Custom North Van home fetches top dollar

4825 Trafalgar St., Vancouver

Type: 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom, detached

Size: 2,885 sq. ft.

B.C. Assessment, 2012: $1,721,000

Listed for: $1,698,000

Sold for: $2,075,500

Sold on: Feb. 21

Days on market: 7

Listing agent: Spice Lucks at RE/MAX Real Estate Services

Buyers’ agent: Geoff Jarman at Sutton Group – West Coast Realty

The big sell: This MacKenzie Heights property strikes the perfect balance between providing a sanctuary in which to raise a family and a venue in which to entertain friends, says listing agent Spice Lucks. Perhaps prospective buyers thought so, too, as 10 offers were received and the sale was pushed to $377,500 above the asking price. The three-storey home has been completely renovated in a contemporary style and now comprises a bright, open-plan layout that includes a kitchen and family room combination. This leads out to a west-facing back garden that enjoys more privacy than most, as there is no back lane. An office and three bed-rooms – including the master with its cosy wood-burning fireplace – are on the upper level, and a rooftop deck provides captivating far-reaching views to downtown and the North Shore mountains. The one-bedroom basement suite is self-contained with its own separate entrance.

Buyers attracted by the view and quality of construction

528 Alpine Ct., North Vancouver

Type: 7-bedroom, 6-bathroom, detached

Size: 5,157 sq. ft.

B.C. Assessment, 2012: $2,080,000

Listed for: $2,480,000

Sold for: $2,405,000

Sold on: Feb. 8

Days on market: 14

Listing agent: Lance Phillips at Prudential Sussex Realty

Buyers’ agent: Dan Morrison at Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

The big sell: Buyers’ agent Dan Morrison reports that this Canyon Heights home achieved the highest sale price so far this year on the MLS system for North Vancouver. The 12,000-square-foot view lot provided the base for a custom-built home that has high-end finishing and reflects meticulous attention to detail. There is bespoke millwork, detailed crown moulding, arched windows and beautiful hardwood flooring. Each level was designed to impress, from the gourmet kitchen that features Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, an oversized island and granite counterspace, to the Eclipse doors that lead from the family room and eating area to an entertaining deck. The master bed-room offers a walk-in closet, private deck and ensuite, all with sweeping ocean and city views. Additional goodies include a 12-zone hot water heating system, a media/recreation room, a nanny/guest bedroom, a self-contained one-bedroom suite, formal living and dining rooms, and an office or additional bedroom.

WHITE ROCK CONDO COMES UP TRUMPS

2C – 1400 George St., White Rock

Type: 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment

Size: 1,215 sq. ft.

B.C. Assessment, 2012: $253,000

Listed for: $259,600

Sold for: $250,000

Sold on: Feb. 9

Days on market: 73

Listing agent: Janice Pardy at RE/MAX Colonial Pacific Realty

Buyers’ agent: Harris First at Macdonald Realty Westmar

The big sell: Buyers’ agent Harris First says his clients were looking for a con-dominium that combined the appeal of a lively lifestyle with a move-in condition interior, and was no smaller than 1,200 square feet. This home in the three-storey Georgian Place development ticked those boxes, and more. The building had recently been rain-screened and a new roof and hot water tank had been installed. The unit had received a new kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, fresh paint-work, cherry wood floors, and new carpet. The home benefits from dual aspects due to its favourable corner position, and has peek-a-boo ocean views that can be enjoyed from the living room. There is a gas fireplace insert and the large windowboxes off the master bedroom provide opportunities for gardening enthusiasts. The enclosed balcony could be used as an office or den. The downtown White Rock location ensures that shops, ser-vices, restaurants, and the beach are within walking distance.

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