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Luxury Sapphire Condominium Construction, Expected to Kick Off at Esquimalt’s Harbourfront Westbay Quay Development

Westbay Quay development phase two is fast approaching its launch for construction along the banks of the Inner Harbour while phase one is on a quick pace nearing its spring completion. 

The sold-out collection of one and two-bedroom residences, residential living units with commercial space, and pure commercial units within the six-storey Topaz and two-storey Lapis buildings of the first phase has been in progress since 2019, along Lyall and Head streets across from the Westbay Marina. Sapphire, Westbay Quay’s five-storey final offering, marketed for luxury home buyers, will soon kickstart. 

“With the culmination of over two years of construction on Topaz and Lapis, we are pleased to announce the upcoming construction start at Sapphire, our much anticipated high-end release at Westbay Quay that will mark this one-of-a-kind, highly sought after oceanfront community’s final phase and deliver the highest quality pre-sale to Esquimalt and Greater Victoria,” says Max Tomaszewski, the developer and a partner at Tenfold Projects.

Priced from $955,500 to just under $6.4 million, Sapphire’s presale suites of eight, measuring between 735 and over 3,500 square feet of interior living space in one and three-bedroom configurations, while the already sold fifth-floor penthouse is less than 1,900 square feet. 

To ensure that each home meets every purchaser’s individual needs and tastes Tenfold has added $125 per square foot in the price of each unit for custom interior design and finishings. This is in addition to the building’s concept features of premium, market-leading all-concrete construction, floor-to-ceiling windows, and preserved sweeping views over the scenic Inner Harbour and the Salish Sea beyond.

“We recognize that opulence and luxury can mean uniquely different things to uniquely different people, and we’re committed to working with our purchasers at Sapphire on a one-on-one basis to ensure their homes are provided the care and attention deserving of such a high-profile development in a world-class location.” says Tomaszewski. That final design work “will be guided through the helping hand of interior designer Lisa Sinclair of Vita Design Interior Architecture.

The development team’s interior finishings prior to customization work will present a palate of demised interior walls prepared for painting, roughed-in plumbing for wall-hung toilets, bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry room fixtures, high-end Lotus LED recessed gambled 4” ceiling light fixtures installed, and positioned in accordance with buyers’ preferences, installed and commissioned in-floor hydronic heating, electric-heated bathroom floors ready for tiling, venting with a fresh air exchange installed to-code, and finished exterior spaces featuring raised patio blocks. Each home will also include a commissioned fire suppression system.

Sapphire’s unit breakdown includes four suites on the second level in one and two-bedroom floorplans, two suites on the third floor both sized with two bedrooms, and one full-floor sub-penthouse on the fourth storey in a three-bedroom configuration. Purchasers may have the opportunity to combine floor plans on the same floor,” he added.

At the same time, other exciting reports are turning up about Westbay Quay’s ground-oriented commercial lessee line-up that will front its three boulevards just steps from the Westbay Marina.

According to Tomaszewski, a well-established restaurateur has reserved Sapphire’s ground floor space earmarked for a dining destination, for plans of opening a deluxe bistro-style diner. More details will soon be disclosed in the near future.

A café and a restaurant will also be occupying retail units in phase one. So will a gelato bar and a dental clinic to complete the retail spaces. Live-work units in the Lapis building will be announced individually by their owner-operator according to Tomaszewski.

“Westbay Quay will not only become an architectural landmark in the beautiful and burgeoning community of Esquimalt, but our goal with its retail make-up has always been to service this desirable oceanfront neighbourhood with destination-worthy retail operators sought after within the context of a popular marina, and we’re thrilled with the response from local business persons who share in our vision for the Westbay Marina community both in terms of leases in our retail spaces and as live-work purchasers,” Tomaszewski stated.

Tomaszewski and his partner David Price began developing luxury properties along the western shores of the Inner Harbour over a decade ago and are well-acquainted with the charm of Esquimalt’s coastal lands.

David Price built two towers and a collection of townhomes on a rise overlooking Westbay Quay and the marina. These real-estate properties later became enshrined among the upper echelon of condominium residences. Swallows Landing, as they are known, is part of several condominiums on Vancouver Island that fall into the category of true high-end living. Price describes the nine-storey promontories as “sought-after estates that bear the inspiration for Sapphire’s architectural design, positioned to take in the incredible views of a busy port, downtown Victoria and the Salish Sea.”

Sapphire’s design is aimed to make it a distinct structure from inside and out, according to Price. Adding that luxury in every detail driving every facet of the build will hearken back to Swallows Landing and its legacy to Victoria’s cityscape.

“We set out to deliver a timeless place to call home at Swallows Landing, and we are honoured to see its residences broadly acknowledged by homeowners and the real estate industry to be one of the highest quality condominium projects ever built in Victoria, and Sapphire, with its avant-garde architecture and engineering, builds on that success,” Price said. He also added that “Sapphire’s single-loaded, rear-positioned corridor design will ensure all suites enjoy phenomenal views, and homebuyers will have peace of mind for their investments through high-end construction quality and unsurpassed detailing.”

Located at 845 Dunsmuir Road, Swallows Landing can be publicly viewed alongside its lands, walked to access a platform set among a grove of Garry Oak trees along the banks of the Inner Harbour.

Adding to the milestone of Tenfold is the completion of its highly awaited 102-unit mixed-use low-rise condominium on John Street, Cook Street, in downtown Victoria called the Wade. It became one of the finest structures in the capital’s Harris Green neighborhood, which is known for its attractive mixed-use buildings and wide-ranging commercial services. 

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