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1393 PORT MELLON HIGHWAY, GIBSONS, BC

ASKING PRICE $7.995-million

SELLING PRICE $6.660-million

DAYS ON MARKET 590

TAXES $21,520

LISTING AGENT Jamie MacDougall, Sotheby's International Realty Canada

The Action: An offshore Chinese buyer with another house in Shaughnessy offered cash for the house, says agent Jamie MacDougall. "They fell in love with it right away," he says. "They have filled it with Chinese antiques and are spending a lot of time there."

What They Got: It took six years to build this replica of an English country manor house on Vancouver's Sunshine Coast. The faux-18th-century castle on the 53-acre site was finished in 2005. The house is 21,000 square feet and features a formal entrance with twin curved staircases, marble floors throughout, 22-seat dining room, billiards room, library, chapel, wine cellar, indoor pool, geothermal heating, caretaker suite, bowling lawns and views of Howe Sound.

The Agent's Take: Mr. MacDougall knew it would take two to three years to sell the house because of its location, which is a ferry ride from the mainland. "It would have had huge interest if had been on the mainland," he says. The seller is an engineer who had worked on the Sunshine Coast. The price was originally more than $10-million, but then he lowered it to $7.995-million.

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