Vancouver real estate: $2.5 million townhouse along Choklit Park, former home of Purdys, sells over asking price

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      For its location and views, it’s not suprising that this Vancouver townhouse beats a lot of single-family homes in price.

      These also likely explain why the strata property at 1089 West 7th Avenue didn’t stay long on the market.

      As well, the property sold over its listing price, when a buyer picked it up for $2,505,000.

      The Fairview Slopes townhouse is located along a storied and unique green space, Choklit Park.

      The 0.07-hectare park is associated with the legacy of Purdys chocolates.

      “This site was formerly the location of the Purdy’s Chocolate factory, hence the name!”, according to the online park finder site of the City of Vancouver.

      The park is “tucked into a steep slope”, and comprised by a “series of steps and terraces with a beautiful collection of trees and shrubs”.

      “Although tiny, the park is expanded with its views to False Creek and downtown,” the city notes.

      Purdy’s made chocolates from 1949 until 1982 at what is now Choklit Park. Sold property indicated by red mark.

      The Vancouver Heritage Foundation recalls online that Charles Flavelle, owner of Purdys, said that the choklit spelling was suggested by one of the “hippie” carpenter crew that built the park.

      “That's the way a kid would spell it,” Flavelle was reportedly told.

      The heritage association reproduced online the plaque recalling the history of the park:

      Charles Flavelle of Purdy’s Chocolates created Choklit Park in 1970 on the unused Spruce Street right-of-way at 7th Avenue, using a crew of six hired on an “Opportunities for Youth” grant. The chocolate factory at 1107 W. 7th needed an improved truck-loading facility and the children in the neighbourhood needed an adventure playground. The crew used the right-of-way and all the available space around the factory for the children’s park. Purdy’s made chocolates here from 1949 until 1982.

      Purdys Chocolatier moved to Kingsway in East Vancouver, where it continues to make and sell chocolates.

      Engels and Volkers Vancouver listed 1089 West 7th Avenue on November 24, 2020, for $2,298,000.

      After six days on November 30, the townhouse sold for $2,505,000 or $207,000 over its original asking price.

      The transaction was tracked by, an online real-estate information site.

      The home features two bedrooms and three baths.

      The listing describes it as an “architectural oasis that will capture those in search of privacy, beauty and incredible views”.

      The three-level concrete and brick townhouse includes three private decks, including one on the rooftop, which offer “panoramic city views”.

      “Large master retreat includes rare solarium, perfect art studio/office/shop + custom closets,” the listing adds.