Built to last
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.”
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.
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.