Harris Green's first condo tower to complete since 2021 nears December occupancy
Mike Kozakowski, Citified.ca
Published November 28, 2023
Harris Green’s first condominium tower to complete since 2021 is only days away from securing its occupancy permit for 129 one and two-bedroom residences, Citified has learned.
Developers Fraser McColl and Dan Robbins are overseeing the last stage of construction on their latest residential offering, known as Mod (see website
), standing 15 storeys above Cook and View streets as downtown Victoria’s southeast ‘book-end.’
Known for its protected views and big-city architecture, Mod has sold over 60% of its homes with layouts ranging from just over 400 to nearly 900 square feet, while a ground floor commercial component will deliver a new cafe to the downtown core as part of several street-oriented retail spaces.
“We anticipate move-ins to begin in December,” Robbins says. “Crews are busy finalizing interior details in preparation of residents taking possession.”
Underway since 2021, Robbins’ and McColl’s Mod follows a long line of successful projects that include purpose-built rental buildings, office blocks and condominiums.
Robbins adds that despite over 60% of the tower now sold, view homes and large layouts remain available.
“One of Mod’s key selling features has been its book-end location in downtown Victoria, on the cusp of the Fairfield and Rockland neighbourhoods where building heights are significantly shorter than Mod’s 15 floors, and we’ve retained multiple units for sale as move in-ready view suites,” Robbins said, adding that “our unique location provides residents of Mod’s upper floors with incredible views to the south overlooking the Salish Sea and the Olympic range, and to the east, where Victoria’s beautiful urban canopy and historic landmarks like Craigdarroch Castle are unimpeded.”
A recently unveiled display suite within the tower provides purchasers a showcase of Mod’s quality and the developers’ long pedigree of interior design. Buyers can schedule an appointment with the Mod sales team to view the suite and tour the building.
|Views from Mod's upper floors, looking west towards downtown Victoria. The 15-storey tower is situated at 1050 Cook Street. Colin McTaggart
The tower’s condominiums come at a time of intensified purpose-built rental construction in Victoria’s downtown core, leading to pent-up demand for new-build urban condos.
“While the rental market remains exceptionally strong in downtown Victoria, which is great news for investors, condominium buyers are seeing less supply and more competition for pre-sale opportunities,” says Fraser McColl. “Now that we’re only days away from being move in-ready, interest in Mod has been strong, as so many condominium buyers are looking for certainty like near-term move-in dates and being able to preview the finished product. And given how few new-build condominiums are available in our market today, demand is very strong.”
At Mod, avant-garde view-inspired layouts present purchasers with oak or walnut cabinet palettes that accentuate white oak floors and quartz counters throughout each home.
High-end appliance packages are part of functional gourmet focal points in Mod’s diverse floorplans, and ample storage space is provided for practical efficiency. Floor-to-ceiling windows create vibrant, light-filled rooms melding with well apportioned exterior patios taking full advantage of Victoria’s mild year-round climate, or Juliet balconies that welcome a fresh breeze indoors. All bedrooms are on exterior walls with generous glass glazing.
Bathrooms are opulent, with modern flair and quality materials.
Parking will be in the form of an underground parkade. Residents will also have access to a secure bicycle lock-up.
The building’s amenities are located in a sizable fourth floor common area for recreational activities and entertaining. The ground floor includes three commercial units, all of which have sold.
Nearby commercial services present the wide assortment of stores and retailers of downtown Victoria, including a Save-On-Foods, the Market on Yates boutique grocery store, and the many shops along Fort Street and at The Bay Centre shopping mall.
Alternative transportation for a car-lite lifestyle is at the building’s doorstep with Fort Street's AAA all-ages-and-abilities cycling route connecting other AAA routes throughout downtown and further afield. Transit services from downtown Victoria make getting around without a vehicle easy, with routes reaching all corners of the Capital Region, including south Island universities, colleges and employment nodes.
Learn more about homeownership opportunities at Mod by viewing the project’s sales website, and to schedule a display suite visit, connect with the Mod team by clicking here. C
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