Luxury Living on the Edge of the Edmonton River Valley
Selling luxury real estate in the Edmonton region for almost 20 years, we know that the art of storytelling is the key to unlocking the true essence of a home. Taking a close look at not only the finishes and features but also a home’s "raison d'être" reveals the intricate details of a space that might pass by the observer at first glance.
Sometimes flipping through photos just isn’t enough. It’s in the artful narration of a property’s every square foot that we can uncover the nuances that make the home a living, breathing work of art.
Join us for a descriptive tour of one of our Parkview listings, 9020 Valleyview Drive, as we peel back the layers to expose the soul of a residence that is the epitome of luxury living on the edge of the Edmonton River Valley.
Balancing Art with Livability
9020 Valleyview Drive is a 5 bedroom 5 bathroom abode that has a museum-like feel in the best possible way, fusing art with livability in a way that many luxury homes attempt but often fall short.
“There is this notion that you have to go to New York, L.A. or Paris to get high-end and unique finishes, fixtures and art and I think it really does Edmonton a disservice,” says the homeowner of 9020 Valleyview Drive. “When you look, there is such a large bank of talent right here in our city, and these artists are certainly not less than any international talent. They understand our climate, our local needs and we have proudly cultivated work from so many local artists and makers to create this home.”
Industrial-style suspension pins its way along the length of a skylight at the very peak of the home’s dormered cap. These cool steel elements provide both a design element as well as a more practical purpose, supporting the weight of twelve skylight panels.
As you tour this space you’ll see that every canvas of the house exudes exquisite taste. It’s the eye-catching architectural angles. It’s the subtle play of light across colourful handmade glass tiles. It’s the three-floor interior water feature fostering moments of tranquillity. And it’s the gracefully curved exterior encapsulating the essence of home.
“The handmade blue glass panels on the third floor were created by an Egyptian artist and they’re meant to depict the texture of the ocean. Overall the home was designed with all of the elements in mind to really stimulate the senses and create that sense of balance and serenity.”
Room by room, let’s tour this Edmonton home for sale that is undoubtedly an art connoisseur’s dream…
Step Inside 9020 Valleyview Drive
Coming up Valleyview Drive with the picturesque River Valley floating by to the East and a neighbourhood of beautiful architecturally diverse homes to the West, you’ll arrive at 9020 Valleyview Drive, overcome by the stunning bank of floor-to-ceiling windows that span the entire length of the home’s second story. The curved face is framed by beautiful landscaping, thoughtfully designed to mimic the adjacent river with beds of rocks that carve out a path for a stream of indigo vegetation.
Making your way up to the home’s front entrance you are greeted by a joyful front door plated with steel, accented with a colourful handmade glass inlay. Beyond the foyer, step into a column of natural light beaming down from a third floor skylight. The sunlight illuminates a sparkling waterfall that extends 28 feet into the air. Flanked by solid flamed granite on either side, the waterfall features a handmade glass centre depicting the colours of the ocean, providing a calm serenity throughout all three floors of the home.
“It’s quite an engineering marvel when you think about it,” says the owner. “Designing a waterfall of this height you have to take into consideration the appropriate angle so we don’t get any backsplash into the courtyard, so the thought and engineering behind it is part of its beauty. Waking up in the morning to the sound of the water, opening your eyes to the reflection of the sun dancing off the glass, you really do feel like you’re waking up to the ocean and with a dry climate, the humidity is also nice.”
A Main Floor Made for Entertaining
The home encompasses more than 7,372 square feet of finished living space. Structurally all three floors are built with a cantilever design. Columns that support each floor above it are hidden within the walls for a minimalistic appearance - that also maximizes the ability for the home’s design and layout to remain fluid with few physical boundaries.
Beyond the falls, guests enter the rest of the purposefully laid out main floor space, with multiple seating areas, a formal dining room with space for a twelve-seat dining table, a half bath and a chef’s kitchen custom-designed for catering large-scale events. The space is outfitted with luxury appliances, solid slab granite countertops, and a side entrance giving staff excellent access from the rear side of the property.
It’s easy to imagine the main floor buzzing with the activity and chatter of both large and more intimate groups. The open layout and seamless cantilever architecture make it possible for guests to make their way around the space dipping into conversations in each dedicated entertainment landing space.
The main level opens up to the outside where a large patio overlooks thoughtfully designed landscaping and a patterned, heated concrete driveway that descends into a four-car attached garage. Hanging above the driveway you’ll see a beautiful bouquet of greenery and flowers suspended mid-air.
The Second Floor Unveiled
As you ascend to the second level of the home, resting your hand on the smooth solid wood cap of the stair railing, you can feel the quality and craftsmanship of the luxurious details throughout this quintessential luxury home. The stair railing, made of solid wood and metal, is both sturdy and elegant, with a smooth finish that feels soft to the touch. As you continue up the stairs, you take in the high ceilings and the natural light that filters in through the floor-to-ceiling windows capturing the breathtaking views.
On the second story you enter the private family living quarters of the home. As you move into the space the home’s second kitchen, an owner’s kitchen, it is complete with top-of-the-line appliances and a modern and timeless aesthetic. The solid slab granite countertops and a pop of colour in the handmade glass tile backsplash are illuminated by light streaming in from the second floor terrace.
The second story’s private living space and dining area has a spectacular view of the river valley and takes full advantage of the home’s curved design and natural light flooding in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Two large bedrooms each with their own well-appointed ensuite, a laundry room and cinema room complete this level.
Third Storey Delights
As you step onto the staircase, you begin ascending towards the third floor where you will find a study/lounge and primary bedroom. Coming up the stairs you are immediately drawn outwards to a terrace (one of four in the home) that rooftop patio dreams are made of. Stepping out onto the sprawling 460 square foot space you take in the views from the highest patio on Valleyview Drive. With the warm glow of a fireplace to your left, the stunning view seems to span the entire length of the North Saskatchewan River. It’s a breathtaking sight, with golden rays bouncing back off the high rises of Edmonton’s downtown core at sunset.
"We especially enjoy taking in the Canada Day fireworks from up here, it’s really a spectacular sight,” says the owner. “Whether you’re enjoying the change of seasons, sunrises and sunsets, hot air balloons or even the view of the moon from the terrace, it’s all stunning."
The luxurious primary bath, with his and her showers finished with more handmade glass tile, double sinks, and a soaker tub at its centre, makes it easy to picture yourself unwinding and washing away the stress at the end of day.
The Garden Level
An elevator runs from the third floor all the way down to the basement, where you’ll find another two bedrooms and full bathroom, making this the perfect home that can adapt to your lifestyle at every stage. The attached four-car garage on this level leads into the spa-like clubhouse-style cloakroom complete with five separate built-in closets to hang your hat when you arrive home.
“When you see the view of the garden from even the basement bedrooms, it really helps you to understand the amount of thought and consideration that went into every aspect of the design and livability of this home.”
Paving stones, thoughtful landscaping, and a unique exterior floating staircase create the perfect exterior space that compliments the home’s artful interior.
Parkview in West Edmonton
Beyond the boundaries of the property, owners will enjoy a warm welcome from the surrounding Parkview community. Whether it's the stunning views, its location in a community of strong connection, close to local amenities and the downtown, or the countless natural elements of life running through the centre of the home, 9020 Valleyview Drive presents a rare offering of luxury lifestyle truly unparalleled anywhere else in Edmonton.
“The people are warm, they’re friendly, and it’s honestly given us a true sense of family in the time we’ve been here. It’s just something you don’t experience very often.”
Learn more about Edmonton’s popular Parkview community here and click to view our listing for 9020 Valleyview Drive.
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