“The terrace added about another 400 square feet outside,” Webster says. “We were a bit torn between the sunny side of the building and the lake view side of the building. Because I really like to garden and we have the terrace, I chose the sunny side. I don’t think the view will be bad, it just won’t be of the lake.”
The couple enjoy the vibe of the area around Nelson, and love living on the lake, where they boat, fish and kayak.
“It’s very laid back and peaceful. People are friendly,” Webster says.
Nelson Commons reflects homegrown expertise. Peter Rezansoff, the principal of ITC Construction Group, the company that is building the structure and one of the largest builders of towers in Calgary and Vancouver, was born in Nelson. The lead architect is Ray Letkeman, who was the lead architect on many ski resort developments, including Whistler and other Intrawest ski resorts across North America.
“They have strong roots in this area, which is why they’re happy in taking this project on,” says Russell Precious, project manager for Nelson Commons. The condo project aims to meet an affordable price point while providing a building that meets LEED Gold standard for energy efficiency.
“Our commitment is to make it a good-looking building, a very energy-efficient building — it’s as green as we can afford — but not price ourselves out of the market here,” Precious says. Condo prices range from one-bedroom units starting at $245,000 to three-bedroom and den for $499,000. There are also two- bedroom units and two-bedroom plus den units. Units range in size from 670-square feet to 1,176square feet. Strata fees expected to be 28 cents per square foot per month. Units come with one underground parking stall per unit, with storage lockers. Each unit also offers separate gas and electric metering. The exterior is made of non-combustible material. Balconies have natural gas barbecue hookups and sprinklers. The building has two elevators for ease of mobility.