Wednesday, November 20, 2019

NOW SELLING! Ambleside Mews, West Vancouver

A view looking west at the restored heritage house and 1155 12th Street
     I am pleased to report that the small heritage infill project that I developed at 12th Street and Jefferson Avenue in Ambleside is now on the market.
     Ambleside Mews, formerly known as Major Rush Mews, is a four unit strata development comprising a completely rebuilt heritage house and three infill units on a large double lot in Ambleside. The development includes a 1390 sq.ft. single level suite below the house which was moved about 30 feet, and 2 brand new detached houses. The new houses each offer 4 bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms and lots of space-between 2650 and 2860 sq.ft.
     While construction took much longer than expected, (doesn't it always?), the development has turned out very well, and I am gratified by the positive comments from neighbours who feel that it really fits in with the neighbourhood.
     While we have not yet made any sales, our Sunday open houses have been, in the words of Clara Hartree who is managing the sales program, a zoo, and a number of potential buyers have been back for repeat visits.
     It is no secret that the West Vancouver housing market has changed dramatically since I first bought this property in 2017. While the number of sales has recently increased, prices are still well down from their peak.
    Given the unfortunate experience I had with the somewhat similar Vinson House development (the beautiful heritage house is still on the market after a year) we have priced these homes appropriately. That being said, I do not expect to make any money on this project, but hope to recover my costs. Furthermore, I am proud that it has saved a significant heritage home from the wrecking ball and like Hollyburn Mews, will become a celebrated example of 'missing middle' housing in West Vancouver.
The Garden Suite, a brand new home below the heritage house, has a separate entrance from Jefferson Avenue. 
1177 12th Street offers two separate living areas on the ground floor. A kitchen/dining/family room (above) and a living room with a covered porch (below)

Bathrooms feature lots of windows and separate showers and tubs, recognizing many buyers will be downsizing (or should I say right-sizing?) from larger properties
1155 12th Street features a large living/dining/kitchen area similar to that which was so popular in Hollyburn Mews

     Here are a few more photos. For more details go to or contact Clara at or phone 604 889 9977
The new houses feature porches and private patio areas
A view of 1155 12th Street looking along the landscaped lane
The single level Garden Suite is located below the heritage Rush House. It is brand new.

The central courtyard has been designed as a shared space for the four homes