Arthur Erickson–designed Eppich House put on the market for $13.9 million

The mansion sits on half a hectare in the Ambleside area of West Vancouver

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      One of the North Shore's most famous homes is on the block.

      Celebrated architect Arthur Erickson designed Eppich House in 1972 for businessman Helmut Eppich and his wife Hildegaard. It's now being offered for $13.9 million by rennie adviser Jason Soprovich.

      “It’s simply one of the most historically important examples of West Coast modern architecture,” Soprovich said in a news release, “as one of Arthur Erickson’s most significant residential designs that is recognized worldwide, this masterpiece embodies true West Coast Modernism—where nature and architecture are intertwined.”

      Renovated by Battersby Howat architects, the house sits on a half-hectare estate in West Vancouver's Ambleside area.

      It's a three-level structure with only the carport visible from the street. That's because it descends through four levels with stepped terraces.

      In 2015, Western Living published an article about cartoon producer Asaph Fipke's decision to purchase the house with his wife Hemsa for $4.75 million in 2010.

      They spent a great deal of money fixing it up.

      “I decided to protect it by putting in the efforts that would make it so it would never need to be looked at as a teardown again,” Asaph told the magazine. “We did everything we could to bring the house up to a modern standard while still retaining what was the hope and purpose of the building in the first place.”


      Erickson also designed Eppich House 2, built for Helmut's twin brother Hugo in the 1980s.

      The Eppichs created EBCO Industries.

      The twins were were born in a German-speaking community in the former Yugoslavia. The were in what's now known as Slovenia, best known to many as the birthplace of Melania Trump.

      The Eppichs were forced to move to Germany at the outbreak of the Second World War and immigrated to Canada in the 1950s.