modern penthouse : 2902-565 smithe street

designed by (interior renovation) : gaile guevara

built by : ? [2017-listed for 3.89mil]


short write-up by the realtor:

one of a kind downtown penthouse. west, north and east exposure provides sensational views of the ocean, mountains and cityscape. air conditioning, oak wood flooring throughout, floor-to-ceiling windows ensure ample natural light and capture the incredible vistas. abundant in-suite storage, custom architectural millwork throughout. kitchen is appointed with induction and integrated cabinetry from minimal kitchens from italy. master bedroom boasts closets by novamobili for precise wardrobe and storage. master bath provides a spa-like retreat, thermasol steam shower, with exceptionally appointed fixtures including waterworks freestanding bath tub. media room (2nd bedroom) and luxurious main bathroom. outdoor enjoyment beckons on the fabulous 800sf roof top terrace fitted with separate wifi, speakers, gas fire pit, outdoor kitchen w/bbq and two main floor balconies providing over 1,000+sf of outdoor area. control4 operates lighting & bedroom shades, temperature, fireplaces from anywhere, on your smart phone.


No baseboards. No visible light switches Full Control4 blinds, temp, air con, audio, video etc.


Minimal Cucina kitchen and bath.


Furniture from Living Space, inform and Minotti.


point grey cube house hits the market (again)

designed by : tony robins architect

built by : keystone projects ltd. in 2016 [2017-listed for 14mil]

photography by : ema peter

and again (as in 2016) its creating a media buzz. globe and mail has an article on it here, 2 articles in vancouver sun here and here and listing info here and loren’s listing page.

short blurb on the house:

this unique residence on pt grey rd was designed by tony robbins (recent winner of western living architect of the year) & built by keystone. the stunning home is a simple “cube”, 4 floors, a corner lot w/ close proximity to rvyc jericho. boasts a 4 car underground garage w/ laundry & glass elevator that unites flrs all the way to the rooftop deck. here you will marvel at the wide vista of mountains, the ocean & the city while soaking in your hot tub. deck has kitchen, tv & stereo, powder & outdoor shower. the open concept ground floor accommodates custom kitchen, dining & living room (w/ f/p), park view to the west & a water feature. 2nd flr bdrms have ensuite, decks & laundry. heating multi-zoned radiant hot water. private.

goodie : 4497 west 6th avenue

designed by : battersby howat

built by : ? in 2011


write ups from the realtor :

stunning custom home & laneway designed by battersbyhowat, finished to the highest standard by the owners. main house boasts 2,523 sq. ft. & spectacular views from the large rooftop deck. the home is bathed in light, emphasizing the selection of warm, natural, and clean finishes throughout. main level features an open plan with large living & dining areas, a gourmet kitchen and high-end appliances. second level offers 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms, including a beautifully finished ensuite and large walk-in closet. lower level is comprised of a family room, bedroom with ensuite and loads of storage. the laneway house, currently used as a studio would also make an ideal home office or guest quarters. too many extras to list. homes of this quality are rare. don?t miss this exceptional opportunity!

stunning point grey custom home and laneway house finished to the highest standards. located on a prime corner at 6th & sasamat, the main house boasts over 2,500 square feet of living space and spectacular views from the large rooftop deck. this home is bathed in light, emphasizing the selection of warm, natural, and clean finishes throughout. the main level features an open plan with large living and dining areas and a large gourmet kitchen offering lots of work space, tons of cabinetry, and high-end miele appliances. the second level offers 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a beautifully finished ensuite and large walk-in closet. the lower level is comprised of a family room, bedroom with ensuite and loads of storage. incredible views to the professionally landscaped garden from this level too! the laneway house, currently used as a studio would also make an ideal home office or guest quarters. exterior finishes include neolith porcelain tile, acrylic stucco and cor-ten® steel. air conditioning, hrv, hot water on demand, crestron automation are just some of the additional features. homes of this quality are rare. don’t miss this exceptional opportunity! lord byng catchment, close to top private schools and ubc. short walk to 10th avenue shops, parks, and beaches. call today for your private appointment.



floating house : 3315 west 38th avenue

2010130_w38_int_h4_0009copyoriginal architectural design by : arno matis ( iconstrux )

re-design during construction by : ruf project

built by : g wilson construction co ltd in 2014

landscape by : paul sangha


short blurb by the realtor:

one of a kind masterpiece – contemporary concrete villa with zen-like garden. luxurious custom built by renown builder g.wilson and landscaped by paul sangha. this elegant home features modern design: grand foyer with 12′ ceilings on main & basement. italian marble floor, custom millwork. top brand ‘gaggenau’ german appliances. floor to ceiling door creates an intimate indoor/outdoor living space. the master bedroom boasts a lounge area and lunar lit onyx fireplace, spa-inspired ensuite & nice big walk-in closet. smart home system by la scala integrated with entire homes: lighting, hvac, tv, led lights, blinds & curtains. million dollar landscaped with daybeds, built in bbq firepit, hot tub & infinite water feature & waterfall wall. book your private tour & let it be your dream home


sunken patio with firepit


floating steps towards entry


pivot doors into ensuite


entry door


floating stairs


‘floating’ porch


back window

mid-century modern : 3030 west 45th avenue


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.


great sunken conversation space in the living room


large open spaces in the back of the house offer privacy


retro kitchen in excellent condition


upstairs sitting room overlooks the skylight-covered patio below

almost passive house : 2941 east 5th avenue


designed by : lanefab

built by : stone creek construction in 2015 [listed for 1.85mil]

check out more about this house and passive house in the news.

here is a short description of the house from it’s own feature website :

Own one of Vancouver’s most efficient and comfortable homes. Built using German ‘Passivhaus’ energy efficiency techniques, this home features super-insulated walls and triple glazed windows – creating a new level of comfort year round. Save money every month on utilities, while gaining comfort and contributing to a healthier environment and climate.

Become the owner of this special home, and become a leader in your community. This is the first detached Passive Solar House built in British Columbia to be available on the market to purchase.

Though built to Passive House principles*, this home does offer a radiant heating system. This leading construction design is seen all over the world – including many cold, wet, harsh climates. These homes do not require a primary heating source at all, nor do we expect you to need/use one here. However, given it is the first of its kind locally on the market, you will have the choice to turn the heat on, for peace of mind – though we’re confident daring you not to.

Enjoy Passive House comfort in style. Besides top-quality energy efficiency, this home is sleek, modern, open, and perfect for entertaining. The main floor has a large, luxury kitchen looking out to a family room, impressive dining area, and connected formal living space. With glass stairway accents, top-tier appliances, and beautifully unique wide window spaces on both the North and South side of the home, you can not only take pride in your low carbon footprint, but in your fabulous space too.

Dramatic vaulted ceilings upstairs bring a serious cool factor to the 3 large bedrooms + den/office. The master suite offers an exceptional view of the North Shore mountains, modern built-in storage solutions, and a pretty, spa-inspired ensuite.

This home offers a versatile basement with a large flex room, complete with full bathroom. Easily enjoyed by either the primary residence or basement tenants, it makes an ideal media room or even a second master suite. The kitchen below is roughed in, and can be installed at the buyer’s discretion.

E5th Plans - Basement

E5th Plans - Main

E5th Plans - Upper

thick walls are sexy #thickwallsaresexy and this house implements 17″ thick walls

IMG_2502the living space next to the entry.

f4829836400d04300af794ccdbdc7846the view from the living room.

IMG_2524kitchen features symmetrical cabinet design.

IMG_2605family room at back of house.

IMG_2613bedroom at front of house.

IMG_2633master bedroom at back of house has mountain views.


the laneway house:

ff9c88830fb04fe6611669031fbc062cthe laneway house features a sunken entry at internal yard side.

E5th Plans - LWH Lower

E5th Plans - LWH Upper

0dd785436d947333a5f3a9f1a325aa4dopen living space on upper floor of laneway house.