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Pretty Swank House in Canada Has a 'River' Running Through it

Though sited on a Garry Oak savannah, one of Canada's most endangered ecosystems, this award-winning "contemporary ranch" by Vancouver-based studio Simcic +Ulrich Architects manages to steer free of critical root zones. Above ground, the daring six-bedroom house continues to seek peaceful co-existence with the natural environment, with a medley of large, view-framing windows and a drastically cantilevered space that seemingly suspends the interior in outside greenery. Enclosed within two wings of the house, there's also the "Canyon River," a cascade of pools that control the temperature of the home via hydro-thermal energy. Now on the market for $13.25M, the 10,700-square-foot residence comes equipped with an indoor pool, enclosed boathouse, and tennis courts, all on 68 breezy acres of waterfront.

· 529 Swanwick Rd [Realtor]
· $13.25 Million Waterfront Contemporary Mansion in British Columbia [Homes of the Rich]
· Metchosin House [Simcic + Ulrich Architects]