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Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recre­ation & In­vest­ment Prop­er­ties -

The re­sult? Six water­front con­do­mini­ums in the OceanVil­las project that will meet LEED green-build­ing stan­dards for homes, achiev­ing gold and per­haps even plat­inum.

LEED stands for Lead­er­ship in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal De­sign, an in­ter­na­tional pro­gram pro­mot­ing stan­dards for en­ergy-ef­fi­cient and en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able build­ings.

One of the six was pur­chased by a re­tired Cal­gary cou­ple in the first cou­ple of weeks the units were on the mar­ket.

Each of the con­dos is priced $400,000 be­low the orig­i­nal es­ti­mate.

Would-be buy­ers prob­a­bly don’t care whether Be­hune is savvy or lucky — or both.

All that mat­ters is that in­stead of pay­ing be­tween $1.4 mil­lion and $1.8 mil­lion for a two-bed­room-plus­den condo on the Saanich In­let, you can buy one for be­tween $900,000 and $1.4 mil­lion.

In other words, what was once the start­ing price is now the high­est.

The OceanVil­las are sim­i­lar in de­sign to the Brent­wood Bay Lodge and Spa.

The same ar­chi­tect who de­signed the lodge — Ron Lea of Fo­lio Ar­chi­tec­ture — also de­signed the vil­las. In 2005, the cedar and glass Brent­wood Bay Lodge and Spa won the Best Com­mer­cial Build­ing award on Van­cou­ver Is­land.

Though sim­i­lar to the lodge and con­nected to its ma­rina by a boardwalk, the vil­las are dis­tinc­tive with a more con­tem­po­rary look.

Mas­sive Dou­glas fir posts and beams an­chor the three-storey build­ing, which is clad in cedar sid­ing.

Each condo over­looks the Saanich In­let, with views to the Mala­hat moun­tains be­yond. You can watch the sun go down from your 200-square­foot deck or — on those in­clement sum­mer days — from be­hind the 12foot slid­ing glass doors.

A dou­ble-sided fire­place will also warm things up out­side on cool days, while mak­ing the in­doors cosy in win­ter.

In­side, the con­dos are spa­cious and light-filled with nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and earthy colours.

The kitchen and great room have floor­ing of nat­u­ral quar­ter­sawn wide­plank oak. Cab­i­nets are nat­u­ral white oak, topped with solid quartzite coun­ter­tops.

Both bed­rooms have en­suite bath­rooms, but the mas­ter en­suites in each unit are “ab­so­lutely stun­ning,” says Be­hune. They have a deep soaker tub and a dou­ble-sized walk-in shower equipped with full-body jets and a floor-to-ceil­ing win­dow look­ing out on the ocean.

For in­te­rior de­signer Sandy Ny­gaard of Ny­gaard In­te­rior De­sign, it’s the “won­der­ful wall of win­dows that look out to the in­cred­i­ble view” from the main liv­ing area that is the high­light of each condo.

Ny­gaard, who also did the interiors at the Brent­wood Bay Lodge and Spa, says that “the sim­plic­ity of the mill­work and other in­te­rior de­tails, such as the con­crete see-through fire­place, do not take away from this.”

To achieve the LEED gold rat­ing, Be­hune and his team paid at­ten­tion to de­tails like the win­dows and doors, choos­ing Pella solid wood En­er­gyS­tar-rated in­su­lated win­dows and doors with low E ar­gon gas to re­duce ul­tra­vi­o­let rays com­ing in­side by up to 70 per cent. E stands for emis­siv­ity, a mea­sure of heat loss.

The hard­wood floors are lo­cally made from cer­ti­fied sus­tain­able lum­ber. As well, all in­te­rior paints, ad­he­sives and mill­work fin­ishes meet LEED stan­dards as they are low-VOC (volatile or­ganic com­pounds).

All the ma­jor ap­pli­ances are topof-the-line Jenn Air En­er­gyS­tar rated, light­ing is en­ergy-ef­fi­cient and bath­rooms have low-flow faucet fix­tures.

The fin­ish­ing green touch is the roof over the park­ing garage, which is lit­er­ally green with na­tive plants.

Speak­ing of park­ing, each unit has its own one-car garage, as well as an out­door park­ing spot. Own­ers one floor up or down from the main level can ac­cess their homes via stairs or el­e­va­tor.

No doubt a big part of the at­trac­tion for prospec­tive own­ers is the ma­rina and the pos­si­bil­ity of ty­ing up a boat not just within walk­ing dis­tance, but within sight.

Be­hune has re­cently re­ceived ap- proval from the B.C. and mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments to ex­pand his fore­shore lease, so in ad­di­tion to slips for ho­tel guests ar­riv­ing by boat, there’s room for each condo owner to have a boat.

The boat slip isn’t in­cluded in the pur­chase price, so if buy­ers don’t own a boat, they don’t pay for the space.

“We’re go­ing to make it flex­i­ble, pay as you play, if you want to have a boat here, we’ll let you and set it up for what­ever size you want,” Be­hune says, adding: “There’s room for six 70-foot boats.”

Those who don’t own a boat will be able to join the ma­rina’s pad­dle club for a small fee. Own­ers will also have com­pli­men­tary ac­cess to the fit­ness club in the lodge and can pay an an­nual fee to join the spa with its out­door pool and hot tub.

Each of the con­dos is priced at $400,000 be­low the orig­i­nal es­ti­mate.

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