New Townhomes Bring Luxury to James Bay
With breathtaking water views from Odgen Pointe and elsewhere, James Bay offers easy access to downtown Victoria but at a quieter, more tranquil pace. Homewood Constructors Ltd. completed Dallas Pointe, a group of eight tri-level townhomes tucked away on James Bay’s Ontario Street, in mid-November. As of press time, seven out of eight townhomes were still available for sale.
Dallas Pointe’s three floor plans feature a den or bedroom on the lower floor, kitchen, living space and a half bath on the main floor and two bedrooms and en-suite baths on the upper floor. One floor plan includes a foyer, bedroom (or optional den) and single-vehicle garage, while the other two include a den and double-vehicle garage (a rarity at this price point, as listing agent Conrad Nyren points out; the townhomes range in price from $699,900 to $729,900 plus GST).
One row of townhomes offers street-facing patios with privacy landscaping, while the back row of townhomes includes a small grass area and lower-level patio. Both have upper-level balconies with frameless glass balustrades. Balconies outside of the kitchen areas come equipped with natural gas outlets for barbequing.
“Homeowners can weigh the benefits of private outdoor patios against those of a front porch which engages the public realm, those of a double car garage with the appeal of a home office/studio, those of media room/den with those of a games room,” says Karen Hillel of Hillel Architecture. “There is a generosity of outdoor green space and a common courtyard, a potluck BBQ or individuals wanting to load a kayak onto their car or refinish antique furniture.”
Hillel says the townhomes are unique in their appeal to variety of homeowners including families and “their ability to meet a variety of needs and lifestyles while providing opportunities for social interaction and outdoor activities through thoughtful site design.”
The first home in Dallas Pointe sold to an empty nester, and in fact, Nyren says the target market for the project is in the 35-65-year-old range.
Gourmet kitchens open into the main living area and include textured metal cabinets, energy-efficient stainless steel appliances and quartzstone countertops. Contemporary fixtures and appliances, wide-planked, engineered oak flooring, recessed lighting and linear gas fireplaces lend stylish sophistication to the main level.
“While tones varying from white to grey are predominately at play, contrasting colours and materials are introduced to highlight certain features such as front entry doors, privacy screens between homes and recessed wall planes,” Hillel says. “Here, warmer finishes and tones have been introduced.”
Beyond the contemporary style and functionality of the townhomes themselves, the neighbourhood is another selling point. “James Bay has a wide appeal to buyers because of it is character,” says Nyren. “It is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods on the West Coast. It also has a vibrant core with all amenities, and a real sense of community among its residents.”