Our group has been dedicated to the marketing and sale of unique real estate assets on a local, national and international basis since 1998. The Unique Properties Group has transacted over 400,000 acres of land and in excess of $600 million in real estate assets since its inception.
Private Islands and Waterfronts
Ranches and Agricultural
Resorts and Investmens
Recreational and Forestry
Our Unique Process
This Vancouver-based group offers clients a tailored approach that combines Colliers' trusted name and global reach with a personalized approach.
The Unique Properties group applies its comprehensive knowledge, expertise and professional platform to provide a strategic and tactical process-driven approach to marketing unique real estate.
Senior Vice President
Since 1991 Mark Lester has represented some of Canada’s most spectacular properties. With an educational background in city planning and professional experience as a planner and real estate consultant in Vancouver and Toronto, Mark entered the real estate brokerage world with a unique and informed perspective. Mark’s level of expertise in the marketing and valuation of complex and high profile properties has been recognised by a diverse and discerning client base.
To bring his clients a refined expertise in the sale of unique real estate assets, Mark founded the Unique Properties practice at Colliers International in the late 1990s. Part of his approach was to ensure that the practice established a strong digital presence, yet maintained a pro-active approach to marketing. Since that time, Mark has led the sale of over 25 private islands, Canada’s largest cattle ranch, numerous resorts and development sites, marinas, golf courses, forestry lands and long list of other unique properties throughout Canada and globally, with a combined value of over $1 billion. Both clients and the real estate industry recognize Mark’s business acumen, his thoughtful and creative approach, his discretion, his commitment to relationships, and his relentless pursuit towards a successful outcome.
Mark is widely recognized as a foremost expert in the marketing and sale of unique assets such as:
· Private Islands
· Agricultural Lands and Agri-Businesses
· Rural Land
· Development Properties
· Resorts, Lodges and Hospitality Assets
· Golf Courses
· Waterfront Estates
· Forestry and Resource Lands
· Foreclosure Properties
Vice President | Unique Properties
With over 20 years of brokerage, consulting and valuation experience, Alan Johnson is an established and widely recognized expert in the analysis and sale of 'Unique Properties'. With over $600 million in sales to date, Alan's experience has been consistently centered around the following asset types:
- Land and Development properties
- Resorts and Hospitality oriented assets
- Private Islands
- Large Forestry Portfolios
- Ranches and Agricultural operations, and
- Distressed properties (including Strata Wind Up Sales)
As the Vice President of the Unique Properties Group in Vancouver, Alan brings significant value to this team that has consistently worked together since 1997. Instrumental in driving and developing the Unique Properties widely recognizable brand, Alan's due diligence, analysis and client focus has earned him a critical and important position in British Columbia's real estate community.