Island dream now reality
Alberta couple move into townhome at Pacifica within Nanaimo, B.C.
When David Inkster bought a high-powered zoom for his camera, it was for shots of exotic animals and scenery on the other side of the world.
He and his wife, Jan, took a trip to Africa last year — but these days, they continue to put that zoom to good use.
Late last year, the Alberta couple moved into a townhome at Pacifica in Nanaimo, B.C.
The Vancouver Island project faces the ocean, where waterdwelling wildlife are known to make an appearance.
“There’s a dock in front of our place, and we have three otters in and out of the water,” says Inkster, who worked as a business professor at Red Deer College and lived in Calgary for six years.
“It’s just lovely. We get seals occasionally and we have an eagle appear every day.”
Pacifica is a luxury condo complex with townhomes and apartments in a concrete and steel building.
It opened three years ago and consists of 169 units.
David Inkster and his wife, Jan. AGES: David is 62, Jan is 51. BACKGROUND: For about three years, the Alberta couple has been in search of a home to head to after retirement. They’ve always been fond of the scenic West Coast and found what they were looking for at Pacifica in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. They are in the process of selling their home in Alberta and aim to live in Nanaimo full-time.
About half of the development’s residents are from Alberta.
Units in the project start in the $399,000s. Most of the homes are roughly 1,200 square feet, with one left at 1,650 square feet. They have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fireplace, and granite countertops in the kitchen.
Listing agent John Lovelace says the top draw for the project is its location.
“Once these are gone . . . you can easily build a building anywhere but you’re never going to get that location again,” he says, adding the project’s on a deepwater, protected port.
“You take this beautiful, gleaming highrise tower and put it right on this harbour. I’ve been dealing with properties all across Canada for many years and I have never had another property that has treated the environment of the location any better.”
Lovelace says Nanaimo is a
“funky city,” with eclectic residents, including artists, educators and medical staff.
“On any given weekend, there’s maybe 5,000 people down there doing something,” says Lovelace of the harbour.
“It’s on the ocean, yet it’s like it’s on a lake. You can go out there in a canoe usually every day of the summer,” he says.
Since 1967, the harbour has also been the site of an annual international bathtub race.
Inkster and his wife had been looking for a second home for about three years as they transition to retirement.
“We really liked what we saw here, and the pricing as well,” says Inkster.
“You get way more value here and as you get down the coast it gets a lot more expensive, so we were quite thrilled to find the place.”
The couple is currently splitting their time between Pacifica and their home in Red Deer. They plan to move to Nanaimo full-time after selling their home.
Their townhome has ninefoot ceilings, a rooftop deck and floor-to-ceiling windows on the lower levels.
“When we wake up in the morning, we literally look out into the harbour,” says Inkster. “One of the things we like about this particularly is that it’s a working harbour, so there is al- ways stuff going on.”
Inkster says the project is surrounded by amenities that can be accessed on foot.
“One of the big things that we love is that you can walk everywhere,” says Inkster.
“I look at the sea walk. We have a three-and-a-half kilometre sea walk right in front of us that we walk out to, so we can walk to groceries, medical care, about 12 restaurants and bars, the library, and the theatre. All that is walking distance from this development, so it’s pretty special.”
Buyer David Inkster enjoys the view overlooking the harbour in Nanaimo, B.C., from the deck of his townhome at Pacifica on Vancouver Island.
Pacifica is located on a deepwater, protected port in Nanaimo, B.C.
A view of the harbour from a bedroom within the development.