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6307 Lorimer Road6307 Lorimer Road

Perfectly located in the heart of Whistler Cay Estates, in close proximity to some of Whistler’s most astounding Estates and only steps to trails heads to Alta Lake, Meadow Park, Emerald Forest and the Whistler Golf Course, this bright and sunny property is at the end of the cul-de-sac of a private collection of homes with mature perennial gardens and a beautiful backyard lawn. The living space of the home has been completely opened to make way for a new kitchen with a beautiful island. Windows all around make for sunny exposures and peak-a-boo views of Whistler Peak and surrounding greenery.

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2972 Kadenwood Drive

SOLD! - Proudly marketed at $3,999,000

Perspective is everything. This property located in Whistler's prestigious Kadenwood neighbourhood. with ski-in/ski-out access via private neighbourhood gondola, delivers one of the best viewpoints in Whistler, featuring stunning views of Whistler Peak and the Coast Mountain Range from a natural green space amongst towering trees. Built by an esteemed team of designers, architects and builders, this 5000-square-foot home features timber frame construction, vaulted ceilings, with open decking and rafters. Four luxurious bedrooms—two of which are master suites—ensure comfort and quiet, while a host of living spaces allow for socializing and relaxing. A new way to look at Whistler luxury.  

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With this 1 bedroom Painted Cliff townhome you can click on your skis or board at the edge of the Painted Cliff complex and be at Blackcomb mountain's Wizard base in mere minutes!   After a day on the slopes curl up and relax in front of the cosy wood burning fireplace or take a relaxing dip in the outdoor hot tub.  Zoning allows for you to rent nightly to generate some extra income when you're not using the property.  A great place to experience all that Whistler has to offer!

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Own a piece of Whistler's history! The iconic AMS UBC Whistler Lodge has a wonderful private location in Nordic Estates just a short walk to Whistler Mountain.

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This Whistler hostel/dormitory style property accommodates up to 42 people in dormitory style spaces along with 2 private rooms. Currently run as weekly/monthly rental accommodation with good revenue numbers.  This iconic Whistler property has redevelopment potential with 22 bed units assigned to the site.   For more information visit 2124 Nordic Drive

 

The Whistler real estate market continued to build momentum during the first half of 2014. 

Strong demand from buyers combined with fewer properties being offered for sale resulted in strong improvements in both the total number of transactions and the total value of those transactions. Sales activity continues to be highly focused on properties valued under 1.5 million that maximize personal use and offer good value for the dollar.

 Overall, the total number of transactions increased  by 21% over the same period in 2013. This was largely due to a 40% increase in transactions in the townhome segment and a 23% increase in the number of condominium transactions.  This increased activity has combined with strongly increasing prices to push the total value of sales transactions up by 15% as compared to this time last year. The average value of single family homes (which increase by 14% to $1,612,326) and condominiums (which increased by 25% to $395,762) showed the greatest year-to-year improvement.

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We continue to view the Whistler real estate market as balanced overall, with some seller side strength in townhouses and within several price ranges. Well priced properties garner immediate attention so buyers are well advised to do their diligence and make decisions quickly. The pool of available properties is not as deep and with the current high levels of interest from lifestyle buyers and investors, good properties change hands quickly. However, all categories of the Whistler real estate market (other than the super luxury market which does not lend itself to yearly analysis) have shown improvements so far in 2014. 

If you would like more details on property sales in Whistler or you'd like any information on anything more specific in the market please don’t hesitate get in touch. 

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 *Statistics sourced from the Whistler Listings System

 

This Bayshores, Whistler 3.5 bedroom duplex is perfect for full time living or as a weekend getaway!

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Walk to Whistler Creek and Alpha Lake Park from this Bayshores duplex.   Great family spaces on the main floor and loft above the bedrooms for extra sleeping or play space for the kids. Newly renovated open concept kitchen with wood cabinets and stainless appliances, triple paned thermal windows and new ensuite bathroom are just some of the great features to enjoy.  For More Info . . .

Enjoy a true ski-in/ski-out location on Blackcomb with this slopeside 2 bedroom, 2 bath Greystone Lodge condominium!

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In Novmber 2013 Emily Carr's 1928 painting The Crazy Stair sold at auction for $3,393,000.   This is the highest ever paid at auction for an Emily Carr and the highest for a work by a Canadian woman artist.   Suzanne Greening, Executive Director of the Audain Art Museum, recently revealed that the Audain Art Museum, which is set to open in Whistler in 2015, was the buyer of this iconic painting.
CARR - THE CRAZY STAIR - C. 1928-1930
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Whistler's 4th annual Multicultural Festival takes place today, June 13th, 4pm - 8pm.   Enjoy Great Food, International Performances & Multicultural Activities.  All the fun takes place at Whistler's Florence Petersen Park located behind Whistler's Public Library & Museum.

Potential weakness in China is causing concern among the central banks of commodity based economies, such as Canada.  The Chinese financial system is thought to be riddled with bad loans that will eventually have to be written off.  Until now, the Chinese government has been propping up a number of weak and dying businesses, but that has begun to slow down with the realization that some businesses will eventually fail.  The positive news is that inflation in China remains at a manageable 2.5% which will allow the Chinese government to introduce stimulus measures to keep the world’s second largest economy humming along. 

Oil prices have seen risk based price increases due to the recent overthrow, by militants, of two of Iraq’s major cities.  One of the areas of unrest is a major oil gateway and there is concern that any disruption may lead to reduced global oil supplies.   This is a situation that will need to be monitored but it should have minimal effect on the Canadian dollar as risk based price increases, on the supply side, do not increase the Canadian dollar as much as increased global demand.

The US economy has not produced any news of significance recently and the markets are waiting for indications that the first quarter weakness was an aberration. 

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This elegant estate draws inspiration from the alpine, highlighting natural contemporary timber frame post and beam frames in the vaulted ceilings. 

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