As a first time Vancouver condo buyer, I’d looked extensively for four months, in four different Vancouver neighbourhoods on the west side and in four different price ranges. In total I’ve viewed over 30 condos with my realtor Maggie Chandler, as well as attending many open houses on my own.
I’d originally wished to be in Kitsilano, north of 4th avenue and had an attraction to the lofts but I ended up Downtown at 1055 Richards Street.
When i viewed the remaining condos at Richards Living I became smitten with the wonderful outdoor spaces. And then a new listing came on the market which I viewed at Open House and called Maggie to take a look with me the next day. There was lots of activity and the realtor had told us she had two offers coming in. As it turned out no offers arrived and I was able to write on the following day.
The owners were investors and had moved out of town, so I assume they were highly motivated as the condo was vacant and the list price, according to the recent building sales my realtor provided for me, was under market value. I haggled hard and not only achieved a value which was below current market but the tasteful furnishings were sold to me for one quarter of their original value. I sweetened the deal with a three week closing.
Why this condo? Not only is the building of high quality, sleek interiors with detailed finishings, and an amazing gym but it was the patio that clenched it for me. Nearly as large as the condo itself! Very unique.
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