The Westerly in Nanoose Bay 39 one and two bedroom homes by Seacliff Properties

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

The Westerly, an upscale 39-unit oceanfront project from Vancouver-based Seacliff Properties.

Barbara Gunn
The Vancouver Sun

In terms of established master-planned communities, Vancouver Island’s Fairwinds is more than a little noteworthy.

Created more than 30 years ago, the 750-acre community in Nanoose Bay — about a 20-minute drive up island from Nanaimo and its ferry crossing to the mainland — is now home to some 1,000 people. In the years ahead, however, that number is expected to grow considerably, given plans to add more than 2,000 residences, including townhomes, condos, single-family homes and waterfront rental units.

Call it a master, master plan.

The newest addition to Fairwinds, home to a 350-berth marina and the award-winning Fairwinds Golf Club — it hosted the B.C. Junior Boys Golf Championship earlier this month — is The Westerly, an upscale 39-unit oceanfront project from Vancouver-based Seacliff Properties.

The six-storey building, with one- and two-bedroom homes ranging up to 1,800 square feet, will be a standout compared to anything constructed in the earlier phases at Fairwinds, says Julie Jaworski, marketing and communications manager at Fairwinds.

“Nothing like this exists at Fairwinds,” she says, noting that The Westerly is expected to draw buyers from the Lower Mainland and well beyond.

“We’re looking at affluent 50-year-plus individuals, white-collar professionals likely moving from Calgary, Vancouver and other metropolitan areas to the island permanently or part-time,” she says. “They’re generally lifestyle-oriented people who enjoy the outdoors and are often looking to slow down, but not necessarily retire.”

At Fairwinds, the outdoor pursuits those residents can enjoy are myriad, with endless opportunities for hiking, fishing, boating, biking, bird-watching and beachcombing.

“The master design leaves plenty of wild and green space, ensuring that this community will never feel crowded, just welcoming,” Jaworski says.

But the recreational offerings extend far beyond those related to Fairwinds’ natural, oceanside setting.

The community’s 20,000-square-foot Fairness Wellness Club includes an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, tennis court, weight rooms and multi-purpose room for badminton, pickleball and fitness classes.

As well, the soon-to-be completed Fairwinds Landing will be “the new heart of Fairwinds,” Jaworski says, “with plenty of amenities and residential and commercial space in a desirable waterside location adjacent to the marina.”

Should residents — Jaworksi calls them “Fairwinders” — wish to relax with their neighbours in the comfort of their homes, they will be able to do so in units with large covered balconies, many with ocean outlooks.

The contemporary residences will also have large windows with roller shade coverings, nine-foot-high ceilings and gas fireplaces.

Floors in the main living areas will be topped with engineered wood, while bedrooms will have plush carpeting underfoot. Most homes will also have walk-in closets.

Kitchens will be fitted with soft-close drawers and doors, under-cabinet lighting, quartz countertops and tile backsplashes.

Bathrooms will have undermount sinks, quartz counters and tile flooring and shower and tub surrounds. Master ensuites will be fitted with heated floors.

Common spaces at The Westerly include a multi-purpose amenity room and landscaped grounds with walking paths. The building will also include underground parking and a storage area for bicycles.

Meantime, Jaworski says, next up at Fairwinds will be a 35-unit townhome project called Timber Ridge, situated on some 11 acres overlooking the Strait of Georgia.

The Westerly

Project location: Fairwinds, Nanoose Bay, B.C.

Developer: Seacliff Properties

Project size: 39 one- and two-bedroom homes

Residence size: Approx. 1,500 — 1,800 square feet

Prices: $450,000 — $1,190,000

Sales centre: 3455 Fairwinds Drive, Nanoose Bay

Telephone: 250-387-4162


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