His­toric Deer­lepe House listed for sale

Wa­ter­front es­tate cov­ers 30 acres and is priced at $14.5 mil­lion

Times Colonist - - Business - CARLA WIL­SON

A 30-acre wa­ter­front es­tate that in­cludes the his­toric Deer­lepe house in Sooke’s Whif­fin Spit area is for sale through a private seller for $14.5 mil­lion.

It is one of sev­eral high-end prop­er­ties on the mar­ket in south­ern Van­cou­ver Is­land.

The mul­ti­ple list­ing ser­vice for Greater Vic­to­ria shows seven prop­er­ties for sale at $14.5 mil­lion or more, with the high-tech Up­lands wa­ter­front es­tate called Sweet Pea car­ry­ing the high­est price tag at $29 mil­lion.

An ad­ver­tise­ment on the In­ter­net at www.wa­ter­fron­twest.com de­scribes the 30acre Sooke prop­erty as “one of south­ern Van­cou­ver Is­land’s finest private wa­ter­front es­tates ...”

The wooded wa­ter­front site fea­tures a 1925 six-bed­room, 4,500-square-foot home, 2,500 feet of beach, and room for horse cor­rals or gar­dens.

“This is a true par­adise,” the ad said.

The ad also said there is op­por­tu­nity for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of the es­tate.

Al­though the ad­ver­tise­ment does not state the lo­ca­tion, it in­cludes a Cap­i­tal Re­gional Dis­trict bird’s-eye-view photo, which ap­pears to be 7107 Deer­lepe Rd. It is zoned for agri­cul­ture use and in the Agri­cul­tural Land Re­serve. B.C. As­sess­ment records show that ad­dress is as­sessed at $3.5 mil­lion.

Deer­lepe House was de­signed by ar­chi­tect Percy Leonard James, who also de­signed the old Vic­to­ria Post Of­fice and fed­eral build­ing at the cor­ner of Gov­ern­ment and Yates streets, now called P.L. James Place.

James also worked with Francis Rat­ten­bury on the Crys­tal Gar­den, now be­ing ren­o­vated to be­come part of the Vic­to­ria Con­fer­ence Cen­tre.

Sooke Mayor Janet Evans lives next to Deer­lepe. “It has got huge tim­ber on it,” she said.

Evans heard sev­eral months ago that the par­cel was for sale.

“It is a beau­ti­ful piece of prop­erty,” she said yes­ter­day.

Sooke Coun. Rick Kasper called the prop­erty “one of the largest un­de­vel­oped tracts in that Whif­fin Spit area.”

Land ti­tle records show that 7107 Deer­lepe was owned by film di­rec­tor John Lee Thompson and Lu­cille Thompson from 1998 to 2002. J. Lee Thompson, a renowned di­rec­tor whose work in­cluded the orig­i­nal Cape Fear, The Guns of Navarone and Planet of the Apes, died in 2002. The owner is now listed as Lu­cille Thompson, who could not be reached for com­ment.

Fred­erique and Sin­clair Philip, own­ers of the well­known Sooke Har­bour House, rented the house, just min­utes from their busi­ness, for sev­eral years but no longer live there. The house is one of the old­est in the area and was fea­tured in Elm Street Mag­a­zine, Fred­erique Philip said.

“It was a com­fort­able big house,” she said. “The wood in that house is amaz­ing.”

Philip said the house, which is equipped with an el­e­va­tor, would be suited as a lo­ca­tion for an art school.

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