BCLiving takes you inside one of the most outrageously upmarket real estate offerings in the province

Address: 1708 Western Parkway, Vancouver
Price: $12,888,000
MLS: R2063531
 

The skinny: Five-bedroom, six-bathroom, 5,654-square-foot house on a 13,800-square-foot lot in the university (UBC) neighbourhood of Vancouver.
 
The bling: You: edgy, bold—an iconoclast who likes to go against the grain. Me: concrete, glass—a modernist happy to stick out like a sore thumb in a street of traditionalists. Together: we are the ambience disruptors; our goal is shock and awe. Not sticker shock, of course—$13 million is the price you have to pay to be this cool, this classy… this downright conspicuous. Let’s meet and find mutual satisfaction in our brash determination to be the best on the block. Who cares if the rooms are small and the design concept is on that perilous cusp where contemporary minimalism meets multi-storey car park chic? Between us, we have the nerve (you) and the steel (me) to kick the naysayers to the curb. Our curb. Oh yes, we have all the angles—most of them sharp.
 
The hidden extras: Huge landscaped yard with reflecting pool and uninterrupted sea and mountain views for the moments when the unremittingly grey, hard interior threatens to overwhelm even your cool and calm equilibrium, and air conditioning to maintain it.