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More New Beginnings


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(1) 2017 Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey.

Did You Know...

What makes a city liveable is how well its growth contributes to the community’s quality of life—such as, links to public transport, walking and cycling trails, mixed residential and commercial uses, walkable distances to local shops, public open spaces and parks, health and community services, recreation, entertainment and cultural activities, social stability and equity, education opportunities and quality jobs.

It’s hard to miss how the construction industry is booming in the Langford, Colwood and View Royal municipalities. With the severely unaffordable real estate market in Victoria(1), more affordable family and multi-family housing units are enticing many retirees, first-time home buyers and newcomers to the West Shore.

The life span of this West Shore boom is projected to continue for another 15 years. So, for this issue, we approached a few local developers and asked them to fill us in on the type of community amenities they are building into their projects and the legacy they hope to put in place for future generations.

What will the West Shore communities look like in the years to come? Let’s see how well their projects reflect some of the ingredients essential for a liveable, healthy, socially-connected community—a place where people love to live, work and play.

Building Boom Article - Bear Mountain Image 1

The Bear Mountain Resort Community is made up of 770 acres. Currently, there are approximately 1,200 dwellings within the CD6 Master Planned Community with the potential development of an additional 3,300 dwellings. At full buildout, Bear Mountain anticipates having a population of approximately 10,000 residents.

Cypress, Bear Mountain’s newest neighbourhood, is nestled amidst the pristine beauty of the 4th Fairway, 5th Tee and 3rd Green of the prestigious Nicklaus Design Mountain Course. Comprised of single-family building lots and two townhome developments, the natural setting of Cypress with its stunning views of Goldstream Provincial Park, Mount Finlayson and the spectacular Mountain Course, takes your breath away.

The homes offered for sale in the Cypress neighbourhood allow you to make the most of the resort lifestyle with the Golf Membership Eligible Address (GMEA) program. Purchases include a golf initiation fee valued at $60,000.


Ecoasis works with a talented team, selected for their shared philosophy and business integrity with a common goal to create vibrant, sustainable neighbourhoods and communities where families and businesses put down roots and thrive. Decisions are made to reflect and consider the attitudes and desires of the community while maintaining deliberate and prudent management of the land.


Cypress Mews
Bordered on the west by the 5th hole of the Mountain Course, you’ll find the resort homes of Cypress Mews.
Phase 1 – 8 homes. Occupancy – December, 2017
Phase 2 – 7 homes. Occupancy – Spring, 2018
Cypress Mews resort homes include 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms with over 1,880 sq. ft. of interior finished space plus 800 sq. ft. of outdoor living space.

Cypress Gates
Cypress Gates has been thoughtfully-sited to take full advantage of the natural terrain and rugged beauty that makes Bear Mountain such an incredible place to live. Expansive floor plans and sight lines to the outdoors create living spaces that are perfect for entertaining and everyday.
• Phase I – Sold out
• Phase 2 – Now selling
• Phase 3 – Coming in 2018
These luxury villas range in size from 2,400 -2,500 sq. ft. and offer ample outdoor space to enjoy the stunning views.

Cypress Executive Homes and Building Lots
The single-family neighbourhood of Cypress consists of 27 executive building lots ranging in size from 7,103 – 12,271 sq. ft., with homes selling between $1,300,000 through $2,400,000. Single-family homes are being constructed by seven
‘Designated Builders’ to enhance and protect values of the neighbouring homes and to ensure highest quality.


Bear Mountain captures Victoria’s outstanding recreational lifestyle in a single community, providing residents and guests access to an abundance of world-class facilities and some of the top professionals in Canada. Amenities at Bear Mountain include: The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa, the North Langford Recreation Centre, Canada’s only 36 holes of Nicklaus Design Golf, western Canada’s only indoor/outdoor 8 red-clay court tennis facility, mountain biking and hiking trails.

Building Boom Article - Pacific Landing Image 1


Pacific Landing is located on the Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary, 3221 Heatherbell Road, Colwood. There are 6 phases being developed for up to 165 residential condominiums and business units on 12 acres: Land Use: 40% residential, 20% commercial, 40% park. Expected duration of the entire vision: 5 years.

Key Players: Randy Royer, Dale Fish, and Ray Parks. http://pacificlanding.ca/who-we-are/


• To bring people together through an engaged and dynamic community in a beautiful setting;
• To bring people together through an engaged and dynamic community in a beautiful setting;
• To build high-quality luxury condominiums that are functional and comfortable; and• To help people craft healthy and happy lives through purpose-built real estate and exceptional services.

Building Boom Article - Pacific Landing Image 3


• Phase 1:

Started in April, 2016. Occupancy: November, 2017ated Builders’ to enhance and protect values of the neighbouring homes and to ensure highest quality.

• 33 residential units complete within The Breton, Hatley, and Dunsmuir Buildings
• 33 residential units complete within The Breton, Hatley, and Dunsmuir Buildings
• Amenities: Yoga Studio, Kitchen Studio, Maker’s Workshop, Roof Top Terrace, Garden Terrace, Community Garden


• Phase 2: The Douglas – Construction to start early 2018. 20 residential units and 2 commercial units to be completed for early Spring, 2019.

• Phase 3: The Pendray House – Renovation currently in planning stages for commercial/retail/community space.

• Phase 4: Currently in planning and development with construction start expected for Fall, 2018. Completion in Spring, 2020.

• Phase 5: Development and planning for commercial/retail and arts centre.

• Phase 6: Development and planning for boutique hotel, spa/wellness center, and conference facility.


Pacific Landing has worked with as many local suppliers and trades as possible and continues to support local organizations and events. We have also worked with the City of Colwood and local area residents and stakeholders to develop our community plan and become a supportive, contributing member of the West Shore community. The
Havenwood™ artists maintain studios in the Pendray House on the Havenwood property.


Pacific Landing will offer opportunities in Phases 2-6 for the following types of local, independent businesses: Coffee Shop, Restaurant, Pub, Spa Wellness Center, Market-style Grocer, Arts Center offering work and gallery space to local artists, Medical, Health and Wellness Services, Professional Services, Retail businesses.

Building Boom Article - Royal Bay Image 1


Located on the southern part of Vancouver Island in Colwood lies the hidden gem that is Royal Bay. Once a prolific quarry and gravel extraction site, this remarkable 419-acre plot, with 1.3 kilometres of spectacular shoreline, is re-emerging as a modern seaside community.


The chance to build a new waterfront community comes along perhaps just once in a generation, so we face both an opportunity and a responsibility to do it right. Once complete, Royal Bay will be a vibrant series of complementary neighbourhoods woven together to create an authentic community. The modern seaside village that emerges will be rich in history, architectural intrigue, culture and community. A place to enjoy life, raise a family and savour the later years in life.

Housing Type: Currently single family with front attached garages, single family with rear detached garages, and townhomes. In the future, Royal Bay will also see paired ranchers, mixed-use buildings with condos and rental apartments in The Commons. Once completed, there will be approximately 2,300 units in the seaside community.


The Royal Bay project launched June 8, 2016. Royal Bay Beachpark opened to the public September 10th, 2016. Meadow Park opened to the public mid-April 2017.

In total, Royal Bay has 8 planned phases: The Meadow, The Quarry, The Commons, The Terrace, The Bluffs, The Landing and The Headlands. We are currently focused on The Meadow phase. The land development, home construction and sales combined employ up to 130 men and women working at the site on a busy day.


• Phase 1: The Meadow with both front garage and lane single family homes will wrap up in 2018.
• Phase 2: Set to release in mid-December 2017, The Commons will continue to be our focus for 2018 along with a new townhome site West/Commons just off Latoria Boulevard. We are currently working on a development strategy for Royal Bay’s mixed-use village in The Commons, which will support the daily needs of residents, fostering businesses and providing local employment. This will be the first area that hosts both commercial and residential buildings at Royal Bay.


Over the coming years, Royal Bay will be populated with schools, parks, shops, services and homes of all shapes and sizes. Royal Bay will be a safe and walkable neighbourhood with clean air, public transit, a wide range of amenities and the latest in technology. A beautiful place to grow up, raise a family and spend your retirement. Local residents will be able to enjoy kiteboarding, kayaking and other marine activities just steps from their doors. In nearby public areas like The Landing and The Commons, they will find seaside restaurants, shops and services.

Current amenities include Royal Bay Secondary School with its two playing fields and track, Meadow Park, and Royal Bay Beachpark which hosts a children’s playground, two Olympic-sized beach volleyball courts and stand up paddle board rentals in the summer.


Location: South of Bear Mountain, at the corner of McCallum and Leigh Road.

The slopes of South Skirt Mountain in Langford are home to SOUTHPOINT, a rising new community with sunny outlooks over Southern Vancouver Island, the Juan de Fuca Strait and towards the snow-capped Olympic Mountains in Washington State.


Housing Type: Serviced bare land lots
Residential Units: 92 residential lots
Business Units: TBD for Phases 2-6

Type of Development: 92 serviced, bare-land residential lots: hillside incline lots, daylight basement lots and level lots. Many lots are suitable for homes with legal suites.

Development permit and design guidelines, including rear yard, side yard and height restrictions, ensure a consistent, comfortable feel to the neighbourhood while allowing home owners to show off their individuality.

Key Partners:

Jim Hartshorne – 40 years of experience in real property development, including residential (homes and condominiums), commercial (office and retail) and industrial (warehouses, works yards) in Victoria and all over B.C.

Ron Coutre – over 25 years of experience in real property development, including residential (single family homes, condominiums and townhomes), and commercial in Victoria and Vancouver Island.

Greg Burke – over 20 years of experience in real property development including single family homes and multi-family residential in Victoria. Greg is also a licensed Realtor with Pemberton Holmes since 2005.


Easy access to major roads, shopping, recreation, entertainment and sporting facilities. Perfectly situated close to provincial parks and trails, natural lakes and world-class golfing, mountain biking and tennis facilities, as well as the new Langford Aquatic Centre / YMCA-YWCA and the City Centre Park recreational facility. Easy access to Ruth King Elementary School, Spencer Middle School, the brand-new Belmont Secondary School and Royal Roads University.

Building Boom Article - Spirit Bay Image 1


For 25 years, The Trust for Sustainable Development has been developing sustainable communities, places that work with nature.

Spirit Bay is located at 4901 East Sooke Road, Metchosin. The Visitor Centre is open noon-4pm, Thursday to Monday.

Spirit Bay is woven into the seaside landscape on the south coast of Vancouver Island. It is a vibrant, 100-acre sustainable community, designed to work in harmony with the natural environment, where every building, road and pathway promotes human interaction, and where the site provides unprecedented access to the ocean. Spirit Bay is blessed with magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains and Salish Sea and is adjacent to a 3,500-acre wilderness park.

Housing Types: Detached single-family homes. Spirit Bay offers both custom village homes and extraordinary waterfront lots where you can build your dream home.

Key Partnerships: Beecher Bay First Nation


Happiness by design.

Spirit bay is a new West Shore seaside community where every planning and design decision has been made to promote human happiness. Places where people live together and grow together. Communities where energy use is low, and the energy of people is high. We know sustainability means building strong links between people and places. Connections that touch people’s hearts and change lives.

Our vision of sustainability anchors every decision at Spirit Bay. We see sustainability with three components:
• Economic development – the base from which communities grow, the homes in which we live and the shops and businesses that support our families.
• Environmental protection of native plants and adding diversity to the land and biosystem to enhance natural ecosystems.
• Environmental protection of native plants and adding diversity to the land and biosystem to enhance natural ecosystems.• Social responsibility – giving back to local communities in ways that make a true difference.


• Phase 1:

Phase 1 is scheduled for completion Spring, 2018.


There are 5 phases planned for 400 residential units and 20 commercial units.


Homeowner’s club, sports field, tennis courts and marina.

Building Boom Article - Westhills Image 1


Westhills is a master-planned community encompassing over 500 acres situated within the City of Langford. Comfortably nestled on the south shore of Langford Lake, accessible by Westshore Parkway, and surrounded by mountainous terrain.

Show Homes are open daily from Noon to 4pm. Visit our Portal listing for contact information & directions.


• The expansive 500-acre Westhills community is the first Canadian community to be based on the LEED environmental standard. It will, over time, become Vancouver Island’s largest master-planned residential community.
• There is a strong sense of community at Westhills.The vision is to continue to bring a variety of beautiful, well-built and affordable, energy-efficient homes to this thriving community.
• There are an abundance of creative spaces, activities and amenities to be enjoyed year-round.


The Government of British Columbia has provided the Sooke School District with $23.3 million toward the purchase of 6.5 hectares (16 acres) of land in Langford. The district’s goal is to build an elementary school and a middle school on the site. The site is at the corner of Westshore Parkway and Constellation Avenue in the Westhills development.


• Phase 1 started in 2008. To date, more than 600 families have become a part of the Westhills community and more than 150 homes being built and sold annually.

• Currently, NOVA Lands Phases 5, 6 and 7 are under construction in addition to the Lakepoint One Condominium Building within the Lakepoint District.

• Lakepoint One Condominium occupancy scheduled for March, 2018.
• Lakepoint Two Condominium – concrete & steel construction. Sales day for the West Shore’s first high-rise tower is estimated for Fall, 2018
• Westhills Discovery Centre estimated to open in the Lakepoint District of Westhills.


Westhills YMCA-YWCA, Child Care Facilities, Langford Aquatic Centre, Victoria Conservatory of Music, Greater Victoria Public Library – Langford Heritage Branch, Belmont Secondary School, Langford Lake, Westhills Stadium, Westhills Arena, Langford Lanes, Splash Park, and Westhills Playground.


From outdoor plazas to the coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, offices, medical and banking facilities, and the Lakepoint Pub and Kayak Club, there’s so much more to come to this thriving community.


• 2012 Care Award for Outdoor Environmental Achievement
• 2012 Care Award for Best Project Website
• 2012 Care Award for Best Sales Centre
• 2013 Care Award for Indoor Environmental Achievement and Energy Efficiency
• 2013 National Excellence and Leadership Award– Canadian Geo-Exchange Coalition
• 2014 “If You Build It” Award– Best of the West Shore Community Awards
• 2015 “Best New Home Builder/Developer” Award–Best of the West Shore Community Awards
• 2017 “Best New Home Builder/Developer” Award–Best of the West Shore Community Awards.

We want to hear from YOU!

Do you have stories to share about living in this area?
Do you have photos from long ago?
Is there someone special we should get to know?
What tips would you offer newcomers?
Send us an email at info@gowestshore.com

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