684 Whaletown Road, Cortes Island, BC
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In a supremely private setting this pristine 32 acre oceanfront estate is located in a protected bay on Cortes Island in British Columbia's northern Gulf Islands, at the gateway to the yachting paradise and warm waters of Desolation Sound. The location provides ideal year round boat and float-plane access at the private 60' dock and convenient road access via several scheduled daily ferries to Vancouver Island. The exquisite residence, perfectly situated on the 1600ft of low bank south facing waterfront, combines masterful craftsmanship and a sophisticated palette of materials - red and yellow cedar, concrete, granite, copper and walls of glass. The home has an entertainer’s state-of-the-art kitchen adjacent to the great room that opens onto the massive oceanfront deck. The house features an office and four bedrooms, each with ensuite bath, including a spacious master bedroom (with his and hers ensuite baths) that encompasses the entire top floor. All major rooms enjoy spectacular ocean views to the opening of Gorge Harbour and beyond to Vancouver Island. The expansive oceanfront decks and the Japanese inspired inner courtyard with lotus pond and outdoor fireplace provide perfect places to entertain. Outdoors the ocean is just steps away, and pathways edged with handset drystack stone walls lead to expansive lawns , formal gardens, a cutting garden and acres of wooded trails. The private 60’ deep-water dock has 30amp power, water and telephone. In a world of its own, serviced with hydro(underground), phone, and plentiful well water this idyllic estate is complete with abundant wildlife, private forest, crystal clear water, and possibly the best boating and salmon fishing in the world. The island is serviced with seasonal daily scheduled flights from Vancouver and ferries from Vancouver Island. Visitors to Cortes Island are attracted by its beauty. THE ISLAND: Located approx 100 miles north of Vancouver in the rain shadow of Vancouver Island it benefits from drier climate than the mainland. The medical clinic with full time doctor services the community of approx 1100 year round and 2000 summer residents. Several well supplied grocery stores, an organic food stand and the Friday Farmers Market will satisfy the gourmet chef. Unique and exciting educational programs for kindergarten to grade 8 are offered at Linnaea private school, located on a 315 acre organic farm and ‘Hollyhock’, an international learning centre offers programs from kayaking to healing and meditation. A boaters’ paradise, the island is home to the Royal Vancouver and Seattle Yacht Clubs' outstations in Cortes Bay. Four good restaurants provide excellent dining, with one of the best spots within a short walk of the property at the Gorge Harbour Marina.