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

Address: 3263 W 48th Avenue
Price: $8,988,000
MLS: R2109440

The skinny: Four-bedroom, six-bathroom, 4,839-square-foot house on an 11,000-square-foot lot in Vancouver.

The bling: You want to be different. You want to stick out from the crowd. You’ve got $9 million to play with, and no, you do not want a cookie-cutter mansion. Oh no. You want something big, of course, but it should also dare to be different. The kind of house that makes people question what the heck you just did with all your dosh; an unpredictable purchase to make you appear more interesting than you ever could be. Well, what better than a big old cube built out of concrete? Can’t get more car park chic than that, now, can you? Well, not unless you add metal open staircases throughout, and concrete floors. “Hard is the new soft,” you can explain to your guests puzzled at being led into what they assumed was the garage. “This is called the cutting edge.” You may be living in the interior design equivalent of a hair shirt, but this is rich living, right? You didn’t get where you are by taking a load off and relaxing. And this house will make sure you never do. Now, sit up straight, check the stocks, and get to work making those millions grow.

The hidden extras: Pool, media room, double garage, elevator.