Big Fat Deal: $14 million for a hideaway castle in the city

Inside a four-bedroom, five-bathroom, 7,691-square-foot house on a 33,910-square-foot lot in Southlands

Each week, BCBusiness takes you inside one of the most outrageously upmarket real estate offerings in the province

Address: 1880 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver 

Price: $13,980,000

Listing: R2230677

The skinny: Four-bedroom, five-bathroom, 7,691-square-foot house on a 33,910-square-foot lot in Southlands 

The bling: Privacy is an expensive commodity these days, we know. It’s not enough that you are a leader in your industry, working hard to keep to the first principles of capitalism and make your world a better place (the world directly around you, that is—not the whole world for everyone because that really is not the point). You need—and deserve—a refuge. A castle to call your own, away from those who want to know the ins and outs of your life, your purchasing and political preferences and yes, what you had for breakfast this morning. Data scraping may have brought you here, but why should you tell anyone what the heck you do with all that personal information? It’s your business, after all. So pull up that (metaphorical) drawbridge and live your life away from prying eyes, bathed in the natural surroundings of your personal forest and a glass living room perched over your very own babbling brook. Zen may be a state of mind for the masses, but why spend all your time trying to reach a higher consciousness when you can just spend a few million dollars and move into it ready made? You feel better already, right?

The hidden extras: Games room, wine cellar, exercise room, hot tub, separate wing for the kids/servants/irritating guests.