Fort St. John mansion called a 'modern monstrosity'

Gaudy. Glitzy. Pumped up plastic surgery. A crime against taste and decency.

BC Business may have declared Fort St. John the best place to work in 2018 with the highest household incomes, but it has less flattering things to say about the city's taste in home decor for those looking to spend their hardearned paydays on local real estate. 

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A $4.1-million mansion for sale on the 271 Road earned a writeup in the magazine's weekly feature on luxury real estate on offer across the province last Thursday.

"You have—we guarantee it—never seen such bling," the magazine begins, lacing its tongue with adjectives and launching into a sharp critique of the home and its diamond-encrusted fireplace and hand-painted marble walls.

"With that oh-so demure nod to taste and decency—akin to Liberace picking purple ostrich feathers instead of pink—we’re sure the luxury homebuyers will be beating a path forthwith to go be the people who live in that crazy house up north," the magazine concludes.

The property first made headlines in July 2016 when it first hit the market with a price tag of $6 million. It was the most expensive home on the market then, and still is.

It's not hard to see why — the 6,500 square foot, five-bedroom house was custom built on 160 acres, and includes a 7,500 square foot shop with even more living space next door. 

Children's play room? Check. A billiards and media room? You bet. Those chandeliers? Yes, one of Swarovski crystal, the other African. Oh, and the staircase railings? Those were $20,000.

The interior of a $6 million home listed July 21 in Fort St. John. - Supplied

But it's not just a home that's being sold, Kevin Pearson, the realtor working to sell the property, said Friday after reading the BC Business spotlight.

It's a great location for a home-based trucking business, Pearson said, noting the property could be worth more than $20 million if subdivided. It also comes with $27,000 in annual land lease income, he added, and a current property appraisal shows a current replacement value of more than $6 million.

"I don’t believe I gave permission to use our pictures but I suppose even bad publicity can sometimes be good for the exposure on this property," Pearson said in an email. 

"I imagine a property with this much land and potential in the Lower Mainland or Okanagan would be listed substantially higher. As I don’t know those markets, I won’t venture a guess."

Other pricey real estate BC Business has spotlighted include a $14 million home in Vancouver's Point Grey neighbourhood, with a double height pool room that is "the answer to your commercial hydroponic pot dreams"; and a $9 million home, also in Point Grey, noted as "the perfect home for bringing up proper brats."

Back in the Peace, the second most priciest piece of real estate on the market is the Williston Lake Resort, listed for $3.9 million.

Sitting in third is a Tudor-style home on the 244 Road listed at $2.4 million.

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