Now that’s a backyard! Realtor Carolyn Glazier at Surrey’s Villa di Fonti, a mansion selling for $28.8 million. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk).

VIDEO: Surrey luxury mansion on sale for $28.8 million

Need a helipad, two lakes and 50 parking spaces? Then this might be the right place for you

It’s hard not to chuckle when real estate agent Carolyn Glazier tells you her client is selling their $28.8-million, 13,000-square foot-plus Villa di Fonti luxury mansion in Surrey because they’ve decided to downsize.

Compared to this place, that’d be pretty much every other residential property in B.C., and with very few exceptions when it comes to price.

“They’ve enjoyed the property and their grandkids have enjoyed the property. I think they’re now just downsizing,” Glazier said of the current owners, whose names she declined to reveal.

“They’ve loved it; they’ve had weddings and events with friends and family there, they’ve enjoyed the property thoroughly.”

When you pass through the front gate, at 4552 192nd St., you can’t say you’re on a driveway – it’s more like a road, in the conventional sense, and a pretty long one at that.

Built in 2014, on 76.85 acres, this award-winning Tuscan-style house is amazing, by any objective standard. Billed as an “entertainer’s dream” and “the ultimate private retreat, offering elegance and grandeur,” it has a helipad, more than 50 parking spaces, fountains, an infinity pool, koi pond, putting green, ampitheatre, two lakes – one with a fountain and white sand beaches, the other with a dock and stocked with fish – a chef’s kitchen, caterer’s prep and carriage house kitchens, home automation with a geo-thermal energy system and a 10-acre vineyard. Not to mention eight bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and eight fireplaces.

“It’s won three major awards – one Ovation builders award and two Georgie Awards, one for best landscape and the other for best outdoor living,” Glazier told the Now-Leader.

Offers have been made, she said.

“We actually had three offers that were over list. They haven’t been put together yet but all of them were Canadian buyers.”

It’s the priciest MLS listing in the Fraser Valley but there are more expensive properties in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. A two-storey Vancouver penthouse apartment is going for $38 million. See more submitted Villa di Fonti photos below.

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