Jul 1, 2004 | Marmot, Summer 2005

Real Estate Development Update

Looking for real estate that’s a little more upscale at Mount Washington Alpine Resort? Try Wildwood at Strathcona.

“Wildwood is two clusters of four townhomes. The first phase will be built this summer, which will be four units,” said Rick Gibson, Realtor with Royal LePage in the Comox Valley. “We’re going for a bit of an upper-scale market, offering a little bit more,” Gibson said.

Wildwood is located on the lower side of the Nordic Road, just before the intersection with Henry Road offering views directly into Strathcona Park. The townhomes will feature West Coast style design. Each unit is three levels with lofts and will feature separate garages for each unit, decks that are hard-wired and plumbed for hot tubs, laminate flooring and spectacular views into Strathcona Park with skiing access across the street he said.

Price points for Wildwood at Strathcona are expected to be $440,000 to $460,000. “We’ve had a lot of preliminary interest so far. We expect them to sell fairly quickly,” Gibson said. “Interest is high for townhomes at Mount Washington, proven by the success of Parkview Place, built a few years ago,” he added.

Also coming onto the market is Newton’s Wynde, a real estate package planned for Nordic Road just below Paradise Ridge and Ptarmigan Ridge developments.

This development will offer varying densities. “Newton’s Wynde is coming on stream to fill a void for people looking for raw land,” Gibson said, “for single-family lots and for developers looking to build on duplex through four-plex lots.”

The Mount Washington Lodge project is on hold, but not forgotten, says Resort President Peter Gibson.

Mount Washington Lodge is a project of Chris LeFevre, a noted developer from Victoria who is known for Middle Beach Lodge, South Chesterman Beach Homes and Rosie Bay Estates in Tofino and the Railyards in Victoria.

The lodge will feature studios and one and two-bedroom units and, if it goes ahead, will be the cornerstone of a new village at Mount Washington. According to LeFevre’s website, the lodge will be built in phases.

The lodge is part of the village core development program, which has been put on hold, Mount Washington Alpine Resort President Peter Gibson said. “Negotiations are continuing. We’re still hoping to have a hole in the ground in September,” he said.

“The winter that we’ve had has slowed down the project, but hasn’t stopped it.” Gibson said he hoped more information will be forthcoming in August.

Bear Lodge will soon be open for business, exceeding expectations.

“Owners will gain possession of their suites this summer season and the feedback has been positive,” says Rick Gibson, realtor with Royal LePage in the Comox Valley.

“Bear Lodge is half sold out of the 59 units,” he said. “It’s finished and the comments from buyers is that the finishing has exceeded their expectations. “The colors and furniture packages and finishing details are more than buyers expected.” he said.

The units are in one, two and three-bedroom configurations and have a rustic lodge look and feel. “Phase 2 (Bear Lodge) looks like night and day.” says designer Sharon Thielmann of Objects of Desire Designs in Vancouver. Thielmann designed the interiors of both Deer and Bear lodges. “It’s a much better building in my estimation, and the furnishing package looks really, really good.”

Bear Lodge is the twin to Deer Lodge, which was completed in 1996. The main difference between Bear and Deer lodges is that Bear has been built with cutting-edge rain screen technology, which protects against possible envelope issues. “There’s a few features Appia is talking about patenting,” Gibson said.

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