Second + Main: Microsuites that Don’t Seem so Micro

Who wouldn’t want to live in Vancouver? In this city you can admire the magnificent mountains, walk the sprawling beaches and enjoy the highest quality restaurants! These are just a small idea of the breathtaking activities you can be a part of.

When choosing to live in Vancouver you want to be a part of every little aspect that makes this city exceptional. The biggest problem with this is that many homes located in the heart of Vancouver and in the heart of the action make you feel confined with little ability to do as you wish. That is the brilliance of the trendy and spacious microsuites!

Using spacious to describe a microsuite may seem laughable; however there is no better way to describe the new Second + Main development. At the head of this amazing new project are Create Properties and Northchild Developments. Not only are these developments in the heart of a bustling area, they will adjoin tall new buildings across East 2nd Avenue as well as be alongside Mainstreet in South East False Creek.
To help you understand how amazing living in these microsuites will be, we have compiled a list of all the benefits of living at the Second + Main complex!

1. Location, location, location!

When deciding to live in Vancouver a big part of that decision is where your home is located. The development, Second + Main is right in between two bustling areas, Olympic Village and Mount Pleasant. By choosing this area, you are mere steps away from both trendy areas as well as the newly revamped Chinatown!

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The Pumpkin Lady Templates

Lisa Berberette has been a professional pumpkin carver for over 20 years. She has carved for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart and Good Morning America. Larry King coined her ‘The Pumpkin Lady’ and it stuck.

Her website offers over 700 FREE pumpkin carving templates and How To Video’s from picking the perfect pumpkin to advanced carving skills like shading. Enjoy and have fun!

Jim Carrey: I needed colour

Jim Carrey has largely been out of the public eye over the past couple of years, despite continuing to work as an actor. In “I Needed Color” the audience has the opportunity to see where Carrey has secluded himself: his art studio. ‘I Needed Colour’ provides viewers with a brief look into what Carrey’s life is like, and the monumental amount of time and energy that he spends honing his craft, and his drive to do so.

Update Your Home with These Trendy Fall Décor Ideas

Goodbye summer and hello fall! The last four months have been jam-packed with fun times and memories, but it’s time to embrace the changes this new season has to offer. Not only is fall a time for cozy sweaters, thick scarves and pumpkin spiced lattes; it’s also a perfect time to spice up your home with the freshest trends of the season. When thinking about doing an update to your home, it may seem a little daunting at first. Don’t let that prevent you from switching things up, because interior designer Lori Steeves of Simply Home Decorating is here to help make your home the best around!

In order to fully embrace the season, Steeves believes the key is to incorporate the trendiest colours into your home in the most unique ways.

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Pool Ceiling Penthouse

Take out your checklist for luxury, because this historic Chinatown residence has it all! Featuring the top two floors and the bar space of the Keefer building, this is the loft of your wildest dreams. From the charming and colourful neighbourhood, to the beautiful and unique interior design, to the show-stopping glass bottom pool, this is one incredible place to call home.

With its careful maintenance and restoration, you would never guess that the building was built roughly a century ago. The interiors have been updated to emphasize the classic West Coast touch of contemporary rustic styling, with mid-tone wood floor and exposed grey brick. The accenting wooden ceiling beams augment the rustic appeal. Between the two suites, the residence has eight bedroom and twelve bathrooms, and both are absolutely drenched in beautiful BC sunshine.

Entertainment is offered on so many levels here. While the bar downstairs is included in the sale, it’s not even close to being the best place to host friends. Friends are easily hosted at the beautiful, sleek bar, and movie nights are a dream in the stylish lounge. But it’s upstairs where the real fun is! The penthouse features an incredible rooftop patio with a pool that extends the length of the building. The see-through glass bottom allows you a peek of the interior of your penthouse, and likewise, from inside you can see the sunlit sky through the pool.

That light shimmers down onto the dining area, creating an irreplaceable dining experience. Who needs a chandelier when you have a feature like this!

Truly one of the most unique places in the city to call home, this residence has everything you need for a lavish lifestyle. With cutting edge style, jaw-dropping features, and plenty of open space, your guests are sure to be amazed.

Listed with Four Sails Realty Inc.


The Average Price of a Home in Vancouver is now $1 Million

Potential homebuyers in Vancouver are going to have to dig a little deeper into their wallets if they want to own a home. According to the latest numbers from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), the price of an average home in Vancouver now totals $1,019,400. It’s yet another testament to Vancouver’s extreme real estate market.

The new benchmark price is 8.7% higher than this time last year, and 2.1% from this June. The benchmark price collectively includes condos, single family detached homes, and townhomes. Breaking it down into the three separate categories, it paints both a somewhat more optimistic and dreary picture of the market. Townhomes and condos remain below that figure, selling typically for $763,700 and $616,600 respectively. However, single family detached homes are well above the combined average, with an average price of $1,612,400 – nearly $1 million more than a condo.

While this certainly is evidence a fiery real estate market, REBGV president Jill Oudil claims in a recent news release that housing demand is inconsistent across the region. She explains, “Pockets of the market are still receiving multiple offers and others are not. It depends on price, property type, and location.” In particular, she observed that it’s taking twice as long, on average, for detached homes to sell than condos and townhomes.

However, it’s expected that prices will continue to rise. Home prices rise when the sales-to active listings ratio is above 20% for several months—which it definitely has been. According to the REBGV, the rate at which properties of all types were selling for in July was 32.2%. Analysts typically agree that home prices drop when that ration dips below 12%, meaning we are still 20% above where we need to be if we want to see prices drop.

Home prices in Vancouver have reached a new height with the new $1+ million benchmark price. While there are some inconsistencies in the market, it looks like the high prices are here to stay for the foreseeable future.


Trendy Yaletown Loft

Do you wish you lived in a trendy downtown loft?

That dream can be a reality with this classy Yaletown apartment. The boutique building, known as “The New Yorker,” is an upgrade on traditional architecture and gives it a modern twist. And, being centrally located in the heart of Yaletown, it is just steps from restaurants, shops, and more.

Entering the apartment feels just like stepping into a trendy New York loft. The one bed, heritage conversion on the top floor features soaring 9’8 ceilings and exposed brick and wood accents, giving off an industrial atmosphere while remaining bright and open. Expansive windows allow plenty of natural light to seep in, and there is even a skylight to add even more sunlight.

The windows also frame a beautiful picture of the city. As a top floor suite, it offers some of the best views in the building, though that view is expanded on the common rooftop patio. Many summer nights will see dinner parties hosted there, and guests will always be amazed at the view.

The centerpiece for entertainment is, of course, the living room. Bright, open, and endlessly stylish, it features a cozy fireplace and more windows. Thanks to the open concept design, guests can easily flow to and from the kitchen for drinks or food.

Whether you’re entertaining guests or enjoying a night in by yourself, this versatile loft is perfect and endlessly stylish.

Listed with RE/MAX Crest Westside Realty




Exquisite Enclave Estate

An exquisite 14 foot brick wall keeps a wonder private. It sits just a short distance from Dundarave village, in one of West Vancouver’s most exclusive oceanfront enclaves. 100 year old cedars stand sentry. Ready to be opened are large formal gates to show off a European craftsman commissioned Estate.

This oceanfront estate was created in the early 1980s, taking four years to craft. The goal was to construct a home that could be a landmark for hundreds of years, like grand mansions of Europe. The estate is on .78 acres, with over 10,000 square-feet of living areas. Built to international standards with concrete and steel construction, this home has a great start for achieving its mission. There is a reason GREAT ESTATE INC calls this home a top estate in Greater Vancouver.

Boasting 150 feet of beachfront, this home has panoramic, south facing views of Stanley Park to Vancouver Island with being one of the largest level beachfront properties in West Vancouver.

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Vancouver’s Most Expensive Home

Local billionaire philanthropist Joe Segal has just put his Point Grey home up for sale, and it’s the most expensive home ever to hit the market in Vancouver. Listed for a whopping $63 million, the mansion is the second most expensive home currently for sale in Canada, second only to Ontario’s Chestler Hall. Set on Belmont Avenue—known as the home to some of the most expensive real estate in the country—it is certainly an address to be envied. Ninety-two year old Segal sums it up quite aptly: “…the best in the world. No traffic, quiet, view of the mountains and water.”

The mansion is, in a word, extraordinary. With five bedrooms, twelve bathrooms, an elevator, pool, sauna, and six car garage, it is obvious that this home far from mundane. Custom commissioned and designed, every inch of the home is beautifully crafted. Every room is a picture of classical design: It’s all delicate chandeliers and regal crown moulding. Truly a grand residence befitting of royalty.

It is so much more than a hillside palace, though. As the home of many a charity fundraiser, it has a lot of heart in its history. Owners Joe and Rosalie Segal have raised millions of dollars from various private concerts and events in the two main gallery halls over the years.

Perhaps one of the most compelling features, however, is the three-tier garden. Inspired by the gardens of Versailles, the magnificent gardens cover much of the 1.28 acre property and overlooks English Bay and the North Shore Mountains.

Though the mansion is relatively young – the Segals purchased it as an empty lot back in 2009—it has quickly become one of the most iconic residences in Vancouver. Segal hopes that “the buyer of this home will have a passion for art, history, luxurious landscapes and timeless design.” If that sounds like you, and you have $63 million to spare, this might just be the home for you.

Listed with Sotheby’s International Realty Canada.