Trophy properties liven summer listings

A dramatic Whistler lakefront chateau; a 2,300-acre ranch within the city of Vernon; and 90 acres on Texada Island among rare listings for those seeking an ultimate retreat or investment

Western Investor
August 12, 2020

Nita Lake, Whistler
— Nita Lake chateau, Whistler. | Colliers International

Each summer Western Investor profiles some top trophy real estate listings in our August print edition – on newsstands now across Western Canada. The following are examples of what is available for buyers seeking an ultimate retreat from the pandemic, or a spectacular real estate investment.

Whistler lakefront

Chateau du Lac is one-of-a-kind 4.83-acre luxury estate nestled on lakefront at Whistler, B.C.’s largest mountain resort community.

This is 6,500 square feet of French chateau elegance balanced with a Provençal aesthetic, creating a luxury-mountain-retreat with warmth and comfort.
Chateau du Lac opens to a grand living space with floor to ceiling windows offering stunning Nita Lake and mountain views. A huge basalt and limestone fireplace create a welcoming setting in the living room, while a 10-person dining table and baby grand piano sets the tone for elegant dinners.

Listed by Collier International’s unique properties division, the estimated seven-to-eight-figure price will remain a secret between the agency and the fortunate buyer.

Sunshine Coast oceanfront

This extremely rare 80-acre premium oceanfront property covers six titles of land with close to one kilometre of low-bank waterfront. It features southern exposure with protected deep-water moorage potential.

“This is a legacy family property, or ideal for a corporate retreat,” said listing agent Jamie Zroback of LandQuest Realty. It is offered at $5.89 million.

Okanagan ranch

A huge swath of Vernon land that's still relatively wild but within the city limits can be yours for a mere $28.8 million.

The 2,310-acre O'Keefe Range has been put on the market.

Colliers International agent Mark Lester said the land is ideal for someone with a vision for the huge piece of prime real estate above Bella Vista and Swan Lake.

Historic O'Keefe Ranch, north of Vernon, is a popular tourist spot and is owned by the City of Vernon. It is operated as a not-for-profit entity and is not part of the sale.

The range land was originally used to graze cattle from the ranch and sits on the plateau above Vernon's Bella Vista neighbourhood.

Lester said there is a lot of potential for development in a parcel that includes several small lakes and spectacular views.

“About 300 acres is within the official community plan as the East Bella Vista neighbourhood,” said Lester. “That would allow for single-family to multi-family and some neighbourhood commercial uses.”

Existing zoning allows subdivision into 30-acre lots.

Vancouver Island

Terrace Beach Resort is a waterfront resort located in Ucluelet on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

Offered for sale are 19 strata of 25 lots plus the management company which operates the rental pool. All suites include fully- equipped kitchenettes and many have hot tubs on private decks.

The Terrace Beach Resort is listed at $5.1 million.

“This property is ideal for a syndicated investor,” said listing agent Randi Clayton of Re/Max Nanaimo.
Visitors also enjoy year-round activities such as beachcombing the miles of beaches that stretch to Tofino, plus hiking the world-renowned Wild Pacific Trail, all adjacent to the resort as well as fishing, kayaking, storm watching and eco-tours.


Frank O'Brien is the editor of Western Canada's biggest commercial real estate newspaper, Western Investor, as well as a contributing editor at West Coast Condominium, real estate contributor to Business in Vancouver and a regular media commentator on real estate investment.
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