Lush charm beck­ons weary

New es­tate de­vel­op­ment on Bowen Is­land of­fers free­dom to ex­press your per­son­al­ity

Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - AN­DREA COX

Like a min­i­mal­ist pain­ter, the de­vel­oper be­hind a new lux­ury es­tate project on Bowen Is­land has kept the pal­ette sim­ple. Af­ter all, na­ture of­fers the in­spi­ra­tion and the Pa­cific Ocean is the back­drop.

The Cape on Bowen en­com­passes 280 hectares of richly forested, un­touched land that gen­tly slopes to­ward a pris­tine coast­line. It’s a com­pre­hen­sive pack­age — full of un­spoiled beaches, coastal bluffs, a rich ecosys­tem amid the beauty of tow­er­ing trees and clear wa­ters laced with dol­phins, seals and whales. Here the air is deca­dent, filled with salt spray from the sea and the in­tox­i­cat­ing fra­grance of cedar and fir.

“It re­ally is one of the most beau­ti­ful places on Earth,” says Candy Ho, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing for the de­vel­op­ment com­pany be­hind The Cape on Bowen. A haven for writ­ers, artists and those want­ing to get away from it all, Bowen Is­land beck­ons to ev­ery age group, from young­sters to empty nesters.

It’s a place to rel­ish the sim­ple plea­sures: Laz­ing in the sun, travers­ing the is­land’s kilo­me­tres of in­ter­con­nected walk­ing and hik­ing trails and tak­ing full ad­van­tage of a mul­ti­tude of wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties. And the best part is that it is sit­u­ated mere min­utes from the hus­tle and bus­tle of one of the most cov­eted and liv­able cities in the world — Van­cou­ver. Lo­cated just two kilo­me­tres from West Van­cou­ver as the seag­ull flies, the is­land is a 20-minute ferry ride from the Horse­shoe Bay Ter­mi­nal.

“It’s a very quick and con­ve­nient get­away,” says Ho. “Most of those who have moved in are ei­ther us­ing it as a full-time res­i­dence or are here ev­ery weekend. People re­ally want to take ad­van­tage of this life­style.”

The Cape on Bowen is com­prised of 59 four-hectare home sites that of­fer a choice of forested or ocean­front lots. This is is­land liv­ing at its best. The es­tate home sites slope up­ward from un­touched coast­lines to reach the dense rain­for­est above.

The de­vel­oper has taken ad­van­tage of the area’s nat­u­ral beauty with a can­tilevered walk­way and a net­work of trails that con­nect to pub­lic view­points, in­clud­ing a wa­ter­fall. A one-kilo­me­tre long wa­ter­front trail leads to the project’s coast­line and beaches and an in­ter­nal for­est trail con­nects with the rest of the is­land’s green­ways. The project is fully ser­viced with hy­dro, elec­tric­ity and fi­bre op­tic In­ter­net. Each home site has its own wa­ter well with cer­ti­fied quan­tity and qual­ity, ser­vic­ing up to 20 users per day, per lot.

When it comes to home de­sign, ar­chi­tec­tural pa­ram­e­ters are broad.

“We don’t put a re­stric­tion on how you build, as long as it is taste­ful and beau­ti­ful. This is where you can make your per­son­al­ity hap­pen,” says Ho. Ex­ist­ing homes in the area range from 2,500 square feet to 15,000 square feet and show­case ev­ery­thing from West Coast Mod­ernism to Euro­pean log style. Ho says that Col­liers In­ter­na­tional has re­cently en­dorsed the rar­ity and ex­clu­siv­ity of the project.

“Now that ev­ery­thing is com­plete and in con­text, they have ap­praised the wa­ter­front lots start­ing at a min­i­mum of $3 mil­lion,” says Ho.

That’s good news for buy­ers want­ing to pur­chase now. Four wa­ter­front lots are cur­rently avail­able at prices start­ing at $1.87 mil­lion.

“This is re­ally the last chance to get in at this price,” says Ho, who adds that the next phase will be re­leased in 2015. “And those prices will re­flect the Col­liers’ ap­praisal.”

Forested home sites start at $655,000. PROJECT: The Cape on Bowen is a mas­ter-planned de­vel­op­ment fea­tur­ing 59 pri­vate es­tate (four-hectare) lots on the south­west tip of Bowen Is­land. DE­VEL­OPER: Trans City Group of Com­pa­nies, Leeda De­vel­op­ments Group AREA: Bowen Is­land is lo­cated two kilo­me­tres from West Van­cou­ver and is part of the Greater Van­cou­ver Re­gional District. PRICES: In­te­rior home sites start from $655,000 while wa­ter­front sites range from $1.87 mil­lion to $3.68 mil­lion. IN­FOR­MA­TION: Visit the­cape­on­bowen.ca

Pho­tos: Cape on Bowen

The Cape on Bowen, a de­vel­op­ment on Bowen Is­land, has 59 four-hectare home sites on both forested and ocean­front lots to of­fer is­land liv­ing at its best.

Mag­nif­i­cent views of the Pa­cific Ocean greet guests on Bowen Is­land.

Pho­tos: Cape on Bowen

The Cape on Bowen de­vel­op­ment uses Bowen Is­land’s nat­u­ral beauty in a trail net­work that in­cludes coast­line, beaches and a wa­ter­fall.

Four wa­ter­front lots on Bowen Is­land are now avail­able.

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