Home of the Week: A renovated Squamish schoolhouse with unbeatable views of Howe Sound

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    Home of the Week: A renovated Squamish schoolhouse with unbeatable views of Howe Sound

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    654 Lower Cres., Squamish, B.C.

    Asking Price: $1,260,000

    Taxes: $4,404 (2020)

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    Lot Size: irregular, ¼-acre

    Agent: Leslie McConnell, Engel & Volkers Vancouver

    The backstory

    Ten years ago, Trent Stewart was heartbroken and in need of some drastic change. A work colleague told him about a unique opportunity to buy into a community once owned by the operators of the Britannia Mine near Squamish B.C.

    Trent Stewart took over the schoolhouse with a vision inspired by 1980s television.

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    The massive copper mine had been shut down for decades, but a collection of long-time rental, single-family houses on the winding Lower Crescent were being converted to occupant ownership. The resident who lived at an early 1900s schoolhouse that had been moved up the mountain in the 1950s wasn’t going to be able to buy into the scheme.

    Mr. Stewart knew he was taking on a big project. “[It was] really in rough shape. It had drop ceilings; the floors were rotting out,” he said. “But it had this incredible view of Howe Sound.” Over a box of cigars and a sociable evening with the owner, he made a deal.

    Mr. Stewart took over the schoolhouse with a vision inspired by 1980s television.

    “There was this show Stingray. [The main character] used to drive his car into this really industrial looking apartment through his garage door….

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