PROJECT: The Cape on Bowen is a master-planned development featuring 59 private estate (four-hectare) lots on the southwest tip of Bowen Island. DEVELOPER: Trans City Group of Companies, Leeda Developments Group. AREA: Bowen Island is part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District and is a 20-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver. PRICES: Interior home sites start from $655,000, while waterfront sites range from $1.87 million to $3.68 million. INFORMATION: Visit thecape onbowen.ca
The couple, who enjoy hiking and getting out in nature, watched the evolution of The Cape on Bowen Island for years.
“We loved the lighthouse and the views and we often wondered what was going to happen to the land,” says Penner of the richly forested, 250-hectare site that encompasses the entire southwest tip of Bowen Island.
With its unspoiled beaches, rich ecosystem, coastal bluffs and forested groves, the site had been virtually untouched for more than 50 years.
When Vancouverbased Ho — president and CEO of the Trans City Group of Companies — and Edwin Lee of Leeda Developments Group created a joint venture to develop the land, Penner and her husband jumped at the opportunity to create a permanent family sanctuary and legacy amid the beauty of old- growth trees and pristine waters laced with dolphins, seals and whales.
“It’s really everything that we wanted,” says Penner.
“Everyone that drives up is awestruck. The view is spectacular, but it is not just the view, it is everything. You just want to stay and not leave. It’s really an amazing place.”
As one of the first buyers, the couple chose a contemporary, West Coast-inspired 2,900-squarefoot home with three bedrooms.
For their children and out-of-town guests, the couple built a two-bedroom, 700-square-foot guest cottage with a loft that sleeps 12 people.
“We had very clear goals that we wanted to achieve with the design,” Penner says.
Green, eco-friendly construction, passive environmental design and utilization of local materials dictated many of the design decisions.
“Everything just flowed from there,” she says.
Penner brought local architect and builder Allan Peters and Assoc. Ltd. on board to help with the project. “The entire construction and
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design team lives on the island, so there was a tremendous amount of pride that went into the details and design,” she says.
Penner wanted to augment the back-to-nature concept by keeping the home low-slung and capturing the full southwest exposure.
Clad in sustainably harvested cedar and Douglas fir from Vancouver Island, the home exudes graceful beauty amid a forested backdrop.
“We used as much local material as possible and tried to stay within the 1,000-kilometre range so we weren’t bringing in stuff from overseas,” Penner says.
The Cape on Bowen consists of 59 home sites of four hectares each that offer south-facing ocean living. The estate home sites slope upward from an untouched coastline to reach the dense forest above.
“When we first came across this opportunity eight years ago, we saw it as something very unique,” developer Ho says.
His daughter, Candy — who is executive director of marketing and sales for the Trans City Group of Companies — adds that Bowen Island is actually part of Metro Vancouver.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to develop,” she says. “We can offer four hectares of waterfront property, pristine forest, private beach and moorage — that’s just what makes us different.”
Working from home is definitely an option and commuting to downtown Vancouver is easy.
“It is only 20 minutes by ferry to West Vancouver,” she says, adding that buyers have the urban convenience of Vancouver, which is a world-class city, while experiencing a no-planning type of vacation. “You can go boating, or catch crabs and prawns right off of your dock.”
Each home site has its own driveway and water well with certified quantity and quality. The well can service up to 20 users per day per lot.
Meanwhile, underground infrastructure is in place for everything from electricity to fibre-optic Internet that serves the 59 home sites exclusively.
Buyers have a variety of sites to choose from, including forested home sites by the water without private waterfront access starting at $655,000. There are also four-hect- are (10-acre) lots with 191 feet of waterfront frontage starting at $1.87 million.
The community’s signature property, which encompasses 1,000 feet of waterfront with its own private beach, sits at $3.68 million.
The developers have invested significant resources in creating waterfront walking trails along the bluffs and in implementing environmental protection covenants to preserve the unique features of the land, from the ecosystem through to the forest.
“This is definitely an investment for future generations,” Ho says.
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The front deck has a view of the Pacific Ocean. The area sits next to a wall of windows that go across the great room.