Anny Schaefer

Whatever your natural habitat may be

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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I have listed a new property at .
Your home could be featured here! Listings are down 18% from September 2014 while sales are up 25%. It's a SELLERS' MARKET out there. If you're thinking of selling, contact me for a complimentary consultation and learn about the benefits of my marketing system.
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I have sold a property at 2720 Foul Bay RD in VICTORIA.

THIS HOME SOLD IN LESS THAN A MONTH.


Space and Versatility!

Delightful, bright, affordable, well-maintained 1950s bungalow has suite potential!

Central location and a great place to raise a family!

Enjoy the convenience of 3 bedrooms on the main floor and an additional bedroom and rec room with other potential uses downstairs.

In the same family for 60 years, this home features:

  • an inviting Living Room-Dining Room with wraparound wood-burning fireplace and a pass-through/counter open to the kitchen, letting in even more light.
  • hardwood floors in main living areas.
  • a gracious and private deck and a sunny, fenced west-facing backyard with a bonus shed.
  • Choose your plantings for the rock garden and stone wall, or go for low-maintenance gardening!
  • A single-car garage with built-in cabinets and workshop space will give you plenty of room for projects.
  • well-insulated attic.
  • built-in vacuum.
  • lots of storage space and an area that could once again be a root cellar with the addition of a door (for your preserves and root veggies!).

Your Neighbourhood

Fantastic location in an established residential neighbourhood, minutes to downtown, close to:

  • shopping including Charelli's Deli, Tomley's Market, Save-On-Foods and BC Liquor Store, Hillside Mall, Estevan Village.
  • Jubilee Hospital and medical offices.
  • parks and green spaces including Carnarvon and Allenby Parks, Bowker Creek, Willows Beach (a 20-minute walk) and more!

Call today to view this great family home!

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Inner Harbour Sunset

Victoria Real Estate Market Remains Strong All Summer

Another month with the same message: Sales up, inventories down. Call today if you want to list your home! 


September 1, 2015, Victoria BC - The Victoria Real Estate Board today released its report on real estate activity for August 2015. A total of 741 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this August, an increase of 21.7% compared to the 609 properties sold in the same month last year.

 

"Consumer confidence in our area continues to be one of the main drivers of the spring and summer market surge," Victoria Real Estate Board President Guy Crozier says. "In terms of single family home sales, this month we saw the highest number sold in the month of August since 2007. A total of 379 single family homes sold in August 2015, compared to 399 in August 2007."

 

There were 3,688 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of August, 14.6% fewer than the 4,316 active listings in August 2014.

 

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core last year in August was $556,600. The benchmark value for the same home in August 2015 has increased by 8.37% to $603,200.

 

"The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation announced new rules for buyers who have less than a 20 per cent deposit," notes President Crozier. "Starting at the end of September, buyers who apply for mortgage loan insurance from CMHC will be able to include 100 per cent of the projected income from secondary suites. A change like this may buoy the market through the fall and winter, and we may see increased pressure on areas that permit suites. We'll watch over the upcoming months and track any trickledown activity."

 

More information on the August 2015 report and the Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index is available from the Victoria Real Estate Board, at vreb.org.

 

About VREB - Founded in 1921, the Victoria Real Estate Board is a key player in the development of standards and innovative programs to enhance the professionalism of REALTORS®. The Victoria Real Estate Board represents over 1,200 local REALTORS®. 

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Please visit our Open House at 2720 Foul Bay RD in VICTORIA.
Open House on Saturday, August 15, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Excellent family home with suite potential, 3 bedrooms on main and 1 down. Features woodburning fireplace, hardwood floors, coved ceilings, west-facing deck and backyard, and more. Great location near schools, Camosun, UVic, hospital, parks, beach, etc.!

Space and Versatility!

Delightful, bright, affordable, well-maintained 1950s bungalow has suite potential!

Central location and a great place to raise a family!

Enjoy the convenience of 3 bedrooms on the main floor and an additional bedroom and rec room with other potential uses downstairs.

In the same family for 60 years, this home features:

  • an inviting Living Room-Dining Room with wraparound wood-burning fireplace and a pass-through/counter open to the kitchen, letting in even more light.
  • hardwood floors in main living areas.
  • a gracious and private deck and a sunny, fenced west-facing backyard with a bonus shed.
  • Choose your plantings for the rock garden and stone wall, or go for low-maintenance gardening!
  • A single-car garage with built-in cabinets and workshop space will give you plenty of room for projects.
  • well-insulated attic.
  • built-in vacuum.
  • lots of storage space and an area that could once again be a root cellar with the addition of a door (for your preserves and root veggies!).

Your Neighbourhood

Fantastic location in an established residential neighbourhood, minutes to downtown, close to:

  • shopping including Charelli's Deli, Tomley's Market, Save-On-Foods and BC Liquor Store, Hillside Mall, Estevan Village.
  • Jubilee Hospital and medical offices.
  • parks and green spaces including Carnarvon and Allenby Parks, Bowker Creek, Willows Beach (a 20-minute walk) and more!

Call today to view this great family home!

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Please visit our Open House at 2720 Foul Bay RD in VICTORIA.
Open House on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Excellent family home with suite potential, 3 bedrooms on main and 1 down. Features woodburning fireplace, hardwood floors, coved ceilings, west-facing deck and backyard, and more. Great location near schools, Camosun, UVic, hospital, parks, beach, etc.!

Space and Versatility!

Delightful, bright, affordable, well-maintained 1950s bungalow has suite potential!

Central location and a great place to raise a family!

Enjoy the convenience of 3 bedrooms on the main floor and an additional bedroom and rec room with other potential uses downstairs.

In the same family for 60 years, this home features:

  • an inviting Living Room-Dining Room with wraparound wood-burning fireplace and a pass-through/counter open to the kitchen, letting in even more light.
  • hardwood floors in main living areas.
  • a gracious and private deck and a sunny, fenced west-facing backyard with a bonus shed.
  • Choose your plantings for the rock garden and stone wall, or go for low-maintenance gardening!
  • A single-car garage with built-in cabinets and workshop space will give you plenty of room for projects.
  • well-insulated attic.
  • built-in vacuum.
  • lots of storage space and an area that could once again be a root cellar with the addition of a door (for your preserves and root veggies!).

Your Neighbourhood

Fantastic location in an established residential neighbourhood, minutes to downtown, close to:

  • shopping including Charelli's Deli, Tomley's Market, Save-On-Foods and BC Liquor Store, Hillside Mall, Estevan Village.
  • Jubilee Hospital and medical offices.
  • parks and green spaces including Carnarvon and Allenby Parks, Bowker Creek, Willows Beach (a 20-minute walk) and more!

Call today to view this great family home!

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Please visit our Open House at 2720 Foul Bay RD in VICTORIA.
Open House on Sunday, August 2, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Charming 1950s bungalow features hardwood floors, 3 BR on main + 1 down, woodburning wraparound fireplace, coved ceilings, a west-facing deck and backyard. Great location near hospital, schools, shopping, parks and more!!!

Space and Versatility!

Delightful, bright, affordable, well-maintained 1950s bungalow has suite potential!

Central location and a great place to raise a family!

Enjoy the convenience of 3 bedrooms on the main floor and an additional bedroom and rec room with other potential uses downstairs.

In the same family for 60 years, this home features:

  • an inviting Living Room-Dining Room with wraparound wood-burning fireplace and a pass-through/counter open to the kitchen, letting in even more light.
  • hardwood floors in main living areas.
  • a gracious and private deck and a sunny, fenced west-facing backyard with a bonus shed.
  • Choose your plantings for the rock garden and stone wall, or go for low-maintenance gardening!
  • A single-car garage with built-in cabinets and workshop space will give you plenty of room for projects.
  • well-insulated attic.
  • built-in vacuum.
  • lots of storage space and an area that could once again be a root cellar with the addition of a door (for your preserves and root veggies!).

Your Neighbourhood

Fantastic location in an established residential neighbourhood, minutes to downtown, close to:

  • shopping including Charelli's Deli, Tomley's Market, Save-On-Foods and BC Liquor Store, Hillside Mall, Estevan Village.
  • Jubilee Hospital and medical offices.
  • parks and green spaces including Carnarvon and Allenby Parks, Bowker Creek, Willows Beach (a 20-minute walk) and more!

Call today to view this great family home!

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Please visit our Open House at 2720 Foul Bay RD in VICTORIA.
Open House on Saturday, August 1, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Charming 1950s bungalow features hardwood floors, 3 BR on main + 1 down, woodburning wraparound fireplace, coved ceilings, a west-facing deck and backyard. Great location near hospital, schools, shopping, parks and more!!!
Plenty of space in this delightful, bright, well-maintained 1950s bungalow w/ suite potential. One-family home for 60+ years. 3 beds up, 1 bed + rec room down. Entertain in inviting Living-Dining Room w/ wraparound wood-burning fireplace. Hardwood floors in main living areas, a gracious deck and private, fenced west-facing backyard. Well-insulated attic, built-in vac, newer water heater + lots of storage space round out this versatile home's features. Fantastic location in established residential neighbourhood, mins to downtown, near schools, Charelli's Deli, Tomley's Market, Save-On-Foods, Jubilee Hospital and medical offices, parks, Camosun College-Lansdowne Campus, UVic, Hillside Shopping Centre, Estevan Village, Willows Beach and more!
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I have listed a new property at 2720 Foul Bay RD in VICTORIA.
Plenty of space in this delightful, bright, well-maintained 1950s bungalow w/ suite potential. One-family home for 60+ years. 3 beds up, 1 bed + rec room down. Entertain in inviting Living-Dining Room w/ wraparound wood-burning fireplace. Hardwood floors in main living areas, a gracious deck and private, fenced west-facing backyard. Well-insulated attic, built-in vac, newer water heater + lots of storage space round out this versatile home's features. Fantastic location in established residential neighbourhood, mins to downtown, near schools, Charelli's Deli, Tomley's Market, Save-On-Foods, Jubilee Hospital and medical offices, parks, Camosun College-Lansdowne Campus, UVic, Hillside Shopping Centre, Estevan Village, Willows Beach and more!
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Victoria house prices are edging up, but still remain reasonable, not stratospheric. According to the Teranet–National Bank National Composite House Price Index™ Victoria's average house price increased by 5.65% between June of 2014 and last month. That's close to the countrywide average of 5.1%, but much lower than Vancouver (8.5%) and Toronto (7.8%). June prices were 2.63% higher than in May, and have gone up 4.13% since the beginning of the year. As you can see from the chart below, prices still aren't as high as their mid-2010 or mid-2011 levels. Still, they're inching up. Time will tell if this is the start of an upward trend.


Contact me if you'd like a current market analysis on your home or any neighbourhood of interest!

 

 

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I recently had the joyful experience of working with Leah Wickes, Artistic Director and Instructor of Whitespace Dance, and her wonderful family to sell their existing home and purchase a new one. As part of the DFH-Dance Victoria partnership, we made a donation to vibrant Dance Victoria.


Contact me if you'd like to support this great organization as you buy or sell a home here in Victoria.


Shown below: Anny Schaefer of Anny Schaefer-DFH Real Estate; Stephen White, Executive Producer of Dance Victoria; Leah Wickes of Whitespace Dance with her son.




 

 

 

 

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I have sold a property at 142 Linden AVE in VICTORIA.

Rare opportunity to own a charming one-level home close to the water on a beautiful street. 142 Linden Ave. is an economical alternative to a townhouse, condo or detached house with no strata council or fees. Plus your dog or cat is welcome!

Amazing location, less than two blocks to Dallas Road waterfront, Beacon Hill Park and Cook Street Village and an easy walk, cycle or drive downtown.

One side of a 1940s duplex with strata lot of 890 square feet and exclusive use of approximately 3,420 sq. ft. yard that's designated as limited common property.

Featuring two generous size bedrooms, one bath, living room with wood-burning fireplace and a kitchen and study that overlook the west- and south-facing garden. Wood and cork floors, hot water gas heat, stained glass doors, attic storage potential, new roof Dec. 2006.

Bring your personal touches and enjoy the summer in your new home!

NOTE: Tenanted till July 3rd.

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I have sold a property at 1215 Stelly ST in VICTORIA.
Enjoy the Fernwood lifestyle in this warm + friendly family home w/ exclus. use of fenced front yard, in-law potential in high bsmt. Half of a back-front duplex, it's like detached home w/ little contact btwn 2 sides. Cul-de-sac near parks, Belfry Theatre/culture, shopping + schools, minutes to downtown, this lovingly maintained + updated home has coved ceilings, some hardwd + tile floors, new blinds, new roof in 2010, new nanny suite (prev. rented @ $900/month), S/S appliances, newer countertops, backsplash + more! Upstairs has friendly kitchen, LR w/ gas FP, updated bath, 2 beds + add'al ofc/den w/ closet. Downstairs has laundry rm, 1-yr-old gas water heater, sep. entrance, 1 BR, large living area, garage w/ workshop area. Happy Spring!
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Summer has arrived, perhaps a bit early this year, and we're lucky enough to be experiencing Victoria's temperate "dry season". Many people are surprised to find out that southern Vancouver Island usually has at least a six-week drought each summer, with only the occasional rain shower. Some of us who grew up back east, on the prairies or--like me--in the southern United States, still can't quite get used to the very enjoyable lower heat and humidity and cool evenings that are normal for much of July to September. We may also miss those refreshing and dramatic afternoon thunderstorms ... but, you can't have everything!


Our grass actually has its dormant period in the summer instead of the winter, so many people choose not to water their lawns and just accept a short period of brown grass. For those who want to keep the lush green look, the Capital Regional District's Stage 1 watering schedule is now in effect. Basically that means that lawn watering is allowed from 4-10 am and 7-10 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays for even-numbered street addresses and on Thursdays and Sundays for odd-numbered addresses.


Stage 1 also allows the following:

  • Established trees, shrubs, vegetable and flower gardens may be watered by hand using a hose with a shut-off device or with a hand-held container, or a micro/drip irrigation system, on any day at any time.
  • Established trees, shrubs, vegetable and flower gardens may be watered with a sprinkler on any day, but only during the hours of 4:00 am to 10:00 am and 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
  • A person who has installed a new lawn, either newly seeded or new sod, may apply to the Capital Regional District for a Permit, which will allow the new lawn to be sprinkled with water outside of permitted days, but within restricted hours (Seed 49 days, Sod 21 days).
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Please visit our Open House at 142 Linden AVE in VICTORIA.
Open House on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 13:00 - 15:00 Charming 1-level 1/2 duplex near Dallas Rd. waterfront. Great altern. to house, TH or condo, w/ no strata fees. Strata lot of 890 sq.ft. + exclusive use of approx. 3,420 sq. ft. yard that's designated limited common property. Your dog or cat is welcome!

Rare opportunity to own a charming one-level home close to the water on a beautiful street. 142 Linden Ave. is an economical alternative to a townhouse, condo or detached house with no strata council or fees. Plus your dog or cat is welcome!

Amazing location, less than two blocks to Dallas Road waterfront, Beacon Hill Park and Cook Street Village and an easy walk, cycle or drive downtown.

One side of a 1940s duplex with strata lot of 890 square feet and exclusive use of approximately 3,420 sq. ft. yard that's designated as limited common property.

Featuring two generous size bedrooms, one bath, living room with wood-burning fireplace and a kitchen and study that overlook the west- and south-facing garden. Wood and cork floors, hot water gas heat, stained glass doors, attic storage potential, new roof Dec. 2006.

Bring your personal touches and enjoy the summer in your new home!

NOTE: Tenanted till July 3rd.

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