Have you ever dreamed of living in the best ski resort in the world and also having an amazing lake front property? There are several lakes in Whistler, and some of them have really amazing real estate right on the shore.

Twin Lakes is a townhome complex on the shore of Alta Lake. This complex offers what no other complex in Whistler does; private beach and dock, in ground swimming pool, tennis court AND a shuttle to the gondolas all winter!

#31 is a fabulous floor plan with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus the quintessential sauna that people in ski towns love.

Send me a message if you want to more about lake front living in Whistler!

 

It is no secret that we are dealing with a hot seller’s market in 2021. Especially here in Whistler!

Here are some tips and advice to head to when trying to buy during this kind of real estate trend.

Don’t Be Shocked to Pay More Than the Asking Price

Most likely, you will need to make the best offer to your ability if you are serious about a specific property, and that may be over the listed asking price.

Geography Affecting Pricing May Be Less of  a Factor

Typically the location of your home to your workplace and workplace epicentres like city centres, had a large impact on the property value. As there has been a large shift in working from home in industries where location of the work being done isn’t as important, you may see communities that were once lower valued based on geographical location, will raise in value as buyers geographical requirements change as well.

Here are some additional strategies for buying in a hot market

  • Get mortgage preapproval- This is important in any buying market, but especially important in a hot market.
  • Look for homes under your budget so you have room to bid up. Wiggle room is key in these negotiations.
  • If you are borrowing money for any part of the buying process, have it secured and in your possession before you’re ready to present an offer.
  • Get the best real estate agent possible. An excellent real estate agent is every buyer’s secret weapon. They’re not only great negotiators and have a solid understanding of the neighborhood you’re interested in, but they also have terrific connections, which will benefit you.
  • Don’t fall in love with just one house, or at least try not to! In a hot market there may be many offers presented and not accepted. Keep your options open that if the one you’re hoping for doesn’t work out, there is another one out there that is meant for you!
  • Expand your search. You may have your heart set on a specific area or location, however there may be the perfect property for you located just out of that area. Have an open mind and a wide search location.

Ok, that’s all I have for today, stay tuned for more tips on hot seller’s markets coming soon!

And if you ever need a Whistler Realtor who knows how to secure a home in a hot market, give me a call!

What makes you think of Whistler?

When you think of our world-famous ski resort the images that probably come to your mind are snow-peaked mountains, warm fires, and cozy alpine log cabins. Your mind may even go to a relaxing sauna or Aprés in a hot tub,  you might think of many things but it’s unlikely that you think of waterslides. However, in the years 1985-1991, Whistler was well known for having two large waterslides. In this blog post, we will explore Whistler’s history and possibilities for future waterslides.

The History of our Waterslide’s

Walking through Whistler Village today, it may be hard to picture two large tandem waterslides on the mountain. The waterslides were proposed in 1983 as part of a project to market Whistler as an all-seasons resort for skiers and non-skiers alike. The proposal was almost immediately met with controversy from neighboring business owners and residents. The “Whistler Springs” waterslides project faced backlash over concerns of aesthetics and noise.

The original plans featured a juice bar, spas, and restaurant, a spiral staircase would lead guests to a sundeck and observation level. Due to pushback from the community, the plans needed many modifications and the project took two years to complete.

Finally, on August 23rd, 1985 Whistler’s first waterslides were open to the public. Locals and visitors lined up to test the new features and it was quickly noted that the right slide was slightly steeper and faster than the left.

The slides were a hit with children & ski camp goers, as well as adults. Whistler used the slides for many advertisements over the next few years. Some guests complained of being cold on the walk from the pool to the top of the stairs.

Over time, the slides lost their appeal to tourists, and the Whistler Springs waterslides were closed in 1991. The restaurant upstairs became offices and the slides were removed. The area that the slides had been was purchased by the Westin hotel. The only reminder that it ever existed there remains in the name of the Whistler Blackcomb staff services building “The Springs”.

Will Whistler slide into the Future?

While it is unlikely that Whistler will ever rebuild its waterslides, there may be hope for a future solution. The $345 Million dollars “Renaissance plan” that was developed with the merging of Whistler and Blackcomb resort, featured a similar project. The “Watershed” a large and ambitious indoor waterpark was planned to include slides, a surf zone, a kids’ splash area, cliff jumping, and hot and cold pools would have been awesome. The building was also to feature a family entertainment center, cafe and concessions, and an eight-lane bowling alley.

When Vail bought out Whistler Blackcomb the idea was benched for the time being in order to focus on-mountain improvements and expansion but the plans have not been dismissed entirely. Will we develop a waterpark in the future?

I think it would be great to bring in more families during the shoulder season and I have my fingers crossed! Do you support a Whistler waterpark?

 

 

 

A special thanks to Pique magazine, the Whistler Museum, and the Whistler archives for providing most of the source material in this article.

 

What’s happening on the Sea to Sky?

This week I had the pleasure of joining in on the Sea to Sky Real Estate 2021 & Beyond community update. The panel was a diverse group of community leaders from Whistler, the SLRD (Squamish-Lillotlett Regional District), Squamish, Pemberton, and the Squamish-Lill’wat nation.

I am so excited to see all of the changes coming forth in the area in the future. See my summary of what was talked about below!

Whistler

Jack Crompton, Whistler’s Mayor joined and touched on how it’s reaching historical highs for property prices and historical lack of supply. Jack talked about the breakdown of buyers based on MLS stats and how foreign buyers’ taxes will likely not affect the Whistler market too much. The new housing project at RiverRun in Cheakamus Crossing and the new WHA housing was discussed. This plan is extensive and will bring forth more affordable housing for working locals.
The increased wait time to get permits was brought up.  Jack blamed the cyber attack and the pandemic as the primary reasons for the delays.
During the question period, it was asked if RMOW was planning on changing any Phase 2 properties. RMOW does not want to change any phase 2 on suites.
Another question was in regards to a train to transport people between Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler. As this project is immense and would cost millions of dollars it would need to be an undertaking by the Ministry of Transit and the Federal Government.

Pemberton & Squamish Lil’Wat Nation

Ted Cradic spoke for Pemberton and gave an in-depth account of what to expect in the next five years. Did you know that the average age in Pemberton is 36? That means lots of babies and kids! There is a new K – 12 French Immersion school coming to Pemberton with a capacity of 410 students to help accommodate the upcoming boom.
The NKWUKMA -Skenkenam indigenous community has purchased a 31.17-hectare parcel of land above the Benchlands. Over a 20-25 year period, they will take on the project of building 500 homes upon this land. As this is a massive undertaking this project will happen in phases. Phase 1 is starting soon and is approx $27.5 Million. This community will serve as a training ground for builders as well as a model community for other indigenous nations.
There is a new development of 32 units going in at Harrow Rd and Highway 99 with 32 units. This will be for people with disabilities and the elderly. There is a lot of focus on Age-friendly affordable housing in Pemberton and will continue to be looked at in the future.
Final a fun fact for Pemberton! Homes are now classified as Chalets as the average chalet with acreage in Pemby is now $1.748 Million! Great news for everyone invested in Pemberton real estate!

SLRD & Squamish-

Holy smokes, that’s a big area. Did you know the SLRD is a third the size of Sweden? Crazy. LOTS going on in this section Kim Needham was the panelist for this region. According to her calculations, we can expect this area to increase by approximately   5,000 people in the next 5 years.
Another fact I learned is that no billboards are allowed in the SLRD, otherwise, I would love to have my own!
The SLRD is now coming up with a heritage management strategy to protect these with all of the new developments.
Each electoral district has its own community plan as we know and each plan now has a climate focus. Lots of focus on hazards by the regional district, the climate crisis will bring on a lot more floods, fires, avalanches, slides, etc. Geotech’s are now needed before any building permits are issued.
There will be a requirement to build Zero net emissions buildings coming in by 2023. The aim is to be at 36% emissions by 2030 by 2040 and 0% by 2050.There will be an emphasis on investment in emerging sectors like green economies, agrifoods, and outdoor recreation gear.
Lots of new developments coming in! WOOHOO inventory! The issue is that new fire services will be needed in Britannia Beach in order to complete these. North Britania (mine museum) has a build capability of 850-1000 units, however due to the fire service restrictions currently in play they will be building 225 lots 60 units will be suites and an additional 73 townhomes have been approved.
Other new developments currently being read are the following:
South Britannia- 1000 units including a hotel, wave pool coveted affordable housing, townhomes, and apartments. This area will also have a full public beach which is currently a major focus of the SLRD and developers.
Furry Creek- Wedged North and South of the 99 this development will have 870 dwellings including a couple of condo towers between the 14th hole and the ocean (how nice, eh?!). The other units will be SFH and townhomes. There will be some new commercial units here as well.
Porteau Cove-1030 Mixed units coming in at Porteau Cove (little information is available from the developers)
The Ski Hill- Brohm Ridge/ Garibaldi @ Squamish Environmental checks have been passed, the group behind the project has not applied for any rezoning permits and it is currently not zoned for that. Large hoops need to be lept through in order to make this dream a reality.
Squamish is going to be putting in a couple of new roads in order to help deal with the number of new developments There is an area being held in reserve to create a future by-pass above furry creek. The Department of Transportation (Provincial Government) needs to approve and plan this. So far no plans have been put forward.
As a Realtor in Whistler and the Sea to Sky corridor, I am hopeful that we will be able to share our community with more people in the near future!

If you have any questions about the Sea to Sky community or Real Estate please reach out to me and my team!

A-Frame Cabins- The Sought-After Mountain Resort Gem

Due to less expensive in building costs, the A-frame home was a family vacation staple from the 1930s through to the 1970s & 1980s. Companies were even selling DIY kits for people to build the home themselves. With a sloping roof that nearly (and sometimes does!) touch the ground, its shape is optimal in climates that experience heavy snowfall. The structure is famous for being a simpler build, as its humble in size and often comprised of a modest, compact floorplan.

“The reason for the recent popularity of the A-frame is the vintage look. It brings back a lot of memories, especially for millennials and baby boomers, like myself, reminding us of way back in the day when these homes were prevalent,” says Bob Angilella, an agent and team leader with RE/MAX Big Bear in Big Bear Lake, California.

While some have been refurbished, many A-frame homes hitting the market still boast their original shag carpeting, an orange-colored kitchen, dark wood paneling or a woodstove – typically freestanding or hovering from the ceiling.

It’s no surprise that in 2021, people are brimming with wanderlust. The pandemic lifestyle has vacation-goers and relocators alike searching for a getaway that feels almost off-grid. And coupled with the constant presence of technology, it’s no wonder those who seek out an A-frame admire its symbolism of days gone by, a memento of nature’s tranquility and time spent with loved ones.

He also says that in today’s hot housing market, these homes are selling fast – whether buyers are looking for an immediate getaway or a renovation project. Knowing the current fascination with the style, too, Angilella says many are seeking out these homes as a possible investment opportunity.

“Buying a cabin [and renting it out] could be a great way to generate income, help pay the bills, help pay the mortgage, and still have a vacation home to escape to,” he explains.

As they aren’t built as often anymore, A-frames are harder to come by – and when they hit the market, there’s sure to be quite the buzz surrounding them. Whether it’s the fond memories they resurface or the quality time in nature they provide, these nostalgic oases continue to delight those who visit decades after their popularization.