Buy­ers tak­ing it to the Edge

Water’s Edge of Wild Coast Cot­tages

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recreation & Investment Properties - PAMELA IRV­ING

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-

C MVisit our web­site un­der the head­ing, ‘Rec Prop­er­ties,’ for more pho­tos and sto­ries. ri­ors and mod­ern alu­minum de­tails, low-e dou­ble-pane win­dows and 50-year me­tal roofs. “E” stands for emis­siv­ity, a mea­sure of heat loss.

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.

Jan­ice Lee for the Ed­mon­ton Jour­nal

An ex­am­ple of the cot­tages within the B.C. de­vel­op­ment.

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