2630 Napier St., Vancouver
Asking price: $1.1-million
Selling price: $1,200,000
Taxes: $4,265 (2011)
Days on the Market: 30
Listing Agent: Nancy Steele, Rennie Marketing
The Action: In the far east end of the city in a one-time working class neighbourhood, this renovated bungalow sold over its asking price in a fairly calm market.
What they got: This former bungalow has been renovated top to bottom, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs, extra high ceilings and crown moulding and pot lights throughout. The kitchen stands out, with a chef's pride and high-end appliances from European manufacturers, composite resin countertops and undermount sink. The flooring is seamless white oak that's been stained dark and finished on site. The living room features a cozy fireplace that's open to the dining area, with views of a small back garden and new double garage through French doors.
The Agent's take: “We have nine-foot ceilings downstairs and eight-foot-three upstairs. Both floors have six inch crown moulding throughout. I jokingly tell other realtors that the finishings are so nice in this house that even the garage is a lot nicer than a lot of the homes I sell. It has inlaid heating in the floor, hot water heat - which is nice, very low waste. Heat goes up 4 inches and keeps everybody warm, but it doesn’t rise to ceiling, which would be inefficient.
“The lot is a bit shorter than standard by 10 feet. But given the fact that you have gas hook up for a BBQ and a really nice patio area it's fine. If you wanted to play football it’s a bit small, but there is a schoolyard the next block up. Just go there and play football. But you could have a party of 50 people out there. I don’t think anyone needs more than that.”