February 2017 Housing Market Update

Take a listen to President Dan Morrison of The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver as he walks us through the February housing market for Greater Vancouver. He discusses how market cycles of supply and demand are having an effect on today’s market.

Recipe: Roasted Pears with Buttery Chocolate Sauce

 

Lately I’ve been loving baked fruit as a healthy dessert option. I cannot wait to try this recipe for a roasted pear version from Lark and Linen.

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INGREDIENTS
  • 2 pears
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons turbinado or brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup raw hazelnuts
  • Pinch of smoked sea salt
INSTRUCTIONS

FOR THE ROASTED PEARS

1. Preheat the oven to 375º F. Cut the pears in half and scoop out the seeds. Place them cut side up on a baking sheet. (Line the sheet with foil or parchment for easy clean up.)

2. Brush the cut side of the pears with the melted butter, and sprinkle the sugar evenly over the buttered side of the pears (about ½ a teaspoon of sugar per pear half).
3. Roast for about 30 minutes, or until the pears are slightly browned.
4. While the pears are roasting, make the chocolate sauce (see recipe below), and toast the hazelnuts. To toast the hazelnuts, add them to a small pan on the stove over medium-high heat. Stir or shake frequently for about 5-7 minutes, until the nuts are fragrant and slightly browned. Remove from heat and let the nuts cool enough to handle. If you like, you can rub the skins off the hazelnuts with a dish towel. Roughly chop the nuts and set aside until the pears are ready.
5. When the pears have finished roasting, transfer them to individual plates and drizzle with the chocolate sauce. Top with the chopped, toasted hazelnuts and a pinch of smoked sea salt. Serve with vanilla bean ice cream, if desired. Enjoy!

FOR THE BUTTERY CHOCOLATE SAUCE

  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (or use chocolate chips)
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt
1. Add the chocolate, cream, butter, and salt to a small saucepan.
2. Heat very gently over low heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate and butter are melted and the ingredients are fully mixed.
3. Remove from heat and set aside until you’re ready to use.

Image and Recipe courtesy Lark and Linen blog

New Listing: 3404 AYR AVENUE (R2145157)

3404 AYR AVENUE, North Vancouver, Edgemont

List Date: 2017-03-09

List Price: $2,899,000

Effectively 1 year old fully renovated custom home was taken right down to the studs. This Private Oasis has a sunny south exposure with a large outdoor area. It is one of the nicest pieces of property in Edgemont Village. Complete renovation taken to the studs in 2016. This spacious custom built 3070 sqft. executive home has ample windows that provide generous light & views of the lush perennial gardens. Beautifully designed, the main floor is open and spacious with 5u201D oak floors, gourmet kitchen & family room. Nanny suite has its own separate entrance. Stunning master suite with views of Mount Baker 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Walk to Highlands Elementary, Cleveland French Immersion and Handsworth! Walking distance to New state of the art recreation center. Open Sunday March 12, 2-4 pm.

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New Listing: 3404 AYR AVENUE (R2134304)

3404 AYR AVENUE, North Vancouver, Edgemont

List Date: 2017-01-25

List Price: $3,099,000

This Private Oasis has a sunny south exposure with a large outdoor area. It is one of the nicest pieces of property in Edgemont Village. Complete renovation taken to the studs in 2016. This spacious custom built 3070 sqft. executive home has ample windows that provide generous light & views of the lush perennial gardens. Beautifully designed, the main floor is open and spacious with 5u201D oak floors, gourmet kitchen & family room. Nanny suite has its own separate entrance. Stunning master suite with views of Mount Baker 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Walk to Highlands Elementary, Cleveland French Immersion and Handsworth! Walking distance to New state of the art recreation center. Open Sunday Feb 4 12, 2-4 pm.

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New Listing: 26 PASSAGE ISLAND (R2125959)

26 PASSAGE ISLAND, West Vancouver, Howe Sound

List Date: 2016-11-29

List Price: $798,000

Beautiful SW ocean views from this architecturally designed custom built waterfront home. This is your dream getaway home, or live here year round! Just move in as this one has everything you need. 10 min from West Van Yacht Club by private boat. This eco-friendly, off grid waterfront home has an updated septic, 5 year metal roof, skylights, solar panels, generator, rain water catchment system, waterfront crane, cable lift/gondola, 3m skiff w/ 15 hp merc & an ATV Inc! Suspended L/V F/P, 1/3 acre and the list goes on. Privacy, tranquility, serenity, peace all found on Passage Island.

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Sold: 14 PASSAGE ISLAND (R2117644)

14 PASSAGE ISLAND, West Vancouver, Howe Sound

Sold Date: 2016-11-06

Sold Price: $538,000

Escape to Passage Island! Only 10 min boat ride from West Vancouver and you will arrive at this scenic waterfront home on 1/3 acre. This home offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1136 sf, 4 1/2 year old roof, off grid living and open floor plan, update it to make it your own. Look out to Lighthouse Park, Vancouver and UBC. This is a great home at an affordable price to enjoy island living. It’s a zen life.

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22ND REBGV REALTORS CARE BLANKET DRIVE NOVEMBER 14-21,2016

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WANTED: Blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter clothing!! Is it time to clean out the winter clothes to make way for new? Your unused clothing and blankets are wanted to give to our local shelters!! Please contact me to pick your bags or drop by Park Royal or Capilano Malls on Saturday November, 19 and Sunday, November 20 from 12-4 pm before you shop!  Contact Michele at 604-787-7231 for more information or to pick up items.