Trevor Linden says he's the clean-up guy at home: "I'm a lot like my mother; we both enjoy doing the dishes by hand."
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.