Getting to know the types of properties in Whistler
In general, the types of property available for sale in Whistler are similar to those you would find anywhere else in the world. There can, however, be slight variations in how the terms are used so here is a quick rundown on how we define the various types of property so that you know what you are looking for when browsing real estate listings.
Chalet – Reminiscent of the days of ski-chalets, this is the label we use for single-family detached homes in Whistler.
Duplex – A duplex is a single building with two separate dwellings, each with its own separate entrance. Each dwelling typically has one shared wall (usually a side wall). When looking at a duplex, it is usually one of the two units that is for sale. There are also triplexes (3 dwellings) and fourplexes (four dwellings) but these are less common in Whistler.
Townhouse – A townhouse is a single unit in an attached dwelling. Each unit has its own separate entrance to the outdoors (this is what differentiates a townhouse and a condo). Most townhomes are part of a strata where owners pay a monthly fee for common expenses such as snow removal, garbage pick-up, landscaping, and maintenance of shared amenities. Amenities vary from complex to complex but can include pools, hot tubs, exercise facilities, etc.
Condo – A condo is a single unit in a building. Entrances to each individual unit are typically off of an internal hallway and the building usually has a common lobby area. Condos are part of a strata where owners pay a monthly fee for common expenses such as snow removal, garbage pick-up, landscaping, and maintenance of shared amenities. Amenities vary from complex to complex but can include outdoor pools, hot tubs, exercise facilities, etc.
Vacant Land – As the name implies, vacant land is a plot of property that has no improvements (ie. buildings) on it. These lots vary from cleared parcels of flat land to overgrown plots that require extensive work to prepare them for construction. Although ideal for those looking to build their dream home, there is a limited supply of vacant lots available for sale in Whistler so it is often worth it to look at properties with older, rustic cabins that can be torn down as an alternative.
Commercial Properties – If you are looking for office, retail, or industrial space, you will be looking for commercial real estate.
If you have any questions about any of the above, contact me anytime. I would be happy to help you decide what property type would be your best fit and answer any questions you may have.
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