Big Fat Deal: A $10-million beach house in West Vancouver (photos)

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

Price: $9,550,000
Address: 4369 Erwin Drive, West Vancouver
MLS: V1058685
Listing agent: Tom Hassan at Royal LePage Sussex
What do a waterfront West Vancouver house, The Electra building on Burrard Street, the Toronto Zoo and Massey College at the University of Toronto have in common? They are all the eclectic designs of Ron Thom, one of Canada’s most admired architects and creator of myriad cultural landmarks.
For this West Vancouver property, it counts further accolades to its resume, such as 91 feet of beach frontage and more than 12,500 square feet of land with front-row views of Lions Gate Bridge, the downtown skyline, Lighthouse Park and Vancouver Island.
Notably, the current owners have lived in the 3,000-sq.-ft. home since it was built in 1963—around the time that Massey College was being completed—and, according to listing agent Tom Hassan, have kept true to the charm and historical value of the house by retaining its original features. There is an open-concept vaulted living room from which to enjoy the south-facing water aspect as well as verdant views across the well-tended garden where a deft gardener’s hand has created borders of mature shrubs, bushes and trees.
The property also features a low-pitched gable roof, deep eaves, wide chimneys, expansive glass panes, and multi-level decks that provide al fresco dining and entertaining opportunities, making it, as Hassan reports, “a classic example of the type of architecture that was popular in B.C. in the 1960s.”

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