Wealthy buyers are clamoring to snatch up a secluded mansion on Vancouver Island. Look inside the award-winning home that's perfectly suited for a quarantine retreat.

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A $US9.5 million, award-winning mansion on 67 acres of waterfront property in British Columbia has seen an increase in interested buyers during the pandemic, homeowner Raoul Malak told Bloomberg.

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Logan Wilson of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada represents the listing. Malak, a businessman and hotelier, also owns nearby Bear Mountain Resort, a Westin hotel.

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529 Swanwick Road is located on Vancouver Island, about 30 minutes southwest of Victoria, in an endangered oak preserve.

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Built by Simcic + Uhrich Architects, the property has received two prestigious architecture awards: the Canadian Architect Award in 2003 and a Lieutenant-Governor’s Award in 2008.

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The home is “sustainably entwined” with its surroundings and is suspended in part above the ground to avoid disturbing tree roots, according to the property listing.

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In total, the home spans 10,700 feet and consists of a main house, guest house, and caretaker’s quarters.

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The main and guest house are part of the same building, separated by a reflecting pool.

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Each has its own entrance, and bridges allow passage between the two.

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Floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to flood in, from the living areas …

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… to the bedrooms.

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Vaulted ceilings and open-concept rooms create an open, airy atmosphere in the main house.

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The home also plays with levels. Several sections of the upper floor open up to views of the main level …

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… and one bridge leads to this elevator-like glass viewing box.

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In 2013, Malak purchased around 100 paintings from artist David Ladmore for the home and told Bloomberg that he would consider including them in the sale if the buyer “appreciated them.”

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Outside, there is a covered swimming pool and large grill.

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Walkways lead from the house to a private beach …

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… and a motorised ramp is capable of launching a boat into the ocean with the press of a button.

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Between landscaping, upkeep, and the caretaker’s salary, the property costs “hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to maintain,” Malak told Bloomberg.

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Though the secluded property has attracted recent interest, Malak said his priority is selling to the right person.

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“We’d never sell it to someone unless they understood and could make sure that it takes a lot of money to maintain a structure like this. We want to hand it to someone who appreciates what it is,” he said.

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