Nelson developers build homes with a different view
In our city full of 100-year-old houses on large lots, Patrick Davis and Alvin Benjamin saw a need for something different.
Since 2010, the local development partners have been building condominium townhomes to appeal to people who want to move into something smaller.
“For first-time home buyers or people looking to downsize, they’re perfect,” said Davis.
So far, they’ve sold out two eight-unit buildings in their West Creek Village on Perrier Road.
Now they’re offering pre-sales for homes in two more buildings of the same design in a development near Rosemont Park called The View on West Richards, which will be complete in October.
“When we started working on West Creek Village, it was right at the time of the economic downturn, so we were really focused on creating affordable homes,” explained Davis. “They sold so well that we decided to keep doing it.”
Homes at The View sell for less than $300,000. Buyers can choose between a 1,500 square foot four-room design in the upper units or a 1,400 square foot, three-room lower unit.
“The lower units have everything on a single level, which is really hard to find. They’re ideal for people with mobility issues,” said Davis.
Benjamin said people who see the units are consistently impressed by the quality of everything from the cabinetry to the stainless steel appliances.
“Most condos start with a basic unit then offer upgrade packages, but we’ve already upgraded everything,” he said.
Other cities in the Kootenays have tried to attract Davis and Benjamin to take on projects, but the two agree they’d rather build where they live.
“We’re a local company and we try to keep everything local — our tradespeople are local, our materials are all sourced locally,” Davis said. “We live in Nelson, we love Nelson and we want to build houses in Nelson.”
For more information on their current development see theviewonwestrichards.ca.
Open houses are still being offered in two show suites at West Creek Village for people who want a sneak peek of what The View units will look like.