This, is an architecturally striking, mid-century, single family home in Tsawwassen. We love these mid-century designs but do not see them come up for sale all that often. Differing from many of the spec homes of the era, this was a custom design built with intention and consideration of site and situation.
Completely remodelled and restored, this original John Kay designed English Bluffs home is situated high on the rise overlooking the surrounding neighbourhood. The outstanding panoramic views showcase city, mountains, and the ocean. Setting this home apart are the design, views, location, and privacy.
Completely restored in and out, a modernizing renovation has maintained and enhanced the original mid-century style and function of the space. Interior period features include floor to ceiling glazing, postcard windows, restored vintage glazed venting, exposed joist skylights and pony wall room dividers.
The design was documented and published in Style at Home magazine.
The layout is outstanding with an excellent mix of traditional rooms and open-concept areas over three levels.
On the topmost level is the master suite, complete with wood burning corner fireplace and en-suite washroom. Postcard windows showcase the views of the mountains, city, pastures, Mt. Baker, and the ocean.
The main level is designed to maximize exposure to the views, with the foyer opening up into the main living room which opens up into the dining area and kitchen via a series of pony wall dividers. These partitions effectively create discrete areas within an overall open-plan space.
The living room has a wood burning fireplace and dramatic glazing that not only exposes the views, but also shows the extensive mature gardens.
The kitchen has been fully re-designed in consideration of the original era of the build. A combination of flat front cabinetry and solid surface countertops in period colour and grains does an excellent job of bridging the original modern design with contemporary technology, materials and convenience.
On this level there is a very dramatic hallway with continuous skylights above leading to a bathroom and two more bedrooms. Both bedrooms open onto an east facing deck that again showcase the great views.
Downstairs you’ll find another bedroom, a laundry room, another full bathroom with an attached walk-in sauna, a lovely den/ bar and finally, the professional working art studio built over the in-ground indoor swimming pool (the pool and associated mechanicals still exist and the pool can be re-opened).
The den has a more intimate exposure to the gardens of the ground level. The den is stacked directly below the living room and is no less dramatic in terms of scale and glazing/ light. There is also a wood burning fireplace in this room.
From the den one accesses the huge art studio, which is also the indoor pool room. The pool has been covered with support and flooring and still exists (currently storing art supplies). There is the option to simply remove the deck and flooring and re-use the swimming pool. There is a full wall of windows at the end of this space overlooking the gardens.
The views are best described as panoramic. The house faces east at the rear and west at the front with excellent light. Eastern views include various urban communities of the GVRD, the interstitial pasture and farmland, the mountains surrounding the valley including a great view of Mt. Baker, and the ocean reaching into the United States.
Sitting high above the surrounding neighbourhood this home affords the luxury of great open views with excellent levels of privacy. The house has been designed specifically for this effect with glazing opening upwards (via skylights) versus outwards (traditional windows) on the street side of the house where sight-lines in are most possible.
The quality of light is remarkable too. East light floods in through the vast windows in the principle rooms and bedrooms in the morning, mid-day sun is cast on both front and rear yards, while evening light filters in around the house and gardens and illuminates the landscapes of the view. The Mt. Baker alpenglow is hard to miss.
Located in the English Bluff community in Tsawwassen, this home is squarely located in one of its most desirable areas. An area of larger, impressive lots, this home truly stands out on account of its unique mid-century design.
Outside you’ll find extensive mature gardens. The front yard showcases a west coast style landscape while the rear yard has a Japanese feel to it. There are extensive beds with low maintenance plantings of all types.
Off the kitchen and dining room there is a wonderful, large patio with seamless glass “railings.” From here enjoy the views of the mountain pastures and ocean. The is a great entertaining space that is both large and open with excellent privacy. Stairs lead from the patio to the gardens below.
There is covered parking complete with a level 2 charger for electric vehicles. There are also storage spaces adjacent the carport.
This is a very rare offering. The combination of original design and a period restoration that actually succeeds, a top location in English Bluffs, panoramic views and top level privacy truly set this home apart.
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|Address||1132 Shaman Crescent|
|Type of Dwelling||House/Single Family|
|Floor Area||3,799 Sq. Ft.|