Huntting House Hits the Market

For over a century, Huntting House has graced prestigious Angus Street in Vancouver’s First Shaughnessy neighbourhood. First Shaugnessy is known for its rich history and cultural significance to Vancouver, and this mansion certainly has earned its place in this district. Listed for sale at the beginning of November for $17,885,000, this is your chance to own a piece of history.

The manor was built circa 1912 for William Foster Huntting, the president of Huntting-Merritt Lumber Company. A booming company at the time, WF Huntting was a wealthy man who commissioned the prestigious firm Maclure and Fox to design his home. Cecil Crocker Fox was the junior partner who designed the manor.

One look at the mansion and it’s easy to tell that CC Fox’s inspiration for its design came from England – specifically, the English countryside. With a massive, steep roof and a rough stucco exterior, it is the very picture of a typical English cottage. Therefore, it may come as little surprise that the home is nearly an exact replica of “Orchard,” a manor near London, England. Orchard was the personal residence of Britain’s premier arts-and-crafts architect, CFA Voysey. Perhaps Huntting House’s striking resemblance to Orchard can be explained by the fact that CC Fox studied under CFA Voysey before he was hired by Samuel Maclure in 1903.

One hundred years after it was built, the seven bedroom, 10,000 square foot mansion underwent significant renovations. The kitchen was completely updated, and a separate wok kitchen was added, as well as new marble and hardwood flooring. There are five ensuite bathrooms, as well as two half bathrooms. The lot it sits on a sizeable 22,539 square foot lot, and it has a circular driveway.

This beautiful manor is steeped in history in one of Vancouver’s most prized neighbourhoods. From its ancestry in England to its century-long tenure on Angus Street, this is a home rich in history.


Top Luxury Above the City

If your pockets are deep and you aren’t afraid of heights, this might just be your dream home. Located on the top three floors of what is anticipated to be the fourth tallest building in Vancouver, this nearly $12 million penthouse will be ultra luxurious and will offer unparalleled views of the city.

Designed by the award winning, world-renowned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Vancouver House will be equal parts skyscraper and sculpture. Located at 1480 Howe Street, it was designed to resemble a curtain peeling back to reveal the unique cityscape behind it. The one-of-a-kind architecture sees the building fan from three sides at the base into four sides towards the top. Each residence in the tower will be tailored minutely to each buyer’s preferences, so no two homes will be exactly alike. Just imagine living in this stunning, custom work of art!

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Protect Yourself: Strata Water Deductible Review Reminder

The majority of strata Annual General Meetings are coming up over the next few months presenting an ideal opportunity for strata lot owners to verify that their home owner insurance policy water deductible coverage matches that of the strata corporation’s master building policy and if not advise their insurance broker immediately.

The BC Strata Property Act requires that any AGM Notice includes a copy of the strata corporation’s insurance policy summary. This summary page will include a notation on what the building’s current water deductible amount is. Depending on any resultant water damage claims filed in the past policy year and the extent of damage, this deductible amount can increase to a staggering amount from the previous year. It is not uncommon for strata’s today to have a deductible in the $50,000 to $100,000 range from the days of when they were $5,000 to $25,000. 

Deductible assessment coverage is an additional coverage that has become increasingly important in light of the increasing cost and frequency of resultant water damage claims. For example, if the building is damaged due to a water leak, the strata corporation would generally file a water damage claim with its own insurance company.
Section 158 of the Strata Property Act states that the insurance deductible in respect of a claim is a common expense, but the strata corporation may sue an owner in order to recover the deductible portion of an insurance claim if the owner is responsible for the loss or damage that gave rise to the claim. Two landmark BC court decisions in 2007 determined that the strata corporation need not prove negligence in order to determine owners’ responsibility. A strata corporation may sue a strata lot owner to recover the insurance deductible even though the owner was not negligent and merely caused or brought about the events that resulted in the damage.

To remove ambiguity and potentially save on future legal expenses, some strata corporations have passed bylaws that clarify that owners are strictly liable for damage to common property that originates in their units.

It is therefore important that all strata owners review the building policy and advise their insurance broker of the building deductible amounts to ensure their unit policy includes sufficient coverage for all building deductibles including water damage. This information is included in the insurance summary report within the NOTICE of Annual General Meeting that strata corporations are required to provide strata lot owners prior to the Annual General Meeting. Some strata buildings due to frequent or a single extensive resultant water damage claim are now facing water damage deductibles of $50,000 to $100,000.

Additional coverage riders available to strata unit owners that are well worth considering are:

  • Increased unit improvements and betterments coverage insures upgrades to the unit a
  • Loss assessment coverage typically pays the owner’s share to cover major property and liability losses on common property that may exceed the strata corporation’s policy limits.
  • Request your insurance broker to advise you of any other additional riders that you should consider.
SOURCE: Insurance Brokers Association of BC

The Perfect Blend of Historic and Modern

As one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Vancouver, First Shaughnessy is deeply ingrained in the city’s history. The residences in this neighbourhood have seen the Vancouver grow from a small port town into a world class metropolis. These homes are grand affairs, with thousands of square feet to live and grow in, and well-tended lawns to frame the timeless architecture. These homes are beloved – after all, they’re still standing a century later. However, we’re living in 2017, not 1917. How does one respect the past, while living in the present? 1628 Marpole Avenue is the perfect answer.

Thanks to a renovation in 2016, this mansion lives firmly in the present. Though sleek and stylish, it still respects the original aspects of the home with wainscotting, custom millwork, and other details throughout the home such as the rounded bay windows in the dining room. A common fixture at the turn of the last century, these windows brighten up the dining area while adding a pleasant view of the terraced gardens. While the gardens are just as beautiful as they were a century ago, they now also include an infinity pool, hot tub, and heated cabana.

There are so many more features to this home that make it exquisite, from the completely renovated dream kitchen to the entertainment room to the 1000-bottle wine cellar. The aforementioned dining room conveniently features a butler’s station, making entertaining a breeze. Six generous bedrooms makes for plenty of room for the family, as well as guests. The master suite features its own study, for moments when seclusion and privacy are needed.

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Decorate your home with these trendy DIY Halloween ideas!

Do Halloween justice this year by decorating your home with your own innovative pizazz.  Some people tend to spend a lot of money on extravagant décor, but you can create a classy look with spooky vibes by getting creative with your own trendy and affordable DIY yourself ideas. has put together some great crafty ideas to get you started spookifying up your home inside and out!  Check them out here >> HGTV.COM


Second + Main: Microsuites that Don’t Seem so Micro

Who wouldn’t want to live in Vancouver? In this city you can admire the magnificent mountains, walk the sprawling beaches and enjoy the highest quality restaurants! These are just a small idea of the breathtaking activities you can be a part of.

When choosing to live in Vancouver you want to be a part of every little aspect that makes this city exceptional. The biggest problem with this is that many homes located in the heart of Vancouver and in the heart of the action make you feel confined with little ability to do as you wish. That is the brilliance of the trendy and spacious microsuites!

Using spacious to describe a microsuite may seem laughable; however there is no better way to describe the new Second + Main development. At the head of this amazing new project are Create Properties and Northchild Developments. Not only are these developments in the heart of a bustling area, they will adjoin tall new buildings across East 2nd Avenue as well as be alongside Mainstreet in South East False Creek.
To help you understand how amazing living in these microsuites will be, we have compiled a list of all the benefits of living at the Second + Main complex!

1. Location, location, location!

When deciding to live in Vancouver a big part of that decision is where your home is located. The development, Second + Main is right in between two bustling areas, Olympic Village and Mount Pleasant. By choosing this area, you are mere steps away from both trendy areas as well as the newly revamped Chinatown!

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The Pumpkin Lady Templates

Lisa Berberette has been a professional pumpkin carver for over 20 years. She has carved for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart and Good Morning America. Larry King coined her ‘The Pumpkin Lady’ and it stuck.

Her website offers over 700 FREE pumpkin carving templates and How To Video’s from picking the perfect pumpkin to advanced carving skills like shading. Enjoy and have fun!

Jim Carrey: I needed colour

Jim Carrey has largely been out of the public eye over the past couple of years, despite continuing to work as an actor. In “I Needed Color” the audience has the opportunity to see where Carrey has secluded himself: his art studio. ‘I Needed Colour’ provides viewers with a brief look into what Carrey’s life is like, and the monumental amount of time and energy that he spends honing his craft, and his drive to do so.