New Listing 2058 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver, BC

R2212572 - 2058 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2058 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver and currently listed at $1,588,000.

Surprise inside! This home feels more like an up/down duplex. Live on one floor & rent out the other, a huge mortgage helper. Upstairs is a 2 bdrm & den (could easily be 3 bdrm). Skylights in kitchen & living room, very bright & cheerful. Downstairs is a 2 bdrm with new kitchen cabinets & countertop. Bathroom has new sinks & toilet. Many upgrades on this home with legal suite, including roof (30 yr warranty), watertank, high efficiency furnace, heat pump, new doors, double glazed windows, BC Gov inspected & approved heat loss, air flow control. OPEN HOUSE Nov.4 & 5th Sat. & Sun 2-4pm.

New Listing 54 Gulf Drive, Galiano Island, BC

R2148647 - 54 Gulf Drive, Galiano Island, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 54 Gulf Drive, Galiano Island and currently listed at $590,000.

Sit on the sun drenched patio sipping wine & watching the sea life, birds & tidal changes. This lovely 2 bedroom home has been tastefully renovated with an open concept kitchen complete with granite countertops, stainless appliances & a view of Sturdies Bay. The master bedroom opens onto the deck with moonlight views of water & garden. The backyard is a very private whimsical garden containing a new greenhouse. There is an additional 1 bedroom cottage perfect for guests or can be used as a rental. No need to drive, the location is excellent with groceries, cafes, bookstore & the beautiful Galiano Inn steps away...A pleasure to show!

New Listing 3919 202a Street, Langley, BC

R2104873 - 3919 202a Street, Langley, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 3919 202a Street, Langley and currently listed at $1,150,000.

Fantastic 4 bdrm home perfect for raising a family in the much desired Brookswood. This home sits on a huge lot with private backyard. The kitchen is renovated with marble, granite and stainless appliances. The diningrm opens onto a large 2 level deck that wraps around an above ground pool. Serene, sunny, barbeques, and summer parties- this is where it's at. There is a legal 1 bdrm suite newly painted and carpeted. In addition a fully insulated shop/studio with auto garage door is ready with gas and water hook-ups. R.V. parking, schools & shops within walking distance. A pleasure to show. Open House Sat Oct.1st, 2-3:30pm.

New Listing 9058 Wright Street, Langley, BC

R2068535 - 9058 Wright Street, Langley, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 9058 Wright Street, Langley and currently listed at $899,000.

This bright and airy home is situated on a quiet corner lot. It is within walking distance to the Fort Langley Fine Arts school. 4 bdrms, livingrm and familyrm opening to a lovely backyard, great for Bbq's. Workshop plus 2 storage sheds. New furnace & heating system $20,000. Updated windows. Woodburning fireplace. Close to native trails and across from hobby farm complete with fresh eggs. OPEN SAT/SUN 2-4pm MAY 14/15th.

New Listing 6115 164th Street, Surrey, British Columbia

F1447519 - 6115 164th Street, Surrey, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 6115 164th Street, Surrey and currently listed at $848,800.

First time on the market this Custom Foxridge home has it all. The lg Mastersuite has beautiful vaulted ceilings, french doors, Juliet balcony with stunning views of the Serpentine Valley, N.Shore mountains and an abundance of beautiful sun sets, also spa like bathroom with soaker tub. This jewel is LOADED with upgrades, Granite in kitchen & all 4 bathrms, highend toilets, faucets, sinks, floating vanities with undermount lites, dark Oak Hardwood floors on main, High Efficiency furnace, and built in vacuum. The music rm has soaring 12' ceilings, the main floor 10'. Off the open plan living area entertain on the sundrenched balcony or relax on the ground level patio. 1 or 2 bdrm suite designed for sunlight and garden access.

New Listing 2633 BALACLAVA ST, Vancouver, British Columbia

V1114785 - 2633 Balaclava Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 2633 Balaclava Street, Vancouver and currently listed at $1,888,000.

Magic behind the hedge. Gorgeous Kits Character home loaded with charm. French doors, wainscoting, original honey coloured fir floors, large deck sundrenched with afternoon light. Updated kitchen & bathrooms. 3 bdrms up. Master includes pri vate skylit ensuite. Top floor is a lofted family room or office with another patio. Basement could be rented as a 1 bdrm suite. Walking distance to Broadway, shops & buses. This is a wonderful family home in an excellent location to schools. A pleasure to show. OPEN HOUSE Sat/Sun, April 11th & 12th 2-4pm.

New Listing 1645 Mclean Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia

V1067257 - 1645 Mclean Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1645 Mclean Drive, Vancouver and currently listed at $799,800.

This 3 bdrm Townhouse has light coming in from 3 sides making it bright and airy. 1st time for sale in the desirable 'Cobb Hill' development. French doors in the livingrm open to a lovely cottage garden. The kitchen opens to a second patio perfect for barbecuing. The top floor has a lg bedroom with great city & mountain views, 2nd bdrm is lofted with its own balcony. Second floor has master suite, huge walk in closet, ensuite and den or family room or playroom, you decide! 2 Secured parking. This is a beautiful home it will not last long! Open Sat. 1-3, Sun. 2-4

New Listing 1502 - 1367 Alberni Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

V1061832 - 1502 - 1367 Alberni Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1502 - 1367 Alberni Street, Vancouver and currently listed at $299,000.

FANTASTIC STUDIO & DEN IN MUCH DESIRED 'LIONS'. Perfect 'Pied a terre' for those seeking an urban getaway or great for investors seeking potential rental income. This exceptional corner suite is filled with light and views of city towards English Bay. Granite counters in kitchen, marble in bathroom, new stove & backsplash, 1 parking, 1 storage. 24 hr concierge, media room, billiard room, large fitness center & sauna, secured bike room. Close to seawall, Stanley Park & Robson.

4 Castles that are cheaper than a Vancouver home.

Mi casa, su casa. As the saying goes........


Languedoc, France - $1,384,302

castle 6

Built 1817, Wall depth 60-80cm


floor area :10,764sq.ft. 

Central Heating, 11 fireplaces


Vancouver, Kerrisdale. - 1,650,000

vancouver 2

Builder's special

Lot: 7375.5 sq.ft.

Floor space: 2400 sq.ft.

2beds, 2 bath

On a busy street tenanted for $1430 month.



France - $2,404,876

castle 2

Built 1400"s - 1500's

lot : 27 acres

Floor area: 7,535sq.ft

10 beds, 8 baths 

Oil fired central heating

Vaulted celler used for dining seats 60


Vancouver West, Kitsilano - $2,395,000

vancouver 6

Built 2013

Lot: 4026 Sq.ft.

Floor space: 2805

4 Beds, 5 Baths

Radiant heat, 2 gas fireplaces.

Spa like master with steam shower, wine cooler in kitchen, media room in basement 



Chateau St-Germains, France - $5,939,255

castle 3 2

Built 17th Century

lot: 41.5 acres of walled estate

floor area :16,146 sq.ft

King Henry 1V slept here in 1605

Comes with a fish stocked moat and three lakes plus several dungeons


Vancouver, Point Grey - $5,980,000

vancouver 3

Built 2010

Lot: 6500 sq. ft.

Floor area: 3955 sq. ft.

5 beds, 5 baths 

Stunning Mountain,ocean and city views



San Gimignano, Italy - $7,690,012

castle 5

Perched upon Val d'Elsa with striking views of San Gimignano, rolling hillsides, vineyards and woodlands

lot: 15,069 sq. ft.

floor space : 12 suites ranging from 645sq.ft - 861.sq.ft

Converted into 12 1-2 bedroom apartments.

Pool, ancient wine celler.

No reno's required 


Vancouver West, Kitsilano - $7,900,000

vancouver 5

Waterfront Haven with private beach access.

Lot: 2342 sq. ft

Floor area: 2748 sq. ft.

4 beds, 3 baths

Reno'd 2002


November 2013 Market Update

October was a good month. The sun was shining, the Canucks had their best 7-game road trip in franchise history, and the housing market was strong. So far this fall, it seems as though house prices and sales have moved into a healthy balanced market in most parts of the province. Well-priced product sells while overpriced product sits. It's the way a market should be.

Moving into November, a few things from the past month have been interesting vis-à-vis the BC housing market. Firstly, the US government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis had a negligible effect on both the BC housing market and financial markets in general. It seems as though most people have already priced US government dysfunction into their decision-making process. So, barring a black-swan event, it seems as though these US crises' are unlikely to significantly swing the housing market in BC one way or another.

Secondly, the Bank of Canada has eased its language on raising rates and is now taking a more neutral stance, stating that the market will decide when the bank should raise interest rates. For the past year or so, most analysts had predicted that rates would be rising sooner rather than later. This sentiment has resulted in increased sales as buyers moved into the market ahead of an expected rate increase. With rates now stable, buyers will take their time, but will also still be in the market for a longer period.

Thirdly, while the US economy has had an anemic recovery from the 2008 recession, things are still improving. This is being led by the US real estate market, which is finally recovering from its 35-month peak-to-trough period which started in 2006. With an improving economy, comes improved consumer confidence, as Canadians hear more and more about positive trends south of the border.

While we likely won't see the exponential growth in prices that we experienced from 2009-2010, the factors described above imply that BC's real estate market should remain relatively stable for the foreseeable future.

Finally, on another note, Macdonald Realty has been producing a great quarterly magazine showcasing BC's finest real estate. If you're interested in having your home profiled in this publication, please contact me at the address below. You can find a link to the first 3 digital editions of the magazine here:



New Listing 18720 66th Ave, Surrey, British Columbia

F1311968 - 18720 66th Ave, Surrey, British Columbia, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 18720 66th Ave, Surrey and currently listed at 649000.

Come home to elegance, spaciousness & light. This home is perfect for families, entertaining or quiet time in a beaut landscaped, southern exposed backyard. This was the showhome for the Hillcrest development & has been meticulously cared for by one owner. Gourmet kitch w/granite counters, stainless appl opens to lg famrm w/huge wndws to garden area & private patio. $15,000 in professionally designed landscaping. It is a very healthy space for living. Upstairs are 4 bdrms, laundry, lg mastersuite w/soaker tub & sep shower. Bsmt has media rm, games rm which fits a pool table another sitting area + bdrm & full bath w/private entr. Convenience is key in this neighbourhood-groceries, cafes & elementary schl are minutes away by foot.