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May 11, 2017

1790 Rajeena Way | $584,900 Beautiful 5 Bed 3 Bath Home With Mountain Views In Cinnabar Valley

Immaculate 5 Bedroom 3 Bathroom Family Home Located In Quiet Neighbourhood. Upon entering this 2,744 sqft open concept home, the first thing you will notice is the quality. The main level consists of a beautiful kitchen, with Caeser Stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a large farmhouse sink. The living room has a natural gas fireplace and hardwood floors, all part of what makes this house a home. The master bedroom has 3 large closets and a 4 piece ensuite with a jetted tub. Downstairs there is a large family room with new vinyl flooring, and 2 spacious bedrooms, a laundry room, and a 4 piece bathroom. Enjoy your morning coffee and watch the sunrise by lounging on your large deck with incredible mountain views. Head down your deck stairs, and walk onto your completely landscaped, 3 level, fully fenced backyard with a full irrigation 4 zone sprinkler system. Ideal for hosting get togethers and summer barbecues with friends and family. Double garage and extra street parking available. Plenty of room for an RV and Boat to be parked on the side of home as well. All measurements are approximate and should be verified if important. MLS 424015

May 4, 2017

216 Shiloh Drive | $659,000 | Stunning 5 Bedroom 4 Bathroom Home With Legal Suite Near Westwood Lake

Stunning 5 bedroom 4 bathroom family home with legal suite, located minutes from Westwood Lake. The main level of this 2998 sqft home has a fantastic open concept design. The kitchen has plenty of cupboard & counter space, including a separate island. Enjoy the sunset & mountain views at night by lounging on your large, covered deck, located just off the dining room. Stay warm in the winter by gathering around the natural gas fireplace in the living room. Downstairs there is a beautiful 1 bedroom suite with a private entrance, as well as den, family room, and wet bar, which would be perfect for an Air B&B or for hosting family, friends, or students. The large fully fenced backyard truly stands out. There is a large covered patio on the top, and stairs leading to the bottom half of the yard, where you will find a gravel area with a fire pit and rock ledge with custom built seating. Perfect for spending a nice summers day with your friends and family. Out front, there is a double garage, and room for a small RV or Boat. Located near many local amenities including restaurants, parks, trails, shopping, the Nanaimo Ice Center, the Nanaimo Aquatic Center, as well as all levels of schooling including Vancouver Island University. All measurements are approximate and should be verified if important. MLS  423600

May 4, 2017

142 Newdale Place | $685,000 Elegant 6 bedroom 4 bathroom home with ocean view, located in North Nanaimo’s Eagle Point

Elegant 6 bedroom 4 bathroom home with ocean view, located in North Nanaimo’s Eagle Point. This 3,788sqft home has been beautifully maintained and is move in ready. The main floor has a unique open concept. The kitchen has new stainless steal appliances, and plenty of cupboard and counter space. Stepping down from the dining area is 2 small steps leading to the living room with vaulted ceilings and a beautiful stone wooden fireplace to stay warm in the winter. Downstairs is a large rec room, workshop, as well as 3 bedrooms and a large den. The fully fenced backyard has plenty of trees & bushes for added privacy, as well as a spacious covered patio, a built in covered barbecue area, and a stone trail leading to a stunning wooden platform, perfect for sitting in the sun, and enjoying warm summer days with your family & friends. Out front is a large driveway with a double garage and room for an RV or boat. Only a short walk to Blueback Beach, and located minutes away from all local amenities including shopping, restaurants, parks, and schools. All measurements are approximate and should be verified if important. MLS 423567


May 3, 2017

310-1631 Dufferin Heights | $219,900 | Move In Ready 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Condo In Dufferin Heights

Don’t miss out on this spacious, move in ready 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo in Dufferin Heights. This 961sqft home boasts in tons of naturally lighting, has a fantastic open concept, and an in suite laundry room. Just off the living room is where you will find the large covered balcony, as well as the two bedrooms. The first bedroom has beautiful glass French doors and mirror closet doors. The master bedroom is equipped with a full 4 piece ensuite and two large closets. Downstairs there is a fully furnished shared amenities room with a full kitchen and gym. Heading out back, there is also a large shared patio area with a fully functional barbecue set up with natural gas, perfect for hosting summer get togethers with your family & friends. Centrally located and within walking distance to the hospital, bus routes, schools, shopping, restaurants & much more.  All measurements are approximate and should be verified if important. MLS 423493.

April 30, 2017

The Importance of a Home Inspection in Your Nanaimo Real Estate Transaction

When you are entering the final steps towards purchasing your dream home, it is important to have a qualified, experienced inspector come and give the buyer a comprehensive, overall view of the condition of the home. A proper inspection helps the buyer avoid a costly mistake by purchasing a property in need of major repairs.

A home inspection is conducted, usually, but not always, at the time of the sale of a home. This general inspector examines and investigates the overall condition of the home. The areas they inspect include the following:

  • The structure and foundation, especially for cracks that may contribute to structural issues.
  • The entire exterior, including drainage methods.
  • The roof. This is the first protection for your house from water ingress. The roof is inspected for leaks, worn shingles and its overall condition. A home inspector should also inspect chimneys and ventilation systems for wood stoves.
  • Electrical wiring, including all circuit breakers. Many inspectors use infrared cameras for this to find potential hot wires in the wall, it’s also useful for finding circuit breakers that are wearing out.
  • Plumbing, HVAC, including furnaces and vents.
  • Insulation in the attic and other interior spaces
  • Ventilation, especially in enclosed, sealed areas like the basement.

We spent some time with Discovery Home Inspections' Darryl Saam to discuss the above factors,and what they can mean for homeowners, in the most recent episode of Sims in the City:

When the inspection is completed, the home inspector will provide the necessary people (realtors, buyers, seller) a copy of the inspection report that suggest improvements or any repairs that are required to happen before the home is sold, in order to meet current standards.

Home inspections can reveal problems that may be expensive to fix, and this can end up being a great negotiation point with the seller. If you’re the buyer, you can negotiate the price of the home based on what the inspector has found and what repairs will be needed before the sale can take place.

April 27, 2017

1105 Thunderbird Drive | $539,000 | Stunning 5 Bedroom 6 Bathroom Home With Office And Legal Suite

Stunning 5 bedroom 6 bathroom home with office and above ground legal suite. Upon entering this completely renovated home, the first thing you will notice is the fantastic open concept. The kitchen has beautiful dark wood cupboards, endless storage/counter space, and has access to one of three decks. The master bedroom is one of our favourite parts of this home, with another private deck, two skylights, and an ensuite equipped with double sinks, and a large jetted tub. Downstairs is where you will find your new home office. There is a private entrance, a reception area, as well as your own office bathroom. The 1 bedroom suite is located above the office and has a separate entrance and private deck. Huge vaulted ceilings, granite countertops, and in suite laundry are a great added bonus. This home has plenty of room for parking, whether it be for your clients, friends and family, or your boat and RV. Located in Central Nanaimo with easy access to the Nanaimo Hospital, bus stops, shopping, parks, schools and everything Nanaimo has to offer. All measurements are approximate and should be verified if important. MLS 423137


April 24, 2017

1-2197 Duggan Road | $189,900 | Move In Ready 2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Townhome

Move in ready 2 bedroom 1 bathroom townhome nestled in a quiet 55+ complex in central Nanaimo. This 912 sqft main level entry home has only had one owner since being built in 1994, and has been very well maintained. Stay warm in the winter by gathering around the living room fireplace, and cool in the summer by spending time on your private fully fenced patio, located just off the second bedroom. If you are looking for a safe, convenient area with easy access to plenty of local restaurants, amenities, bus stops, the E&N trail, and the Nanaimo Golf Club, then this home will be perfect for you. This home also has a covered garage, and in suite laundry. All measurements are approximate and should be verified if important. MLS 422934. 

April 13, 2017

$379,000 | 440 Hillcrest Avenue | Beautifully Updated 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Family Home in Quiet Neighbourhood

Beautifully updated 3 bedroom 2 bathroom family home in quiet neighbourhood. The first thing you will notice upon entering this 1,175sqft home is the fantastic open concept. Recent updates include all new painting throughout the home, a new dishwasher, stove, hood fan, sinks, countertops, as well as new flooring and windows. Stay cozy during the winter by gathering around your new living room fireplace, or get to work in your custom made office.  Heading out back, the first thing you will notice is the fantastic, large, covered patio area. The backyard is fully fenced, and is also accessible from the back alley. Grow your own fruits and vegetables this summer in one of your multiple garden areas, that are already growing a delicious raspberry bush. Also located in the backyard is a separate workshop, with a secret (locked) saw located on the outside of the shop. Plenty of room for RV/Boat parking. Located minutes away from all local amenities including restaurants, shopping centres, bus stops, schools, the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, as well as the Nanaimo Ice Centre. All measurements are approximate and should be verified if important. MLS 422456. 

April 6, 2017

5607 Carrington Road | $379,000 | Spacious 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Rancher Near Oliver Woods

Well kept 3 bedroom 2 bathroom rancher located in a quiet neighbourhood, minutes from Oliver Woods Park. This 1,265sqft main level entry home shows beautifully. Upon entering, you will find it's bright, clean, and has a great open concept in the living and dining room area, with a semi private kitchen. Located just off the laundry room is a large deck leading to the fully fenced backyard. Perfect for family get togethers. Downstairs there is a large 1,251sqft overheight crawl space, great for storing tools, decorations, and supplies. Lots of room for RV & boat parking. Close to all amenities including all levels of schooling, bus routes, restaurants, and Woodgrove Mall. This home will not be available for long. All measurements are approximate and should be verified if important.  MLS 422098 

April 5, 2017

$419,000 | 950 Chelsea Street | Beautiful 4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom Character Home In Central Nanaimo

Located in central Nanaimo, and only 5 minutes from the Nanaimo Hospital is where you will find this beautiful 4 bedroom 3 bathroom character home. Some of our favourite areas of the home include the living room, dining room, family room, and meditation room. All are areas that give true meaning to the word home. Over the past few years there have been many updates, including kitchen blinds, exterior painting, deck renovations, cedar fence panels, and updates to the siding, insulation and windows. Stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer with an efficient heat pump with remarkably low electricity bills.  Heading outside, you will find a large, fully fenced backyard, multiple gardening areas, and a patio area. The carport has room for two vehicles, and there is also room for RV/Boat parking. Parks, schools, bus routes, and shopping are all nearby.  All measurements are approximate and should be verified if important. MLS 422021