Le Chamois, 4557 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC
Le Chamois, 4557 Blackcomb Way, Whistler have some confusing rules about rentals. Let me help clarify this for you. When you buy a studio, or a 1 bed and 1 bath, or a 1 bed and 2 bath condo you are obligated to use Whistler Premier as your rental manager. If you have the budget for a multi-million dollar condo on the 5th or 6th floor, then you are not obligated to use Whistler Premier. In conclusion, you may want to as they are an excellent, established, rental property management company.
Le Chamois has a restaurant on the ground floor and is opposite the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. This area of the Benchlands is called called the Upper Village and is typically a quiet neighborhood at night. Most visitors wanting action are hopefully staying in the Village.
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- Le Chamois, 4557 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC
- Active Listings
- Photo Gallery
- Ski-in ski-out Trail: Video
- Sales in Le Chamois
Listings for Le Chamois condo apartments are posted throughout the year. If you are interested in a slopeside condo it would be prudent to research the strata minutes and learn about the property. That way, you are prepared when the location of choice comes to market. Please note, not all studio and one-bedroom condos in Le Chamois have a full kitchen.
- no active listings
When starting your initial search for Whistler real estate, it is important to understand the current market conditions. I understand that you may not be ready to contact me. In the meantime, I encourage you to study the sales and listing statistics on the Market Update page on this site. The statistics are compiled by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) In addition, the monthly Whistler Real Estate Market Update video is a great way to stay informed in less than 99 seconds.
Undoubtedly, this is the best ski-in ski-out location of any condo development in Whistler. The location literally steps away from the Blackcomb Gondola and the Blackcomb Day Lodge at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. The day lodge is important because it houses a restaurant, the guest services centre for tickets, inquiries, and lesson information, and a ski and board shop for purchases and equipment rentals. Next door is the snow school for beginners of all ages. Did I mention one of Whistler’s best aprés bars is in the day lodge? That would be Merlin’s with lots of indoor space and a great patio.
Location on Blackcomb Mountain: video
In the video taken from the Blackcomb Gondola you only get a glimpse of Le Chamois. However, it is all you need to appreciate the exemplary location of Le Chamois.
Drive from Whistler Village: video
This video focuses on the Drive from Whistler Village along Blackcomb Way. Le Chamois is in a convenient location, only a 5 minutes walk and a 2-minute drive from all the action of Whistler Village.
The ten-passenger Blackcomb Gondola replaced the Wizard Chair and Solar Coaster Chair back in the 2018/19 season. Note the short, 5 minute scenic route from Le Chamois to Whistler Village via the Fitzsimmons Creek bridge.
Civic Address Map
The Benchlands is basically the area that is surrounded by the pink border. The whole area, excluding Horstman Estates, was developed in the eighties to service the tourists who were coming for a ski vacation. The map was provided by: the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW).
For transport, there is a free, village bus service that has a route through the Benchlands. The bus travels along Blackcomb Way, up to the top of Painted Cliff Road, and then back to the village via Spearhead Drive. This free bus service runs about 8 times an hour in winter and just slightly less the rest of the year.
Walk to Whistler Village: video
Directly across the road from Le Chamois is the start of the scenic path which runs from the Base of Blackcomb across Fitzsimmons Creek to the edge of Whistler Village. The walk is no longer than 5 minutes. In addition, it is a well-traveled route, away from the traffic at all times of the day and evening.
Le Chamois gets a lot of sunshine throughout the day. From the morning sun through to the evening sun, some parts of Le Chamois are getting bathed in the sunlight. The floor-to-ceiling windows capitalize the light.
Ski-in ski-out Trail: Video
Most photos explain that Le Chamois is really close to the Blackcomb Gondola and the Base of Blackcomb.
Ski-in Ski-out: Video
The ski-in ski-out video shows you how close Le Chamois is to the ten-passenger Blackcomb Gondola. Possibly the best part is that walking to and from Le Chamois is on flat land. In addition, the morning sun seems to land on this area outside Le Chamois, so the snow melts quickly making it easier for walking in ski boots.
Sales in Le Chamois
To sort the data, click on the blue heading of choice. For example, to sort all the 2 bedrooms click on the “bedrooms” heading a couple of times until the data is sorted for you.The sales of condo apartments in Le Chamois, 4557 Blackcomb Way, Whistler. Data was imported from the Whistler Listing System. Days on Market (DOM) has been recorded since 2010.
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To view the comparable Sales of Ski-in/Ski-out Condos (Sales: Condos) page on this site. Comparable properties are deemed to be those condos that buyers would consider when deciding to purchase. Otherwise known as a competitive set.
Le Chamois has lock-off units, which means that some condos have one door to the hallway, and then an interior lobby that has two doors. One door leads to the studio with kitchen facilities and a bathroom. The other door leads to a bedroom and bathroom. Whistler Premier will not rent out part of the lock-off while you stay in the other part. The 1989 soundproofing between the bedroom and the suite is not adequate for paying guests.
Built in 1989, the property has various floor plans within the 62 suites. In order for Le Chamois to be classified as a non-commercial building, 15% of the building must have residential status. That 15% are the condos on the 5th and 6th floors. However, the 5th and 6th-floor condo owners still have the option of using their nightly rental zoning.
Who wouldn’t rent in Le Chamois? Granted if you want a full kitchen, Le Chamois may not get the rental booking. It is an excellent ski-in ski-out location, with a swimming pool and hot tub. Did you know that some original units still have the couples’ hot tub in the living room? Seems there is still a demand for a studio with a hot tub in the living room! There is an advantage to this ski-in ski-out location over the properties further up in the Benchlands, and that advantage is the easy walk on the flat to Whistler Village.
Built in 1989, the property has studios to four-bedroom suites, with 61 total strata lots (condos). In order for Le Chamois to be classified as a non-commercial building, 15% of the building must have residential status. That 15% are the condos on the 5th and 6th floors. However, the 5th and 6th-floor owners still have the option of using their nightly rental zoning.
The main drawback to Le Chamois is that there is no stove or dishwasher in the suites. I imagine this was due to the developer thinking that most skiers in the eighties would just need a stovetop. Some condos do have a stove which was added later, but these condos are an exception. Le Chamois has the following condo types:
- 1 bedroom/1 bathroom
- 1 bedroom/2 bathrooms
- 2 bedrooms
- 3 bedrooms
- 4 bedrooms
- 5 bedrooms
These plans show the unit number of each condo: Le Chamois site/building plan. Please note, the 5th and 6th floors of Le Chamois have 2 to 5 bedrooms condo floor plans. The floor plans are unique to each condo.
Directory of Building
The site plans correspond to the floor plans. Please note, only the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors have floor plans. The 5th and 6th floors belong to the same strata but these floors have different rules which are explained further down the page. For your convenience link to the Le Chamois site and floor plans.
Registered Strata Plan
This is a link to the Registered Strata Plan VR2753. The strata plan will give you the documented size of your unit. It is typically where the listing agent finds the size of the condo. The strata plan is not a document that will change.
Amenities for Le Chamois include:
- front desk
- heated outdoor pool
- outdoor hot tub
- fitness center
- ski/board and bike storage
- secure underground parking
Le Chamois has a front desk managed by Whistler Premier which is an experienced, property rental management company. If you are buying a studio, or a 1 bed and 1 bath, or a 1 bed and 2 baths you are obligated to use Whistler Premier as your rental company. The 5th and 6th floors have the option to self-manage or use the rental management company of their choice. If you want to self-manage your studio or a one-bedroom condo, Le Chamois is not the building for you.
The costs which are covered by the monthly strata fees are outlined in strata financials. They include, but are not limited to:
- communal laundry facilities
- natural gas
- recycle and garbage removal
- snow removal
- communal hot tub maintenance
- swimming pool maintenance
- elevator maintenance
- common property utilities
- common property insurance
- contribution to the Contingency Reserve Fund (CRF)
On page 5 of the current Amalgamated bylaws for the Le Chamois strata corporation, it notes the following:
“Without limiting the generality of the word “responsible, an owner is responsible for the owner’s own acts or omissions, as well as those of any of the tenants, occupants, visitors, agents, contractors, employees or pets of the strata lot or the owner…”
Storage: skis, boards and bikes
The storage in the condo will be minimal, however, the rest of the building does allocate decent storage for your needs and guest needs:
- Ski and board storage lockers are located in the building with easy access to the exterior. These are on the second level above the front desk and reception area.
- A storage locker number is assigned to the owner of the condo. This will be identified on the Form B, which is obtained as part of the contract.
- Bike storage takes over from the ski and board storage room, again with great access to and from the outside.
- There is an in-suite storage closet for owner’s belongings. You can create as much in-suite owner storage as you wish.
There are two parking garages in Le Chamois. One is for the owner’s unassigned parking and the other garage is for visitor parking. The front desk manager will advise you or your guests where to park. Unassigned parking is a common procedure with properties that have rental guests.
Le Chamois is zoned for nightly rentals.
No. All rentals for suites on floors 2, 3, and 4 must be managed by the experienced, resident rental management company. Condos on floor 5 and 6 can self-manage.
No. It is up to each owner. However, if you are participating in the rental pool, you must put your unit in the rental pool when you are not staying in the unit.
Yes. You can choose to live in your Le Chamois condo.
Communal laundry for suites on floors 2, 3, and 4. In-suite washer/dryer for condos on the 5th and 6th floors.
No. You can remove appliances, but you cannot add them.
No. Don’t count on getting strata approval to add any appliances.
Yes. The bylaws state that strata lot owners are allowed pet(s).
There is no ban on foreign investment in Whistler. Therefore, the process is basically the same for residents and non-residents of Canada. If you are starting out and want to understand what the process is for buying a property in Whistler, have a look at the Buying Process page on this site.
Explaining Representation to a Buyer or Seller at the first introduction is a mandatory requirement. Since there is no dual agency in BC the Disclosure of Representation in Trading Services Form (DORTS) is essential for the Buyer or Seller to understand what their designated agent’s obligation is to them. DORTS binds the agent to the client but does not bind the client to the agent. In addition, Home Buyer Recission Period (HBRP) would be discussed at that time.
If you think I would be a good fit to work with you and your family, and you are not already working with a Whistler realtor, please contact me.
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