Times Colonist

Historic Deerlepe House listed for sale

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

- 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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