Sooke's 91-unit Heron View townhome dev launched 14-years-ago achieves sold-out status
Mike Kozakowski, Citified.ca
Published May 10, 2022
14 years following the construction start of its first phase, Sooke’s Heron View townhome development along the shores of Sooke Harbour has reached completion.
Situated along Nordin Road a short stroll west of Sooke’s town centre, the 91-home project from developer Silvercreek Development is comprised of ten phases and includes a wide array of residential amenities.
In the spring of 2021 Heron View’s final component got underway with nine homes following a banner year in 2020 that generated 21 sales, its highest volume of annual uptake since its inception. The demand fast-tracked Heron View’s completion, with phases eight
constructed between 2019 and 2022 at a total of 29-homes, all sold-out.
“We are extremely proud of the Heron View community, its sales success, and its addition to Sooke’s rapidly growing town centre,” said Silvercreek’s Bob Vaughan, Heron View’s Project Manager.
Vaughan says with the completion of Heron View, the company’s focus is currently on development opportunities on central Vancouver Island.
As one of the most unique townhome projects on southern Vancouver Island, Heron View offered purchasers a healthy mix of amenities to keep residents active and engaged, a location close to Sooke’s town centre, and access to a frequent bus route connecting Langford and downtown Victoria. In addition to an on-site swimming pool and a tennis court, purchasers were presented with amenities like a fitness gym, a hot tub, a crafts room and a fire pit overlooking Sooke Harbour, all of which were front-loaded at the on-set of construction in 2008.
“Our residents can attest to the sense of community that has been built here, where everyone gets to know their neighbours as they take part in socializing activities within our amenity areas, and as they stay active on the tennis court or at the outdoor pool,” Vaughan told Citified last year as phase ten was getting underway. “And you don’t feel confined to your neighbourhood as you can stroll into town if you’d like, take a walk to the beautiful Whiffin Spit, or hop into the car and explore the vastness of the natural areas beyond Sooke along Highway 14. But that aside, the head-turner is our pricing, which is the most competitive among all pre-sale offerings in Greater Victoria.”
In the latter phases, each home’s interior design options, professionally procured and available in two west coast-inspired colour themes, yielded buyers choice of finishings and accents.
Kitchens were adorned with rich wood or European-styled cabinetry while quartz stone countertops created impressive focal statements. Deluxe stainless steel appliances gave these dining and entertaining spaces a sophisticated feel.
Bathrooms were designed for modern convenience with opulent accents that included designer elements, deep soaker tubs and full vanity mirrors with elegant light bars.
Two-car garages made the most of an accessory space with plenty of accommodation for vehicles or for use as a flex area.
“When designing these townhomes, we opted for larger floor plans over two levels in lieu of the more traditional three or four level layouts,” Vaughan said, speaking to details of the tenth phase. “This makes transitioning across the home so much easier, and especially for parents or grandparents with young children, not having that additional floor of separation can be quite helpful.”
Located along the 6900-block of Nordin Road off Whiffen Spit Road, Heron View’s central yet private setting gives residents the option of walking to the town’s grocery stores and restaurants (which includes the Wild Mountain restaurant the oceanfront West Coast Grill at the Prestige Hotel), is close to oceanside walking trails, parks and beaches, and even a year-round golf course is only moments away. Three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school are all within easy reach by transit which runs from the early morning hours to late-night throughout the town and into downtown Victoria.
Sooke’s pace of new development has accelerated in recent years as the western-most suburb of Victoria attracted new residents searching for suburban homes with transit access, nearby nature and small-town charm.
In an effort to support Sooke’s growth, which increased from 13,000 residents in 2016 to over 15,000 in 2021 (not including satellite communities outside of the district-proper), the province is nearing the completion of $86 million worth of improvements
to Highway 14 with a four-lane portion in the vicinity of 17 Mile Pub, and shoulder widening between Otter Point Road and French Beach west of Sooke’s town centre.
The District of Sooke, meanwhile, is working on an official community plan update that calls for more housing density in the town centre, more commercial services (including a shopping plaza proposed near Heron View
) and provisions for incorporating walkable neighbourhoods connected by in-town transit routes. C
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