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Whistle Bend land sales surpass government expectations

The recent run on Whistle Bend lots in Whitehorse has left Yukon government planners scrambling to catch up with the demand. 'We've exceeded expectations and we are doing everything we can now, to catch up.'

'Doing everything we can now to catch up,' says Yukon government lands official

'Yeah, the confidence in Whistle Bend has risen year by year,' says Whitehorse realtor James Lopushinsky. 'I don't see an end to the demand. I think it's going to be one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in town.' (Vic Istchenko/CBC)

There are just a handful of single-family residential lots left unsold in the Whistle Bend neighbourhood of Whitehorse, and more won't be available until late next year.

The recent run on lots by Whitehorse builders has left Yukon government planners scrambling to catch up with the demand.

'We've exceeded expectations, and we are doing everything we can to catch up', says Marlene Jennings, Director of Land Development with the Yukon government. (CBC)

"I think that's a good news story," said Marlene Jennings, director of land development for the Yukon government.

"We've exceeded expectations," says Jennings of the brisk sales in Whistle Bend, "and we are doing everything we can now to get ready for this fall and next fall and the fall after, to catch up."

Just 12 single-family lots remain available along with four duplex lots — a fraction of the two year inventory of building lots the Yukon Government has over the years promised Whitehorse builders.

Home sales brisk

"Yeah, the confidence in Whistle Bend has risen year by year," said Whitehorse realtor James Lopushinsky. "It's been the busiest neighbourhood for sales this year, by far."

Lopushinsky says the buyers vary, from older people downsizing, to others looking for single level ranch style homes, to "baby boomer's kids — young double income couples," looking for a low maintenance property. 

Whitehorse realtor James Lopushinsky. (CBC)

"I don't see an end to the demand in Whistle Bend", said Lopushinsky.

"It was a little slow at the beginning when it was a bit more barren, but if you drive through now, you see lots of construction. I think it's going to be one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in town."

The government says 29 townhouse lots will be ready for sale later this year.

The next batch of single-family residential lots won't be ready for sale until late 2017.

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