There seem to be a lot of high value properties going on the market these days, including this beautiful heritage home on South West Marine Drive. Thanks to extensive renovations you would never know it was well over 100 years old. The bright and sunny kitchen boasts state of the art appliances including a La Cornue wall mounted rotisserie. Perfect for home made shwarmas. The dark wood panelling was a pain to shoot, but it gives the home some old world charm. Monique Badun can give you a guided tour of this historic residence.
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On a photo shoot the other day in Kerrisdale, I noticed two familiar-looking houses perched on blocks across the street. I remember shooting one of them a couple of years ago when it was in its original location. They were hard to forget, as they were mirror-image houses built beside each other, sharing one driveway.
They had recently been purchased by a developer, who was going to tear them down, until a number of heritage-minded residents managed to save them. There’s an interesting story behind them which you can read here. They were definitely worth saving as you can see from the images below, taken in their original setting.
This spectacular Cape-Cod Colonial Revival home was built in 1936 at an estimated cost of $11,000. It costs a little more than that now. Find out how much from Mike Stewart
If you have driven down Cornwall Avenue by Kits Beach anytime in the last few months you could not have missed the huge sign in front of this small apartment building. Five suites in total, each one with a water view. The building was last used as a private home, and the suites were not rented, just occupied infrequently by friends and family. So all were beautifully furnished in the same vintage 1970s period. I knew this one of a kind property wouldn’t last long on the market. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to see the inside of this unique property, here are a few of my photos.
From this vantage point, you would never know that this beautiful old house is right at the corner of 16th and Burrard. I’ve driven by there a million times. Lorne Goldman has the details.
It’s hard to believe that this beautiful home is inside a 100 year old building that used to be a BC Hydro Substation. But this East Vancouver beauty is one of twelve units in the unique structure, and makes the most of its high ceilings and spacious rooms. Of course, it helps to have great taste in interior design as well. If you’re interested, Lorne Goldman has the details.
Those are magic words in the Kitsilano neighbourhood, because if you’re going to live there, you might as well be near the water! Vancouver realtor Debbie Custock has another restored character home on the market, featuring the best of both worlds: original fir paneling, oak floors, and solid brick fireplace, and a fully modern chef’s kitchen.
Vancouver doesn’t have a lot of great classic architecture, but the Sun Tower on Beatty Street is a rare exception. I recently had an opportunity to shoot a loft in a heritage building, whose rooftop deck is nestled almost directly beneath the landmark. It got me interested in the history of the building, so after many hours of research (well, OK, Wikipedia), I found out that the 82-metre Tower was at one time the tallest building in the British Empire, and that the colour on the roof is painted on, to imitate the patina of copper.
The loft is pretty nice inside too — sort of an electric cowboy update of a 1911 renovated warehouse. Su-Marie Baird has all the info if you’re interested.
We all know that discussions of Vancouver’s history pale in comparison with some of the great places of the world. What other city would put a plaque on a house once owned by Jimi Hendrix’s grandparents, for crying out loud? But we are not completely devoid of culture. The West End has a few architectural gems that are approaching 100 years old. The Queen Charlotte Apartments is one, and realtor Craig Rushton recently listed a two-bedroom suite for sale, a rarity in this neighbourhood. The building has an impressive two storey entrance, art deco finishings, and the original bird cage elevator, among other charms. It’s on the market just today, so now’s your chance to be first in line!