Back in May 2009 I stumbled upon this home accidentally. Being in such a bad state, I thought it was abandoned.
In October of 2011 I received an email, from a fellow Vancouverite and West Coast Modern lover - who, oddly enough, was also a real estate developer, informing me that this home was now for sale -
for $3 million.
The Staples Residence was designed in 1966 by Bruno Freschi for Erickson Massey Architects (Arthur Erickson and George Massey)
Wanting to capture this iconic piece of Northwest Modern before it was torn down I got on the phone to one of my real estate agent colleagues. I want to make it clear that I wasn't just snooping, in West Vancouver standards, water front property for $3 million is a steal and I thought that perhaps I'd be able to wrangle up some fellow West Coast Modern lovers, buy the place and shoot a documentary of us bringing it back to all its former glory.
My favourite area was the kitchen. A galley kitchen at its finest
and 100% in its original state!
Original carpeting, single pane windows, electrical - you name it - even the leaks Erickson is synonymous with.
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Built on the face of a cliff in Horseshoe Bay the home - surrounded by old growth trees and the buffer for Westerly winds - seems quite precarious.
Kitchen, dining room, living room and lounge encompass the first floor of the 2600 sf residence.
Second floor hallway looking up from the living room.
The second floor consists of two bedrooms a bath and a master bedroom with ensuite.
Each of the smaller bedrooms has a sliding door leading out to a terrace at the front of the house.
The master has a walk in area with enclosed closets - that I love.
It also has a southwest facing deck
and amazing views.
The back entrance to the living room.
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The back yard.
All in all I figure the home needs about $500,000 to $1 million in renos and upgrades.
The home did sell sometime between last October and April. It is, however, for sale again - and no, I haven't found anyone willing to join me on the adventure of a life time yet.
Sloppy food - I love it. Particularly, old school vegetarian sloppy food. My love of sloppy food attracts me towards the show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. This episode on The Sparrow Tavern, in Astoria NY, and chef Pablo Garcia's wicked Veggie Burger, sent me off on a search for the recipe.
I found it!
What you need:
These are all approximate based on the video clip. Toy around with them.
2 shredded carrots
1 large shredded zucchini
1 cup barley
the corn off of one corn cob
1 cup green peas
1 large sweet potato
handful of scallions
1 diced red pepper
5 large chopped mushrooms
1 cup cooked brown rice
lettuce or bean sprouts
What you do:
mix all ingredients together and let sit for one hour
measure out six ounce portions - about the size of your palm - and form little patties
place patties on a lightly oiled baking sheet
cook in the oven till done in the center - worked out to be about 45 minutes on 325, but monitor them
remove from baking sheet and cook in a lightly oiled frying pan until crunchy on the outside
drizzle sweet cayenne sauce in pita
add lettuce (and whatever else you want)
add more sauce
Sweet Cayenne Mustard Sauce
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt (or mayo or Veganaise)
3 tbsps cayenne pepper
1/2 cup brown grain or dijon mustard
3/4 cup agave or maple syrup
mix them together
Yield - about six thick patties. Next time around I'd make eight out of the same recipe.
** We've done variations in a wrap with asiago cheese, bean sprouts and tabouli
Big thanks to, Yum Veggie Burger: Veggie Burger Reviews, Ratings and, More reader Beth for posting the recipe.
I spent last weekend snapping pics of the demolition of another piece of significant West Vancouver architecture - 2362 Haywood - and scouring West Van church flea markets. Shot some great images saved them and then accidentally deleted them. Just means I need to go back to the house as I had a great convo with the guy doing the demo. He had no idea (of course). He showed me the paper lined walls - dated September 16, 1954 - which I snapped but lost.
Here are some snaps from 'the big camera' (that doesn't usually accompany me) and a few from 'the little camera' after a quick drop in to our local thrift shop yesterday.
Sometimes I crave pickled herring. Other times I crave feta stuffed jalapenos. Parthenon on Broadway (in Kits) has the best ones I've ever had.
I thought this would work to hold our turntable as the glass is very thick.
Here's its taller sibling. Might pick this up for our dining room to act as a room divider.
I know I just wrote about getting a picnic table for our deck but the ball and claw with six distressed leather seat chairs is only $250. If it's still there next week (when we have access to a truck) I'm getting it for our deck.
Flo's first venture on the deck (she's not fat, she's fluffy).
We picked up the IKEA Brimnes daybed for the spare room. I'm thinking about decoupaging it and then staining it - like the little demo we did here.