665 Whaletown Road, Cortes Island, BC
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In a supremely beautiful and private setting this pristine 32 acre oceanfront estate, with approximately 1600ft of low bank south facing waterfront, is located in a protected bay on Cortes Island at the gateway to the yachting paradise and warm waters of Desolation Sound. The exquisite three year old Japanese inspired residence combines masterful craftsmanship and a sophisticated palette of materials - red and yellow cedar, concrete, granite, copper and walls of glass, in a free flowing open-plan to enhance the sense of space. The home has an entertainer’s state-of-the-art kitchen adjacent to the great room and family room that open onto the oceanfront deck with seamless glass railings. The house also includes an office and four bedrooms, each with ensuite bath, including a spacious master bedroom (with two 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 Japanese courtyard with lotus pond and outdoor fireplace, and the expansive oceanfront decks, provide perfect places to entertain. Outdoors the beach is just steps away, and curving pathways edged with handset drystack stone walls lead to expansive lawns , formal gardens, a cutting garden and acres of wooded trails. The property contains a 60’ deep-water dock with power, water and telephone. The location provides ideal year round boat and float-plane access at the dock (seasonal daily scheduled flights from Vancouver) and is within 15 minutes to the ferry from Vancouver Island. In a world of its own, serviced with hydro, 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. Visitors to Cortes 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.