Wilmar Residences – Storied West Side Vancouver Estate Redevelopment

At a Glance

  • prestigious Southwest Marine Drive location
  • 1.95-acre estate lot
  • 5 luxury single-family residences
  • heritage mansion duplex conversion
  • beside esteemed country clubs & golf courses
  • near top-rated private schools
  • close proximity to YVR airport

Elite Heritage Estate Community
The Wilmar Residence is one of Vancouver’s most important grand estate houses. Built in 1925 for Willard Kitchen, the director of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, it was designed in the Tudor Revival style by the prominent architectural firm of Benzie Bow. All of Kitchen’s children and grandchildren were raised in the house. His youngest daughter, Gladys, became one of Vancouver’s first female barristers. Her daughter, Judith Jardine, a well-known supporter of the city’s arts and heritage communities, lived in the house her whole life. She was the last heir to the property and passed away in 2006. Consequently, the estate has remained remarkably unaltered from its original construction. Due to its storied history and good condition, the Wilmar Residence is listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register.

To preserve the Wilmar Residence and coach house, Coromandel Properties, in partnership with Stuart Howard Architects, is redeveloping the estate to maintain its economic viability. The mansion will undergo extensive restoration and transformation into a grand duplex. Five new infill homes will be constructed with design elements, massing, and scale to fit contextually with the existing Wilmar Residence. They will be sited to give the impression of a series of cottages surrounding a multi-use garden access space with a driveway meandering through the middle. Wilmar’s landscaping is an important aesthetic feature. Historical plant material will be salvaged and reused where practical. New landscaping will filter views of the infills and complement the existing buildings.

Pricing for Wilmar Residences
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Floor Plans for Wilmar Residences
The Wilmar redevelopment proposes five new luxury single-family homes, ranging from 3,600-3,800 sq ft, and the conversion of the heritage mansion into a duplex consisting of one 4,500 sq ft residence and one 5,200 sq ft dwelling. Serious buyers should contact me immediately to indicate their interest in evaluating plans when available.

Amenities at Wilmar
The upper floor of the restored coach house will be available as a shared amenity space to supplement the private rec rooms in each home. Residents will also enjoy the tranquility of Wilmar’s heavily-landscaped grounds, either from the comfort of their own private patios or when strolling the historical trail system along the escarpment at the southern end of the property.

Parking and Storage
Each residence will have its own private, enclosed garage with additional room in the common driveway for uncovered visitor parking. Ample storage space is available in all homes, as well as individual laundry rooms.

Maintenance Fees at Wilmar Residences

Developer Team for Wilmar Residences
Coromandel Properties is a commercial and multi-residential property developer that works with clients and communities to create inspired environments. They combine the latest advances in technology, while being sensitive to the unique nature of each location and the responsible use of resources.

Stuart Howard Architects have been chosen to design the redevelopment of Wilmar Estate. They are committed to creating high-quality, cost-effective, innovative design solutions for their clients. Over the years, the firm has been involved in many building types with a strong emphasis on residential buildings, and heritage restoration and rehabilitation. Various members of the firm are multiple award winners in residential design.

Coromandel has retained Toronto-based Cecconi Simone Inc. to design Wilmar’s luxurious interiors. Since 1982, the multi-disciplinary interior-design practice has met with continued success, creating award-winning interiors for the retail, corporate, hospitality, and residential sectors in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Cecconi Simone’s wide-ranging work reflects a “whole design” philosophy in which a cross-pollination of design experience leads to a deeper understanding of how people live their lives and the design needs that arise from those lifestyles.

Expected Completion for Wilmar Residences
To be announced. Sales launch is expected in the fall of 2017.


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