Now renting: Pet-friendly Tallwood 1 mass-timber residential tower a new landmark in downtown Langford
Mike Kozakowski, Citified.ca
Published April 29, 2022
The historic completion of Canada’s second-tallest mass timber-designed residential tower has delivered 120 up-market rental residences to Langford’s growing downtown core.
, rising 12-storeys above the 2800-block of Peatt Road at Goldstream Avenue to claim the title of Langford’s tallest highrise, is an example of modern changes to British Columbia’s Building Code adopting high-tech advancements in wood-based building materials able to deliver more housing faster, with environmental benefits over traditional options.
Constructed of mass timber, steel and a concrete ground floor, Tallwood 1’s one and two-bedroom (plus den) apartments are pet-friendly with modern conveniences that include a full appliance package, in-suite laundry, quality finishings, large terraces – and a rarity in Victoria – environmentally-friendly geothermal temperature control that includes air conditioning.
Reaching the loftiest heights among the West Shore’s newest generation of homes, residences offer unrivalled panoramic views with unimpeded vistas towards the Salish Sea and Washington State's Olympic Mountain Range, the natural surrounds of the region and the urban expanse of Victoria’s western suburbs.
“Tallwood 1 is a unique rental offering in Greater Victoria, with market-leading interior materials, incredible views of the Capital Region, and electric vehicle charging,” says Rebecca McKay, Chief Business Development Officer of Design Build Services. “The building also includes sought after perks like a pet wash station, and the ability to regulate cooling for comfort in the summer months.”
Situated in a burgeoning urban centre with new residences, offices and commercial amenities, Tallwood 1’s central location (at a multi-building development called District 56) is a walker’s paradise with a grocery store, restaurants, and many services just minutes away, not to mention future retail units within the building’s ground floor.
Nearby transit connections are plentiful, including frequent scheduling to downtown Victoria and Uptown, plus connections to CFB Esquimalt, the Saanich Peninsula, and Sooke. Dedicated cycling infrastructure is just next door, extending to downtown Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula and Sooke via Victoria’s bicycle trail network.
For motorists, a secure underground parkade allocated to one stall per unit and the potential for additional stalls if capacity permits, makes vehicle parking safe and streamlined. Access to the Trans Canada Highway, Highway 14 and connections to the airport or the Swartz Bay ferry terminal is efficient from Langford’s core near Highway 1.
Suites at Tallwood 1 range from one-bedroom and one-bath layouts of 650 to 670 square feet. Two-bedroom homes include two baths, with dens available, at sizes of 830 to 1,170 square feet. Rental rates start in the high $1,800s, parking on site.
“One of the goals at Tallwood 1 was the creation of livable, spacious homes at a scale larger than often seen at competing rental buildings in the Capital Region,” said Flewelling-Wyatt. “With floorplans starting in the mid-600 square foot size, the layouts are roomier than comparable apartments for the same rental rate in downtown Victoria, and for growing families, large suites reaching nearly 1,200 square feet offer a great alternative to costlier townhomes.”
Downtown Langford’s future as a commercial and residential node on the south Island has been firmly cemented through several decades of focused development and beautification projects.
The municipality has invested heavily into reinvigorating its downtown, and its rise as an urban alternative to downtown Victoria has made it popular among professionals, downsizers testing the waters of condo-style living, and Victorians who wish to be closer to the West Shore’s outdoor activities.
“The West Shore of today is quite different from the West Shore of the 1980’s and 1990’s,” Flewelling-Wyatt says. “Langford has made tremendous strides in recent decades to foster a family-friendly, community-minded downtown poised for high density, urban living. And proof of that success is arguably its transition into the highrise residential market with projects like Tallwood 1.”
To learn more about Tallwood 1 and to connect with leasing staff, refer to the project’s website here. The Pemberton Holmes leasing team can also be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up here
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