Spirit Bay on the cover of Homes & Land Magazine

September 1, 2015

Spirit Bay made the cover of ‘Homes & Land’ Magazine this month. The article text is below.

Spirit Bay is a place that fosters a feeling of community, a sense of belonging, and sustainable environmental practices. It is a town where you know your neighbours, everything is within walking distance, and the preservation of the land’s natural beauty is paramount.

Close to Victoria, our community in Metchosin sits on some of the most pristine waterfront land on Southern Vancouver Island, featuring breath-taking mountain and water views with the peace and natural serenity of a rural town and yet all the amenities of urban life a mere 15 minutes away.

Spirit Bay Developments, a partnership between the Trust for Sustainable Development and the Scianew First Nation, has committed to building a genuine community. In addition to the planned 600 homes, Spirit Bay will feature a Town Centre with shops, restaurants, cafes, and office space, as well as a world-class destination spa on the waterfront; with cascading hot spring pools, filled with heated sea water, along the craggy shoreline.
Ranging from 600 to 2,000 square feet, the homes at Spirit Bay are brightly coloured, inspired by East Coast fishing villages, with their wooden exteriors invoking a cozy cottage feel.

The key to making such a grand endeavour a success is extensive planning that utilizes, enhances, and adapts to the natural environment. Spirit Bay has focused on preserving the contours of the land, removing as few trees as possible, and blasting rock only when absolutely necessary. With this philosophy shaping the layout of the town, the final product is a community that instantly feels welcoming, warm, and familiar. You will find homes perched high atop natural rock outcroppings, some nestled between clusters of beautifully timeworn trees, and others stretching out into the bay, as if reaching for the idyllic sunrises every morning.

Sustainability is at the forefront of the development, which aims to be a net-positive producer of energy. Work is already underway on a pioneering ocean thermal energy project, supported by the provincial government, that will heat every home. At the conclusion of the town’s development, the goal is to have even greater biodiversity in the area than before. Spirit Bay will also pursue certification from the International Dark Sky Association for its commitment to reducing light pollution by featuring downcast street lighting, preserving celestial views for residents every night. The community has been designed with pedestrians as the priority, fostering a healthy and walkable environment where neighbours and wildlife will often be encountered, and automobile use within the town will be at a bare minimum. All of this will make Spirit Bay one of the most environmentally sustainable towns in North America.

Servicing of phase one lots is currently underway, and will conclude in early Autumn. Several homes have already been completed and many more are under construction, including one being built by local students from Camosun College’s Aboriginals in Trades Training Program. This partnership provides students with the unique opportunity to receive real hands-on training as part of their education.

Spirit Bay’s first residents are already settled in and enjoying the unique experience of watching a town take shape and grow around them everyday. Homes, including lots, are priced from $259,900 and go upwards of $1.2 million. Such a diverse price range ensures that the community will be equally diverse. This is essential, as a composite of society is what makes the difference between building a neighbourhood, and creating a community. We invite you to look into becoming a founding member of our new town. The on-site Presentation Centre, located at 4901 East Sooke Road overlooking the beautiful Cheanuh Marina, is open from noon to four from Thursday through Monday. You can also visit us at spiritbay.ca or give us a call at 1 (855) 744-6888. Come experience Spirit Bay today to discover a new town, a new way.