7629 BURRIS ST., BURNABY, B.C.
ASKING PRICE $12.99-million
SELLING PRICE $9.948-million
TAXES $34,422 (2010)
DAYS ON THE MARKET 99
LISTING AGENT Jamie MacDougall, Sotheby's International Realty Canada
The Action: Just east of Deer Lake in South Burnaby, this two-storery mansion piqued the interest of 40 buyers – many originating from mainland China – who were granted private tours over the course of three months this year. Several wine and food affairs for select realtors and clientele were also held to help generate offers, a few of which were turned down and one agreed upon for $9.948-million – $3,042,000 short of the asking price.
What They Got: In 1995, a 191-by-323-foot lot was acquired for this 14,456-square-foot custom creation with high-end appointments, from a circular office and racquetball court with a viewing lounge to silk padded walls, rich mahogany woodwork and granite, marble and limestone masonry.
Large groups can gather in a grand two-storey foyer with one of seven fireplace or in separate living and dining rooms with elaborate ceiling treatments. Meanwhile, a family room, conservatory and library provide a more intimate setting.
To unwind, there are recreation, billiards and hobby rooms in the basement – which also houses a wine cellar and guest bedroom – as well as an outdoor tennis court, hot tub and pool visible from a covered terrace with a built-in barbecue and fireplace, as well as rear decks off all four bedrooms upstairs.
For added ease and comfort, there is an elevator, radiant heated tile floors in some areas, a butler's pantry off the kitchen and eight bathrooms, including one in a self-contained caretaker suite above a four-car garage.
The Agent's Take:"We called it, its own country club, its own little resort," says agent Jamie MacDougall. "When you come through the gates, you could be anywhere in the world."
But the owners have roots in Burnaby, so they splurged on this property and its award-winning gardens even though neighbouring homes are mostly valued between $1.5 and $2.5-million.
"The owners flew in all these plants from Washington and Oregon – fully grown so they didn't have to go through the infancy stage – so it has a beautiful English rose garden, herb garden and perennial gardens," says Mr. MacDougall, who also found the study to be a unique asset.
"The office had oak everywhere – oak ceilings, oak walls and oak fireplace – and it had views of the property, overlooking the pool. It was like his Oval Office."