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South Granville Rental Condo - 1468 W 14th Ave

South Granville Condo For Rent at The Avedon: $2,000\mo


Bedroom: 2

Finished area: 803 square feet

Age: 1 year

Fireplace: 1; faux electric

Bathroom: 2 full

Flooring: wool carpets, tiles mixed

Levels: 1

Parking: 1; underground

Included items: fridge, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and washer & dryer.

Not included: strata move-in/move-out fees, natural gas, electricity, telephone, cable, internet, furnishings

 Avedon 1

Avedon 2

Occupancy: Starting November 1st, 2009; walk-throughs available on weekends or weekday evenings

Rental Period: starting at one year; shorter rental periods available as well

Contact: [email protected], or [email protected] to schedule walk-through.

Welcome to Polygon's Avedon - located in desirable South Granville district. Only 4 homes/flr means every home at Avedon is a corner home. Open flr plan with 9' ceilings make this home bright and airy. All detail has been chosen with a passion for sophisticated urban living. Cream on cream interior w/wool carpet, white oak gourmet kitchen feat. Bosch appliances and gas cooktop. Enjoy picturesque ocean and mountain views. Fabulous location steps to Meinhardt's, Stanley Theatre, boutique shops, fashion row and art galleries. Exclusive 46 unit concrete high rise. Peace of mind is provided by a full time resident caretaker.

Rising twelve storeys above West 14th Avenue, Avedon offers a limited collection of two bedroom apartment residences in a unique location where art and culture converge. Its distinctive and sleek Northwest-inspired architecture will set a new standard for fine urban living. Inside, every stylish home is sure to impress with creative use of space, abundant natural light and exquisite finishings. Special details at the Avedon luxury residences include contemporary wood cabinetry, elegant granite countertops and soaring overheight windows.

Full Listing:

ONLY CONTACT - Jordan Lee at: [email protected]


Viewers and visitors each individually posted ad is responsible for dealing with the suites for rent. Paul Albrighton and are not part of a rental management business, this is offered as a free rental notice board for the benefit of each individual who posts. Use the contact information provided in each individual ad for dealing with rentals. Contact Paul Albrighton for information on suites for purchase or sale.

Gastown Loft for Sale - Character, brick, and more

303 141 WATER ST - Gastown Loft for sale

bedrooms    location    Vancouver 
bathrooms    age    13 
view    city & mountains  taxes    $1,773 in 2009
sq ft    931 Sq.Ft. strata fees  
price    $499,900  mls®#    V790304 

# 303 141 WATER ST, Vancouver West, BC. Listing Provided by:   Dexter Associates Realty. Gastown Loft building, Malkin huge 931 sq ft double height heritage loft conversion. Originally built in 1898 this was converted in 1996 to an upscale boutique character style lofts.  Loads of unique features: European wood windows, hardwood floors, and the sand blasted brick feature walls.  Gastown is a great neighbourhood with many upcmoing new developments. Inside there are two bathrooms.  Modern designed kitchen design with Jenn Air appliances. Great central Gastown location close to the business district, shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Secured parking is available across the street.  See all Gastown Lofts for sale: 

See Gastown Neighbourhood information.

228 E 4th Ave - Watershed - Page Added

The Watershed at 228 E 4th Ave

This is a good Mount Pleasant Live/Work industrial style loft building.  This 55 unit building features two level lofts with great layout, an open courtyard, and always good prices. See the information page with photos, summary, description, and current lofts for sale.

See all Mount Pleasant Lofts for sale.




Jacobsen 256 E 2nd Ave - Building Page added

Jacobsen at 256 E 2nd Ave.

This Intracorp upcoming development featuers loft style condos with great layouts in Mount Pleasant.  The due date is for October 2009.  Each unit has open concept design, European style finishing's and appliances, polished concrete floors, high ceilings, and some outdoor space - some with great city views.  We've just added an information page with daily updated listings for this great loft style building.  See the Jacobsen Homepage.

Jacobsen Pics 1-2

Here is an outside shot in the construction process.  There is currently a variety of assignment for sale, see the list of lofts for sale, and contact Paul Albrighton for any inquiries.

Jacobsen Outside being built

Yaletown Neighbourhood and area information

Once a rundown rail yard in Downtown Vancouver, Yaletown has been converted over the past several years into Vancouver’s trendiest and most upscale neighbourhood. Ideally located on the edges of False Creek., Yaletown Vancouver proudly boasts a convenient variety of restaurants, boutiques, galleries, cafes, local designers, modern furniture stores, and even housing and loft style office spaces, making it a preferred residence for young urban professionals. Well known to the area are the Roundhouse Community Centre and Urban Fare, an upscale grocery store. This area has been expanded since the 1980’s, with its boundaries now being South of Robson Street, West of Cambie Street, East of Richards Street and North of the beautiful False Creek.

Yaletown has retained its red brick charm, and is known for unique architecture and mixed-use loft style character. The contrast of renewed heritage buildings and their modern surroundings is a special feature of the area. Everything from loft apartments to modern tower condominiums are available. The seawall offers a place for joggers, cyclists, rollerbladers, and dog-lovers alike to enjoy the Vancouver’s waterfront. The walk exhibits beautiful landscape, lighting, and parks such as the George Wainborn park.

At the bottom of Davie Street, you will find a marina which harbours many yachts and floating homes. Also available is the “Aqua Bus” available to the public which connects Granville Island, Stamps Landing, and Science World.

Yaletown Vancouver Neighbourhood Information by Albrighton

Gastown Neighbourhood and area information

Gastown is known distinctively for its historic background and is the birthplace of Vancouver. This area was established the same year Canada became a nation, and is founded by Jack Deighton, also known as “Gassy Jack” who opened a saloon in the area in the 1800’s. (This nickname was acquired because of his tendency to exaggerate stories and talk non-stop.) Throughout its history, Gastown has been subject to periods of growth, neglect, and rebirth.

Gastown is well known for its mixture of both old and new, and is a place often visited by many tourists. It contains both down-home and upscale, and is inhabited by both residential and office workers. This area is rich with boutiques, restaurants, and night life. It is becoming home to more and more residents as its development continues.

Distinctive attractions of Gastown include the famous Steam Clock, the Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre, and the two of the oldest buildings: The Europe Hotel and The Landing, which are now stores.  Plenty of new development has taken place within heritage brick buildings, creating new style art inspired homes and lofts.  Gastown has plenty of foot traffic and tourist highlights.Gastown Neighbourhood Information by Albrighton Office_edited


#2001 - 1280 Richards St - Skyvilla at The Grace - Architecturally Special Building

Skyvilla at The Grace for sale - Architecturally special building

Grace 1280 Richards AlbrightonThe Grace Vancouver - Famous World Class Building -  Welcome to your Yaletown villa at a landmark building, The Grace. Architectural one-of-a kind residence offers luxury living at its best including: 9'6" ceilings, 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, panoramic water and park views of False Creek, two large terraces, and the very finest finishings. Top of the line kitchen includes Sub Zero, Fisher Paykel touched off with high grade wood cabinets and granite. Luxurious master bathroom features heated floors, classical claw foot tub and walk in shower. This exclusive building has it all: biometric fingerprint security, concierge, indoor/outdoor pool, spa and fitness centre, and a Rolls Royce Phantom driving service. Timeless design meets modern living. #2001 1280 Richards St, Vancouver.  See The Grace 1280 Richards Street Homepage.






bedrooms    location    N/A 
bathrooms    age   
view    city & mountains  taxes    $6,325 in 2009
sq ft    1,609sqft strata fees     N/A 
price    $1,499,000  mls®#    V777594 

TH15 - 1501 Howe St - Price reduced! Beautiful waterside townhouse

Beautiful townhome in Downtown Vancouver - reduced price! to $959,000

1501 Howe TH 15 31501 Howe TH 15 5

Welcome to your exquisite waterside town home at the prestigious 888 Beach residences. This one-of-a-kind home has been professionally re-designed and upgraded with the finest materials, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. Featuring Travertine heated marble floors, a dramatic Florentine fireplace, classical style wood built-ins and more. Amazing kitchen features beautiful wood cabinetry, marble countertops, Thermador oven, Bosch cook-top, and endless well thought out storage. Enjoy the French doors which open onto a spacious and bright outdoor patio. Both upstairs bedrooms include private ensuites and balconies. Downstairs there is a workshop, storage, private garage, and 2nd parking stall and visitor parking. # TH15 1501 HOWE ST, Vancouver.

bedrooms    location    N/A 
bathrooms    age    16 
view    city & mountains  taxes    $3,683 in 2009
sq ft    1,586sqft strata fees     N/A 
price    $999,000  mls®#    V783758 

Albrighton Vancouver lofts and modern condo buildings

Albrighton Vancouver Loft bulidings, and architectural residences:

These webpages feature information, listings, and property for sale within these buildings. - Granite Block Lofts in Mount Pleasant - 234 East 5th, Vancouver  Abbott Place in Gastown Vancouver - 233 Abbott St, Vancouver

"33" in Crosstown Vancouver - 33 West Pender

The Workshop Lofts in Mount Pleasant - 1220 E. Pender St, Vancouver

Koret Lofts in Gastown - 55 E. Cordova, Vancouver

Del Prado Yaletown Loft Building - 1155 Mainland St, Vancouver

The Hamilton Yaletown Loft Buliding - 1178 Hamilton St. Vancouver

The Space Lofts - Downtown Loft Building - 1238 Seymour St, Vancouver

Bowman Lofts in Crosstown - 528 Beatty St, Vancouver

XL Lofts in Cambie/Mount Pleasant W - 428 W. 8th Ave, Vancouver

Metropolis Lofts in Yaletown Vancouver - 1238 Richards St, Vancouver

Alda Lofts in Yaletown Vancouver - 1275 Hamilton St, Vancouver

Crosstown heritage loft building - 518 Beatty S, Vancouver

The Spot Lofts in Downtown Vancouver - 933 Seymour St, Vancouver

Tribeca Lofts in Yaletown Vancouver - 988 Richards St, Vancouver

McMasters Buliding - Lofts in Yaletown - 1180 Homer St, Vancouver

Sophia - Mount Pleasant Modern condos - 298 E. 11th Ave, Vancouver

The Edge lofts in Gastown Vancouver - 289 Alexander St, Vancouver

Artech Warehouse Lofts in Mount Pleasant - 336 E. 1st Ave, Vancouver

Loft 495 in South Granville/Mount Pleasant - 495 W. 6th, Vancouver

Van Horne in Gastown - 22 E. Cordova, Vancouver

Carrall Station in Gastown - 1 E. Cordova St, Vancouver

Crane Building - 540 Beatty in Crosstown - 546 Beatty St, Vancouver

Murchies Building in Yaletown - 1216 Homer St, Vancouver

Waterfall Building in False Creek - 1540 W. 2nd, Vancouver

The Grace in Yaletown - 499 Drake St, Vancouver

The Grace in Yaletown - 1280 Richards St, Vancouver

Shangri La in Downtown - 1111 Alberni St, Vancouver

Shangri-La in Coal Harbour - 1128 W. Georgia St, Vancouver

Flatiron in Coal Harbour - 1277 Melville St, Vancouver

Harbour Green II in Coal Harbour - 1139 W. Cordova St, Vancouver

The Qube in Coal Harbour - 1333 W. Georgia St, Vancouver

256 E 2nd Jacobsen Lofts in Mount Pleasant.

228 E 4th Ave - Watershed Lofts in Mount Pleasant



Vancouver Loft and Premiere Architecture Realtor

Macdonald Realty Downtown Vancouver

604 315 5574

316 - 336 East 1st Avenue - Stylish Mount Pleasant Warehouse Live/Work Loft

Stylish loft in Mount Pleasant Vancouver for sale

Contemporary loft fully renovated inspired by the designs featured in Dwell magazine. This modern loft has just undergone an amazing renovation. Features architectural mono-stringer staircase with air craft cable and stainless handrail, 1" structural glass floor and wide plank ash hardwood in the loft and polished concrete floors on the main. The kitchen is very gourmet, complete with high gloss red cabinets, back painted glass backsplash, custom concrete counters and sink, European appliances. This loft is a modernists dream with soaring 16 ft ceilings and gallery white walls just waiting for perfect pieces of art. # 316 336 E 1ST AV, Vancouver. Listed By: Amex Broadway West Realty. Click here to see all lofts for sale in Mount Pleasant Vancouver.





bedrooms    location    Vancouver 
bathrooms    age    15 
view    city & mountains  taxes    $1,391 in 2009
sq ft    970 Sq.Ft. strata fees     $127 
price    $429,000  mls®#    V786878

303 - 128 West 6th Avenue - Great Mount Pleasant/Cambie loft for sale

Amazing loft for sale in Mount Pleasant/Cambie

Enjoy unobstructed mountain and city views from this rare Mount Pleasant live/work contemporary loft. Newly renovated, offering a desired open floor plan featuring soaring 10 ft ceilings with 8 inch concrete walls. Relax or entertain on your large 14x9 private outdoor deck overlooking the city. Insuite laundry, cozy natural gas fireplace, pets/rentals allowed, Main and Cambie location, walk to skytrain, seawall and shopping. # 303 128 W 6TH AV, Vancouver. Listed By: Prudential Sussex Realty. Click here to see all Mount Pleasant lofts for sale.







bedrooms    location    Vancouver 
bathrooms    age    11 
view    city & mountains  taxes    $1,673 in 2009
sq ft    745 Sq.Ft. strata fees     $182 
price    $429,900  mls®#    V785645 

2 - 1855 Vine St - Beautiful Kitsilano Vancouver Loft

Amazing loft townhouse in Kitsilano Vancouver for sale

Definitely one of the most exclusive residencies in Kitsilano Vancouver. Located on top of the hill Devon Court is an intimate gathering of 5 elite homes established in a 1910 beaux arts style structure. Originally a Presbyterian Sabbath School, then an Aboriginal Friendship Centre, before its final conversion to residential homes in 1985 by Donal O'Callaghan. Features your own private entrance through the front statuesque sandstone portico columns this townhome is the most sought after unit in the building. Breathtaking views from all levels with a private 610 s.f. roof patio showcasing water, mountain and city views, 9' ceilings, huge windows and recent renovations merge together to create an extraordinary home. A rare opportunity that you don't want to miss. # 2 1855 VINE ST, Vancouver. Listed By: RE/MAX Select Properties. Click here to see all lofts for sale in Kitsilano Vancouver. Presented by Albrighton Lofts - Vancouver's Loft experts.




bedrooms    location    Vancouver 
bathrooms    age    99 
view    city & mountains  taxes    $3,662 in 2009
sq ft    1,359 Sq.Ft. strata fees     $197 
price    $1,299,000  mls®#    V787517 

810 - 289 Alexander St - The Edge Gastown Lofts - With parking!

Fabulous loft in Gastown Vancouver with parking

Unique corner loft with amazing 16 ft ceilings plus corner windows facing south and west makes this loft a must-have at the Edge. This unit features various custom built-ins and the extended 2nd floor gives great additional living space. This loft features concrete, steel and millwork plus 2 bathrooms, offic, den and a very large deck! Building has amazing amenities for artists. # 810 289 ALEXANDER ST, Vancouver. Listed By: Park Georgia Realty Ltd. Click here to see all lofts for sale in Gastown Vancouver.



bedrooms    location    Vancouver 
bathrooms    age    10 
view    city & mountains  taxes    $1,642 in 2009
sq ft    954 Sq.Ft. strata fees     $200 
price    $459,000  mls®#    V787071 

201 - 1066 Hamilton St - Heritage Yaletown Character Loft

Amazing Heritage loft in Yaletown Vancouver

HERITAGE LOFT in Old Yaletown at The New Yorker! Modern meets heritage at this beautiful loft with a wonderful open floor plan featuring exposed beams and state of the art kitchen. Just steps away from the best restaurants, shopping, and much more. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to live in style at The New Yorker in famous Yaletown Vancouver! # 201 1066 HAMILTON ST, Vancouver. Listed By: Sotheby's Int'l Realty Canada. Click here to see all Yaletown lofts for sale.





bedrooms    location    Vancouver 
bathrooms    age    98 
view    city & mountains  taxes    $2,076 in 2009
sq ft    973 Sq.Ft. strata fees     $621 
price    $629,000  mls®#    V788258 

321 - 1238 Seymour St - Beautiful large Downtown two level loft at The Space Lofts

Beautiful downtown Vancouver loft at The Space Lofts

Amazing completely renovated two level loft in upscale Yaletown Vancouver. This bright south-east facing loft features breathtaking 16' ceilings and lots of space. Espresso hardwood flooring throughout the unit along with brand new chef's kitchen. Kitchen also boasts stone counters and stainless appliances and also a very large living and dining area. Breathtaking towering features wall with 50" TV fireplace and 2 stunning suspended chrome 'starburst' chandeliers. A designer staircase leads you to your bedroom with custom walk-in closet. 'Black-out' drapes allows for complete privacy and restful sleeps. The beautiful rooftop gardens are just steps away. # 321 1238 SEYMOUR ST, Vancouver. Listed By: RE/MAX Crest Realty (Westside) Click here to see all lofts for sale in Downtown Vancouver.


bedrooms    location    Vancouver 
bathrooms    age    13 
view    city & mountains  taxes    $1,708 in 2009
sq ft    940 Sq.Ft. strata fees     $306 
price    $498,000  mls®#    V787920 

Downtown Vancouver Neighbourhood Information

Downtown is the core of Vancouver’s peninsula.  This area is home to many key Vancouver businesses and central offices.  This area has plenty of hustle and bustle with a great combination of high-rise commercial buildings, high-end boutique shops, and high-rise glass residential towers.  Downtown is home to the renowned Vancouver Art Gallery featuring great exhibitions of both local and international artists.  Discover famous Robson Street, and some of the city’s best restaurants in Downtown.  This central area is home to many international events and a must-see destination for many tourists, as Vancouver’s well-known Stanley Park is just at the West end of Downtown.

Downtown Vancouver Neighbourhood by Albrighton lofts

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Kitsilano Vancouver Neighbourhood Information

Also known as Kits, Kitsilano is a residential area close to downtown Vancouver. It is bounded on the north by waters of English Bay, South by 16th Avenue, and Alma and Burrard Streets to the west and east.  Located in the area are shopping along West 4th Avenue, Broadway, east of Fir Street, and Yew Street. Kits also contains fine dining, Kitsilano Beach, green parks, museums, H. R. Macmillan Planetarium, and many more outdoor activities.  The community is made of many students, residents, and workers as it is close to the University of British Columbia.  Kitsilano has plenty of appeal for its boutique shops, west coast dining, parks, and beaches.  Many of the residents take pride in their neighbourhood and its natural attributes.  Most condominiums and townhouses are in low rise wood construction buildings as many of the streets have building height restrictions, and local resident are known to protect the community-styled living in Kitsilano.  There are only a few boutique loft and heritage styled buildings in Kitsilano.

Kitsilano Vancouver Neighbourhood Information by Albrighton_edited

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South Granville and Fairview Neighbourhood Information

Birthed in 1907, South Granville is home to many shops, fine dining, art galleries, theatre, antique, and exclusive furniture stores. It extends from the Granville Street bridge to 16th Avenue, conveniently located just one step outside of busy Downtown Vancouver. Canada Line skytrain stations in the area are Broadway-City Hall and Olympic Village. There is also the Aquabus which connects to Granville Island, and the False Creek Ferries connecting to the City Center and Yaletown.  South Granville is home to a limited amount of new high rise condominiums and some heritage styled condos and townhouses.  This area has plenty of demand, as it is minutes from Downtown and offers such great community and character.  Many of the condominiums in this area offer great views of Downtown, False Creek and the North Shore Mountains.

South Granville and Fairview Neighbourhood Information by Albrighton

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Mount Pleasant Vancouver Neighbourhood Information

Mount Pleasant stretches from Cambie Street to Clark Drive, and contains Vancouver City Hall, and the newly-built Canada Line skytrain. This is one of the most up and coming neighbourhoods of Vancouver, and is home to many first-time homeowners, young professionals, and an increasing number of families. This area has a blend of new and old homes, light industry, and educational facilities.

Other places in the area include the Mount Pleasant Community Centre, Library, and a number of parks.  The main shopping areas include West Broadway and areas along Cambie and Main Streets. There has been an increase in the number of upscale restaurants and boutiques.  Mount Pleasant is home to many metal cladding warehouse loft live/work style residences.  Many artists and studio owners have placed both their homes and businesses in lofts in this growing neighbourhood.  Mount Pleasant has a plenty of new developments from starter condos, to modern styled loft condo buildings. 

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Information by Albrighton Vancouver lofts 

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Crosstown Vancouver Neighbourhood Information

Crosstown is the area intersecting between Downtown, Yaletown, Gastown, and Chinatown. Crosstown offers heritage warehouse style buildings that have been converted to pubs, restaurants, and modern loft style residences.  This area is well known for its movie theatre – Cinemark Tinseltown. This area is known for loft conversions, and new high rise concrete towers bordering GM Place and BC Place (Vancouver’s largest sports arenas) and Skytrain/Subway station.  This is an upcoming area with plenty of potential with its proximity to character Gastown and central Downtown.  New boutique shops and developments are beginning to emerge in Crosstown Vancouver.

Crosstown Vancouver Neighbourhood Information by Albrighton

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Mr Loft - Toronto Loft Specialist

I recently had the chance to meet with Carl Langschimdt, the top loft realtor in Toronto, Ontario.  It was great meeting him and learning about Toronto lofts vs. Vancouver lofts.  Additionally we exchanged ideas in regards to web marketing, loft promotion, and business building techniques.  Carl, the leader of the team, runs a fantastic show.  They specialize working with loft buyers and sellers in Toronto, and have perfected a system getting their clients fully informed on specific loft buildings.  Langschmidt mentioned the difference between people hiring "Generalist Realtors" vs. "Specialist Realtors," and how it should not even be a question when it comes to buying or selling a loft.  Their effective web marketing, loft building expertise, and efficient client services keep them on top of the competition.  If you are looking to purchase a loft in Toronto go to: and you have my recommendation!



Albrighton real estate has the best web traffic month ever!

Paul Albrighton the team leader at Albrighton real estate is a happy man.  The past 30 days have drawn plenty of traffic, and has broken records.  We received over 12% higher amount of visitors between our five websites in the past 30 days.  Totalling in over 83,000 page views.  People are actively looking for Vancouver lofts, and our SEO (Seach Engine Optimization) techniques are in full gear and working fantastic.  If you have a loft to sell in Vancouver, use a specialist, not a generalist.

Great Vancouver lofts for sale under $425,000

Selection of nice Vancouver lofts priced under $425,000

Each of these units offers, value, some sort of outdoor space, and a parking stall.

#313 350 E 2nd Ave – “Mainspace” This is a live/work industrial style loft in Mount Pleasant.  This unit has an open 723 sq.ft. floor plan, and pretty minimal open concept loft finishing’s.  This unit has a small balcony, and also a rooftop patio.  This is a studio style unit, but leaves room for sliding walls/bedroom separation ideas. 

#103 W 22nd Ave – “Simon Lofts” This is a nice Cambie/Fairview area two level loft.  This unit also has plenty of patio space being on the ground floor.  This building stands out for being in a quiet location near nice residential homes.

#124 2556 E Hastings - “L’Atlelier”
  This is a loft conversion building in the Renfrew area towards the Second Narrow bridge.  This unit has two level and an attractive price.

#104 272 E 4th Ave “The Mecca” This is another industrial live/work style loft.  This is a ground floor unit, which some people like as there is easy access.  This unit could use some upgrades, and is worth closer the mid $300,000 range. 

#312 298 E 11th Ave “Sophia” This is a new development at 11th and Main Area.  This building has good architecture, layouts, and high ceilings.   With this newer building you get a 2-5-10 year warranty.

#404 33 W Pender St  “33” This is a brand new development in Crosstown – across the street from Tinseltown.  This building has great architecture and design.  The developer is selling a few suites starting at $340,000.  All units have either a large sliding door for air, or a patio.  Additionally all units have parking stalls.

#303 128 W 6th Ave “Centro Lofts”
– Here’s a beautiful loft style condo near Cambie.  This unit is in a boutique live/work building made from concrete.  The building is very good quality, and has a true loft feeling.  Additionally this single level renovated loft has a great patio facing a large panoramic city view.

Need to sell a Vancouver Loft? Choose a Loft Realtor.

How to sell a Vancouver loft? Who to choose?

#1 - Choose a loft specialist

Do not sell your loft with any realtor. Vancouver lofts are a unique brand of property that aim at a particular audience. A Vancouver loft specialist will typically know a building and comparable units, and most of all will possess knowledge of what the loft market is experiencing in terms of sales and listings. They are able to educate you and potential purchasers on your loft versus what else is being offered on the market. Furthermore, they are knowledgeable about key features of loft including ceiling heights, loft orientation, and layouts which are most often looked-for. A loft specialist also directs the buyers' attention on what is most excellent about the your loft.

#2 - Where do buyers come from?
Loft buyers don't only come from For instance, our website receives thousands of new and different visitors every month from a wide range of sources including, but not limited to: Craigslist, news print, loft mail-outs, strategically placed "Vancouver loft" online ads, Google paid ads and organic searches, networks of loft buyers, and numerous other search engines such as Yahoo, MSN, Live, Bing, etc. Be assured that your Vancouver loft realtor has distinctive and well-targeted advertising that you believe can create a large flow of buyers.

#3 - Strategic Pricing
Trying out a high price can deter a sale. If you begin listing your loft at a very high price, you will probably end up chasing the market down. A listing's reputation is situated at the start. Remarkable price decreases show that the owner is becoming desperate to sell his/her loft and may result in the listing receiving very low offers or even ignored. It is most essential to leave a good impression from the start date, since most of a listing's activity is within the first four weeks. Do not choose you realtor based on the listing price they give you or accept. Choose your listing realtor for their service levels, marketing tactics, selling history, and your overall impression of their business strategies.

#4 - What kind of service can you expect
Each agent has a different level of service. Be sure to inquire as to how often you will hear feedback from your realtor once you place your loft on the market. A seller's most terrible scenario is to sit in the background uninformed as their property becomes stale on the market. Moreover, ask yourself: Does this agent do his/her own showings? Does he/she have assistants who actually do the ground work? How qualified are the assistants? Do they leave lockboxes for others? Are the assistants licensed and actually able to make claims about the property?

#5 - Finally
If you found this website, where do you think loft buyers are currently looking?
Contact Paul Albrighton to sell your Vancouver loft: 604 315 5574 or [email protected]

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1220 E Pender - Mount Pleasant raw loft 1000+ sq.ft.

The Workshop located at 1220 E Pender street is a large warehouse style loft building located in Mount Pleasant.  This unit has plenty of space, concrete walls and floors.  See the quick video tour:

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Building information page for 1220 E Pender St

Live/Work Lofts in Vancouver by Albrighton

Are you looking for a live/work loft in Vancouver?

MLS often doesn't fill in the category (or it is unknown by some real estate agents) the proper designation for a live/work loft.  Paul Albrighton is a loft specialist and can advise where you can actually buy a loft that has some sort of live/work zoning.  There are many advantages to living in a live work space, especially if you are a business owner.  See our video, and contact Paul Albrighton for more information on live work lofts for sale.  We work as Vancouver loft experts.

Vancouver Loft Painter at 1220 E Pender St

Do you need your Vancouver loft painted?

I refer my clients to Lee Albrighton who is a professional residential and commercial painter.  He specializes in architectural property, residential interiors, and also loft spaces.  When prepping a large loft for painting Lee Albirighton says "9/10 of the work is in the preparation." 



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604. 790.4908.

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1220 E Pender St Live/Work loft undergoing a full paint job.


Today I visited one of my clients new loft at The Workshop located at 1220 E Pender in Mount Pleasant. (Click this link to see tihs sold property).  This 1100sq.ft.+ industrial style live/work loft has over 18' ceilings, concrete floors, and an awesome open plan.  The property is getting ready for some updates including a full spray of white paint.  Check out the quick video.


Paul Albrighton uses twitter! @PaulAlbrighton

After much request from our clients, and web inquires Paul Albrighton is now on Twitter!  @PaulAlbrighton

Paul Albrighton on twitter

low @PaulAlbrighton for updates on his day around Vancouver.  You will find comments ranging from marketing lofts, special architecture, Downtown "hot-spots", and real estate news in Vancouver - while running his day-to-day business. 

Paul Albrighton visits, comments, and links to many blogs and design websites that features outstanding lofts, modern spaces, graphic design, and contemporary furniture.  Stay tuned for some great web resources, and real estate news related to lofts, architectural property, and design.



#202 - 1280 Richards St - Large luxurious townhouse for sale at The Grace Vancouver

Beautiful townhouse for sale at The Grace in Yaletown Vancouver

Amazing townhome in Vancouver's well-known building "The Grace". This townhome exhibits dramatic vaulted ceilings with large rooms, a grand staircase, french doors to a lovely terrace, a stunning master en suite, a Chef's kitchen with appliances such as Fisher Paykel, Sub-Zero, Bosch and DCS. The raised living room with ornate gas fireplace and floor to ceiling windows offers a feat unlike any other Vancouver home. Enjoy the building's pool, hot tub, Rolls Royce service, concierge service and a location in prime Yaletown. # 202 1280 RICHARDS ST, Vancouver. Listed By: RE/MAX Crest Realty (Westside).




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bedrooms    location    Vancouver 
bathrooms    age   
view    city & mountains  taxes    $0 in 0
sq ft    2,752 Sq.Ft. strata fees     $792 
price    $2,788,000  mls®#    V784142 

#607 - 1333 W Georgia - One bedroom condo for sale

Beautiful Architectural suite for sale at The Qube in Vancouver Coal Harbour

The Qube is a Vancouver landmark whose cube shaped suspended tower stands out as modern and unusual. The Qube has been revitalized and outlived its original usefulness. The architectural character of the neighbourhood remains with its commercial look and feel and dramatically reduces the significant volumes of demolition waste by not building a new structure. This one bedroom plus den is a well laid out loft at The Qube, located in prime Coal Harbour area and steps to Stanley Park and the marina. Quality finishing with Kitchen Aid stainless steel appliances, stone countertops, and backsplash, 9'6" ceilings and cherry hardwood floors. # 607 1333 W GEORGIA ST, Vancouver. Listed By: Royal LePage City Centre. See all units for sale at The Qube, 1333 West Georgia, Vancouver.


bedrooms    location    Vancouver 
bathrooms    age   
view    city & mountains  taxes    $1,733 in 2009
sq ft    670 Sq.Ft. strata fees     $201 
price    $449,000  mls®#    V784866 

#306 - 495 West 6th Ave - Great Loft style Live/Work condo in Cambie for sale

Beautiful Live/Work condo for sale in Cambie Vancouver

Loft 495, located at 495 W 6th Ave, South Granville / Mount Pleasant is a unique boutique building in Vancouver’s most upcoming Westside neighbourhoods.  These loft style condos feature over height 11’ ceilings, exposed concrete wall features, polished concrete floors, full ceiling height wood kitchen cabinets, quartz countertops, and large outdoor areas. Loft 495 also features a common roof top deck with fantastic views of Downtown and Vancouver South. This suite is west facing, equipped with Bosch appliances, stone countertop, deck, solarium. Located right across Olympic Village Canada Line Station, big stores, and many restaurants. # 306 495 W 6TH AV, Vancouver. Listed By: Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty. See all listings for sale in South Granville and Kitsilano.

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bedrooms    location    Vancouver 
bathrooms    age   
view    city & mountains  taxes    $1,251 in 2008
sq ft    639 Sq.Ft. strata fees     $185 
price    $388,800  mls®#    V784599 

#511 - 428 W 8th Ave - Great two level live/work loft at XL Lofts - Cambie

Great Live/Work Loft for sale in Cambie Vancouver

Fabulous view property at the XL lofts in Vancouver!! This spacious loft has 16' ceilings and a bright open plan. For your convenience, a half bathroom is located downstairs along with a cozy gas fireplace and stainless steel appliances. This suite boasts a spiral staircase to your huge open loft bedroom and 2nd bathroom, as well as a den or walk in closet. Sit on your deck and admire the beautiful views to Science World and the North Shore mountains. Location is just steps to Whole Foods, Winners, Home Depot, Save-On-Foods and much more. # 511 428 W 8TH AV, Vancouver. Listed By: Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty. See all lofts for sale in South Granville and Kitsilano.

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bedrooms    location    Vancouver 
bathrooms    age    10 
view    city & mountains  taxes    $1,664 in 2009
sq ft    717 Sq.Ft. strata fees     $305 
price    $408,880  mls®#    V784691 

Vancouver condo and loft market update for August 2009

Market update for lofts and Condos August 2009

"VANCOUVER, B.C. - September 2, 2009 - The number of home sales in Greater Vancouver increased significantly last month compared to August 2008 and moved closer in line with the most active summer months experienced between 2003 and 2007." - RBGV

The Vancouver real estate market is hot!  August 2009 was the second busiest August for Vancouver home sales ever.  July 2009 was the highest producing July in Vancouver history (4114 home sales), and June produced the second most home sales for that month.  

My thoughts: Many buyers are now acting at the same time, and finally purchasing.  The instability of the North American economy between October 2008 until March 2009 resulted in plenty of uncertainty in the overall economy which reflected in very slow home sales during those months.  Many Vancouver condo and loft buyers held off from buying between those months, and now have jumped in to take advantage of good interest rates, lower prices, and the past built up inventory - but that inventory is now sold out!  The market activity for Downtown lofts and condos was extremely busy for all summer months of 2009.  Many units sold within 10 days and received multiple offers selling either at asking prices or over.  In certain buildings for entry level pre $450,000 units, some prices have returned to their peak prices from 2008.  

The average Downtown buyer is more conscious of their purchasing decisions compared to the "fast and crazy" times in the peak of our market - Early 2008.  People are paying closer attention to details, past peak prices, floor plans, and now setting barriers on their bidding prices.

What about the fall of 2009?  Inventory is slightly creeping forward with more listings arriving at higher prices.  The buyer "frenzy" in Downtown Vancouver should slow as buyers will begin to have more choices, and can make even more conscious choices.  The bidding wars should slow as sellers will now list thier properties at higher prices after a robust summer.  Sellers will have to price accordingly as buyers are more intelligent and want quality products.   

Who is buying?  Majority of the activity are primary residence buyers.  Home-flippers, investors, and speculators seem to have been weeded out in the slow market.  This should give great confidence for people planning to make a move this next coming fall.