“We had the most amazing time at Jennifer's stunning property. The location was superb with local amenities on the doorstep, which included galleries, coffee shops, a selection of superb restaurants and even the beach! The transport was excellent with a bus stop just a short walk away that takes you to downtown Vancouver. This is a luxurious property with everything you could hope for and Jennifer was an amazing host making sure that we had everything we needed, right down to a wonderful welcome hamper. We would certain think about going again if we are ever lucky enough to be in Vancouver again which by the way is a spectacular place that was enjoyed by all our family. We fell in love with Canada, the people and Jennifer's home!”
Close to downtown, local village, nature, & ocean
Close to downtown, local village, nature, & ocean
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- 5 Bedrooms
- Sleeps 8
- 5 baths
About our home
Our primary home is a bright, spacious (over 4, 500 square feet), modern home with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and a beautiful, sunny back yard garden and deck. We are within walking distance to the beach, services, amenities, restaurants, shops and a 20 minute bus ride or car ride to downtown Vancouver, 20 minutes by car to Cypress Mountain and Grouse Mountain, and just over an hour and a half to Whistler - home of the 2012 Olympics.
Our kitchen is large enough for several cooks to enjoy making a fabulous meal with ingredients picked up from the local farmer’s market or grocery store (5 min walk to Dundarave Village). We have a gas range stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker and everything else you will need (including good knives!). Our casual kitchen table seats 4 and our dining room accommodates 10 – 12 for larger entertaining. In the summer months, you can open up the French doors to easily access our deck and bbq and enjoy in/out living.
We have a casual family room with a flat screen tv, dvd player, and playstation. The other main rooms are our formal living room and office with computer and wifi.
Our Master Bedroom has a Queen size bed, lots of storage, a deck with bit of ocean view, and the ensuite bathroom has a soaker tub and rain shower. The two other bedrooms on the top floor our the children’s rooms each with a single bed and ensuite bathroom.
The other 2 bedrooms are found downstairs, along with our play room that includes a large ping pong table and 5th bathroom.
We love to garden and please help yourself to any fruits and vegetables that you may find! We have 2 adult bikes and 2 kids bikes that potentially can be made available (they are sometimes at our other house). Car is negotiable. We have regular cleaning services every two weeks.
We live on a quiet street in the beautiful village of Dundarave in West Vancouver are well situated to everything you will want to see and experience while visiting Vancouver and BC.
From our home, you will be able to walk to the village, grab a coffee and croissant, select your dinner from our excellent butcher, pick up other essentials at the grocery store - and enjoy shopping at the various boutiques, galleries, florists and more. We love to grab a coffee and walk to the beach where our kids run wild and we like to sit and enjoy the view and look for sea glass if we are feeling like doing something! There are several restaurants within walking distance from Italian to Japanese to French for those nights you don’t feel like cooking. We like to hike the many trails in West Vancouver; Lighthouse Park, Whyte Lake and Cypress Mountain are our three of our favourite places to go. And it is easy to jump in the car or take the bus downtown to enjoy the many sights, shops, restaurants, galleries, beaches, and parks that make Vancouver so beautiful.
West Vancouver itself is known for sandy beaches, great hiking trails, seaside walks, diving, kayaking, marinas where you can rent a boat to fish or tour, cute villages with shopping and galleries and there are some fantastic restaurants from delightful bakeshops to fine dining.
There are many different summer festivals that happen in and around Vancouver in the summer, such as the world renowed Jazz Festival, Music Fest, the Fringe Festival, the Folk Festival, Harmony Arts, to name just a few. And there are many other cultural events, art galleries, theatres, the opera, and the symphony to enjoy year round.
We are a 20 minute bus ride (bus stop is a 2 minute walk) or drive from downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park, a 2 1/2 blocks from Dundarave Village (restaurants, shops, grocery) and Dundarave Beach, 1 block from the Community Centre & Aquatic Centre, 3 blocks to the Library, 4 blocks to Ambleside Village (the heart of West Vancouver), and 9 blocks to Ambleside Beach. We have parks and playgrounds 1 and 2 blocks away as well. We are close to many other top tourist destination spots: Cypress Mountain (2010 Olympic venue) is a 20 minute drive, Grouse Mountain is also 20 minutes drive, Capilano Suspension Bridge 15 minutes, Granville Island, 30 min drive; Deep Cove 30 min, Whistler is 1 1/2 hours, Seattle is 3 hours, BC Ferry Terminal to Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast is a 10 minute drive).
As well, for the families out there, we do have a list of excellent babysitters on file should you want to enjoy some of the fantastic restaurants in Vancouver without your children!
Our second home: Our 12 acre oceanside farm is located in the heart of one of Canada’s up and coming wine and culinary destinations - the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.
Our Farm is a beautiful and relaxing retreat - while being only a short drive away from all the farm to table restaurants, wineries, farmers markets, artisans and local shops that make the Cowichan Valley one of Canada’s up and coming culinary and wine destinations. In fact, you can walk to one of the best wineries and restaurants in the region - Cherry Point Estates.
Our farm house was originally built as a fishing lodge over 100 years ago. There are 4 bedrooms, including one with bunk beds which sleep 3. We have two bathrooms, each with a shower and bathtub. The living room and family room each have a huge window to take in the ocean views. We have a lovely side deck which looks out towards the ocean and field. We have a large kitchen with electric stove and oven, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker. You will find a BBQ on the back porch and a fire pit to enjoy hot dog and marshmallow roasts, again with a view. There is wif
The house overlooks an ecologically important beach where you can easily find sand dollars, clam shells, and the occasional mussel and oyster shell. If you are lucky at low tide, you will find moon snails which can get as big as your hand and preys on the local clams and star fish. You can even go crabbing - use our trap or even your bare hands and dinner will be ready soon. And don’t forget to look up to watch the eagles and osprey hunt for their dinner in the sea.
We have a 30 year old orchard with plums, apples, pears, currants, quince, raspberries and one fig. We have a large vegetable garden as well - please help yourself! There are also many wild plum trees and a few nut trees.
We also have chickens - and a groundskeeper, so you needn’t feel obligated to take care of them unless you wish to get more actively into farming life. But please do help yourself to the eggs.
With 12 acres, there is a lot of space to explore and for kids to run around; we also have a zip line and a tree swing along with many outdoor games such as badminton, bocce ball and croquet - good for kids and adults.
In addition to the culinary and wine adventures near by, there are a lot of recreational opportunities, from kayaking, boating, swimming (either in the ocean, lakes or river), fishing, hiking, diving, tennis, mountain biking, whale watching, caving, horse back riding, and our personal favourite, river tubing down the Cowichan River. We 20 minutes away from the nearest town, Duncan, and are also 45 minutes from Victoria, our province’s capital which has many activities, restaurants and culture to enjoy.
- Main home
- Cable TV
- Equipped for kids
More about us
- We are a family of four. My husband is a lawyer, and I am a community volunteer. Our daughter is 10 and our son is 8, and both are in French Immersion.
- We love to be outside in nature whether hiking in the mountains or snorkelling in the ocean, or simply reading our books in the grass. Both kids are passionate horse back riders, and are always looking for an opportunity to ride. My husband and I also enjoy good food and good wine.
- We have had three very successful house swaps (Martinique, Kenya and France), and fell in love with this way of travel. We are very respectful of another’s property and promise to take good care of yours.
Where is it?
- Buzzy restaurants
- Lots of great restaurants within walking distance:Mangia e Bevi, Zen Sushi, Feast and a short drive, bus or taxi into downtown takes you to an incredible dining scene from 5 star to ethnic fusion; Hawksworth, Homer Street Cafe are two of our favourites
- Cool bars
- Now that we have kids, we don’t get out as much, but we do have lots of bars and dance clubs downtown. Yew Bar at the Four Seasons
- Cozy cafés
- We are between two villages that has several coffee shops and cute cafes; are favourites are: Temper, Truffle House
- Retail therapy
- Lots of shops from high end (Chanel, Tiffany) to funky local designers; our fave areas to visit: Park Royal Village, Dundarave, Gas town, Yale Town, Granville Island
- Bit of culture
- Vancouver Art Gallery, in the summer there are several festivals, Arts Club Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Museum of Anthropology, Beatty Diversity Musueum
- Walks in the park
- Lighthouse Park, Stanley Park, mountain trails, sea wall
- Spot of exercise
- Community Centre, the beach, hiking, sailing, mountain biking, diving, kayaking, skiing
- Day tripping
- Whistler, Harrison Hot Springs, Vancouver Island, Seattle
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