Shopping for Ranches – A Log Cabin on 20 Acres


Every once in a great while I get a chance to work with real estate buyers shopping for property outside of Vancouver. This opportunity recently presented itself so I dusted off my gum boots and other gear and prepared for a trip to the Okanagan. Past property research expeditions have led me to Gabriola Island, Vancouver Island, Washington State and as far north as Quesnel.

Log Cabin

We visited several majestic spots over two days; it turns out that you sometimes need to drive long, steep access roads to reach the great views. We also wound up looking at property at some less-than-majestic spots but like everything, you take the good with the bad.

The property that my clients settled on is a log cabin on nearly 20 acres about 45 minutes from Vernon in the Creighton Valley. As luck would have it, there was a river running though it. Okay, more like a seasonal stream or a brook. On a side note, I was caught red-handed removing some rhubarb from the property as the listing Realtor pulled into the driveway. I assured her that the rhubarb was strictly for due diligence purposes.

Renovations are underway with B&B rooms to be ready soon! Hopefully my clients/friends remember all my hard work when it comes time to pay for my stay at the B&B.

Just Sold! Vancouver Special with a view and “laneway house” potential

I just sold this large property high on the hill near 22nd and Carolina in Vancouver. This property was a hot commodity that led to multiple offers and sold over the asking price of $959,000 one day after the first showing. Just 4 blocks off high demand Main Street, this home has a great view and the property offers great potential for building up to a 750 square foot laneway house (the maximum size permitted in Vancouver) with great views downtown and to the West.  The oversize lot is 49.5×122 which makes it 50% larger than a standard 33×122 lot.

The buyer plans to renovate this great Vancouver Special and modernize it at the same time. A laneway house may someday occupy the rear portion of this lot. A couple of local companies at the forefront of laneway house design are Lanefab and Smallworks. Here is a great lanehouse recently designed and built by Lanefab:

JUST SOLD! 1018 East 31st Ave, Vancouver


View of city & mountains in the perfect five bedroom home. Admire the vista from both the main living area & upper balcony. In the south backyard, there is a large cedar deck that you can bask in the sun & BBQ. This is a bright & quiet three level with full bathrooms on each level & a spacious high ceiling two bedroom suite below. Quality finishing throughout, dark hardwood floors, radiant in-floor heat, and built-in vacuum. Corner lot has tastefully fenced yard with double garage. Nice quiet street in a great neighborhood at the intersection of two cycling routes . Greys Park, McBride elementary annex and tennis courts across the street.


SOLD!!! – 126-1863 Stainsbury Ave (MLS# V810477)


One of the best locations in The Works community. Great south-facing layout opposite quiet residential streets and offering 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and 2 decks. Living room has smart custom built-in storage, electric fireplace and larger windows than most units in this development. Kitchen is appointed with KitchenAid Architect Series stainless appliances and granite counters. Deck off kitchen offers natural gas hookup for BBQ [gas included in strata fees]. Master suite is on it’s own floor with ensuite and sunny south-facing deck overlooking tree-lined streets. Great location near Commercial Drive, Trout Lake Community Centre and skytrain. One underground parking and storage locker. Over 1200 square feet and priced at $564,500. Will not last – first showing Thursday Feb. 18 from 5-7PM then Sunday Feb. 21 from 1-3PM.