The largest house in West Vancouver is located on Mathers Avenue. This 16,245 square foot home boasts nearly every amenity a high-end homebuyer could ask for. It includes two gallery halls, an indoor pool and elevator.
1. Seaside Mansion On The Pointe
This 5,500 square foot waterfront mansion in West Vancouver is not only the biggest house in West Vancouver, it is also the biggest residential property on the entire North Shore. With an asking price of $38 million, the gaudy looking waterfront palace was originally listed in 2011 for $30 million but failed to sell. The property is incredibly dated and in poor condition with hideous gold and white interiors and dated features including a dome and minarets rising from the roof.
The property was originally built in 1964 and has never been upgraded. The owners have lived in the home since 1978 but are now looking to cash in on their prime piece of flat waterfront. They plan to divide the property into three new 8,000 square foot mansions with triple car garages, infinity pools and up to 32 foot boat garages.
There is no doubt that this stunning seaside estate has something special to offer, but the incredibly high price tag can’t be attributed to the home itself. The real value of this massive property lies in its panoramic views that stretch from downtown Vancouver to the islands.
It is situated on its own private peninsula and boasts a sandy beach, with an additional 500 feet of natural shoreline. This world class estate is truly unique in its location.
Featuring Spectacular 180 degree breathtaking views of the City, Harbour, Point Grey and out along the mighty Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island. Enjoy kayaking, fishing, windsurfing, boating and water-skiing all from your doorstep!
Other features of this extraordinary property include a full resort style glass tiled infinity swimming pool, Jacuzzi and full resort spa. The private beautifully landscaped seaside terraces have an amazing ambiance at night when the property is illuminated. A large gated motor court and a 4-5 vehicle garage are conveniently situated for easy access to the property.
Despite the high price, the property still has potential to be subdivided into several homes. As a result, the property is expected to be sold to developers who believe this big lot has a huge market for luxury waterfront estates.
2. The Min Xia Wang House
A lot of money went into this 10.700 square foot house in West Vancouver, a wealthy coastal town in British Columbia. It features an impressive kiln, a subterranean ceramics studio and a Zen-inspired tea room that projects out over the house’s reflecting pond. The home’s design was executed by McLeod Bovell, a local firm that specializes in upscale residential projects.
It also has a wacky water feature, an art studio and a bamboo courtyard. The house is a work of art and a pleasure to behold, despite its frequent rainy weather.
Among its numerous features, the most impressive is the opulent master suite on the top floor, which includes an ingenious glass-enclosed closet. The master bathroom, a true show stopper, has a custom chandelier crafted from more than 30 pendulous light fixtures, which cost an eye-popping $15,600.
While the house certainly does the job of housing the Wang family, there’s a darker side to the property’s high-flying reputation. A growing number of anti-Chinese sentiments are being fueled by a lack of official tracking of foreign buyers and a reliance on anecdotal evidence to support claims of an influx of wealth originating in the Chinese mainland. Activists like Eveline Xia are calling for the government to track international buyers, scrutinize the source of their funds and tax property speculation in the name of the good old U.S. aficionado.
3. The Elements Estate
Located in British Properties, the Elements Estate is one of West Vancouver’s largest houses. With a lot of room and amenities, this house is worth the price tag.
The Elements Estate has been designed to fit in with the surrounding nature. It sits on a cliff above the water and features a lot of large rooms.
It has a huge deck, multiple bathrooms, and a pool. It has a stunning view of the sea and mountains, making it the perfect place to live in West Vancouver.
This estate has been built with a focus on luxury. The home features Italian marble floors, custom stonework, and palm trees. It also has a large backyard that is perfect for entertaining.
Architects and designers were able to take advantage of the natural environment in West Vancouver, which is a temperate region that is not as harsh on buildings as other areas. In order to take full advantage of the natural setting, they often incorporated large windows and skylights to allow for plenty of sunlight.
These houses also tend to have a very strong West Coast architectural influence. They’re usually larger and more modern than the traditional homes found in other parts of Vancouver.
As a result, these houses have become some of the most expensive in Canada. They’re also a great investment for people who are looking for a property that will appreciate in value over time.
However, the biggest issue that these houses have is that they’re incredibly high constructions. They are a lot higher than most other houses in West Vancouver. This means that they’re not always easy to access for people with mobility issues.
Another big problem that these houses have is that people sometimes trespass on the property to set up camp. This is why police officers are called to the location on occasion.
Fortunately, this is rare. Normally, these houses are inhabited and there are people living in them.
The Elements Estate is a unique, multi-award-winning property that was designed and built in 2020 by T.Jones Group, a local builder that has over 40 years of experience building custom homes in West Vancouver. They worked closely with Sublime Interior Design to create a luxurious, family-friendly retreat.
4. The Woodward’s House
One of the biggest houses in West Vancouver, the Woodward’s House is a stunning home up for sale on half an acre of land that was once owned by a member of the famous Woodward family. This stunning three-level home offers sweeping 180-degree ocean vistas from every level, while boasting a plethora of high-end features and amenities.
The Woodward’s House was originally built in 1903 for the Woodward’s Department Store, which was the largest department store in Canada at the time. It was a premier shopping destination, including a food floor that was North America’s largest supermarket at the time. It also carried a variety of household goods, men’s and women’s clothing, travel services and more.
Eventually, however, the store lost its popularity as customers moved to suburban malls in the 1960s, causing its fortunes to dwindle. It closed in 1993 and was subsequently redeveloped into a mixed-use complex of residential, retail and office space.
It was redesigned by Henriquez Partners, which also led a community consultation process to gain buy-in from local residents and service providers in the DTES. Although it was controversial, the redevelopment is credited with helping to revitalize the area.
The project includes two towers of 30 and 42 storeys, along with a lower building that stretches across West Hastings Street and houses Simon Fraser University’s School of Contemporary Arts and Vancouver Community College. The Woodward’s buildings are all constructed from concrete and feature glass and brick facades, green spaces on rooftops and sky balconies.
While the redevelopment has been celebrated, it has also raised many issues surrounding gentrification in Vancouver. Critics have questioned whether the project’s emphasis on preserving the neighbourhood’s heritage character and its commitment to sustainability on a large scale has been sufficient to avoid social displacement.
In addition, the project was criticized for its lack of consideration for the concerns of lower-income communities and its quick turnaround in becoming a high-density profit-rich environment. While a report was released by the city following the competition stage containing recommendations on topics such as community well-being, housing and arts and culture, there are still many questions to be answered.
Among many other things, David A. Grantham is a contributing author to UmassExtension West Vancouver Blo. He is a renowned expert on real estate in BC.
Born in North Vancouver, Louisiana, Dr. Grantham grew up in Lower Lonsdale. He then went on to complete his business degree at the University British Columbia. As of this writing, Grantham has completed over 100 projects, including the development of a high rise building in Vancouver.
He is a husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He was a dedicated outdoorsman and enjoyed sports such as hunting, fishing, scuba diving, and snow skiing. His wife, Alison Grantham, and their two daughters survived him. He is survived by his wife Alison Martin Grantham and two daughters.