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HERITAGE HOME NEWS

JANUARY 2012

Heritage Restoration!

Grant would like to welcome Kyla to the I Love Heritage team. Kyla has a Bachelor of Business and joins Grant in real estate after 5 years as a commercial airline pilot. After having her first child, Kyla decided it was safer to sell old homes than fly old planes! Kyla shares Grant’s passion for heritage homes and they are both members of the North Shore Heritage Preservation Society. Grant has lived all his life on the North Shore and now lives in a heritage home on Ottawa Gardens. Licensed since 1991 with Prudential Sussex Realty, he is in the top 3% of the 60,000 Realtors in the Prudential network. Grant has a business background in sales and has served on the City of North Vancouver’s Heritage Advisory Commission and Advisory Planning Commission for 16 years. Grant has received the “Heritage Awareness Achievement Award” by both the City and District of North Vancouver and has long been recognized as one of North Vancouver's leading experts of heritage buildings. With a combined experience of 25 years, Grant and Kyla look forward to helping you with your real estate needs.

Heritage Spotlight

Tempe House
Tempe House
437 Somerset Street. 1912.
Register Ranking: A

In 1913, this home was owned by German born Baron Lubbitz Gustav Constantin Alvo von Alvensleben. The son of a count, Alvo became a leading real estate and investment broker in BC. When war broke out in 1914, Alvo fled Canada to avoid being arrested, and the government seized his house.

The wax seals used to seal the windows can still be seen on some of the original windows today. It has been said that the Tempe House is connected to another of Alvo’s properties in Pitt Meadows and to Baron Carl von Mackensen’s house in Port Kells.

After war broke out, there were rumours that the 3 houses were used by the Germans to pass secret signals by mirror. (Photo and research courtesy of Eve Lazarus: www.evelazarus.com)

 

North Vancouver Market Update

Houses

In April, there were a total of 115 houses sold compared to 124 sold in April 2012.

The benchmark price in April was $939,900.

Benchmark house prices are down 2.6% and inventory is up 29% from April 2012.

 

Apartments

In April, there were a total of 65 apartments sold compared to 78 sold in April 2012.

The benchmark price in April was $346,500.

Benchmark apartment prices are down 1.6% and inventory is down 8% from April 2012. (Total inventory does not include new condos as they are not all on MLS.)

 

Heritage

In April, there was one heritage home sold in Central Lonsdale at 456 E Keith Rd for $618,000.

For information on recent heritage sales, renovation ideas that will give you the best return or to inquire about the value of your home, please contact us.

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