Beautiful Modern Kitchen and Bathroom. Sylish European inspired design. You have never seen The Qube like this. This amazing 770 square foot condo has been completely gutted and totally renovated in to a chic and sexy designer home. The white on white custom kitchen begins with High Gloss white lacquer cabinets, polished white quartz counters, new white tiled backsplash, undermounted sink, white glass cooktop, white 3 person island, sleek hoodfan and Fisher Paykel refrigerator. The spacious living room boasts views of the Downtown/West End skyline and sneaks a few glimpses of the water of Coal Harbour. At Coal Harbour's Qube, pets and rentals are welcome. This one of a kind home is available to shown by appointment only, please email the listing agent for more information.
# 1015 1333 W GEORGIA ST, Vancouver Listed By: Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
Canadian Artist Yehouda Chaki Revisits the BC Landscape in His New Series of Paintings Art fans come visit Buschlen Mowatt's latest exhibition.
Vancouver, BC - Long-time Vancouver-based art dealership and member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, Buschlen Mowatt Galleries proudly presents popular artist Chaki’s newest paintings inspired by the Toba River Valley.
These new works extend Chaki’s exploration into the British Columbian landscape; his initial introduction to which occurred when he visited the valley with Plutonic Power Corporation’s Donald McInnes to view their green energy corridor. Traditionally a painter of Middle Eastern deserts that marked his Israeli heritage, Chaki’s colour palette, style and passion for the Canadian landscape was forever changed as a result of this journey.
The new paintings will be on display alongside past works in a miniature retrospective that highlights Chaki’s breadth.
This year, Buschlen Mowatt Galleries celebrates 25 years of representing Yehouda Chaki. His work is held in the permanent collections of over seventy-five museums and corporations including The Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Musée D'art Contemporain de Montreal, Fort Lauderdale Museum; Eretz Israel Museum; Musée de Toulon; and the Museo de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Chaki: Recent and Selected Works from 1979-Present will be on display at Buschlen Mowatt Galleries from September 13th- October 12th with a reception held with the artist in attendance on September 30th from 6-9 pm. Chaki will be signing catalogues that commemorate the partnership between Chaki, Buschlen Mowatt Galleries and Plutonic Power Corporation at Sutton Place Hotel on September 29th from 6-8pm. A special BC-themed menu will be available that evening in the Fleuri Restaurant at Sutton Place Hotel in celebration of Chaki’s newest landscapes.
For viewing appointment and further details contact Michelle McLean, Sales Representative, Buschlen Mowatt Galleries at email@example.com or 604.682.1234.
Paul Albrighton's business profile. When it comes to lofts or architecture, Paul speaks with passioin: "It all began when I started in the Real Estate business, I had a love for architecture and some unique buildings in Vancouver. I noticed that there was a group of people searching for something unique to live in, they were tired of day to day average spec condos. My goal was to fulfill that need while enjoying my passion of looking at spectacular places"
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CROSSTOWN #4-1 550 Beatty St - "550 Beatty St"- This was Vancouver's 1st residential loft conversion building, re-developed in 1985. Being 25 years old the interiors are pretty dated, but the building is in good condition. This large two level loft offers 1276 sq.ft. and with a parking stall. This may be higher on your budget, but also offers a lot of potential if you thought of a renovation. Highly upgraded units go for a premium in this place. It is currently listed at $669,000 but has been on the market for 112 days. Its worth closer to the lower-mid $600k's. Listed by Coldwell Banker Premier Realty.
#204 546 Beatty St - "Crane Building" - This a 2008 heritage conversion building with pretty raw spaces including concrete floors, brick walls, and open layouts. This is an old tired listing that has been poorly marketed and photographed, so keep an open mind when looking through the listing. It has 769 sq.ft. on one level, a secured parking stall, restored character windows, white polished concrete floors, high 9'+ high ceilings, and a relatively open plan. It is located along Beatty St just up from Pender St and will be quieter than your area and many spots of Gastown. Listed at $469,900 by One Percent Realty Ltd.
GASTOWN #210 36 Water St - "Terminus"- Terminus is a very cool chic modernist building. These are open concept loft style condos with ultra-clean seamless lines located in the better part of Gastown. The attention to design, architecture, and detail is beautiful. The building features a restored facade keeping the character look on the street but very modern linear floor plans on the inside. This unit has 900 sq.ft. parking, and great design. This is a high recommendation. Water St is certainly the better spot to be in Gastown. Listed at $555,000 by Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty.
#213 55 E Cordova - "Koret Lofts"- If you are open to Gastown, this is a very cool suite, and as far East as you want to go, for a great price and it includes parking. You will find parking is very hard to come by in heritage buildings, as the underground parking areas are small. This unique building is located at Cordova and Carrall, it is a very nice designer conversion building. The interiors are beautiful, exposed concrete, wood, venting, brick, high ceilings, very open concept design and more. These are true lofts with great architecture. Its 1100 sq.ft. and includes a parking stall at $499,000. Listed by Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty.
DOWNTOWN #307 1238 Seymour St - "The Space"- This is a mid range loft Tower in Downtown. This unit is quite tired, as it is pretty much original from 1996, but offers plenty of potential. Similar units with great renovations go for a premium. Again, if you are open to a project this could be a good option. Listed at $459,900 by Bruce Ward Realty Ltd. Here is an example of a similar suite with a beautiful makeover that sold in January 2010: http://www.albrighton.ca/property_detail-1-135-10835.html.
YALETOWN #104 1241 Homer St - "1241 Homer"- This a higher end Yaletown development by Townline, they have a great reputation for quality stylish loft conversions in BC. Most units in the building are between $1.1M - $1.25M, this unit is a townhouse, but still quite quiet as it is on Homer St. It features a double height living room, heritage brick, and great kitchens and 2 bathrooms. This is in a great quiet but central Yaletown location. Listed at $699,900 by Re/Max Crest Westside VanW7.
#507 1275 Hamilton St - "Alda" - This is a beautiful heritage conversion building, it was completed in 2002, they have a warm New York modern classic loft feel. This unit has 2 beds, 2 baths, and great usage of space and storage, and a decent patio. The finish and quality a very nice. It also has a parking stalls and a storage locker, which is rare in Yaletown. This unit has flexibility with 808 sq.ft. the second bed is often used as a den/office. There are about three similar listings in the building at this time, which is rare, so a good deal would be more possible. Listed at $598,000 by Re/Max Crest Westside VanW7.
#301 1228 Homer St - "Ellison" - This is a modern style loft building, which was completed in 2007. The parking isn't forever, it is on a 12 year lease across the street, making the price of the suite lower. The design and layout are very nice matched with sleek modern finishings. Listed at $585,000 by Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty.
#201 1066 Hamilton St - "New Yorker"- This is a Loft conversion building which was first built in 1911. This unit has retained more of its original character, it offers almost 1000 sq.ft., and underground parking stall, exposed wood beams and brick. This unit has plenty of potential as the kitchen and bathrooms are more basic, but a simple reno would be worth it. It located right in the heart of Yaletown. There are three listings like this on the market so again, a good deal would be more possible. Listed at $598,000 by TRG Downtown Realty.
#412 988 Richards St - "Tribeca Lofts"- This listings doesn't show well from the photos. It is a large two level 1000+ sq.ft. loft in a classy 2006 higher end Building, inspired by the Tribeca area in Manhattan. Located centrally in Downtown/Yaletown area. The unit has potential to be converted into a two bedroom loft, and upgraded very nicely. This property is worth closer to $600,000. This unit also comes with a storage locker. Listed at $665,500 by Royal LePage Westside.
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September Market Update In March, 2009, in the midst of the Global Financial Crisis and the collapse of the Canadian housing market, we made a bold prediction: The Canadian housing market would rebound quickly and not suffer a US-style collapse. Here is what we wrote: "As many of you may know, the US housing market has been in a severe recession for the past several years. And while the Canadian housing market has recently seen a strong correction over the past 6 months, we will likely not see the same year-over-year pain as our neighbours to the south. There are 3 main reasons for this. 1. Government Tax Policies 2. Loan Qualification Policies 3. Bank Lending Policies
Government Tax Policies The US Government has long had a policy of encouraging home-ownership. Government-sponsored entities Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac have been getting most of the headlines recently for agreeing to purchase mortgage loans that encouraged unsound lending. However, the US Government's tax policy of allowing homeowners to deduct mortgage interest payments may be more significant, as it has encouraged Americans to maximize their debt-loads in order to minimize their tax burdens. Canada, of course, has no mortgage tax break for homeowners, with interest payment deductions only applying to investment properties.
Loan Qualification Policies The secondary mortgage market in the US allowed the originators of mortgages to pass on the mortgage notes to investors throughout the world. Because of this, lenders became incentivized to originate as many mortgages as possible, with little-to-no regard for risk. These perverse incentives led to 'liar loans' - where individuals would simply lie to their mortgage broker about their income or employment knowing that there would be no incentive to conduct a background check - and 'NINJA loans' - where mortgage brokers offered mortgages to individuals with No Income, No Job or Assets. In Canada, the originators of loans (typically the Big Banks) tend to hold on to them. Because of this, the correct incentives are in place to ensure that only individuals who can afford the mortgage receive them.
Bank Lending Policies Another unintended consequence of the secondary mortgage market in the US has been the creation of extensive Adjustable-Rate Mortgage products with attractive 'teaser' rates. These products allowed mortgage-holders to pay an unrealistically low rate for a period of time before 'resetting' to a much higher, unaffordable, rate. In addition to this, loans in the US tend to be 'non-recourse' meaning that the only collateral that a lender would have on a mortgage is the house itself. In Canada, mortgages tend to be 'full-recourse', with many banks demanding personal guarantees. This difference has resulted in people walking away from their homes in the US at a much higher rate than in Canada. In the end, the result of all of these policy differences means that Canada is fairly well-insulated from the carnage that is occurring south of the border. Interestingly, our conservative, low-competition banking environment may have saved our housing market from an even more painful downturn."
Once again, two competing views have emerged in the wake of higher Canadian real estate prices. Last Week the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives wrote we are primed for a correction while the CD Howe Institute wrote that the headwinds facing the US housing market are completely different from the ones we are facing in Canada.
The CCPA report ignores all of the issues that we presented over a year ago while the CD Howe report covers them in length. That said, for the foreseeable future, the huge real estate run-ups that we have experienced over the past decade are most likely over. There will always be ups and downs in the real estate market. However, real estate in Canada will remain, relative to most other investment vehicles, one of the more stable financial instruments moving forward.
Remember, real estate trends remain decidedly local. If you would like to find out more about your market, please feel free to contact me at the email address or phone number above.
*This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency agreement.
*Although this information has been received from sources deemed reliable, we assume no responsibility for its accuracy, and without offering advice, make this submission to prior sale or lease, change in price or terms, and withdrawal without notice.
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RE POST AND UPDATED BLOG. The floors installed by the developer in this unit were quite nice from day 1. They are a engineered hardwood Walnut, with a clear coat showing the natural Walnut brown colour.
The previous occupant of this unit was very hard on the floors and there were plenty of dents and scratches throughout. So something needed to be done.
From the beginning I compared purchasing new floors vs. refinishing. At the same time I wanted a dark finish for a more up to date look. New floors were going to cost nearly $5/sq.ft. + install of about $3/sq.ft. So, $8 x about 500 sq.ft. (excluding the bathroom) plus new Bull-noses on the stairs (The end of the stair treads). This would cost around $4000 - $4500 total. But the wood was still good, and it looked like there was some life to spare.
To get the floors re-sanded, repair all the dents, new shoe moldings, and a dark stain and satin coat applied totaled $2500. The finish product was beautiful. There are some spots where the stain wasn’t as well absorbed as others, but overall the floor feels new with the ultra smooth finishing, and the dark colour looks great. Its nice to walk on with bare feet, and it is going to compliment the white walls and chrome details on some of the furnishing very well.
Listed By: Dexter Associates Realty If abundance of natural light and generous O/D living space are desired feats of your new home then look no further. Centrally loc on the periphery of the Olympic Village, the principal rooms of this extraordinary 2 bed 2 bath home are bathed in light from sunrise to sunset. Surrounded by windows on 3 sides, this virtual house of glass enjoys cross breezes from the expansive 1375 sf roof terrace that provides an ideal palette for the serious urban gardener or those who enjoy O/D entertaining. The sense of space created by the 9' ceils is complemented by the standard accoutrement of your modern home; stainless, granite and espresso engineered H/W floors and walls fin in contemporary colors. Meas approx. Public Open Sun Aug 29th, 2-4pm.
Again, clean contemporary lines, and a durable finish was the goal in mind. The low gloss white"BESTA" cabinets from IKEA were setup. The clean lines and the floating look really complemented the modern interior styling. By drilling a 1" whole though the backing, this cabinet can now house all the wiring for the TV and DVD Player along with books, and CD's. Two of these pieces fit seamlessly between the baseboard heater and the wall, looking like a built in. These cabinets were easy to install and can work in plenty of spaces both as a side board or wall mounted cabinet. A minimalist Sharp 20" TV was set on top.
When searching for a sofa throughout all of Vancouver we wanted something that would work with the clean continuous lines of the Qube's architecture and design. Also a piece that could fit three to four people, works as a comfy day bed, and be deep enough not to require an ottoman. 560 sq.ft. doesn't leave much room for most large, low, modernist sofas, so many "clean lined" sectionals were eliminated.
The search wasn't easy. After plenty of online searching and visiting many Vancouver furniture stores, finally we found the match. A perfectly low, square, deep, high quality sofa from Camerich was selected. Camerich USA is a company that has designed a line of italian inspired contemporary pieces. The sofas are constructed of steel and birch with high grade thick fabrics. The "Lean" three seater sofa in Grey was selected. The quality of the finishing of the fabric and detail in each of the corners was very impressive. The pillows have hidden zippers, and the chrome bar at the bottom is protected by four small legs that acutally supports the sofa. The sofa offers a perfect blend of style and function. It is ultra-comfortable for four people, lounging, or even a mid-day rest, while having very clean sharp lines. These sofa's retail for between $2200 - $4500. This sofa was very heavy, just over 200 lbs. So planning the delivery was very important. Once sold through Koolhaus, Contact Camerich USA directly now for a price quote as there is no longer a current distributer in BC.