Calgarians keep Island escape
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“But as soon as we landed in the water in front of our building and parked the plane and walked into the condo, it took our breath away.
“Now, we’re keeping it as an escape as long as possible, if not forever.”
The 31-unit luxury resort condo is in Tofino, Canada’s favourite pristine oceanfront location on Vancouver Island’s northwestern edge.
It is being developed by Moss Development Inc., a partnership of Calgarians who fell in love with the area.
They include Mark Burkart, who grew up on Vancouver Island, and Walker McKinley (who, together with Burkart, are Calgary-based architects with McKinley Burkart), Tom Olsen and Rene Rutz.
The company saw an opportunity to create a luxury resort on the site of a derelict fishpacking plant that had been sitting idle for more than two decades.
They decided to take the perfect location — facing Clayoquot Sound and Meares Island — to create waterfront condos.
The units have wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows and luxury features that set them apart.
Just eight units are left at prices ranging from $549,500 to $1,579,500. The homes are anywhere from 862 to 2,227 square feet.
“This is choice real estate,”
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The site is the “gem of Tofino, which is the gem of Western Canada,” says McKinley. “The view is unbelievable and the harbour is deep enough for a marina.”
The Shore has 30 slips, which are now being finalized, and the harbour is being dredged to make it even larger.
A public garden and oceanfront promenade are at street level, where seven commercial retail spaces will add to the urban streetscape.
Three of these have already been sold, adding more ambience to life at The Shore.
The building has been constructed to commercial grade — the first in the area to be built to seismic standards, says McKinley.
The outside is contemporary and urban, with a bend toward the surrounding West Coast style. It has ample rock detail and heavy timber accents.
Inside, the generously-sized suites are modern and clean, with upscale finishing detail at every turn.
“With the lives we have now, it’s very stressful and busy,” says Brar. “This is an escape to a serene, naturalistic setting where the homes are luxurious with a contemporary urban style.”
An artist’s rendering of The Shore in Tofino on Vancouver Island. The project is being undertaken by a group of Calgarians in Moss Development Inc.
The upper deck of The Shore offers residents a place to relax.