Village Walk offers whale of a lifestyle
Stunning Victoria condo is close to golf course, ocean and amenities
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 abstractdevelopments.com
“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.”
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.
A spacious, open-concept floor plan is one of the great features of this Village Walk residence.
A built-in desk space in a residence at Village Walk.