New property listed in Steveston Village, Richmond

We have listed a new property at 3640 Pleasant ST in Richmond.

**PRICE TBA** Launching on Tuesday, January 15th

Owner designed-and-built by the operator of a high-end home decor company who clearly has an (obsessive!) taste for west-coast modern design, this house strikes a unique balance of extreme functionality with countless design-savvy features. And, VERY rare for this exclusive pocket of Steveston, this home has both lane access with a detached garage, AND a huge roof deck.

Built to tremendously high standards of design, materials, and workmanship, it is completely unique to the neighbourhood... homes of similar quality and design can be readily found on similar sized lots just 20 minutes north on Vancouver's westside for well north of $4-5 million dollars. The exterior is striking and beautiful, with wonderfully complementary segments of milled cedar, hardi-board, and galvalume steel all cladding a unique profile featuring modern straight lines, a curved feature corner, and plenty of expansive custom glazing. The street presence is clean, modern, and inviting, with an artful approach of sculptured low hedges guiding guests up sleek concrete landing steps that are colour matched to the polished-concrete interior floors... step inside!

Expansive open concept main floor...

A completely full-width open concept main floor was achieved with the use of massive custom steel I-beams and Parallam beams. There is a smartly tucked away family room, inviting foyer, and private powder room. With polished concrete floors, massive island kitchen, vaulted ceiling living room, and floating polished/glazed parallam floating staircase, there is an inviting, wide-open, airy feel as one steps inside. All of this is entered from the front via a 5' wide by 9' tall white oak front door on a pivot hinge, and flows out the back to the sunny south-facing yard via a 12' wide custom 'clear' Douglas Fir 4-sectioned eclipse door.


In the kitchen, the owner was obsessed with the convenience of drawers, yet in addition to the 30+ of these ('Blum' high-end stainless steel hardware, soft-close slides), there is ample cupboard space... and ALL of the drawers and cabinets are faced in a beautiful 'Pau Ferro' (FSC certified rare Bolivian hardwood) veneer, cut sequentially from the same tree. All counters were custom fashioned from high-end quartz and Caesarstone, appliances are top-of-the-line Jenn-Aire including a 220amp-serviced 36" induction cooktop and convection oven, the island is massive with a perfect entertaining overhang for bar-stools and sexy pendant lighting, the obligatory wine and beer fridge is close at hand... the list goes on-and-on.


The dining area features a unique 'bay-window' custom built-in side-board featuring more Pau Ferro faced cabinetry and SKYLIGHT, plus gorgeous pendant lighting.


The living room is expansive and truly 'wide-open', with 10' ceilings, built in 'Noble Fidelity' Dolby 7.2 surround sound speaker system with DUAL sub-woofers, recessed cavity for up to 55" tv, beautiful gas fireplace with floor-to-ceiling inset mantle for displaying art, and expansive windows and the massive eclipse door overlooking the back patio and south yard-space.

(even the powder room bears mention here... it's entered via a 9' tall, African Zebra-wood faced solid-core 'barn door' slider and features high ceilings, a memorable one-off designer sink, and modern luxury fixtures)

Bedroom level...

This is where the layout shines even more... efficient and thoughfully designed with privacy and luxury in mind for the owners, and well-separated from child and guest rooms. 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, vaulted ceilings throughout, skylights, high ceilings, custom cabinetry and doors featuring more rare, responsibly harvested woods (Hawaiian Koa wood, African Zebra wood), and a laundry closet with clever built-in shelving and full-size high-end washer-dryer set. The master suite features a fully custom walk-in closet and very 'zen-modern' ensuite bath. Special features that the owner obsessed over include extra sound insulation in the small bedroom adjacent to the master (used as a nursery for their little ones), sink in the laundry closet, stairs re-inforced to never make a sound, and (much) more.

Roof deck... (!!)

VERY RARE for Steveston, and floating 6-8" above the roof (greatly increasing lifespan and heating/cooling efficiency) on over 200 screwjacks, with decking milled from S. American 'Ipe' wood that has the same fire-rating as concrete (also used on the Atlantic City Boardwalk), this is truly the very big cherry-on-top. Engineered for the high-end hot tub, with an outdoor gas fire-pit, kitchen with hose-bib and gas line, and set up for built-in sound, it's a spectacular place to entertain and relax while you enjoy truly incredible views in EVERY direction, including ever-changing sunsets to the west over Georgia Strait.

Back Yard...

As you walk through the 12' wide eclipse door outside towards the south-facing backyard there is more smooth concrete that is colour-matched to the inside floor, creating a seamless flow from landscaped street presence out front to manicured private outdoor space in back. Out here is a perfect and private entertaining oasis, with covered patio area for BBQ'ing, reclining, and dining, a grassy area for the kids including a seriously heavy-duty 'ninja gym' custom installed on its own footings, and of course access to the awesome and rare detached garage.


Locals will tell you that this is also VERY rare and desirable in this neighborhood. The short back lane ends at 3640's fully detached and LARGE 500sf garage, making this one of only about 6 houses within at least a few blocks that don't have to sacrifice the majority of their street-facing presence, and a ton of potential natural light, to an attached garage. The garage itself matches the main houses gorgeous natural material siding, is fully heated, insulated, and plumbed, and the roof is engineered for a deck, potential garden, or potential future second story. And with parking for up to 3 vehicles out front, the possibilities are truly endless... man-cave, work-shop, yoga/art studio, big-toy storage... awesome!


Bar none, this south-west pocket of Steveston, the 'promised land' south of Steveston Hwy and west of No. 1 Road, can be considered the best family community in the lower mainland, with this home's location being perhaps as good as it gets. This IS Richmond, yet somehow Steveston continues to have it's own very distinct historical community vibe... kids play on the street together, open-door policies thrive between family homes, and many families are 2nd and 3rd generation residents. The massive community centre, an elementary and high school, the ocean, river, and W. Dyke Trail a few blocks away on two sides, kitschy-cool Steveston Village a few blocks to the south, most houses without hedges or fences... these all conspire to create a vibe that can be found NOWHERE else. You have to spend a day here, lunching on the dock in Steveston Village, walking the dyke trails by the sea-side marsh, letting the kids play in the water park, strolling the nearby residential streets, to really 'get it'. And when you do 'get it'... you're hooked! And for commute, the Arthur Laing bridge into Vancouver is rarely snarled and downtown Vancouver can be reached in 30-45 minutes by car during rush hour, and usually in just under 30 minutes outside of rush hour. Central Richmond has EVERY kind of shop or supply you could need. Closer in, recreation including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, ice-rinks, walking and cycling routes, movie theatres, and more are all minutes away.

3640 Pleasant's location within Steveston itself is absolutely perfect- quietly central, yet very convenient.

  • 200 yards away: Lord Byng Elementary, with outdoor playground, street hockey rink, sports field, and running track
  • 2 blocks away: RA McMath Secondary School, very highly rated
  • 3 short blocks north-east: small plaza with restaurant, drugstore, and bank.
  • 3 blocks west: a spectacular vista from the Olympic Peninsula in the south, Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island directly ahead to the west, and north to UBC and beyond to the snow-capped Tantalus Range can be viewed as you step up onto the W. Dyke Trail, where you can jog or ride your bike either north to Terra Nova Park and beyond, or just a few minutes south into beautiful Garry Point Park with it's summertime beaches, frozen lake in winter, and always-lively boat and bird watching. Cranes, eagles, turtles, ducks, and more are almost always present!
  • 4 short blocks south/south-east: Steveston Community Centre, with library, gym, waterpark, indoor/outdoor tennis, pre-school programs, outdoor pool, and more
  • 5 short blocks south: STEVESTON VILLAGE! There's a reason so many big-ticket movies and TV shows are filmed here. Preserved fishing-village heritage, boutique shops, independent long-established local merchants who you'll ALWAYS find in lively conversation with long-time locals, spectacular boardwalk with restaurants and cafes hanging over the river, fishing pier where trollers and seiners will sell their fresh catch directly to you, killer local brew pubs, and DON'T forget Timothy's Ice Cream...