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Bear Mountain Revisited…

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Bear Mountain Revisited…

Community Update

By Anne Marie Moro
Photo credits: Bear Mountain Resort

Even though I’m a long-time West Shore resident, it never fails to delight me when I uncover something new and exciting about our community. Such is the case with the Bear Mountain Resort.

As I settled into a conversation with Shannon Drew, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Community Initiatives and Ruthanne Doyle, Director of Real Estate Sales and Marketing (Ecoasis Developments LLP), I was prepared for a discussion about what makes Bear Mountain Resort such an incredible place to live: namely, the distinctive advantages of its lifestyle and amenities afforded to real estate purchasers and the community at large.

What was surprising, however, was just how significant and numerous those amenities were!

To start with, Bear Mountain Resort is an urban resort community.

“There may be lots of resort communities in North America,” Doyle explains, “but very few of them are only a 20-minute drive to a major city.”

The newest neighbourhood on the horizon is Pinehurst. Located off the newly-constructed Leigh Road/Bear Mountain Parkway, Pinehurst will be a gated community with 39 single-family executive lots, ranging in size from 6,400 to 12,800 sq. ft. The majority of the homes built here will have a sunny south-west exposure with absolutely stunning viewscapes from their backyards: Olympic Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, Langford Lake and Goldstream Park.

There is one exceptional 30,000 sq. ft. lot (lot 39) that will be left in its natural state. “It’s set back along a very long drive and surrounded by trees and rock outcroppings,” says Doyle. “The [fortunate] purchaser of this lot will be able to decide how they want to position their custom home within this undisturbed setting.”

New Builder Program
In order to ensure high quality construction is maintained throughout Bear Mountain Resort’s latest neighbourhood, a new approach to the builder program is being introduced. Purchasers of lots in Pinehurst have two options: choose from one of the existing Ecoasis approved builders or bring their preferred builder (subject to approval by Ecoasis) to customize the style of home they envision for their family’s needs. This enables purchasers to work with approved builders and the Bear Mountain Design Panel resulting in a superior community.

Bear Mountain Golf Course with View

GMEA Membership
A Golf Eligible Address membership is also part of the purchase package at Pinehurst. As Ecoasis Developments LLP owns the Nicklaus Design golf courses, it can add a Bear Mountain Golf membership (initiation fees are currently $60,000) to any purchaser’s home address at no additional cost to the purchaser. It’s transferable at the time of re-sale, too.

What I didn’t realize was that Bear Mountain does not sell memberships any more to Canada’s only 36-holes of Nicklaus Design golf. It’s an incentive for potential future buyers who otherwise would have no way of purchasing a membership at the Bear Mountain.

“That’s true,” says Doyle. “The only way for an individual to get a Bear Mountain Golf membership is to purchase a home or a lot. There’s no other way.”

I also learned that the value is so great here, a person can build a custom home for what it would cost to purchase tear downs in Oak Bay! The brand-new infrastructure along with amenities built by the developer are all value-added—not in addition to the cost of your home.

And there’s more.

It’s hard not to stay fit when you live in or near Bear Mountain Resort. As Ecoasis is continually striving to be Canada’s most sought-after residential resort community, it offers an abundance of other incredible recreational amenities and sporting events to engage the entire community.

Bear Mountain’s eight indoor/outdoor red clay court tennis facility for example, is Canada’s largest. The tennis bubble comes off on the May long weekend and is re-installed for winter tennis at the end of September. People from all over are driving up here to play. Whether they are residents at Bear Mountain or in nearby communities, all can enjoy the convenience of living close to exceptional tennis courts and playing their sport all year round. Similar to a Bear Mountain golf membership, a BMTC tennis membership will eventually only be available by purchasing a home or lot through Ecoasis.

National Boxing Championships
And it’s not just tennis that can be played on these courts! For the very first time, from April 23 to 27, the tennis bubble courts were transformed into a two-ring boxing venue for the 2019 Super Channel Championships. It was a fantastic opportunity to see Canada’s top open boxers compete for a
place on Canada’s National Team.

Off-road Bike Festival
Did you know that Bear Mountain Resort is the official high performance training centre of Cycling Canada’s Mountain Bike team? The team trains here annually in February and March.

This year, there was the UCI Canada Cup XC at the end of March—a notoriously challenging race that tests a racer’s strength, endurance and technical abilities on Bear Mountain’s pristine trail system. Next year, will be Bear Mountain’s 4th annual bike festival.

Also, it is worth noting that Ecoasis is currently working with the City of Langford to explore ways to add other enjoyable elements to this premier off-road event to increase community participation and attract new sport enthusiasts to the region.

Bear Mountain Male Mountain Biker
Bear Mountain Clay Tennis Courts

Pan Am Cross Country Cup
In February of next year, runners from across the Americas will ‘Run Wild’ at Bear Mountain Resort. The Association of Pan- American Athletics selected Victoria as the 2020 site for its Pan Am Cross Country Cup. In fact, Victoria beat out Vancouver on this bid! It’s an event that will attract international athletes as well as local participants. Set to be a running festival that everyone will be able to participate in, hosting the Pan Am
Cross Country Cup is the first step in showcasing Victoria’s ability to stage a first-class, cross country event to the world.

By the way, this prestigious event has never been held in North America before either.

It’s a tremendous honour for our region and will help immensely with the next goal of bringing the World Cross Country Championships to Bear Mountain in 2023.

“Events such as these will continue to bring lots of attention to Bear Mountain,” says Drew. “The Pan Am Cross Country Cup will be a great learning experience for us. Every different successful event increases the breadth for future opportunities.”

Further, such opportunities will demonstrate, in very tangible ways, Bear Mountain’s on-going support of the City of Langford mandate to become ‘Canada’s Sports and Recreation capital’.

There’s no doubt in my mind that they are up for the challenge!

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