“Groundbreaking sale of Stonebridge Drive estate sets new residential sales record in Whistler, B.C. — Engel & Völkers $32-million sale marks highest property sale in Whistler to date.”
That may be the headline, but it’s not the story, says realtor Max Thornhill, who, along with his mom Maggi Thornhill, were the listing agents for the stunning contemporary house. “It makes a good headline,” says Max, but the real story is about the people who developed Whistler for the last 50 years to bring value and community, the homeowners who took on the massive project, the architects who designed it and the builders who constructed it.
“It took unbelievable technical knowledge, great quality and persistence,” says Max. He and Maggi are license partners of Engel & Völkers Whistler. “We feel like we deserve the conversations, but the owners, architect and town are the story. We’re lucky to be here.”
There was a “rumbling” from the clients six months to a year before they made their decision to sell, he says. “With properties like this, there’s no duplicate. It wasn’t an easy (decision). It’s part of their legacy, like a family member.”
Max and Maggie Thornhill, Engel & Völkers Whister
Next up: a high-quality video, “a cinematic story based on the property, was spectacularly shot,” he says. “The house is incredible on film.”
Understanding that a buyer could come from anywhere, a “broad brush” marketing campaign was created.
“We had extreme confidence that it was going to sell, whether it would take four months, a year or two years,” he says. There was a “significant amount of interest over the last 12 months.”
The buyers, described as a 30-something, self-made couple, purchased the home along with the neighbouring lot resulting in a total purchase price of over $40 million, inclusive of taxes.
All images courtesy Maggi Thornhill and Max Thornhill, Engel & Völkers Whistler
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