West Vancouver mansion's assessment rises by $2.3 million—with owner's consent

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      The British Properties is the site of many expensive properties. But it's rare for a homeowner to consent to a significantly higher assessment because that can lead to a much larger property-tax bill.

      However, that's precisely what occurred with a mansion at 835 Eyremount Drive.

      On August 5, the Property Assessment Appeal Board approved a joint recommendation from the owner, Amy Washington, and the area assessor to review a panel's recommendation.

      As a result, the assessed value of land and improvements went from $6,776,000 to $9,078,000.

      That was a difference of more than $2.3 million. 

      Prior to the Property Assessment Appeal Board's ruling, the mansion was put on the market.

      A sales listing on REW is seeking $16.78 million for the house, which has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms and covers 9,141 square feet.

      The REW listing notes that the David Poskitt custom-built French country modern villa has been "recently renovated & updated like new".

      It includes an oversized spiral staircase, an 18-foot ceiling in the kitchen, and a resort-style pool and hot tub.

      Washington, also known as Feng Yun Shao, was in the news two years ago in connection with a house in Shaughnessy.

      She backed out of purchasing a six-bedroom mansion at 3883 Cartier Street after learning that a gangster, Raymond Huang, had been shot outside the gates.

      Huang's mother failed to disclose this when she sold the house to Washington for more than $6.1 million.

      Justice Paul Pearlman sided with the buyer, ruling that she "was induced to enter into the contract...by fraudulent misrepresentation".