November 18, 2016
Luxury in the country
Elegance and comfort meet beautifully amid Langley’s rolling green fields
By William Mbaho
Trying to outdo previous dream homes may seem impossible, but that is what the designer and builder of the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation Millionaire Designer Home Lottery set out to achieve this year.
“It’s very elegant and comfortable,” says designer Debbie Heal, owner of Sunrae Design. “This is the 20th lottery home I’ve designed and I love what we have achieved.”
The $3.5-million home in High Point Equestrian Estates in Langley, one of seven grand-prize options available in the lottery, is a French provincial-style five-bedroom mansion that mixes traditional flavour with contemporary feel. The 8,600-square-foot home — excluding the three-car garage and patio — sits on a lot that is slightly over half an acre in and is surrounded by the green rolling fields of horse country.
The exterior is adorned with marble, gas lamps, copper details and a majestic double-door entrance, all surrounded with manicured landscaping. Inside those doors is a palatial space, decorated with furnishings from La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries.
“The gorgeous metal fretwork from the front door windows is carried on to the wood fretwork on the back of the chairs,” says Heal. “We added some fun mirrors, and navy blue and tan coloured velvet drapes, which add a regal look that is very calming. We carried that right through this whole main floor.”
That includes the dining room and a sepia-tinted coffee/cocktail lounge that also functions as a reading area, as well as a stately great room that feels like a seven-star hotel lounge, enhanced with elegant recliners, custom millwork, LED pot lights and nano doors.
A highlight of the home is the chef’s kitchen filled with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, as well as a bright, backlit crystalline island (which encompasses an herb cultivator) and refrigerated walk-in gourmet pantry. The laundry room is just off the kitchen.
Outside, the patio floor windows can be lit to brighten up a hot tub area below. The patio also boasts a gas table, mounted heating and speakers above the contemporary furniture from The Wickertree.
Back indoors, a music room houses a grand piano lit by chandeliers. Next door is a serene office with tall windows and a see-through fireplace.
The master bedroom on the main floor is regal, with Italian marble counters, bed fretwork and gold accents. Its ensuite features a spectacular giant mirror and soaker tub and shower. The 12-foot-ceilinged room is bathed in white marble, and the closet is almost the same size as the bedroom.
The main stairs, with their clear glass railing, lead right to an artificial grass deck for sunbathing, pausing on a landing that overlooks the great room and patio.
Upstairs, to the left are three bedrooms: The first bedroom has a built-in desk, traditional wingback recliner and adjoining shower bathroom; the second is the same size, but with a bathtub; and the cosy second master bedroom has a traditional poster bed with fretwork. It features a see-through fireplace and recliner surrounded by hues of blue and brown, as well as a magnificent marble bathroom with a dazzling mix of mirrors and crystalline features. The massive jetted tub fills from the ceiling. Off to the left is a spacious walk-in closet and vanity.
Downstairs, the basement features an elegant marble bar and modern wine room decked out in tobacco colours and leather recliners. “We added an industrial feel to keep with that look,” says Heal. “We also have an upscale wine bar feel.” There is also a home theatre, games table and spa area with a dry sauna, steam shower, gym and massage table.
“This is the third house we have built for VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation,” says Kaz Noori, president of the home’s builder, SeaRock Developments. “It’s because of the charity that we go all out to build the best construction possible. The contractors and tradespeople we work with really gave their all.”