West Vancouver Waterfront Beauty!

Photo: Bellevue Avenue waterfront home in West Vancouver BC.

Simplicity, quality finishing, open and relaxed spaces are prominent features of this architect-designed Hollingsworth waterfront home. Incredibly, the home took 4 years to build! But, look at the result!

Photo: Bellevue Avenue waterfont interior view

$14.8 million is the price for this 9,015 sq.ft. property.
Here’s what’s included:

–Concrete, stone, walls of floor-to-ceiling glass
–High ceilings
–Open floor plan living and family rooms
–Skylights and electric blinds
–Spacious kitchen and banquet-size dining room
–4 Bedrooms with ensuites
–Expansive waterfront views from Stanley Park to Vancouver Island.

Photo: Open kitchen in this Bellevue Avenue waterfront home 

Photo: Another interior view of this Bellevue Avenue waterfront home

[For more information about this West Vancouver waterfront home, see La Porta Properties “2626 Bellevue Avenue” (Dundarave).]

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Vancouver West Shaughnessy Mansion!

Photo: Entrance to Vancouver West Shaughnessy mansion

If you’ve ever wandered around Shaughnessy in Vancouver, you’ve seen some fabulous homes. You might even have seen this Shaughnessy mansion, now on the market for $8.5 million.

This property, only minutes to Shaughnessy Elementary School, York House and Little Flower Academy, is 6,185 sq.ft on a 12,588 sq.ft. lot.  Surprisingly, the home is essentially new, just 5 years old.

Photo:  Shaughnessy mansion interior view overlooking Olympic-size outdoor pool.

The large outdoor patio includes a covered heated porch,  a fully fenced yard and a kids’ playhouse–AND a view of the mountains.

Inside are 6 bedrooms including the  master with luxury ensuite and an enormous walk in closet. Add an entertainment-size media room, a large recreation room, separate nanny room, and you’ll start to see the possibilities of this Shaughnessy mansion.

[For more detail, see La Porta Properties “1990 West 18th Avenue” in Active Listings.]

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Your “Rite of Passage”?

Could one of these Passage Island properties be meant for you? Could it be your very own “rite of passage” to the good life? Three spectacularly appealing waterfront homes are currently available “for sale” on Passage Island.

Where’s Passage Island? It’s 10 minutes from BC’s West Vancouver Yacht Club, and only 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver.  Have a look, and then we’ll tell you more!

Video: 26 Passage Island waterfront home

How about that? Ready to move in? This 26 Passage Island property is a third of an acre. Facing south and west, the “view” is stunning in every direction! This ‘off-the-grid’ home is powered by solar, propane and wood. A rainwater cistern provides purified water. Vaulted ceilings, skylights, a fireplace and walls of glass all add to the appeal of this Passage Island waterfront beauty. [For more information and photos, see “26 Passage Island”.]

But 26 Passage Island is only ONE of three properties currently available. Have a look at the second property, 36 Passage Island.

Video: 36 Passage Island waterfront home

This waterfront home is also near Fisherman’s Cove in West Vancouver. The affordable price of $639,000 might tempt you to further explore this custom-built 2-level post and beam home. You’ll be able to see Bowen Island and Vancouver Island from your front deck. Like ‘off-the-grid’ 26 Passage Island, solar, propane, and wood are the heating and power sources. A back-up generator is ready, if needed. [For more information and photos, see “36 Passage Island“.]

The third property available is 25 Passage Island BB.  To view this property, see “25 Passage Island BB” photos on LaPortaProperties.

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New Mexico Sculpture Home!

If you’re close enough for a “drive by,” then this New Mexico home is definitely worth a look! Where, exactly? 86 Sabino Gonzalez in Glorieta, New Mexico. Price is $1.68 million.

Photo: New Mexico “Sculpture Home” (aerial view)

How’d you like to live inside a sculpture? That’s what best describes this architect-designed home. Architect Bart Prince’s design features special terraces built purposely to study sunrises, sunsets and the moon. Elevation levels within the exceedingly angular home vary over 20 feet from one end of the house to the other.

Clearly, living here would NOT feel boring! In fact, “unsettling’ would have been a guess, before seeing the photo (below) of the interior. Inside, this home is light, airy–solid. A welcoming surprise!

Photo: New Mexico “Scupture Home” (interior view)

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Shaw TV Whistler “Dream Home”!

Join the previous Host of Shaw TV’s Dream Homes, Tim Chung, and Dallas La Porta of La Porta Properties for a for a walk through a spectacular Whistler BC ‘dream home’. This home is in the midst of a skier’s and hiker’s paradise. Whistler is where many events for the 2010 Winter Olympics were held.

Video: Dream Home in Whistler

Now that you’ve seen for yourself, here’s a summary of what this 5,000 sq. ft. Whistler home features:

Quality construction and workmanship throughout
Handcrafted with local BC materials, some even directly from the site
20 ft High ceilings with nine (9) basalt stone fireplaces spread throughout the home, including one in the master suite
Massive 2 “ thick granite countertops in an expansive kitchen, 6-burner gas stove and a built-in espresso machine
Same 2” thick granite counter tops in the master suite’ ensuite as in the kitchen, and a dual shower and bath
Separate guest house of same quality craftsmanship as main house

Add to this the 5-acre “location, location, location”— high in the hills of Whistler, bordering a nature preserve. This is what awaits at this dream home. AND, the river in front of house flows directly to Alta Lake in the heart of Whistler.

[For more information, contact:  Dallas (or Stephanie) La Porta of La Porta Properties. We look forward to hearing from you.]

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Unusual “Mushroom House” on the Market!

Photo: Forbes Magazine illustration for “Most Unusual Homes”

Fun, artistic and unusual! That describes this Pittsford, New York custom-made home! Known as the “Mushroom House” by locals, the house is comprised of connected “pods,” or structures. Included are two living areas with a patio, a master suite with office, and guest pod with two bedrooms.

According to Forbes magazine, more than 10,000 tiles bedazzle the walls, floors and counters throughout.” [To read FULL ARTICLE, see Forbes “Strangest and Most Unusual Homes on the Market.”]

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West Vancouver’s Eagle Island Waterfront Rental

Photo: Twilight on Eagle Island home now available for rental

Photo: Daytime view of Eagle Island home rental interior

For more information and photos, see La Porta Properties 5810 Eagle Island.

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