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THE RESTORED BRITANNIA MINE MUSEUM


Britannia mineBRITANNIA MINE MUSEUM

$14.7 million makeover transforms a mining legacy.

Just 10 minutes south of Squamish on the Sea-to-Sky Highway the Britannia Mine Museum offers a vast array of activities, exhibits and hands-on fun designed for adults and children alike.

Mining began on this site in 1904. The mine was closed in the early 70's, The first museum there open in the 80's. Later in 1988 it was designated a National Historic Site and then the mine and surrounding area was completely restored in 2007.

As a visitor, you can follow the footsteps of other miners and climb aboard the underground train which rumbles into an authentic tunnel. Stories of the miners will be shared, there will be mining demonstratons and later, you can pan for real gold.

The outstanding 20 story Mill building captivates. During the restoration in 2007, each of the 14,416 panes of glass was hand-puttied into the frames!

This outstanding museum can be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Be sure to pay a visit and take your out-of-town visitors. there is much to see and do. 



Recently Sold Listing # 605 140 E 14TH ST, North Vancouver, BC


V861945 - # 605 140 E 14TH ST, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAI have just recently sold this Apartment at # 605 140 E 14TH ST, North Vancouver.

Recently Sold Listing 889 FREDERICK RD, North Vancouver, BC


V867703 - 889 FREDERICK RD, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAI have just recently sold this Townhouse at 889 FREDERICK RD, North Vancouver.


FIVE TIPS TO MAKE YOUR BATHROOM STAND OUT.

Every homebuyer has a vision of their perfect house and the rooms that are most important to them. Because of their relatively small size in comparison to the rest of a home, bathrooms are often overlooked in the staging process, but for many, it could be the most important room in a buying decision. 
 
    A bathroom is more than just a place for grooming; it’s a sanctuary. It’s a place one can relax in a hot bath and escape the stresses of daily life for a few moments at a time.
 
    Updating a tired-looking bathroom is one of the best things you can do to increase a home’s resale value and the fixes are not too costly or labor intensive. 
 
    Easy fixes include adding new, luxurious-looking towels, replacing the shower curtain and adding candles around a bathtub. However, with a little more money and effort, your bathroom can become a talking point of the house.
 
    Here is a look at five great ways to upgrade a bathroom.
 
    1. Beautify: By adding decorative glass, stone tile or accents to the bathroom, it will stand out among the other houses in the neighborhood that are for sale. Extra-wide wall tiles are popular these days and wood cabinets can be beautifully embellished with intricately carved wooden inlays.
 
    2. Lighting: Add more lighting options around the room, especially around the vanity to reduce shadows and glaring. This is something that isn’t too expensive and can really highlight the positive features of a bathroom. Mood lighting around the tub area is also increasing in popularity. 
 
    3. Bath/Shower: It’s not too often you hear someone complaining about a bathtub being too large, and that’s because there’s nothing better than coming home from a hard day’s work and relaxing in a big soothing tub. By putting in a new tub and creating more of a spa-like atmosphere, you will have buyers imagining themselves washing their cares away. Adding a massage element to the showerhead or one that replicates rain showers is also something that will appeal to buyers. 
 
    4. Update Fixtures: Not as costly as some of the other tips, changing out the fixtures in a bathroom can add a great deal. From cabinet handles to faucets, the addition of brushed nickel or other metals that are polished and elegant are always a huge hit. And if space permits, add a second sink.
 
    5. Think Green: The bathroom is a prime place to start putting those environmentally friendly devices to work. Installing fixtures that save water, such as a low-flow showerhead, a low-flow faucet aerator, and a dual-flush toilet, can save thousands of gallons of water each year. Adding energy-efficient windows is another easy option, since the size of bathroom windows are relatively small. Another fix that is both decorative and energy efficient is the addition of natural stone flooring, which helps the bathroom stay cool during the summer, and warmer during the winter.
 
    When buyers walk into a renovated bathroom that exudes quality and offers an intimate, contemporary feel, it’s one of the top things that people will remember about a home.



New Listing 889 FREDERICK RD, North Vancouver, BC


V867703 - 889 FREDERICK RD, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new Townhouse for sale SOLD at 889 FREDERICK RD, North Vancouver and currently listed at $615,000.SOLD

Welcome to Laura Lynn, a wonderful 82 unit cmplx situated in acres of beautiful natural forest. Amenities inc swm pool, tennis courts, horse stables and duck pond with a quaint club house. This 3 level tradl flplan end unit gives the feelng that you're living in a house w/o the hassles. Enjoy oak hdwd floors, updated kitch. with shaker style maple cabinets, attractive wood burn fireplace. Dwnst offers a spacious rec room w/mahogany flooring and a sep playroom, updated bthrm and a guest or 4th bdrm. You'll love the huge 2 new, part covered sundecks overlooking a lovely forest setting...great for entertng and protected from the rain. For the same price you could get a smaller run-down hse on a busy strt or this fab T/H. Do the math!

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MARKET REPORT JANUARY 2011


Stability and regional ‘hot spots’ characterize January housing market


The Greater Vancouver housing market remained in balanced market conditions in January, although higher levels of buyer demand were seen in some of the region’s largest communities.

The number of properties listed for sale and those sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) last month outpaced the 10-year average in both categories for January.

“There was a healthy balance between the number of home buyers and sellers in our market in January, but there’s always variation in activity from region to region,” said Jake Moldowan, president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV). "We’re seeing strong sellers’ market conditions in areas like Richmond and the west side of Vancouver.”

Over the last 12 months, the MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI) benchmark price of detached homes increased 22.6 per cent in Richmond and 12.2 per cent in Vancouver West. In comparison, detached home prices across the region increased 2.7 per cent over the same period.

“When you’re looking to buy or sell a home, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the wider trends in the market. It’s equally important to seek out knowledge of your local area so you understand current market conditions in your neighbourhood,” Moldowan said

Looking across the region, the REBGV reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 1,819 on the MLS® in January 2011. This represents a 4.2 per cent decline compared to the 1,899 sales recorded in December 2010, a decrease of 5.4 per cent compared to the 1,923 sales in January 2010 and a 138.7 per cent increase from the 762 home sales in January 2009.

From a historical perspective, January’s 1,819 homes sales slightly surpassed the 1,790 home sale average recorded in the region over the last ten years.

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 4,801 in January 2011. This represents a 6.7 per cent decrease compared to January 2010 when 5,147 properties were listed, and a 182 per cent increase compared to December 2010 when 1,699 homes were added to the MLS® in Greater Vancouver.

At 10,438, the total number of residential property listings on the MLS® increased 5.8 per cent in January compared to last month and increased 2.2 per cent from this time last year.

Sales of detached properties on the MLS® in January 2011 reached 793, an increase of 12.5 per cent from the 705 detached sales recorded in January 2010, and a 171.6 per cent increase from the 292 units sold in January 2009. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 2.7 per cent from January 2010 to $810,045.

Sales of apartment properties reached 713 in January 2011, a decline of 20.8 per cent compared to the 891 sales in January 2010, and an increase of 97.5 per cent compared to the 361 sales in January 2009.The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 1.4 per cent from January 2010 to $390,935.

Attached property sales in January 2011 totalled 313, a decline of 4.3 per cent compared to the 327 sales in January 2010, and a 187.2 per cent increase from the 109 attached properties sold in January 2009. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 2.6 per cent between January 2010 and 2011 to $495,140.

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