Willkommen in Zauberberg! Over 71 acres of Shinrin Yoku-inspired west coast alpine living looking East over the Gulf Islands and the Cascade Mountain Range, a picturesque 1,100 feet (350 meters) above sea level. Backed by Mount Maxwell Provincial Park’s 1,100 hectares of old-growth wilderness to the West, this serene landscape of over 300 distinctive planted trees, rolling meadows of wildflowers, and statue-guarded trails is a paradise of seasonal plenty.
Soak in autumn’s kaleidoscope of leaves, glide and tromp cross-country through snow drifted meadows on skis and snow shoes, or streak across one of four pristine mountain ponds on ice skates in the hush of winter. Explore a vast landscape of western Canadian alpine on horseback, mountain bike or foot. Forage for mushrooms, harvest fruits in the hillside apple and plum orchard for cider, till the manor-side garden, and collect sweet honey through the spring and summer.
Originally built in 1994 but fully renovated in 2019, Zauberberg manor is encircled by lavender and clover. This elegant, French Country style abode is a fitting crown to the Julie Andrews worthy hillside. Blessed with panoramic, bird’s eye views of the Southern Gulf and San Juan Islands, the Salish Sea, Mt. Baker, Vancouver and Washington State, this residence is a delightful marvel of subtle modernity.
Here, massive windows usher in a 180 degree islandscape illuminating vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors, while wood and gas-fueled hearths warm multiple lounge areas and a kitchen/dining room fitted with Miele Dishwasher, Sub-Zero Fridge, and Wolf Dual Fuel Range stove.
Encircling these central common areas, six bedrooms and a top floor master suite with walk-in closet and living room all enjoy minimum three-piece ensuite bathrooms and views of the surrounding hillside or ocean. Two massive stone patios at the home’s east and west periphery are accessed from the aforementioned kitchen, stately sun room, corner office, or south wing gym/treatment area.
Equipped for peak health, the residence is fitted with a full UV treatment/water softener system fed by a new well with 2,000 gallon cistern (full hydrology report available). Consistent power is assured by a backup generator fueled by a 5,000 liter propane tank.
West of the residence, a hand-made, pagoda-inspired, Finnish wood-stove sauna and cabana sits among the trees, overlooking one of the serene ponds.
Horse facilities including three paddocks, two horse stables, and a pasture to the north are complemented by a timber-frame barn and loft constructed of on-site materials. This handsomely rugged space features a 30-foot RV hookup, and is ideally suited to large events, or additional living quarters for guests, caretaker or private chef.
Accessible by two immaculate country roads, Zauberberg is the ultimate escape from a chaotic world. Space for a helipad, regular scenic seaplane flights to Seattle (60 minutes), Vancouver (30 minutes), or ferry’s to surrounding islands and metropoles including provincial capital Victoria's International Airport (30 minutes) ensure convenient access to locales worldwide.
Surrounding Salt Spring Island, the Gulf Islands National Park reserve is a boater’s heaven, be the craft of choice humble paddler or regal ocean faring ship. This estate is sited a mere 12 minutes from the town-centre, harbours and the beach.
An enchanted mountain retreat, Zauberberg is more than a property, it is a holistic lifestyle hiding amidst salt-laden pacific western clouds.
ABOUT THE GULF ISLANDS
Ranging in size, population, and services, the Gulf Islands offer truly unique remote escapes, allowing residents and visitors to get away from the hustle and bustle of a city to experience a simpler more isolated existence.
The Gulf Islands are the perfect place to call home if you are looking for a laid-back West Coast lifestyle. Homes range from luxury waterfront properties to single family homes on acreage that provides privacy. Competitive pricing and oftentimes flexible zoning make the Gulf Islands an ideal place to build a custom retreat.
LIFESTYLE & RECREATION
Residences enjoy a wonderful work-life balance, making sure to take the time to enjoy activities that nature provides. People here are friendly with a real sense of community. The Gulf Islands attract tourists from all over the world, known for their Mediterranean style climate, exquisite coastal views and rich cuisine with locally grown or sourced ingredients.
Though the island lifestyle is very laid back, there are plenty of activities to keep one occupied all year long if desired. Water sports are naturally a part of island life with most residents enjoying canoeing, kayaking, yachting and power yachting on a regular basis, not to mention land-based adventures such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, beach combing and bird watching are. The larger islands also offer more urban activities such as yoga, tennis, indoor swimming, golfing, and fishing, along with community lead events like open mic nights and art shows.
AMENITIES & TRANSPORTATION
There are more than 200 islands in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. The larger islands are serviced by BC Ferries while the smaller ones can only be reached by private boat or float plane.
The Gulf Islands are situated between Vancouver Island and the mainland of BC located in the Strait of Georgia.