Lyra Residences is an eight-storey, 39-unit condo development in Saanich's Rainbow Hill community near the nexus of McKenzie Avenue and Douglas Street.
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My bad, I didn't realize that sales only started a week ago! I had seen the sales centre in late 2016 in Gateway Village but didn't realize that it (must have been) only previewing the homes at that time.
Verde Living in Esquimalt sold out within a month, I believe. The prices were fantastic, though (270k for a two bedroom, if I recall correctly). Lyra is more expensive (bigger units and neighbourhood make a difference), and I am guessing it won't sell out quite as fast. My inexpert observation is that more expensive units stay on sale much longer. The one unit left in Escher is a penthouse if I recally correctly, and well out of range for many buyers.
Lyra is also concrete, which commands a higher per-square foot cost.
The unit at Escher is great, for sure, but at $800k the buyer pool is definitely more limited. On the flip-side with their completion scheduled for March someone will have the opportunity to occupy a move-in-ready brand new unit, a relatively rarity in this market.
Lyra is definitely not an entry level type building....more mid market to upscale, I'd say.
The first of two residential concrete mid-rise towers is now underway on Saanich's Christmas Hill.