Swanwick Ranch

I discovered this home a few years ago when it was built. What an amazing home and property in Metchosin, B.C

Luxury Oceanfront Estate Takes the Stage in Metchosin – Swanwick Ranch

In Metchosin, just 30 minutes from Victoria, where rural life meets the rugged west coast and summons people from urban centres, it would be safe to assume that ultramodern architecture isn’t always in the local building code. Situated on an impressive 68-acres of tree-lined pastoral property, including a rare 1400-feet of low-bank oceanfront, Swanwick ranch is considered one Canada’s finest modern luxury oceanfront estates.

A tour de force of modern architecture, the house has received two prestigious design awards: the Canadian National Architects Award in 2006 and the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Architecture and Environment Design in 2008. Custom designed by Vancouver architect, Marko Simcic, of Simcic and Uhrich Architects, the idyllic west coast sanctuary has been featured in multiple international architectural and design publications

Exceptional achievement in modern technology and environmental design, the architectural vision was to seamlessly connect the home to the surrounding natural landscape

Capitalizing on the expansive views across the Pacific Ocean to Victoria and sensitively integrating with the natural environment, the design weaves through the aged Garry oaks and creates an effortless access to the beach. The home is equipped with innovative environmental design and progressive technology; its mechanical and electrical systems can be monitored and accessed online from anywhere in the world.Perhaps the most palpable architectural feature of the property is the ten-foot-wide, salt water canyon river that is open to the sky and runs through the middle of the house. The canyon’s avant-garde technology controls the temperature of the house via hydrothermal radiant energy. Obviously not merely a functional feature, the luxurious canyon echoes the home’s natural waterfront aesthetic; surrounded by etched-glass walls with inset lighting and cascading waterfalls, the canyon suffuses a rippling water reflection into the house yielding a sensorial ocean experience.

Local legend circulates that this piece of land was exceptionally special to iconic west coast artist, Emily Carr. Drawn to its natural beauty, Carr is said to have come to this particular pastoral, Garry oak-lined landscape to inspire her paintings and drawings. One of her most famed pieces, Metchosin, 1935-1936, currently hangs in the Vancouver Art Gallery. Whether this municipal myth is true or not, we do know Carr was inspired by the rugged, woodsy beauty of Metchosin. As art collectors themselves, the original owners of Swanwick ranch commissioned painter, David Ladmore, to create nearly 100 paintings for their 9,000-square-feet of gallery white walls. A fusion of classical and contemporary aesthetics, of art and science, both David and Laurie Ladmore created the Swanwick collection to adorn the walls of this architecturally exquisite home.


Charles Bilash

20 years in any industry is a feat. 20 plus and successful years in the evolving, and ultra competitive Vancouver real estate game is next level. Charles Bilash achieved this milestone in 2016, but if you ask him…he’s just getting started. Armed with an insatiable appetite for knowledge, a passion for innovation, and a megawatt smile, Charles has carved out a top spot among Vancouver’s elite (and most charming) agents. And this Presidents Club alumni has no plans to give up that post.

Since day one, Charles has sought out innovative ways to break the corporate mold. His strategy? To embrace the latest technology and think outside the real estate box. And now – with Team Blu backup– he’s also harnessing the power of creative collaboration to push the industry forward (and to better service his clients – of course!)

With experience comes wisdom, and Charles has learned that a fulfilling life is a balanced one. So when client care is complete, he directs his boundless energy towards his two beautiful kids Shriya and Jayden. Loving them and living large with his wing-woman (and fellow Blu Realtor) Candice is what gives this passionate realtor purpose. And for Charles Bilash, passion + purpose = another 20 successful years.