The Travino gives first time buyers a range of options to customize the suite. The Royal Oak condos are two phases into its five building development.

Homefinder: Travino opens second phase in Royal Oak

Travino sells 30 per cent of the second phase units is five stage development continues in Royal Oak

The biggest residential development in Saanich is throwing a launch party for its second phase – and 30 per cent of the units have already been sold.

Travino is having the grand opening of its presentation centre on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 4 to 7 p.m., previewing the next 48 condos that are going on seven acres in Royal Oak. Its first phase finished in January – offering 62 units for rental or sale – and now the developer is gearing up for more people to move in as the second phase gets under construction.

Ed Geric, president of Mike Geric Construction, said the second phase features larger one- and two-bedroom units with dens, compared to the first phase. Geric will be on hand to answer any questions at the grand opening, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet other members of the MGC team, as well as members of the local business community such as Brian Bobiak of The Village restaurant.

“From the first phase, the demand has been from people in this area who are downsizing, but they still need some good space,” said Geric, noting that many of the presales have been from retired people and seniors looking for something around 1,500 square feet.

With construction not yet under way, potential buyers have the opportunity to customize their units, and Geric said there are numerous possibilities to make a unit just right.

“If they didn’t want a den and wanted a larger two-bedroom, or wanted the laundry in another location, we can make some pretty dramatic changes at this point in time until we start construction,” he said.

The Travino development boasts close proximity to many amenities, and – unlike similar contemporary buildings downtown – provides residents with expansive green spaces, water features, gazebo, community garden, walking trails and both mountain and pastoral views.

The units themselves feature air conditioning, solar-assisted hot water and enhanced soundproofing, among other measures for comfort and privacy. The 3,000-square-foot presentation centre will house a fully furnished one-bedroom suite for potential buyers to check out, as well as models and renderings of other units.

“They’ll see the actual finishings and everything else,” said Geric.

Geric said the second phase will have a unit for every type of person, including seniors, business professionals, young couples and families. Units range from as little as 450 square feet to a 2,100 square feet.

“It covers the gamut – we do offer some smaller units at lower price points, but we also offer the penthouse units,” he said. We have a bachelor unit that sells for $250,000, but we also have our largest penthouse that sells for over $700,000.”

Travino has been integrated with up-to-the-minute technological innovations, including electrical vehicle charging stations, a Built Green Gold design.

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