New Westminster condo sells for almost $2 millionBy Mario Bartel - New Westminster News Leader
A penthouse condo along the Quay that recently sold for almost $2 million is a new benchmark for New Westminster's real estate market, says the agent who got the commission.
And a sure sign the city is now on the radar for buyers who might otherwise look at urban areas like Yaletown or Coal Harbour.
Ian Watt has made a career catering to well-heeled buyers looking to live high above it all. His website is choc-a-bloc with sleek, stylish glass-and-concrete condos with killer views across False Creek or Stanley Park to the North Shore Mountains. So pitching a penthouse with a sky-high view across the Fraser River to Surrey, Delta and beyond proved a bit of a challenge.
In fact, the 4,322-square-foot unit had been listed four times and been on the market for a total of more than 1,000 days. It's actually two condos that had been combined and renovated into one, featuring three bedrooms, three full baths, five terraces and a circular entrance foyer.
PHOTO: The condo included a large walk-in closet.
"People think of Coal Harbour and Yaletown," says Watt, who's based in Vancouver. "The biggest challenge is getting word about New West out there. It brings a different dimension."
The buzz about the city's Downtown revival is starting to reach the high-end condo market, says Watt.
"New West is starting to get a bit of a vibe. People want a place with a bit of soul."
They're finding that in New West, but at a lot lower price than they'd have to pay in Vancouver.
"They're getting value," says Watt. "If anybody googles and tries to find a property like this in Vancouver, it would probably be $8-10 million."
New West's $2 million condo:
• 4,322 sq. ft.
• 3 bedrooms
• master suite is 360 sq. ft. with a 300 sq. ft. dressing room and walk-in closet as well as a six-piece ensuite
• 4 parking spaces side-by-side
• blonde ash hardwood floors throughout