Be escorted behind the doors of architecturally splendid homes, each a testament that all good design stems from the lessons and inspirations of the past and the ability to adapt it to the present.
Grand Stone Manor (SOLD)
1069 Beach Dr., Victoria, BC
Brought to its full glory by previous owners, the founders of Victoria’s own Butchart Gardens, this home is a personal “Eden” with stunning gardens unfolding over almost 3-acres of waterfront property. Privacy is of the essence with a long meandering driveway and tall gates shielding the splendour of the two-storey stone house c. 1912 with large windows, terraces and balconies framing the Strait of Juan de Fuca vistas.
Contact Don St. Germain, Sotheby’s Int’l Realty Canada, (250) 744-7136
2798 Crescent View Dr, North Vancouver, BC
Stately and symmetrical, the Georgian colonial architecture of this 4-bedroom beauty is extraordinary. Tumbled brick exterior exudes European charm, complemented by a romantic Romeo and Juliet balcony atop a grand entrance with panelled front door. Newly built in 2013, classically-inspired rooms with extensive crown molding nod to yesterday while opulent finishes woo modern families. Outdoor entertainment spaces connect seamlessly with surrounding nature.
Offered at $3,888,000
Contact Derek Grech, Angell & Hasman Associates, (604) 833-4862
Nouveau Tudor Castle
84 Clarendon Rd NW, Calgary, AB
If a man’s home is his castle, this enchanting 6,700 sq.ft. estate with glorious mountain views surpasses the most regal of expectations. Custom designed by Marvin DeJong, old-world charm rules with tin barrelled ceilings, hand-hammered wrought iron fixtures, distressed hardwood and hidden stone stairwell down to the wine cellar. An entertainer’s dream, the 6-bedroom mansion has an all-season outdoor patio, Irish-style pub and theatre.
Offered at $3,499,000
Contact Corinne Poffenroth, Sotheby’s Int’l Realty Canada, (403) 804-2444
Grand Roman Villa with Persian Gardens
631 Parra Grande Lane Montecito, California
If walls could speak, they’d tell of dinners with Albert Einstein and John F. Kennedy hosted under the dining room’s 24K gold leaf ceilings or dramatic scenes shot for Al Pacino’s iconic film, Scarface. A true piece of art history, the 10-acre neoclassical mansion known as El Fureidis, “tropical paradise,” was designed by renowned architect Bertram Goodhue, known for his churches, museums and monumental buildings.
Price Upon request
Contact Zack Wright, Christie’s International Real Estate, (310) 385-2690
Custom-Designed Georgian Estate
6089 Gleneagles Dr., West Vancouver, BC
A one-of-a-kind residence, no luxury has been spared from this West Coast showstopper with 6 en-suite bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 4 dishwashers and 10 gas fireplaces. Bold white pillars, arched windows and sleek iron railings are indicative of its colonial inspiration and create a handsome backdrop for the private lap pool. Grandeur exudes inside with elevator, crystal chandeliers and stunning curved double staircase.
Offered at $7,988,000
Contact Clarence Debelle, Royal Pacific Realty, (604) 726-5780