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What you can get for your money in today’s Vancouver real estate market?

What you can get for your money in today’s Vancouver real estate market?
Every time we are in a doctor’s waiting room, we can’t resist the urge to flip through whatever real estate material is on display. It really gets our pulses racing to see what’s on the market, how much it is selling for, if there is a view, and on and on.
So it is with much anticipation that we have compiled this year’s real estate issue. With an ever-growing number of homes for sale—we made it our goal to let you, the potential home buyer, know what you can get for your money in today’s market.

To help us in our quest, we have used the help of some of the city’s top realtors. We grouped the selection of homes into four increasing price points, beginning at $400,000 and ending at nine million.

Happy House Hunting!

What You Can Get For... $5,000,000 - $9,000,000

A World Class Residence Overlooking Stanley Park

The Presidio at Stanley Park has long been recognized as the ultimate Vancouver address. The crowning glory of the Presidio, rising 20 stories above Stanley Park, is the incomparable penthouse that occupies the entire top two floors of the tower.

This ultra-contemporary luxury residence features floor-to-ceiling windows. Limestone floors & walls with extensive millwork that frame panoramas of the Park, Coal Harbor, the City Lights, the mountains and views to English Bay and beyond to the Gulf Islands.

This World Class residence, masterfully and meticulously re-designed & renovated, opens to over 1300 sq ft* of private terraces ideal for entertaining with an outdoor kitchen overlooking English Bay. A commanding stainless steel staircase is central to the spacious interior with two bedroom suites including a sensational Master Suite, state-of-the-art Media room, open-plan Dining room and a World Class International Kitchen with 600 bottle built in Wine Cellar. There is a large Living room that seemingly floats above the park, a Library, and a Wet Bar. A privately set Office and adjacent hot tub are situated on the upper north-east terrace overlooking Lost Lagoon.

This magnificent residence features the latest technological installations in what may well be the finest penthouse in the city. This is truly a World Class Residence.

1900-2088 Barclay Street.

A spectacular ground level

Two storey “New York-style” townhome at Vancouver’s most prestigious address—“The Kingswood”! Beautifully remodelled with the finest of quality and featuring breathtaking elegance, this World Class home overlooks a freshly landscaped yard offering total privacy, tranquility and fabulous outdoor entertainment patios.

This magnificent home offers gorgeous formal living with 20’ ceilings, traditional dining room surrounded by multiple French Doors, roaring traditional fireplaces, an extensive use of crown moldings, rich hardwood flooring, gourmet island kitchen designed by ‘Downsview’ with spectacular granite countertops, new top-of-the-line appliances, a sensational staircase and upper mezzanine beautifully crafted with miles of polished marble and detailed inlay, wrought iron railings all leading to the second level overlooking the majestic living room.

Upstairs graces a fabulous master suite including a private den, his and hers ensuites and fantastic wardrobe areas with fine custom millwork—all spilling out to a sun filled private terrace.

Additionally, this home features 2 ensuited guest bedrooms, a private den with fireplace, 24 hour concierge and a lower level with storage and separate 3 car garage. Designed for luxury living and exciting entertaining, this spectacular residence features over 6000 square feet of living, air conditioning, beautifully crafted built-ins and is situated in Vancouver’s most radiant neighbourhood—South Granville!

Downtown Luxury!

A world class luxury residence in Downtown Vancouver, located in the most prestigious Shaw Tower. A magnificent luxury residence located in this most prestigious development. Offering a sensational 2700 sq. ft.* floor plan and featuring a large walk out 1600 sq. ft. private terrace that sets this residence apart from any other. This is truly a trophy residence in a World Class development offering unobstructed ocean views from Stanley park, the North Shore Mountains to the Pan pacific Hotel and Downtown Vancouver. Located just steps to the most exclusive shops & restaurants in the city. This magnificent home features a contemporary Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen, a sensational Master Suite with white marble Bathroom, Guest Bedroom Suite and private Den or Study. Many sophisticated appointments include floor to ceiling windows, air conditioning, custom Walnut mill work, exposed concrete detail, directional art & indirect lighting, interior floor to ceiling frosted glass doors & a sophisticated Media Surround Sound System with Home Theatre & built in Plasma T.V. The Outdoor Terrace features a built in Jetted Hot Tub, 5 Outdoor Heaters, B.B.Q, & 2 large built in Umbrellas that cover an entertainment size 12 seat outdoor Dining Table. This one of a kind terrace offers panoramic views and would easily entertain over 50 guests.. The residence includes a private 3 car garage, full concierge and fully equipped exercise gym. 1901 - 1077 West Cordova Street.

What You Can Get For... $2,500,000 - $5,000,000

360 Degree Views!

This is truly a world class trophy suite with 4600 square feet, at an unbelievable price! Featuring a stunning 360 degree view of ocean, mountain, park and city. Originally bought as a new shell the owner spared no expense in the designing and finishing details. The kitchen is absolutely a gourmets dream. The suite shows like new and has a wonderful flow with limestone floors throughout most of the suite, accented by hardwood flooring. The media room is fully equipped; with professional grade audio and video throughout. The master suite has the most luxurious ensuite and Hollywood style dressing room we have seen. Custom mill work and cabinets accent the suite throughout. 6 parking stalls and 4 lockers included. One Wall Centre is a Vancouver landmark, for those seeking full amenities including chauffeured car, valet parking, health club and true concierge service.

3603 - 938 NELSON ST , Vancouver

Unobstructed Water Views!

Magnificent PENTHOUSE in Vancouver’s Waterfront False Creek Location. RARELY available this Two Bed PH in ICON is perfectly laid out offering 180° Stunning UNOBSTRUCTED WATER views of English Bay, UBC and the Nearby snow capped Mountains. Your private Terrace (426sq.ft.) awaits you as you literally feel like you are floating on the Ocean. Many features include a deluxe Gourmet’s Chef’s Kitchen with Viking appliances, Gleaming KAHRS Oak Flooring, POLIFORM closet, Steam Shower, OVERHEIGHT HIGH ceilings, A/C, motorized LUTRON sunshades... just to name a few! World class Amenities including concierge, 80’ indoor pool, exercise facilities and a party room. This Luxurious home comes with Two LARGE parking stalls and One Locker. Coupled with an ULTIMATE LOCATION... True LUXURY is yours to be had!!


The Shaugnessy Kingswood! This address defines the word “exclusive” for Vancouver. Only 18 suites, each handcrafted. This 2690 square foot suite features 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 fireplaces, plus den; and built w/only the finest marbles & materials. Greeted by a true New York style concierge, the elegant lobby sets the tone for your home. As anticipated this suite is really special a gourmet kitchen full off Gaggenau & sub zero appliances.

Absolutely sumptuous throughout, 24 carpet plated bath fixtures, extensive use of exotic slabs of marbles, hand crafted mill work, new cherry wood floors, fabulous decorator colours all blend together in a rich level of elegance. The den w/fireplace makes a relaxing sanctuary. The ceilings are hand done with layered mouldings & recesses. 3 lovely sundecks add to the lifestyle. Simply put, THE SHAUGNESY KINGSWOOD is the finest building in the city!

What You Can Get For... $750,000 - $2,500,000

A Showcase Home!

Two cascading chandeliers centre the rich oak grand staircase that invites you into this six bedroom four bathroom executive home atop West Vancouver’s prestigious Panorama area. The incredible views of downtown Vancouver, the West End and UB C can be enjoyed from almost every room in the house, both during the day and at night. Natural light and an open plan in the custom design enhances the already gorgeous granite floors and custom inlayed marble. The attention to detail is apparent: meticulously kept grounds, paving stone driveway, etched glass accents and innovative exterior spaces. As one of West Vancouver’s showcase homes, it truly needs to be seen to be fully appreciated.

2417 Skilift Rd, West Vancouver BC

Beautiful Townhome!

The Gate House at Parkwest 2. With over 2,400 sq. ft. of living space on three levels this fabulous townhouse boasts views of the Park and False Creek. This home is situated in one of Vancouver’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Some of the features include stainless steel appliances, hardwood flooring on the main level, granite counters, large entertainment-sized patio off the main floor living areas, plus oversized balcony off family room on the upper level. The complex offers full recreation center, concierge, two parking stalls and private street front entry which makes this feel like a real home!

Delightful Architecture!

A unique home with delightful architecture situated on over a 1/4 acre in Central Ambleside. A short walk to local shopping and the gorgeous West Vancouver seawall. A well appointed kitchen with sub zero appliances and stainless fixtures. Throughout the entire 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom executive home, natural light cascades through the skylights and the beautifully finished wood framed windows. The hard wood floors in the entrance and hallways add a richness to the elegant décor.

1527 Gordon Ave., West Vancouver

Unbeatable Location!

Yaletown Park is a top quality building with a grand lobby, exercise centre, endless gardens, party room, media room, and an on-site manager. Yaletown Park defines Yaletown, an area of firsts. This is a UNBEATABLE LO CATION , you are steps away from all the boutique shops and restaurants in Yaletown as well as all the theatres, library, grocery shops in the near vicinity. It’s been three years in the making but now Yaletown Park is finally here.

Penthouse 3004 at Yaletown Park 3 has views of the North Shore Mountains, the city lights, and Yaletown, this certainly is a home to be seen. At 970 SQF it has 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, features top of the line GE appliances, a built-in wine rack, peninsula style kitchen, polished chrome faucets in the bathroom, just to name a few.

What You Can Get For... $400,000-$700,000

Amazing City Views!

Shaw Tower is a First Class development in prestigious Coal Harbour. This spacious 1 bedroom features amazing city views on the 40th floor of the tallest building on the waterfront. A view of English Bay can also be experienced from the bedroom. A Southeast exposure along with an open floorplan makes this suite incredibly desirable. Interiors were designed by Rober M. Ledingham Inc. featuring over-height ceilings, polished European countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, full height wood cabinets and air conditioning just to name a few. Appliances include Sub-Zero refrigerator, Fisher Paykel cooktop, oven and dishwasher, and LG microwave. Great amenities include a fully equipped gym, screening room and a 24hr concierge, one parking stall, one storage locker and fabulous location! The Sea Wall, Stanley Park, Central Business Centre, Shopping and Restaurants are all at your door step.

4006-1077 W.Cordova

Stunning in L’hermitage!

A stunning 2 Bedroom, 2 bathroom, 818 square foot open living plan in the prestigious L`hermitage en ville building. It has a gourmet kitchen with sub zero refrigerator and Bosch appliances. Features a beautiful open balcony facing Richards Street.

Ammeneties include health club, spa, and concierge service. Robson Street shopping is an elevator ride away. This building is scheduled for completion in January 2008.

1011-788 Richards St.

Picture Perfect!
Luxury Penthouse Living!

This luxuriously appointed penthouse offers so much more then a highly sought after place in which to live; it offers it’s owner a retreat to a picturesque forest setting with resort-style grounds where they can enjoy many amenities and still be close to the all that the city of Vancouver has to offer. This bright and welcoming 2 Bedroom and 2 Bathroom suite is approximately 1000 square feet and brings much of the beauty of North Vancouver inside with an abundance of windows and breathtaking views. Deck access from the Living Area as well as both spacious bedrooms allows easy access to the great outdoors for your morning cup of coffee. The kitchen is a Chef’s dream with granite counters and stainless steel appliances which compliment the open concept floor plan and looks out to the spacious Living/Dining area. An abundance of full height cabinets and a large pantry cupboard offer an abundance of storage space. The ten foot ceilings add to the cache that is associated with owning one of these rarely available penthouse units in this award winning development. Secure underground parking is included and amenities include a full gym, media room and executive meeting room.

The attention to every detail (designer colours, immaculate hardwood floors, the spa inspired bathrooms and the tranquility of the park-like setting) all help to create the lifestyle that you have always dreamed of. Suite 510- 530 Ravens Wood Drive, North Vancouver