A Cool Way to Snoop Some of the West Coast’s Most Iconic Modern and Mid-Century Homes

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If you love architecture and design – especially works that are emblematic of where you live – then you won’t want to miss the 13th annual West Coast Modern Home Tour! This event is a rare chance for architecture enthusiasts, design lovers and other curious minds to gain access to five of the West Coast’s most stylish mid-century and contemporary residences via an in-depth guided tour.

The ticket prices for the tour (Saturday, from 12 – 4pm) are $105 if you use your own method of transportation for travelling between homes and forgo the post-tour reception at Eagle Harbour Yacht Club (4 – 6pm), or $126 including the reception. The full package deal, including bus transportation between homes and access to the afterparty, is $136.50.

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Any which way, it’s a relatively small price to pay for the opportunity to briefly live vicariously through the residents of some of the West Coast’s most gorgeous dwellings! Get your tickets and more details here, and read on for a brief rundown on each of the five homes included…

The Nelson House/The Red House (Dundarave): A split-level, L-shaped home that epitomizes modern design. A bright red and black exterior with massive floor to ceiling windows on the opposite side of the house affording a magnificent view of the water, from Lionsgate Bridge to Lighthouse Park. The home is fitted with an outdoor staircase that leads down to a small pool and mini golfing area.

The Smith Residence (near Lighthouse Park): Gordon Smith’s stunning home was designed by architect Arthur Erickson (renovated by architect Russell Hollingsworth).

The Ritchie House (Eagle Harbour): Located on Cranley Drive, near Eagle Harbour, the design focuses on creating the best possible view of the area while still maintaining a sense of privacy and intimacy. The architect/design couple who own the Ritchie were involved in every step of the home’s creation.

The Hemingway Home (Horseshoe Bay): Also known as the Treehouse, this vertical multi-level house is perched on/built into the side of a cliff. Originally designed by Brian Hemingway in 1976, its current owners restored the property in 2014.

The Isleview Residence (Whytecliff): A 1959 post-and-beam house by architect Bob Lewis in 1959, it was recently renovated by Dancing Particles Design, who maintained the original layout and scheme.

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