In the past year, we’ve all been forced to re-examine our living spaces. We’ve tried our hand at DIY renos only to realize that what we’re missing goes beyond the four walls around us; it extends to our community.
With many working from home for the foreseeable future, there’s more flexibility around where we choose as our base. No longer do we have to simply dream of island life, a slower pace, and getting to know our neighbours; we can make it a reality in Esquimalt.
This scenic Vancouver Island town is home to the transformed Esquimalt Town Square, a revived community with an unparalleled location, access to nature, and ample amenities. Local developer Aragon recognized the potential to create homes that echo the serenity of this location.
Enter, The Arbutus: their latest release of contemporary one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes, ranging from 665 sq ft to 1,449 sq ft — starting at $513,900. The release follows that of The Douglas, their first residential complex in the community which has seen success with over 60% of the homes sold.
Relocating to somewhere new can be daunting, whether you’re an empty-nester looking to downsize or a young professional in search of your first home. But it also creates an opportunity to start fresh and find joy in life’s simple pleasures.
In Esquimalt Town Square a former works yard with a renewed purpose, this is certainly the case. Centrally located, it takes just 10 minutes to commute to downtown Victoria, allowing you to dash to the bustling city to run errands (by car, bus, bike, or water taxi), and return to tranquility at The Arbutus.
As a diverse community, Esquimalt has everything you need within walking or biking distance. This includes Saxe Point Park, Macaulay Point Park, and Westbay Marine Village for socially distant walks. The Esquimalt branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library is located next door, where you can find your next great read, and the Esquimalt Recreation Centre is located just across the street.
There’s no shortage of neighbourhood gems and spots to shop local. From the cafes and stores on the ground floor of the rental building, including the new home of Esquimalt Roasting Company, to the nearby 10 Acres Bistro, Lighthouse Brewing, and Esquimalt Farmers Market, locals can find every treat for the senses.
Residential communities aren’t usually planned around public art, but at Esquimalt Town Square, the Art Walk is the focus of the community, showcasing artworks by Bill Porteous and other renowned artists from Greater Victoria. (Can you picture your daily walk with that level of inspiration?)
For those with children or who plan to start a family in the future, Esquimalt is home to numerous centres for early education, including Esquimalt High School, Rockheights Middle School, École Macaulay Elementary, and Island Kids Academy. It’s also a 20-minute drive from the University of Victoria.
One of the wonderful aspects of the homes at The Arbutus is thoughtful interior design, offering a range of floor plans to suit the needs of all homebuyers, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all approach. These homes are designed for modern living, giving future residents the space they need to thrive — both indoors and out.
After spending a lot more time at home, we all realize the importance of having natural light in our space. At The Arbutus, floor-to-ceiling windows allow light to flood into each room, which is further enhanced by the airy feel created by nine ft high ceilings.
In terms of interior decor, you can choose between a light or dark colour palette based on your preferences (and the furniture you plan to decorate with). This is complemented by impressive details, like white oak engineered hardwood flooring throughout, and a Napoleon 50-inch wall-mounted fireplace, a cozy touch for these cooler days.
Anyone who appreciates sustainable construction and timeless style will swoon over the Aragon signature design standout in every home: a feature wall made from reclaimed bricks — sourced from local heritage buildings. Instantly, this gives each home a storied element that can’t be replicated.
Foodies and amateur chefs alike will find themselves at home in the kitchens at The Arbutus. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself hosting friends around your kitchen island in the future, using gourmet appliances like the Bosch single wall oven and gas cooktop, and Fisher and Paykel stainless steel refrigerator.
Prepare veggies on a chopping board on the quartz countertops with polished tile backsplash and wash everything up afterwards in the Kohler undermount single-basin sink and pull-down faucet. The custom Benson cabinetry features under-cabinet lighting for the moments you need it.
Select homes also have picturesque views of the Salish Sea, instantly elevating at-home dining sessions with the scenes you’d typically only find at a restaurant.
Getting ready in the mornings will feel like a real treat in the luxurious bathrooms at The Arbutus. Evoking a spa-like ambiance, they feature quartz countertops and vanities finished with wood-look cabinetry.
After a long day, relax and unwind in the tub or enjoy a refreshing shower inside the frameless glass enclosure. No details are spared in the bathrooms; you’ll find Kohler plumbing fixtures in here, too.
Having our own outdoor area has never felt like more of a necessity than a luxury. At The Arbutus, select homes have outdoor spaces and private rooftop patios of up to 1,223 sq ft, offering residents space to retreat outside and sip their morning coffee or catch a memorable sunset.
The private rooftop patios for penthouse homes come with even more perks. Think outdoor kitchens starring a Napoleon 30-inch stainless steel barbecue, a 24-inch stainless steel bar fridge, and custom-designed powder-coated steel cabinetry. They also feature glass-covered trellises, perfect for al fresco dining at any time of year.
Curious to know about the storage options? Every home comes with a storage locker and an EV Duty electric vehicle parking stall.
Sustainable design has been a key focus for Aragon in building Esquimalt Town Square. The entire community is powered by a single Geothermal heating and cooling system, which saves you money, and preserves the environment. Plus, the library and office buildings on site were constructed with CLT mass timber technology, creating impressive expanses of floor-to-ceiling wood panels.
Aragon has spent more than three decades perfecting and innovating building design, creating quality homes for generations to come. Their most recent communities, Light House in New Westminster and Amber in Vancouver, have attracted many new homeowners who appreciate the quality and attention to detail that Aragon provides. The Arbutus at Esquimalt Town Square is the next chapter and one you could be a part of.
To avoid missing out on the opportunity to create a new life in a brand new home in Esquimalt, visit the Aragon website to register or call their Sales Team at 250-385-6665.