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December 01, 2014

Victoria beckons

Village Walk in Victoria, B.C., is attracting Calgarians

Pepper Rodriguez

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The calm, sunny weather, the romantic seaside ambiance and the quaint village atmosphere of Oak Bay in Victoria, B.C., is a heady combination, enough to convince anyone to move down here and live a rich and fulfilling life. But, increasingly, it is buyers from Calgary who are heeding the call, especially in the new luxury condo development: Village Walk.

Located right in the middle of this historical neighbourhood on Oak Bay Avenue — near the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and the Uplands Golf Course — Village Walk is a stunning collection of 22 contemporary residences that distinctly reflect the heritage and vibrancy of this coastal city.

Mike Miller, president and founder of Abstract Developments- Village Walk’s developer – tells Condo Living that this four-storey, mixed-use condominium may perhaps be the crowning achievement of his career.

“We’ve built more than 65 single- and multi-family developments in the Greater Victoria area for the past 15 years and we’ve received over 30 Gold home-building awards, including a National SAM Award for Best Townhome Development for Terra Verde Townhomes. But I can honestly say Village Walk is going to be the best one yet.”

Miller says the contemporary appeal of the development and its location have been key in attracting buyers from all over Canada, but over 50 per cent of sales come from Calgary.

“Calgarians are mostly buying units here as a second home where they can spend the winter, and still be relatively near their other home,” Miller says. “They just love the quality and the relaxed lifestyle offered here.”

With suites ranging in size from 888 to 1,595 square feet Village Walk offers spacious, luxurious homes in a contemporary, open concept design that is more warm than trendy.

“These aren’t your typical vacation homes, rather they are residences that feel like a single-family home and not a tiny apartment; homes where you can live your life in a picturesque neighbourhood,” Miller says.

Designed by award-winning D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism, the inspired urban building design pays tribute to neighbourhood’s heritage through the subtle use of warm brick, metal wooden and glass accents. Lush landscaping and rain gardens provide a natural contrast to clean and contemporary lines.

Village Walk offers one- and two-bedroom plans most include dens. There are also four premium penthouses located on the top floor. At street level, Village Walk contributes to the vibrancy of the community with 5,800 square-feet of prime commercial/retail space. Already confirmed tenants are Good Earth Coffeehouse and JUSU Organic Juice Bar.

The lobby has a generous seating area with over-height wood ceilings, feature lighting and original artwork by local artist Bill Porteous.

Over-height ceilings and expansive windows combine to create a comfortably modern living area full of natural light and allowing fantastic views of Oak Bay and its idyllic community.

The homes boast an immaculate design touch with nine foot ceilings throughout, wide-plank engineered white oak hardwood flooring with in-floor radiant heating, a dream kitchen with plenty of storage spaces and stylish touches to boot. All come standard.

Miller says they also take pride in the environmentally sustainable design of the building that encourages alternative transportation options, including secure bicycle storage.

“We’re located within close walking distance to major shopping, restaurants and coffee shops, parks, outdoor venues, so our outstanding walkability contributes to keeping greenhouse emissions down.”

Besides that, Village Walk adheres to Built Green® Canada standards, homes will be third-party certified for energy efficiency. Rain gardens are used allowing for the capture of storm water into the surrounding landscaping and conserving water and increasing water quality through the reduction storm water runoff.

Village Walk’s green features undoubtedly contribute to the enviable lifestyle the whole development projects. The price is just as appealing, with units starting from $450,000 plus GST, and go all the way up to $1.25 million.

“This is what draws our customers here, the ability to live their lives in a green, well-designed, quality-built home,” Miller says.

Fast Facts
Project: Village Walk
Abstract Developments
Oak Bay, Victoria, B.C.
Apartment-style condos and penthouses
From 888 to 1,595 sq. ft.
From $450,000 to $1.25 million
Sales Centre:
1969 Oak Bay Avenue
Open daily noon - 5 p.m. Closed Fridays

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