In late September, Engel & Völkers in Victoria, B.C., facilitated the sale of this sprawling shoreline estate for a jaw-dropping $22,750,000. The highest-ever price tag for residential real estate in the city, it presages a growing interest in large-scale properties such as these on Vancouver Island.
Designed by McKinley Burkart (now McKinley Studios) and built by Coastal Construction, the home clocks in at more than 13,000 square feet of living space plus an infinity pool, boat house, tennis court, sauna, detached yoga studio, private beach and dock, and more than five acres of property landscaped with beautiful plants and walking trails.
Taking cues from both East Asian palaces with a low-hanging, hipped copper roof and Italianate mansions with columns and verandas, the house has an entryway set back from the road, accessible via a drive or a staircase that leads over a crest to this temple of luxury. Floating steps cross a reflecting pool flowing beneath glass walkways that connect the front aspects of the home.
Luscious Brazilian cherry and travertine tiles cover the floors. Dark woods throughout create emotional vignettes, but none better than the mahogany-stained fir of the upper floor with its powerful exposed beams.
The living areas feature floor-to-ceiling glazing overlooking the Salish Sea with more than 6,000 square feet of patio. The dining room has a gold coffered ceiling, and the kitchen has, no surprise, such ultramodern amenities as a Sub-Zero fridge, Wolf range, and marble counters.
A breathtaking library is a focal point with its spiral staircase built to the golden ratio, 6,000 board feet of mahogany shelving, a gas fireplace, and a revolving bookshelf that leads to a wine cellar.
The master bedroom features two private balconies and a spa-like bathroom. A home theatre, music room, and rec room make this the ultimate home for family and hosting—more like a hotel property, to be sure. The mix of wellness amenities and sheer luxury gives this epic home the genuine West Coast high class stamp.
Images compliments of Engel & Völkers.