Boulevard Development Redefines Loft Living

Article by Michelle Heslop. Photos by Jody Beck.

Loft living conjures images of chic, Soho cool with industrial style vaulted ceilings and exposed brick walls in dense urban settings. Redefining the loft feel, The Boulevard development in Gordon Head has taken the best of the quintessential loft’s architectural features and created a softer look with carpeted stairs, divisive areas and warm finishings. Including the classic open-plan layout with floor-to-ceiling windows, Boulevard has fashioned a relaxed, modern space flooded in natural light. The 4-story building is surrounded by both the conveniences of urban living and just steps away from the natural beauty of Victoria’s parks and beaches. Blanketed in sunlight, the private rooftop patios expand the livable space and capitalize on the views of the city and Mount Doug.

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Natural light permeates the one and two bedroom lofts with square footage ranging from 920-square-feet to 1100-square-feet. The large open spaces are flexible design opportunities to customize your own space. Offering all the comforts of a detached home, the lofts appeal to buyers looking for an open concept main floor with a second floor and private rooftop patio.

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A range of possibilities for a broad demographic, lofts with a den are the ideal live/work situation and appeal to professors, professionals, and students that want to live close to the University of Victoria. Some Boulevard buyers are local residents of Gordon Head ready for a lifestyle change and others are young professionals looking for a modern home in the perfect location.

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Reflecting the area’s natural surroundings, Boulevard’s exterior blends cedar, stone, and glass to create a warm and welcoming west coast feel. An inviting entrance foyer with a grand portico sets the tone for the 56 spacious and sophisticated homes. Elegantly fusing classic sophistication with contemporary west coast warmth, Interior DesignerJenny Martin, from Jenny Martin Design, has designed units with five-inch maple wood engineered flooring with acoustic underlay and gourmet open-concept kitchens with quartz countertop islands.

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Martin’s team created a classic contemporary design that merges a sophisticated aesthetic with natural materials for an elegant west coast feel. The goal was to create a design that would appeal to a vast range of people with existing furniture and decor from modern to traditional in style. To provide a neutral canvas for a variety of decor styles, Martin kept the finishes classic and simple with neutral hues.

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With over 25 years of building experience on Vancouver Island, the developer of BoulevardKang and Gill Construction Ltd is committed to sustainable developments that adhere to the highest design and construction standards. Sustainable elements include: engineered building envelope with rain screen technology, ventilation, earth-friendly building materials, geothermal in-floor radiant heating, low-VOC paint, water efficient low-flow plumbing fixtures, E-glazed windows, sustainable flooring and Energy Star® appliances. Substantially minimizing its environmental impact, each unit in the building significantly reduces personal utility costs.

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With four lofts sold and four remaining, the Boulevard development has considered a broad demographic who want access to world-class parks, beaches and day-to-day amenities within walking distance,” says Ivica Kalabric, realtor from Ivica Kalabric and Associates. Lofts range in price from $419,900 – $439,900.