new video and images : 1505 tolmie

designed by : frits de vries

built by : natural balance in 2015 [2017-relisted for 7.79mil]

check out the original blog post from 2015

here is the listing write-up by the realtor:

nothing compares to this. the view from every floor, from the decks, the jetted tub in the ensuite, the pool, even the lower floor guest room – every ocean view point was considered when fritz de vries designed this georgie award winning home.

the location on the corner of belmont and tolmie is one of the best point grey’s spots to live and enjoy the access to the beach and the point grey amenities. built with precision, this home sits up high on a point that strategically captures the ocean, the beach, the mountains, and the sparkling city scape. the decks with expansive views, landscaped gardens and the stepping stone pathways encircled with crawling thyme all make living outside in this home a gardeners dream. in addition, the home owners enjoy the outdoor pool, the raised hot tub, and the gym/garage as part of their experience at this property.

the construction of this home is also a dream. entirely built of concrete, steel, glass, 1505 tolmie has a butterfly-floating roof with wood soffits and customized precision of each angle and line. when viewing this home, the buyer has to look at every corner, recessed lighting and roofline to appreciate the talent and design that when into creating this home. local builders, natural balance, constructed this home with certified built green to the platinum – the highest level.

the layout of this home is unique with many different opportunities. the main floor you enter on has an open den with a fireplace and views to the garden and beyond. also featured are a large bedroom with private deck, 4 piece bath, laundry room, climate controlled wine room and access to the garage/gym. up the floating staircase, takes you to the open-concept living room, kitchen and dining spaces. each entertaining space faces either the spectacular water views or the ambient lit swimming pool area. the kitchen is top of the line – subzero, wolf and bosch appliances, modern pendant lighting and white custom cabinetry and solid stone counters. the expansive glass doors to the decks open up off the living space creating the indoor-outdoor feel. the room can also feel cozy with the beautiful modern floating fireplace and the custom millwork which hides the tv.

the top floor is heavenly. picture lying in bed and watching whales go by, picture soaking in the tub and watching sailboats go by or working from your office/3rd bedroom and enjoying the sunsets.

this home is the perfect fit for those that appreciate unforgettable views, architecture at its finest, a solid build with every modern feature and a location that west coast lifestyle was named for.

lions bay : 90 isleview place

designed by: peter cardew

built by : ? in 1982 [2017-listed for 2.09mil]

here is a short blurb about the property by the realtor:

ocean, island & sky surround you in this stunning home designed by renowned architect peter cardew & featured in western living magazine as one of vancouver’s top 30 homes. enter to a wall of windows & soaring 20ft high centre skylight. generous living & dining room, galley kitchen with double wall ovens, sub zero fridge & double dishwasher drawers. the upper level floats above with a generous master bedroom featuring spa like soaker tub. lower level is ensuite bedroom & rec room, perfect for guests or teenagers. isleview place is one of lions bay’s most popular streets with close up ocean views, easy walk to beach, bus, local store & cafe.

read up on peter cardew from canadain architect here.

west vancouver goodie : 5939 marine drive

5939 marine drive - overall view of house

designed by : frits de vries

built by : eden pacific developments, corbett homes in 2015 [2015-listed for 5.88mil]

short blurb about the house by the realtor:

stunning 180 ocean view contemporary 5 bedroom home by eden pacific developments, corbett homes builder & georgie award winning architect frits de vries. soaring butterfly wing ceilings and walls of glass of this unique design make you feel like you are floating over the water. centre stage is the gorgeous kitchen/family/wok kitchen that walks out in both directions to massive stone tile patios. one takes advantage of sweeping ocean views with hot tub & fireplace. the other surrounded by natural landscape with fireplace walks thru walls of glass to office & living room with see thru fireplace. spectacular master suite with private ocean view patio,fireplace & spa like ensuite. media/guest suite & elevator completes this masterpiece.

5939 marine drive - back court

5939 marine drive - open living area

5939 marine drive - fireplace and view of patio with rockface beyond

5939 marine drive - bedroom with a view

5939 marine drive - dining tabel with view

5939 marine drive - aerial view

west vancouver modern home tour 2014

the west vancouver museum’s ninth annual home tour took place on july 12th. five homes that exude the west coast modern aesthetic and lifestyle were featured on the tour, including one home under reconstruction with a new modern dwelling to be built on steep slope facing the ocean.

wv2014tourcheck out some of the photos from the tour:


goodie : 179 furry creek drive

ok ok i know what you are thinking, this is ‘vancouver’ modern residential blog and here i am writing about a house in furry creek, but i just couldn’t resist. take a look and tell me that this place is not awesome.

lets call this house ‘view hugger’

designed by : fook weng chan

built in : 1997 [2012 – listed for 1.98mil]

here is the blurb from the realtor :

villa kulangsu is the most unique landmark home at furry creek. built w/the finest materials, including limestone floors, edge-grain fir window frames, baseboards & casing, this home captures the full howe sound experience from ocean to snow-capped mountains & glaciers. designed by renowned architect fook weng chan in a half-moon shape, the home has been featured in the tv series “amazing vacation homes” & western living magazine. sky-lit foyer with slate floor, 2-sided fireplace, huge open plan living room & wall of windows where you are awestruck by the fabulous views & built-in custom cabinetry. on the lower level discover the custom spa built into the rock. the architecture is dramatic, private, serene & respects nature with amazing feng shui.

approach to the house from the driveway reaveals its more angular side.

the curvy side of the half-moon shape of the house faces the views and the water.

the floorplans. entry is on the middle floor with living/dining/cooking area, a huge deck and 2 bedrooms with ensuites.

the living room with deck beyond. a few step down lead to the dining room and the kitchen.

view of the living room looking towards the fireplace. built-in shelving closes off the room on  the right. passage around the fireplace leads to den and foyer.

the dining space with kicthen cabinet on the left. more built-ins separate the space from the living room beyond. the view surrounds the space through the arc of windows.

the deck outside the living space. glass railings keep from obscuring the panorama.

up a flight of stairs is the sitting room with another stone fireplace and built in rounded ‘couch’ and again that view dominates the space.

the master bathroom has stone tile throughout. generous corner window at bathtub with a view and if that was not enough look up and stare at the stars! yowza.

stairs even have a view. do you see a theme here?

den and vanity sink with glazing as backspash.

climb down a set of stais and enter a grotto with natural stone pool. yup. the view is ever present in this house.


goodie : 4885 cove cliff place

architect : paul merrick

built in : 1982

here is a short blurb from the listing on the house in north vancouver by the realtor:

deep cove waterfront at its best! stunning paul merrick designed contemporary on private cul-de-sac lot of over 10,000 sq.ft. dramatic open plan living, dining and kitchen with floor-to-ceiling glass exposed posts and beams, full opening sliders open onto over 1,600 sq. ft. of entertainment decks. three bedrooms plus self-contained guest/office – the large master with its own covered workout/yoga deck. over 91 feet of irreplaceable waterfront with new 45′ commercial-grade dock. level driveway with double carport and single garage. stunning water views from every window. lifestyle plus!

the plan is based on a very simple grid which creates the post and beam structure for the house. the amount of deck space is impressive. notice that even the top floor has the back wall buried into the mountainside. this was not an easy site to build on but paul merrick made the best of it, with every room having a south-facing view.

the entry to the house is unassuming. coming down a long flight of stairs which spill out onto the first of many decks, one enters though a single door directly into the main dining/living space of the house. a skylight over the entryway offers views up tot the sky and northern light. the deck continues around the house to access the lower floor decks and beach/dock.

the dining room with deck to the left and entry just beyond the wall to the right. between the dining room and living room beyond is the staircase going down to the lower floor. exposed wood structure in the house reveals the organizational grid for the layout of the house.

the living room with exposed posts and beams.

even the bedrooms feature the exposed wood structure.

a clever design feature in the stairs is placing a large pane of glass along the wall.

the south side of the house with a huge cantilever deck. carefully selected trees were kept/removed to ensure a house within the forest, but also for allowing views and natural sunlight into the house at the same time.