Calgarians keep Is­land es­cape

Pent­house bought as in­vest­ment takes cou­ple’s ‘breath away’

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owns a film-pro­duc­tion com­pany.

“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,”

MVisit our web­site un­der the head­ing, ‘Rec Prop­er­ties,’ for more sto­ries and photo gal­leries. says Olsen.

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.

Cour­tesy, Moss De­vel­op­ment Inc.

The up­per deck of The Shore of­fers res­i­dents a place to re­lax.

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