The 5000 sq.
a question that has been contemplated by generations. For some,
it is a measure of self worth, a symbol that defines who you are
and what you have accomplished. For others, it may be a matter of
insecurity. For still others, it's just a case of being comfortable.
And for some it means money in the bank.
is dealing with the age-old question: Does size matter? More specifically,
does the size of a man's house matter?
Big houses -
between 4000 and 10000 square feet - have become, in the last couple
of years, one of the hottest items in an already toasty Whistler
real estate market. More than 70 Whistler homes sold for $1 million
or more last year. The sale of the 5000 square foot Akasha last
February for ? million - the most expensive house sold in Canada
in 2000 - was a watershed for Whistler. The house was built on spec
by Andy Munster, but only after he'd put considerable time in to
studying where the market was going. Since Akasha was built an number
of other large homes in the Sunridge subdivision have sprung up.
Other signs the
large homes is booming include Intrawest's The Peaks, a 60 lot subdivision
above Creekside which will allow homes of between 4000 and 7500
s i z e matter?
An age-old question is the centre of a new debate in Whistler
By Bob Barnett
and the consolidation
of two lots in the new Treetops area to allow a house of 5000 square
feet. Individually the two Treetops lots were allowed houses of
3135 and 3025 square feet.
The demand for
big homes is in many ways a tribute to Whistler's success as a resort.
Skiers and golfers have found Whistler and now, with the benefit
of a weak Canadian dollar relative to the American buck, the international
market has discovered Whistler real estate.
is an increasing perception internationally and in Vancouver that
Whistler is good comparable value to other North American ski resorts,"
says Whistler Real Estate Co. president Pat Kelly.
limit on development may also be helping fuel the market for large
homes. As there are no more development rights - bed units - being
handed out, some people with sizable pieces of land have decided
building a large single family home is the best return on their
the Jan 12, 2001 issue of the Pique Newsmagazine