The Boulevard Development Hits Home With West Coast Modern Appeal

Article by Michelle Heslop. Photos by Jody Beck.

Designed and built with a well-balanced, modern lifestyle in mind, the Boulevard Development is a four-story building situated in the heart of Gordon Head, where the conveniences of urban living converge with the natural beauty of Victoria. Now ready for move-in, this thoughtfully designed building offers homes for everyone: two-story townhomes, two-bedroom condominiums, and penthouse lofts with rooftop decks to capitalize on the views of Mount Doug. Reflecting the area’s natural surroundings, Boulevard’s sophisticated 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.

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If location is important to you then imagine living a ten minute walk to Mount Doug Park and Cordova Bay beaches, Gordon Head Recreation Centre, grocery stores, a movie theatre, and less than a ten minute drive to the University of Victoria. Stroll to a variety of restaurants and cafes or enjoy a short drive to local farms and wineries.

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Generous square footage with floor-to-ceiling windows, the units are bright and airy and boast all the comforts of a liveable home. Ivica Kalabric, realtor from Ivica Kalabric and Associates states that, “Boulevard was built for a broad demographic who want access to world-class parks, trails, beaches and all the day-to-day amenities within walking distance.” The generous size of Boulevard’s units will dictate the demographic of the occupants. “We don’t have anything smaller than a two-bedroom unit. From 950 – 1500-square-feet, the average unit size is 1150-square-feet,” states Kalabric.

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With over 25 years of building experience on Vancouver Island, the developer of Boulevard, Kang and Gill Construction Ltd, is committed to creating sustainable developments that adhere to the highest design and construction standards. Featured in Green Source Magazine, a sustainability design publication, Kang and Gill Construction Ltd, built Boulevard to a green® gold standard which translates to components such as: an 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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Having studied both architecture and interior design, interior designer Jenny Martin, from Jenny Martin Design, brings a deep understanding of the design process and has created units that elegantly fuse classic sophistication with contemporary west-coast warmth. From five-inch maple wood engineered flooring with acoustic underlay, to gourmet, open-concept kitchens with quartz countertop islands, Martin’s team has created a contemporary design with both style and functionality in mind.

The developer requested a design that merges a sophisticated aesthetic with natural materials for an elegant west coast feel. Mari O’Meara, interior designer at Jenny Martin Design states that, “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, O’Meara kept the finishes classic and simple with neutral hues.

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One of the more durable options for hardworking kitchens, quartz countertops were paired with engineered hardwood flooring in a neutral palette to keep the aesthetic clean and hardwearing,” states O’Meara. Working within the parameters of the Green Gold Certification, the designers added custom details echoing the amenities of a liveable home. “We added asymmetric Schluter metal details in the shower, designer chrome water efficient faucets and custom glass shower enclosures,” O’Meara states.

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“Response from the community has been very positive so far. People are drawn to the contemporary, west coast look of the exterior and are curious to see how the interiors echo the same feel,” says Kalabric. Proud of their additional new park next to the development, Kalabric says that, “the park has generated a positive response from the community, people are always enthusiastic for more green space.” The majority of buyers have been empty nesters and those people looking to downsize in a convenient location close to both urban amenities and natural spaces. “Many of our purchasers have sold their homes in Gordon Head and are now ready for the next chapter in their lives,” Kalabric states.