25 Dream Homes Cheaper than this Vancouver Shack
Expensive real estate in Vancouver, BC is nothing new, in fact Global News reported in January 2014 that Vancouver’s housing prices were the second most UNAFFORDABLE in the world. Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. Check out this dated tear down in the ritzy Shaughnessy area of Vancouver. It was built in 1943 and is situated on a south facing 0.20-acre lot with back lane. The ad says that the current home is a livable bungalow with a full basement and has been renting for $2,800/month. It’s listed at $4,469,441 USD / $4,768,000 CAD. Don’t get me wrong, Vancouver is a very beautiful city, but is it really worth these insane real estate prices? Simply put. No. We’ve searched the MLS high and low and found 25 ridiculously good looking homes each with a list prices less than the shack in Vancouver, BC. Scroll down to see all 25 beautiful estate homes and start packing.
For roughly $19,000 USD less than the shack in Vancouver, BC you could be living the high life in Los Angeles, CA in this stunning historic mansion which is best known for its role in FX’s American Horror Story. The spacious brick mansion was designed by Alfred F. Rosenheim in 1908 and features a variety of one-of-a-kind features including Tiffany stained glass windows & light fixtures, as well as a Tiffany leaded-glass display case. There is an abundance of wood throughout, six original fireplaces, beamed ceilings, and a stately formal dining room with hand-painted gold & silver leaf ceilings. The home offers 14,201 square feet on a 0.60-acre lot only 20 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles. “Murder House,” as it was known in American Horror Story, can be yours for a cool $4,450,000 USD / $4,747,259 CAD. It is listed with Joe Babajian.
Waterfront in Vancouver is one of the most expensive purchases you can make. Move down to Northumberland, Virginia and you can buy this unique 6.57-acre estate complete with 400′ of waterfront, beach, and a 10,800 square foot home for just $4,450,000 USD / $4,747,259 CAD. The home was custom built in 2004 and offers 8 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, beautiful water views, and a lookout tower. The property also includes three guest cottages. It’s listed with Barbara Dugger of Century 21 Redwood Realty.
This 62.32-acre dream property was once listed at $6,500,000 USD / $6,934,199 CAD but can now be yours for just $4,400,000 USD / $4,693,919 CAD. Just 20 minutes to Downtown Lexington, Kentucky is this spectacular private estate home that’s been restored to perfection. Enjoy over 17,000 square feet of luxurious interiors with a gourmet kitchen & butler’s pantry, an office wing, two guest apartments, an english pub, wine room, home theatre, and a fabulous two-storey great room. For entertaining there is a mammoth 13,000 square foot pool house with a 29′ x 62′ indoor swimming pool, two hot tubs, and large entertainment area. Other features include a four car garage with two apartments, a 20-stall barn, and tennis court. Act now and secure this palatial private estate for just $4,400,000 USD / $4,693,919 CAD. It’s listed with Mary Sue Walker of Justice Real Estate.
Anchored in bedrock just 35 feet from the rugged cliffs of California’s North Coast, this stunning Contemporary masterpiece enjoys endless whitewater Pacific views. The home was rebuilt from the foundation up in 2000 and offers 6,800 square feet of beautiful designed interiors. Meticulous attention to construction and craftsmanship, this privately positioned and sheltered home includes an award-winning chef’s kitchen, art gallery, mid-level guest wing, and comes complete with furnishings of antiques and noteworthy pieces. It’s situated in a culdesac on a 0.93-acre lot just steps from a 300-acre historic preserve. It’s listed at just $4,400,000 USD / $4,693,919 CAD and listed with Mendo Realty of Mendocino Inc. Click here for a virtual tour.
Just 14 minutes from Downtown Nashville, Tennessee you can buy this impressive manor home on 3.9-acres for just $4,400,000 USD / $4,693,919 CAD. A jewel in Oak Hill’s estate section, this large 17,961 square foot manor enjoys a custom limestone gated entry, exquisite den & kitchen, master suite with library, and luxurious lower level complete with full catering kitchen. There are a total of 7 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. It’s listed with Melanie Baker of Zeitlin & Co., Realtors. For more pictures click here.
When current owners purchased this lush 17-acre parcel bordering a 1,000-acre state park for their dream home, they knew they wanted to create something extraordinary. So they turned to the NJ Barn Company, known for its long tradition of barn preservation and restoration, and began the task of relocating an antique Dutch Pete barn and converting it into the swoon-worthy home it is today. In total there are 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, vintage beams, walls of windows, and two master suites, one with a spa bathroom within the three-storey silo. It’s listed at $4,400,000 USD / $4,693,919 CAD with Norman Callaway of Callway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty.
Go back in time to the early 1900s in this impressive brick Georgian mansion in Barrington, Rhode Island. The spacious 9,347 square foot home was built in 1910 for noted industrialist banker Benjamin Jackson as a summer home. It is said to be the last and most detailed private home designed by Norman Isham. Enjoy a variety of absolutely stunning rooms including the formal dining room complete with original high paneled wainscoting, the master suite with stunning views of the bay, and the spacious cook’s kitchen which is built in the original service wing. This piece of history can be yours for just $4,380,000 USD / $4,672,562 CAD, a total of $89,441 USD less than the shack in Vancouver, BC. It’s listed with Patty Deal. To view the home’s website click here.
Listed $119,441 USD less than the shack in Vancouver is this stately residence known as the “Fountainview Mansion.” Currently used as a Bed & Breakfast and events center, this mammoth 16,000 square foot manor could easily be converted back to a family home. It was built in 2002 and sits on 14-acres in Auburn, Alabama with 6 bedrooms & 9 bathrooms. It can be yours for just $4,350,000 USD / $4,640,558 CAD. If you’d rather spend the weekend before deciding to buy be sure to check out the home’s website here. It’s listed with Blake Cleveland of Overton Real Estate.
You can literally live like a king in Johnson City, Tennessee for $169,441 less than the shack in Vancouver, BC. Spanning 24,000 square feet, this impressive home is actually a replica of an 18th-Century Spanish castle. The owners estimate they’ve put $28,500,000 into the land and the house. The 13-acre estate includes a variety of unique features including 22′ tall entry doors imported from Paris, an impressive foyer with two circular staircases with imported marble, and custom mouldings designed & hand-carved onsite by Greek craftsmen over a 3½ year span. The original asking price for this residential castle was $28,500,000 but it can now be yours for just $4,300,000 USD / $4,589,218 CAD. It’s listed with Miryana Eichelberger of Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty.
A true waterfront retreat on 11-acres with over 1,000 feet of lakefront in Jackson, Michigan. Expansive windows frame the fantastic views of the lake & gardens from this 12,056 square foot home, enjoy limestone floors with marble inlays, custom built-in cabinets, an oval dining room, chef’s kitchen, and 4 bedrooms, & 8 bathrooms. There is a separate carriage house, garage space for 12 vehicles, heated driveway & patio, boat house, and extensive landscaping. It can be yours for just $4,300,000 USD / $4,589,218 CAD. It’s listed with Lynn Sajdak of Howard Hanna.
Originally built in 1990 this impressive 9,841 square foot home underwent a massive $1,000,000 renovation. Situated on 1.9-acres, this 35-room mansion features 6 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, 8 fireplaces, elegant inlaid flooring, 6,000 book library with antique chandelier, 3,000 bottle wine cellar, and a large Louis XVI Schoenbech crystal chandelier. Other features include a bronzed spiral staircase, newly renovated guest house, walled gardens, and pool with spa. It’s listed at $4,295,000 USD / $4,583,881 CAD with Penny Yerks of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.
Truly an opportunity for the sophisticated buyer to acquire a waterfront masterpiece. Recently built on a private peninsula this beautiful 5,007 square foot gem features 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, water views from every room, and private beach & dock. It was carefully engineered and constructed with commercial grade beam and steel pilings to withstand any storm. Replacement costs surpasses the asking price! It’s listed at $4,295,000 USD / $4,583,881 CAD with Nicole Steel of Barbara Cleary’s Realty Guild.
Bay Harbor, Michigan has some of the nations most beautiful waterfront homes and this one is no exception. This classic Victorian spans 6,700 square feet with 5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a private elevator to all levels, gourmet kitchen, hardwood flooring, private balconies, and unparalleled views of Lake Michigan. The $4,290,000 USD / $4,578,545 CAD list price includes a professionally landscaped vacant lot. It’s listed with Wally Kidd of Kidd & Leavy Real Estate.
Own this oceanfront home with magnificent ocean and sound views for $219,441 USD less than the shack in Vancouver, BC. Features include spacious living and dining areas on several floors, soaring ceilings, a designer kitchen, and covered porches for year round entertaining. Enjoy over 9,000 square feet of heated living space on 0.57-acres with 4 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, two fireplaces, and walnut hardwood floors. It can be yours for $4,250,000 USD / $4,535,855 CAD. It’s listed with Judy Parlatore of Figure Eight Realty.
Truly one of Utah’s most incredible private homes. Nearly 2 private acres with panoramic mountain and valley views. Enjoy a luxury gourmet kitchen, oak parquet flooring throughout the oversized rooms, two-storey custom fireplace, a main floor master complete with 10-person steam shower, and a closet for a queen’s wardrobe. It was designed by the Highland Group and built by Dan Stewart. It can be yours for $4,200,000 USD / $4,482,492 CAD. It’s listed with Linda Secrist.
The perfect backcountry retreat, this impressive custom-built residence offers sylvan seclusion on 4-acres of gently rolling grounds featuring a beautiful pool with pool house plus a north-south tennis court for the quintessential resort-at-home lifestyle. A fresh modern rendition of classic Shingle Style design, the 12,650 square foot residence features 5 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, walls of windows, turret bays, library with mahogany paneling, and a 5-bay garage for the car collection. It’s yours for $294,441 USD less than the tear down in Vancouver, BC. It’s listed at $4,175,000 USD / $4,455,810 CAD with Joseph Barbieri of Sotheby’s International Realty.
Welcome to paradise as you enter your private driveway in the exclusive gated community of The Ranch. This unique 9,000 square foot mansion is situated on 1.69-acres on a magnificent cliff which overlooks Possum Kingdom Lake. It was designed for entertaining and an upscale outdoor experience. The home features 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, bright & airy living spaces, and a large gourmet kitchen. It’s listed at $4,000,000 USD / $4,269,040 CAD with Keith Hanssen of Re/Max Possum Kingdom.
Eight Oaks, inspired by Shirley Plantation, is a grand and elegant residence situated on 5-acres on one of the highest points in Great Falls, Virginia. A gated entry takes you down a winding drive to the impressive 9,570 square foot main house with 6 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a grand foyer with floating marble staircase, library with black walnut, & several formal living areas. It’s listed $470,441 USD less than the tear down in Vancouver. Buy this property now for $3,999,000 USD / $4,267,972 CAD. It’s listed with Diane G. Murphy of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.
Palatial & private estate home set on a serene 1-acre+ home site in the prestigious Hunter Trails subdivision in Oak Brook, Illinois. Enter through imported double castle doors made of wrought iron and beveled glass into a stately formal entry. There are stunning views of the lush grounds from every room. Listed at just $3,998,000 USD / $4,266,905 CAD with Nikki Ricci of Coldwell Banker.
Originally listed at $4,300,000 USD / $4,589,218 CAD and now only $3,998,000 USD / $4,266,905 CAD. Built in 2003, this 12,000 square foot dream home enjoys breathtaking views over 250′ of lake frontage in Alpharetta, Georgia. It was designed by Bill Harrison, architect of renowned Dean Gardens, and features a slate roof, copper gutters, and was custom-built with the finest materials & craftsmanship. It’s listed with Troy Stowe of Beacham & Company.
Own this stunning 15,225 square foot luxury residence on 0.89-acres for just $3,997,000 USD / $4,265,838 CAD in Brentwood, Tennessee. Twenty-one stately rooms include a grand two-storey living room with a wall of windows, impressive office with built-ins, gourmet kitchen with eating area, and a dramatic master suite. It’s listed with Marty H. Warren of Fridrich & Clark Realty, LLC.
In Vancouver most heritage homes are torn down to make way for big concrete boxes or ugly misshaped duplexes, in Columbus, Ohio it’s a completely different story. You can buy this picturesque estate home dating back to 1924 for just $3,995,000 USD / $4,263,703 CAD. Enjoy 15,370 square feet on 3.44-acres with grand-scale rooms with handsome detailing throughout including gorgeous mouldings, fireplaces, and windows. The grounds include a 4-car carriage house with guest quarters, a parking court, multiple terraces surrounded by lovely gardens, a massive garden room, in-ground swimming pool and a pool house. It’s listed with Vutech & Ruff Team of HER Realtors.
Masterfully completed in 2007 is this impressive tropical manor featuring soaring ceilings, sweeping staircase, and a grand formal living with water views. Enjoy features such as an epicurean kitchen with three islands, a wine grotto, wrap around walkways, covered terraces, an enormous rooftop deck with 360-degree views, a two-storey greenhouse, glass elevator, and heated pool and spa. The home itself spans 13,000 square feet on a 0.33-acre lot. It’s listed at $3,995,000 USD / $4,263,703 CAD with Chad Faulkner of Premier Estate Properties Inc.
Built in 2004 by Woodmeister, this custom shingle-style home offers first and second floor master suites, an open floor plan, masterful millwork, separate guest quarters, and spectacular westerly water views with magnificent sunsets. Enjoy 6,764 square feet of space with 5 bedrooms & 7 bathrooms on a 0.50-acre estate. It’s listed at $3,995,000 USD / $4,263,703 CAD with Melanie Delman of Lila Delman Real Estate.
For $474,441 USD less than the tear down in Vancouver, BC you can buy this impressive 40-acre estate home with separate guest & pool house. Over 7,170 square feet with 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, and gourmet kitchen. It’s listed at $3,995,000 USD / $4,263,703 CAD with Dave Philp of Coldwell Banker.
If you’re really looking for a deal then why not consider this mammoth private home in Reston, Virginia. Priced $1,469,441 less than the tear down in Vancouver is this sprawling 19,138 square foot manor in the heart of Northern Virginia’s tech corridor. Concrete & steel beam commercial grade construction. Situated on just under 2-acres, the home features indoor & outdoor swimming pools, a spa, large formal entertaining rooms, two kitchens, and is only 34 minutes to Washington, DC. It’s listed at $3,000,000 USD / $3,201,780 CAD Tamer Eld of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.