Buyers taking it to the Edge
Water’s Edge of Wild Coast Cottages
If you like saving money, sport fishing or just kicking back at the cottage, then Water’s Edge of Wild Coast Cottages in Port Renfrew, B.C. may be the holiday home for you.
The 23 small-footprint, low price-tag cottages are perched on the rugged coast of San Juan strait, with bald eagles flying overhead and salmon swimming in the waters below. “We came for the fishing and stayed for the feel of the place,” says Janice Lee, whose cottage is less than two-hour drive from their home in Victoria.
Janice and Gord Lee bought a smaller Wild Coast Cottage in 2010 and recently switched to one of the larger cottages in Water’s Edge.
Their original cottage, which cost $130,000, is now valued at between $150,000 and $170,000. The new cottage was purchased at $319,000.
Prices at Water’s Edge are the lowest for ocean-view cottages on Vancouver Island, ranging from $249,900 to $399,000 including HST.
Developed by family-owned Three Point Properties of Victoria, the environmentally friendly, two-bedroom cottages are 515 to 660 square feet and sleep four to six people.
Fully winterized, the cottages are built with cedar-clad exte-
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The interiors all have exposedbeam ceilings, engineered floors and full kitchens with LG and Whirlpool appliances.
Optional wood or propane fireplaces and furniture packages are also available.
The Lees are considering keeping their original cottage for vacation rentals so that more people can experience the magical qualities of the area.
“There is an energy here that is healing and cleansing. It allows you to escape and rejuvenate the mind and spirit. It feeds me,” says Janice Lee, a photographer.
“The natural surroundings are so untouched and beautiful. The cottages are not rustic, but you still get the feel of a quiet, quaint town.”
Sitting on 2,500-square-foot strata title lots, the cottages’ large, covered, durable composite decks offer plenty of outdoor living space to maximize views and enjoy barbecuing the catch of the day, rain or shine.
“Fishing for halibut and spring and Coho salmon is phenomenal at Port Renfrew,” says Gord Lee, who adventures in their 17-foot boat.
The couple heads up the coast toward Carmanah lighthouse or out to Swiftsure bank for deepwater fishing for halibut and salmon.
The Lees moor their boat in the developer-owned marina, to be expanded this year.
“Anyone who fishes will appreciate that the marina is within minutes of the cottages and fishing grounds,” says Gord Lee, an accountant whose favourite pastime is getting out on the water.
Water’s Edge is phase two of Wild Coast Cottages. The 40 first-phase cottages sold out so quickly, Water’s Edge is ahead of schedule.
“We started to build Water’s Edge last summer, with eight pre-sales by October. That gave us the green light to proceed rapidly,” says Ben Mycroft, project development manager.
Mycroft says buyers are from Alberta and B.C., mostly people in their 50s and 60s who always wanted to buy a cottage but were put off by high prices and the headaches of building and ongoing maintenance.
“Our buyers are attracted to the turnkey operation and the fact that the whole building process is done for them with a beautiful finished product and a close-knit community on-site,” Mycroft said from his office in Victoria.
Gord Lee agrees the Wild Coast Cottages community is friendly.
“You wander around the cottages and inevitably someone invites you for a visit and a drink,” he says.
Port Renfrew, primarily a sport-fishing destination, offers an array of charter-fishing outfits.
The town has approximately 200 year-round residents and nearly 500 during the summer. Services include a few good restaurants, a waterfront hotel and organic groceries.
Port Renfrew is also the starting point for the multiday West Coast trail and a haunt for chanterelle mushroom hunters. Beautiful Botanical and Sombrio beaches are within a few minutes’ drive.
Nearby Avatar Grove, an oldgrowth cedar forest recently protected from logging, is a favourite destination of Janice Lee.
“The trees are like old sentinels. The whole area brings me back in touch with myself. It is more than a little cottage getaway. There is an energy that draws you back. Visitors always come back,” says Janice Lee.
An example of the cottages within the B.C. development.