Seaside home looks like it’s ready to set sail

Island waterfront property was blasted to create a building site

Grania Litwin
Victoria Times Colonist

VICTORIA — Is it a house, or is it a cruise ship?

Visitors to this contemporary waterfront home on Saanichton’s Turgoose Point may be forgiven if they momentarily imagine that they have stepped aboard a ship. When you walk into the great room, your eye is drawn straight across a highly polished concrete floor through a giant 30-by-eight-foot NanaWall window system and out to sea. The dramatic L-shaped deck thrusts forward like the prow of a ship, offering breathtaking views and a seafaring feeling as guests look over the rocks and out to the horizon, glimpsing hardly a hint of shoreline below.

Inside the great room, suspended above a life-jacket-orange kitchen, is another nautical touch: a promenade deck wrapping around two sides of the room, with a flying bridge over the foyer. Its railing is made of the same materials as those on the pier that hovers like a manta ray over the rocky beach three storeys below, and angles of the top deck repeat those of the pier, offering eye-pleasing symmetry.

The craggy property was surgically blasted to create a building site, patios, a pit for driftwood fires and sloped walkways that curve down to the cantilevered pier, which the owners opted for instead of a floating dock. High above the winter storms, it offers year-round access for boating, crabbing, fishing and diving. Racks along its edge hold the owners’ kayaks, and low-maintenance stainless-steel posts and cables provide nearly invisible railings.

One of the home’s most appealing features is a ground-level terrace for alfresco lounging and dining on more than 600 square feet of covered outdoor space. The no-nonsense floor is highly polished concrete — like those inside the house — and owners and guests stay warm thanks to a trio of fire pits and recessed infrared soffit units that radiate heat that can’t be blown away by breezes. Rounding out the lower terrace is a stainless-steel outdoor kitchen with infrared and gas barbecue, fridge, recycling centre, granite countertops and 20 linear feet of cabinet — more than most indoor kitchens have.


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For $30K you can get land or a house....

But not both. I've been looking at a lot of properties like that all over the US, and I've seen some fixer uppers/manufactured homes on really small lots (not big enough to have a self sufficient farm, and usually not in good locations) for that price, and lots of lots/unimproved land for that price. You could definately find a good piece of land for $30K, but it won't have well/septic/electricity in already, and it can cost $30K to do all that. And you'll need that if you're not ready to go off grid right away.
If you can save up a bit more money (at least $60K), you'll have much better options

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