Per­fect tim­ing

Project within B.C.’s Pen­der Har­bour lo­cated on penin­sula

Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recreation & Investment Properties - KATHY MCCORMICK

Some­times, things are just meant to be — and life takes un­ex­pected turns to bring you where you should be. Just ask Con­nie Ruben. It’s ironic, she says. “My hus­band, Peter, is an ad­ven­turer who has sailed around the world and been to so many won­der­ful places, but al­though he grew up in Cal­gary, he had never been to the West Coast.”

That first trip was to the Sun­shine Coast north of Van­cou­ver — and it changed the lives of the Cal­gary cou­ple.

“We fell in love with the area and bought the re­sort, Lord Jim’s, in Half­moon Bay near Sechelt,” she says.

Now known as Rock­wa­ter Se­cret Cove Re­sort, the lux­ury spot was just the beginning of the new ad­ven­ture for the Rubens, who have been in­volved in var­i­ous as­pects of de­vel­op­ment for years.

Peter is the chair of Al­berta Min­ing Corp., a Cal­gary-based com­pany founded by his grand­fa­ther in 1948.

Al­though it now cen­tres on com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial real es­tate de­vel­op­ment, the com­pany pi­o­neered the de­vel­op­ment of the nat­u­ral re­sources in­dus­try in Al­berta and built the prov­ince’s first pulp mill.

The pur­chase of Rock­wa­ter Se­cret Cove Re­sort was the start of a new di­rec­tion for the com­pany, which part­nered with hote­lier Kevin Toth, for­mer gen­eral man­ager of Fair­mont Chateau Whistler, to form Rock­wa­ter Prop­er­ties.

“When the real­tor showed us around the re­sort area, an­other piece of prop­erty wasn’t even for sale, but we fell in love with it,” says Reuben.

The area that caught the cou­ple’s eye was “at the mouth of the har­bour and bor­dered by an old growth for­est,” she says.

Soon, a sale was made and the Rubens em­barked on their new ad­ven­ture — one that was to take a fur­ther, un­ex­pected twist.

Whit­tak­ers at Pen­der Har­bour is a lux­ury, ar­chi­tect-de­signed ocean­front com­mu­nity that’s been mas­ter-planned to en­sure ex­clu­siv­ity, pri­vacy and a chance to com­mune with na­ture.

The recre­ation prop­erty is lo­cated on a penin­sula, with homes fol­low­ing an outer ridge of the shore­line to max­i­mize 5.7 hectares of land and 305 me­tres of shore­line water­front.

Its pri­vate, scenic cove is bounded to the east and west by higher pro­trud­ing penin­su­las, en­sur­ing pri­vacy and un­ob­structed nat­u­ral scenery.

“We built a show home and at that time said we didn’t want to move there,” says Reuben.

But the cou­ple fell in love with the beauty of the area. “Now, we said we want to be there,” she says.

The cou­ple have taken pos­ses­sion of the show home as their sum­mer house and can’t wait to get there, she says.

“The tim­ing was where it needed to be,” says Ruben. “We went out there and fell in love with this piece of land.”

That’s not sur­pris­ing, says Cindy Lunt­ley, who was brought up on the Isle of Wight in Eng­land.

Lunt­ley and her hus­band, Jerry, em­i­grated to Canada six years ago, where they now live in Can­more and com­mute to Cal­gary.

“Much as we love the moun­tains, the first time I went out to Rock­wa­ter Se­cret Cove and stayed in the ho­tel and sat by the sea, I re­al­ized we had to have a place there,” says Lunt­ley

They soon found the Whit­tak­ers project. “It was a very ex­pen­sive af­ter­noon of sight­see­ing.”

But the cou­ple love it, she says. “It’s gor­geous, there’s bril­liant sea kayak­ing, starfish by the hun­dreds, snorkelling, and we are very, very happy with the de­sign of our home there,” says Lunt­ley. “The qual­ity of work­man­ship and at­ten­tion to de­tails is in­com­pa­ra­ble.”

Whit­tak­ers is a $33-mil­lion, mas­ter-planned gated com­mu­nity that fea­tures high-qual­ity, de­tached homes.

They are built are low to the ground to blend bet­ter with the nat­u­ral land­scape. The water­front homes face south­west and south­east with a pro­tected bay, deep­wa­ter ma­rina, grassy meadow and the small old­growth for­est fram­ing it.

“We could have knocked down some of the for­est and put in 25 more lots, but we kept of as many of the old trees as we could,” says Ruben. “In­stead, we cre­ated a walk­way through the for­est.”

The de­vel­op­ment has 25 lots with each home de­signed specif­i­cally to fit the lot and face the wa­ter.

“We put to­gether a strata type of own­er­ship so every­one can own a piece of the en­tire prop­erty, in­clud­ing the for­est and the pri­vate ma­rina,” says Ruben.

Strata are the B.C. equiv­a­lent of con­do­mini­ums.

Six­teen of the 25 lots have sold — “and it’s a sur­prise to me, but four or five are from Al­berta, and not even peo­ple we know,” says Ruben.

Lots are priced from $269,000 to $399,000, each with deep wa­ter moor­age and op­tional ar­chi­tec­tural draw­ings.

The de­tached homes have been custom-de­signed by ar­chi­tect Drew Rose of Still Point Ar­chi­tec­ture, which spe­cial­izes in coastal.prop­er­ties.

Fin­ished homes are priced from $700,000 to more than $1.5 mil­lion.

Lot pur­chasers have the op­tion of con­struct­ing their own home sub­ject to the strict ar­chi­tec­tural con­trols. Homes are de­signed to fit the area’s unique to­pog­ra­phy and fol­low two ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign styles — West Coast Arts and Crafts, or West Coast Con­tem­po­rary.

Each home site has about 15 me­tres of frontage and views of Pen­der Har­bour and the ocean.

Home­own­ers are able to ac­cess an op­tional re­sort concierge ser­vice, which is op­er­ated out of Rock­wa­ter Se­cret Cove Re­sort.

It of­fers elite ho­tel ser­vices, in­clud­ing prop­erty man­age­ment, rental man­age­ment, se­cu­rity and ser­vice checks, house clean­ing, and gro­cery, laun­dry and ca­ter­ing ser­vices.

Whit­tak­ers is 30 min­utes north of Sechelt in Pen­der Har­bour.

Whit­tak­ers can be reached by ferry 40 min­utes from Horse­shoe Bay to Lang­dale and 70 min­utes to the Whit­tak­ers’ site.

The area can also be reached by float plane, as reg­u­larlysched­uled flights fly from Van­cou­ver to the dock at Rock­wa­ter Se­cret Cove. Home­own­ers may also fly from the Cal­gary Air­port to Whit­tak­ers dock in 2.5 hours.

Cour­tesy, Dunn PR

A view of the ocean near Whit­tak­ers at Pen­der Har­bour, B.C.

Pho­tos, cour­tesy, Dunn PR

Some of the water­front homes avail­able at the Whit­tak­ers at Pen­der Har­bour de­vel­op­ment in B.C.

The view from the win­dows in the din­ing room in one of the units.

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