This stunning West Vancouver home has remarkable pedigree of previous owners, and has spectacular oceanviews and beautiful interiors. Despite this, it failed to sell, not once but twice, in 2018, perhaps a victim of the region's high-end housing market downturn.
This historic house on Marine Drive didn’t get snapped up when it was listed for $15 million in February 2018, nor when it was re-listed for $13.75 million in July. On January 25, 2019, it was put on the market at the same latter price, by the same listing agent.
The 1937-built “Kew House,” which is listed by Engel & Volkers, was once the residence of A.J. Taylor, who was responsible for the construction of the Lion’s Gate Bridge, Vancouver’s Marine Building and the development of the British Properties. The property's entrance once boasted two replicas of the Lions Gate Bridge lion sculptures, created at Taylor's request, which were later donated to North Vancouver Museum and Archives. The prominent West Vancouver street Taylor Way is named after this renowned developer.
Not only that, Kew House was later the home of the late local philanthropist Kay Meek, for whom West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Theatre is named.
Sitting on a 1.66-acre lot with panoramic ocean views, this heritage house has beamed ceilings, cove and base mouldings, antique light fixtures and chandeliers, and Spanish tile and herringbone hardwood flooring. It has 6,600 square feet of living space with a grand dining room, gracious living room with curved ceiling, three bedrooms, a den/media room, an office, a craft/flex room and three and a half bathrooms.
The house has seen considerable upgrades, including an elevator from the main floor to the bedroom floor, as well as new roofing.
It was valued by B.C. Assessments in July 2018 at $6,660,000, which is a whopping 36 per cent lower than its previous year's assessment of $10,481,000. Property taxes on the home in 2018 were $24,351.55.
Take a visual tour of this historic home with more listing photos, below.