Vil­lage Walk of­fers whale of a life­style

Stun­ning Vic­to­ria condo is close to golf course, ocean and ameni­ties

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While play­ing 18 holes at the ocean­side Vic­to­ria Golf Club, a Cal­gary cou­ple looks out at the wa­ter and can’t be­lieve their eyes. A pod of orca whales bobbed about 30 me­tres off shore.

Lynne and Don Biber­dorf say they were told that doesn’t hap­pen of­ten. They just got lucky. “When the sun is shin­ing and you see things like that, noth­ing can touch it,” says Lynne.

The cou­ple re­cently bought their sec­ond home nearby at a project by award-win­ning builder Ab­stract De­vel­op­ments called Vil­lage Walk. This is a four-storey build­ing with 22 res­i­dences and four pent­houses on Orca Bay Ave. The build­ing is con­structed with con­crete, brick and glass. These homes range from $499,900 to $1.3-mil­lion.

Vil­lage Walk is aptly named, says Lynne, adding its walk­a­bil­ity was a ma­jor draw for the cou­ple.

“(A hard­ware store) is two blocks away, restaurant­s, any­thing you could ever want in a vil­lage is right there,” says Lynne.

“That was very at­trac­tive be­cause I think it’s health­ier. “Not just phys­i­cally but so­cially.”

Don agrees, adding he ap­pre­ci­ates its close prox­im­ity to Vic­to­ria Golf Club.

Projects: Vil­lage Walk and Vue. Area: Oak Bay and Moss Rock Park in Vic­to­ria. Prices: Homes at Vil­lage Walk start from $499,900 and at Vue they start from $1,995,000. De­vel­oper: Ab­stract De­vel­op­ments. In­for­ma­tion: For more in­for­ma­tion, visit ab­stract­de­vel­op­

“It cre­ates a dif­fer­ent feel and a dif­fer­ent pace, a dif­fer­ent sense of com­mu­nity be­cause you are see­ing people who are part of the vil­lage,” says Don.

He adds the de­vel­op­ment’s prox­im­ity to a golf course isn’t some­thing you see ev­ery day. “We scoured North Amer­ica for that type of ex­pe­ri­ence and that is a rare thing,” adds Don.

When de­cid­ing where to buy, the Biber­dorfs con­sid­ered mar­kets such as Palm Springs and Phoenix, but de­cided Vic­to­ria’s cli­mate suited them best.

“It’s a year round place and we were keen to em­brace that life­style there,” adds Don.

Homes at Vil­lage Walk range from 888-to-1,595-square feet.

“Since 2008, the condo mar­ket took an ad­just­ment and a lot of de­vel­op­ers started go­ing to smaller units to get square footage down and price down,” says Ab­stract pres­i­dent Mike Miller.

“What we de­cided to do is just larger units. I went the other way and tried to specif­i­cally tar­get a down­siz­ing buyer.” Miller adds his fo­cus is “liv­able homes.”

The Biber­dorfs bought a 1,550-square foot pent­house with two bed­rooms and den.

“This condo is so well de­signed,” says Lynne. “Ev­ery square inch is so well thought through.”

It also boasts a 475-square foot south-fac­ing deck. “We’ll put out some pot­ted trees and plants. That was a big sell­ing point for us be­cause it’s in­door-out­door liv­ing,” she adds.



Lynne and Don Biber­dorf Back­ground: The cou­ple had been look­ing for a sec­ond home for around three years and looked into mar­kets such as Palm Springs and Ari­zona. But what drew them to the Vic­to­ria area was the year-round cli­mate and its walk­a­bil­ity. They picked a twobed­room home at Vil­lage Way in Oak Bay. The cou­ple says they were fond of its prox­im­ity to shops and ser­vices and the quick walk to an ocean­side golf course, where they are now mem­bers.

Don says he likes that the de­vel­oper was open to cus­tomiz­ing their plan.

“We wanted to make the den area into a bit of a me­dia room, as well as an of­fice area,” says Don, adding the de­vel­oper’s re­sponse was, “this is great, this is a chal­lenge ... we can do that.”

They also made sub­tle touches. Be­cause Don and Lynne are both tall, the height of the con­trol pads were ad­justed to make them eas­ier to use.

“Even­tu­ally, we will sell this condo,” says Lynne. “It will meet all our needs but some­one else walk­ing in will have a fan­tas­tic liv­ing space.”

Stan­dard homes at Vil­lage Walk have soar­ing nine-foot ceil­ings.

There’s white oak hard­wood floors in the den, hall­ways and din­ing ar­eas and wool car­pet in the bed­rooms.

Kitchens boast soft-close draw­ers and cab­i­nets, pol­ished quartz slab counters, glass tile back­splash and stain­less steel ap­pli­ance pack­age.

Out­side the home, the build­ing of­fers a num­ber of ameni­ties, in­clud­ing car and pet wash­ing sta­tions, a se­cure stor­age bi­cy­cle lock-up and un­der­ground park­ing. There’s also bou­tique re­tail on the ground level.

Ab­stract’s work in the Vic­to­ria area doesn’t end there. It’s in­volved in a num­ber of other de­vel­op­ments, in­clud­ing Vue. This is pri­vate en­clave in a neigh­bour­hood called Fair­field and is com­prised of homes in a west coast con­tem­po­rary de­sign. Miller calls them “up­per-end.”

They range from 3,500-to-4,200square feet and start at $1,995,000. Among the stan­dard fea­tures are an over­sized two-car garage, a pri­vate ter­raced deck, high ef­fi­ciency in-floor ra­di­ant wa­ter heat­ing and a multimedia sound sys­tem. They also boast kitchens with quartz coun­ter­tops and ap­pli­ances, in­clud­ing a 36-inch re­frig­er­a­tor, two dish­wash­ers and a spe­cialty wine fridge and cof­fee bar.

“Vue is a lit­tle rise up on a bluff with a view of down­town wa­ter and once again very walk­a­ble,” says Miller. The de­vel­op­ment is a short dis­tance from Cook Street Vil­lage, along with schools and green space.

“There are views of the city which is some­what of a rare op­por­tu­nity in Vic­to­ria,” adds Miller. “I was liv­ing on the wa­ter and de­cided to sell my home and live in this sub­di­vi­sion be­cause I just liked it so much.”

Derek Ford

Don and Lynne Biber­dorf were at­tracted by the walk­a­bil­ity of the res­i­dences at Vil­lage Walk, and be­lieve the vil­lage com­mu­nity of­fers a health­ier way to live, not just phys­i­cally, but so­cially as well. The condo project is a four-storey build­ing with 22 res­i­dences and four pent­houses.

Ab­stract De­vel­op­ments

A spa­cious, open-con­cept floor plan is one of the great fea­tures of this Vil­lage Walk res­i­dence.

Ab­stract De­vel­op­ments

A built-in desk space in a res­i­dence at Vil­lage Walk.

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