Built to last

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

It’s no ac­ci­dent that Sam Bo­guslavsky named his lat­est re­sort The Legacy. It has been de­signed to last for gen­er­a­tions to come.

“A lot of peo­ple have roots in the area al­ready,” says the pres­i­dent of Sable Re­sorts, a Cal­gary-based de­vel­op­ment com­pany that has made its mark in multi-fam­ily and recre­ation prop­er­ties.

“They’ve grown up spending sum­mers in the Shuswap area and are looking to recre­ate that life­style. They’re drawn to their mem­o­ries.” That’s one of the rea­sons Gary Spi­vak — an equip­ment and shop man­ager of a constructi­on com­pany and part-time real­tor with Realty Ex­ec­u­tives in Cal­gary — pur­chased a two-bed­room home in The Legacy on Mara Lake with his fam­ily.

“I’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to camp in the area as I was grow­ing up and I know this is truly a four-sea­son des­ti­na­tion where ev­ery year, more and more peo­ple go,” says Spi­vak. As a re­sult, the pur­chase made sense from an in­vest­ment point of view as well, he says.

That was just what Bo­guslavsky in­tended.

“I wanted to cre­ate a de­vel­op­ment that would en­dure and last for many gen­er­a­tions,” he says.

Not only is it one of the rare re­sort prop­er­ties that can claim it’s right on the water­front — 91 me­tres of sandy beach, in fact — but it’s sleek and con­tem­po­rary, as well as of­fer­ing main­te­nance free­dom for buy­ers.

“Peo­ple are mov­ing away from main­tain­ing a sec­ond res­i­dence,” says Bo­guslavsky. “They want the life­style — com­fort in a lux­ury set­ting — and the abil­ity to just lock it and leave it.”

That was a def­i­nite at­trac­tion for Spi­vak.

“My sis­ter owns a house over­look­ing Kala­malka Lake in Cold­stream, B.C., and it is just that — a house,” he says.

“There’s no lake front and they have to worry about leav­ing the prop­erty unat­tended when com­ing back to Cal­gary. It car­ries the same re­spon­si­bil­ity as own­ing in the city and this takes away from re­lax­ation time.”

The Legacy on Mara Lake is a seven-storey build­ing on a 1.4-hectare site in Sicamous that’s con­structed of steel and con­crete over two lev­els of parkade.

It in­cor­po­rates the most mod­ern of en­vi­ron­men­tal fea­tures, such as hy­dro­ther­mal heat­ing and cool­ing.

A so­phis­ti­cated ma­rina has now been ap­proved for res­i­dents — one of the few re­sort prop­er­ties able to of­fer that to­day, says Bo­guslavsky. “It’s the gate­way to the Okana­gan and Shuswap lake sys­tems which con­nects all the lakes, in­clud­ing Mara, via a chan­nel — and that trans­lates into more than 1,000 kilo­me­tres of shore­line for peo­ple to en­joy.”

The Legacy is a “unique op­por­tu­nity not to be missed,” says Spi­vak.

“Its de­sign fea­tures and qual­ity are un­par­al­leled in the Shuswap. Be­ing built of con­crete and steel, lo­cated on a sandy beach on Mara Lake with its own pri­vate ma­rina, the project has all of the el­e­ments to ap­pre­ci­ate in value — and we wanted our­selves and our chil­dren to have that op­por­tu­nity.”

Now un­der constructi­on, The Legacy on Mara Lake will have 165 units in two build­ings by com­ple­tion.

Two-thirds of the homes have al­ready sold, with 90 per cent of the buy­ers from Al­berta, says Bo­guslavsky. Oc­cu­pan­cies will start this sum­mer.

The units range from one-bed­room suites start­ing at $299,000, to two-storey units and pent­houses of more than 2,200 square feet at $1 mil­lion-plus.

“We of­fer fur­ni­ture pack­ages as op­tions from Eisen­berg’s and units are all de­signed to cap­ture the views at all el­e­va­tions,” says Bo­guslavsky.

Add on ameni­ties that in­clude a sea­sonal pool, chil­dren’s pool, hot tub, in­door fit­ness fa­cil­ity and guest suites for res­i­dents’ fam­ily and friends, and it just adds to the value, says Bo­guslavsky. “We’re build­ing dreams for a life­time.”

Cour­tesy, Sable De­vel­op­ments

Gary Spi­vak, cen­tre right, with his wife, Ju­lia, left, and daugh­ters Chantell, 8, and Selina, 3, at the Legacy at Mara Lake project in B.C.

Pho­tos cour­tesy, Sable De­vel­op­ments

The in­te­rior of one of the units in the Legacy on Mara Lake project.

Artist’s ren­der­ing of the de­vel­op­ment, which will in­clude 165 units.

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