Feature Neighbourhood Update
by Anne Marie Moro
Renderings and photos by Royal Bay Community
It’s hard to believe that the Royal Bay development in Colwood was the site of a former gravel quarry.
Even more incomprehensible is how this huge, century-old gravel pit is being transformed into a spectacular 419 acre master-planned, seaside community with breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Baker, the San Juan Islands, and Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
The Royal Bay development is the largest single housing development in Colwood’s history! Its homes are designed to increase the availability of housing in Colwood, one of the fastest-growing areas in the Capital Region District since its incorporation in 1985.
“There are already more than 150 families that have moved into Royal Bay over the last two years. We are building a real sense of community. It’s great seeing current residents out walking their dogs in our parks and even organizing block parties,” says Cortney Fraser, Manager of Marketing. Eventually, Royal Bay will have more than 2,500 houses of inter-connected communities that would all be linked together by pathways and trails.
Royal Bay’s diverse community will appeal to a broad range of purchasers. Eventually Royal Bay will offer homes that range from single-family to townhomes to rental apartments and strata condominiums. Currently, GableCraft Homes™ is building both single-family homes from $659,900 including GST and townhomes from $449,900, excluding GST.
“We are striving to be an inclusive community, offering homes suitable for first-time home buyers, growing families, and downsizers” says President, Lance Floer. “We want GableCraft Homes™ to be a leader in the City of Colwood and we have started by building Built Green single-family homes and implementing our Customer Care Program to make sure our homeowners are taken care of.”
Phase 2C is now selling at Royal Bay. Each home comes with a 8-foot unfinished basement and either an attached or detached garage, so storage will never be an issue again!
In addition to the residential component will be a capacity for significant commercial component, too, so residents have the convenience of in-community retail for all the necessities.
To accomplish such a lofty goal, the plan includes having two mixed-use neighbourhoods, one being the Commons Village Centre, which is currently going through a rezoning with the City of Colwood.
Parks and Amenities
Another integral component of the community that sets it apart from traditional suburbs are their Natural and Neighbourhood Parks, creating safe, walkable neighbourhoods with public access to the waterfront. It’s a community where people can live and meet many of their daily needs without getting into a vehicle.
Meadow Park, Royal Bay’s first neighbourhood park, opened in 2016, and is already well established. Neighbourhood Parks such as this are intended as community gathering spaces—for use as quiet, contemplative spaces to active playgrounds, sports fields, and areas for markets and festivals. GableCraft Homes™ is currently building their newest phase around this beautiful park.
Another major milestone was reached on September 10, 2018 with the opening of Royal Bay Beachpark, a temporary oceanside playground with Olympic-sized volleyball courts, spectacular ocean views, and access to the public waterfront that connects to Esquimalt Lagoon and Albert Head Lagoon.
A series of five new parks and trails received final approval from Colwood Council on July 9, 2018 for the Royal Bay – Latoria North area: Meadow Park North will be a continuation of Meadow Park, as a Natural Park with a greenway and trail connection to the more formal Meadow Park Green, and beyond to Murray’s Pond. These parks will create pedestrian and cycling connections between neighbourhoods.