5009 ST. CATHERINES ST., FRASER, VANCOUVER
ASKING PRICE $838,800
SELLING PRICE $822,500
PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $270,000 (1991)
TAXES $3,622 (2011)
DAYS ON THE MARKET 16
LISTING AND CO-OP AGENTS Louise Boutin and Nadia Doucet, Re/Max Crest Realty Westside
The Action: Less than a five minute drive east of Queen Elizabeth Park, this detached, two-storey house had private showings and public open houses hosting hundreds of visitors. Two offers were made immediately, but the one that was accepted fell apart.
Fortunately, a third bid drafted a few days later turned out to be a solid deal.
What They Got: This 23-year-old house has 1,988-square-feet of interior living space, a central backyard and patio, and a double garage on the back portion of a 33-by-98-foot lot.
Highlights indoors include gas fireplaces in the rear family room and entertaining space by the dining room on the main floor, as well as a grand foyer with a winding staircase to three bedrooms and two out of four bathrooms upstairs.
The basement could be used as a one-bedroom suite as it has a separate entrance, second kitchen, living area and bathroom.
The Agent's Take: "Fraser is up-and-coming, so people are starting to look in the area, and the prices are reasonable under that million-dollar mark," says agent Louise Boutin. "It was well located close to the bus to the SkyTrain and there is a park right across the street."
While this house is standard of the local housing stock, it had some bonuses.
"It had a nice staircase and crystal chandelier from the second floor down and it had skylights and tile roofing," adds Ms. Boutin.