Archive for February, 2012

Ivy league

February 21, 2012

I’ve walked my dog along this tree-lined street near UBC many times, and always admired the quiet charm of this neighbourhood. This 1928 character home has been carefully updated to preserve its original country charm. It has a unique main foyer that opens up to a wraparound mezzanine on the second floor. Bookshelves and windows line the walls, and the huge yard has been professionally landscaped. Monique Badun can fill you in on the rest.

Staged in Steveston

February 18, 2012

I put a lot of miles on my car this week, traveling from UBC to Horseshoe Bay, to Coquitlam, to southern Richmond and everything in between. After a quiet January, my phone is now ringing off the hook with realtors and homeowners wanted to get their places photographed.
This Steveston condo was particularly memorable, as it had been impeccably staged, which always makes the photography process much easier and enjoyable. The unit’s balcony also faced a nice garden and lagoon, perfect tranquility for some early morning yoga, if you’re into that kind of thing. Contact Bill de Mooy for all the listing information.

It’s always an adventure shooting properties in West Vancouver. Every neighbourhood, every house is unique. The entire city is perched on a hillside, offering incredible views of Vancouver and beyond from just about every window. And the homes tucked away along the winding waterfront roads are nothing short of spectacular.
One of the more interesting neighbourhoods is called the Parthenon, named after an old estate that had structures built to resemble Greek ruins. Some of the foundations and columns are still there, enjoyed by the dozen or so houses that now occupy the property. The waterfront itself is shared among the homeowners, so each can lay claim to beach access. The land is surrounded on three sides by the ocean, and includes a barbecue area, concrete wharf, beach, trails, and an unobstructed view of Burrard Inlet. Oh yes, and the house is pretty nice too. John Jennings can fill you in on the details.

Main Street townhouse

February 9, 2012

This beautiful townhouse would look right at home in Kits or Kerrisdale, even though it’s a block from the shops on Main Street. It features Brazilian cherrywood floors that have to be seen in person to be appreciated. 14 foot ceilings and windows on all sides give it lots of light and space. There’s an open house coming up — see Jacob Krause for details.

Yaletown View Condo

February 2, 2012

When you’re shooting a home with a 270 degree south facing view on a bright sunny day, it’s usually best to wait until dusk to break out your camera gear. I didn’t have that luxury the other day, so all I could do was fire up all of my flashes on full power and cross my fingers. The human eye can compensate for the difference in brightness between inside and outside, but cameras are not that sophisticated. At least, not yet. So I have to rely on either a lot of interior lighting, or Photoshop, or both. The extra effort pays off though, since the final result looks a lot it would look in real life. For more information on this Homer Street listing, see Amalia Liapis.