Condo with Renovation Potential

26.10.2016

Renovate this Condo: #108 1823 E Georgia

Are you looking for a condo with some renovation potential that won’t break the bank or steal all of your time? This unit in 1823 E Georgia could fit the bill. The floor plan is already easy enough to work with that you’re really just updating the kitchen, bathrooms and flooring without needing any major work.

List Price $399,000
MLS®# R2117520
Type Apartment/Condo
Built In 1992
Living Area 655 sq.ft.
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1 full
Maintenance Fee $199.50/mo.

For More Information: #108 1823 E Georgia

The unit is 655sqft of interior space with a 144 sqft patio. Inside the unit, you have in suite laundry, an open kitchen and large bedroom. The kitchen could use an update, and the bathroom still has quite a bit of potential. If I could get my hands on this unit I would do a couple easy-(ish) renovations to modernize the interior and make the space a little more functional. Given that the kitchen appliances are newer you could sell them when making room for the appliances of your choice, and this renovation wouldn’t affect the already updated laminate flooring.

The building itself is really well run and was fully rainscreened with new balconies, roof and windows not too long ago, which makes it one of the better buildings in this neighbourhood. Each unit has it’s own hot water tank, which makes the piping a non-issue. It sits in an improving area of East Van, with Hastings East, Commercial Drive and some great breweries not too far away. The unit comes with parking.

If you have an extra $20,000 after buying the unit, here are some suggestions to update the space..

Renovate the Kitchen! You can’t do too much to the floor plan in this kitchen given the location of the washer/dryer and hot water tank, but on the plus side, that make this an easier kitchen reno since you can keep the components (sink & stove) where they are. The easiest change to make is to get rid of the upper cabinets that separate the kitchen from the dining space (all you have to do is repair the wall/ceiling), and extend the counter top out towards the living room. If you extend the counter top enough, you’ll be able to fit an extra set of cabinets underneath (the cabinet doors would face the dining room), in addition to room for bar stools. I’ve seen some savvy home owners fit a small wine fridge under the overhang as well (like this idea on Houzz)… something to think about! The kitchen isn’t too large, so new cabinets and counter tops wouldn’t break the bank, and to save money, you could only get new cabinet doors rather than the entire cabinet box (take a look at Granite Transformations for more info).

1823-e-georgia-2

1823-e-georgia-3

Expand the closet in the master bedroom to create a walk in closet! The bedroom is large enough that there’s space to add a walk in closet, which gives any unit immediate modern appeal. All you have to do is add the walls (which is MUCH easier than removing walls) and ensure that the door has enough space to open. As you can see in my floor plan above, there’s still more than enough room for a queen sized bed and other furniture. For an even better idea, you can add a door in the washroom to access the small portion of the closet behind the bedroom door to create a linen closet.

Update the Washroom! I know the washroom already has an updated vanity, but there are better vanities available with more useful storage and better sinks/counters. As long as you’re handy, anyone can replace a vanity with a different one, and frankly, the other vanity is still nice enough to sell. Think about re-glossing the bathtub and shower in a modern white (this company can do that: ReSurface Solutions) unless you want the bigger job of replacing the tub and tiles and getting new fixtures to make the space feel much newer. Replace the floors in the bathroom with something a little more modern and choose a fresh paint colour to tie everything together.

1823-e-georgia-1

Utilize the Storage Room! Depending on what you need the storage room for, you can put some effort into adding a built in desk or shelving to create a functional space that uses every corner of the room.

Put some Love into the Patio! That patio is an extension of your living space (in dry weather), so make it a comfortable, functional space and you’ll use it that much more. Stores like Home Depot, Canadian Tire and various Garden stores have great options for outdoor furniture and planters to really make the space shine.

1823-e-georgia

Let me know if you have any questions about this property or any others in East Van. We know the buildings, the renovations and the possibilities! Contact us.

[x] close

Login for Full MLS Access

Name*:

Password*:

Email*:

Phone:

Budget: -

Square ft.: -

# of Bedrooms:

# of Bathrooms:

Area:

Key criteria:

Terms of Use

The term Virtual Office Website ("VOW") refers to a Participant's (REALTORS®) Internet website, or a feature of a Participant's Internet website, through which the Participant provides real estate brokerage services to Registrants (clients and prospects) with whom the Participant has first established a relationship where the Registrant has the opportunity to search for MLS® data, subject to the Participant's oversight, supervision and accountability. By agreeing to these "Terms of Use" you:

  1. acknowledge and understand that the Terms of Use do not create an agency relationship and do not impose a financial obligation on the Registrant or create any representation agreement between the Registrant and the Participant;
  2. understand that all data obtained from the VOW is intended only for your personal, non-commercial use;
  3. do have a bona fide interest in the purchase, sale, or lease of real estate of the type being offered through the VOW
  4. agree not to copy, redistribute or retransmit any of the data or information provided;
  5. acknowledge the Board/Association ownership of and the validity of the copyright in the MLS® database.
  6. agree that all information provided may be provided to the relevant Board and may be used to administer and operate the VOW and to investigate any breach of security of the data or the MLS® rules
  7. that a "mouse click" is sufficient acknowledgement and agreement to the terms
  8. must supply a user name and a password, the combination of which must be different from those of all other Registrants on the VOW, before being permitted to search and view information from the MLS® database via the VOW.
  9. must provide a valid email address. The Registrant may be permitted to access the VOW only after the Participant has verified that the email address provided is valid the Registrant's agreement to the VOW's Terms of Use is confirmed.
  10. understand the Participant must at all times maintain a record of the name, telephone number and email address supplied by the Registrant, and the username and current password of each Registrant, such records to be kept for not less than 180 days after the expiration of the validity of the Registrant's password. If the Board/Association has reason to believe that a Participant's VOW has caused or permitted a breach in the security of the data or a violation of MLS® rules related to use by one or more Registrants, the Participant shall, upon request, provide to the Board/Association a copy of the record of the name, email address, telephone number, username, current password, and audit trail, if required, of any Registrant identified by the Board/Association to be suspected of involvement in the violation.
  11. Understand that information on this site is deemed to be valid but is not guaranteed. It is the responsibility of the registrants to confirm all information on their own. Broker may not have reviewed or approved listing enhancements. All information provided by the listing agent/broker is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified.
  12. Understand any agreement entered into at any time between the Participant and Registrant imposing a financial obligation on the Registrant or creating agency representation of the Registrant by the Participant must be established separately from the Terms of Use, must be prominently labelled and may not be accepted solely by mouse click
  13. have received, read and understand the brochure published by the British Columbia Real Estate Association entitled Working With a REALTOR®

Having agreed to the terms and conditions of use, I would like to have access to this VOW information.

 Terms and Conditions I agree to the Terms and Conditions

[x] close

Login for VOW Access

Remember me

Don't have an account? Register now!