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Construction to start on luxury Sapphire condominium at Esquimalt's harbourfront Westbay Quay development

A rendering of Sapphire, a limited release, luxury phase of condominiums at Esquimalt's Westbay Quay development at the foot of Head Street adjacent to the Westbay Marina.  Tenfold Properties

Construction to start on luxury Sapphire condominium at Esquimalt's harbourfront Westbay Quay development
The second phase of the Westbay Quay development along the banks of the Inner Harbour is nearing its construction launch as phase one makes fast strides towards its spring completion.
Comprised of the six-storey Topaz and two-storey Lapis buildings, phase one – with its sold-out collection of one and two-bedroom residences plus live-work suites and commercial units – has been underway since 2019 along Lyall and Head streets across from the Westbay Marina. And soon, Westbay Quay’s five-storey luxurious final Sapphire offering, earmarked for purchasers in search of opulent homes in an oceanside walkable setting, will get underway.
“With the culmination of over two years of construction on Topaz and Lapis, we are pleased to announce the upcoming construction start at Sapphire, our much anticipated high-end release at Westbay Quay that will mark this one-of-a-kind, highly sought after oceanfront community’s final phase and deliver the highest quality pre-sale to Esquimalt and Greater Victoria,” says developer Max Tomaszewski, a partner at Tenfold.
Sapphire’s eight suites range from 735 to over 3,500 square feet of interior living space in one and three-bedroom configurations, while a fifth floor penthouse sized at just under 1,900 square feet has already sold. Sapphire’s pre-sales are priced from $955,500 to just under $6.4 million.
In addition to high-end, market-leading all-concrete construction featuring near floor-to-ceiling windows and structural considerations focused on preserving sweeping views over the picturesque Inner Harbour and the Salish Sea beyond, Tenfold has included $125 per square foot in the price of each suite for custom purchaser finishings to ensure every home is interior-designed to meet each buyer’s individual needs and tastes.
An interior rendering of a residence at Sapphire.
An interior view of a residence at Sapphire, offering sweeping ocean views from its harbourside setting near the banks of the Inner Harbour.  Tenfold Projects
“We recognize that opulence and luxury can mean uniquely different things to uniquely different people, and we’re committed to working with our purchasers at Sapphire on a one-on-one basis to ensure their homes are provided the care and attention deserving of such a high-profile development in a world-class location,” Tomaszewski said, adding that final design work “will be guided through the helping hand of interior designer Lisa Sinclair of Vita Design Interior Architecture.
The development team’s interior finishings prior to customization work will present a palate of demised interior walls prepared for painting, roughed-in plumbing for wall-hung toilets, bathrooms, kitchens and laundry room fixtures, high-end Lotus LED recessed gambled 4” ceiling light fixtures installed and positioned in accordance with buyers’ preferences, installed and commissioned in-floor hydronic heating, electric-heated bathroom floors ready for tiling, venting with a fresh air exchange installed to-code, and finished exterior spaces featuring raised patio blocks. Each home will also include a commissioned fire suppression system.
Sapphire’s unit break-down includes four suites on the second level in one and two-bedroom floorplans, two suites on the third floor both sized with two-bedrooms, one one full-floor sub-penthouse on the fourth storey in a three-bedroom configuration. Purchasers may have the opportunity to combine floorplans on the same floor, Tomaszewski says.
Meanwhile, exciting announcements are emerging with regards to Westbay Quay’s ground-oriented commercial tenant line-up that will front its three boulevards just steps from the Westbay Marina.
Topaz and Sapphire under construction.
Construction is well underway on Westbay Quay's first phase, comprised of the six-storey Topaz building and the two-storey Lapis at the foot of Head Street in Esquimalt.
Tomaszewski says an established restaurant operator has pre-purchased Sapphire’s ground floor space earmarked for a dining destination, with plans to open an upscale bistro-style eatery. Details will be revealed in the coming months.
In phase one, a café will occupy a retail unit, as will a second restaurant. A gelato bar and a dentistry clinic round out the retail spaces, not including live-work units in the Lapis building, which Tomaszewski says will be individually announced by their owner-operators.
“Westbay Quay will not only become an architectural landmark in the beautiful and burgeoning community of Esquimalt, but our goal with its retail make-up has always been to service this desirable oceanfront neighbourhood with destination-worthy retail operators sought after within the context of a popular marina, and we’re thrilled with the response from local business persons who share in our vision for the Westbay Marina community both in terms of leases in our retail spaces and as live-work purchasers,” Tomaszewski said.
Tomaszewski and partner David Price started down the road of developing luxury real-estate along the western shores of the Inner Harbour over a decade ago and are no strangers to the allure of Esquimalt’s coastal lands.
On a rise overlooking Westbay Quay and the marina, David Price constructed two towers and a collection of townhomes that became enshrined among the upper echelon of condominium residences. Known as Swallows Landing, the buildings are part of a handful of condominiums on Vancouver Island that fall into the category of true high-end living. Price describes the nine-storey promontories as “sought-after estates that bear the inspiration for Sapphire’s architectural design, positioned to take in the incredible views of a busy port, downtown Victoria and the Salish Sea.”
Price says Sapphire was designed from the ground up to be a distinct structure inside and out, and the attention to detail with luxury driving every facet of the build will hearken back to Swallows Landing and its legacy to Victoria’s built form.
“We set out to deliver a timeless place to call home at Swallows Landing, and we are honoured to see its residences broadly acknowledged by homeowners and the real-estate industry to be one of the highest quality condominium projects ever built in Victoria, and Sapphire, with its avant-garde architecture and engineering, builds on that success,” Price said, adding that “Sapphire’s single-loaded, rear-positioned corridor design will ensure all suites enjoy phenomenal views, and homebuyers will have piece of mind for their investments through high-end construction quality and unsurpassed detailing.”
Situated at 845 Dunsmuir Road, Swallows Landing can be viewed by the public and its lands walked to access a platform set among a grove of Garry Oak trees along the banks of the Inner Harbour.
In downtown Victoria, Tenfold completed another company milestone last spring through the delivery of its highly anticipated Wade condominium on Johnson Street at Cook Street. The 102-unit mixed-use low-rise sold-out in late 2017 and entered the market as a gem within the Capital’s Harris Green neighbourhood known for its desirable mixed-use buildings and eclectic commercial services.
To learn more about Westbay Quay and to connect with the sales team, call 250-384-2771. The Westbay Quay presentation centre at 453 Head Street is currently open by appointment only. To view Westbay Quay’s website, click here. C
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