Each week, BCBusiness takes you inside one of the most outrageously upmarket real estate offerings in the province
Address: 1080 Uplands Drive, Anmore
The skinny: Five-bedroom, eight-bathroom, 7,629-square-foot house on 0.8 acres in Anmore, B.C.
The bling: Nothing says “welcome to the world of the high net worth” better than a bit of artistic licence. For even we at Big Fat Deal—who trawl the nether regions of the MLS so you, dear readers, don’t have to—are struggling to recall a more outrageous piece of marketing braggadocio in the service of selling a house. Because surely, whatever Leonardo da Vinci meant when he said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” we are fairly confident it wasn’t a luxury mansion with nine toilets and a keg room. We could, of course, be wrong, and indeed Leo would have simply died of ecstasy faced with the infinity pool, cabana house and expandable wine cellar (though he would perhaps have put the home yoga studio to different use). He would doubtless have been impressed with the engineering behind the Tesla powerwall (the first in B.C., according to the builders) that promises to keep the excessive footprint of this home running if all else fails. Yet even a cursory search for the origin of this quote from the Italian master (yes, we Googled it), shows the earliest attribution of this statement to da Vinci was as recently as 2000—in an ad for Campari in the New Yorker. As the inimitable, and rather unfortunately appropriated himself, Freddie Mercury did actually say, “Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters.”
The hidden extras: All the luxury bells and whistles including a network that allows you to control everything in the house with your phone from anywhere in the world. Because…why? Because you can, right?