Big Fat Deal: $20M for a Point Grey mansion with a neat pond

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

Address: 4730 W 2ndAve
Price: $19,880,000
MLS: V1127173

The skinny: A seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom, two-storey house in West Point Grey on a 32,000-sq.-ft. lot.
The bling: Crack open the Scotch and soda: here’s 10,000 square feet of interiors designed by B.C.’s own, the late Robert Ledingham, that will make you feel like a real swinger. Sure, it’s got all the luxury high-end bric-a-brac you’d expect when spending almost $20 mil, but it’s the cool, retro feel where the real money is. From the embossed pyramid pattern of the radiator covers to the purpose-built cabinetry and widescreen wooden windows, this is a preposterously priced property with potential to show off some real personality. Poker nights were made for this space—just don’t lose your shirt in the process. Outside, it’s all about the West Point Grey views, although the garden tries its best to compete, throwing in a nod to the Italian Renaissance for good measure, with a rectangular pond that wouldn’t look out of place in a Roman palazzo.
The hidden extras: A circular driveway, a four-car garage, a gargantuan recreation room big enough to hold substantial gym equipment, plus pool and ping pong tables with acres of space left over. Then there’s the home theatre, the wine cellar and, of course, the office, which presumably you use if you can afford this place.