Van­cou­ver Is­land beck­ons

Calgary Herald - - NEW CONDOS - MARTY HOPE

We think the Al­berta win­ter will in­crease the level of in­ter­est in Bel­mont. While the ma­jor­ity of buy­ers are lo­cal, we are see­ing strong in­ter­est from Al­berta.

With an­other harsh win­ter be­ing fore­cast for Al­berta, de­vel­op­ers of a Van­cou­ver Is­land mas­ter-planned res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity are ex­pect­ing an uptick in in­ter­est from the eastern side of the Rock­ies.

Bel­mont Res­i­dences, by Ledcor Prop­erty Devel­op­ment, is lo­cated in Lang­ford, 30 min­utes or so from Vic­to­ria.

De­scribed by Marcela Corzo, di­rec­tor of devel­op­ment for Bel­mont Res­i­dences, as a place with an “ur­ban meets sub­ur­ban life­style,” Bel­mont is just in the early stages of devel­op­ment of what will ul­ti­mately be a com­mu­nity of 440 own­er­ship and rental homes and 160,000 square feet of com­mer­cial ameni­ties spread over six phases and 24 acres of land — and all next door to the best Mother Na­ture has to of­fer.

“We think the Al­berta win­ter will in­crease the level of in­ter­est in Bel­mont. While the ma­jor­ity of buy­ers are lo­cal, we are see­ing strong in­ter­est from Al­berta and the Lower Main­land,” Corzo says.

“Bel­mont Res­i­dences is an op­tion for Al­ber­tans plan­ning to re­tire, or to in­vest in a home for stu­dents at­tend­ing one of the many col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in the area. As well, we are an af­ford­able op­tion for those who can’t buy a home in other parts of B.C., or for those who want to rub shoul­ders with na­ture.”

Work has started on Bel­mont’s first two phases, with plans to be­gin the third phase in about a year.

The Cross­ing at Bel­mont, which be­gan con­struc­tion in March and will be fin­ished next fall, will be a premium rental com­po­nent with 156 units in a pair of five-storey build­ings over­top of 29,000 square feet of com­mer­cial space.

The sec­ond phase, Bel­mont Res­i­dences West, broke ground in Septem­ber with com­ple­tion planned for the fall of 2020.

But sales are now un­der­way in an 80-unit, five-storey build­ing with one-, two-, and two-bed­room-plus flex space con­fig­u­ra­tions.

This phase will have about 160,000 square feet of com­mer­cial space, in­clud­ing a 52,700-square­foot gro­cery store.

Pric­ing ranges from $319,000 for a one-bed­room home to $469,000 for a two-bed­room-plus flex home.

Unit sizes range from 622 to 1,224 square feet.

“We are very ex­cited to be break­ing ground on Phase 2,” says Eric Ger­lach, vice-pres­i­dent of devel­op­ment for Bel­mont Res­i­dences. The com­mu­nity has been in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive of the devel­op­ment, so we look for­ward to cre­at­ing even more new home op­por­tu­ni­ties for the West Shore’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.”

Work is planned to start next fall on the third phase, Bel­mont Res­i­dences East, with 85 units in a five­storey build­ing.

“Then in the fi­nal three fu­ture phases we will have ap­prox­i­mately 114 homes, in­clud­ing two more five-storey build­ings and 10 town­homes,” says Corzo.

Res­i­dents and guests will also be able to take ad­van­tage of the Bel­mont Club, which fea­tures 4,000 square feet for a com­mu­nity room, arts and crafts room, mu­sic stu­dio, kids room and a multi-pur­pose area.

Bel­mont has also in­tro­duced a bi­cy­cle share pro­gram as a trans­porta­tion op­tion for res­i­dents.

With such a wide se­lec­tion of floor plans and home styles and ameni­ties to choose from, it’s not sur­pris­ing the buyer pro­file is var­ied.

“We are see­ing an as­sort­ment of first-time buy­ers, work­ing pro­fes­sion­als and down­siz­ers — the ma­jor­ity with an affin­ity to bik­ing and the out­doors,” Corzo says.

Lang­ford and Bel­mont Res­i­dences are lo­cated in the foothills of Mount Fin­layson, has three lakes (Florence, Glen and Lang­ford) and ac­cess to Gold­stream Pro­vin­cial Park as well as por­tions of three other re­gional parks, the Gal­lop­ing Goose Trail, and good ac­cess to Tofino and the Co­mox Val­ley, Corzo says.

Be­cause of the nat­u­ral ameni­ties liv­ing in har­mony with ev­ery­day shop­ping con­ve­niences, Corzo says there is a grow­ing ap­peal to liv­ing in Bel­mont Res­i­dences.

“The res­i­dences will feel re­fresh­ingly fa­mil­iar and im­me­di­ately com­fort­able while also pre­sent­ing ex­cit­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties within a newly formed town cen­tre — an ur­ban life­style with con­ve­niences that go be­yond just ev­ery­day needs in a cosy nat­u­ral set­ting,” he says.


Ameni­ties at Bel­mont Res­i­dences by Ledcor Prop­erty Devel­op­ment in Lang­ford, B.C., in­clude the club lounge.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the streetscape at Bel­mont Res­i­dences in Lang­ford, about a half-hour from Vic­to­ria.

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