conditions.

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3D Tour of 3 Bedroom Luxury Condo in First Tracks Lodge

The listing agent has commissioned a 3D tour of 209 First Tracks Lodge. This self-guided tour has become a standard means of marketing a property, thanks to the Covid-19 clamp-down on showings and open houses.

Location of 209 in First Tracks Lodge

The location of 209 is just past the walkway coming off the bridge from Creekside village, and basically is directly opposite the Guest Services offices in The Legends. However, because of the extensive deck system of 209, see floor plan below, you have your choice of several views. These range from: 1) a nice view to the west and Sproatt and Rainbow Mountains; 2) watching skiers and boarders coming across the bridge and walking to and from the Gondola; and 3) a great view up the front of the Dave Murray Downhill. This condo offers a selection of interesting view with lots of sights to keep you intrigued. The condo is above the former restaurant space, which as I explained above, never caught on. The space is now used for the Kids Snow Camp, so after everyone has gone home at 4pm, there should be no noise from below.

Floor Plan of 209 First Tracks Lodge

This is a unique floor plan within First Tracks Lodge, as you can see from the developers plan below.

If you are looking for a condo which is on the flat and has very easy access to a gondola, then First Tracks Lodge should be on your radar. Click on this link to reach the First Tracks Lodge page on this site. Like most locals you may find that when you get familiar with Creekside, you will prefer this location to the hustle of Whistler Village.

It’s a Good Life in Whistler!

Marion

[email protected]
(604) 938-3885
Marion Anderson, PREC*

*Personal Real Estate Corporation
Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
203-1080 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC, V8E 0S7 CANADA

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Compare 2020 Whistler Real Estate Market To 2019

No sign of life during the pandemic

Weekly, I aim to compare 2020 Whistler real estate market to 2019. Now, 2019 was a big adjustment from 2018, which was a very strong seller’s market which ended abruptly in December 2018. Since January 2019, the overall Whistler market has been fluctuating in and out of a Buyer’s Market. Since March 13th, it is safe to say, that with the drastic reduction in sales, and the number of new listings, Whistler real estate is now in a Buyer’s Market. Please note, the number of listings has also declined, but it has not declined nearly as much as the sales…so far.

Covid-19 Statistics Signal A Buyer’s Market in Whistler Real Estate

When you look at the new listings graph below, you will see that at the end of April 2020 the number of new listings dropped dramatically in comparison to previous weeks. It is too early to tell if this is a one-off or the start of a trend.

graph and chart comparing 2020 whistler real estate SOLD statistics to 2019 stats
Graph and chart comparing 2020 Whistler Real Estate SOLD statistics to 2019 stats during the Covid-19 pandemic.
graph and chart comparing 2020 whistler real estate statistics to 2019 stats
Graph and chart comparing 2020 Whistler Real Estate new listings statistics to 2019 stats during the Covid-19 pandemic

When Will Whistler Real Estate Prices Drop in Response to the Global Pandemic?

That is the million dollar question, when will Whistler real estate prices drop during this Covid-19 pandemic? Whistler sellers and Whistler listing agents seem to take a long time to respond to any market changes. From my experience, even a global pandemic won’t hurry sellers along with a price drop. There are some realtors who will initiate the response to the market conditions, and I already know whom to watch. However, special pricing will appear in each market dependent on how motivated the seller is, and how responsive their listing agent is. It’s as much fun watching the market as watching my listing colleagues respond and that’s the benefit of no dual agency.

The Market Update page on this site has a real time link to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver statistics. Bookmark the Market Update page for real time statistics. Please call me with any questions on your Whistler Real Estate needs.

It’s a Good Life in Whistler!

Marion

[email protected]
(604) 938-3885
Marion Anderson, PREC*

*Personal Real Estate Corporation
Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
203-1080 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC, V8E 0S7 CANADA

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Effect of Covid-19 pandemic on Pricing of 2 Bedroom in the Aspens

Extra large patio is a bonus

I have been looking at the new listings to find the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on pricing real estate in Whistler. Speaking with a colleague the other day, she excitedly asked if I had seen the new 2 bedroom listing in the Aspens, “…it is $230k lower than the last 2 bed listing, which was only listed 17 days ago.” Under the Covid-19 pandemic situation, I know you will agree that 17 days seems like an awfully long time ago. The decision by the seller and the experienced RE/MAX agent as of the 30th of March to list at $1,280,000 was probably sound. However, a lot has happened since then.

When I represent a buyer or a seller, I determine the pricing for a condo or a townhome based on the last sale within the building or complex. It is never a good idea to look at what competitive properties are listed for, but more what they sold for, within a reasonable time frame. That time frame under our current pandemic situation, is changing daily.

Sales in Aspens for a 2 Bedroom Since August 2019

The following chart is taken from the Whistler Listing System (WLS) for the Aspens based on: 2 bedrooms; active; sold since July 2019. Please note, I have provided the basic information on this chart. If you need more sales information, check out the Condo Sales Statistics page on this site. Another page of interest would be The Aspens page on this site. In addition, if you are not working with a realtor, please call me to discuss.

UnitFloor planSizeRenoListing $Sold $Sold DateCost/sq. ft.
226B2785Full$1,050k$1,338
419B2785Full*$1,280k$1,631
551B2B778?$1,217k3/2020$1,565
312C786Full*$1,150k8/2019$1,463
* Very close to fully renovated

Listing Details Provided By Listing Agent

  • Listed at: $1,050,000
  • Size: 787 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms: 2 (one with ensuite)
  • Bathrooms: 2 including ensuite
  • Parking: 2 stalls underground
  • Built: 1994
  • Strata fees: $702/month
  • Property taxes: $4,200 (2019)
  • Ski-in Ski-out: on Merlin’s Run
  • Walk to Whistler Village in less than 10 minutes
  • Zoned for nightly rentals
  • Listed with Engel & Volkers

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3D Tour of 226 Aspens

Click on the following link for the listing realtor’s 3D tour of 226 Aspens.

Floor Plan of 226 Aspens

Floor plan of 2 bed 2 bath condo

Location of 226 within the Aspens

Building plan of the Aspens showing the location of 226

Closing Remarks

We are going to see buyers interested in securing a Whistler property at a price which is representative of the current pandemic situation. Should you like my opinion on this Covid-19 situation please watch my April 2020 Market Update video. One lesson I learned in the financial crisis of 2008, was that no-one listed their property, unless they really need to sell it. I am here to help you, if you are not already working with a realtor.

[email protected]
(604) 938-3885
Marion Anderson, PREC*

*Personal Real Estate Corporation
Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
203-1080 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC, V8E 0S7 CANADA

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April 2020 Whistler Market Update and Covid-19 Pandemic Effect

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a detrimental effect on Whistler Real Estate. There have been zero sales to date in the month of April. Compare that to April 1-13, 2019 when we had 22 Sales. The video below reviews the Sales to Active Listings Ratio for the March 2020 statistics. In addition, the video covers what this current real estate situation means to Buyers. All statistics were provided by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver taken from the Multiple Listing System (MLS) as of April 13th..

Covid-19 Effect On April 2020 Compared To April 2019

Not much explanation needed here. Less sales, more listings puts pressure on downward pricing. With 11 new listings in April, anyone who lists right now must know that it looks as though they have to get out of the market.

  • Sales from April 1 – April 13, 2020 = Zero
  • Sales from April 1 – April 13, 2019 = 22
  • New Listings April 1 – April 13, 2020 = 11
  • New Listings April 1 – April 13, 2019 = 4

If you are interested in securing Whistler Real Estate then it is important to start getting educated on what is happening in the Whistler market. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are just getting started, especially since March 2020 sales were not unremarkable. Watching real estate prices react to any global situation is always something to watch, but especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stay home, stay safe. Please reach out to me if you are not already working with a realtor.

[email protected]
(604) 938-3885
Marion Anderson, PREC*

*Personal Real Estate Corporation
Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
203-1080 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC, V8E 0S7 CANADA

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MARCH 2020 WHISTLER REAL ESTATE NEWS

There has been little change in the March 2020 Whistler real estate news compared to last month. Please watch my Whistler Market update video below for an explanation in under 99 seconds.

Real estate prices are determined by supply and demand. By comparing the number of listings for sale against the number of sales in a given month, we arrive at the sales to active listings ratio. This ratio determines whether the Whistler market is in a seller’s market, a balanced market, or a buyer’s market.

Buyer’s Market for Detached Houses in March 2020

Analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below 12% for a sustained period.  The sales to active listings ratio for detached houses was 7% in February 2020. Therefore in this segment we have been in a buyer’s market for a sustained period. In theory, the longer the house is listed, the more the price needs to be reduced to sell.

Graphs and charts showing the stats for Whistler real estate market

Market Update page has more March 2020 Real estate statistics, charts and graphs also provided by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.

[email protected]
(604) 938-3885
Marion Anderson, PREC*

*Personal Real Estate Corporation
Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
203-1080 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC, V8E 0S7 CANADA

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Ground Floor Condo at 229 Greystone Lodge at 4905 Spearhead Place

view looking down Merlin's Run on Blackcomb Mountain

If you are looking for a condo which is on the ground floor at street level, and has no stairs, 229 Greystone Lodge should be worth considering. No waiting for the elevator, there is one elevator in the Greystone Lodge. In addition, no need to take the stairs rather than waiting for the elevator to arrive.

The location of the Greystone Lodge is considered ski-in ski-out. It is not as ski-in ski-out as the Aspens, or the Woodrun, but then, those condo buildings are basically on the slope. However, the short schuss to and from the Greystone Lodge is an easy schuss and perfect for all abilities.

The condo is at the front of the building, which, in my opinion is a quiet location. The parking for the Greystone Lodge is off Spearhead Drive. The traffic you will hear will be from vehicles coming to and from the Woodrun. Keep in mind, that most visitors choose the Greystone and the Woodrun, because they can park the car and not use it again, until they leave. From the Greystone Lodge it is an easy walk to the the Upper Village stores and restaurants. Heading further along to the Whistler Village, may turn out to be something you do on occasion.

Listing Details

  • Offered at: $949,000
  • Size: 737 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Parking: underground
  • Built: 1990
  • Strata fees: $499/month
  • Property taxes: $3,045 (2019)
  • Ski-in Ski-out
  • Walk to Whistler Village
  • Zoned for nightly rentals
  • Listed with RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate

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3D Tour

This listing realtor has commissioned a 3 dimensional tour. Please click on the 229 Greystone 3D Tour to view.

Ground Floor Plan For Condo

Floor plan of the one bedroom ground floor unit

Ground Floor Location Within The Greystone Lodge

The listing agent has added on the comment that “…the gardens and the planters are lovely in the summer…” The patio at #229 overlooks the gardens at the front, and it is quite sheltered from the view of anyone who is looking at the Greystone. While this is a bonus, for me, the convenience of the ground floor location is the main benefit.

location of the ground floor unit at the front of Greystone Lodge

Greystone is Zoned for Nightly Rental

The nightly rental and GST conversation, is one best done in person. Realtors must refer every buyer to seek advice from their accountant, and that is usually after the buyer has decided on the property of choice. So, if you are not working with an agent, please call me, I am here to help you find your Whistler home.

It’s a Good Life in Whistler!

Marion

[email protected]
(604) 938-3885
Marion Anderson, PREC*

*Personal Real Estate Corporation
Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
203-1080 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC, V8E 0S7 CANADA

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Residential Zoning for Ski-in Ski-out Townhome at 37-2544 Snowridge Circle

The look of recycled wood, adds a texture to the interior design

The owners at 2544 Snowridge Circle appreciate the ski-in ski-out access of this location, and they also appreciate the lack of tourists. With a residential zoning it means that nightly rentals are not permitted in this development. Snowridge Townhomes are the only properties in Whistler which are ski-in ski-out and residential. However, I feel they don’t get much credit for this accolade. If this location were zoned for nightly rentals, there is no doubt that the properties would sell for more and would sell quicker.

Paying More For Rental Income Properties

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Land for Sale at 3818 Sunridge Place

image showing the boundaries of this lot

The photograph above tells the story of land for sale at Sunridge Place, Whistler. However, it doesn’t tell that real estate for sale, walking distance to Whistler Village is rare. Due to the gradient of the land, there is potential for a larger build than one would expect on a 12,000 sq. ft. lot. The listing realtor has quoted a 5,000 sq. ft. build. From the photo gallery below, you can tell that the neighbourhood of Sunridge is something quite special. For more information on this location, please click through to the Sunridge Plateau page on this site.

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Mountain House with Lap Pool At 3824 Sunridge Drive

Few houses in Whistler have the space for a 54 ft. indoor pool, the length of which can actually give you a good workout. 3824 Sunridge Drive offers you that option. There are several other houses for sale in Sunridge right now, but none with a lap pool. 3827 Sunridge Drive has an oversized dip pool, more for family fun than doing laps.

When you own a mountain home like 3824 Sunridge Drive you get to enjoy the ski resort lifestyle that Whistler offers. Off Lower Olympic Run on Whistler Mountain there is a traverse that leads to the north end of Sunridge. From there, a ski-in trail to Sunridge Drive. This house is two houses over from that ski-home access. More on the ski access below.

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FEBRUARY 2020 WHISTLER REAL ESTATE NEWS

If you are following the Whistler real estate market, the February 2020 news will be of no surprise to you. In summary, not much of a change from the last 12 months. Sellers are still pricing too high for the current market conditions. In fact when I look at all segments of the Whistler real estate market, it is staggering how many overpriced properties there are in Whistler.

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Ski-in To Estate Home At 3827 Sunridge Drive

3827 Sunridge Drive Front exterior

The ski-in trail off Whistler Mountain stops next door to this estate home at 3827 Sunridge Drive. Although the listing realtor has used the term “estate home”, I want to be clear, the house is not on an estate lot. Sunridge Plateau has large lots, but nothing near an acre. Should you be looking for a magnificent home in the mountains, then this one is calling your name. If you are looking for an estate lot, there are some, but none which are ski-in ski-out.

Looking at the photo gallery below, it is easy to see that this house was built in a style which one would call traditional. Back in 2002 when this was built, this architectural style was very much in vogue. The use of heavy stone masonry, huge cedar timbers and lots and lots of wood work. Even the kitchen was built to last a lifetime. If you drive around Sunridge you can spot the houses from that era, when quality was king. In summary, Sunridge is a development of very expensive, high quality houses, and as such is an area worth considering.

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Close to the Kadenwood Gondola 2952 High Point Drive

One of Two Outdoor Fireplaces 2952 High Point Drive, Kadenwood

The location to the Kadenwood Gondola becomes a priority when deciding on 2952 High Point Drive over a brand new house on, for example, Heritage Peaks Trail. I encourage my clients to consider the mobility and ability of each family member both on and off the slopes when contemplating the purchase of any real estate in Whistler. This is especially true for ski-in ski-out property. One house in from the intersection of High Point Drive and Kadenwood Drive, it is a very short walk to the Kadenwood Gondola station. This bodes very well with your guests, as they can easily make their own way to the gondola without you having to drive them anywhere. It is a very convenient, year-round location.

Video 2952 High Point Drive In Winter

This video is on YouTube and is courtesy of Real Tours Vancouver. it shows the property in the depths of winter. There is a summer video further down this blog post.

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Does The Strata Have Influence Over A Bare Land Strata Lot?

First of all, let’s answer the question, what is a bare land strata? On the registered bare land strata plan, there will be no buildings shown within the lot lines. In addition, the strata plan, will have the words bare land strata on the plan. Sounds simple, and it is, but remember that to find out you always check the registered strata plan. For example, Kadenwood, Sunridge, Horstman Estates and houses in the Snowridge Crescent development are all bare land stratas. The houses in the Ridge and the Heights at Taluswood, are not. Below is Phase 1 of the Kadenwood strata plan. No buildings shown on this registered bare land strata plan.

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Luxury Townhouse At The Lookout For Sale On Whistler Mountain

Exterior show showing double car garage

More specifically, the Lookout on Whistler Mountain is the location of a luxury townhouse for sale. There are two listed for sale right now, and I am writing about Unit 6. I love to show property up in Taluswood, which is the location of the Lookout, the Heights and the Ridge. Buyers typically decide very quickly whether this location is perfectly remote, or too remote. It rarely takes a second trip for them to decide. For me any decision is progress.

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For Sale 406 Le Chamois Condo With Full Kitchen

This should be a very short blog. One message to get across is that 406 Le Chamois condo with a full kitchen, is listed for sale. That kitchen includes a four burner stove top with an oven. Unless you are familiar with Le Chamois, you may not appreciate my enthusiasm. Allow me to explain. Le Chamois was developed without kitchen facilities in the studio and one bedroom condos. Over the years, some owners in Le Chamois decided that they would like to have a modest kitchen, and some requested a stove and oven be added. The request had to be submitted by the owner and approved by the strata council.

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Ski-in To A Renovated 3 Bedroom Townhouse In Mountain Star

This fully renovated 3 bedroom townhouse should make you re-examine your wants versus needs list. For non-residents, this is especially relevant. It can be a challenge to undergo a renovation from afar. I expect you were wanting a ski-in ski-out townhome, however owning in Mountain Star means that you can ski or ride home, and it is only a very short stroll to the access path which leads to Merlin’s Run on Blackcomb Mountain. Please see my video below. The listing realtor has described the property as ski-in ski-out, that is how close the access trail is to Mountain Star.

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Sunridge House For Sale Walking Distance to Whistler Village

Slightly separated dining room with amazing mountain views

One way to describe 3855 Sunridge Court is as a timeless, luxury house for sale which is walking distance to Whistler Village. It may not sound it, but this is a rare property indeed. There is a handful of real estate in Whistler which can be described as a luxury, detached home within easy walking distance to the village. All this without crossing the highway. Actually, most of the properties which fit that description are in Sunridge. I chose that description rather than raving on about the magnificent mountain views from every room in the house. When buyers are considering the purchase of a luxury home in Whistler, they are typically expecting a mountain view, although this mountain view is remarkable. In addition, there is an expectation that the property looks as though it is worth the $8.9M price tag. There is no one who would look at these photos and not see what a stunning house this is. My job is to tell you what you don’t see. So let’s talk about location to the village.

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Under $1000/sq. ft. House Is Priced For A Renovation At 3807 Sunridge Place

Walls of windows allow an abundance of light

Are you ready to renovate in order to get what you want? Still looking for a detached house at a really good price? Then please call me about 3807 Sunridge Place. This is an opportunity for someone looking for a house which is within 15 minutes walking distance to Whistler village. This 6,000 sq. ft. home has lots of potential. Ski-in off Lower Olympic run on Whistler Mountain and end up in Sunridge Place. There are several benefits to this property.

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Ski-in To Contemporary and Luxury Living Close To Whistler Village

3800 Sunridge Place floor to ceiling windows which open on to the deck giving a greater space to entertain

Ski-in to 3800 Sunridge Place, a perfect example of the best of Whistler real estate’s contemporary and luxury mountain living. It is also close to Whistler Village. Located at the end of the ski-in trail off Lower Olympic run on Whistler Mountain. 3800 Sunridge Place offers an enviable location which is a private, yet convenient.

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Street View Of Sunridge, Whistler

View of mountains from sunridge whistler

I decided it was time to make a street view of Sunridge video as Google has not flown over Whistler since 2002. The Google Map makes it look like there is still a lot of land available for development. I assure you that Sunridge is almost fully developed. Hopefully, by watching this video you will get a sense of the development. It is a long video, so put the kettle on and get comfy!

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2915 Heritage Peaks Trail Land for Sale in Kadenwood

Kadenwood map showing ski-in ski-out locations

When you are browsing the listings of Whistler real estate, looking for land for sale, Kadenwood should jump out at you. Whether or not you want ski-in ski-out access to Whistler Mountain, you are probably looking for privacy. In addition, peace and quiet maybe on the list. Kadenwood is less than 15 minutes from Whistler Village, which is the hub of everything Whistler. From the hustle of the village to the serenity of the mountains all within a short drive.

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Mountain Views From 2919 Heritage Peaks Trail, Kadenwood

2919 Heritage Peaks Place view from living room deck with gas firepit

If you are looking for a house with an amazing view then consider 2919 Heritage Peaks Trail in Kadenwood. This brand new house has been built at a high point of the Heritage Peaks area and as such it is above the neighbours. I have shown several houses in this location within Kadenwood to buyers, and this one stands out because of the panoramic view. The view is expansive from the decks and you can see the Tantalus Range to the south and Sproatt and Rainbow Mountains over to the west. Not every home in Kadenwood has this panoramic view.

Video of 2919 Heritage Peaks Trail House and Location

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View Lot For Sale Whistler 2928 Big Timber Court

Standing on Big Timber court and looking out over the lot to the Tantalus Range

Video of location of 2928 Big Timber Court, Kadenwood. The artist’s impression demonstrates the positioning of the property to maximize the incredible mountain views. This lot is listed with Engel & Volkers Whistler.

Before I tell you the features and benefits of 2928 Big Timber Court, Kadenwood, let me give you some background. Over the summer I hiked the trails of Kadenwood again to see if anything had changed that I should be aware of. That effort always makes me appreciate the Kadenwood houses and their unique ski-in ski-out locations. Have a look at the video entitled Kadenwood Ski Trails. In the video I speak about the ski access trails which run in, through and out of Kadenwood. Some houses have a better ski-in ski-out access than others. Which leads me to this post on a lot for sale in Kadenwood. Finding land for sale in Whistler which is ski-in ski-out is rare as it has all been sold. Most of the lots you see for sale are being resold, that means they are not being sold by a developer.

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Buying Whistler Real Estate as a Non-Resident of Canada

view of the streets of kadenwood showing the parking lot and lots of trees

Every year or so I receive the latest news for non-residents buying in Whistler. It also covers selling a Whistler property. This information is supplied by Don Nisho, of Manning Elliott, Vancouver. It is a must read for any non-resident as the information is valuable to set the tone of what to expect. There is not much to this post, as the information is all linked to the Manning Elliott documents. I have taken the liberty to cross of what does not apply in Whistler. Wait ’til you see the taxes that non-residents pay to buy in Vancouver versus Whistler, yikes!

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Sunridge Plateau Ski-in Ski-out Access

This video about Whistler’s Sunridge Plateau ski-in ski-out access is essential for anyone considering this neighbourhood. Google has not sent a satellite over Whistler for almost 20 years. Therefore, when you look at my Google Map of Sunridge, it looks underdeveloped. I assure you it is almost fully developed. Keep reading this page for information on a ski-in ski-out lot for sale in Sunridge as of the time of writing this post.

Which Areas in Sunridge Plateau have Ski-in Ski-out Access to Whistler Mountain?

If you are reading this blog prior to watching the video, I will get straight to the point. The only area in Sunridge or Sunridge Plateau as it is also called, is at the very top of the development. On the last stretch just before the road comes to an end there are a few private driveways which veer off Sunridge Drive. These properties are above the traverse that comes off the Olympic Run on Whistler Mountain. This means that those fortunate residents are high enough up to be able to ski or board down toward that traverse. By schussing along they can make their way from their house, back on to Whistler Mountain’s Olympic Run. From there, it is a short schuss down to the Whistler Village Gondola, the Blackcomb Gondola and the Fitzsimmons Chair.

Google Map of Ski Access Trails of Sunridge

In the above video I refer to the Google Map of Sunridge which show the ski-in trails off Whistler Mountain. These trails end at the north end of Sunridge and also at the south end of Sunridge. There are no ski-out trails for those houses on Sunridge Drive or in Sunridge Place because they are too low down to catch the traverse off Whistler Mountain, I mention in my video. Here is a link to the Google Map Ski Access trails into Sunridge, or click on the full screen icon at the right hand side of the grey bar.

Ski-in Ski-Out Vacant Land For Sale in Sunridge

Are looking for a ski-in ski-out, brand new, detached house, which is walking distance to Whistler Village? This may be an opportunity for you. There is a vacant lot at the top of Sunridge. Although it is not listed, I understand that the owner may still be interested in selling. The vacant land was previously listed for $6.9M. Please call me if you are not working with a realtor.

I am here to help you before, during and after the transaction. The recent rules effective June 15, 2018 have banned dual agency, so it is prudent to contact a Buyer’s Agent like me, for more information. Please contact me if you are not working with a realtor.

Click the following link for more information on the Market Update for Whistler real estate. Statistics courtesy of Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.

It’s a Good Life in Whistler!

Marion

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(604) 938-3885
Marion Anderson, PREC*

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KADENWOOD SKI TRAILS

I have written a lot of posts about Kadenwood. However, this effort to show you the Kadenwood Ski Trails which run in, through and out of the development have been a challenge. I have now solved that challenge by creating a Google map of Kadenwood ski trails. It is important to notice the directional arrows on the map. Have a view of this short video that explains why understanding the ski-in ski-out trails of Kadenwood is important. However, it is only the first step in understanding Kadenwood. That is when it is time to call Marion Anderson, (604) 938-3885 to help you find your Kadenwood home.

I have walked these trails and taken photos so I am confident in the direction of the blue runs. It really is important to understand your options, before you get too focused in your search. For a better view click on the link above or on the icon with the four corners, it is in the top right of the gray bar.

Everyone has a different tolerance to the meaning of ski-in/ski-out. There is no doubt that I can tell you the best locations to suit your tolerance to walking instead of schussing. The marketing efforts of each listing agent, promotes the ski-in/ski-out access for every listing in Kadenwood. In essence, some lot locations are more ski-in/ski-out than others. However, you would be best to call me at (604) 938-3885, as soon as you start your search. I can tell you the benefits of each location on the map of Kadenwood trails.

Kadenwood Information

The Kadenwood page on this site, has received lots of views. Information is added to this page so that you can continue to learn about the area instead of relying on your realtor.

Vacant Land For Sale in Kadenwood

At the time of writing this post, there are two lots listed for sale in Kadenwood. One is in Big Timber Court. After doing all the research on ski-in/ski-out access trails, I am amazed that this property is still available. If you are interested in building in Kadenwood, please call me to discuss your options.

Tourist Accommodation Zoning

All of Kadenwood is zoned as tourist accommodation. This means that you legally have the option for nightly rentals. Right now, there is no vacancy tax in Whistler, so if you buy the house and it sits empty all year, there is no penalty. If the time ever comes where the federal or provincial government puts that tax into effect in Whistler, you are covered. Renting out nightly might be a good option to avoid paying extra taxes.

I am here to help you before, during and after the transaction. The recent rules effective June 15, 2018 have banned dual agency, so it is prudent to contact a Buyer’s Agent like me, for more information. Please contact me if you are not working with a realtor.

Click the following link for more information on the Market Update for Whistler real estate. Statistics courtesy of Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.

It’s a Good Life in Whistler!

Marion

[email protected]
(604) 938-3885
Marion Anderson, PREC*

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November 2019 Whistler Real Estate Market News

The following video will give you an overview of the Whistler Real Estate Market News as of November 2019. This means that the statistics are for October 2019, as the November statistics cannot be released until December 1st. The real estate statistics are provided by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV). To see the full, five page statistical report, go to the Market Update page.

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INVESTMENT IN WHISTLER

Ski trail from the Lookout

Now, just to be clear, when I mention investment in Whistler, I mean Whistler real estate. Whenever I get an email from someone wanting to invest in Whistler, I always lift the phone and ask them,”…what does investment mean to you?” Investment can mean something different to each buyer. The answer to this question will save both the buyer and myself lots of time. It usually minimizes the pain for the buyer, as he will soon know what he is dealing with so he can make his decision, either way.

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Street View of Kadenwood Neighbourhood

image showing the view from Kadenwood Drive overlooking Whistler and Alta Lake

This is a long video, 15 minutes of a driving tour showing the street view of Kadenwood neighbourhood. For those considering Kadenwood, then this is a must watch. I have taken the time to narrate and point out the ski-in/ski-out access trails around the neighbourhood. The reason I did this video, is because that is the kind of realtor that I am. I go the extra mile…which is quite literal in this situation.

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October 2019 Whistler Houses Sold Over $3M

Snowridge Crescent and Snowridge townhomes

When you have a look at the following chart it is simple to see that there has been decline in the number of houses sold over $3M, YTD in 2019 over 2018. Year to date (YTD) is from January 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019.

The sales stats were compiled to help those who were considering a detached house, which was ski-in/ski-out on Whistler Mountain or Blackcomb Mountain. Those detached houses used to be sold around $3M back in 2014 when I started this website. Now, those houses start at $5M, but the statistics are committed to a $3M starting price.

YTD Ski-in/out
House Sales
YTD
House Sales
YTD TOTAL
House Sales
YTD TOTAL
Sales
YTD 201951015$109,513,000
YTD 201852429$146,433,000
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September 2019 Whistler Real Estate Market News

The following video will give you an overview of the Whistler Real Estate Market News for September 2019. The real estate statistics are provided by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV). To see the full, five page statistical report, go to the Market Update page. The statistics are linked to the REBGV and they are automatically updated, usually by the 5th of the month at the latest.

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Buying Whistler Phase 1 Condo

Swimming pool at the Aspens

Are you considering the purchase of a Whistler Phase 1 condo? Perhaps in the Aspens? Phase 1 means that the property is zoned for nightly rentals. Can statistics help you determine when to buy real estate? Let’s take an example of a client looking for a one bedroom, Whistler Phase 1 condo. They have narrowed the search down to the Aspens on Blackcomb Mountain. The clients don’t want to buy at the top of a down market, and of course they want to feel as though they are getting value for their money. So, can statistics help them with their decision. Let’s have a look at the video.

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KADENWOOD GONDOLA

image of the two cabins of the kadenwood gondola

There is something about the Kadenwood Gondola which sets the tone for the Kadenwood neighbourhood. It is pretty obvious that when a development has its own gondola, those properties are owned by highly successful individuals. Owners who expect privacy, ski-in ski-out access, mountain vistas, and huge, brand new homes. In addition, because time is precious, they want quick access to all Creekside has to offer…and why not!

Riding the Kadenwood Gondola

This video will take you on a the Kadenwood Gondola so that you can see for yourself that it is a 5 minute journey. In addition, notice the proximity to the Creekside Gondola. Traveling by gondola is a great way to stay warm on a winter’s day, until you get to the Red Chair and then it is time to get going!

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STREET VIEW OF KADENWOOD DRIVE, WHISTLER

view from the top of kadenwood drive over to the mountains

Since Google has not passed by to provide a Google Maps street view of Kadenwood Drive, Whistler, I decided to take this on myself. The reason I wanted to do this, was to help those who are considering the purchase of a brand new house which is ski-in ski-out. Now, that may sound simple: let’s find a brand new home , which is 5,000 sq. ft. plus and it has to be ski-in ski-out. In essence, it is simple, it is Kadenwood and nowhere else in Whistler.

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KADENWOOD STRATA

image showing the view from Kadenwood Drive overlooking Whistler and Alta Lake

This is the first in a series of videos about Kadenwood. My first video is focused on two points. Firstly, what do the Kadenwood strata fees cover? Secondly, how effective is the strata council? Kadenwood is a 60 strata lot development, 1000 ft up on Whistler Mountain and it is accessible by its own gondola. There is also a scenic road which is a five minute drive up to the Kadenwood Development. I will feature that road on an upcoming Kadenwood video. In the meantime, let me tell you how the strata council manage the monthly fees.

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2934 HERITAGE PEAKS TRAIL, KADENWOOD

Look at the floor to ceiling windows of 2934 Heritage Peaks Trails in Kadenwood

The location of 2934 Heritage Peaks Trail in Kadenwood makes it a true ski-in ski-out property. From this property, the access trail to and from Whistler Mountain starts and ends at the back door of the house. Watch my video as I explain, and show you the actual location of this brand new build, and the ease of accessing the trails. There are not many homes in Kadenwood, or Whistler with this ease of trail access.

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4914 HORSTMAN LANE

4914 Horstman Lane is located in Horstman Estates on Blackcomb Mountain. Buyers call me when searching for a ski-in ski-out, detached house walking distance to Whistler Village. Unfortunately, I am the one who crushes their dreams. I have to tell them that Horstman Estates is not ski-in ski-out, it is only ski-in. There is a wide ski-home trail off Blackcomb Mountain which means that in order to get to the slopes you would either walk, drive or take the bus. Considering the bus ride is a direct 3 minute ride away, you should always consider the privacy of Horstman Estates. This lovely property is at the entrance to Horstman Estates, and to me that is a benefit. Please watch the video and see it you agree.

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MAP OF SKI-IN SKI-OUT LUXURY TOWNHOMES CLOSE TO WHISTLER VILLAGE

At some point in your search, I expect you will consider ski-in ski-out luxury townhomes close to Whistler Village. This is a natural part of searching for a slopeside property in Whistler. However, it can be a disappointing process. The top developments have built the townhouses with no neighbour above or below, plus a garage to store equipment. In essence, these two factors significantly narrow the search. When you add in the third criteria of walk to Whistler Village, we are down to three developments.

Having sold real estate in Whistler since 2005, I understand that three developments are good odds of finding you a property. However, you may need to view other developments just to be sure of your options. That too, can be part of the buying process.

My role is to help you understand your options. Then, we can hone in, on the development that suits you best. I can help you become less disillusioned with your options, because you will fully understand that you cannot own what is not for sale.

Map of Ski-in Ski-out Luxury Townhomes Close Whistler Village

Map showing the location of Luxury townhouses ski in ski out close to whistler village
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MAP SHOWING LOCATION OF WHISTLER SKI-IN/SKI-OUT REAL ESTATE

Ski-in Ski-out House Close to Whistler Village

Whistler real estate offers very few ski-in ski-out houses for sale on Whistler Mountain or Blackcomb Mountain. Yet, you may be determined to purchase close to Whistler Village. If so, there are basically 10 ski-in ski-out detached houses in the Benchlands which are within walking distance to the village. Some clients are still encouraged by this. Unfortunately, I have to shatter their dreams and explain, yes there are 10 or so, but they are not for sale. In addition, the owners of these properties can basically write their own cheque, because someone always has the budget to pay for what they are selling…if they ever sold it, that is.

shows the location of houses which are ski-in ski-out and close to WHistler Village
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2578 SNOWRIDGE CRESCENT, WHISTLER MOUNTAIN

house on the slopes of whistler mountain

When a house is listed for sale on the slopes of Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain, it is a rare event. Granted, it is more rare on Blackcomb Mountain. 2578 Snowridge Crescent is an opportunity to own a piece of Whistler and be proud of your real estate estate decision. Real estate in Whistler has increased dramatically over the past 5 years. The fact that no more property is being built on the slopes, makes 2578 great investment sense.

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EXPLAINING “D.O.R.T.S.” FORM TO POTENTIAL CLIENTS

whistler Mountain image

The Disclosure of Representation of Trading Services Form (link updated October 2019) is a mandatory form in BC. Courtesy of the BC Council of Real Estate. The form content has to be explained by the realtor, so that you are comfortable signing it. The form basically binds the realtor to you, but does not bind you to the realtor. Typically, I get into the details of the form and the buyer makes a hand motion indicating they are ready to sign it.

I look at this form as the start of a form-filled experience of buying or selling Whistler real estate. It is important to ensure that the correct form is signed at the appropriate time in the transaction, and I am all over that!

The following is an article courtesy of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) of which Whistler is a member.

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Luxury Ski Home On Blackcomb Mountain

4673 Blackcomb Way Exterior

Sounds like a dream “Ski home from Blackcomb Mountain”, and to most it will be. However, this luxury ski home on Blackcomb Mountain has a wide ski trail which ends basically at the front door. In addition, the house is in a private setting which is only a short walk to Whistler Village. With 6 bedrooms, and 5.5 bathrooms, this 5,200 sq. ft. house at the end of Blackcomb Way is one of three houses in a private enclave. All three houses are zoned residential, with no allowance for nightly rentals.

Ski Home Trail to the Front Door

Skiing home after a day on the slopes is very easy as there is a wide trail off Blackcomb Mountain that leads to home. The trail that takes people past Horstman Estates and on to Horstman Lodge, then Treeline, and finally into this private enclave.

Access to Blackcomb Mountain

Getting to the slopes is very simple, the bus stop on Blackcomb Way is less than 100 yards from the front door. This location means that it is very convenient to get to Whistler Village and a 5 minute bus ride to get to the slopes. The bus runs every 15 minutes and it is a complimentary bus service for the area. This means you can hop on and off the bus, and you do not need to buy a ticket.

Private Location

Apart from schussing home to your door, the best part of this location has to be the privacy. With privacy comes peace and quiet, as no nightly rentals are permitted in this enclave. All three properties are zoned residential.

Sales Activity in the Benchlands

By now, if you follow my blogs, we all appreciate that there are a limited number of luxury ski homes. There are very few homes which have either ski-in and/or ski-out access. Therefore, the owners of this luxury ski home on Blackcomb Mountain have listed it for $14,888,000. Their neighbour, one of the other two houses, had his property listed for sale for $14,999,000 in 2017, when the market was at its peak. However, that house did not sell, and is now off the market. To understand the current market conditions, read of my blog commenting on the luxury sales statistics for 2018 over 2017.

  • listed with Engel & Volkers Whistler
  • current listing price: $14,888,000 CAD
  • original listing date: December 2018
  • bedrooms: 6
  • bathrooms: 5.5
  • built: 2002
  • size: 5,200 sq. ft.
  • lot size: 24,800 sq. ft. (0.57 acres)
  • property taxes: $22,299 (2019)
  • GST: exempt

Photographs of 4673 Blackcomb Way

Floor Plan 4673 Blackcomb Way

I am here to help you before, during and after the transaction. The recent rules effective June 15, 2018 have banned dual agency, so it is prudent to contact a Buyer’s Agent like me, for more information. Please contact me if you are not working with a realtor.

Click the following link for more information on the Market Update for Whistler real estate. Statistics courtesy of Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.

It’s a Good Life in Whistler!

Marion

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Marion Anderson, PREC*

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Whistler Luxury House Sales in 2018 Compared to 2017

View From the Balcony 20-2300 Nordic Drive

Whistler Luxury House sales in 2018 compared to 2017 either with or without ski-in and ski-out access dropped by 34%. This drop was the same in volume sales dollars, and in the number of transactions. From the chart below, 2017 definitely was the peak of the market. In addition, 2017 was a sellers market, with 2018 being touted as a balanced market.

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If you you look at the numbers in the bracket, they show the number of ski-in ski-out luxury houses which were sold in each year. It doesn’t surprise me that there were less sold in 2018. The inventory was so limited in ski-in ski-out homes that it would really take a lot to part with your Whistler home. I approached owners to ask if they were thinking of selling. The typical response was “…where would I go?” If you own a home with ski-in ski-out access you own the best property in Whistler. There is always going to be someone who wants a lovely home, with easy access to and from the slopes.

The Vail Effect

I was contacted by more American buyers this year, than in the past ten years. Yes, there has always been one or two US buyers each year, but this year there were many more. I put this down the marketing power of Vail Resorts, featuring Whistler Blackcomb as the jewel in their crown. The best part of working with American buyers is that they are knowledgeable about the ski product. In addition, they always appreciate the value of ski-in ski-out property…I like them a lot!

Views on 2019

The luxury home market is one that is difficult to predict as the product over $7M is not as liquid as a townhouse priced at $1.5M. This is obvious as there are a lot more buyers in the other end of the market. One thing I do know, is that the sellers still believe in the value of their Whistler property, regardless of the market conditions. Sellers take the approach that they have a property of value, and if you want it, you will have to pay them what they want for it. You need an experienced, Whistler realtor, like me should you decide to purchase at this level. It really takes a lot to negotiate with this type of seller.

Click on the following link for the Whistler Market Update.

I am here to help you before, during and after the transaction. The recent rules effective June 15, 2018 have banned dual agency, so it is prudent to contact a Buyer’s Agent like me, for more information. Please contact me if you are not working with a realtor.

Click the following link for more information on the Market Update for Whistler real estate. Statistics courtesy of Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.

It’s a Good Life in Whistler!

Marion

[email protected]
(604) 938-3885
Marion Anderson, PREC*

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