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Burnaby’s Most Expensive Home Sold In May 2017

Property: 7505 Lambeth Drive

List Price: $3,198,000

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Sold Date: May 8th, 2017

A stunning 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom home at 7505 Lambeth Drive fetched the highest sale price in Burnaby for May, 2017. Built in 1980, the beautifully maintained custom-built home in prestigious Buckingham Heights was sold by its original owner.

Situated on a private 15,000sqft corner lot, the 3 level home has 6,002sqft of living space and both city and mountain views from front and back balconies. The main floor features a tranquil garden patio and massive yard (with oversized double garage), as well as a large living room, formal dining room, bright, spacious kitchen and eating area, huge family room and bedroom/den. An indoor oasis completes the main floor with pool, hot tub and sauna. Upstairs, the huge master bedroom is rounded out by a walk-in closet and ensuite. With 3 more ample-sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms up, this is the perfect family home.  

Buckingham Heights is a small, upscale family neighbourhood, walking distance from Deer Lake, Burnaby’s recreational and cultural hub and is also midway between two of Burnaby’s most vibrant commercial centres, Edmonds and Metrotown, that each offer a huge array of shopping and services, as well as two branches of the Burnaby Public Library.

7505 Lambeth Drive

The home boasts a bright and spacious kitchen made for entertaining.

7505 Lambeth Drive

A formal living room denotes old world elegance.

7505 Lambeth Street

The luxurious mater bedroom is complete with ensuite and fireplace.

7505 Lambeth Drive

The custom built home comes complete with an indoor pool, hot tub and sauna

Burnaby House Market Update for May 2017


May is here–and it’s time for a Burnaby detached house market update. It’s been a bit of a crazy year that started off with a lot of snow followed by record amounts of rain and we feel that this held back the number of sales compared to previous years.

As of April 26, 2017, the year-to-date number of detached houses sold in Burnaby was 276 units*, compared to 1400 units in 2016 and 558 units in 2015. That’s basically 1/5th of the sales volume in terms of units sold compared to this time last year. Not surprising, however, because the weather has been awful, and Burnaby houses have become very expensive! The average list price of a detached home in Burnaby at the moment is $2,212,700 (as of April 26, 2017), and the average sale price over the past 60 days has been $1,696,600.

To get a good indication of how the market is doing, we look at the sales ratio. The sales ratio is the sales-to-active listings ratio, or the number of sales that take place in a given month, divided by the number of active listings. A seller’s market is considered to have a sales ratio of 21% or higher. Currently, Burnaby homes are on the fringe of a seller’s market. When looking at the last 60 days of activity, the sales ratio is 21% for all houses in Burnaby. However, if we isolate homes priced under $1,500,000, the sales ration climbs to 53%. If we isolate the $2 million plus price range in Burnaby, the sales ratio decreases to 9%. Basically meaning that 1 of out 10 listings in this price range are selling in a given month. As a Burnaby Realtor, what we’re seeing is that there are a lot of overpriced homes; there are a lot of higher end homes priced 10-20% above where they should be.

Moving forward, we expect to see the sales ratio increase in the seller’s favour. The market is starting to heat up and the weather is getting better. The high end market may still struggle, but we expect houses priced under $2 million in Burnaby to be in high demand over the coming months.

Some interesting stats for Burnaby:

There has been just 1 detached home sold in 2017 for under $1 million and it went for $998,800. It was a small older home on a very busy street (10th Ave). It’s official, the new entry price point to buy a detached house in Burnaby is $1 million. The high sale for 2017 is $3,180,000 and it was a newer home sold in ‘Upper Deer Lake‘.

*Note that this information was taken on April 26, 2017. They are likely firm sales that have not registered on the MLS. Actual 2017 figures may be slightly higher than noted above.

Full Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Stat Package for April 2017

If you’re thinking of buying, selling or just curious about the value of a property, contact us today!


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James Garbutt
Burnaby Realtor



Burnaby Condo Market Update for May 2017


May is here and it’s time for a Burnaby condo market update! It’s been a bit of a crazy year, we had a lot of snow at the beginning followed by record amounts of rain and we feel that this held back the number of sales compared to previous years.

As of April 26, 2017, the year-to-date number of condos sold in Burnaby is 636 units*, compared to 1022 units in 2016 and 708 units in 2015. Sales volumes may be down, but prices are up, and condos are hot. The REBGV just released the latest market stats and it shows Burnaby condos are up 25% compared to 1 year ago.

To get a good indication of how the market doing, we like to look at the sales ratio. The sales ratio is the sales-to-active listings ratio or the number of sales that take place in a given month divided by the number of active listings. A seller’s market is considered to have a sales ratio of 21% or higher. Currently, Burnaby condos are experiencing a strong seller’s market. When looking at the last 60 days of activity, the sales ratio is 65% for 2 bedroom condos and 85% for 1 bedrooms. This tells us that condos are in demand, and even more so for lower price points.

Let’s look at Brentwood Park for a moment as it is a popular neighbourhood for many condo buyers due to it’s central location and ample supply of newer condos.

The price per square foot for a typical 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, mid level unit that is 850-880 sqft in a 10ish year old building at OMA (2345 & 2355 Madison Ave, and 4250 Dawson St) or Tandem (4118, 4178 & 4182 Dawson St) is currently selling for about $775/ sqft or $675,000 (as of April 2017). In April 2016, they were selling for $635/ sqft or $540,000, and in April 2015 they were selling for $520/ sqft or $450,000. It is a climbing market and Burnaby has seen back-to-back years of 20% plus appreciation.

The highest price per square foot recorded this year was $980/ft in Brentwood Park, and if that is the start of the new trend, expect Burnaby to get even more expensive!

*Note that this information was taken on April 26, 2017. They are likely firm sales that have not registered on the MLS. Actual 2017 figures may be slightly higher than noted above.

Full Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Stat Package for April 2017

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James Garbutt
Burnaby Realtor



Pacifico Townhomes Are Close to Nature, Connected to the City

Project: Pacifico
Builder: Dolomiti Homes
Units: 21

Pacifico Townhomes are close to nature, but connected to the city.

The 21-unit development by Dolomiti Homes is tucked at the foot of Burnaby Mountain in the Westridge neighbourhood. That puts the kilometres of hiking and biking trails that encircle the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area almost in your backyard, Barnet Marine Park with its splendid beach and iconic West Coast views out the side door.

But the setting is anything but remote. In fact, Barnet Highway and Hastings Street, which provide quick road connections west to Vancouver and east toward Coquitlam, are just a couple blocks away. Shopping and services at Kensington Square and the beloved Heights district are also nearby.

The homes at Pacifico include 1 bedroom garden apartments and 2 bedroom 2-level townhomes.

Each features designer laminate flooring in the living areas and durable carpeting in the bedrooms of the townhomes. The open gourmet kitchens feature quartz countertops, stainless steel Whirlpool appliances, custom cabinets and soft-closing drawers. The bathrooms are equally indulgent with mirrors as wide as the quartz countertops, a cosmetic light bar, colour-coordinated porcelain tile flooring and Kohler fixtures.

All units are pre-wired for a security system and come with a year of free internet and OPTIK TV Essentials from Telus.

Units in Pacifico are still available for pre-sale. For more information contact Burnaby real estate agents James Garbutt and Denny Dumas.

Pacifico townhomes in Burnaby

Open concept kitchen and dining area.

Bedroom at Pacifico

Luxurious bedroom

Pacifico townhomes

A rendering of Pacifico’s exterior


Burnaby’s Most Expensive Condo For Sale!

Property: #2602 5051 Imperial St
List Price: $1,955,900
Sold Price: TBA
Sold Date: TBA

A 1,541 sq. ft. wrap-around rooftop deck that’s almost as large as the indoor living space is one of the stunning features at Burnaby’s most expensive condo currently on the market. The 3 bedroom + den penthouse is at the top of the Imperial development by Amacon, currently under construction in the Metrotown neighbourhood.

The unit is one of only two penthouse suites at the Imperial that is comprised of 169 units inspired by the elegance of a fine boutique hotel. That attention to luxury and comfort is reflected in the fine finishings that include central air conditioning, nine-foot ceilings, a gourmet kitchen equipped with soft-close drawers and top-end appliances like a convection wall oven.

Each of the bedrooms in the 1,834 sq. ft. unit has its own ensuite, and there’s also a powder room for visitors. It comes with two parking stalls and a storage locker.

Amenities at the Imperial include a guest suite, games room, music room and meeting room as well as a grand entrance lobby with hotel-style concierge service. Residents will also have access to an electric BMWi3 and a bike share program.

The latter may be especially useful as the Imperial is located near the BC Parkway bike route that connects New Westminster to Vancouver along the Expo SkyTrain line. The Bonsor recreation centre, with a pool, fitness facilities and activity rooms is nearby, as is the massive Metropolis at Metrotown shopping complex.

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For more information, contact Burnaby Realtors James Garbutt and Denny Dumas

#2602 5051 Imperial St

Kitchen features luxurious cabinetry and high-end European appliances

#2602 5051 Imperial St

The elegant lobby also has concierge service.

#2602 5051 Imperial St

The Imperial is currently under construction.


Gold House Sets a New Standard for Condo Living in Metrotown

Project: Gold House
Developer: Rize Alliance

Gold is about to glitter in Burnaby’s Metrotown neighbourhood. Gold House that is.

Gold House is a stunning new development by Rize Alliance that will set a bold standard for architecture and luxury in the city. In fact, the project is so remarkable, the two towers have already sold out, but penthouse suites are still available.

Designed by the renowned architects at Chris Dikeakos, the two towers that comprise Gold House feature gold accents, expansive windows and generous patios that will make a glittering addition to Burnaby’s burgeoning skyline.

The bold exterior design is matched by lavish interiors that include Bosch appliances in the kitchens, custom Italian Armony Cucine cabinets and spa bathrooms with polished quartz and marble counters. Each unit is also air conditioned. That luxury is kicked up a notch in the penthouse homes with over-height ceilings, exclusive interiors designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, and huge patios up to 1,230 sq. ft.

Amenities include a furnished outdoor terrace, fully-equipped fitness centre, yoga studio, social lounges and sound-insulated music rooms in each tower.

The development is perfectly located, across from the hundreds of shops, restaurants and services at Metropolis at Metrotown and Station Square as well as the main branch of the Burnaby Public Library, a short stroll from the Metrotown SkyTrain station and handy to beautiful Central Park.

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Gold House in Burnaby

The distinctive architecture of Gold House extends to street level

Gold House in Burnaby

Soaring penthouse suites are still available.

Gold House in Burnaby

Stylish interiors


Burnaby’s Most Expensive Home Sold in March 2017

Property: 6258 Empress Ave
List Price: $3,468,000
Sale Price: TBA
Sold Date: March 3, 2017

A 7-bedroom, 8-bathroom home at 6258 Empress Ave is Burnaby’s most expensive house sold in March, 2017. It comes with spectacular views of the mountains and city. Too bad the weather has been so dreary.

But when the clouds finally do lift, the new owners of this 4,737 sq. ft. beauty will be able to fully appreciate its gorgeous setting in the Upper Deer Lake neighbourhood from its three outdoor patios. Everything about this home is top-quality, with attention paid to even the finest detail, including professional Feng-Shui landscaping of the 9,174 sq. ft. lot. The gourmet kitchen is equipped with high-end cabinetry and Miele appliances. There’s also a wok kitchen.

The open-concept main floor flows seamlessly from family room to dining room to expansive living room. The large master bedroom upstairs has its own balcony. Three other bedrooms are also located upstairs, one is on the main floor and two are in the fully finished basement, which also includes a 16X12 media room.

The home is also fully automated to control lighting, temperature, security and music with the touch of a command button.

6258 Empress Ave

The master bedroom has its own balcony.

6258 Empress Ave

When the clouds lift, the mountain views are spectacular.

6258 Empress Ave

This is the most expensive home sold in Burnaby in March, 2017.


Brentwood Park Condos Sales Averaged $750/SF Last Week

Burnaby condos and townhomes are hot. Brentwood Park condos are on fire!

In fact, all five Brentwood Park condos sold last week went for above list, at an average price of $750 sq. ft. Four of the units are 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condos. The other is a dramatic two-level loft townhome in the Tandem development that looks out over a greenbelt.

The 1-bedroom townhome, at #8 4178 Dawson St, features soaring 16-foot ceilings, an open kitchen and a large master bedroom on the second level. The building is across from the Gilmore SkyTrain station and a short walk to the booming urban centre that is transforming the Brentwood Town Centre. When the $1.3 billion project by Shape Properties is completed, the 28-acre site will include more than 250 shops, restaurant and entertainment venues like art galleries and a VIP theatre complex, as well as soaring residential towers designed by master-plan architect James Cheng. And all of it is directly connected to the Brentwood SkyTrain station for quick trips into Vancouver along the Millennium Line.

The excitement for that project has spread throughout the Brentwood Park neighbourhood. Eventually it could be home to 40,000 new residents over the next 30 years. So it’s little wonder buyers are eager to get in early.

For more information contact James Garbutt and Denny Dumas, Realtors in Burnaby who specialize in Burnaby condos.

The five Brentwood Park condos that sold last week:

Property: #8 4178 Dawson St
List Price: $449,000

Property: #1604 4118 Dawson St
List Price: $599,900

Property: #2604 2232 Douglas Rd
List Price: $778,000

Property: #1204 2355 Madison Ave
List Price: $599,000

Property: #501 2355 Madison Ave
List Price: $598,000

Brentwood Park condos are hot

The Brentwood Park neighbourhood is being transformed by new development.

Brentwood Park condos are hot

The area is afire because of the transformation of Brentwood Town Centre.

Brentwood Park condos are hot

Open air plaza at the Amazing Brentwood.

Bosa’s Verdi Composes a Harmonious Mix of Style and Tradition

Project: Verdi at 3959 Hastings St
Builder: Bosa’s Aquila Development
Units: 42


You don’t have to be a composer of popular operas to own a condo in Aquila Development’s Verdi in Burnaby’s popular Heights neighbourhood. But you’ll still be able to enjoy the same sense of style and respect for tradition that made the project’s namesake, Giuseppe Verdi, a composer of some of Italy’s most popular operas, like Rigoletto and La traviata.

Verdi is a 42-unit project that is currently in reconstruction at 3959 Hastings St. Prices for available units range from $504,900 for a 770 sq. ft. 1-bedroom suite to $879,900 for 1313 sq. ft. 3-bedroom plus den.

The 4-storey building’s architecture is a blend of contemporary West-Coast style built with Old-World quality. Expansive windows, generous overhangs and large balconies and terraces invite outdoor living. It’s rooftop features a patio with a gas barbecue, seating and community gardens.

That commitment to style and quality carries on inside each unit with interior design by Cristina Oberti, whose portfolio includes luxury projects throughout Greater Vancouver, Calgary and San Diego. Floors in the kitchen and living/dining area are wide-plank laminate. The kitchen’s quartz countertops are matched with a quartz backsplash. Appliances are by Bosch, Whirlpool and Fisher & Paykel. Most bathrooms feature dual vanities with quartz countertops and backsplash. And every unit is pre-wired for high-speed internet and digital cable.

And just in case you are an opera lover, double party walls, lightweight concrete topping at each floor and insulated floor joists will limit sound transfer between homes.

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Verdi at 3959 Hastings St

Open concept style and quality at Verdi

Sold! Stylish 1 Bedroom Condo With a View!

Property: 1705 4400 Buchanan St
List Price: $579,000

A 1 bedroom + den Burnaby condo at 1705 4400 Buchanan St with plenty of style and a view to match was attracting plenty of interest when Burnaby Realtors James Garbutt and Denny Dumas presented a successful offer on behalf of their buyer.

The 821 sq. ft. unit is in Appia’s Motif development in the Brentwood Park neighbourhood of North Burnaby. It features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, wide plank laminate flooring and sweeping views of Vancouver and the Metrotown skyline from its large balcony.

Motif is located close to SkyTrain and the Brentwood Town Centre is just a quick walk away. That area is in the early stages of a massive transformation into a major urban hub with new condo towers, a redeveloped shopping mall, outdoor plazas, open-air cafés and galleries. A new Whole Foods Market just opened.

1705 4400 Buchanan St

The kitchen features granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

1705 4400 Buchanan St

The large balcony with views of Metrotown.

1705 4400 Buchanan St

The Motif development features a fully-equipped fitness centre.


Sold! North Burnaby 2 Bedroom Condo Sells Fast With Multiple Offers!

Property: #202 3939 Hastings St.
List Price: $398,000
Sale Price: TBA
Sold Date: March 20, 2017

If real estate is all about location, then it’s not surprising Burnaby real estate agents James Garbutt and Denny Dumas sold this North Burnaby 2 bedroom condo for over asking, in less than seven days after multiple offers! The 780 sq. ft. unit is located in The Heights, one of Burnaby’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.

Right outside the front door is a world of culinary and shopping delights. Literally. Hastings Street is a multicultural meeting place where traditional Italian delicatessens share the same block with Vietnamese Pho restaurants, Parisian bistros, and one of Greater Vancouver’s most renowned restaurants, The Pear Tree. There’s a butcher, a baker, and even a fish monger. Everything from hardware to used books to pet supplies is within a short walk. And downtown Vancouver is a quick 10-minute ride on transit away!

The bright, North Burnaby 2 bedroom condo is located in The Sienna, a small complex that was built in 1998. It’s efficient layout makes it seem much larger. The spacious kitchen is open to the dining and living areas. The balcony is partially covered for year-round barbecues. Its two bedrooms are located on opposite sides, and it would be very easy to convert one of them to a large home office. The master bedroom has its own 4-piece ensuite.

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Open layout at 202-3939 Hastings St

Bright open layout


Deck at 202-3939 Hastings St

The large deck is partially covered for year-round use.

Home office at 202-3939 Hastings St

You can use the second bedroom as a large home office.

Sold! Rare 3 Bedroom Townhome Sells Above List in 8 Days!

Property: 7322 Salisbury Ave
List Price: $570,000
Sale Price: $580,000
Sold Date: Oct. 13, 2015

With detached homes out of reach for many buyers, townhomes have become a more affordable option. Especially ones that are large enough to accommodate a growing family, in a good location. This 3 bedroom townhome in Burnaby’s Highgate neighbourhood ticks both those important boxes. James Garbutt and Denny Dumas, realtors in Burnaby, were able to sell it in 8 days for $10,000 more than list price.

The townhome’s 1,224 sq. ft. of living space is spread over two levels. All three bedrooms and both bathrooms are on the upper floor. The open concept main floor features a spacious kitchen with granite countertops, updated stainless steel appliances and plenty of storage space. The adjoining eating area/family room opens to a huge ground floor patio surrounded by lovely gardens that ensure privacy.

The townhome’s location is just a five minute walk from all the amenities of the burgeoning Highgate area, including shopping, groceries, the new Edmonds Community Centre and the Edmonds SkyTrain station. Elementary schools are nearby and Burnaby South Secondary School is a short distance away.

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townhome at 7322 Salisbury Ave

The spacious kitchen opens to a dining area or family room.

7322 Salisbury Ave townhome

The living room is large enough to integrate a dining room.

7322 Salisbury Ave townhome

The private patio is surrounded by trees and gardens.