Anny Schaefer

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I have sold a property at 225 Henry ST in VICTORIA.
Fantastic opportunity to own an R2 zoned lot that is 60 ft x 100 ft with duplex potential in Vic West. This character style home offers coved ceilings, gas furnace, wood floors and updated thermal windows. Excellent location that is only minutes walking distance to parks with play grounds, Westside Village Shopping Centre, Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, Songhees in Harbour waterfront walkway, Selkirk waterfront walkway, Galloping Goose Regional Trail and Downtown Victoria. Do not miss this great investment opportunity! Floor plans available, call for a showing.
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I have sold a property at 4940 Prospect Lake RD in VICTORIA.
Private & peaceful. High above Prospect Lake, this west coast, chalet-style home offers fabulous privacy & value. A bright & spacious 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom updated home w/vaulted ceilings, wood flooring, custom cabinets, newer appliances & heated tile floors. Pagoda-style, private hot tub area & separate artist's studio w/power, heat, skylights & sliding glass doors. Lake views through the trees in most rooms. Gorgeous gardens. Lots of parking. Walk to lake park/access. Meticulously maintained.
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I have sold a property at 103 1083 Tillicum RD in VICTORIA.

Welcome to this lovely bright home in the gated Gorge Pointe complex on the shores of the gently lapping Gorge Waterway, minutes from downtown Victoria.

You'll appreciate convenient and spacious ground floor living along with a large patio to enjoy the outdoors. This impeccable suite features a beautiful built-in cabinet around the electric fireplace, and recent painting, appliances, flooring, and more. It has a great layout with separated bedrooms.

Your fun, active lifestyle starts here! Enjoy the many amenities of a west coast lifestyle including a private dock with moorage for your boat (see bylaws), a guest suite for friends and family, a convenient bike/kayak room, an exercise room, social room, library, and more.

One secure underground parking spot and a clean, well-lit storage unit are assigned to this unit.

One domestic house cat or one small dog (less than 20 pounds full grown) and up to two small caged birds are welcome. And enjoy the hummingbirds with a free-standing feeder!

Remediation is complete and there’s a 10-year warranty in place so you can enjoy peace of mind and the comfort of new doors and windows. Gorge Pointe has a pro-active strata with a Depreciation Report and a Capital Asset Management Plan.

Gorge Pointe is conveniently located on bus routes, near Fairway Market, a bank, pharmacy, restaurant (Il Greco), and a coffee shop. You’ll find shopping a couple of minutes away at Tillicum Centre and it’s less than a 10 minute drive to downtown Victoria shopping, entertainment, and restaurants.

The Gorge is a narrow tidal inlet, popular for recreational boating, that extends 7 km from Victoria Harbour to Portage Inlet. Under the Tillicum Bridge to the northwest of Gorge Pointe you’ll find the Gorge Narrows—a reversing falls. Across the street, Esquimalt Gorge Park features a Nature House, forested and horticultural areas including a Japanese garden, walking trails, picnic tables, benches, and a play area. The Gorge Waterway Park across Tillicum Bridge features a waterside walkway.

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Please visit our Open House at 103 1083 Tillicum RD in VICTORIA.
Open House on Saturday, November 19, 2016 1:00PM - 3:00PM This could be your new home. Come see this impeccable beautiful suite in Gorge Pointe. Two bedrooms are separated, much updating has been done. Enjoy the large patio and convenient ground floor location. Bring your kayak or boat!
Open House Sat. Nov. 19 1-3 pm. A beautiful, bright, impeccable home in Gorge Pointe on shores of gently lapping Gorge Waterway. You'll appreciate convenient + spacious ground floor living with a large patio to enjoy the outdoors, plus recent painting, appliances, flooring, a beautiful built-in around the electric fireplace, separated bedrooms, and more. Many amenities include private dock with moorage for your boat, social room, guest suite, bike/kayak storage, exercise room. Building remediation is complete with 10-year warranty in place so you can enjoy peace of mind and the comfort of new doors and windows. Pro-active strata has Depreciation Report and capital asset management plan. Your fun, active West Coast lifestyle starts here!
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I have listed a new property at 103 1083 Tillicum RD in VICTORIA.
Open House Sat. Nov. 19 1-3 pm. A beautiful, bright, impeccable home in Gorge Pointe on shores of gently lapping Gorge Waterway. You'll appreciate convenient + spacious ground floor living with a large patio to enjoy the outdoors, plus recent painting, appliances, flooring, a beautiful built-in around the electric fireplace, separated bedrooms, and more. Many amenities include private dock with moorage for your boat, social room, guest suite, bike/kayak storage, exercise room. Building remediation is complete with 10-year warranty in place so you can enjoy peace of mind and the comfort of new doors and windows. Pro-active strata has Depreciation Report and capital asset management plan. Your fun, active West Coast lifestyle starts here!
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I have sold a property at 401 317 Burnside RD E in VICTORIA.
Brand new exclusive boutique development with Spectacular City Skyline & Olympic Mountain Views on the 3rd & 4th Floors. Over 50% Sold. Offering 2 bedroom & 2 bedroom+den suites with modern kitchens, stainless steel appliances, german laminate flooring, deluxe bathrooms with in-floor radiant heat, in-suite laundry, spacious balconies & secure underground parking & locker. Airy 9 foot ceilings, with 11 foot feature ceilings in the penthouses. "01" floorplan from $439,900 - $469,900. Fantastic location central to Tillicum Mall, Mayfair Mall, Uptown Centre, Parks, Golf and Camosun Interurban Campus. Direct Bus Routes Downtown & UVic. 2-5-10 Year New Home Warranty. Net GST included! Open 1-3PM Thurs-Sun.
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I have sold a property at 704 708 Burdett AVE in VICTORIA.
This 7th floor suite in The Falls offers panoramic southwest views of the Inner Harbour, Empress Hotel and the Olympic Mountains. Luxurious features include a chef's kitchen with Italian Schiffini cabinets, a gas cook top and a granite island, engineered hardwood floors, a spa-like bathroom with double sinks, separate walk in showers & tub, electric fireplace and air conditioning. Located in the heart of downtown, this resort-like residential community offers residents a heated outdoor swimming pool & hot tub, fire pit and games room, fitness facility, bike storage, storage locker, one secured parking stall, and tranquil gardens. This is a pet friendly building with short and long term rentals permitted.
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I have sold a property at 2947 Oriole ST in VICTORIA.
Renovated classic bungalow located in the desirable Camosun area, close to Camosun College, Royal Jubilee Hospital, bus routes, and great schools. A total of 5 bedrooms and 2 baths, offering 3 bedrooms upstairs and a bright 2-bedroom in-law downstairs with private entrance, perfect as mortgage-helper, for in-laws or teenagers! Upstairs boasts an open concept floorplan featuring a spacious living room with a fireplace and kitchen with eat up bar opening up to a dining area. Lots of updates over the years including oak flooring and upgraded 200-amp electrical panel make this a turn-key ready home. Outside you’ll find a large fenced backyard with deep fertile soil for planting and double garage.
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I have listed a new property at 446 Moss ST in Victoria.

There’s plenty of room and lots of flexible options for the modern family in this charming Edwardian-era Arts & Crafts style home located in the heart of Fairfield on well-known Moss Street near the Rockland border. It could remain an investment property (it’s been used this way for many years although it’s not a permitted use by the City) or could be converted back to a single family home, possibly with an in-law suite.


A newer stone retaining wall and steps lead up to 446 Moss and its heritage-designated, mirror-image twin at 448 Moss. 446 Moss features character elements such as high ceilings, a claw-foot tub, stained glass, and built-ins. The house has a newer roof, 200-amp electric panel, and gas furnace on a low-maintenance urban lot with a private west-facing backyard, three porches, and a patio.


This home has five bedrooms, three kitchens, and in-suite laundry on each level. A single-family configuration could include up to four bedrooms on the upper level, up to two on the main, and one on the ground floor. The storage/utilities area on the ground floor once held a potter’s studio and might be an artist’s studio again.


446 Moss Street is close to shopping, schools, entertainment, restaurants, parks, and more and has a Walk Score of 85! It’s also a great place for cycling and is across from Sir James Douglas school – home of the Moss Street Farmers and Craft Market.


Moss Street extends from the Art Gallery to Clover Point at Dallas Road and is renowned for the Art Gallery Paint-in, held one Saturday in July every year, as well as two waves of cherry blossoms in the spring. Nearby you’ll find Robert J. Porter and Moss Rocks Parks as well as Brooke Street Green. Government House in Rockland with its beautiful public gardens is a short, pleasant walk away.


Fairfield is home to many character homes, vibrant Cook Street Village (a 10 minute walk or a quick bike ride), the Dallas Road oceanfront walkway including Ross Bay, and Beacon Hill Park. This home is less than a 10-minute drive to the heart of downtown Victoria and all the culture, food, and shopping it offers!


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I have listed a new property at 446 Moss ST in Victoria.

There’s plenty of room and lots of flexible options for the modern family in this charming Edwardian-era Arts & Crafts style home located in the heart of Fairfield on well-known Moss Street near the Rockland border. It could remain an investment property (it’s been used this way for many years although it’s not a permitted use by the City) or could be converted back to a single family home, possibly with an in-law suite.

A newer stone retaining wall and steps lead up to 446 Moss and its heritage-designated, mirror-image twin at 448 Moss. 446 Moss features character elements such as high ceilings, a claw-foot tub, stained glass, and built-ins. The house has a newer roof, 200-amp electric panel, and gas furnace on a low-maintenance urban lot with a private west-facing backyard, three porches, and a patio.

This home has five bedrooms, three kitchens, and in-suite laundry on each level. A single-family configuration could include up to four bedrooms on the upper level, one on the main, and one on the ground floor. The storage/utilities area on the ground floor once held a potter’s studio and might be an artist’s studio again.

446 Moss Street is close to shopping, schools, entertainment, restaurants, parks, and more and has a Walk Score of 85! It’s also a great place for cycling and is across from Sir James Douglas school – home of the Moss Street Farmers and Craft Market.

Moss Street extends from the Art Gallery to Clover Point at Dallas Road and is renowned for the Art Gallery Paint-in, held one Saturday in July every year, as well as two waves of cherry blossoms in the spring. Nearby you’ll find Robert J. Porter and Moss Rocks Parks as well as Brooke Street Green. Government House in Rockland with its beautiful public gardens is a short, pleasant walk away.

Fairfield is home to many character homes, vibrant Cook Street Village (a 10 minute walk or a quick bike ride), the Dallas Road oceanfront walkway including Ross Bay, and Beacon Hill Park. This home is less than a 10-minute drive to the heart of downtown Victoria and all the culture, food, and shopping it offers!

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The real news in Greater Victoria is the very low inventory.
 
Here's how things looked as of Monday morning:
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Monday was June 6 -- 20% of the month
  • 20% of last June's Net Unconditional Sales (910) would be 182 and we're at 187 so very close;  
  • 20% of 1,346 New Listings for the month would be 269 and we're at 226--about 16% less. 
  • Active Listings is a point-in-time--on Mon. June 6, 2016 there were 2,354 compared to 4,003 on June 30, 2015 -- so inventory was less than 60% of last year's, and last year inventory was already pretty low.

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In a tight market like this, both sellers and buyers can use some extra hand-holding. If you're ready to buy or sell in Victoria, contact me for personalized support as you navigate the buying or selling process.

 

The month-to-date market statistics are in and as of May 24, 2016, sales in Victoria are higher than last year.--979 compared to 905 this time last year. Adding to the tight market, there are currently only 2,431 listings compared to 4,043 this time last year (which also seemed low). Furthermore, there have been only 1,082 new listings so far this month compared to 1,485 last year.

 

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If you're following the Victoria real estate market at all, you've probably already heard that half again as many homes were sold in March 2016 as in March 2015---1,121 properties compared to 734. And that inventory remains low. Have a gander at this somewhat alarming graph from the Victoria Real Estate Board:

 

It's a classic Sellers' Market in some areas--especially near the downtown core and in most areas of the Saanich Peninsula. Many homes are selling within a few days (or occasionally even 0--that's "zero" days) of being placed on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system. There are frequently multiple offers, often resulting in a sale price that's a lot higher than asking price. 

 

Buyers take heart, though! The "inventory level" is a static snapshot number taken at month-end. All those houses people are buying are coming from somewhere. This graph shows the NEW listings alongside sales, and what's particularly interesting is comparing the new listings in March of 2016 (with its very high number of sales!) to the new listings in March of 2015 and March of 2014. Last month, there were 1,335 new residential listings, compared to 1,324 in March of last year and 1,155 in March of 2014. These can be thought of as the "flow" of houses INTO the market while the line representing sales is the flow OUT of the market. 

What this means for you if you're a Seller is that it's a great time to sell your home, if you can (but you already knew that). What it means for you if you're a Buyer is that it IS possible to buy a home even in this market. As your REALTOR®, I can help you with time-honoured strategies that will give you a better shot at getting the home you want. Call today!

Data and charts courtesy of Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service ®
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I have sold a property at 3437 Sunheights DR in VICTORIA.
Enjoy privacy and panoramic views on top of the hill in this updated, bright & sunny, custom family home. New big kitchen with granite counters, maple cabinets, stainless appliances, heated tile floor & comfortable eating bar. Open concept living spaces with huge picture windows to enjoy the views & capture the sunshine. Energy efficient ductless heat pump for year round heating & cooling comfort, solar heated hot water & the family room with cozy wood burning stove also accesses south facing patio. The top floor is dedicated to master suite with updated ensuite including soaker tub, sitting area & private deck. Easy care yard, outside living spaces, single garage too.Buyers agent to see M2M notes.
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I have sold a property at 1040 Finlayson Arm RD in VICTORIA.

Be captivated by this Goldstream Gem on the Highlands Border!

Call today to view!!!


Luxuriate in your own private sanctuary.

This one-of-a-kind 3,900 square foot woodland home on 1.29 acres offers a gentle Gulf Island feel...without the ferries.

There's plenty of space and room to breathe yet it's less than 15 minutes to Costco and Millstream Village shopping or Bear Mountain golf, dining, and other activities.

It's also only about a 5-minute drive to Goldstream Park and the Trans-Canada Highway up-island.

The large walk-out basement has suite potential with a renovated kitchen that includes full-size stove and fridge as well as heated slate tile floors, a spa-like new bathroom featuring heated tile floors and a rainfall shower with massaging jets, plus there's a sauna/bedroom with marble floor, and heated tile floors in the downstairs master bedroom.

Wonderful spacious master bedroom with wood-surrounded ensuite including jetted bath and skylight.

This home features some wood and tile floors, including some heated tile floors.

The living room overlooks your forest and has a stunning vaulted ceiling and 18' stone, wood-burning fireplace.

The lot features a seasonal creek, large decks to relax on, a level garden area for entertaining, lots of parking, a barn, AND MORE!

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Please visit our Open House at 1040 Finlayson Arm RD in VICTORIA.
Open House on Saturday, January 16, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Goldstream Gem on Highlands Border: One-of-a-kind 3900 sq. ft. woodland home on 1.29 acres. Room to breathe and multiple options with plenty of space, yet close to Costco. Suite potential w/ kitchen, bath. Vaulted ceiling, seasonal creek, barn, MORE!!!
  • Be captivated by this Goldstream Gem on the Highlands Border.
  • Luxuriate in your own private sanctuary.
  • This one-of-a-kind 3,900 square foot woodland home on 1.29 acres offers a gentle Gulf Island feel...without the ferries.
  • There's plenty of space and room to breathe yet it's less than 15 minutes to Costco and Millstream Village shopping or Bear Mountain golf, dining, and other activities. It's also only about a 5-minute drive to Goldstream Park and the Trans-Canada Highway up-island.
  • The large walk-out basement has suite potential with a renovated kitchen that includes full-size stove and fridge as well as heated slate tile floors, a spa-like new bathroom featuring heated tile floors and a rainfall shower with massaging jets, plus there's a sauna/bedroom with marble floor, and heated tile floors in the downstairs master bedroom.
  • Wonderful spacious master bedroom with wood-surrounded ensuite including jetted bath and skylight.
  • This home features some hardwood and tile floors, some of them heated.
  • The living room overlooks your forest and has a stunning vaulted ceiling and 18' stone, wood-burning fireplace.
  • The lot features a seasonal creek, large decks to relax on, a level garden area for entertaining, lots of parking, a barn, AND MORE!
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I have listed a new property at 1040 Finlayson Arm RD in VICTORIA.
  • Be captivated by this Goldstream Gem on the Highlands Border.
  • Luxuriate in your own private sanctuary.
  • This one-of-a-kind 3,900 square foot woodland home on 1.29 acres offers a gentle Gulf Island feel...without the ferries.
  • There's plenty of space and room to breathe yet it's less than 15 minutes to Costco and Millstream Village shopping or Bear Mountain golf, dining, and other activities. It's also only about a 5-minute drive to Goldstream Park and the Trans-Canada Highway up-island.
  • The large walk-out basement has suite potential with a renovated kitchen that includes full-size stove and fridge as well as heated slate tile floors, a spa-like new bathroom featuring heated tile floors and a rainfall shower with massaging jets, plus there's a sauna/bedroom with marble floor, and heated tile floors in the downstairs master bedroom.
  • Wonderful spacious master bedroom with wood-surrounded ensuite including jetted bath and skylight.
  • This home features some hardwood and tile floors, some of them heated.
  • The living room overlooks your forest and has a stunning vaulted ceiling and 18' stone, wood-burning fireplace.
  • The lot features a seasonal creek, large decks to relax on, a level garden area for entertaining, lots of parking, a barn, AND MORE!
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The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society is one of the city's organizations that I'm most fond of. Consider attending an upcoming event--rice pounding party anyone? Or perhaps seaweed harvesting or cherry blossom viewing is more your speed. Taiko drumming and traditional Japanese dancing are often on display.

If you like what you see and hear and taste, you can take out a membership and support their great work celebrating and honouring Japanese and Japanese-Canadian culture.

Some information follows. If you'd like a membership form, ask me or check their website!


Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society (VNCS)

The VNCS was formed in 1993 specifically to establish a sense of community for those of Japanese heritage and/or those interested in Japanese culture.


As stated in our constitution the purpose of our society is to:

a) Promote the awareness of Japanese culture for the benefit of its members and the greater community;
b) Represent the Japanese community to the greater community;
c) Support related Japanese organizations; and
d) Identify and serve the needs of the Nikkei community.


Throughout the year the VNCS organizes social events for its members, often with a theme related to a Japanese holiday or special occasion. Our promotion of Japanese culture is not only for our members but is also open to the greater community. Our annual Fall Bazaar and Mochi parties are examples of our outreach efforts. Where appropriate the VNCS will act as a spokes-organization for the Nikkei community. We work with other similar cultural/ethnic-minded organizations such as the Victoria Japanese Friendship Society to promote Japanese culture.
The VNCS is registered under the BC Society Act and has charitable status. We are a member organization of the Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria and the National Association of Japanese Canadians.

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