About this listing
Come experience this unique mid century modern home designed in 1946 by artist and educator B.C. Binning, the grand daddy of the modernist movement on the West Coast. An early example of International Style, 'The 'Keay Residence, 1947' has been featured in exhibits at the West Vancouver Museum and in books & magazines. The house is one with nature, set into the sloped landscape with towering Douglas Fir & Cedar trees standing guard with views to English Bay & Stanley Park.
The house is located close to the water on Marine Drive and directly below Cypress Mountain in the exclusive Altamont area of West Vancouver. This unique mid-century modern home, designed in 1946 by B.C. Binning has been restored and updated. There are 2 bedrooms - sleeps four comfortably plus a single day bed in the living room that is comfy and perfect for the 5th wheel. Water views to Stanley Park & English Bay, private patio and lush gardens, fully equipped kitchen including Bosch high efficiency laundry, wifi, digital cable tv, dvd, BBQ, telephone, security, remote controlled gas fireplace, one full bath, 2 queen size beds, 1 single day bed, 100% cotton towels and linens, green cleaning products, level parking for 1 car and storage for bikes & kayaks *
Take a walk on the sea wall or check out Dundarave Village shops and restaurants just 5 blocks away. Easy access to public transit that goes directly downtown or west to Horseshoe Bay. There are many beautiful bike rides and walks in the area. The house was designed by artist B.C. Binning with architect, Ned Pratt in 1946 & built in '47. It is considered to be an early example of International Style & is on the list of significant architecture. It has been featured in magazines, books and exhibits. Come and enjoy this hidden jewel and spectacular west coast landscape * In winter experience tequila sunsets. very nice :)
no smoking ~ no pets
Upon your arrival I will greet you, give you the orientation tour & the keys to Chez Momo. Enjoy the cover patio & stone stair case that leads down to the enchanted forest & garden. There is level parking for one car. The driveway is shared with one other car with room for one additional visitor parking spot. Guests park on the east side of the driveway (left). There is a high efficiency washer/dryer located in the kitchen with natural HE detergent provided. In the storage room is an iron & board, hand steamer, drying racks, extra chairs, vacuum, umbrellas, recycling bags, box & the green bin for food waste. No food waste is allowed in the regular garbage in West Vancouver. Items from the green bin are picked up + composted . On the shelf is a bottle of bubbles for children (or adults) to play with outside only please :) enjoy
Interaction with guests
When I restored/renovated the house I had it divided into two private residences. I live in the other part with my well behaved 5 year old standard poodle named Lena Belle. Sound proofing was installed so noise is not an issue either way. You can contact me anytime by phone, text, email, message system or in person. Please let me know if there is anything you need. Relax & make yourself at home at Chez Momo. Explore nature - have fun.
Altamont is an exclusive neighbourhood in West Vancouver with estate properties & multimillion dollar homes. Walk along the water or up the side of the mountain winding past secluded estates & lush landscape. The Village of Dundarave - shops & restaurants is 5 blocks east plus the pier & seawall walk that will take you all the way to the Lions Gate bridge . . or stop on route in Ambleside for lunch etc. There are 3 lovely playgrounds for children along the beach. . 25th street next to the pier (concession stand), John Lawson Park* (at 17th next to the pier) recently created an award winning fantasy playground made from wood.. very interesting. Children love it! There is also Ambleside beach, skatepark, playground & beach volleyball . . & concessions. Closer to the Lions Gate bridge is the off leash dog park close to the swan pond where blue herons nest in the tall trees. Amazing prehistoric looking birds!
There is a single rail line that runs in-between the house and the water. It is not a big deal and people don't complain but you should be aware of it. In the summertime the Rocky Mountaineer passenger train goes up to Whistler in the morning and back down around dinner time. Otherwise there are infrequent trains including one or two at night that go by in one or two minutes. Part of the charm of beautiful West Vancouver. Eagles munch on salmon high up in the Douglas Fir trees. I once found a headless salmon in the front garden. I think it became detached mid flight :-( There are lots of birds around and the occasional racoon or coyote. Pipe Creek is next door (west).
The bus picks up 2 doors down on Marine Drive & goes direct to downtown Vancouver in 30 minutes. You can also go west to Horseshoe Bay in 15 minutes. There are excellent bike rides in the area. Take a scenic drive west on Marine Drive to Light House Park, Whyltcliffe & Horseshoe Bay. The drive to Whistler is spectacular on the Sea to Sky Highway. It takes 1 hr & 23 minutes to drive from the house to Chateau Whistler. By car it takes 40-60 minutes to get to & from the house + airport depending on traffic. From the airport you can get to the house on public transit by taking the Canada Line downtown to Granville & Georgia and then get on the West Vancouver 'blue bus' number 250 Horseshoe Bay or the 254 Caulfield & get off at 30th & Marine. Cross the street & walk 2 houses west & you have arrived at Chez Momo!
Other things to note
Everyone loves Lighthouse Park - 20 blocks west of the house. Also the West Van Museum often has interesting exhibits with an emphasis on mid century modern art & architecture. The Capilano suspension bridge is popular. You can also hike all the way up along the Capilano River to the ClevelandDam at the top (Capilano Regional Park). Spectacular scenery & a good workout. Lynn Valley suspension bridge is also nice for an adventure. Avid hikers love the Grouse Grind .. direct up Grouse Mountain.. where you can see bears at the wildlife refuge.. In the summer there is the Shipyards Night Market on fridays from 5-10pm (may 1 - sept 25). The Ambleside Farmers Market is on Sundays (in the summer months) from 11-4 on Bellevue in the 1500 block (between 15th + 16th) close to the water, Stop at Crema for a coffee or lunch.. sit outside & enjoy.
So many things to do.. Feel free to ask me questions. I'm happy to help :-)
strict no smoking ~ no pets.
enjoy - relax & have a wonderful time!
I enjoy spending time in the garden, doing yoga and travel. I love being with my Lena Belle (black standard poodle) on our adventures up in the hills & down at the beach. I like meeting people who come to stay at Chez Momo : - ) Interests: art, architecture, nature, good food - wine + conversation.. On my travels I enjoy staying at Airbnb properties. I have made notes along the way to make sure I have everything one might want or need to feel comfortable + at home. I like to think Chez Momo is a special place for special people. So far everyone who has come to stay have been wonderful. It seems to be a favourite of architects, landscape designers, adventurers, artists, writers, musicians & modernist enthusiasts.
I love living in West Vancouver for it's close connection to nature. Every day is a beautiful day rain or shine :-)