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The details: 101-1725 Balsam St. | $912,000 | 955 sq. ft. | 2 bed, 2 bath
The condo: This corner unit with a wraparound patio and private entrance is a mere two blocks from the beach. In other words, it embodies quintessential Kitsilano living. Inside is an open layout with hardwood floors throughout, floor-to-ceiling windows, and over-height ceilings. The master bedroom, meanwhile, features a charming ensuite with a clawfoot tub. And it’s not the only place to get comfortable. In the colder months, cozy up to the gas fireplace on your private 600-sq.-ft. wraparound patio.
The building: The Balsam House is a boutique concrete building with just seven units built in 2000.
The neighbourhood: It’s north of 4th Ave. in Kitsilano, meaning walkability and two-minute beach access. Feel like cooking a nice dinner? Do the Kitsilano shuffle on the way home from work, hitting Whole Foods, Market Meats, New Apple Farm Market, and the Kitsilano Wine Cellar to prep for the perfect evening. Don’t feel like cooking? Fable, Nook, Maenam, AnnaLena, and other wonderful restaurants are all close by.
The potential downsides: The place is great, but there are certainly cheaper ways to own 955 sq. ft.—even in Vancouver.