A Four-Bedroom on Five Acres Outside Vancouver
$2.54 MILLION (3.499 MILLION CANADIAN DOLLARS)
This four-bedroom, three-bath home sits on nearly five hilltop acres in Halfmoon Bay, a coastal village in British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast region, just west of Vancouver. The 4,300-square-foot house, completed in 2020, overlooks the Salish Sea and various islands in the Strait of Georgia.
The sellers, William and Shirley Van Esch, said that while readying the hilltop for construction, they discovered “a place where the rock dipped down, and we thought, hey, wouldn’t that make a nice wine cellar,” Mr. Van Esch said. They gave that instruction to their architect, along with a request for a top-floor kitchen, an elevator to the wine cellar, and a guesthouse connected to the main house by a breezeway.
They also preserved a small, natural pond on the property, building a ramp over it that leads to one of the home’s entrances. “Every spring we get this cacophony of frogs — we love it,” Mr. Van Esch said.
ferry terminal at the coast’s southern tip, in Langdale, is about a 50-minute drive from this property; the ferry ride to Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay is 40 minutes. Float planes from Vancouver land in Sechelt.
The Sunshine Coast, nestled in the southwest corner of mainland British Columbia, stretches for 110 miles from Howe Sound up to Desolation Sound. The area includes the traditional territories of the Squamish, Sechelt, Sliammon and Klahoose nations, and has a population of roughly 50,000.
The region’s mountains, lakes, coastline and inlets make it a paradise for those seeking outdoor recreation. “It used to be Vancouver’s best-kept secret,” said Aliese MacKenzie, a sales agent with Re/Max City Realty. “About five years ago, we saw a real uptick in foreign buyers. That’s when prices started shooting up.”
The pandemic further enhanced the region’s desirability, as Vancouver residents “who were stuck in condos fled to bigger properties and the ability to have a home office,” said Sue Scott, a sales adviser with Engel & Völkers Vancouver.
market report from Re/Max Canada. That price — which makes the Sunshine Coast one of the more affordable regions in the Vancouver metro area — typically buys a 1,500-square-foot home with an ocean view in a more built-up location, like Sechelt, Ms. Stockwell said.