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Watermark takes quality, accessibility to next level

Watermark takes quality, accessibility to next level


An artists rendition of the green space between the two buildings across from Teredo street. Submitted

As workers continue to put the finishing touches on Phase One of the Watermark development, the project begins to feel as was originally intended – like an exciting opportunity for locals to enjoy waterfront living in downtown Sechelt.

These six-storey buildings will house 104 suites, a café-bistro and several commercial spaces. As of May 29, about half of all the units have been sold and interest is mushrooming as the move-in dates for residents approaches quickly.

To give the project an authentically Sunshine Coast feeling, the construction design utilized natural elements including river rock and driftwood. The terraced architecture and large, south-facing balconies maximize beautiful views of the Georgia Strait and showcase the true beauty of the area.

Several unique features go beyond what is called for and make this new development special.

First of all, Pacific Spirit Properties made these buildings more accessible and adaptable than most developments. All suites are designed for single level living, with wider doors and hallways throughout the development. This is rarely done as it can take up valuable square footage, but in the event that mobility becomes an issue whether due to age or a freak accident, it is an incredible feature to have, especially for our aging demographic. It is also great for resale potential in the future.

Every suite also has one wheelchair-accessible bathroom and bedroom. All bathrooms have secure backing installed behind drywall, so that grab bars can be installed by the toilet and tub if needed. To enhance accessibility, all kitchens have been built with a continuous countertop ensuring a single smooth surface from range to sink. Rounding out the accessibility of these new units, light switches and power outlets have been placed appropriately to make them easy to reach.


The top floors of Phase One of the Watermark Condominiums are almost ready for residents to move in. Photo Jim Dorey

The solid concrete construction is unlike any other condo development on the Coast. Knowing that winters can bring big storms, developer Ian Porter of Pacific Spirit Properties determined that the Watermark’s advanced level of building quality with its increased durability would mean lower maintenance costs in the future. It also provides for advanced acoustic privacy between suites, and increases the overall energy efficiency of the building. In the face of those winter storms, Watermark’s gold standard curtain wall system offers the best water and wind protection available. Residents will enjoy their panoramic views through stronger, high-quality, commercial-grade window systems with fewer mullions and more vision areas.

John McKenzie of Royal LePage notes that “Watermark is a wonderful addition to Sechelt in that it sends a message that the Sunshine Coast is moving forward. Watermark is a bright spot on the Coast from not only a real estate but a lifestyle perspective. I don’t think that locals have fully grasped what it is that we are actually building and how attractive this whole development is going to turn out. We are in for an exciting summer once we open the front doors.”

The Watermark offers a ‘lock and leave’ option that gives residents the freedom to travel without worrying about yard and house maintenance

With recreation facilities just a few blocks away and to keep strata costs low, amenities do not include a pool or sauna. A planned community room will be finished with TV lounge and dining areas and a pool table. A planned workshop will offer workbenches and lockers for residents downsizing into a simpler condominium lifestyle, but still wanting a space where they can work on small projects. Scooter parking and bike storage will be available in the parkade. At this great downtown location, residents can walk to all amenities.

For local residents, an outdoor elevator will provide easy access to the plaza with its beautiful landscaped green space and living wall – the finishing touch on a well rounded development created by thoughtful individuals.

Jim Dorey

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