Each week, BCBusiness takes you inside one of the most outrageously upmarket real estate offerings in the province
Address: 4103 West 10th Avenue, Point Grey
The skinny: Eight-bedroom, six-bathroom, 3,411-square-foot house on a 5,750-square-foot corner lot in Point Grey.
The bling: You’ve been saying how bored you are by the ubiquitous Italian marble, fancy kitchen appliances, media rooms and swimming pools in your price range. So here’s a breath of old-fashioned air to take you back to a time when interior design meant crocheting your antimacassars and buying a skirt for your bed. No more agonizing over whether that wall should be painted Revere Pewter or Nimbus Gray for you: there’s enough floral wallpaper here to suggest this house single-handedly kept Laura Ashley in business. There are even frilly ruffles along the window tops! Oh yes, this is a chintz-lover’s dream. What’s that? Is it just outdated and in need of a complete refit? Are you crazy? At $7 million we’re confidently calling it retro-chic. But don’t worry about the nostalgia vibe ever becoming all-encompassing—this house sits on a busy enough stretch of West 10th that the sounds of modern transit will never let you retreat completely into the past.
The hidden extras: Currently run as a guest house, close to all the posh private schools, and if you’re lucky, you will have a front-row seat to the construction of the UBC rapid-transit line, slated to run outside your front door.