Dollar Giant founder’s spectacular beachfront home listed at $17M (PHOTOS)

Three-year-old, Hollingsworth-designed house in West Vancouver has direct access to beach

The Russell Hollingsworth-designed West Vancouver home of Dollar Giant co-founder Joe Calvano has been listed for $16,998,000.

The home is located on the coastline-hugging Bellevue Avenue in the exclusive Altamont neighbourhood, close to chi-chi Dundarave Village. It has more than 4,000 square feet of luxurious interior living space, including four bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms.

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There’s an open-concept, split-level great room with spectacular water views that includes a living room, dining room, family room and custom Snaidero kitchen, plus there’s a media room and a glass-walled wine room. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a huge dressing room and ensuite bathroom, plus walk-out deck.

The home has characteristics of its archictect’s West Coast Modern design signature, such as a water feature, glass entrance doors, exposed interior stone cladding in several rooms, frameless corner windows and floor-to-ceiling window walls. It also has a Lutron smart-home system with sound and power blinds throughout the home.

Calvano house West Vancouver great room
The open-concept great room includes a split-level living and dining area with a stone-clad fireplace and views out to the ocean. Listing agent: Eric Christiansen

Outside, the near-12,000-square-foot lot has a waterfront terrace with basalt paving and outdoor living and dining areas, and terraced gardens down to the beach.

Calvano house West Vancouver terrace living
There's plenty of south-west-facing, ocean-view living and dining space on the terrace. Listing agent: Eric Christiansen

Records show the home’s owner is Joe Calvano, who co-founded dollar store chain Dollar Giant at the age of 47 in the early 2000s, and sold it to Dollar Tree Inc. in 2010 for $62 million, according to Business in Vancouver’s profile. Calvano and his two partners paid off $10 million in debt and split the remaining $52 million three ways.

The West Vancouver property was assessed in July 2018 at $10,824,000, down from the previous year’s $12,785,000. Records show that the home was purchased in 2016 after its construction for $13 million. The previous 1975-built house on the property was sold for $5.9 million in 2006. Property taxes on the home in 2018 were $29,705.

For more images of this luxurious listing, scroll below.


Calvano house West Vancouver kitchen
The Snaidero kitchen has custom cabinetry and a huge island with waterfall countertop. Listing agent: Eric Christiansen


Calvano house West Vancouver family room
Opposite the kitchen and to the right of the living area is an additional family room. Listing agent: Eric Christiansen


Calvano house West Vancouver foyer
This home's sexy entrance foyer shows off a number of typical Hollingsworth features, such as an exposed interior stone wall and lots of glass. Listing agent: Eric Christiansen


Calvano house West Vancouver master bedroom
The master bedroom has a walk-out terrace with epic water views, plus another of those stone fireplaces. Listing agent: Eric Christiansen


Calvano house West Vancouver master ensuite
There's a lot of serene white and grey in this home, but it's broken by a pop of magenta to brighten the spacious master bathroom. Listing agent: Eric Christiansen


Calvano house West Vancouver master dressing room
The master suite also boasts this fabulous dressing room with custom cabinetry. Listing agent: Eric Christiansen


Calvano house West Vancouver media room
Having a media room as well as a family room sure avoids those fights over which movie to watch. Listing agent: Eric Christiansen


Calvano house West Vancouver wine room
The home comes with obligatory temperature-controlled glass wine room. Listing agent: Eric Christiansen


Calvano house West Vancouver terrace view beach
Who needs a pool when you can just walk right into the water from your garden? Listing agent: Eric Christiansen

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