Condo Review: Bayview Promontory
Marko Juras is a Realtor® with Fair Realty in Victoria. The author’s comments and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of VibrantVictoria or its parent company, Skyscraper Source Media. This is not an endorsement of the project being reviewed and is intended for informational purposes only. Additional condo reviews can be accessed here.
In the real-estate boom of the 2000’s Victoria homebuyers and investors had years of opportunity to make substantial returns on condo presales. When the market leveled out in 2008/2009 fortunes had turned and many presale condos were valued well below their original presale price upon completion. In 2009 highrise condo construction in Victoria tapered off after completion of Bayview One, an 11-storey luxury condo in Vic West. From that point forward an uncertainty surrounded the market.
Developer Dave Chard of Chard Development, however, saw opportunity in the lack of inventory and almost single-handedly returned construction momentum to downtown with his The 834 project. The 115 unit condo nearly sold out before its construction completion in late 2011, and it’s success signaled the return of viable condo presales.
With the current market having recovered from the doldrums of the late 2000’s developers are once again betting on new residential developments throughout downtown and in the urban core of the region. Throughout 2011 and into early 2012 a number of major projects began presales including Duet, Era, Bayview Promontory, The Sovereign, Mondrian and Union, with the latter four already under construction or having commenced excavation.
Bayview Promontory Review
Bayview Promontory, a 21-storey contemporary building located in Vic West’s Songhees neighbourhood, is described by developer Bosa Properties as “the new beacon in Victoria’s Inner Harbour,” a fitting title considering the building will become Victoria’s tallest upon completion. Promontory offers 177 units with a wide array of varying condo sizes and prices not typically seen in Victoria. Units are priced from $199,900 for Jr. one bedrooms all the way to penthouses valued in excess of $2-million (coincidentally both have already sold). Currently Promontory is under construction with an anticipated completion date of April 30th, 2014. On the publication date of this article, approximately 100 of the 177 units have been sold.
Parking: At the Promontory there are 199 parking spots assigned to 177 units: every unit has at least one parking spot and in addition each comes with a bicycle storage locker. The underground parking also features emergency alert buttons for added safety. Additional parking was available initially for $12,000 per spot, however, remaining spots are being withheld by the developer for release at a later date. There are 22 visitor parking spots as well as street parking on Saghalie Road and Kimta Road.
Kitchens: For the purposes of this article, the smaller kitchen found in the one bedroom and two bedroom, one bath units is reviewed. Sleek is probably the best term to describe the kitchen. The fit and finish of the “white-oak” cabinets and the hardware is solid and the soft-close doors and drawers glide effortlessly. For a small kitchen there is adequate storage which is augmented by the wall mounted storage pantry that includes an LCD television (a major distinguishing feature that sets this kitchen apart from the competition). Counters are composite stone and are well-executed with the side of the island also finished in stone. The kitchen appliances further set Promontory’s kitchens apart from the competition: 60cm Miele Refrigerator; Inspira Miele dishwasher; an AEG Electrolux 60cm natural gas cooktop and AEG Electrolux stainless steel wall oven. While the stove looks sharp, the 60cm model could be a little tight for some. The hood fan is in the form of a thin Faber slide-out with a separate Panasonic microwave which is in a slightly awkward location (ideally, the microwave closer in proximity to the refrigerator would be preferable). Overall, while sleek and attractive, the 60cm oven and the poor placement of the microwave make this kitchen a little short of perfect. On a side-note, a VibrantVictoria discussion forum contributor, Gary_H, posted a rendering which further enhanced the design of the Promontory kitchen by adding additional cabinets and counter space. It can be found at http://vibrantvictoria.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=5554&page=11
Bathrooms: The bathrooms at Promontory are attractive in light of offerings at other projects. Purchasers can choose between the standard soaker tub or an optional shower upgrade ($1,500). Both layouts have porcelain title surround. The plumbing fixtures look and feel solid and unlike other developments the shower head is adjustable in height. The toilet is dual flush as is now the norm in all new condo developments. The custom-framed vanity mirror with integral back-lighting certainly looks good. In-floor heating is optional, although it would have been a great standard feature for all bathrooms.
General Finishing: Finishing is above average. The ceiling height of 8’10’’ in living areas is notably higher than the competition (Era 8’8’’; Duet 8’6’’). As is common with most other developments laminate is installed in the main living areas and carpeting in the bedrooms. Upgrading to laminate in the bedrooms will cost approximately $5 per square foot. Heating at the Promontory is pumped out by a forced-air heat and air condition system with ceiling mounted heat pumps in the bathrooms. This is a superior heating system to the baseboards found in other developments. In terms of window coverings, fabric roller blinds come standard throughout. Laundry appliances are Maytag’s and laundry closets will feature built-in shelving. Baseboards will be of the “engineered-wood” variety and analysis of renderings suggests a decent profile.
Common Areas: Interior design of common areas is courtesy of Mitchell Freedland Design featuring a two-storey lobby entrance with concierge desk. On the main floor of the Promontory there will be an owner’s lounge with an outside BBQ area. However, with an east-facing exposure it is unlikely to see heavy use.
Deposit Structure: 10% with CHMC qualification (compare with 5% @ Duet & 5% @ Era for first-time-buyers only) and 20% with no CMHC qualification (15% @ Era, 15% @ Duet). The deposit structure is crucial for investors as it can significantly affect return on investment, unfortunately at the Promontory the deposit structure is on the high side.
In terms of investment, Promontory offers solid value and is probably one of the best put-together presale offerings starting in the $200,000 price range. Three floor plans (all smaller units) are evaluated below and matched against similar floor plans at other downtown projects. The floor plans referenced below can be viewed at http://www.bosaproperties.com/promontory/interiors_floorplans.php#suite-g
Floor plan G, 8th floor, west facing, 455 ft2 plus 35 149 ft2 patio. Parking included. Price $226,900 minus current incentive ($8,000 approx.) = Approx. $216,900.
$216,900/455 ft2 = $476 per ft2 Strata Fees = $157 (includes heating and gas stove).
Floor Plan G Comments: This unit provides an amazing price point for a building of this calibre. Bosa is including what appears to be a high quality murphy bed (mattress not included) making this unit ready to live in or rent upon completion. While the layout is less than ideal, it provides for a full-sized kitchen, large bathroom, and adequate living space. The west-facing units will also enjoy inner harbour glimpses from the balcony, however, one has to keep in mind that lower units will also be flanked by the 11-storey Bayview One building immediately to the east. With rentals likely to range between $1000 to $1,150 per month, this unit will likely provide the highest return on investment for those wishing to rent upon completion.
Floor plan E, 8th floor, north facing, 519 ft2 plus 149 ft2 patio. Parking included. Price: $272,900 minus current incentive ($10,000 approx.) = Approx. $262,900.
$262,900/519 ft2 = $507 per ft2 Strata Fees = $175.27 (includes heat and gas stove).
Floor Plan E Comments: This particular floor plan, or a small variation of it, can be found in almost every pre-sale building downtown including the Era (B1, B2, B5), Duet (Rupert, Chapman), and Mondrian (units #208-1009). The layout in this particular 519 ft2 unit is probably as good as it gets, given the size. The 8th floor E plan will feature solid views in the direction of Dockside Green, including some views of the Gorge Waterway.
Floor plan D1, 8th floor, north-east facing, 723 ft2 plus 149 ft2 patio. Parking included. Price: $392,900 minus current incentive ($15,000 approx.). = Approx. $377,900.
$377,900/723 ft2 = $523 per ft2 Strata Fees = $222.41 (includes heating and gas stove).
Floor Plan D1 Comments: Another floor plan commonly found in other buildings, the 700 to 800 ft2 two bedroom corner unit. At the Era (C1; has two bathrooms), Mondrian (units #207-1007), Duet (Sylvia). The one aspect that sets the D1 apart from the crowd is the 149 ft2 patio. While nice to have, given the north-east orientation it may not get much use. The sightlines from the kitchen of the D1 suffer slightly due to the master bedroom closet; however, other than that, this should be a relatively bright living space despite the orientation thanks to its large windows flanking both sides of the unit. VV
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The five most recent replies to VibrantVictoria.ca's discussion forum's [Vic West] Promontory at Bayview | Condos | 21-floors | U/C thread, the most relevant thread to the above headline or article:
Mike K.May 18, 2013 at 9:32 am
Quote: Here is the latest Promontory time lapse pictures for you guys, these pictures are up to the 11th floor. Please let me know if the link is ok as I may have goofed up. Thank you.
Thanks, Leslie. Is there a way to view the photos as part of a montage or only individually?
LJMay 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm
I see references to townhomes associated with the Promontory, is there renderings of those somewhere?
SparkyMay 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm
Sunset behind the crane tonight.
leslie64May 21, 2013 at 8:59 am
Quote: Thanks, Leslie. Is there a way to view the photos as part of a montage or only individually?
I was thinking about that myself and was wondering what program I can use other than windows slid show to flip through the pictures at a rate that works and then record it. I will see if I can use slide show or something else to do that and see if I like the results. Maybe someone reading this has an idea how to do this and can tell me how. I will try though so look back here in a day or two to see if I did it ok.
Cheers and have a great day all. :wave: