Possibly once in a lifetime you will be presented with an opportunity to acquire a property as captivating as the Four Oaks estate, a magnificent mountain top acreage perched high above the Cowichan and Chemainus Valleys on Vancouver Island, Canada’s recreation and retirement destination. As you make the turn onto your private drive, you will quickly be immersed in your natural surroundings, soon forgetting that you are only minutes away from downtown Duncan’s shopping, dining and amenities, as well as direct float plane access to Vancouver via nearby Maple Bay. Winding up the hillside, you will pass through lush forested areas of tall standing douglas fir and western cedar, open fields where deer gracefully nibble at the long green grass, and moss covered rock bluffs dotted with garry oak and arbutus trees. As you approach the summit with eager anticipation, spectacular vistas will begin to emerge as your eyes are immediately drawn to the breathtaking, unobstructed views in all directions. Looking north, the impressive ocean view also captures the Gulf Islands and expanding across the Strait of Georgia, the snow-capped Coastal Mountains. With Richards Mountain to the east, Victoria and the American Olympic Mountains to the south and pastoral valley views contrasted by towering Mount Prevost to the west, these vistas are exclusive to this hilltop property and unrivalled on Southern Vancouver Island. With more than 23 private acres to enjoy, both your privacy and views are assured.
Perched strategically at the top and perfectly situated to capture the panoramic views is the custom-built, country-style home complete with a large wrap-around, covered deck. Within seconds of stepping through the front door you will realize and truly begin to appreciate the careful planning and design work that went into optimizing the views throughout the home. Immediately to your right, you will be drawn in by the openness and natural lighting resulting from the south facing, near floor-to ceiling windows prominent throughout. The main level features an inviting, open concept design, and the optimal balance of indoor/outdoor living, perfect for entertaining. The large formal living room transitions seamlessly into the dining room, providing the ideal venue for dinner parties and holiday gatherings. Stepping through the French doors off the dining room, your private 1,100 (plus) sqft., south facing, partially covered deck awaits. From the deck looking down, you will observe moss carpeted rocks anchoring oak and red-skinned arbutus trees. Just beyond, mature douglas fir trees transition into a beautiful valley view, dotted with farms and a winding country road. As summer fades into fall and fall into winter, the spectacular vistas are ever changing. Whether it be hosting a family barbeque or enjoying an evening glass of wine as you take in the incredible views, this outdoor space sets the perfect stage for memories to be made. Just off the dining room, preparing meals will be a treat in the recently modernized gourmet kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances and range hood, granite countertops, tile backsplash, and a sizeable kitchen island. Also on the the main level and offering comfortable single storey living, is the master bedroom with its own French door access to a secluded section of the wrap-around deck, as well as a 4-pc ensuite with soaker tub offering serene mountain and valley views. A powder room, laundry facilities and an open office/den area with prime north facing ocean, Gulf Island and Coastal Mountain views complete the main level.
Upstairs you will find plenty of space for family or guests, with a family room, rec room, two large bedrooms, an additional bedroom/den, and a 4-pc washroom. Downstairs, the 1,433 sqft. unfinished basement which is currently set-up with a mechanical room, sizeable workshop and unfinished recreational space/man cave, offers an opportunity to truly make this space your own. From this level, you will also have direct access to your double carport, which taken together with the rest of the lower level, provides plenty of space for all of your storage needs.
With a number of recent updates, this home offers a rare combination of modern style and sophistication, while gracefully maintaining the charm and character that has seemingly been lost in many of today’s newer builds. Features such as the energy efficient heat pump will surely keep you comfortable during those long summer days, while ensuring warmth on those chilly winter evenings. Alternatively, the strategic placement of the pacific energy woodstove in the living room creates a more intimate, effective ambiance whereby comfort meets sophistication. The private well provides access to high quality drinking water, direct from the source. The property offers plenty of space for RV parking, and a relatively low maintenance yard given the size of the acreage.
Thanks to its mild climate, friendly people, abundance of recreational opportunities, and still relatively affordable real estate prices, Vancouver Island is fast becoming Canada’s retirement hotspot. Just an hour north of the BC’s picturesque capital Victoria, Four Oaks provides your chance to take your place and truly experience the west coast lifestyle and all that the Cowichan Valley has to offer. World renowned wineries, local farm markets, fresh and saltwater fishing, exceptional sailing and boating, various lakes and rivers to explore, year round golfing, inviting spas and resorts, the Vancouver Island Motorsports Circuit for the sports car enthusiast, these are just some of the numerous highlights of the area awaiting your exploration.
With its incredible vantage point, private park-like, natural setting, charming country-style home ideally designed for balanced indoor/outdoor living, and prime location within minutes of shopping and amenities on desirable Vancouver Island, the magnificent mountaintop Four Oaks estate is an extremely rare offering that should not be missed.
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