Station: Step inside the house that love built

Pat Carson built this Maple Bay home for his wife in 1985. - Andrew Leong
Pat Carson built this Maple Bay home for his wife in 1985.
— image credit: Andrew Leong


It’s been said that simple emotion can move mountains, start wars and build empires.

Indeed, only love can break a heart, but it can also be the incentive for beautiful art and stunning abodes.

For proof of the latter, look no further than the Taj Mahal, the universally recognized white marble mausoleum in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, which was built in memory of a Persian princess.

Or, closer to home, take a glimpse at the spectacular home at 6434 Woodgrove Way, just off Maple Bay Road.

Built by Pat Carson in 1985 for about $700,000, the gorgeous, 5,500 sq-ft estate is a jewel in the Cowichan Valley.

“I built this house for my wife,” he said.

Sadly, Carson’s wife has since passed and he has remarried, but he remembers planning the huge home.

“We were getting close to retiring and decided to build a house,” he said.

The couple decided on the Woodgrove site, wooded, fairly secluded property that was owned by a local florist.

“It was about six and-a-half acres and had an older house on it.”

The old home was razed and the only thing kept was the in-ground pool Carson had refurbished.

The three-bedroom, five-bathroom home — with five, count ‘em, five — propane fireplaces  built around the pool and vast patio is truly spectacular.

The exceptional million-dollar-plus home displays near perfect craftsmanship with plenty of marble, granite, glass and dark wood accents throughout.

The chef’s kitchen is loaded with premium cabinets, granite countertops, a sub-zero fridge and what has to be one of the largest dishwashers available.

That was probably in preparation for the guests Carson expected to drop by.

“We did build the house with entertaining in mind,” he said.

And entertain one can using a formal dining room and three living rooms with cathedral ceilings.

Harvey and Nevis Patton have lived in the home for seven years and put their own touch on the place with fixtures, flooring and a new roof, replete with 40-year shingles.

They have decided to sell in order to relocate in Cobble Hill.

The asking price? A mere $1,295,000.

“After I listed the place a guy saw it on the internet and gave me a call,” said Mike Eddy, the realtor enlisted by the Pattons to sell the home.

“The guy was the construction manager when the house was built and he said all the wall studs are two-by-eight and skilled labour from the mainland had to be brought in for some of the marble work.”

Added Carson: “We had good tradesmen and good people that made sure everything was done right.”

Just up the sweeping staircase (I’m starting to feel a little like a realtor myself here) is where one will discover a massive master suite, one that’s easily larger than most rental apartments in the Cowichan Valley. It features a seven-piece ensuite and separate dressing area.

The two other bedrooms have four-piece ensuite bathrooms.

A family room and den round out the upper level of the home.

Outside is just as lavish.

The fully irrigated grounds were professionally designed and feature mature trees — including a small orchard sporting apple, cherry and two different types of plum trees — and an array of different plants and shrubs including about 100 rhododendrons.

A 27,000-litre fresh water pool with a Grecian arch at one end is the obvious focal point, and a sunken outdoor hot tub will catch your eye.

One more thing: the house was purposely situated to face west to catch late afternoon rays and evening sunsets.

Carson chuckled when asked if he was a bit of a romantic.

“Aren’t we all?”

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