Jean-Claude Van Damme’s former Vancouver apartment offers ocean, city and mountain views
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Location: Vancouver, Canada
Price: 8.28 million Canadian dollars (6.52 million US dollars)
This five-bedroom, seven-bathroom downtown Vancouver once belonged to action movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme.
The “Muscles of Brussels”, as it is known, was one of the first buyers when the building, One Wall Tower at the Wall Centre, was built in 2002. “He combined three units, designed the house as he really wanted her to look like , and I lived here for a few years,” said Boris Yip of Faith Wilson/Christie’s International Real Estate, the listing agent.
With 4,674 square feet on one level, the 36andThe ground floor unit offers city, ocean and mountain views. The house opens up to a large, light and airy room with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the horizon. An ambient electric fireplace, open on two sides, separates the living and dining areas. Mr. Van Damme “worked with a designer, so each piece is easily distinguished,” Mr. Yip said. “You have large, easily demarcated main rooms.”
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Next to the great room, the kitchen has a Viking refrigerator and built-in Viking Ultraline oven, microwave and stove. A separate entrance from the kitchen allows private chefs or caterers to arrive discreetly. Custom cabinets conceal plenty of storage and pantry.
The house has a second living room “with a different vibe,” Yip said, including a bar, media area and ocean views. “It’s a really nice view across the water, looking north to English Bay,” he said. The window provides a bird’s-eye perch for Vancouver’s annual Fireworks Festival in July, which takes place near English Bay. “Every year the owners welcome family and friends to watch – you get the perfect view,” Mr Yip said.
The master bedroom “is one giant bedroom,” Mr Yip said, with walk-in closets, a gas fireplace with marble mantel and a gold-veined marble bathroom. With two sinks, a separate tub, and a steam shower, “the bathroom has a kind of spa-oasis feel,” he added.
Along with four other bedrooms, the apartment’s bathrooms each feature different decor, including a colorful mosaic of glass tiles in one and wood paneling in the other. The house also has a dedicated office with built-in shelving and storage.
This five-bedroom, seven-bathroom apartment spans 4,674 square feet.
One Wall Center, as the building is known, is twinned with the adjacent Sheraton Wall Center, so apartment owners enjoy the same amenities that hotel guests can access. “Everything from the gym, pool, sauna, steam room, valet parking, 24-hour room service and concierge,” Yip said. “It’s everything you’d expect if you’re a world traveler in a high end hotel.”
The sale of this unit also includes parking for six vehicles and four storage lockers. The house can be sold partially furnished, Yip added.
Downtown Vancouver “is at your doorstep” in this central location, with “every restaurant, office and public transportation” nearby, as well as banks, professional and medical services and retail, said Mr. Yip. Most of the city’s attractions are within walking distance. Canada Place, on Vancouver’s waterfront, is less than a mile east. The trendy restaurant and retail district of Gastown is about the same distance to the southeast. Vancouver’s 988-acre Stanley Park is a mile north. Vancouver International Airport is about eight miles south.
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Until this year, Vancouver was Canada’s most expensive real estate market (“Vancouver was the capital of Canada’s home price craze. How did Toronto top it?” asked a Feb. 24 . Toronto Star big title).
The benchmark home price in Metro Vancouver rose 18.5% year-over-year to C$1.255 million in January, according to the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board.
Agent: Boris Yip, Faith Wilson/Christie’s International Real Estate
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