Each week, BCBusiness takes you inside one of the most outrageously upmarket real estate offerings in the province
Address: 1098 Goat Ridge Drive, Squamish
The skinny: Five-bedroom, five-bathroom, 6,225-square-foot house on a 39,500-square-foot lot in Britannia Beach, Squamish.
The bling: Leaping large into the luxury price range comes Squamish, previously known as the “poor man’s Whistler.” Aspirational weekenders should no longer feel ashamed to call the former pee-stop to the mountains their home away from home. Indeed, here you get to lord it over the miserable middle-class commuters who fled Vancouver for a back yard that didn’t cost more than your Lamborghini (and no, we’re not talking SUV), and the service workers of Whistler who can’t afford to even rent where the really rich people play. For the price of a small, out-of-the-way townhouse in the world-renowned ski resort, here you get to be top dog. Look at it as a stepping stone to your ski-in, ski-out mountaintop cabin; get in now and let the escalating Squamish prices lift you up where you belong. Meanwhile, feel free to invite your (much wealthier) friends over for après drinks and nibbles on their way back to town—they’ll be so glad to avoid the washroom line at Tim Hortons, they’re bound to wait until they are at least back on the Sea-to-Sky before wrinkling their noses at your B-list postal code.
The hidden extras: Sea view, self-contained nanny quarters, geothermal concrete floors, security system, just up the road from Mountain Woman’s legendary burgers. Take that, Whistler!