Watermark takes Vancouver Sun, Miss 604, Vancouver View, and me to check out oceanfront condos in Sechelt, B.C.
"Welcome to Sechelt, is this your first time?" English-born Porter asked. "See the big starfish?" Porter pointed at the pillar supporting the piere. He talked about seals and sealions and how they're around here somewhere, too. After the handshakes, we seperated in groups of two, and it was off to the site.
"Who are your target audeince?" asked Porter. What's your circulation like?" He gushed about the town of Sechelt, maybe even more than the project itself.
"It's like an island vibe, island feel," he said. Everything is basically a walking distance away, so the town is the perfect place to get away from all the big city noise, yet still feel connected to the city, as Vancouver is a 40-minute ferry ride away. "You really feel like you're away from the city and it's very relaxed and laid back," Porter said.
"Nobody beeps horns, nobody gets panicked. You can stop at a four-way stop and everybody sits and waits, nobody goes," he said with a hearty laugh. It's just really neat." A few minutes later, somebody beeped. "You see that, I say nobody beeps and what does that guy do? He beeps," Porter brought on a fresh wave of laughter.
"This is the site," Boyes said.
As the car's door opened, a hit of that familiar ocean perfume.
"This is our front door," Porter said, looking out over the Georgia Straight.
He talked about the ocean, and how we were standing right on the Straight of Georgia, how there's the inlet side, where tha plane landed minutes ago, and how that's a much calmer ocean. "It's still ocean, it's still saltwater, but it's a totally different experience," said Porter. He said it's safe to swim and kayak. "It's like a lake."
A few paces back, and we were inside. The carpeted suite interior's south-facing windows featured a panoramic ocean view, as promised in the dozens or so information sheets attached in the Watermark package given to us.
The walls were covered with floor plans and colour swatches, the tower model in the centre for view.
In the corner, a fireplace. The Sunshine Coast on screen, binoculars by the TVs side. Porter talked about phase one, one of the two six-storey concrete buildings and how it will be complete by December 2012. He said the 104-unit development has condos ranging from one to three plus bedrooms starting at 650 square feet for $249,900. It appeals to the 50-plus crowd, not first time buyers, they've already owned in downtown Vancouver or False Creek, and know quality, he said. The outdoor patio had pillows with anchors and a walk-on pebble beach.
Porter talks Watermark
After we viewed the site, we went directly to The Lighthouse Pub. Mussels and prawns for lunch. Looking at the boats, we enjoyed iced tea, beer and some delicious sea food. "Oh, I just saw a plane hit the water," Boyes said. "We don't say hit," joked Porter. "Flared, gently landed," again that hearty laugh. We all laughed.
Upon leaving, bright yellow goody bags. Inside, "25 Things To Do On The Sunshine Coast," Holy Crap cereal and more of Sechelt and Sunshine Coast. "Stroll the Gibsons Seawalk and have lunch at Molly's Reach," was number one. Molly's Reach is the ex-film set of Canadian film comedy-drama "The Beachcombers." "Build a sandcastle at Davis Bay," or hail a water taxi from Secret Cove, others read. The mini booklet highlighted nearby islands like Thormanby Island, Buccaneer Bay Jedediah Island, all near Secret Cove.
"We have to go in five minutes," Boyes said. We packed up,and headed for home.
So, how was the ride? asked the pilot, as we boarded the seaplane. He extended his hand for us to catch, so we too didn't become one with the ocean.