VANCOUVER’S MOST EXPENSIVE CONDO LISTING IN HISTORY WAS MADE BEAUTIFUL AT THE HANDS OF INTERIOR DESIGNER KARIN BOHN—WHO WAS INSPIRED BY ITS JAW-DROPPING OCEAN AND MOUNTAIN VIEWS.
WHEN Karin Bohn received a call in 2014 from a contractor to renovate a four - bedroom, five bathroom condo at Three Harbour Green tower on Thurlow Street in Coal Harbour, it seemed like a straightforward project. “The client wanted us to change the wall- paper, change the floors,” she explains over coffee at Gastown’s Mink Chocolates.
Little did the designer, who leads a team of seven out of her Gastown-based design studio, House of Bohn, know, that the minor project in the luxury development would evolve into a two-and-a-half-year-long renovation which included gutting the plan and parts of the floor plan.
Even more astounding was the fact that post-renovation, the condo, which covers three floors including two rooftop terraces and boasts 360 degree views of the North Shore mountains on the East and West side, the ocean and Stanley Park, would be listed for sale at just under $60 million dollars—at the time the country’s priciest piece of real estate. “The client, who does real estate development in Beijing, had priced it for the Chinese market. If you were to buy (a condo) like this (there), that’s what you would expect to pay,” says Karin.
Originally built in 2012, the 2016 listing represented a 254 per cent increase from the $16.6 million price tag of its previous sale in 2014. (Since the $58.8 listing, which garnered its share of media buzz in 2016, the owners opted to take the home off the market and sell it privately.)