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About Harbourside

Harbourside's materials and mechanical systems were selected to achieve Built-Green Canada Gold standards. Early in our development process, Harbourside members completed an Environmental Footprint Survey to get an idea of the differences between where we lived then and our anticipated environmental footprint at Harbourside Cohousing. The actual unit sizes are slightly smaller and the utility costs are even lower than the survey anticipated.

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Harbourside site plan

Homes were designed by Mobius Architecture with our needs in mind. There are five unique and compact floor plans all with large south facing decks and spectacular views of the Sooke Harbour. The average unit size is about 850 sq. ft. The design supports opportunities for spontaneous connection and includes opportunities for gardening, a workshop, exercise room, art room, waterfront gazebo and other facilities that supplement our private homes and our Common House.

The former resort building contains gracious dining and kitchen space, two guest rooms with luxurious baths as well as a library, multi-purpose rooms, and a studio apartment renovated to serve as a “care suite” to support members needs as we age.

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Opening Celebration, July 2016

Our History

A loosely structured group began to talk about creating senior cohousing and look for land in 2011. Andrew Moore and Margaret Critchlow trained with Charles Durrett to offer “Study Group 1,” which they turned into a course called “Aging Well in Community.” Offered twice as a ten-week course, then condensed into a weekend workshop format, the course was required for equity membership in the cohousing group.

Members of Harbourside signing the 	agreement to purchase the site.

In 2013, the group purchased a waterfront resort from Ralph Hull, who became the eighth founding member of Harbourside Cohousing. They signed a contract with Cohousing Development Consulting to provide project management services to support the owners to renovate the resort building to serve as a Common House and develop 31 units of housing in 7 new buildings, consisting of 3 duplexes, 3 fourplexes and a 3-storey building with 13 units. Campbell Construction was retained as the General Contractor. By autumn 2014, Harbourside’s membership was complete, with purchase agreements for all 31 units in place. A ground-breaking ceremony celebrated the beginning of the construction process. In January 2016, the project was completed and members moved in.

More of the history of Harbourside is on the Canadian Senior CohHousing website.