HIK­ING: Sanc­tu­ary

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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.

C MVisit our web­site un­der the head­ing, ‘Rec Prop­er­ties,’ for more pho­tos and sto­ries.

Cape on Bowen Is­land

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.

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