Vancouver real estate: demolition-protected purple Kitsilano heritage home listed $1.9 million sold $2.5 million

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      One of Vancouver’s legally protected heritage homes gets a new owner.

      For $2.5 million, a buyer has taken Williams House, a 1911-1912-era home in Kitsilano.

      The purchase tag goes over the original asking price by over half a million dollars.

      The 2722 West 7th Avenue property was listed for $1,945,000.

      As a designated heritage property, the home is protected from inappopriate alterations and demolition.

      The Vancouver Heritage Foundation (VHF) explains online that the Williams House is secured through agreement with the City of Vancouver.

      The home acquired the protection in 2005 as a result of its voluntary designation as a heritage property by the owners at the time.

      The owners also at the time participated in VHF’s True Colours, and Restore It Programs.

      “This two storey wood frame house has both architectural and historical significance,” according to the VHF.

      The home was constructed in 1911-1912 by builders Bentley and Wear as “one of a cluster of six houses on this side of the block”.

      “The house is a good example of the early Craftsman style,” the VHF noted.

      Features include a “full width arched front porch, a bay window with leaded glass in the upper sashes, and an oriel above with a similar pattern of leaded glass in the paired transoms”.

      “Anthony Williams, an immigration inspector with the federal government, owned the house from 1926 until he died in 1941, followed by Florence Williams, a school teacher, who owned it until she died in 1983,” the heritage group recalled.

      Moreover, the house was “repainted to a colour scheme matching its original colours in 2005 using a VHF True Colours Grant”.

      “The house has also undergone restoration in the form of a complete exterior restoration (VHF Restore It 2005), and a new roof (VHF Restore It 2012),” the VHF stated on its website.

      Tracking by real-estate information site indicates that the 2,285-square-foot house was listed on October 28, 2020.

      A buyer snapped up the property on November 3.

      The purchase price was $555,000 above the asking price.

      The heritage home features four bedrooms, three baths, and two kitchens.

      The home’s 2020 B.C. Assessment value as of July 1, 2019 comes to $1,787,000.