Vancouver Weather

September 30, 2009

Rainiest month: January, 139.1 mm
Least rainy month: August, 39.1 mm
Snowiest month: January, 16.6 mm
Month with greatest snow depth: January and February, average of 1 cm of snow
Windiest month: March, winds 12.9 km/h
Sunniest month: July, 294.5 hours of sunshine

– from Environment Canada


You Could Be The ENVY Of All Of Your Friends

September 30, 2009

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Fabulous 1-Bedroom Condo in ENVY for $379,000. Go here for more details.


North Vancouver Condo / Apartment Property Statistics (2-BR)

September 30, 2009

North Vancouver
In North Vancouver there are currently 183 active two-bedroom properties for sale, ranging in price from $269,000. to $1,650,000., with the average asking price being $558,512. There have been 278 sales since May of this year, with the average selling price being $427,565. and the average cost per square foot being $430. The least expensive sale price so far this year was for $170,000. in January and the most expensive was for $1,465,000. in July. With 183 properties currently for sale and 56 sales in August, there is a 3 month supply of homes.

Lower Lonsdale
In Lower Lonsdale there are currently 40 active two-bedroom properties for sale, ranging in price from $269,000. to $1,199,000., with the average asking price being $534,918. There have been 93 sales since May of this year, with the average selling price being $455,303. and the average cost per square foot being $466. The least expensive sale price so far this year was for $198,000. in May and the most expensive was for $1,465,000. in July. With 40 properties currently for sale and 14 sales in August, there is a 3 month supply of homes.

The Pier
In The Pier there are currently 9 active two-bedroom properties for sale, ranging in price from $465,162. to $899,900., with the average asking price being $662,106. There have been 10 sales since May of this year, with the average selling price being $567,690. and the average cost per square foot being $566. The least expensive sale price so far this year was for $470,000. in May and the most expensive was for $820,000. in April. With 10 properties currently for sale and 3 sales in August, there is a 3 month supply of homes.


North Vancouver Condo / Apartment Statistics (1-Br)

September 29, 2009

North Vancouver
In North Vancouver there are currently 99 active one-bedroom properties for sale, ranging in price from $175,000. to $739,000., with the average asking price being $345.824. There have been 182 sales since May of this year, with the average selling price being $305,122. and the average cost per square foot being $441. The least expensive sale price so far this year was for $149,000. in June and the most expensive was for $710,000. in July. With 99 properties currently for sale and 32 sales in August, there is a 3 month supply of homes.

Lower Lonsdale
In Lower Lonsdale there are currently 39 active one-bedroom properties for sale, ranging in price from $219,000. to $448,000., with the average asking price being $329,770. There have been 83 sales since May of this year, with the average selling price being $316,035. and the average cost per square foot being $466. The least expensive sale price so far this year was for $160,000. in June and the most expensive was for $462,500. in August. With 39 properties currently for sale and 12 sales in August, there is a 3 month supply of homes.

The Pier
In The Pier there are currently 4 active one-bedroom properties for sale, ranging in price from $429,000. to $448,000., with the average asking price being $436,000. There have been 10 sales since May of this year, with the average selling price being $421,290. and the average cost per square foot being $602. The least expensive sale price so far this year was for $346,000. in May and the most expensive was for $462,500 in August. With 4 properties currently for sale and 2 sales in August, there is a 2 month supply of homes.


Some Views From My Open House Tour

September 25, 2009

I was out looking at Open Houses yesterday morning and these are some of the views that I liked. The first 2 are from condos on Bellevue, the 3rd one is from a house in Ambleside, as is the 4th one and the 5th one is an artist’s rendering of a friend of mine.

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Landscaping Blunders Continued

September 24, 2009

6. Too much colour. Choose a colour palette and stick with a few similar hues.
7. Too much of a good thing. Mixing and matching too many elements in your yard could look sloppy and not well thought out.
8. Poor maintenance. You should try to weed twice a month. If you don’t have time, hire someone.
9. Budget. Make a list of what you’re willing to spend and stick to it.
10. One-season landscape. Plan for plantings that bloom or offer colour all year round.
11. Have a plan, Stan. Plot it out on paper, make a list of your materials and costs, run the idea by all those in the household and then implement.

– adapted from an article in the NSN.


Landscaping Blunders

September 23, 2009

Here are some common blunders and suggestions on how you can remedy them:
1. Lawn ornament overkill. Too many ornaments in your yard take away from the natural beauty of the landscape. Less is more.
2. Improper plant locations. It is imperative to take into consideration the proper sunlight and exposure your plants will need. Read the tags on the plants when you buy them.
3. Scalping the lawn. Your lawn has different requirements throughout the year. In the cooler weather it’s ok to cut it shorter so that sunlight can penetrate the soil. In the summer keep it longer to maximize water retention and promote soil shade.
4. Picking the wrong plants. Plants should be picked not because they look good but because they are appropriate for your yard.
5. Pruning. Many plants do well when pruned but over-pruning or doing it at the wrong time can harm a plant. Visit a gardening centre or read a book on the right way to do it.

– adapted from an article in the NSN.