East Van heritage home goes for more than $1 million

1336 Lakewood Dr., Vancouver

Type: 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom detached

Size: 1,950 sq. ft.

B.C. Assessment, 2012: $918,000

Listed for: $888,000

Sold for: $1,010,000

Sold on: May 9

Days on market: 8

The big sell: Despite recent reports that Vancouver’s real estate market is stabilizing after the soaring prices of last year, there are still some properties where multiple offers are pushing the final sale price to an amount considerably higher than the listed price. That was the case with this East Vancouver home, which received eight offers.

The reasons for its popularity?

A 1910 home that retains its heritage style, a location in the Commercial Drive neighbourhood close to schools, shopping and parks, easterly views across Vancouver, and efficient updates to the kitchen, bathroom and electronics.

There are french doors at the front and back of the property, wood-trim doorways and windows, a veranda in the front, a large sundeck off the dining room and kitchen at the back.

As well, the residence has two full bathrooms, three bedrooms upstairs (including the master with a private balcony), ample storage, and a basement that has a bedroom and a recreation room, but could provide suite potential.

West Vancouver townhomeis big on space

4 — 4957 Marine Dr., West Vancouver

Type: 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom townhouse

Size: 2,190 sq. ft.

B.C. Assessment, 2012: $739,000

Listed for: $799,000

Sold for: $775,000

Sold on: April 22

Days on market: 27

The big sell: The Caulfeild Cove complex was built in 1974 and features 30 units that enjoy an outlook across manicured gardens and an outdoor pool.

Listing agent Joanne Renfer confirms that the buyers were attracted by these amenities, but also by the amount of space of this townhome, which has more than 2,000 square feet on three levels.

The interior has a bright, contemporary design with vaulted ceilings, skylights, a natural gas fireplace, and over-height doors that lead to a private, slate-covered patio complete with a water feature.

The spacious principal rooms can easily accommodate “house-sized” furniture, which means that downsizing buyers do not have to purchase new sets of items. The third floor contains the three bedrooms and a 20-by-11-foot space that could be used as a recreation room or home office. The property is close to Caulfeild Village Shopping Centre, transit, Lighthouse Park and Rockridge secondary school.

New West condo has easy access to attractions

203 — 15 Smokey Smith Place, New Westminster

Type: 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment

Size: 580 sq. ft.

B.C. Assessment, 2012: $224,400

Listed for: $249,500

Sold for: $247,000

Sold on: May 18

Days on market: 37

The big sell: The Westerly development is in the Glenbrooke area of New Westminster, which has easy access to public transit, Royal Square Mall, Queen’s Park, the Canada Games Pool and Fitness Centre, and the Justice Institute of B.C. The building was constructed in 2002 with rain-screen technology and comprises four floors with an attractive exterior that includes a landscaped garden surrounded by a low stone wall. This condo offers an open-plan interior with in-suite laundry, laminate and tile flooring, and a deck that overlooks a quiet green space. A bonus feature is a double-sided gas fireplace that can be enjoyed from both the living room and the master bedroom. The unit also includes a storage locker, secure underground parking, and maintenance fees of $153.36 a month. The strata allows pets and rentals, although there are some restrictions.

These transactions were compiled by Nicola Way of and — send your recent sales to


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