Located on 4 acres of a heritage orchard, surrounded by a lush forest, Bowen Island Luxury Estate is an impeccable example of contemporary, cutting edge West Coast architecture.
Designed by renowned Vancouver architect Frits de Vries, this award winning, energy efficient 4 bedroom, 6 bathroom home is the pinnacle of contemporary indoor/outdoor living, emphasized by the generous use of local timber around the windows and doors, exposed structural beams and fir planked ceilings and soffits, creating a continuity from the external natural surroundings to the interior.
Winner of the 2008 BC Wood Works Award for Residential Wood Design and a finalist for the prestigious 2007 Georgie Award, this home is also equipped with a geothermal heating system, state of the art water purifier, in floor heating, heat recovery technology and has lowE glazing making it incredibly energy efficient and significantly decreasing the carbon footprint that a home of this size and substance would traditionally generate.
Arranged around the outdoor pool and situated to maximize sunlight and enhance the views, the expansive 6,700 sq ft home is immaculately designed and furnished with chic, contemporary pieces befitting a relaxing retreat in an elegantly rugged setting. With a heated outdoor pool available year round, a beautiful inset hot tub, and plenty of patio space to enjoy, this home is the pinnacle of down to earth opulence just 20 minutes from the mainland by ferry.
As you enter the home, you will marvel at the contemporary, open floor plan and immediately be romanced by that curvature of the staircase that mimics its organic surroundings.
The open plan living areas, including the large kitchen, dining area and formal living room are enhanced by the soaring, vaulted wood ceilings, surrounding floor to ceiling windows and multiple double, glass doors. These features make these living spaces airy and bright allowing you to enjoy the comforts of the home and the beauty of nature simultaneously.
In the kitchen, guests will find an impeccably designed, modern kitchen with a unique service buffet feature, allowing you to completely open the windows out to the courtyard. It's an ideal way to enjoy the warm summer breezes or thunderous rain storms while cooking and perfect for serving hors d'oeuvres and cocktails on the patio. With chic cabinetry, high end, stainless steel appliances, modern fittings and forward thinking lighting, even the most reluctant home chef will want to use this space to create something delicious.
Adjacent to the kitchen, you will find a stunning sitting area with a stylized modern sofa and separate wet bar, a perfect area to host cocktail hour while keeping the chef company! In the formal dining room, designed and furnished in modern minimalism, guests will find the sleek eight person dining table, small but stylish seating area and fireplace, completely surrounded by floor to ceiling windows and double glass doors to allow guests to truly embrace and enjoy the natural setting of the home in all areas of the home. The shared living spaces are completed with a small office area, den, butlers pantry and laundry room with washer and dryer.
In addition to the main shared living space, one of the bedroom suites is located on the main floor. This suite is minimally furnished with a large, comfortable king bed fitted with high end, organic linens. This suite has double doors that lead directly out onto the courtyard, an ideal room for anyone who wants to begin their days with a swim and end nights with a soak in the hot tub without having to use the shared living areas for access. The suite is complete with TV, ample closet space, and a generous ensuite with a sink vanity and walk in shower.
Looking up the curved staircase to the second floor, the interior windows and unique angles of the second story are reminiscent of a treehouse which both further enhances the elements of the natural surroundings and creates a sense of whimsy in an otherwise formal architectural design.
Following the staircase to the second floor, guests will find the primary bedroom minimally furnished to create an atmosphere of calm and to ensure that the stunning 180 views of the surrounding property from the private patio are not abstracted by superfluous furnishings. The large, comfortable king bed, fitted with high quality, organic bedding is an ideal place to rest and recharge. This suite is outfitted with a TV, large walk in closet and large bright ensuite with an inlaid tub next to the windows so that you can relax and enjoy the pattering rain or a warm breeze.
On the second floor, guests will also find a second queen bed bedroom with windows that look down onto the living spaces of the main floor and separate, three piece bathroom.
On the lower level of the home, guests will have access to a large recreational space where you can roll out your mat and get in a great yoga session to stay active. Kids of all ages will love this space as a place to kick back and have a lively ping pong tournament and the media room is ideal for family movie night where you can rewatch the classics or find something new that requires a big screen!
On this lower level is where guests will find the secondary primary bedroom suite outfitted similarly to the other suites with a large queen bed, high end organic linens, TV, ample closet and spacious ensuite with walk in shower and sink vanity.
While this home is impressive, it made more so by the stunning 4 acre property that it is located on. Built on a large, level heritage orchard and surrounded by forest, the property provides guests with an extraordinary amount of privacy so you can enjoy the scenic, natural beauty of Bowen right out the door in total peace. Not unlike a park, the property itself is not overly cultivated or landscaped and its minimalism is echoed by the home. Spend your days enjoying this oasis with a walk to explore the gazebo, play tag with the kids, walk around for an evening stroll, or have a family bocce game. With the addition of the outdoor heated pool, hot tub, pool deck and courtyard, guests will find that no matter whether they prefer lying in the cool grass on a summer day or reading on a chaise by the pool, this home can accommodate every preference!
Bowen Island is the closest Gulf Island to Vancouver and is one of the most popular destinations for Vancouverites looking for a day trip as well as a highly desirable commuter Island for people working in Vancouver. Bowen is known for its laid back culture and passionate locals who love their slow paced way of life. It might be a small Gulf Island, but you can find incredible restaurants, spas, shopping, and amenities all an easy 20 minute walk from the property in Snug Cove. If you are interested in getting out in nature and exploring the beautiful scenery, there are paddle boards and kayaks to rent in Snug Cove and breathtaking hiking trails. Just next to the property, Killarney Lake Park lake loop is an easy 4.5 km walk perfect for kids to manage and great for runners!
If you are looking to do a day trip to Vancouver, it's easy! To get to Vancouver's downtown core takes approximately 45 minutes and here, there is an endless list of things to do and see! Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery to see their permanent and latest exhibits then explore the impressive heritage Hotel Vancouver, walk through historic Gastown or stop at Pacific Center and do some shopping. For the kids, there's Science World on the seawall and the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park! You can travel around Vancouver's core easily on foot or if you are exploring farther and prefer not to battle traffic there is excellent public transit via the bus and sky train.
If you want to head north, Whistler Alpine Resort is only 120 minutes away from Bowen Island Luxury Estate. Whether you are visiting in the summer or winter, there is so much to see and do in Whistler. Spend the day hiking in the summer or on the snowy slopes in the winter, enjoy incredible shopping and dining in Whistler village and spend a relaxing afternoon at the impressive Scandinave Spa. On the way up to Whistler, on the Sea to Sky highway, you can find unique attractions and activities for the whole family. Check out the Britannia Mine Museum or stop in Squamish home of the imposing rock faced mountain, The Chief where you can find great playgrounds for kids to stretch their legs, take a ride on the sea to sky gondola for dizzying views of the Howe Sound and Squamish mountains, grab some delicious local food or stop and get a quick hike in before hitting the road.
No matter what you are looking for in a holiday rental, you will find all that and more at Bowen Island Luxury Estate!
For parents of young children, please note that the pool area is not gated or locked. Guests with young children must be with their children around the pool for safety reasons at all times.
Bowen Island Short Term Rental License BL00000776.