west vancouver modern : 363 st. james crescent

designed by : randy bens architect

built by : ? in 2013 [2016-listed for 5.99mil]

a short blurb from the realtor:

stunning contemporary masterpiece located on one of the most desirable streets in the lower british properties. this 2 level architectural home boasts exceptional quality throughout & offers almost 5,000sqft of living space including 6 bdrms & 6 spa-like bathrms. this open floor plan is perfect for indoor/outdoor entertaining! the main living area opens to a private south facing courtyard w/ serene reflecting pond & patio. other luxurious features include infloor radiant heated concrete floors, gourmet chef’s kitchen with top of the line appliances, home theatre room, 3 car garage and so much more on an ultra private estate sized 19,600sqft flat lot with beautiful gardens. only minutes to park royal, top schools, capilano & hollyburn country clubs. open houses: sat jul 23/sun jul 24, 2-5pm

 

mid-century modern : 3030 west 45th avenue

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tucked behind lush landscaping at the street, this house features wonderful living spaces beyond this outwardly solid facade

designed by : fred dalla-lana

built by : the zack family in 1973

short blurb by the realtor :

once in a while something special comes along. this stunning example of a west coast modern design is nestled into a private and mature landscaped setting on a 52’ lot. the seamless connection between the indoors and outdoors and the abundance of natural light make you feel like you are living among nature. the large master suite is on the main floor with a generous ensuite and walk-in closet. head upstairs to find two bedrooms that share a hall bathroom plus a large open den overlooking an upper deck. the open living concept on the main floor offers entertainment sized rooms with the added bonus of a large covered patio for the warm summer months. the attached double garage provides plenty of storage as well.

short description from the 2007 vancouver heritage foundation’s  mid-century home tour:

designed by fred dalla-lana for the zack family, this unique west coast home won architectural awards and editorial recognition during the 1970s. enclosed by neighbouring houses and shadowed by tall cedars, this 50’ lot has few hours of actual sunlight. this aspect coupled with the zack family’s wishes to remove no tress and to have complete privacy (“a summer cabin in the city” was their vision) were the essential motivators of the design. the result is a large courtyard garden open to the sky with the house looking inwards, not out to the neighbours. this arboretum is partly open to the weather so that potted trees and greenery of all kinds can flourish, but it’s roofed with glass like a high shed or greenhouse to give it shelter from the winds and rains. thus, outdoor living is possible not only on hot summer days but for most of the year. natural light is maximized through the extensive use of skylights and the introduction of the large reflecting pool and travertine floor tiles which return light into the house. probably the only home in vancouver built and finished entirely in re-sawn mahogany, the home has a very warm quality to it, while the white travertine marble floors and simple earth coloured furnishings bring a sophisticated air to the space as well.

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great sunken conversation space in the living room

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large open spaces in the back of the house offer privacy

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retro kitchen in excellent condition

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upstairs sitting room overlooks the skylight-covered patio below

west coast modern : 6985 isleview road, west vancouver

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designed by : bruno freschi (erickson/massey architects)

built by : tom and nancy staples in 1967

read up on the original house here : staples house heritage conservation plan

now the house has been renovated and is better then ever.check out the listing here.

watch the video tour here.

read about the house here with some photos of the home before renovations, as well as, featured on vancouver lights blog and coast modern blog.

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living room with original concrete walls and fireplace

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view of living room looking north with bar at kitchen on right side

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living room looking south with wall of glass towards view to the west

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completely rebuilt kitchen. sink has view to the entry driveway and walkway from the street

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bedrooms all line up along the length of the house and have floor-to-ceiling glass to take advantage of views and natural light. a continuous skylight runs the length of the bedroom.

 

concrete modern : 1708 west parkway

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designed by : iconstrux (now  arno matis architecture) in 2013?

built by: ? [listed for 12.88mil]

check out the video tour here.

short blurb from realtor:

an architectural world class masterpiece by renowned architect who is experienced in designing high-end homes around the world, teamed with reputable builder, built this unique executive residence! this excellent concrete-built contemporary mansion is located in the heart of ubc on the most beautiful & quiet street facing park like green belt. huge 13800 sqft lot offers 3-levels of luxury living spaces, well-manicured yard, deck & a lovely reflecting pool. featuring top brand appliances, big windows & huge balconies for all the bedrooms up for the best look at the mountain and water view. top school catchment – uhill elementary and secondary. rare opportunity to own such a wonderful home & freehold land in such a peaceful environment. this is the ultimate dream home to settle your family!

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back of house

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concrete walls flank interior hallway

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minimal bath

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floating steps over water to backyard

upcoming tour : west vancouver modern house tour 2016

11th Annual West Coast Modern Home Tour

Saturday July 9, 2016

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it’s bound to be another great tour of modern homes in west vancouver.

check out the details at west vancouver museum webpage.

Option 1: Bus + Reception: $130. Code #1051272
Option 2: Own Car + Reception: $120. Code #1051273
Option 3: Own Car (No Reception):  $ 100. Code #1051274
Register online: westvancouverrec.ca

goodie : 1081 west 7th avenue

designed by : battersbyhowat

built by : trasolini chetner in 2009 [listed for -too obscene-]

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check out the dedicated website for this house: 1081west7.com

realtor says:

this is a rare offering of a concrete and steel city home designed by one of canada’s most noted architectural firms, battersby howat, whose design hallmarks are the interplay between natural materials, light and view. careful consideration was given to the design of the open concept living and master levels to maximize functionality and views. secondary bedrooms and a home gym are located below the main living level. the functional and flexible planing allows for multiple living arrangements with an entire level dedicated to a nanny or rental suite, or even a home office. abundant outdoor decks are located on every level. this home is enhanced by custom millwork, polished concrete flooring, high ceilings, and protected panoramic views of the city, mountains & false creek.

 

floorplan

floorplans

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tranquil entry space

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living room features a northerly view of false creek and a wall of builtin cabinets with fireplace insert

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master bedroom takes the entire floor level with an open ensuite behind the bed

white rock modern : 15619 columbia avenue

designed by : chris pardo design

built by : inhaus in 2012 [2016-listed for 1.64mil]

a short description by the realtor :

white rock’s ultimate beach house! ultimate green living & functionally chic-this sustainable leed platinum home is located in the heart of white rock’s vibrant east beach community, only 2 blocks from the bay. unique 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom home, 12′ vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling windows. professional bosch appliances, hand crafted black walnut cabinetry & european built-ins throughout. large office/recreation room space features separate entrance, polished concrete floors and private bathroom. integrated control 4 smart home system with complete lighting, alarm, built-in audio & video control. low maintenance garden. relax in privacy on rooftop deck – fabulous sunsets.

check out the virual tour here and the open house this weekend.

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lower floor plan

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upper floor plan