AN INTRODUCTION TO BUYING IN WHISTLER
In addition to Condos, Townhomes, Single Family Homes, & Duplexes for residential, full-time use, there are several unique property types available in Whistler, geared toward the part-time resort resident, full time resident who lives and works in Whistler, and the property investor.
Shared Ownership: Whistler offers this unique product suited to those who consistently spend time in our community, but do not live here full time. Shared ownership options include ½ ownership, ¼ ownership, 1/10 ownership and single week timeshares.
In order to accommodate Whistler Locals who live and work in Whistler full time, affordable Resident Restricted properties were introduced. These propertie exist in several neighbourhoods. Buyers of these properties must meet certain criteria, to be verified by the Whistler Housing Authority.
Estate Lots & Vacant Land:
There are still some available vacant land properties in Whistler. Many of these Estate Lots afford beautiful views, and are perfect to build your dream home.
Commercial Opportunities for retail and office space are available throughout Whistler Village, Upper Village, Whistler Creekside, Function Junction, and most recently at Rainbow.
To find out more on which property type is right for you, contact Bob at (604) 935.2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be happy to review your options with you and impart his vast experience to assist your purchase.
ZONING IN WHISTLER
As a resort community with many second homeowners, it was imperative that the Urban Planning of Whistler would enable Whistler to host its many visitors and part-time residents. As a result, various unique zoning and covenant by-laws, based on location and property type, were put into effect. There are many, many types of zoning in Whistler. These are just a few broad examples.
RESIDENTIAL USE ZONING
Properties zoned for residential use may be used as primary residences, long-term or seasonal rentals – for periods not less than 30 days – or for personal and recreational use. They may not be used for commercial activities such as nightly rentals or short-term rentals.
TOURIST ACCOMMODATION ZONING
Properties with this zoning allow guests to rent on a short term basis either through a professional rental management firm or directly through the property owner. Some of these tourist accommodations have covenants registered against the title which determine the conditions of rental management and personal use of the property.
Phase I Covenant
The owner has unlimited personal use and the property should be made available for nightly, short-term or long-term rental when not in use by the owner. In most cases, owners can choose their own rental management company, rent out the property themselves and/or use the property personally. These properties are found throughout Whistler, but the majority are located just a short walk from the Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas
Phase II Covenant
These are generally Condo-Hotel properties, such as the Westin Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Resort & Spa and Pan Pacific Mountainside, although there are some Phase I units in various Condo-Hotels. This covenant allows the owner personal use of the property up to 56 days of the year, including 28 days in the summer and 28 days in the winter. For the days that the property is available for rent, the owner receives the rental fees, less the hotel, management &/or Condo fees and expenses. This type of property is best suited to those who visit Whistler for a few weeks per year, or investors interested in revenue producing properties and long term capital gain. Due to the fact that there are so many types of zoning and zoning covenants in Whistler, it is recommended that you contact your real estate agent to discuss what types of properties will suit your needs.