From my former apartment at Pacific and Thurlow, I could see an extraordinary penthouse near the Burrard Street Bridge. The building had a distinctive hexagonal mini-tower on its roof, and seemed to offer unparalleled views of the city. I often said that, if I had enough money, I’d live in that penthouse.
It turns out that all I’d need is $18 million. The Tyee has a profile of super-expensive penthouses in the city, and features unit #2601 at 1000 Beach:
With interior architecture by Omer Arbel, the 6,900-square-foot unit at 1000 Beach Avenue is the only one in the $18 million club that’s actually finished, and it is spectacular — in a very literal and public sense of the term. Rising out of the crotch of the Burrard St. Bridge, the building itself reads like our city’s version of the Statue of Liberty, except that the lantern that tops it off is not a spiked beret but a double-storey penthouse, aglow with a thousand points of halogen light.
Private four car garage, guest suite on the second floor, private elevator. Not too shabby. And it’s for sale. Visit the realtor’s website for a photo gallery. I gather the interior is about as fancy as one could make it with a limitless budget. It sure looks like it.