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The community of Parksville on Vancouver Island, with its expanses of sandy beaches, temperate climate, and myriad resort offerings, has long been a favorite destination among vacationers. For some time, however, the city on the ocean has also attracted the attention of another group of people: house hunters.
Last year, Stats Can estimated Parksville’s population at 13,642, up 9.5 percent from five years earlier.
“It has all the appeal of a small community, but with easy access to required services and transportation to the Lower Mainland and beyond,” notes Bob Moss, a director of Hirst Avenue Townhouses Sitefinders, which is behind a new 20-unit Parksville townhome. sit. project it calls the Duo Luxury Townhomes.
“Prices for both owner-occupied and rental properties in Parksville are significantly lower than in Lower Mainland and Greater Victoria, and we expect the price differential to continue.”
Moss is also a partner of Nanaimo-based construction management company Tectonica, which is building Duo, a project with plans not often seen in urban home design.
Seven of the units at Duo are what the developer calls “double primary suites,” homes that measure over 2,000 square feet.
They include not one, but two luxurious retreats: master bedrooms connected to both en-suite bathrooms and large walk-in closets with plenty of storage.
The possibilities of such a design are wide, says Michelle Hall of Tectonica, who oversees the sales and marketing of Duo, which today holds its grand opening revealing a two-story show suite with two bedrooms, a study and a large flexi space. which could serve as a third bedroom.
Some people, she says, may have an elderly parent who can share the residence and take the primary suite on the main level. Others may enjoy hosting guests, who may appreciate kicking back in their own private suite.
“It could also be suitable for the couple who want their own spaces in case someone snores,” she adds.
Moss echoes that sentiment and goes one step further.
“The original design for the Duo project was led by a developer colleague, Allan Matthews, who was initially intrigued by what he saw as a growing demand from mature couples with different sleeping or work habits to have their own personal space within the household. “
That said, he thinks such flexible housing design could also provide co-housing options.
“Canada’s increasingly expensive housing market, along with a growing interest in environmental sustainability, appears to be encouraging various forms of cohabitation. I believe well-designed housing units will appeal to (people) of all ages living together, such as siblings, friends, parents with grown children, and even two couples who choose to live together.”
Duo’s other 13 terraced houses are one-level ‘patio houses’, each of which also has two bedrooms and a study. Together, the 20 residences, housed in six buildings around a small central courtyard, have plenty of luxury finishes, Hall says, citing such things as five-inch-wide parquet floors, quartz countertops and ensuites with underfloor heating and automatic lighting.
“Also,” she says, “the double suites have two decks and a patio. You get a lot of outdoor space that you normally don’t get in a city house.”
The houses have increased sound separation between the units, Hall says, adding that some of the two-story homes offer a “peek-a-boo” view of the ocean.
Outside, they have pitched rooflines, Hardi and stucco finishes, and shades that reflect their beach-like location: gray and white, with cedar soffits and siding.
The interior, meanwhile, will be outfitted in one of two color palettes: Berk, which is described as a ‘modern contrast’, and Alder, described as ‘organically earthy’.
Ceilings will rise to three feet, gas fireplaces with built-in cabinets on either side will bring cheer on gray days and large windows provide an abundance of natural light. There will be ample storage space, both in the suites and in the crawl spaces.
Kitchens have sleek Shaker or flat cabinets, under-cabinet lighting, dual stainless steel sinks, and chrome or black cabinet hardware.
Bathrooms have porcelain tile floors, large-scale tile surrounds in the tubs and showers, under-cabinet lighting with motion sensors, and Kohler shower shelves.
Duo residents connected to Greater Vancouver have easy access to two island ferry terminals – Departure Bay and Duke Point – while all are minutes from Parksville’s inviting, kid-friendly beaches, long known for the city’s annual sand sculpture competition.
“Residents have fantastic recreational opportunities such as boating, hiking, skiing, and golfing,” Moss says. “We believe that the combination of these factors will ensure that Parksville continues to be an attractive place to live for people of all ages and from around the world.”
Project: Duo Luxury Townhomes
Project address: 463 Hirst Avenue, Parksville
Developer: Hirst Avenue Townhouses Sitefinders Inc.
Architect: Com-Tech drawing and design services
Interior designer: Patti Ransom Interior Design Inc.
Project Size: 20 two-bedroom units with a den (13 single-storey homes of 1,237 – 1,359 sq. ft. and seven double primary suite residences from 1,935 – 2,030 sq. m.)
Price: from $850,000
Completion: August 31, 2022 — January 31, 2023
Sales Center: 106 — 463 Hirst Avenue, Parksville
Hours: 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. Tues — Sat; grand opening show suite today 11 am – 3 pm
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