With one of the tightest rental markets and lowest vacancy rates in Canada, market conditions reveal that Victoria needs purpose-built rental housing in the downtown core now more than ever. Essential to a city’s skilled workforce, economy and overall vibrancy, rental housing meets the needs of a diverse demographic. In 2014, Vancouver-based Townline Development built Hudson Mews, Victoria’s first purpose-built rental building in 30 years. Receiving 500-600 applications for 120 suites and renting them in under two months, Townline responded to the high demand by creating Hudson Walk One, 178 units of quality rental housing in the vibrant Hudson District.
“As housing affordability and availability diminishes, it is increasingly important to create rental opportunities close to the downtown core that includes social and community opportunities,” says Chris Colbeck, VP Sales and Marketing for Townline Development. He adds that “providing density in urban centres creates opportunities for people to live, work and play within an amenity-rich location like the Hudson District.”
Thoughtfully designed and planned as a self-sustaining urban neighbourhood, the Hudson District supports modern rental housing within a heritage context that is both socially and community oriented. Hudson Walk One offers a community lifestyle where you can step outside your door to access all that downtown living has to offer. The neighbourhood includes the Victoria Public Market at the Hudson and features a diverse range of local boutiques, shops, cafes and restaurants, complete with essential services such as banking, optometry, groceries and artisan goods, as well as yoga and a wellness centre/spa.
With 29 different floor plans to choose from, the 16 storey building offers units ranging from 450-1300-square-feet and include studios, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom + den, townhomes and retail space at street level. Each unit features quality finishings that you might expect from a condo development and shared amenities that boast a state-of-the-art gym/yoga studio, a lounge with large screen tv, underground parking and in-suite laundry. The upper floors of Hudson Walk One offer unobstructed views of Victoria’s Inner Harbour and the stunning Olympic mountains.
“When we were assembling materials for Hudson Walk One, we envisioned the homeowner would be a working professional who would appreciate a modern design aesthetic,” says Lisa Perry, Interior Designer from i3 Design. “Since the units were going to be for rent, we wanted to select high-quality finishes that would be durable enough to withstand everyday use.”
Flat panel kitchen cabinets in a laminate finish are easy to maintain and create a clean contemporary look. Stain resistant, Caesarstone white quartz countertops on the eat-in island keep the space light and au courant. A large scale white textured backsplash tile with few grout lines preserves the modern feel and is easy to maintain.
Luxury finishes in each unit include durable, hard surface flooring, stone countertops, flat finish painted ceilings, large outdoor patio spaces, built-in workstations, as well as secure fobbed entrances and a professionally managed building with an on-site resident caretaker.
Sliding glass doors in the living area keep the home infused in natural light and open to a patio perfect for catching the sunset and enjoying the lights of downtown.
Echoing the organic hue of the kitchen cabinets, the flooring colour and grain was chosen to visually expand the space and create a sense of continuity in the open plan layout.
A functional built-in workstation provides a drop zone, charging station and computer space for convenience. Durable vinyl plank flooring was installed using a tension fit technique which allows individual planks to simply be popped out and replaced if necessary. A quieter option than laminate flooring, vinyl planks are inherently sound absorbing and are dent and scratch resistant.
The spacious, natural light-filled bedrooms have generous sized closets to boost functionality and ample space for a chest of drawers and two bedside tables.
The pedestrian-friendly Hudson District enjoys mass appeal to a diverse demographic with the intention of injecting new life and vibrancy into Victoria’s downtown core. To date, the most interest has been from young urban professionals from Victoria looking for new, contemporary residences in an amenity-rich community. Also interested are government employees, University of Victoria students, short-term work placement with the RCMP, health-care professionals and those who have recently relocated to Victoria. Construction is underway with move-in slated for August 2016.