Monday, May 26, 2014

The 3 Valley Gap Ghost Town



Our trip to the Three Valley Lake Chateau and the 3 Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town was somewhat surreal and above all interesting.  Located about 5 hours northeast of Chilliwack in the Rockies 19 km west of Revelstoke the Ghost Town offers 25 historic buildings that extend back into time to the gold rush days of the 1860s.

St. Stephen's Church

It was like time had stood still, albeit all at different times....

I was particularly interested in the resourcefulness of these pioneer builders; given scant materials, some interesting structures such as the bottle and the oak barrel houses shown below became "home" for a time.





There were a number of log houses as well, check out the corner work in the following picture. That is all skill and done without power tools.


Aside from a real saloon and the other fine historic buildings, all fully furnished, there is a Railway Roundhouse, an Antique Auto Museum, Monashee Mining Display and a Wagon & Buggy Shop. An old style candy shop is ready for the kids.

The Roundhouse Interior is amazing!


A bit of a drive from Chilliwack but if you are travelling to Calgary this is a pleasant half way stop to make.

All pictures © Stephen Mullock.

Imagine living here...well in Chilliwack...

Stephen Mullock
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

View Two OPEN HOUSE




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Saturday May 24, 2014
1 to 4 pm
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Click the links above for more details and a map.


Garrison Crossing, Chilliwack, BC
There is something people like about living in Garrison Crossing that extends well beyond their home design.  Have a look at these articles to get a sense of the place, I think that you will agree that Garrison Crossing is a uniquely special place.

1.  Garrison Crossing Makes Living Easy
2.  Take A Walk In Garrison Crossing


Imagine living here...and please come out this Saturday.


Stephen Mullock
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

MONSTER TRUCKS Filming Begins in Chilliwack



Filming for the 100 million dollar CGI (Computer Generated Image) and live action movie "MONSTER TRUCKS"  is well underway in the historic downtown core of Chilliwack today so I took my trusty camera and went for a look.  The plot outline is under wraps at this time, but speculation suggests that the film will be based on a toy line from Hasbro.  This is a Paramount Pictures production and is scheduled to come out in May 2015.

Chris Wedge, who's directing, is known for his work in movies such as "Ice Age" (2002), "Robots" (2005) and "Epic" (2013); in short a busy and talented director.

The cast includes such notables as Jane Levy (of the TV series Suburgatory), Rob Lowe (West Wing, Parks and Recreation), Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Amy Ryan (The Office, one of my favourites actresses, you go Amy) and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon).

They were watering down the Court Lane as I approached and I wondered why; so I asked.  Apparently, a wet surface looks better on film and should it rain in a different location the continuity of the scene can be maintained.

All the action was at Young Street and Victoria Avenue where a high speed chase was being filmed.  We were permitted to watch the filming, but of course, the crowd of curious bystanders I was part of were kept well back from the action.  Interesting to watch on a perfect day in Chilliwack.

What is critical to know is this - the stores are all open downtown and parking was easy.  So come visit the historic downtown Chilliwack you'll find there is a lot going on, pleasant shops and a major film being shot. You might even see a movie star.  Chilliwack, is a warm and welcoming community that is very pleased that Hollywood has come to town.

By the way, signs indicate that Chilliwack represents Anderson, North Dakota, where who knows, perhaps MONSTER TRUCKS are the norm.  ROARRRRRR


Imagine living here.....



Stephen Mullock
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Chilliwack Royal LePage 6th Annual Garage Sale A Huge Success




Prepared to "hawk" some goods in our 6th annual Royal LePage Garage Sale I stand ready with a directional sign and one of the thousands of sale items.

Lots of unusual, funky, unique and regular house stuff all bundled together with hundreds of people searching and finding treasures to take home.  It was fun and exciting despite the morning rain, and...We raised over $4,300 in this our 6th Annual Garage Sale with sale proceeds going in part to the Shelter Foundation and the local Ann Davis Transition House in Chilliwack.

While the whole Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam team contributed our most exceptional leaders were Tracey Blackburn Lock and Karen Booth. Well done!

By day's end, though, I was wishing we had not sold that chair!

Imagine living here....


Stephen Mullock
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Kindness Crew Star FM & Royal LePage


The Kindness Crew struck again yesterday and this time it was with treats for the teachers and staff of Chilliwack's public schools in recognition of the fine job they are doing with our kids.  It brought back memories of all the schools I attended growing up here in Chilliwack, the many friends I met along our journey of discovery, and, the teachers that made a difference.

We couldn't resist hamming it up with a little school attitude, as we delivered our Subway cookies and coupons to the schools.



Rodger and Me

Kyle and Rodger

Rodger takes a Selfie

Thanks to our partners in "kindness" - the Star 98.3 Kindness Crew is presented by the kind people at Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam and Murray Honda with a big thank you to Subway.


Imagine living here...

Stephen Mullock
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Chilliwack* Real Estate Review and Analysis April 2014



The Chilliwack* real estate board area (CADREB) which includes the outlying communities of Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and parts of the Fraser Cascade Regional District recorded 123 sales of single family houses and 86 sales of strata homes such as townhouses, and apartments in April 2014. A total of 237 residential properties representing a 33% increase in sales volume over March.  Very nice, especially in the strata residential market which had been lacklustre and returned to strength exceeding the 10-year average. 

This report divides Chilliwack* residential properties into two classifications; single family detached and strata.  There is often quite a difference in market vigour between the two classifications and for this reason I like to view them separately.


Spring has sprung a fresh new batch of "sold" signs.




Sales of Single Family Detached Houses

The Chilliwack* real estate board area (CADREB) which includes the outlying communities of Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and parts of the Fraser Cascade Regional District recorded a total of 151 sales of single family houses in April 2014.

The 151, Chilliwack* real estate board single family detached, sales were more than the March 2014 total of 123 - but traditionally, we expect fewer sales in March. 
  
A list to sale ratio of 17 % is up from 15% a month earlier indicating a competitive balanced market Chilliwack* single family detached homes.

Please remember to use the services of a Realtor© to maximize your chances for a successful purchase or sale. Give me a call if you are looking for professional service in the Chilliwack, Agassiz, Kent or Harrison Hot Springs areas.

MONTHSales/Average Sale Price/Days on Market/Active Listings
Apr  2014151$346,00059907
Mar 2014123$339,00080855
Apr 2013130$340,00066n/a




Median SALE Price of Chilliwack* Single Family Detached Homes (SFD)
  • April 2014 - $341,500
  • March 2014 - $347,500
  • February 2014 - $339,000
  • January 2014 - $348,000
  • December 2013 - $334,500
  • November  2013 - $334,000
  • October 2013 - $321,000
  • September 2013 - $336,000
  • August 2013 - $309,500
  • July 2013 - $347,500
  • June 2013 - $349,500
  • May 2013 - $339,500
  • April 2013 - $338,000
  • March 2013 - $364,000
  • February 2013 - $315,000

       
    Median LISTING Price of active Chilliwack* Single Family Detached Real Estate Homes:
    • May 2, 2014 - $364,900
    • April 8, 2014 - $359,900
    • March 3, 2014 - $354,900
    • February 1, 2014 - $349,900
    • December 3, 2013 - $359,900
    • November 1, 2013 - $359,000
    • October 1, 2013 - $364,900
    • September 3, 2014 - $358,000
    • August 1, 2013 - $349,900
    • July 2, 2013 $359,900
    • June 4, 2013 $365,000
    • May 2, 2013 $369,900
    • April 1, 2013 $359,900


      2013 - 2011 Market Strength for Chilliwack* Single Family Houses

      Single Family House Monthly Unit Sales as % of a 10-Year Monthly Sales Average

      MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulyAugSeptOctNovDec
      201494%100%82%95%







      201397%68%60%75%82%83%82%87%105%79%83%80%
      201281%67%77%77%83%70%88%54%70%88%91%80%
      201185%91%75%70%68%93%74%86%86%70%86%92%



      Sales of Strata Homes (Apartments, Townhouses etc.)

      The Chilliwack* real estate board area (CADREB) which includes the outlying communities of Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and parts of the Fraser Cascade Regional District recorded a total of 86 sales of strata homes (apartments, townhouses) in April 2014.


      NEW LISTING Adult 55+ Ranch $269,900


      The 86, Chilliwack* real estate board strata sales was a big improvement to the March 2014 total of 58.  The 86 sales were beat the 81 sales that would usually be expected for April based on a 10-year average.
        
      A list to sale ratio of 17% indicates that the market is moving from a Buyer's to a Balanced market for Chilliwack* strata homes. 

      Once again, please remember to use the services of a Realtor© to maximize your chances for a successful purchase or sale. Give me a call if you are looking for professional service in the Chilliwack, Agassiz, Kent or Harrison Hot Springs areas.


      
      MONTHSales/Average Sale Price/Days on Market/Active Listings
      Apr  2014 86$218,00067512
      Mar  2014 58$240,00077512
      Apr  2013 59$198,00067n/a


      Median SALE Price of Chilliwack* Strata Homes:
      • April 2014 - $220,500
      • March 2014 - $243,000
      • February 2014 - $239,000
      • January 2014 - $216,000
      • December 2013 - $232,500
      • November 2013 - $202,000
      • October 2013 - $199,500
      • September 2013 - $212,500
      • August 2013 - $209,900
      • July 2013 - $231,500
      • June 2013 - $211,000
      • May 2013 - $211,000
      • April 2013 - $204,000
      • March 2013 - $229,000
      • February 2013 - $208,000



        Median LISTING Price of active Chilliwack* Strata Real Estate Listings:
        • May 2, 2014 - $214,900
        • April 8, 2014 - $219,000
        • March 3, 2014 - $219,900
        • February 1, 2014 - $219,900
        • January 2, 2014 - $212,500
        • December 3, 2013 - $214,900
        • November 1, 2013 - $214,900
        • October 1, 2013 - $214,900
        • September 3, 2013 - $194,500
        • August 1, 2013 - $212,000
        • July 2, 2013 - $213,900
        • June 4, 2013 - $214,900
        • May 2, 2013 - $210,000
        • April 1, 2013 - $212,500
        • March 1, 2013 - $209,900
        • February 1, 2013 - $217,500


        2011 - 2013 Strata Market Strength

        Strata Home Monthly Unit Sales as % of a 10-Year Monthly Sales Average

        MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulyAugSeptOctNovDec
        201490%66%72%106%







        2013100%81%89%73%87%99%84%85%79%108%68%90%
        201293%78%96%70%87%85%97%67%89%76%114%82%
        2011100%105%85%86%84%66%66%91%


        The information contained in this post has been prepared by the author Stephen Mullock, using information from the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board.  The information has been drawn from sources deemed to be reliable, but the accuracy and completeness of the information is not guaranteed.

        In providing this information, neither Stephen Mullock nor the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board assumes any responsibility or liability.

        Copyright © 2014 Stephen Mullock. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without written permission.


        Imagine living here...


        Stephen Mullock
        is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.