I have listed a new property at 101 7685 AMBER DR in Sardis.
The Sapphire!! One of Sardis's best apartments! Just a short walk to Cottonwood Mall, theatre & all amenities. Complete with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, large living room with gas fireplace, full dining room area, tons of kitchen cabinets, very open & very spacious with large north facing wrap around balcony, morning sun & afternoon shade. Peaceful setting overlooking gardens & mountains. Adult oriented 19+, guest suite, exercise & recreation room. Secure & well maintained building.
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I have listed a new property at 110 7610 EVANS RD in Chilliwack.
Excellent Retirement location in Central Sardis! ! Over 1000 sq ft Rancher with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. Cozy gas fireplace in living room. Rooms are very spacious, nice size kitchen, separate dining area, laundry room, patio doors off living room lead to a quaint & sunny patio/sitting area. Central air & built in vac. Sough after community!
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I have listed a new property at 46017 SHERWOOD DR in Sardis.
Great Promontory area! Great home! Bright & spacious floor plan on the main level of this 4 bedroom, 3 bath home. Features updated kitchen with quartz countertops, built in microwave & dishwasher, gas fireplace in living room, hardwood flooring, fresh paint thru out, lots of windows. Sliding Patio doors off master bedroom & middle bedroom that walk out to HUGE and beautifully finished composite decking. Inviting above ground pool. There is also a hot tub area, sitting & BBQ area. The perfect entertaining backyard! Awesome mountain views!
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I have sold a property at 10104 HYMAR DR in Chilliwack.
Spacious Fairfield Island family home featuring 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, over 2000 sq ft. Large updated kitchen with white cabinets, laminate thru out, large living room, separate dining room with patio doors leading to .. hobby room Below is complete with fireplace in family room , 2 more bedrooms, also a hobby room and large laundry area. Updated windows & new roof. Beautiful huge yard with mature trees & gardens. Covered gazebo, 12'x12' shed, another 9'x9' metal shed, play fort & storage under deck. Great mountain views! Quick possession possible. Move in Ready!
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I have listed a new property at 74 46484 CHILLIWACK LAKE RD in Chilliwack.
Affordable, peaceful stress free living!! Spacious, over 1000 sq ft, 2 bed, 2 bath home has spectacular Panoramic Mountain Views. Just steps to some of the best world class fishing! Nicely updated kitchen & tru out, new bathrooms, quaint & private back yard. Enclosed porch. Private patio area & workshop. Extra parking on the side can accommodate RV. Shows well.
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I have listed a new property at 38604 NO. 5 RD in Abbotsford.
This Updated split entry home sits on a knoll on the Sumas Prairie overlooking 12.45 acres of fertile farmland. Lots of room for parking & centrally located, close to freeway access, Costco and Abbotsford or Chilliwack shopping. Nice 24x36 shop features power, water available, 12 foot walls & a 9 foot and an 8 foot door. The home features updated country sized kitchen, windows, roof, flooring. Large living room with a gas burning fireplace & room eating areas . Basement features another family room with fireplace & room to throw darts. Two bedrooms, full bathroom with steam shower. Large laundry/mud room Awesome views from the living room & panoramic views from the property.
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I have listed a new property at 47444 CHARTWELL DR in Chilliwack.
Beautiful home on a large private lot. With over 3100 sq.ft., 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 full kitchens. Gorgeous mountain views from almost every window. Vaulted foyer, jetted soaker tub in ensuite. Private 2 bedroom suite below. Updated flooring, new light fixtures, dual furnace, air filtration system, 2 laundry rooms, central air & for RV parking. Beautifully landscaped.
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I have listed a new property at 45549 WELLS RD in Sardis.
Over 4100 sq ft rancher w/separate 2bdrm suite down. Located on .43 marvelous park-like acres with a 'year round spawning creek'. 2x6 constrctn, 17x14' covered back deck w/skylight to enjoy the gardens. 2 furnaces, 2 meters, 2 h/w tanks, a/c air filter system & separate electric panels for main & down. Main has 3 very large bdrms, ensuite w/jetted tub & separate shower. Raised oak cabinets in kitchn w/blt in oven & stovetop, ceramic tile backsplash, adjoining eating area w/sliding doors to deck, gas fp in living rm, blt/in wetbar for entertaining. Picture windows viewing creek, gardens. Features bright 2072 sq ft down with 2bdrms, 1.5 baths, laundry & storage.
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I have listed a new property at 4 45915 CHEAM AVE in Chilliwack.
This quiet age 40+ self managed 2 bedroom, 1 bath townhome overlooks Salish Park. Spacious upper unit with an open floor plan has vaulted ceiling, cozy gas fireplace in living room, galley style kitchen. Great view of the Park and Pond from the backyard covered balcony. 2 large bedrooms with a bonus hobby room of the 2nd bedroom. Lots of storage. Convenient location close to library all downtown amenities. A wonderfully maintained complex!
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I have listed a new property at 32 9102 HAZEL ST in Chilliwack.
Welcome to The Horizon! This detached Rancher features 2 bedrooms & 2 full baths. Over 1500 sqft, oak country kitchen, spacious living room, views of MT Cheam from kitchen nook and family room. Gas fireplaces in both family & dining rooms, 3 piece en suite in master bedroom. Large partially covered patio & private back yard. An adult oriented retirement community that is very well run. RV parking available. Quiet, secure, carefree living. A great place t6 call home!
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I have listed a new property at 42 5536 VEDDER RD in Sardis.
Beautiful updated townhome within walking distance to Rotary trail along Vedder River & Garrison shopping & recreation. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, gas fireplace in living room, updated kitchen with quartz counter tops, eating nook. Full ensuite in the master with a huge 10x10 walk-in-closet, newer paint, light fixtures & flooring. Lots of storage. Garage & extra parking. Private patio area. Move in ready!
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I have listed a new property at 7 45111 WOLFE RD in Chilliwack.
Retire at Fraser Village Park! This 2 bedroom, 2 bath + den home shows Very well. Spacious & bright thru out. Open layout kitchen & living room. Skylights in en suite & kitchen, , walk in closet, attached storage/utility room separate laundry room. 6x10 storage shed with power. 10x32 partially covered deck. Close to all amenities.
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I have listed a new property at 6490 VEDDER RD in Sardis.
Sardis Rancher on almost .25 acre lot. Great investment opportunity. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, huge master with 3 piece en suite, lots of laminate flooring thru out, brick fireplace, large kitchen. Tons of parking. Private yard with a deck & great mountain views.
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I have listed a new property at 5748 MONTESINA PL in Sardis.
This very spacious 2 storey home in a desirable Sardis neighborhood features 3 bedrooms, 3 baths. Main floor large entry, generous size living room, nice kitchen with eating area, family room with cozy gas fireplace, laminate flooring, French doors off dining room & patio doors off family room both leading to a huge deck. Master bedroom has a 4 piece en suite. Beautiful fenced yard & a 12 x 16 insulated workshop.
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Would you like to remain in your own home as you grow older?  According to the AARP, that is a desire for many older Americans.  If this is a goal you have in mind, it’s in your best interest to do some planning and preparing.  


Examine your home

Is your living environment one that could support you as you grow older?  Most traditionally designed homes aren’t structured in a manner conducive to aging in place.  For example, you want a home that allows you to live on one level, has an open floor plan, and has at least one no-step entryway.  Wider than standard doorways and hallways are also helpful, and you should have wide windows to allow in abundant natural light. You can use this checklist from 2020 Spaces to examine your home and see how closely it fits aging in place criteria.  This step can also help you determine if you would be better off downsizing or if it’s time to make plans for home modifications.  


Hone in on the bath

Bathrooms deserve extra attention when examining your home environment, as they can be one of the most challenging rooms for senior safety.  It’s a room fraught with hazards, between the slippery surfaces, water, and soap, and as a result, seniors are at high risk for bathroom-related falls.  Thankfully, there are several changes you can make to help lower your risk.  Refinishing your tile so it’s less slick, as well as adding a shower chair and replacing your toilet with a senior-friendly version.  Also consider installing grab bars, and a zero-entry shower or walk-in tub.   


Some easy changes

Certain aspects of traditional homes that can make aging in place challenging are relatively easy to work around.  For instance, if the primary entryway to your home requires climbing steps, you can have a ramp installed to make it easier to come and go.  Similarly, doorways can be widened, and round door knobs can be replaced with lever-style handles.  If your current living arrangement is spread between multiple floors, consider revamping a dining area or office space to become a bedroom.  Turning a bathroom into a bathroom and laundry combination can help get things onto one floor as well, or consider installing a washer and dryer in a closet.  If you decide you need to hire help with your remodel, Forbes recommends finding a contractor who specializes in aging in place.  


Add some gadgetry

While sometimes seniors are intimidated by it, smart home technology can be a boon to those wishing to age in place.  There are unobtrusive wearable monitors that call for help if something is awry, lights that come on when you enter a room, and devices to remind you about taking medications.  There are also tech tools that ease communication with your loved ones, such as social media, video conferencing, and email.  If you don’t feel savvy enough, there are special classes seniors can take to get more comfortable with whatever gadgetry they are using.  


Beyond your home

In addition to making changes to your living environment, there are other choices that could influence whether you age in place comfortably.  Exercising to maintain your strength, flexibility, and balance can make a big impact in your ability to stay upright if you get off-kilter. Yoga can be an ideal exercise regimen for seniors who wish to age in place, since it helps build muscles and encourages improved balance and flexibility.  If you prefer to mix things up, another idea is to do a varied exercise regimen, focusing part of your time on strength training, part on cardio, and part on stretching.  Find a routine you enjoy doing, and stick with it!


Do you hope to age in place?  Take a look at your home and your life, and decide if some changes are in order.  With some planning and preparation, you can stay in your home, enjoying comfort, safety, and support for years to come.


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