Mountain Star, 4894 Painted Cliff Road, Whistler, BC.
The best feature of Mountain Star, 4894 Painted Cliff Road, Whistler, BC, is that each townhouse is a “slice”. This means that you don’t have a neighbor above or below you.
There is a great ski-in trail that arrives at the north end of the development. Mountain Star is close enough to walk for 1 minute from the entrance of the development to the ski-out trail leading to Merlin’s Run on Blackcomb Mountain. Don’t be put off by the walk, it is nothing to be concerned about.
Located on Blackcomb Mountain and situated just above the trees at the top of Painted Cliff Road. All the townhomes face west and most have great views of Sproatt Mountain and Rainbow Mountain. Hidden away at the back of each townhouse is the private hot tub, which is great for residents and renters alike.
Table of Contents
- Active Listings
- Market update
- Drive to Whistler Village: video
- Google map
- Civic address map
- Bus service
- Photo Gallery
- Ski-in Ski-out Trail: video
- Trail map
- Ski-in ski-out video
- Comparable sales
- Site plan
- Site plan /floor plan type
- Floor plans
- Strata plan
- Buying process
A Mountain Star townhome comes on the market every other year. When the property is listed, there is typically a lot of interest in the listing. If you have made your decision to own in this development, we are playing the long game.
- no active listings
View the Active Ski-in/Ski-out Listings posted by all Whistler brokerages. You will also see everything else posted for Whistler ski-in/ski-out real estate on that page. If there is no link, best to check out the property on WhistlerListings.com
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.
Mountain Star is located in an area called, the Benchlands. The development is at the top end of Painted Cliff Road, which is a quiet road. Most people who own or rent in this location park their car the minute they arrive and take advantage of the free bus service. The development is set back and high above Painted Cliff Road, so it is a quiet location, and not seen from the road.
Video featuring the drive from Whistler Village along Blackcomb Way, then on to Spearhead Drive and onto Painted Cliff Road.
The map shows you the ski trails which lead into Mountain Star.
Civic Address Map
From the Google Map above and this civic map, you can see the lack of neighbors surrounding Mountain Star.
The bus stop that services this location is conveniently located at the entrance to Mountain Star. With a shortage of parking spots in the Village, the bus offers a great service to all the tourists in the area.
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:.
Below are a few of my photographs of this picturesque development.
There is a ski-in trail at the north end of the development, and this is one option for getting home. When you start your day on the slopes it is a short walk down the Mountain Star driveway (which is on a slight incline) to Painted Cliff Road. From there, you either cross the road or follow the sidewalk around to the entrance of the ski-out trail. This ski-out trail onto Lower Merlin’s Run is parallel with the Painted Cliff townhome development. Reversing your route and using this ski-out trail to walk back home to Mountain Star is a viable option.
The ski-in ski-out trail is marked, as is the bus stop at the entrance to Mountain Star.
Ski-in Ski-out Video
Put on the kettle before settling into this video. I decided to make one long video so that you could view the ski-in trail, the walk through Mountain Star, and the ski-out trail onto Lower Merlin’s Run. Then off to the Base of Blackcomb for upload.
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 townhomes in Mountain Star, 4894 Painted Cliff Road, Whistler. Data was imported from the Whistler Listing System. Days on Market (DOM) has been recorded since 2010.
|Number||Bedrooms||Bathrooms||Size sq. ft.||Sold Price||Year Sold||DOM||Listing Broker|
To view the sales of other townhome developments which would be considered in the same competitive set, please click through to the Sales: Townhomes page on this site.
Mountain Star is predominantly an excellent winter rental. In summer, the three bedrooms will be attractive to renters, if there are none closer to the Village. In essence, you will make your revenue in Mountain Star during the ski season, simply because of the distance to/from the slopes. However, that is as long as you don’t decide that you want to stay at your property when everyone else does.
Built in 1998, this townhouse complex has 28 strata lots (townhomes). Mountain Star has the upper floor for the primary bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. All the other bedrooms are on the floor below the main. This means that the living space and kitchen separate the bedrooms. Dependent on the location within the development the living space can be one floor up, or on the same level as the road. Mountain Star offers the following floor plans:
- 2 bedrooms
- 3 bedrooms
The site plan shows which floor plan was allocated for each strata lot.
Site plan/floor plan type
The plans below which were initially prepared by the developer. The following link provides you with a printable pdf version, Mountain Star site, and floor plans pdf.
Mountain Star was built in one phase view the Registered Strata Plan LMS3020
- gated underground garage
- bike storage cage in the garage
- private hot tub in each townhome
One cat or dog is allowed for the owner of each strata lot, (townhome). If this is important to you, check this bylaw as it can change.
Townhomes unlike condominiums usually have a hydrometer for each unit or strata lot. Therefore, you are paying for hydro, gas, cable, and internet and setting these services up yourself. A townhome development like Mountain Star has a low strata fee because you are maintaining your own private hot tub, and paying for all the above-noted services. Therefore your strata fee, as noted on the financial statements provided within the strata documents, will cover:
- snow removal
- recycling and garbage removal
- building insurance
- common property insurance
- garage maintenance
- strata road repairs and maintenance
- contribution to Contingency Reserve Fund (CRF)
There is an assigned stall for each strata lot owner. In addition, there are some visitor parking stalls underground. The gated parking also provides a cage to store bikes. However, with the increased cost of bikes, I expect these cages are not as useful to residents as they once were. Parking anywhere else within Mountain Star is pretty much for loading and unloading.
The underground parking garage has stairs leading up to the road level, and these covered stairs make it easier for nearby residents to access the parking rather than walk to the main car entrance.
Limited storage in the townhomes. There is a storage cupboard outside the front door which is perfect to store skis and boards. It is not large enough for bikes. There is bike storage in the underground parking garage, but not for a bike of any serious value.
The zoning for Mountain Star falls under a Land Use Contract (LUC). This particular LUC permits tourist accommodation at Mountain Star, meaning the owners can rent out their property on a nightly basis. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) was planning to interpret each LUC so that mere mortals could understand the document. Now we wait.
How Do I Buy Real Estate in Whistler?
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. Print off the pages for a comprehensive Buyer’s Guide.
What is Representation?
Explaining representation to a Buyer or Seller at the first introduction is a mandatory requirement. This is enforced, yes enforced by the British Columbia Financial Services Authority (BCFSA). There are career-altering fines for real estate agents who do not follow the guidelines. Since there is no dual agency in BC the Disclosure of Representation in Trading Services Form (DORTS) is essential for the Buyer and/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. Best to read the blog on Representation for a full understanding.
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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