LE CHAMOIS-Blackcomb Mtn

Le Chamois, 4557 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC

“It can be confusing to navigate your way, around the rental rules for Le Chamois, 4557 Blackcomb Way, Whistler. 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.

Some condos have a full kitchen, some do not. It has all to do with the location of the unit and the potential stove. Adding a stove has to be looked into on a per unit basis. Unfortunately, this inquiry can only be made to the strata by the owner of the condo. This really hampers the sale of the condos, as a buyer cannot inquire or get approval that a stove will be permitted in the considered unit.

Another factor is that hardwiring Le Chamois for adding in stoves is not feasible for every condo. This would cost a small fortune in addition to the venting for the stove’s exhaust. It is easy to see why the strata council at Le Chamois are not pro-active in getting every condo a stove.

In summer, right outside Le Chamois, is the Farmers Market on Wednesday and Sunday. Most noteworthy is the Family Adventure zone which is set up from May through September. The Mallard Bar at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is across the way, and Merlin’s patio is one of the best for value and sunshine. You may find yourself wondering about the last time you were in the village.” – Marion.

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About Le Chamois

This is a condo, ski-in ski-out property next to the Blackcomb Day Lodge.  Le Chamois offers spacious suites and those at the side facing up Blackcomb Mountain enjoy superb mountain views. For those on the side of the property overlooking Blackcomb Way, offer views of Rainbow Mountain.

The property has a front desk, outdoor roof-top swimming pool and hot tub, ski/board lockers and bike storage, exercise room, underground parking and shared laundry facilities.  Some of the original units may still have a hot tub in the room, courtesy of the 1980’s!

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 neighbourhood at night.  Most visitors wanting action are hopefully staying in the Village.

In summer there is an excellent Farmer’s Market and the Base of Blackcomb Activity Centre which are both located outside Le Chamois.  It is a very easy walk from the Upper Village along the scenic trail to the village. It is well lit, and well travelled path over the Fitzsimmons Creek, and in winter this route is cleared of snow, so walking should be uneventful. Table of contents.

Active listing in Le Chamois

Any active listing in Le Chamois has been taken from the Whistler Listing System.  All brokerages are represented. This is where all the Whistler real estate agents post their new listings. I recommend www.whistlerlisting.com.

  • no active listings in Le Chamois

Are you interested in viewing all the Whistler ski-in ski-out listings as featured on this site? Just click that link. In addition, on this site there is a good Whistler Market Update page on this site. Please click the link and have a read. Table of contents.

Details on Le Chamois

Built in 1989, the property has studios to 4 bedroom suites, 62 units and is zoned for nightly rental. Floors 5 and 6 are zoned as residential, but do have nightly zoning status. This way 15% of the building can be assured to stay residential and thereby ensure that the building retains its residential status for property tax purposes. There is an active front desk staffed by Whistler Premier. Table of contents.

Building plan

Le Chamois 2nd floor
Le Chamois 2nd floor

To view all the 6 floors of Le Chamois, please click on the following link showing the  location and unit # of each condo.  Then cross reference these with the section below which covers the floor plans. Table of contents.

Floor plans of Le Chamois

I have posted the Floor Plans of each unit in Le Chamois. The floor plans correspond to the building plan above.  These are all original plans, but they should help you. Table of contents.

Front desk at Le Chamois

Established rental management company, Whistler Premier, manage the front desk. This provides excellent service to owners and guests alike, but especially the guest. For rental management restrictions see table of contents. Table of contents.

Google map for Le Chamois, 4557 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC

Location of Le Chamois at the base of Blackcomb Mountain showing the proximity to the Wizard Express Quad Chair.

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Photo gallery of Le Chamois

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Rental Management Restrictions in Le Chamois

Le Chamois has a front desk managed by Whistler Premier, which is a well established, and well operated rental/strata management company. If you are buying a studio, or a 1 bed and 1 bath, or a 1 bed and 2 bath you are obligated to use Whistler Premier as your rental company. This means that you cannot advertise on Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) or any other platform promoting your own condo. The 5th and 6th floor have the option to self-manage or use the rental management company of their choice. If you want to self-manage your studio or one bedroom condo, Le Chamois is not the building for you.

It is rare, but some studio and one bedroom condos have a full kitchen, with a stove. If the listing realtor has not said whether a stove could be added, you should ask your realtor to find out.  However, you may be disappointed by the lack of decision on this subject. The strata seems very non-committal on this topic, possibly for good reason.

Le Chamois has lock-off units, which means that some condos have one door to the hallway, and then an interior lobby which 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 sound-proofing between the bedroom and the suite is not adequate for paying guests. Table of contents.

Revenue and nightly rates for Le Chamois

Who wouldn’t rent in Le Chamois? It is an excellent ski-in ski-out, walk to the Village 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?  I had a client who bought a studio which had the tub in the living room and they had no problem renting it out. There is an advantage to this ski-in ski-out location over the properties further up in the Benchlands, and that advantage is the location to the Village.

Check out the front desk rental management’s site, www.WhistlerPremier to see what the nightly rates are for this location. If you are planning to buy a condo with 2 bedrooms or more in Le Chamois, you may want to check out www.AlluraDirect.com to see the potential nightly rentals of comparable properties. Table of contents.

Sales in Le Chamois since 2013

Recent sales in Le Chamois are recorded below. To see sales in Le Chamois, and other condo buildings from 2013 to present, visit Condo Sales Statistics page. If you need more details, please ask your agent, or contact me if you are not working with a real estate agent.

UnitBedroomsBathroomsOriginal PriceDate SoldSold PriceDays on MktListing Broker
30412819,0002018-01810,00021WREC
510332,100,0002018-012,518,0008Thorn
31612789,0002017-12806,0003SOTHEBYS
30522988,0002017-10950,00077S to S
40711615,0002017-09605,00039RE/MAX

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Ski-in ski-out access for Le Chamois

Most photos explain that Le Chamois is really is that close to the Wizard Express quad chair and the Base of Blackcomb. There is nothing like waking up and being able to see the lift line from your window. That is living the dream. Table of contents.

Strata in Le Chamois, 4557 Blackcomb Way, Whistler

Strata fees include electricity, cable, and gas which are included in the strata fees. The main costs are the outdoor pool on the roof and the outdoor hot tub on the roof. Having a pool and a hot tub is an expense which does not get any cheaper.

Highlights of Le Chamois strata minutes

Unfortunately, publishing the Le Chamois strata minutes is prohibited because they are not public documents. Most noteworthy is the Le Chamois depreciation report which is available to you. It is especially relevant that you receive and read a copy of the depreciation report before considering an offer.

Storage in Le Chamois

  1. 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.
  2. Bike storage takes over from the ski and board storage room, again with a great access to and from the outside.
  3. There is an in-suite storage for owner belongings. You can create as much in-suite owner storage as you wish.

Parking in Le Chamois

There is visitor parking and assigned parking in Le Chamois. The front desk manager will advise your guests about where they can park. When you purchase in Le Chamois, the Form B which is requested as part of the offer, will let you know which stall is yours. Table of contents.

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 which will change. Table of contents.

Transit bus service for Le Chamois

The location of Le Chamois is steps away from the Base of Blackcomb and the scenic route by the Fitzsimmons Creek to Whistler Village. There is a free, village bus service which has a route through the Benchlands passing by Le Chamois. This complimentary bus service runs about eight times an hour in winter and just slightly less the rest of the year. Click this link for the www.bctransit.com/whistler and look for route 5 which is the Whistler Upper Village/Benchlands shuttle.  Table of contents.

Questions about buying in Le Chamois

If you are not working with a real estate agent, I invite you to contact me with your questions about buying in Le Chamois. I am here to help you. It is the reason I have built this website to help you. Please reach out if you need me to interpret any of the above information. Table of contents.

 

marion@whistlerskiinskiout.com
(604)938-3885
Marion Anderson
Personal Real Estate Corporation
Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
203-1080 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC, V0N 1B1 CANADA

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