By Ian Bailey
The Prince of Wales and Arnold Schwarzeneger have already
fallen for the charms of the British Columbia resort community
of Whistler, but the sale of a lavish 29 room home for ?-million
confirms the community's allure to some of the wealthiest ski
buffs in the world.
home, known as Akasha, is the most expensive residence ever sold
in Whistler, a world-renowned ski destination located a 90-minute
drive north of Vancouver.
now, the previous record for a home sale was set by a $3.8 million
sale] is just an indication that the high end of the market is
being sought after by people from the Lower Mainland and outside
our traditional market area, including Americans and Europeans,"
said Bob Daniels, president of the Association of Whistler Realtors.
in the living area of Akasha
people still recognize that Whistler represents very good value
on a relative scale when compared with other resorts in North
America," Daniels said.
buyer of the ? million home is described as a 40-ish US computer
executive, but has not otherwise been identified.
does think he got a good deal, however.
totally enjoys the house," says Andy Munster, who designed
the home over three years through his firm Munster & Sons
Developments Ltd. "The first time he came up he had a hard
home is about 5,000 square feet. It's centrpiece is a 15-metre
log that is more than 400 years old and was found in the Fraser
Valley east of Vancouver.