B.C. property assessments spike up to 30% in Vancouver

The home of Lululemon founder Chip Wilson tops the list of most expensive residential properties at $63.8 million.

The home of Lululemon founder Chip Wilson was the highest-valued residential property in the province

Chip Wilson, founder of Lululemon yoga wear, has the home valued as the most expensive in B.C. by authorities. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Property assessment notices have been mailed to homeowners in the Greater Vancouver area this week, with some homes jumping in value by up to almost 30 per cent. 

The most expensive property in B.C. belongs to Lululemon founder Chip Wilson, whose seven bedroom, nine bathroom home on a double lot on Point Grey Road is now worth $63.8 million — an increase of 11 per cent from the year before. 

Former LuluLemon CEO Chip Wilson's new waterfront home in Vancouver's Kitislano neighbourhood took five years to construct on three waterfront lots. (Google Maps)

The 10 most expensive residential properties in B.C. in 2016 were almost all worth more than $30 million. Most of them are located in Vancouver's Point Grey, Shaughnessy or Kitsilano neighbourhoods.

"The 2016 assessments are indicating significant increases from 2015," said assessor Jason Grant in a written statement. 

"Increases of 15-25 per cent will be typical for single-family homes in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Tri-Cities, New Westminster and Squamish."

The total value of real estate in the province has increased to $1.34 trillion, or by 11 per cent since last year — with most of that coming from residential properties.

In Greater Vancouver alone, total assessments increased to $636.2 billion, an increase of about 16 per cent from the year before.

The municipalities with the largest increases in property values were:

  • Lions Bay: 17.96 per cent.
  • Squamish: 17.33 per cent.
  • Burnaby: 17.01 per cent.
  • West Vancouver 16.9 per cent.
  • Vancouver: 16.84 per cent.

The province-wide assessments reflect the market value of the properties as of July 1, 2015. Anyone can search the value of their property by using B.C. Assessment's e-Value B.C. tool.  

Homeowners who disagree with their property's appraisal should contact B.C. Assessment by the end of the month. 

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