Situated in the Township of Langley in the Cedar Ridge neighbourhood, this 1.21- acre property is located in the heart of one of the Fraser Valley’s most popular suburbs. The 170- foot frontage lot and gabled Victorian Era inspired design beckons you to come in and make yourself at home. Fully renovated between 2004 and 2005 this home boasts old world style with today’s best modern conveniences.
Walk up the winding path, past the fragrant rose bushes to the wrap around veranda, complete with 3 skylights installed to enhance light throughout the veranda and home. Enjoy the sun or shade at any time of day according to the season.
Upon entering the residence, you will find a traditional parlour complete with antique oak and marble encased fireplace. A room to the right, would make the perfect home office, or “reception desk” for event visitors and guests.
The kitchen, having been completely renovated from top to bottom, includes a new pantry and skylights, large picture window nook, new custom cabinetry by local craftsmen with Italian hardware, Silestone countertops, German farm-style sink, steamed beach floors from Germany, Pella windows, and a Heartland Stove. Cozy and warm, this kitchen is a pleasure to prepare a gourmet meal in, or to enjoy a quite cup of tea or coffee looking over the garden.
The expansive dining room is conveniently located off on the kitchen for offering breakfast or dinner to your guests, or for serving afternoon tea to small luncheon groups. Complete with floor to ceiling brick fireplace refaced with split river-rock and a drop cedar ceiling, this room exudes warmth and tradition.
Thyme on 43rd Japanese Gardens, designed and constructed by Hayato Ogawa of Ogawa Landscape Design, has all the elements you would expect to find in a Japanese stroll garden. Hayato utilized the techniques and tools used by his ancestors since the 1600’s to design and construct the elements of this stunning property.
These special techniques are seen in various structures: the entrance gate with its unique stone pillars and cedar shake roof, the Azumaya gazebo with its hand milled, hand carved beams mixed with bamboo and string from Japan, and the tile ridge caps on these structures acquired from temples in Japan. The stone pump house, the natural stone and stepping stone pathways, long curved stone bench, various walls and patios display his talented stonework.
Each plant, tree and stone was carefully hand chosen for its unique character and placement in the garden. Too many species to mention, some native to Japan and some to North America, bring delight to the garden in every season. Japanese red, white, black pine, azaleas, rhodos, acers, ferns, hydrangea, and thyme are a few but, best of all, you are sure to discover something you haven’t seen before!
Water features have been strategically placed throughout, which add to the tranquil setting. A small waterfall trickles into a seventy foot long pebble stream that flows into a pond, over which a wood bridge was built connecting the pathways. A grand waterfall cascades into a koi pond which can be enjoyed from a large patio or stone bench, which is covered with a living roof of sedums, which blooms yellow, pink and white in the summer. Elsewhere, antique basins and pots are filled with water via bamboo spouts.
After six years of much thought, planning and hard work of a true craftsman, the garden is ready to be enjoyed by all who enter through its gates. While you wander the garden, you will get a feeling that time stands still and a sense that this is truly a place where body and nature harmonize.
Key Features of Garden:
• Front Entrance Gate (four pillars, all different designs)
• Small waterfall feeding seventy- foot long alpine-style stream
• Azumaya Gazebo
• Modern Japanese Bridge
• Stone Pump House
• Main waterfall, three falls cascading into large Koi pond
• Pavilion covering a large curved stone bench
• Japanese style electrical building
• The garden features two living roofs of sedums, saxifraga and sempervivum. The pump house & Pavilion with its unique, curved shape make it the largest private living roof in North America.
• Photographed for- Live Roof Magazine 2015
• An environmentally friendly membrane was used for water-proofing the koi pond.
• The door of the Pump House was created using special Japanese techniques of burning wood, brushing many times, known as shou sugi ban.
• Garen includes hard to find trees include: Japanese black pine, Stewartia monadelpha, Acer palmatum ko to no it, Acer plamatum kinran, and Japanese Red Pine.
• Japanese method of transplanting trees – cutting roots one and a half years before transplanting and wrapping root balls in burlap. The oldest tree imported from Japan, Acer Palmatum Linearilobum, was 125 years old when it arrived.
• A Tripod with chain and block were used to move stones, up to five tons each, by hand.
• All garden structures feature precise joinery and were built without the use of nails.
• The main waterfall required 52 cubic meters of concrete and several tons of rebar before the stones could be placed using a 69 ft. tall self-erecting crane.
• The tile ridge cap at the front entrance gate and the Azumaya Gazebo were purchased from a temple in Japan.
• The string and bamboo in the Azumaya Gazebo were also purchased from Japan.
• Mr Hayato Ogawa was awarded the 2013 Grand Award of Excellence with Thyme on 43rd from the BC Landscape and Nursery Association (BCLNA)
Articles and Documentaries
• Vancouver Sun Home and Garden Section 2 page spread, June 21, 2013 by Steve Wysall
• Vancouver Shinpo Cover Story, January26th, 2014
• Langley Times Cover Story December11th, 2012
• Langley Times Business Section September 26th, 2013
• Life Roof Magazine, Cover Picture and 2 page spread, 2015
• Documentary on Hayato Ogawa Yomiuri TV Station,”gutto chikyubin” www.ytv.co.jp/chikyubin Feb. 14,2015
• Documentary on Hayato Ogawa TV Tokyo; Nazesoko ni nihonjin May 7, 2017
• Winner of the 2013 BC Landscape Awards of Excellence (Grand)
While the Japanese Gardens at Thyme on 43rd is the equivalent of purchasing a rare piece of living art, the sharing of this “secret garden” also provides incredible opportunities for enterprise. The property has had success as a popular small to mid-sized wedding venue, corporate events venue, or artist workshop and yoga retreat space.
Demand on the Increase
With the increasing popularity of social media marketing and independently produced film and photography, there is an increased demand for unique photography and film locations. Also, with the “new normal”, business and social distancing requirements, there is an increase in demand for smaller, outdoor wedding, event, or meditation and reflection locations, where the group or the individual is able to experience escape, retreat, and refreshment from the anxiety ridden current world state. There is also the trend to “vacation locally” resulting in an increase in demand for unique day trips or overnight trips to “Escape” and experience a change of pace or atmosphere.
Business Plan as Potential Income Property
The registered business of Thyme on 43rd (Although taxed as a sole proprietorship) provides an opportunity for a COVID-19 friendly and profitable home business. Properly marketed and executed, there is the opportunity to generate a substantial 6 figure-plus income via a combination of event rentals, film location rental, special interest group/artist/yoga/photography/gardening groups, and short-term airbnb rental. Any combination of these income streams could be combined to create a profitable home business that corresponds with the owner’s preferred business lifestyle while living amongst the uniqueness and beauty of this private residence and garden. For full business plan, please contact agent directly.
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