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.