An iconic Canadian architectural monument perched upon a sprawling 67-acre oceanfront parcel of stunning southern Vancouver Island.
Swanwick Ranch is unlike any property I have come across, to find out it was in my not so distant backyard was a pleasant surprise. Should you be driving through the windey coastal roads surrounding Metchosin on southern Vancouver Island, you would likely pass right by it and have no idea. This sprawling estate is adorned with an opulent main residence with many unique features including but not limited to well over 10000 square feet of passive seawater heated livable space, a transparent pool, a commercially equipped kitchen, an ornate modern library, a games room and an integrated and automated boat house/launch that would make James Bond smile.
Winner of the Canadian Architect Award in 2003 and a Lieutenant-Governor’s Award in 2008, the 10,700 square foot main residence is cantilevered atop a concrete armature, rooting the structure clear of the critical and protected Garry Oak root zones. With floors branching astride a man-made canyon carrying spent hydro-thermal seawater framed by etched glass exterior walls, this innovative retreat blurs the conventional boundaries of both nature and shelter.
Punctuated by grand contemporary lines, the triumphant main residence is, according to its award-winning designer, Marko Simcic, “sustainably entwined” with its site in the heart of one of Canada’s most endangered natural ecosystems—the Garry Oak savannah.
A subtle but defined structural fold encloses an exterior pool, hot tub and patio area which separates the formal social and private living spaces. Dynamically lit by strategically placed exterior and floor level windows encourage reflections from the ocean and canyon river to dance across the hardwood floors and travertine walls. These same travertine walls line the long seamless transitions through the airy living, kitchen, dining and living spaces in the private wing. The two residential wings are essentially flat end to end crowned by strategically placed windows and specifically designed ceilings that provide large levels of natural light throughout the many livable spaces contained within.
Exclusive panoramic views of 1,400 linear feet of shoreline and private beach are amplified by spectacular ocean views backed by the rugged Olympic Mountain range can be seen most parts of the main residence. Other luxury amenities such as a one touch home automation system, fully autonomous boat launch and secure worldwide access to home automation controls allow residents to remain connected while escaping to the sea with ease.
By far my favorite part: the privacy and the quiet calm it brings to the property. From most vantages around the residence the primary sounds heard are those of songbirds carrying out over the ocean which gently laps the shore seemingly just out of sight, the soft rythymic sounds of wind rustling through outstretched Oak limbs slowly shuffling their leaves as a result. In some instances this sentiment was successfully surpassed by the required design and inherent considerations and luxury touches required to achieve the culmination of the two, that really makes this property stand out. The seclusion, the privacy and sheer luxury of this property is truly unique, one might even say a dream.
To find out more about this property head over to Victoria Luxury Group’s website where you can virtual tour the property HERE .