SD: 8 Outrageously Priced Properties in Vancouver that are Worth Every Penny

Much has been written about the outrageous cost of housing in Vancouver and we have all seen the rundown homes with pricing that is breaking the records. But if you did win the most ultimate lottery ever in Canada, would you purchase one of those dilapidated DIY projects or would you run away from it all, and go all ‘estate’, or would you take to the sky and buy a penthouse? Let us all dream for a moment about these beautiful abodes without giving a second thought to actually living in them.

West Vancouver Wow at $16.88M

Located in the prestigious British Properties, this private hillside estate is contemporary design at its finest. This property has an ‘International Design Kitchen and a second Chinese Kitchen’ with an outdoor ‘BBQ Kitchen’. If your dream is to wander through your house cooking amazing international cuisine in kitchen after kitchen, this may be the place for you.

Caulfield Village Cool at $7.49M

This impressive residence is 4 levels of contemporary styling with approximately 3,000 sq. ft. of decks and patio areas for the person with grilling at heart. Imagine sleeping off a patio party in this master bedroom? Even walking to the bathroom would max out your Fitbit steps!

Sweet ‘Heritage’ in Shaughnessy at $10.98M

This custom built masterpiece is a new home with a heritage feel that caters to those with a growing family. 6.5 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms, 3 car garage, a den and a custom wok kitchen, all close to downtown. If you get stuck with an empty garage because the kids have borrowed all the McClarens, transit runs up and down the tree-lined Arbutus Street every 15 minutes.

Point Grey Perfection at $28M

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Situated on the ‘Golden Mile’ of Point Grey Road next to Point Grey Park, this house is 5,400 sq. ft. and if you have a tendency towards sea-sickness, do not look out the windows. The view is water, water, and more water. 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and Chip Wilson may pop by with a couple of micro-brews if you are nice and don’t make helicopter landing pad jokes.

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Luscious in Langley at $4.6M

Over 7,000 sq. ft. split over 3 levels with 4 of everything – bedrooms, bathrooms, dishwashers and garages. The flooring is Italian and the counter tops marble, granite and onyx. Beautifully traditional and your friendly Campbell Valley neighbours are just a stone’s throw away.

Coal Harbour Sub-Penthouse at $13.88M

This sub-penthouse has a private foyer and secured elevator, almost 1,500 sq. ft. of terraces and automated blinds, lighting and sound system. Come and go unhindered by pesky neighbours but imagine that moment when the elevator rolls open at 4am. There isn’t a Google office slide long-enough get you out of there quickly.

Clovelly Walk Residence at $8.198M

This modern house is over 6,250 sq. ft., on a 25,693 sq. ft. lot carved out of the side of a mountain.  This property is so expansive that it appears that drone technology was needed just to get this amazing overhead shot. It makes us wonder, though… how would you even calculate the amount of wildlife displaced by the birth of this 2016 baby?

Premium Penthouse at $18.68M

In 2013, this Two Harbour Green penthouse property hit the market at a whopping $19.88M, so by strategically waiting, you have already saved over $2M! This property has 360-degree views of Coal Harbour, all the mountains, Stanley Park, and shared amenities, such as pool, sauna, and virtual golf room.

Now that we have feasted on all this real estate eye-candy, think of all calories you would burn from the effort it would take just to get from one end to the other. When meeting with the realtor, do you think it would be wise to ask the current owner to throw in a few Segways to make getting around easier?

This article was originally published in StyleDemocracy.com.

 

1000 Words: Hermes Fall/Winter 2016

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I don’t really believe in elegance. Ever since I first came to France many years ago to do the Chambre Syndicale course, I always felt I was somehow lacking, first of all being British – obviously a disaster! But I was also puzzled with this idea that you have to tie your Hermes scarf just right, or you can only wear black.

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Esprit Re-launches Brand in North America

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Fashion brand Esprit has re-entered the North American market, having just opened its first two locations on the continent: Edmonton’s West Edmonton Mall and Vancouver’s Metropolis at Metrotown.

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Metrotown storefront | Retail Insider

A grand opening launch on May 25 includes an in-house performance by singer and social media star Caroline Vreeland (granddaughter of fashion icon Diana Vreeland).

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The re-birth of the brand began with its partnership with Montreal-based Freemark Apparel Brands, which is coordinating the expansion of the company’s Canadian operations.

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#ImPerfect campaign | Esprit

Looking to reach a youth market, Esprit has launched a street-level #ImPerfect campaign which draws from party culture of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s and the above featured campaign billboards are dotted throughout Vancouver and the suburbs.

Man Repeller in Esprit #Imperfect Campaign

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Man Repeller getting her dance on | Esprit

This campaign comes hot on the heels of the earlier 2016 street-level campaign, with controversial blogger Leandra Medine (aka Man Repeller), which created a humorous series on how to create #ImPerfect dance moves imagery during your daily commute.

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#ImPerfect campaign in action | Esprit

Freemark’s vice president of sales and co-owner, Lawrence Routtenberg, said that Esprit’s previous store locations were often quite large and this time around, stores will generally be in the 1,500 to 2,500 square foot range to create more of an intimate boutique feel. The two stores also feature casual west coast-inspired interiors with natural wood finishings, which were designed in Germany, where Esprit’s corporate office is located.

Founded in California in 1968, Esprit has been a retailer for men, women, and children. Leaving North America in 2012 to focus on the European and Asian markets, the brand has collections ranging from casual to dressy.

Routtenberg revealed that long-term, the brand will look to carefully open freestanding Canadian stores, while being respectful to the brand’s roughly 250 Canadian wholesale specialty accounts. Ultimately, he said that Canada could see about 30 or so Esprit stores, though exact numbers would be contingent on opportunity and the economy.

Esprit wants only the ‘best’ locations for its stores and, as a result, top malls will be targeted. For example, this fall, Esprit is confirmed to be opening its third Canadian store at Mississauga’s Square One Shopping Centre. Urban street front locations may also be considered, with Robson Street in Vancouver, as a possibility. Eventually, outlet stores could be added to the mix, Routtenberg said.

(This piece by Helen Siwak was originally published in a shorter version in VancityBuzz.com)