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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

How Chilly is Chilliwack? Update Chilliwack Has The Warmest Year Round Temperature in Canada

Frozen Strawberry Plant © Stephen Mullock

Special Update: Since I wrote this post Maclean's Magazine has reported that Chilliwack has the "Warmest Year Round" temperature at 10.5°C in an article called "Canada's Top 10 Cities For Weather".  How cool or warm is that!

The eastern Fraser Valley communities of Agassiz, Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs and Hope are not noted for cold temperatures when compared to other parts of Canada.  In fact, Chilliwack's coldest monthly daily average temperature occurs in January and it is 2.3°C above zero (or 36°F).  Cold but not freezing. 

Not to say that it can't get chilly in the "Wack", on December 11, 1968 temperatures dropped to a record -21.7°C or -7°F. 

What about snow?  The eastern Fraser Valley seems to get some snow each year. Many residents hope for a snowfall just before Christmas but, sadly, many Christmas days are green.  Snow is more common towards the end of December and the beginning of January.

What are the monthly average daily temperatures for the Winter Months of December, January, February and March?

December      3.1°C        37.5° F
January          2.3°C        36°    F
February        4.7°C        40.5° F
March            7.0°C        44.5° F

Source: Environment Canada


What Does This Mean for Housing?

Over the years building requirements has been strengthened to make our BC dwellings more energy efficient.  In this province all new construction must meet the British Columbia Building Code (BCBC). In the Fraser Valley walls in homes must be insulated to R20 and ceilings to R40. 

Continued emphasis on building houses that are more energy efficient and having fewer greenhouse gas emissions is something BC should maintain - there is always room for improvement.

A great place to find out what BC is doing to build smarter is at the Homeowner Protection Office.

Older homes built before 2008 will have a variety of insulation R ratings that may be difficult to determine.  I would suggest that a potential buyer of such a property should use a Realtor© for guidance, ask permission of the homeowner to view the electrical and natural gas bills of the dwelling, get the building inspected and if necessary acquire thermal imaging.


Imagine living here...


Stephen Mullock RI
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Old Red Barn and McGuire

The Old Red Barn and McGuire ©

This old barn in Chilliwack is short a couple of boards but still looked great in the afternoon sunlight yesterday.  Mount McGuire enjoys a few of the days last rays of sunshine as well.

Chilliwack, has rich farming community that continues to evolve.  Buying farmland, smallholdings or acreage in Chilliwack or Agassiz BC is quite a process as family needs are joined with business plans a host of land issues.  Not every property is a good fit and often times a longer search time is required.  If you are looking please contact me, if you are thinking of selling this is an excellent time.

* Currently, I have buyers looking for 3-5 acres with a good house and a barn for 3 horses.


Stephen Mullock RI
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Wayward Pines TV Event Series - The Agassiz Exterior Set

The sleepy little town of Agassiz, BC has been transformed into the Idaho community of Wayward Pines for the filming of a TV special series of the same name. Last Friday and Saturday the stars and crew were back in town filming, unfortunately, during one of the worst rain and wind storms we have had.  I felt sorry for the crew and the actors both - at times the art of make believe must be a very hard job.

I picked todays sunny and bright weather to have another look around at Agassiz's Wayward Pines do-over.

Pioneer Park, usually an open green space with towering trees, across from Agassiz's commercial core is home to "Wayward Pines" a Fox event TV series about a secret service agent (Matt Dillon) that comes to town to investigate the disappearance of two federal agents.  So the story begins and through 10 episodes the peels of the town begin to come off revealing a creepy intent beneath the skin of the small town smiles.

Welcome to Wayward Pines
 

All the buildings on the left in the above picture are part of an amazing set design transforming and in many ways improving the town of Agassiz.

Matt Dillon, M. Night Shyamalan, unknown and Carla Gugino
The picture above was taken on their first filming visit to the exterior set in August of this year. Director M. Night Shyamalan second from the left is famous for some truly great films such as "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs".

Now to some observations about Wayward Pines, I've been noticing some strange signs in the Wayward Pines set.  The first was all sunny and bright.


Today I saw a different sort of notice with a more malicious tone to it.










Every small town needs a few good Realtors® I am hoping that they turn out to be some of the good guys in the Wayward Pines series.

Imagine living here....
 Stephen Mullock RI
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.