Big Fat Deal: $7.8 million for filigree and flounce

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

Address: 3301 – 501 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Price:  $7,838,000
MLS: R2027208
The skinny: Four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 6,101-square-foot downtown Vancouver penthouse with 1,700 square feet of outdoor terraces.
The bling: Nothing says success like a penthouse, right? You’re on top of the world, baby, and here’s a massive slice of the city’s real estate pie just for you. And what a slice! Fed up with all those clean, sharp, modern lines so beloved of modern condo dwellers? Then look no further. Who knew you could find an oasis of frou-frou hidden at the top of an anonymous tower block? Rococo? Why furnish with straight lines when you can add filigree and flounce? And you may flaunt your fancy pants all you like, because surely there’s no one able to look through those sky-high 16-foot windows anyway. With the massive pool-like bath built into the centre of your bedroom, all you need is a eunuch perched on the side peeling grapes and you’ll be living like a Roman emperor. Outside, your patios boast more square feet than the average Vancouver town house, so spread out, throw a bacchanal or two and revel in your riches. Up here, at least, you’re top dog. 
The hidden extras: Steam shower, jetted tub, six-burner gas range, air conditioning, five fireplaces (inside and out), sauna and a six-car garage—because on the seventh day, you take cabs.