2985 West 37th Avenue, Vancouver



Asking Price: $1,298,000

Selling Price: $1,280,000

Taxes: $5,828 (2006)

Days on Market: 7

Listing Agent: Walter Wells, Sutton Group West Coast Realty


"Character is what sells in Vancouver these days," says agent Walter Wells. "The day of the cardboard cut-out homes is over in Vancouver," he adds. While many new homes are being designed to imitate the classic character style, this restored four-bedroom home is the real deal.

"The lumber to build this home was brought up by horse cart from the Fraser River in 1912 to this site in MacKenzie Heights, one of the west side's most exclusive neighbourhoods," says Mr. Wells. The 3,040 sq. ft. house has held on to its original charm like nine-foot ceilings, a wood-shingled exterior, welcome foyer, front porch and cozy wood-burning fireplaces, while undergoing comforting updates. The kitchen was renovated six-years ago, the house boasts a radiant in-floor heating system, an the home has been completely rewired and re-plumbed.

Upstairs, the master bedroom contains an "antique meets spa" bathroom while the basement has been divided to include storage and laundry for the owner as well as a separate legal suite with its own laundry and one bedroom.

The house sits on a 5,158 sq. ft. lot with a fig, peach, pear and palm trees, a herb garden and landscaped yard. The new owners can enjoy their quiet street from their porch swing or sunbathe in the back on a private balcony.

The home contains all the modern conveniences of a new home within the shell of an historic Vancouver home. "All the new homes going up on the west side do their best to imitate the charm and warmth of this type of character home," adds Mr. Wells.