Pinnacle Ridge, 4700 Glacier Drive, Whistler, B.C.
World class Pinnacle Ridge at 4700 Glacier Drive, Whistler is a sought-after development of luxury townhouse and half-duplex buildings. Located on the edge of the Magic Run on Blackcomb Mountain, walking to the slope takes less than 2 minutes from the furthest end of the development. These properties offer ski-in and ski-out, walk to Whistler Village, and are the largest ski-in ski-out townhomes and half-duplexes available on the edge of the slopes in Whistler.
Pinnacle Ridge has always been popular with buyers who see the value in owning a ski-in/ski-out property on one of the famous ski mountains in the world. The value of these properties never declines, as the demand is always far greater than the supply. Therefore, on top of all the other benefits, this is also a great investment. Contrast that to the buyer who would decides on spending $5 million plus dollars on a house at least twice the size somewhere in Whistler. These are personal decisions, but the most important part is knowing what you are passing up.
- Active Listings
- Location on Blackcomb Mountain: video
- Distance from Whistler Village: video
- Google map
- Civic address map
- Walk to Upper Village: video
- Street View: video
- Photo gallery
- Ski-in Ski-out Trails
- Trail map
- Ski-in/ski-out: video
- Floor plans
- Expansion plans
- Strata plan
- Zoning – nightly rentals
Don’t be discouraged if there are no active listings. That is when you need a Whistler realtor to help you secure what you are seeking.
- no active listings.
Check out the listings at Active Ski-in/Ski-out Listings page on this site to view your options for ski-in ski-out real estate in Whistler. Please note, every brokerage has their listings on this site, to help you with your search. In addition, if you would like an overview of the Whistler real estate market click through to Market Update page.
One of the benefits of Pinnacle Ridge is the location to Whistler Village, and the Upper Village. Walking down the Magic Run at the end of the day may be the best and quickest way to get to the Village. Other than doing that, you are driving, calling a taxi or taking the bus. With the bus app you can time your arrival at the stop which is at the entrance to Pinnacle Ridge . When returning home, the bus stop at which to disembark, is just past the entrance to Pinnacle Ridge, about 100 ft away. Plenty of taxis in Whistler, and of course, you can always retrace your route via the Magic Run.
Location on Blackcomb Mountain
A short video recorded from the slower than slow, Magic Chair. The Magic Chair services the beginner run on Blackcomb Mountain, and provides a great view of the location of Pinnacle Ridge.
One of the questions buyers have for me, regardless of where they are looking in Whistler, is how far are we from Whistler Village. The short video which is a driving tour of Glacier Drive, will answer that question for you.
More information on the location is available on the Google Map below.
Civic Address Map
Provided courtesy of the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), this map gives a two dimensional view. Pinnacle Ridge is on the side of the mountain so there are views from most of the half-duplexes and townhomes. However, it all depends on the fir trees as to how unobstructed the view is.
Walk to Upper Village: video
Walking from Pinnacle Ridge down the front of the Magic Run is possible year round, and is a safer way to travel than walking down Glacier Drive. If your destination is Whistler Village, just continue your walk on the valley trail which crosses the Fitzsimmons Creek. You will be on the edge of the village in less than 5 minutes. In addition, this is a well lit path, so it can be taken until late in the evening.
Street View: Video
Pinnacle Ridge has a lot of great features and benefits, but it is generally a dark location from the street view. Hence the photographs are dark. I did visit Pinnacle Ridge at several times during the day, but there was never an abundance of light on the streets. When the sun moves to the west around 2pm, then the sun streams into the properties which are facing west and have an unobstructed view. Therefore, it all depends on the location of the property as to the amount of light that will be captured.
There are two distinct ski routes which access Pinnacle Ridge. This means that there are two distinct ski-in and ski-out trails. Both trails are best experienced in the videos below. However, whichever ski-trail you end up with based on the location of your property will make no difference after a few days of skiing or boarding.
Ski-in/Ski-out Video for properties #1 to 19
Experience the ski-in and the ski-out trail for townhomes #1 to 19. In addition, I walked in my ski boots, carrying equipment from townhouse #1 to show you the 2 minute, flat walk to the Magic Run on Blackcomb Mountain.
Ski-in/Ski-out Video for properties #20 to 44
A separate video as it is a separate ski-in/ski-out trail which services the half-duplexes and townhouses #20 to #44. In addition, I walked from #20 to the slopes in just under 2 minutes wearing ski boots and carrying my equipment. In essence, this should help you determine how far from the slopes you are with the property you may be considering to purchase.
Recent sales in Pinnacle Ridge are featured below. Interested in seeing how the Pinnacle Ridge half-duplexes and townhouses have increased in value over the past five years? Check out this link to the Half-duplex and Townhouse Sales page on this site. There you can compare the sales in the comparable developments year over year.
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Pinnacle Ridge is zoned for nightly rental and your property will generate top dollar for you every year. This is simply because of the number of bedrooms and the number of beds which can fit into one of these 3-6 bedroom properties. Renting a 4-6 plus bedroom property has to be done well in advance of arrival. Therefore, you are guaranteed the renters are destination travellers, staying for at least a week. In other words, not a group from Vancouver for the weekend.
Typically, longer stays reduce the cleaning costs as the turnover is less each month. However, when you have to pay over $5M for a Pinnacle Ridge property many owners decide not to rent it out. To help you with this, there are specialty rental management companies which offer a specialized service. This service ensures the renters are monitored, and that the property owners have peace of mind that your property is being well looked after.
The 44 strata lots of Pinnacle Ridge were developed in three phases starting in 1988.
- Pets are allowed in Pinnacle Ridge
- There is a garbage area on-site
- A private hot tub at each townhouse at the owner’s discretion and maintenance
- Expansion and renovation plans encouraged by the strata
- Storage is within your own strata lot
When you look at the layout of phase 1, 2, and 3 you may wonder about what seems like the lack of planning, as the developer seems to jump about. In addition, when you drill down and look at the size of each of the buildings, and the size of floor plans there is a distinct lack of uniformity. For example, both sides of the duplex of #20 and #21 are different.
There are no records of the developer floor plans at any of the Whistler real estate brokerages. Therefore, when a property is listed, most agents would hire someone to prepare the floor plan with measurements.
Main Floor Layout
However, in researching this conundrum, the only gift I can offer you is to show you a few layouts of the main floor, because the content is relatively consistent. In addition, the floor above the main, has a level of consistent design. Each upper level has the primary bedroom and bathroom, and either a loft or a small second bedroom.
Upper Floor Plan and Bedrooms
When it comes to the floor with all the other bedrooms, the floor below the main level, this is where it will depend on whether there are 2 or 3 bedrooms. The final piece of the puzzle is if the owner has received approval to expand into the sub-basement floor. There may be another 2 bedrooms down there, or a bunk room. It all depends of the ability to add in windows and a door.
In summary, have a look at the main floor layout, and the upper floor, and then it is waiting to see what else is available and what renovation has been down to the floor(s) below the main floor.
The strata council at Pinnacle Ridge prepared, with an architect, an outline of how each strata lot can be expanded and what can be incorporated into each property. Unfortunately, this is not readily available information. In essence as a strata lot:
- the expansion can incorporate the space of the decks which were determined in the original strata plan.
- for some buildings being built on the downward slope, a sub-basement floor was needed for the foundation. The sub basement is another area for expansion.
- some townhomes, especially the half-duplex buildings those were built with a hot tub room. For obvious reasons, the owners may want to use that space and move the hot tub outside.
The strata is very cooperative and as I was told by the strata manager, once one person has been given approval, it is then difficult to say no to others. The strata owners want to develop and enlarge their townhomes, especially if they are doing the renovation for resale.
- snow removal
- garbage and recycle removal.
- common property hydro
Each half-duplex and townhouse in Pinnacle Ridge has a single car garage. In addition, some, but not all strata lots have an adequate garage pad which can also be used for parking. The garage is typically too small now for the huge SUV’s which adorn Pinnacle Ridge. Thankfully, there is the parking pad, and several visitor parking spots.
Pinnacle Ridge was built in 3 phases. Cross reference the site plan (check table of contents) with the Strata plan to ensure you have the correct information.
There are always sellers in Pinnacle Ridge who are contemplating upgrading to a house. This means that although they may not list the property, they may be interested in responding to your offer. Taking this route is a specialized process of buying, and it is not for the faint of heart. I have successfully done this several times, and I am here to help you. With no dual agency in Whistler, one agent represents the seller, and I represent you, the buyer. Being represented it important and recommended by the real estate governing body in BC.
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203-1080 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC, V8E 0S7, Canada