Each week, BCLiving takes you inside one of the most outrageously upmarket real estate offerings in the province

Address: 6335 Elm Street, Vancouver
Price: $7,998,000
MLS: R213380

The skinny: Five-bedroom, four-bathroom, 4,100-square-foot house on a 23,000-square-foot lot in Kerrisdale.

The bling: Your millions can buy you the biggest, the best, the cutting edge of, well, everything. But—in the immortal words of four lads from Liverpool, and as evidenced by certain contemporary rulers of the world—money can’t buy you love. No, sorry, it’s true: you can’t force people to love you and believe in you just because you are rich. You can, however, afford to create your own reality and, if you believe in it deeply enough, perhaps you will persuade others that all that is fake around you is actually real. Yes, a lie can become a truth. In any case, you’re rich enough to give it a go and see what sticks. Here’s an ideal opportunity: a property that is not just an expensive house but clearly a home. Let’s face it, only a family that prides substance over image could live with these walls and those floors without wincing every time they open their eyes. And maybe, just maybe, you could live with them yourself, if it meant the glow of value-added authenticity? Or are we missing the point? Why not move in, gold-paint the living heck out of it and just tell people you’re a family man? That’s as authentic as you need to get, right?  They’ll have to believe you. It wouldn’t be a lie, after all, just an alternative fact.

The hidden extras: Swimming pool, huge yard.

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