LOOKOUT-Whistler Mt.

Marion Anderson
marion@whistlerskiinskiout.com
604 938 3885

The Lookout, 2500 Taluswood Place, Whistler, B.C.

“The Lookout is a row of  five duplex buildings which were built to the highest standards back in 2002. Certainly considered luxury property, the location of the Lookout is the best when compared to the Heights and the Ridge which make up the trio of ski-in ski-out property in Taluswood. The Taluswood properties usually sell for less than similar townhouses in the Benchlands, so this development should be on your list to consider if you are looking for a luxury property.” – Marion.

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About the Lookout

The Lookout is set high up in the alpine landscape with a true ski in ski out location. Because this is a row of properties, each should have a good view, but some are better than others. Vaulted ceilings in living room and high-end wood finish, make this a luxury townhouse. You only one neighbour through the building’s dividing wall, which is as small an area as possible. With as few neighbours as possible, these townhouses are very attractive to those looking for something extra special .

The is a very quiet, almost remote location. There is no bus service to Taluswood, so you will be depending on your car, or taxi, and it is too high up to walk down the mountain or down Nordic Drive. When it comes to views, you might get a beautiful vista to the south, but you may also find yourself surrounded with fir trees and no view. There are a lot of positives about the Taluswood location. It is ideal if you want to get away from the noise and bustle of the Village and people in general. If you want to be in a relaxing, environment where you cannot hear the traffic, and you want an upscale townhouse, then one of these would be a great choice.

The Lookout was the last Taluswood development to be built, and many people feel that it is the best of the three (Heights, Ridge and Lookout). Like the Heights, the townhouses have a high-end finish. Return to table of contents.

Active listings in the Lookout

Click the following link to view active listings in the Lookout posted by all Whistler brokerages:

Click the following link which will take you to the Whistler Listings System (WLS) so you can search for listings. In the “search by address” box on the lower left of the screen, type the street address, 2500 Taluswood Place, and WLS will pull up all the current listings in the Lookout, plus details of the property and the listing brokerage.

Please note, every Whistler realtor posts each listing on the WLS not MLS.

The Real Estate Council of BC allows me and all other agents to show and sell all property regardless of which brokerage has them listed. However, the RECBC only allows agents to cross-market the listings of brokerages which have signed a Reciprocity Agreement.

All new listings and price changes which each listing agent posts on the WLS are re-posted on the Whistler Ski in Ski out Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages, along with the listing broker information. So, if you want to keep up to date on the ski-in ski-out listing activity in Whistler, checking those social media sites would be the way to do it. Click the icons to the left to connect.  Return to table of contents.

Building details of the Lookout

Built in 2002, the Lookout is comprised of a row of five luxury duplexes, or ten half-duplexes, each with a magnificent view to the south-west. There are two layouts: a 3 or 4 bedroom floor plan. Each property is zoned for nightly rental.  Each townhouse has a double car garage, and private hot tub. Return to table of contents.

Building floor plans of the Lookout

Lookout floor plans of townhouses with 3 and 4 bedrooms and architectural drawings shows the levels of the buildings. These plans came from the developer’s package. Return to table of contents.

Building site plan of the Lookout

Lookout siteplan with ski trails

I know this is an awful image. However, this is the only plan I could find  plan I could find which shows the row of duplex buildings. Please note this was taken from the developer’s initial plan which shows six buildings. Only 5 buildings were built. Return to table of contents.

Buyer’s Guide to purchasing in the Lookout*

This Buyer’s guide has been provided by a local law firm. It is a comprehensive guide worth reading when you start looking for real estate in Whistler. Return to table of contents.

G.S.T. on buying a Whistler property*

This is a tricky subject, so I have attached a link to the document summarizing Goods and Services Tax (GST) provided by a local accounting office. If you need a shorter explanation as to how GST pertains to the property you are searching for, please call me, Marion Anderson, at 604 938 3885.  Return to table of contents.

Google map location of the Lookout

Showing location of Lookout on Whistler Mountain and proximity of the ski-lifts at Whistler Creekside:

Google Maps have not pin-pointed the Lookout. The Lookout is on the road furthest to the right of the marker. Probably best to have a look at the map I created below.

Google Map of ski-in ski-out properties in Whistler


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Mortgage and financing your Whistler real estate*

The best I can do for you is to refer you to a local licensed mortgage professional who will assist you. Return to table of contents.

Non-resident of Canada purchasing Whistler real estate*

It is very simple to buy a property in Whistler when you are a non-resident. I have copied pg 7 of the Buyer’s Guide (see table of contents above) which was supplied by a local law firm, Race & Co., so you can read the section on non-residents. Their advice is to open a bank account in Canada as soon as you start thinking about buying a property. Also, have a lawyer notarize your identification, well in advance of purchasing…I will walk you through this when we connect. Return to table of contents.

Photo gallery of the Lookout

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Revenue and nightly rates in the Lookout

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Please note, this is the same example posted on each page. If you want more information or want to see where the figures came from, please contact me, Marion Anderson at 604 938 3885. I am happy to email them to you, and give you an overview of how I compiled them and interpret them for you.

The Lookout is predominately a winter rental. I don’t get the sense that a lot of people rent out their Lookout property. There is no reason why anyone would rent in this location in the Summer. The location so far away from the Village or the Valley Trail that unless you own up in Taluswood, it really doesn’t seem to be an attraction for summer vacationers. The Fitzsimmons Creek townhouses are within an easy walking distance to the village are of a similar quality and size, and Montebello is another 3 bedroom rental option. You will make your revenue here during the ski season…as long as you don’t decide that you want to stay at your property when everyone else does.

You can use any rental management company you wish, or you can self-manage your condo, if you have the motivation. For nightly rental rates on this property and other ski-in ski-out properties your best bet is to check out www.AlluraDirect.com and the other nightly, rental by owner sites. Return to table of contents

Sales in the Lookout since January, 2014

Sales since January 2014, in chronological order with most recent sale at the top, posted by all Whistler brokerages:

          • 4 bedroom/2.5 bathroom $1,967,500.
          • 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom $1,695,000.
          • 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom $1,499,000.

The Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) does not permit real estate agents to post all the real estate sales. If you want to view past sales, which you should do if you are thinking of buying any property, then contact me, Marion Anderson at Marion@myseatosky.com (604) 938-3885. A useful public website to look at is www.BCAssessment.ca. This site is initially a little tricky to navigate, but it will give you the current year and last year’s assessed value of the property, and the sales over the past year.

When the terms and conditions have been removed on each transaction, but the property has not changed title, the sales information is posted on WLS by the listing agent.  I re-post this information on the Whistler Ski in Ski out social media pages of Twitter, Facebook and Google+. That is a good way for you to track Whistler ski-in ski-out sales activity. Click the social media icons on the left and it should lead you to my social media pages, and then follow or like as directed. Return to table of contents.

Ski-in ski-out access to and from the Lookout

Depending on where you live in Taluswood, will determine how close you are to the ski in and ski out trails.  When you have a look at the Google Map (see table of contents) you should be able to view the ski-in ski-out trails. The trails which service the Lookout, also service the Heights, as they are in the same area of Taluswood. The ski-in trail runs parallel to the row of Lookout townhomes. The ski-out to the Dave Murray is at the entrance to the Lookout, between the entrance to the Lookout and the Heights. This ski-out trail ends up beside Fairmont’s At Nature’s Door complex. From there is is across the road to the timing flats and off you go! Return to table of contents.

Strata fees in the Lookout

These include snow removal, landscaping and garbage removal. Return to table of contents.

Strata minutes of the Lookout

I am not permitted to post the strata minutes on this site, as they are not deemed public information. The listing agent is not obliged to order the strata minutes until there is an accepted offer. I like my clients to read the strata minutes before writing an offer so that we know of any assessments coming down, and so that if there is a Depreciation Report, my clients have a good understanding of future repairs. Return to table of contents.

Strata parking in the Lookout

Each duplex/townhouse has a double car garage, typically with room to park two cars outside the garage. There are a few visitor parking spots. Return to table of contents.

Strata plan of the Lookout

Registered strata plan LMS4697Return to table of contents.

Transit bus service to and from the Lookout

There is no bus service up to Taluswood, so you will be depending on your car, or taxi. Taluswood is too high up Whistler Mountain to walk down the mountain or down Nordic Drive to catch the bus…you just wouldn’t do it regularly. The bus service does run along Eva Lake Road in the Nordic neighbourhood, but it really is too far to walk to from Taluswood.  I have clients who say they could ride a bike up Nordic Drive to Taluswood, and I expect they could…but unless you have recently trained for the Grande Fondo, I would just take a cab or drive. Return to table of contents.

TW Tourism Whistler Fee*

Tourism Whistler has provided a detailed document which answers the question, “What are TW fees?” These fees are paid by each owner of a property located on Resort Land. The document also provides an overview on the purpose of Tourism Whistler. Make sure you refer to the page entitled: Resort Land Properties Subject to Restrictive Covenants for a list of properties in Whistler which have a rental restriction. Pertaining to this website, it means that for the owners in the Aspens, Le Chamois, Telemark and Woodrun, even if you live in the property, you still have to pay a commercial TW fee. For all other ski-in ski-out properties on this site, you would get a break on the commercial fees, as the other properties on this site are not subject to the restrictive covenant with rental pool requirements. Return to table of contents.

Questions about buying or selling in Whistler*

If you have any question about buying or selling property in Whistler, please contact me. I am here to help you…that is why I created this web-site, so please contact me , Marion Anderson at, Marion@myseatosky.com or (604) 938-3885. I appreciate your feedback. Return to table of contents.

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Marion Anderson
Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
203-1080 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC, V0N 1B1 Canada
marion@whistlerskiinskiout.com
604 938 3885

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