Is Vancouver the new Hollywood?

Reese Witherspoon has bought a home in VancouverThis Canadian city is the property world’s latest celebrity magnet, as Cheryl Markosky found out

Why head to LA to star spot when you can see just as many celebs from your second home in Vancouver?

Boosted by the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver – or ‘Vancouvies’, as it’s called due to the number of movie idols buying homes – is now home (or a second home) to Oprah Winfrey, Bryan Adams, Anne Heche, Sarah McLachlan and Michael Buble.

Vancouver, where you can ski in and set sail on the same day, is a favourite with luminaries who know the western Canadian movie location city well.

The latest property hotspot in Vancouver, Canada,  is converted warehouse, The Keefer Suites, where Reese Witherspoon, Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Liam Neeson and Steve Martin have all hung out.

“It’s so fashionable Wallpaper magazine described it as ‘decidedly film noir chic’ and the ‘pied-a-terre of choice for Vancouver’s new cine-class’. They recently had to turn down Matt Damon as no suites were available,” says Assignments Canada’s Nicola Way.

Damon won’t be disappointed again, as a penthouse with 360-degree views of snow-capped mountains, the Pacific and bright city lights is for sale for C$3.5 million.

Vancouver skyline showing the Rosewood HotelHe can even rent it – a snip at C$800 a night - to fellow mega-stars, who can do lengths in a glass-bottomed pool, languish in the Jacuzzi and barbecue in the full outdoor kitchen.

Brits will be tempted by new eponymous David Hawksworth (L’Escargot, The Square and Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons) restaurant at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, named one of Canada’s top five Canadian restaurants.

Amy Adams, Robert Redford and Sam Neil have all dined here, where Kings Edward VIII and George VI were once visitors.

Recently restored, the Rosewood is next door to the 48-storey tower, the Private Residences, with luxury condos from C$1.35 million scheduled for completion next year.

“The man behind the scheme is Londoner Ken Bowden, with a repertoire of heritage refurbishments, including Manchester’s Strangeways prison,” adds Way.



    • By Cheryl Markosky
    • 26th January 2012