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Designed by Patkau Architects, this concrete residence was designed on a small waterfront property overlooking English bay to the north Shore mountains in Vancouver (what a location!). With three levels, a music room below, living spaces on the main, private spaces above, and a fantastic lap pool built above grade with a glass floor visible from inside the house, this is a great example of incorporating...
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Good news for all of you who are eligible for an HST New Housing Rebate! The cap level has been increased from $525,000 to $850,000, meaning a higher maximum rebate of $42,500 (from $26,250). Pending approval by the BC Legislature, these changes will be effective from April 1 2012 to March 31 2013 (when HST is transitioned back to PST/GST).

More Information (and frequently asked question) can be found...

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Today, the Provincial Government announced a temporary one-time refundable personal income tax credit worth up to $10,000 for First Time New Home Buyers. Details are can be found here , and are summarized below.

From the BC Budget website:

Subject to Approval and effective February 21, 2012 to March 31, 2013, this First Time New Home Buyers' Bonus is a one-time refundable personal income tax credit...

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When you have the land with an uninterrupted view of the city, why not built a custom house? In West Vancouver, this DCube Construction new build, designed by Mehran Mansouri, is taking full advantage of the location by offering 180 degree views of Downtown Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean from the many large windows and the generous deck. Quite a few updated design details are incorporated in the space,...

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Clear your calendars, the BC Home + Garden Show runs from February 22 to 26 at BC Place Stadium.


Featuring exhibits on Interior, Exterior, Storage, Technology, Construction, Lighting, Cleaning and much more, this event has something for everyone. If you're looking for an easy upgrade, or are preparing for a full remodel, make this your first stop to learn about the latest and greatest in Home + Garden....

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Market Update

February 2012

The first month of 2012 is officially in the books. Hopefully your new year's resolutions are still in tact and the year is off to a great start!

The Vancouver real estate market has picked up significantly after a sleepy holiday season. Listing inventories are up 18-38% with the curious exception of Vancouver East detached homes, which sat flat. Sales are up 20-70% depending on the neighbourhood, which makes sense given the low sales numbers through December. Median pricing is all over the place compared to December, though some trends should develop next month.

The sub-categories that were in highest demand last month, determined by current absorption rates, were:

  • Entry-level condos (less than $300k) in Vancouver Westside
  • Mid-level condos & townhomes ($500-600k) in Vancouver East
  • Higher end condos ($700-800k) in North Vancouver
  • Entry-level condos ($300-400k) Downtown.
  • The entire sub-$1.2m detached market in North Vancouver
  • Entry-level detached houses ($700-900k) in Vancouver East
  • Mid-level detached houses ($1.4-2.0m) in Vancouver West

Look for further increases in listing inventory and more active sales next month. With low interest rates essentially guaranteed until 2014 and a healthy stable of eager buyers, it looks like we will have another busy Spring market this year. And, like 2011, it looks like the Spring market may start a little early this year.


Unique Homes Blog

Modern Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations

Here is a fantastic, contemporary kitchen and bathroom renovation from a household in Florida. It is streamlined, modern and designed to suit the homeowners needs and style. Compare the before and after photos - anything is possible in the world of home renovations! See more photos on my Unique Homes Blog >>



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1316 West 7th Ave.

  • FOR SALE Offered at $694,000
  • 2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
  • 1,201 sq ft in 2 levels
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2465 West 8th Ave.

  • SOLD! Offered at $1,299,000
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  • 1570 sq ft
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Lanefab, a Vancouver company, has just completed work on the city's first "net zero" solar powered lane way house. Not only is it energy efficient but it looks great too. Visit their OPEN HOUSE Saturday February 11 and Sunday February 12 from 12-4pm to view the finished product at 2733 East 57th (by Vivian St).


From Lanefab: The "net zero" house produces all of it's own power; producing extra electricity...

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