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Live, work and play in the Bear Mountain community of Vancouver Island

The project, which will add 209 residences to the area, will be positioned adjacent to the 18th fairway of the Mountain Course, one of two Nicklaus-designed golf courses on the mountain.

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An 18-story condo tower taking shape in the southern Vancouver Island community of Bear Mountain may have homes with upscale touches and thoughtful design, but that’s what it are in front of their doors which can be particularly impressive, especially among leisure enthusiasts.

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The project, which will add 209 residences to the area – ranging from one-bedroom units under 450 square feet to penthouses measuring some 2,800 – will be positioned adjacent to the 18th fairway of the Mountain Course, one of two golf courses designed by Nicklaus on the mountain.

Biking enthusiasts will enjoy the 55 kilometer network of trails, while tennis players will no doubt be drawn to the clay courts at the Bear Mountain Tennis Center, nestled at the base of Mount Finlayson.

It’s no wonder, then, that the community has caught the attention of several leading national sports organizations: it’s a training center for Golf Canada, Tennis Canada and the Canadian national mountain bike team.

One Bear Mountain Condo Development
The One Bear Mountain condo development will add 209 residences to the area. Photo by Fourni /PNG

Bear Mountain, located in the growing community of Langford, about 20 minutes from downtown Victoria, is currently home to some 1,300 residences – a mix of single-family homes, condos and townhouses – but that will grow in the coming months. years to come, says Peter Gaby, sales manager for the One Bear Mountain condo project, a venture of developers 360 Pacifica and Terracap.

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“It’s growing,” says Gaby. “I think there are around 3,500 people currently living on the mountain, and that will increase to around 8,500.”

One Bear Mountain, described on its website as “the West Coast’s most impressive leisure residence”, stands on the site of Hannington Road where a previous project – very different from the one taking shape today, says Gaby – was started by another developer, then stopped during the financial crisis in 2009.

Interest in homes has been robust to say the least, with around 50% sales in the first week after sales kicked off in late October. (About 80% have been sold to date.)

“There was a very high demand for it, and our inventory levels are so low here,” Gaby says, noting that most of the units that were first purchased were the tiny homes on the building’s podium level in steel and concrete.

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There has been a lot of interest – largely due to downsizing – in One Bear Mountain homes. Photo by Fourni /PNG

The word about the area is definitely out — across the county, says Gaby.

“In Canada, (buyers came) from as far away as Halifax. I think we had 14% of our buyers from Metro Vancouver, and probably the same from Ontario.

For the most part, they were drawn not only to the project and the community, but also to the temperate climate of southern Vancouver Island, he says.

“I think it’s both. There are a lot of people who have been to Bear Mountain who know and love the community.

Very few, he says, buy a residence as a hobby property or as a second home.

“And I think those (who do) will be converted to primary residents. There are people who want to settle here but who still work (elsewhere).

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Occupants of One Bear Mountain, which Gaby expects to be able to move into around summer 2024, will be just a hop from the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa, with its dining room, lounge and pub. , which is adjacent to the Fairways Hotel. In the coming years, Gaby says, a village core at Bear Mountain will also take shape, offering additional businesses and services. “I guess it will probably be ready for construction within two years.”

An outdoor area equipped with fire bowls.
An outdoor area equipped with fire bowls. Photo by Fourni /PNG

At home, however, residents will have no shortage of ways to have fun. A resort-style pool on the 15th floor will offer panoramic views of the Mountain Course, Mount Finlayson and Goldstream Provincial Park, while the 16th floor will feature a business center, two fully equipped conference rooms and the Grenoble Lounge. The sixth floor will house one of two lobbies, as well as the Troon Lounge, which will have a private dining area and an outdoor area with fire bowls.

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Meanwhile, residences will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, engineered hardwood floors, natural gas fireplaces, and spacious decks and patios.

The kitchens will have quartz countertops, soft closing cabinets, undermount stainless steel sinks and under cabinet LED lighting. The penthouses will have Gaggenau appliances, while the other houses will have Bosch appliances.

Homes will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, engineered hardwood floors, natural gas fireplaces, and spacious decks and patios.
Homes will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, engineered hardwood floors, natural gas fireplaces, and spacious decks and patios. Photo by Fourni /PNG

The bathrooms will also have quartz countertops, ceramic flooring and framed glass mirrors.

Some residences, Gaby notes, will also have additional perks: a golf course membership, a golf cart, and a parking spot to store it.

“It’s a lifestyle change for a lot of people,” he says. “It’s very amenity rich, and it’s a draw because you feel like it’s a resort style property.”

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Project: A mountain of bears

Project address: 2000 Hannington Road, Bear Mountain, Langford, BC

Developer: 360 Pacifica and Terracap

Architect: ACDF Architects, Zeidler Architecture

Interior design : Inside the design studio

Project size: 209 residences in an 18-storey building

Price: from $709,000 (units available range from the 904-square-foot two-bedroom residence, priced at $709,000, to the 2,357-square-foot penthouse, priced at $3.6 million)

Central sales: 109 – 1335 Bear Mountain Parkway

Hours: On appointment

Phone: 250-853-0333

Website: onebearmountain.com

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