From an early memory we recall the feeling of venturing into the forest, being surrounded by its lush, green wardrobe, feeling the heat and spring of the forest floor, delighting in its rays of sun and observing its shadows. There are sounds that cannot be found anywhere but here and a stillness that connects you to the ages of the trees that surround you. Forest bathing is the practice of stepping out of our overly stimulated lives and into the reprieve of nature to reset our thoughts and emotions. What if we had the chance to do this everyday?
Located on an ultra private, 10-acre property Woodley Haven is a place to be immersed in nature. An extensive network of carefully carved forest trails, lined with sword ferns wind through and past stoic Western Red Cedars, coastal Douglas Firs, stoic and big leaf Maples. Directly adjacent to the Woodley Range Ecological Reserve the park-like setting of this home is immediately experienced.
At the centrepiece of this natural backdrop, ever changing with the seasons, is the strikingly modern and Scandanavian inspired family dwelling. This home is a perfectly balanced juxtaposition to its surroundings and every window out from the home beautifully frames this in. This space offers a solitude that is ideal for the artist, writer and musician, a place that evokes creativity and relaxation. The outdoor terrace is an ideal place for Al fresco dinners, basking in the morning sun over coffee and gazing at a canopy of stars not seen in an urban setting. A dedicated yoga studio overlooking the forest is the ultimate version of this ancient practice.
Rooms are seamlessly transitioned between and a theme of clean and high contrasting lines highlight the spacious, bright and sun-drenched rooms. Interior details such as the living room’s modern wood-stove, office with secret room, sleek open kitchen and serene master bedroom are perfect executions of the home’s unfaltering modernism. A showcase of high design and concept this is also a certified Built Green® Canada Platinum Home and features thoughtful and efficient systems and materials throughout.
In an area of other high-end, custom estate homes the location is 10+ minutes from the Nanaimo Airport and community amenities and 25 minutes from the BC Ferries and Harbour Air float planes with service to Vancouver and other destinations.
Certified BUILT GREEN® Canada Platinum Home
Fisher Paykel, Miele and Kitchen Aid appliances
Library with built-in floor to ceiling bookshelves and secret room
High-efficiency furnace and hot water tank
Built-in AV System with indoor/ outdoor wall mounted speakers
Heated 2-car garage and storage
Garden equipment storage room
Excellent water quality and water purification and softening system for drinking and bathing
Water-efficient, professionally installed and maintained drip irrigation system for landscaping
Secure automatic gate (custom designed and illuminated with German LED lights, home phone intercom, keypad and remotes
ADT monitored security system with exterior security cameras and video recording (remote viewing via cellphone app)
Automatic back-up generator and propane tank