By: Jessica Kirby
March 18th, 2021
Legacy in Dunbar village is bringing to the neighbourhood something it has never seen before. This limited collection of 48 single-family inspired two- and three-bedroom homes in a low-rise building is designed to fit into the neighbourhood as though it has always been there. It will merge into the existing distinctive ‘treescape’, and it will be intimately connected to the community’s eclectic spirit through street-level retail and immediate street access through a European-style concierge and lobby.
The project—Qualex-Landmark™ group’s 17th in British Columbia—will span an entire city block, leaving plenty of space to meet the demand for open and less densified living. Afterall, the landscape of modern family homes is changing. Growing families and empty-nesters desire walkable, connected neighbourhoods, close proximity to the city and ample space that offers a general sense of relaxation and luxury.
“Homeowner preference has significantly shifted from densified core-living to nature-centric, low-density locales,” says Jordan Beach, Qualex-Landmark™ VP of Sales and Marketing. “The adjustment to work-from-home and remote learning policies have all combined to create a renewed desire for spacious living.”
IBI Group architects’ hallmark approach to smart urban planning is accomplished through the incorporation of existing streetscape with the new building featuring a glass retail podium. The rooftop terrace and surrounding green landscape bring continuity to a fresh, white exterior that is accented with dark stone. Anchoring the public plaza, a dream-like sculpture by award-winning artist Marie Khouri provides the ideal spot for neighbours to meet.
Inside, the two- and three-bedroom homes maximize space with flowing sightlines leading out to the fire lit balconies, linking each home to the neighbourhood. With curated interiors by Scott Trepp Designs, Legacy will feature high end finishes from custom Italian cabinetry to high-performance fixtures. Natural stone runs throughout each home, and whether it’s a seamless white soaker tub, a waterfall-edge kitchen island slab, or engineered oak flooring, each element was designed with the refined lifestyle in mind.
There is no question: Legacy will change Dunbar for the better and forever. The neighbourhood is coveted by its residents for the authentic and safe village-like atmosphere and abundance of parks and conveniences.
“Having grown up in the neighbourhood, it’s a dream come true to see the detailed, hard work of Legacy become a reality,” Beach says. “Part of the appeal of Dunbar is that it changes without changing, and while this project will provide needed enhancement this city block, it will blend perfectly within the treelined streets.”