Professional Realtor ® Engel & Völkers Vancouver, Canada

Blog

New Listing 31080 Silverhill Avenue, Mission, BC


R2178871 - 31080 Silverhill Avenue, Mission, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 31080 Silverhill Avenue, Mission and currently listed at $1,599,000.

Capturing majestic, mountain & water views & displaying a remarkable commitment to quality throughout, this tri-level contemporary style log home and masterpiece, offers a lifestyle of luxury, privacy, quiet, nature, and exquisite charm.  Perhaps for the perfect next chapter in your life or a retreat for those who seek a break from the bustling world yet still quickly accessible to downtown Vancouver.  The view residence is set in a serene area at the top of the mountain, offering more than tranquility & accessibility (bordering Maple Ridge). Nestled amongst trees, offering a large self-contained suite, + acres of landscaped and natural land, this comes around once in a lifetime, a must to see! The long, winding, and inviting driveway leads to an enchanting entrance of the property. Offering parking space for up to 10 vehicles, an RV, a boat and a double garage, the outdoor space offered is generous. The handcrafted Engelmann Spruce log home is nestled in mature trees, yet offers sweeping views of the Stave River, Grouse Mountain, Thornhill and Burnaby Mountain. The breathtaking views can be enjoyed throughout the open concept home built with high vaulted ceilings. The modern style layout is complemented by the light wood, the unique finishes, and the double-glazed windows that allow ample natural light, leading onto a gorgeous wrap around deck. Upon entering the home, you can easily identify with the contemporary style feel, within the traditional Canadian log home, it is a special combination, and works well. From the unique railings, the oil finished floors, to the modern kitchen that has a dark soap stone 30 inch deep counter tops & Cherrywood finishes, the details are what make this home very special. The living spaces have two natural gas fireplaces, and a wood burning soap stone fireplace that generates a great amount of heat. It feels cozy and welcoming when entering the home. The master bedroom occupies its own floor, the mezzanine 3rd floor, and has a bird’s eye view of the home, and the magical surroundings through each window. The master bedroom, walk in closet and en suite has a spa like feel to it, and it is simply beautiful. The perfect space for those wanting a private oasis that becomes their indoor sanctuary. On the lower level of the home is a very spacious recreational room.  Currently used as an office, however, this can be easily transformed into a movie theatre room, a recording studio, a gym, a rec room for fun and games, or a library. The room is multi-purpose and spacious enough for one to really use their imagination and be creative. On the same lower level is a large fully contained one bedroom guest suite. The suite has its own entrance, as well as its own private garden, and a large living room with a separate one bedroom, offering walk in closet, and lots of light. The suite has a fully equipped kitchen, full 4 piece bathroom, with room for in-suite laundry, and plenty of closet space. In addition to the marvelous features that this property has to offer, it also has a 3-year-new metal roof with hidden fasteners. It has a 2 year new 420 foot drilled well, water test is available. The septic treatment plant with 30 filters has recently been serviced.. The property has a backup generator, and is easily hooked up if needed. The property includes the ride on mower, the snow blower, and all fixtures and appliances. The home is surrounded by gorgeous trees and landscaping, 4.5 Acres of playground! There is ample space to easily install a summer gazebo with a large Jacuzzi, pizza oven, built in BBQ, swimming pool, and so much more, this could become the Summer retreat that the family has been waiting for!   Easy Access: http://www.translink.ca/   Education in Mission: Silverdale Elementary School, Mission http://silverdale.mpsd.ca/   Heritage Park French immersion Middle School http://hpms.mpsd.ca/   Mission Secondary School http://mss.mpsd.ca/ Mission College http://www.riversidecollege.ca/ Recreation nearby: http://www.fvrd.ca/ Golf course: http://www.cedarridgegolf.ca/ http://missiongolfclub.com/ http://www.eighteenpastures.com Lakes: http://www.whonnock.ca/whonnock/LakeCentre.htm https://www.bchydro.com/community/recreation_areas/hayward_lake.html https://www.bchydro.com/community/recreation_areas/visitor-centres/stave-falls-visitor-centre.html?WT.mc_id=rd_stavefalls Fishing: http://greatriverfishing.com/bc-rivers-we-fish/fraser-river-fishing/ https://www.fraserriverlodge.com/ http://bcsturgeoncharters.com/?gclid=COLV8IKuu9QCFVKCfgodXFsJSw Hiking: http://www.mission.ca/municipal-hall/departments/forestry/forest-trails-recreation-areas/trails/ Horseback riding: http://www.mustangstables.com/Trail.htm  

See the Pixilink 360° Virtual Tour for this listing

Recently Sold Listing 421 - 2678 Dixon Street, Port Coquitlam, BC


R2164016 - 421 - 2678 Dixon Street, Port Coquitlam, BC, CANADAI have just recently sold this listing at 421 - 2678 Dixon Street, Port Coquitlam.

The next step to your own personal paradise: buying a home by the sea


Are you someone who likes to escape the stress of everyday life from time to time and prefers to always travel to the same holiday destination? Then maybe it is time to invest in your own property at your destination of choice. A second home abroad guarantees a relaxed holiday atmosphere and allows you to get to know your favourite holiday region from the inside out. Due to the increasing demand for real estate in the Mediterranean region, a second home is more than merely a comfortable holiday domicile at your preferred holiday destination – often it can also generate attractive financial returns.

Whatever your motives are for wanting a second home, choosing the right home and getting professional advice will ensure that you will never regret purchasing a second home abroad.

In our brochure “Your Private Piece of Summer” we have put together an exclusive selection of attractive properties from the Mediterranean region to help you with your personal property search. If you would like to get an idea of the diverse range of properties available in the Mediterranean region, we invite you to read our article “The Fascination of a Home by the Sea”.

How you too can benefit from a home by the sea

Apart from how a home by the sea can benefit you personally, renting out your property also has great income potential. A welcome side effect: Searching for a property for renting out is not any more difficult than searching for a property for only yourself. After all, potential tenants will be looking for more or less the same in a holiday home as you: a well maintained outdoor area, an appealing interior and proximity to popular tourist attractions will make your property attractive for future tenants.

Especially when searching for a perfect second home, the location is absolutely decisive. Properties in direct proximity to the sea generally boast a special atmosphere, magnificent panoramic views and idyllic surroundings.

A private oasis in the heart of Catalonia
1 home sea engel voelkers w 027mgj

Situated in one of the most sought after residential areas in Tossa Mar, this property offers magnificent panoramic views of the Costa Brava and the surrounding mountainscape. It offers a wide variety of amenities such as a luxurious interior and a spacious outdoor area, ensuring many delightful moments in an idyllic atmosphere. Turn this location into your own private retreat.

Unrivaled panoramic sea views
2 home sea engel voelkers w 01g1y46

This apartment is situated in the exclusive residential area of La Californie in Cannes and offers everything you need for stylish living of the highest quality. The large terrace opens up magnificent panoramic views of the French Riviera coastline.

How to make your dreams of a seaside home come true

Are you thinking of buying an investment property or dreaming of a home by the sea?

Drawing on almost 40 years of experience in the luxury real estate sector, Engel & Völkers and its global network is your partner of choice when it comes to finding you a new home. Many more attractive properties can be found in our article Your Private Piece of Summer – Southern Europe 2017, where we present our entire spectrum of luxury properties in Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Greece, Malta and Turkey.

If you have any questions regarding our brochure or want to arrange a personal consultation, we recommend using the contact form of your local Engel & Völkers shop to contact one of our knowledgeable real estate consultants.

Posted by Engel & Völkers Team Digital on April 28, 2017.



New Listing 1259 Boyle Road, Gibsons, BC


R2166669 - 1259 Boyle Road, Gibsons, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1259 Boyle Road, Gibsons and currently listed at $769,000.

Sunshine Coast Farm House with almost 5 acres of beautiful agricultural property to utilize or develop as you wish. The home boasts large living areas with huge windows looking out over the beautiful private property. 2 spare bedrooms and an enormous master suite above with it's own en suite bathroom. Great country style kitchen with sliding doors opening out onto the west facing patio that enjoys the evening sun. The zoning for this property allows for a variety of different uses including: agritourism, winery, brewery, meadery, kennel or many others. Call today for a full package and a private tour.

New Listing 421 - 2678 Dixon Street, Port Coquitlam, BC


R2164016 - 421 - 2678 Dixon Street, Port Coquitlam, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale SOLD at 421 - 2678 Dixon Street, Port Coquitlam and currently listed at $489,000.SOLD

Beautiful penthouse apartment with spacious floor plan set in tranquil park like setting, surrounded by trees, peaceful and quiet. Two separate patios, one off the main bedroom, adds an outdoor extension of approx 500sqft of living space. One of a kind 3 bedroom in this well maintained building. High ceiling in the cozy living room, large kitchen, 2 parking spaces, storage, bike room, large rec room, & more in this lovely home. Central location, near metro line, absolutely beautiful, a must to see!

See the Pixilink 360° Virtual Tour for this listing

New Listing 3010 Golden Donald Upper Road, Out of Town, BC


R2154838 - 3010 Golden Donald Upper Road, Out of Town, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 3010 Golden Donald Upper Road, Out of Town and currently listed at $2,690,000.

II Nido rest at the Canadian Rocky Mountains & is natures true reflection of the Canadian outdoors & the true north that makes this property Golden! Successful B&B, immediate income, highest turnover this 2017 to date, easily maintained & easy to fun, making the business not seem like work at all, with excellent reviews & loyal database of clients, you can own it & earn income immediately. Includes all inventory, turn-key purchase with incredible development opportunities with remaining land. Low taxes, very well located. Skiing, river-rafting, golfing, fishing, paragliding, horseback riding, day long hikes, skydiving & more within minutes of this spectacular, majestic & once in a lifetime opportunity.

New Listing 2700 Johnston Road, Out of Town, BC


R2155121 - 2700 Johnston Road, Out of Town, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2700 Johnston Road, Out of Town and currently listed at $1,699,000.

Beautiful land nestled at the Canadian Rocky Mountains. A wonderful opportunity to build your dream on the partially cleared flat land, that has meadows, farm status & a multitude of options for usage. Fenced property, buyer package available. The area is a recreational haven for the outdoor lovers, offering fishing, sky-diving, skiing, rock-climbing, lakes, 5 Canadian national parks & so much more! Handling System for cattle or bison can be bought. 2 water cisterns provide ample and very good water - 2 joining legal parcels with some lumber & pastures. Land is on a plateau, high above the Columbia valley with outstanding 360 degree Mountain View.

House buyer beware: Landmark B.C. court ruling will shake real-estate industry


house buyer beware  landmarkA B.C. Supreme Court ruling will send shock waves through the arm of the Canadian real-estate market that is powered by foreign capital, say immigration lawyers.

The ruling targets a weakness in Canadian laws that often leads foreign owners of real estate in cities such as Metro Vancouver and Toronto to claim they are “residents of Canada for tax purposes” when they are not.

The landmark B.C. decision requires notary public Tony Liu to pay his client more than $600,000 because Liu failed to adequately determine whether the Vancouver house his client was buying for $5.5 million had been owned by a tax resident of Canada.

As a result, the Canada Revenue Agency did not get paid, at the time of the sale, the 25 per cent capital gains tax it charges non-resident sellers of Canadian property on any profit they make on the sale.

So the CRA later demanded the buyer pay the $600,000 in tax. The buyer, in turn, sued Liu, arguing Liu failed to discover the seller was not a tax resident of Canada.

The CRA considers people who don’t live in the country at least six months a year and don’t pay income taxes here to be foreign property investors and speculators and thus subject to capital gains taxes.

Three Canadian immigration lawyers said the CRA tax-residency rule is often not enforced, even in overheated housing markets in Vancouver and Toronto that are in part fuelled by offshore money.

The complex ruling published this month by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Affleck strikes to the heart of a gaping hole in Canadian tax, immigration and property-transfer law, say the immigration lawyers.

The B.C. decision is a stark warning to real estate agents, notaries and lawyers who fail to ensure that sellers of properties are truly tax residents of Canada, said David Lesperance, a tax and immigration lawyer based in Toronto.

“This truly is a game changer,” said Vancouver immigration lawyer Richard Kurland.

“It’s a precedent. Real estate agents can now get a knock on the door from the taxman, asking for the (capital gains) taxes that should have been collected by Ottawa, because the agent failed to make adequate inquiries.”

Sam Hyman, a Vancouver immigration lawyer, said the judge’s decision alerts purchasers to “the dire consequences” of making offers on properties sold by people who may be trying to avoid capital gains tax by falsely declaring they are tax residents of Canada.

Many buyers and their agents, Hyman said, are not being diligent in making sure the seller is a physical or tax resident of Canada, while others are being “cavalier” or “engaging in wilful blindness” about it.

The immigration lawyers urged the B.C. government to end the “honour system” that leaves it largely up to sellers to state on real-estate-industry forms whether or not they are residents of Canada for tax purposes.  

They said the honour-system loophole could be fixed through Ottawa and Victoria agreeing to the sharing of information among the CRA, the federal Immigration Department and the arm of the B.C. government responsible for property sales.

The B.C. Liberals, Kurland said, have stubbornly refused to solve the costly problem by reforming the government’s property-transfer forms to require sellers to answer whether they are “a tax resident of Canada.”

The B.C. government, which last summer brought in a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers to cool Metro Vancouver’s globalized real estate market, recently began to ask property sellers and buyers to answer, “What is your citizenship?”

But citizenship is “as irrelevant as eye colour,” Kurland said.

Read More...

by Douglas Todd (Vancouver Sun)
Published: March 24, 2017


The world’s tallest mass-timber high-rise is currently going up in Vancouver, Canada


An Italian magazine recently asked me whether I could name an object I virtually never put down. The answer wasn’t difficult: my smartphone. Like most people, I don’t just use it christian volkers a to make and receive calls. I send emails, check the news or use an app to call a cab. My smartphone has become indispensible. Just like my laptop, which allows me to work when I am traveling on business. It is quite astonishing how modern technology has taken over our private and professional lives. This is also true in the world of real estate. These days, there is hardly a penthouse or modern residence that has not been fitted with a smart home system allowing you to easily, and remotely, control the heating, lights, blinds and other features via your smartphone or tablet computer. Smart home systems also link up individual devices and make living more sustainable. Energy efficiency is important for many of our clients. Architects around the globe are increasingly banking on sustainable construction methods and materials such as wood. The world’s tallest mass-timber high-rise is currently going up in Vancouver, Canada. A sustainable approach to real estate is all the more important in light of the growing global population, especially in large urban centers, where we face the challenge of satisfying the strong demand for properties without cutting back on convenience or modern amenities. Micro-apartments represent a possible solution. Here, private amenity space is scaled back to the essentials, while non-quotidian activities are transferred to communal areas. So, the trend towards the sharing economy is now making itself felt in real estate, and singles and commuters have increasingly been discovering micro-apartments. When designing micro-apartment buildings, the needs of future occupants must be taken into account, as they can be as discerning as the residents of regular apartments. But no matter how you intend to live in the near future, the properties on the following pages are sure to inspire you. Click Here to read more...


Sincerely
Christian Völkers



Our GG magazine has always been synonymous with fresh, new perspectives


I travel a lot – both for business and leisure. On my travels I continue to experience new things and keep meeting extremely interesting people. I find it especially exciting to come christian volkers across individuals who are shaking things up with their ideas. I have always thought it a great privilege to be able to ask questions of these personalities and then to listen carefully to their replies. This is because these exchanges have frequently inspired me both professionally and on a personal level. I feel a sense of achievement when people provide me with new impulses, which then enable me to take entrepreneurial steps that further develop Engel & Völkers as a company. I do not believe, however, that coincidence plays a part in this process. It is my conviction that you have to operate in an organized fashion in order to attain your goals. I have, for example, never tried to be the number one salesman. Instead, it has always been important to me to provide a more comprehensive service than others. I enjoy my work enormously, even though it can be quite challenging at times. But, I have always been an entrepreneur and live by the motto “work hard and play hard.” I recharge my batteries by playing polo – a hobby that I pursue with great passion. Interestingly, there are a lot of parallels between this sport and the demands of my everyday professional life. Just like on the polo field, speed, perfect teamwork, precision, reliability and being proactive are essential in business. I have recognized many of these qualities in those who have given me invaluable food for thought over the decades. As our GG magazine has always been synonymous with fresh, new perspectives, too, this current addition is devoted to men who make the world go round. Attractive perspectives are also provided by a selection of the most beautiful real estate from around the world, which we have, once again, put together for you on the following pages. Click Here to read more...

Sincerely  
Christian Völkers

 



© 2015 C Stanley. Proudly created by Webnificent.com