Feature Neighbourhood Update
“We understand that we will be in the West Shore for the
long term. We’re here to take care of people, not only our
residents and customers, but the community as a whole."
It’s apparent walking through the various phases of the Westhills community, that what is happening here offers prospective homeowners a very different lifestyle from traditional suburbs built in the past century.
Westhills’ location is key. It’s situated on the shoreline of Langford Lake and surrounded by both Municipal and Provincial Parks. As a result, this master planned community has forests and lakes all a short walk, hike or bike ride away for a community playground and recreational pursuits.
“The lifestyle element available here is the best of both worlds,” says Rob Muller, Sales and Marketing Manager for Westhills Land Corp. “You’re close enough to downtown Victoria yet you can live right on nature’s doorstep.”
Other public venues complement this recreational lifestyle: a YMCA-YWCA, a children’s playground and splash parks, daycare, a newly-renovated Westhills Stadium, Belmont Secondary High School, bowling lanes, and branches of the Greater Victoria Public Library and the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
In time, Westhills will have created its own Village Centre bordering Langford Lake that will add a vast array of shops, services, pubs and restaurants to the already impressive commercial and public amenities in place for this evolving neighbourhood.
“What impresses me is how big it’s going to be!” says Alex Kennedy, a Marketing Assistant for Westhills. “We’ve only made a dent in the [development potential] for the 500 acres available.”
What’s Driving the Change?
Affordability is an important factor driving this change. More than ever before, the younger generation, downsizers and families are looking for lower priced, lower maintenance housing options to simplify their lives and, generally, make life more convenient.
“That’s the direction the market wants us to go,” says Muller. “It’s important to have a vision that recognizes how all the different areas play off each other. As a result of cost, a 3 or 4 bedroom home on 1 or 2 acres is a thing of the past.”
With land costs at an all time high in this region, young families are being shut out of single-family housing options. Westhills’ approach to affordable housing is to develop a community for all ages and lifestyles, one that places an emphasis on creating vibrant and inclusive neighborhoods with a diverse mix of housing—including options for more affordable home ownership. In part, this is possible because Langford is one of the few municipalities that allows houses to be built on smaller lots, making it more financially feasible for some families to own a home.
“Our goal has always been to build residences that offer many different entry points for people who want to own their own home,” says Muller.
That means everything from entry level homes like condominiums, small footprint homes or townhomes to more traditional single-family models (with and without suites), carriage houses and executive homes. Each phase is designated for a particular purpose. Over the long term, the plan is to grow into a small village, within the larger [Langford] community, supported by exceptional amenities and a vibrant City Centre just minutes away.
Commitment to Community
A singularly unique element of the Westhills development is its commitment to the community over the long term, with a 20 to 30-year master plan that will build out in line with market needs in the West Shore. Westhills is mindful of its responsibility to the larger community of Langford as they implement their master plan.
“We understand that we will be in the West Shore for the long term,” says Muller. “We’re here to take care of people, not only our residents and customers, but the community as a whole. [With each phase of development], we always ask: How will what we are doing impact the community? How can we contribute and build trust?”
What other benefits can Westhills residents enjoy over the long term?
Westhills is aware that public spaces promote healthy living and build healthy communities. An active, diverse neighbourhood presents opportunities for supportive relationships to develop as residents connect, engage and work with each other. It keeps the community alive, healthy and vibrant.
Home ownership, as a rule, requires on-going maintenance. To offset some of these concerns, Westhills offers one of the most comprehensive service and warranty programs in the industry with a team that can promptly handle any issues that arise.
They have also thought through ways the community can be environmentally sustainable, too. Westhills Community Energy System (CES), one of North America’s most innovative district heating and cooling networks, will provide clean energy to more than 1,000 Westhills residents. This system – designed, built, owned and operated by local parties – represents the next generation of sustainability by making renewable, local energy accessible to new homeowners in the Westhills community.
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