A triangular-shaped agricultural parcel of land in South Richmond is the setting of a unique West Coast-style contemporary home.
A listing by Manyee Lui with Macdonald Realty sets the price of the 19.2-acre property at 12831 No. 4 Road at $16.78 million.
The 7,400-sq-ft, two-storey residence, located on the southeast corner of the sprawling property, was designed by McCulloch Associates Architects and completed in 2003.
It features five bedrooms, as well as six full bathrooms and a half bathroom.
The main level’s southeastern corner opens up to an expansive outdoor patio with a large infinity swimming pool complete with water spray fountains along its edge. There is also an outdoor kitchen and entertainment area, plus a full-size tennis court and a small “organic vegetable garden.”
The property is concealed by a line of trees on its western and eastern borders, and entry into the residence is through a 150-metre-long driveway with a gated entrance.
The property is just one of a number of mansions built on the agricultural land reserve (ALR) in Richmond. However, this practice has now come to an end.
Last November, Richmond city council approved a moratorium on so-called ‘mega mansions’ on its ALR, although this was only in response to the provincial government’s introduced legislation that month that would restrict the size of residential properties on ALR.
In May 2018, city council rejected a downsizing proposal, opting to maintain the status quo of allowing homes of up to 10,000 sq. ft. on ALR, plus secondary homes of up to 3,200 sq. ft. for farm workers on larger lots.
Provincial legislation overriding municipal policies will limit the size of new homes on ALR to less than 5,400 sq. ft., unless there is direct proof a larger home would support a farming business.
The 27-acre ALR lot just south of this listed triangular-shaped property is also the site of another large mansion. This neighbouring 1992-built property has a 7,500 sq. ft. residence with six bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an outdoor swimming pool.