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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo

Photographed by Amanda Oster


Waterfront penthouse in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC. Interior Design by Karin Bohn, House of Bohn.

Floor-to-ceiling windows flood a Coal Harbour penthouse kitchen with morning sun and lend a warm glow to the finely detailed oak cabinetry by Sofo Kitchens.



A poster child for Vancouver's white-hot real estate market, this 9,000-square-foot waterfront penthouse in Coal Harbour made headlines when it was listed last year for $58 million, earning it the title of Canada’s priciest property.


Brass recurs throughout the room, from the Sofo Kitchens range hood to the streamlined hardware from Armac Martin.  Karin Bohn, House of Bohn.

Brass recurs throughout the room, from the Sofo Kitchens range hood to the streamlined hardware from Armac Martin.




Price tag aside, what makes the home distinctive? “When I saw the unit for the first time, it was stunning,” says designer Karin Bohn, founder and creative director of House of Bohn, who renovated the condo for the original owners before it went on the market. “You have a 360-degree view of the beautiful North Shore Mountains on one side and the amazing downtown Vancouver cityscape on the other.” Bohn had been referred to the client by the project’s general contractor, Steve Hanzlick of Langley, BC’s Trademark Holdings. At first, the design goals were modest, she explains, “just upgrading the flooring and adding wallpaper.” Fast-forward two and a half years, and the small-scale touch-up blossomed into a full-gut renovation.



An Aeon Stone & Tile quartzite-topped island and a custom mirror wall with a circular overlay create an even greater sense of space and maximize the kitchen’s natural light. Karin Bohn, House of Bohn.

An Aeon Stone & Tile quartzite-topped island and a custom mirror wall with a circular overlay create an even greater sense of space and maximize the kitchen’s natural light.



The kitchen pays tribute to the West Coast vistas by mirroring the landscape in subtle but impactful ways. Bohn designed an onyx-and-marble tile floor with a geometric pattern that mimics the angles of the distant mountains. A burnished brass range hood from Sofo Kitchens, a custom mirror wall, and a polished quartzite island reflect the water, mountains, and sparkling city lights outside, lending new meaning to the term “million-dollar views.”





Read the full version of this story in the February/March 2018 edition of GRAY. 


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