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New Westminster, BC, V3M 2X9
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James Garbutt

Dominion by Ledingham McAllister in Downtown New Westminster

A New Place To Call Home

 

A CITY REVITALIZED

New Westminster is well known for its rich character and history, just like Ledingham McAllister, with our 107 year history of building quality communities throughout British Columbia. As a result, we are incredibly proud to introduce Dominion, a community of Craftsman-style residences to British Columbia’s original capital city. If you are familiar with New Westminster, you have probably noticed that Dominion is already under construction on Royal Avenue across from City Hall. Our spectacular sales centre is also well under construction at the corner of 6th Avenue and Agnes… you won’t be able to miss the tricked-out Austin Mini that will soon be parked on its roof! We love this quickly-evolving, centrally-located and historic city. Want to know why? Here’s our top five reasons.

  1. Dominion will bring you the best of New Westminster’s heritage-style architecture in a brand new building built by BC’s original home builder. Solid design backed by a solid builder. All at affordable and realistic prices.
     
  2. New Westminster is the most centrally located city in the entire Lower Mainland with fantastic Sky Train access: Work downtown? It’s a 30 minute commute by Sky Train. Need a Metrotown shopping fix? It’s only three stops away. Does your family live across the river? No problem. You’re there in mere minutes.
     
  3. Dominion is in a highly walkable location. A quick stroll brings you to the eclectic mix of cafes and shops that comprises the character-laden charm of Columbia Street. From antiques, to formal wear and BC’s original discount department store – Army and Navy—it’s all here.
     
  4. Students and Professors will appreciate the three block walk to Douglas College or the 15 minute drive to SFU.
     
  5. A huge variety of convenient shopping options have recently arrived in the form of Plaza 88, the newly restored River Market, and Big Bend Crossing – a big box shopping district on Marine Way.

We at Ledingham McAllister took a fresh look at New Westminster, and we encourage you to do the same. In the meanwhile, if you are curious to learn more about the homes at Dominion… stay tuned for further email updates! Floorplans, pricing and all the details will be coming your way as soon as they are available.

Floor Plan, Site Plan, and 360 Views 

 Dominion
Ledingham McAllister
New Westminster Developments

SOLD! #214 14 East Royal Ave, New Westminster (Victoria Hill)

VICTORIA HILL – Stunning 2 Bed, 2 Bath 1051SF South Facing Suite Overlooking the Park & Fraser River. Very Private & Peaceful View that will not change and enjoy it from your Large Balcony which receives plenty of Sunshine. Features incl: Gas range, Granite Counters, Stainless Steel Appliances, & upgraded 42″ Upper Cabinets in the Kitchen, Stone Fireplace, with Hardwood Throughout (Living/Dining/Bedrooms), Crown moldings, 2″ Blinds, Granite in all Bathroom. Open Floor Plan with Spacious Kitchen. Well Maintained Building. Amenities Incl: Gym, Lounge & Billiard Games Room. 2 Side-by-side Parking & 1 Large Storage Locker.

For complete listing click here.

MLS Feature Sheet #214 14 East Royal Ave

‘Micro Suites’ could be the new trend in Greater Vancouver Condo Developments

Minimalists rejoice!
A condo development in Surrey is awaiting City Council approval to begin constructing a building containing Canada’s smallest condos.  With only 290-305 sqft you may have a hard time fitting your king sized bedroom suite and other furniture into this tiny apartment. However this size is perfect for young adults who want a well designed open layout and don’t need any superfluous space.  The idea behind the concept follows other buildings in Vancouver (Burns Block on Hastings), New York, Tokyo, Paris, and London. This suite is perfect for city-living work-oriented young adults who don’t yet have the salary for a condo/home within walking distance to public transportation.  The building is called ‘Balance’ and will be part of the ‘Quattro’ Complex just steps from Gateway Skytrain Station in Surrey which is extremely convenient for students attending SFU’s Surrey Campus or for those who work in Downtown Vancouver.  Sales are expected to start January 2013 if the City of Surrey gives the go ahead.

Full Articles:
Vancouver Sun
Yahoo Canada
Burns Block Micro Apartment Pictures

More information on the New Elliot Street Development in New Westminster.

 

Elliot Street is the most attainable concrete product in the Lower Mainland. 130 new homes in New Westminster.  Designed with living in mind. Design is more than great materials, it’s a holistic understanding of how they work together.

Elliott Street is a New Condo development that was just released in Downtown New Westminster.  I visited the presentation centre last week and found that there some good opportunities for investment, and there are also some nice floor plans for end users as well. I believe that the finishings in this building are the highest I’ve seen for any building in New West to date (incl. European Stainless Steel Appliances). Here’s some more info…

Starting Prices:
Townhomes (2 Bed+den, 1106-1342 SF) – $459,900
Studio (446 SF) – $159,900
1 Bed (575-678 SF) – $199,900
2 Bed (880-928 SF) – $319,900
Penthouses (2 Bed, 1154-1182 SF) – $694,900
*Studios and 1 Bed Condos do not include a parking stall. However, a parking stall can be purchased for $15,000.
 
Rental Rates:
1 Bed approx $1200/month
2 Bed approx $1600/month
 
Estimated Completion Date: Spring 2015

Thoughtful living spaces
· The perfect balance of design and function, both inside and outside your home.
· An architectural design, by award-winning GBL Architects, hat uses classic materials to create a modern form.
· Interiors, by i3 Design, that bring intelligent design to a smart living philosophy.
· Clean, European-inspired design that combines a minimalist philosophy with the best materials and finishes
· Multi-functional homes that add flexibility to how you live.
· High-quality laminate wood flooring throughout main living spaces; carpeting in bedroom.
· Two distinct color schemes, one approach features a light, fresh palette and the other features a bold, dark palette.
· Fully-secured building and parkade including fob access points with enterphones at main entries.
· Blomberg 2.35 cu ft fully-automatic washing machine –EnergyStar-rated.
· Blomberg 3.67 cu ft vented electric dryer.
· Spacious closet and storage spaces.
· Common indoor/outdoor amenity spaces that incorporate green space for entertaining.
· New concrete construction warranty program 2-5-10.

A smarter building with BAZINGA!
· Elliot Street is a bazinga! building.


Elliott Street Condos Presentation Centre Kitchen

Refined Kitchens
· Fully-integrated European appliance package for the picurean gourmet:
· Blomberg freezer bottom fridge – EnergyStar
· Blomberg tub dishwasher – EnergyStar
· Bertazzoni stainless steel gas cooktop stove
· Bertazzoni stainless steel wall oven
· Faber under-cabinet slide out hood fan
· Panasonic stainless steel Genius Prestige Inverter Microwave Oven.
· Elegant two-toned cabinetry.
· Julien stainless steel 10” under-mount deep kitchen basin.
· Solid brass faucets by Jewel, two function pull-out spray, polished nickel finish.
· Quartz countertops with white tile backsplash.
· Combination soft-close and touch-latch cabinetry.
· Optional convertible island/counter.
· Optional built-in Dacor espresso machine.

Luxury Baths
· Dual flush toilet.
· Quartz countertops.
· Undermount rectangular basin sink.
· Large soaker tub.
· Continuous tile work from the tub apron to the shower wall resulting in a modern European aesthetic.
· Wall to wall vanity mirror with light bar incorporated into mirror to create a soft presence in the room.
· Rainhead showers in all bathrooms.
· Solid brass faucets by Jewel, gooseneck spray, polished nickel finish.

Elliot Street Development                     Censorio                       Elliot Street Blog

City of New Westminster Pushes for Better Bridge Access.

New Westminster continues to push for a review of a better connection between the South Fraser Perimeter Road and the new Port Mann Bridge.

The City of New Westminster is working with TransLink and Surrey on a review of the Pattullo Bridge project.

The city is concerned that commuters, and especially truckdrivers, will take the Pattullo Bridge through New Westminster to avoid a longer route to get from the South Fraser to the new Port Mann Bridge.

While attending the recent Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, several city officials had a chance to chat with Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mary Polak about the Pattullo Bridge and the city’s belief that a better connection needs to be built from the South Fraser Perimeter Road to the Port Mann Bridge.

“I found that Minster Polak was probably the most versed on this,” said Coun. Chuck Puchmayr. “She had done her research, she understood the file.”

New Westminster officials informed the minister that 70 to 85 per cent of traffic coming over the Pattullo Bridge has no business in New Westminster.

“Anything other than having a direct connection to the Port Mann Bridge would have a significant impact on New Westminster,” he said. “I think she understands there is no capacity in New Westminster.”

An Oct. 1 staff report to council said that the South Fraser Perimeter Road is a provincial inter-regional route for commercial vehicle movement and links key industrial and port activity areas located on the south side of the Fraser River. The city’s view is that TransLink’s current proposal to introduce a direct connection between South Fraser Perimeter Royal and the future Pattullo Bridge needs to be “reexamined” in collaboration with TransLink and the City of Surrey, and a direct ramp connection between South Fraser Perimeter Road and Highway 1 needs to be examined in more detail…

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#33 – 245 Francis Way, New Westminster (Glenbrooke-Victoria Hill)

Glenbrooke- Victoria Hill.  Outstanding 1724ft² 3 bed, 2.5 bath END UNIT Townhome is privately situated at the back of the complex. Gorgeous River & Mountain views. Impressive home features high ceilings on the main, hardwood & laminate floors, beautiful kitchen cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, upgrade laundry, blinds & new carpet. 3 decks, backyard, spacious master bedroom with large walk-in closet+luxurious ensuite, 2 car tandem garage + Bonus Media Room. full Rainscreen, remainder of 5-10 yr. warranty. Low maintenance fees including outstanding Amenities at the Boiler House: Exercise Centre, Theatre Room, Study Area, Basketball Court, Lounge w/pool table. Excellent location. near Queens Parks, shopping, & transportation.

For complete listing click here.

MLS Feature Sheet 33 245 Francis Way

Censorio presents Elliot Street. An exciting Condo Tower in New West.

THE BEST VALUE IN METRO VANCOUVER STARTING FROM $159,900*!
Elliot Street is the most attainable concrete product in the Lower Mainland. 130 new homes in New Westminster.

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION, Just 5-minutes from the SkyTrain, Elliot Street provides easy access to:

  • Downtown Vancouver – 26 minutes. A total of 31 minutes from your door.
  • Metrotown – 11 minutes
  • SFU Campus – 7 minutes
  • Green Space! Elliot overlooks a gorgeous 4.5acre park established in 1876.
  • Water views of Fraser River, North Shore mountains and skyline
  • Walk to Douglas College – 12 minutes
  • Proximity to all the amenities you need. Just 3-minutes to Starbucks!

Elliot Street
Censorio
Information Package
Floor Plans

Aug 2012 New Westminster Market Update.


New Westminster Market Update for August 2012.

Stats are taken from the MLS on September 5, 2012 and are based on MLS sales only.

Condos:
405 Active Listings
33 Sold:  Avg. Sale- $322,900, Avg. Days on Market- 51
Highest Sale: $708,000 Penthouse at ‘Azure’at Plaza 88’

Townhomes:
46 Active Listings
5 Sold:  Avg. Sale- $526,500, Avg. Days on Market- 30
Highest Sale: $612,500 in ‘Glenbrooke at Victoria Hill’

Homes:
109 Active Listings
9 Sold: Avg. Sale- $760,700, Avg. Days on Market- 52
Highest Sale: $1,149,000 for Family Home built in 1940.

 

New Westminster and Burnaby stats for the 1st week of September 2012.

So far September is following the Summer as a Buyers Market which means Sellers must be aware of current prices and have a great realtor who can price your home so it doesn’t sit on the Market for too long but you still get a great sale.  Taking time to prepare your home for a sale can be the perfect step towards selling quickly.

Whether you are just updating paint and the overall style or you are upgrading appliances, carpet, and more sometimes all it takes is that little extra effort.  For some great ideas on getting your home ‘Sale Ready’ Click Here!
If you have any questions about the current Market and getting your home Sale Ready give James a call!

New  Westminster: 140 New Listings (33 Homes, 21 Townhomes, 73 Condos)
26 Sales
Avg Sale to List ratio: 1 to 5

Burnaby: 47 New Listings (9 Homes, 3 Townhomes, 33 Condos)
7 Sales
Avg Sale to List ratio: 1 to 7

Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Sept 2012 Update

 

SOLD! 5939 188th St, Surrey (Cloverdale)

Well Kept Home in a Great Cloverdale Hilltop Neighborhood! Home has 3 bedrooms & 2 Bathrooms upstairs, 2 Bedrooms & 1 bathroom downstairs, 2 Kitchens, suite (not currently rented out). Over 2500 sqft of living space with 2 car attached garage (additional uncovered parking as well) and a HUGE fully fenced west facing backyard, all situated on a large 7799 SF lot! Newer updates incl: high efficiency furnace (2006), hotwater tank (2010), roof (2007), gutters & downspouts (2007), paint (2012), new balcony (2011). Excellent floorplan: Spacious & open Family/Kitchen/Living/Dining area on the main. Enjoy the large balcony off the Kitchen leading onto a brick patio and spacious yard. Steps to Sunrise Ridge Elementary & Public transit.

For complete listing click here.

MLS Feature Sheet 5939 188th St

Top 28 Grants and Rebates for Homebuyers

Buying your dream home or condo can sometimes be financially stressful but here are our Top 28 Grants and Rebates to save you some money and help make buying  your dream home much more relaxing and enjoyable.

Top 28 Grants and Rebates for Homebuyers:

1) Home Buyers’ Plan
Qualifying home buyers can withdraw up to $25,000 (couples can withdraw up to $50,000) from their RRSPs for a down payment.  Home buyers who have repaid their RRSP may be eligible to use the program a second time.
Canada Revenue Agency www.cra.gc.ca
Enter ‘Home Buyers’ Plan’ in the search box.
1.800.959.8287

2) GST Rebate on New Homes
New home buyers can apply for a rebate of the federal portion of the HST (the 5% GST) if the purchase price is less than $350,000. The rebate is up to 36% of the GST to a maximum rebate of $6,300. There is a proportional GST rebate for new homes costing between $350,000 and $450,000.
Canada Revenue Agency www.cra.gc.ca
Enter ‘RC4028’ in the search box.
1.800.959.8287

3) BC New Housing Rebate (HST)
Buyers of new or substantially renovated homes priced up to $850,000 are eligible for a provincial enhanced New Housing rebate of 71.43% of the provincial portions (7%) of the 12% HST paid to a maximum rebate of $42,500. Home priced at $850,000+ are eligible for a flat rebate of $42,500.
www.hstinbc.ca
1.800.959.8287

4) BC New Housing Rebate (HST) for Secondary Vacation or Recreational Homes
Buyers of new or substantially renovated secondary or recreational homes outside the Greater Vancouver and Capital Regional Districts priced up to $850,000 are eligible for a provincial enhanced New Housing Rebate of 71.43% of the provincial portions (7%) of the 12% HST paid to a maximum rebate of $42,500. Home priced at $850,000+ are eligible for a flat rebate of $42,500.
www.hstinbc.ca
1.800.959.8287

5) BC New Rental Housing Rebate (HST)
Landlords buying new or substantially renovated homes are eligible for a rebate of 71.43% of the provincial portion of the HST, up to $42,500.
www.hstinbc.ca
1.800.959.8287

Check out the full List:
Top 28 Grants

SOLD! #117- 225 Francis Way, New Westminster (Whittaker- Victoria Hill)

Whittaker at Victoria Hill – Stunning 875sq. 2 bedroom, 2 bath corner unit. Built in 2010 & under warranty. This suite features a HUGE private patio, laminate flooring, gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances and lots of cabinets. Located just steps to Queens Park and a 10min walk or quick bike ride to the Columbia Skytrain Station. Impressive amenities at the Boiler House which features a huge gym, lounge area, reading area, media room, meeting room & basketball court. 1 parking stall included. Rentals allowed & pets allowed with restrictions. Centrally located in New Westminster’s Victoria Hill master planned community. Close to shops, schools & the Quay

For complete listing click here.

MLS Feature Sheet 117 225 Francis Way