251 7 TH AVE, PH 2, VANCOUVER
ASKING PRICE $888,000
SELLING PRICE $875,000
PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $699,900 (Feb, 2012)
TAXES Not yet assessed
DAYS ON THE MARKET 140
LISTING AGENT Will McKitka, Macdonald Realty Ltd.
The Action: Disregarding the recommendations of agent Will McKitka, the owners of this two-bedroom penthouse listed it for $928,000 last summer. At the beginning of the year, an offer of $875,000 was made subject to the sale of the buyer's property. Luckily, the task was accomplished a few weeks later before another buyer was lured in by the unit's price reduction to $888,000.
What They Got: In the District residence built last year, this over 1,060-square-foot corner suite was lavishly outfitted with ten-foot ceilings, walls of windows and sliding doors in every room to a 1,300-square-foot wrap around terrace overlooking False Creek and the downtown core.
The two bedrooms and two bathrooms offer privacy from a completely open concept entertaining, dining and cooking space with engineered hardwood floors and a Caesarstone-topped island.
Two-car parking and a locker come with the unit, as well as monthly fees of $451.
The Agent's Take: "People were buying a massive outdoor terrace with a small penthouse attached to it," Mr. McKitka says jokingly, likening the terrace size to one for a $4-million penthouse rather than the building's standard five-by-10-foot balconies.
"And the view was substantial at the south and west corner, which is the sunniest and warmest for Vancouver which is a big deal, and most importantly … looked over the downtown peninsula and water."
Buyers also liked the new feel of the unit and its surroundings. "It's in an up-and coming neighbourhood on the Main Street corridor … with a lot of funky coffee shops, restaurants, second hand and boutique shops, yet you're five minutes to downtown," Mr. McKitka said.