Vancouver, BC vs. Houston, TX
“Architecturally Stunning Residence” – $5,800,000
#1901 1077 W Cordova Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6C 2C6
Described as an “architecturally stunning residence” this 2,696 square foot apartment is located on the prestigious Coal Harbour waterfront in the Shaw Tower and includes a private 3-car garage. Perhaps these listing photos just don’t do this unit justice, but I don’t see anything “architecturally stunning.” Built in 2003, the unit offers two bedrooms & three bathrooms. The description says the residence has many sophisticated features including walnut millwork, a white marble bathroom, chef’s kitchen, directional art lighting, and an outdoor kitchen hookup. Wait a minute. A $5.8 million apartment doesn’t come with a fully fitted outdoor kitchen? Just a hookup? Jeeze.
It also says there is a “sensational huge landscaped deck.” (Scroll down to see the photo of this “sensational landscaped deck.”). The one thing this unit does have going for it are the views – which the agent failed to successfully showcase. The listing says there are unobstructed views stretching from Stanley Park, Coal Harbour, the Five Sales, and to the Burrard Inlet. Amenities of the building include an 18-seat theatre, professionally equipped gym, and a building concierge – which come with a $1,376/monthly maintenance fee. That’s over $16,000/year! To see the full listing click here. Scroll down to see what you can get in Houston, Texas for just $100,000 more!
“Incomparable Moroccan Masterpiece” – $5,900,000
4 West Rivercrest Drive, Houston, Texas, United States, 77042
For just $100,000 more than the Vancouver apartment is this truly incomparable custom-built Moroccan estate on 3.8 acres located just 20 minutes from Downtown Houston, Texas. The 16,532 square foot 8 bedroom, 10 bathroom mansion was designed around a central courtyard, the result is an enclosed world of privacy. Large reception rooms in the Moroccan style have intricately carved and mirrored dome ceilings, and built-in banquettes upholstered in fine Italian silk. The listing says Moroccan artisans laboured for two years to fabricate calligraphy, carved wood, filigree plaster, and interlaced geometrical design that cover walls and ceilings throughout the estate. There is garage space for six vehicles, and separate entrance & living quarters for a large staff. There are three kitchens, including a professionally equipped marble kitchen & dirty kitchen which overlook the expansive lawn and Olympic-scale swimming pool. To see the full listing click here. Which would you choose? A $5.8 million apartment in Downtown Vancouver, or a $5.9 million 16,500 square foot mansion on 3.8 acres just 20 minutes from Downtown Houston, TX? It’s killer views vs. a killer mansion.