Trevor Linden Shares About His Kitsilano Home and His Passion for Real Estate

Former Canucks hockey star Trevor Linden talks about his passion for modern architecture and his ?penchant for washing dishes

I bought my first home in Vancouver at Kitsilano Point in 1991, a duplex that I still own.

In 2002, when I returned to the Canucks, I bought the oceanfront house we now live in on Point Grey Road. It’s a 3,500-square-foot 
contemporary ’60s style [house] with a spectacular view, and it’s never been renovated.

We did a “paint and sweep” to freshen it up – with the intention of completing a major renovation one day, but it turned out so well that we’re enjoying it as is. It has a beautiful patio overlooking the ocean accessed by huge French doors from the living and dining area, so it feels very indoor-outdoor in good weather.

Trevor Linden’s Kitsilano Home

I don’t have a gym in my home since most of my fitness happens outdoors, but I do have a closet full of sports equipment. I used to have the best job in the world, where I got paid to stay in shape. Now this working-for-a-living means 
I have to find time during the busy day to fit exercise in. I cycle, cross country ski, run and hike. I no longer play hockey, but I enjoy watching others play.

We love entertaining so we have a large dining table. The one room we had completely 
redesigned is the kitchen. Christina does the cooking so I wanted to provide a good environment for her; she’s a fantastic chef. I have many single friends who know they’re on the guest list for dinner at least one night a week.

I’m the cleanup guy. I’ve figured out that I’m a lot like my mother; we both enjoy doing the dishes by hand. The kitchen is in the back of the house, separated from other areas by a courtyard.

My favourite room, without question, is the living area facing the ocean and mountains. It has a comfortable Minotti Italia sofa with a chaise at one end. There is a large gas fireplace and a hidden flatscreen TV secured to the wall by a moveable arm that’s used most of the time, even though we have a TV room elsewhere.

I don’t have hockey memorabilia in the house, except for one piece in my downstairs office: my brothers tracked down my first rookie jersey. They presented it to me when I played my 1,000th game.

I like art. We have a beautiful E.J. Hughes painting depicting the Okanagan Valley’s Kalamalka Lake that’s a prized possession, partly because we have a home in the Okanagan. It’s a little ’60s beach house rancher on the lake, a fun place for easy living in the summer. In the winter we spend time at our home in Whistler.

Trevor Linden on Working in Real Estate

I have a passion for real estate, so I work with my brother Jamie and his company Linden Construction, as partner, and with The Airey Group on development projects. My brother and I are completing two very contemporary 2,300-square-foot homes in Point Grey with Evoke International Design that I’m excited about.

Jamie is a talented builder. In one of the homes’ interiors, he created a 30-foot exposed concrete wall with a floating stairway descending out of it. A large skylight reflects light onto the wall’s smooth, shock-treated texture. This home, which is award-winning, will be completed for sale in May.

We love modern architecture, which does not simply mean a clean-lined square 
shape: it’s in the details. However, we’re also working on a multi-family development near Chinatown in Victoria with a traditional exterior in richly coloured brick to complement the neighbourhood.

Read about Club 16, Trevor Linden’s new gym.

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