BCLiving takes you inside one of the most outrageously upmarket real estate offerings in the province
Address: 6620 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna
The skinny: Five-bedroom, seven-bathroom, 12,800-square-foot timber-frame house sitting on 16.63 acres of Okanagan lakeshore.
The bling: You’re really a mountain resort person: you love the cozy feel of colossal Douglas fir beams supporting impossibly high vaulted ceilings, your bare feet on heated stone, massive fireplaces to relax in front of, sipping your generously poured 25-year-old single malt encased in the finest cut glass. But it’s the summer, and the kids want to play with their water toys, so sacrifices must be made. Well, here it is: a luxury ski chalet perched on the edge of the lake. Close your curtains and you really could still be in Whistler. In fact, if you must shun the sun, you have all the indoor facilities a curmudgeon could ask for—home theatre, wine cellar, billiards room… Meanwhile, you’ll have nothing but peace and quiet as the rest of the family stays outside, lazing in the infinity pool, playing tennis and zooming around the lake on various jet-propelled machines. Really, don’t worry: there’s absolutely nothing wrong with living in an anachronism. You stick to your own style: look where it’s got you.
The hidden extras: Geothermal heating system, guest suite, state-of-the-art home system controlled by your mobile phone. Seriously, who has time to get up and turn on a light switch, these days?