Viewing Category – Sooke Living

Poirier Rise at Woodland Creek – large lots, mountain views, and spacious family homes with legal suites

Woodland Creek’s new phase, Poirier Rise, is situated on a gentle ridge in the Woodland Creek community looking south towards the majestic Olympic Mountains and north towards the rolling Sooke Hills. This 20 lot cul-de-sac is connected by trails to adjacent schools and parks, and offers larger lots than previous single family phases.  Enjoy new home plans that build on our tradition of quality construction and award winning customer service.

The new Sherigham and Carmanah  home plans provide 3 or 4 bedrooms plus den, a sunny south facing deck off a light filled great room and gourmet kitchen. The master bedroom suite commands a great view to the south, walk in closet, and deluxe ensuite bathroom with dual vanity and separate tub and shower.  A legal one bedroom suite in the basement provides room for in-laws or renters.  Generous yards are fenced and landscaped.

 

The Fairfield I and II plans are a variation on our popular award winning Arbutus plan with the Master on the Main but we’ve added a larger garage, and a walk out basement that can accommodate extra bedrooms and rec room or a legal suite. To top it off you will find room for lots of storage in a spacious head height crawlspace.

 

The first release of new homes will be provide occupancy starting Spring 2018 and come with an attractive combination of features and options. Homes start from $588,900 GST included. Contact us for more details or click here to sign up on our mailing list.

New Westcoast Modern Homes on the Ridge at Woodland Creek, Sooke BC

We are excited to launch a new offering of Westcoast Modern homes by our builder SC Smith Building Co.  New designs that take cues from both contemporary and westcoast influences and complement the energy and lifestyle of Sooke.

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New Westcoast Modern Homes at Woodland Creek

Located on lots 11-13 on Arranwood Drive in Woodland Creek, these homes have a long list of features normally only found in custom homes: waterfall kitchen islands, floating ensuite vanity with vessel sinks, wall mounted faucets, flat panel modern cabinetry and more.  Construction has started with the first home available in the summer of 2017.

The Vibe – 3 bedroom, 3 bath plus den 

The Pulse – 3 bedroom, 3 bath plus den

The Aura – 3 bedroom, 3 bath plus den

Fresh interiors

  • Two designer inspired color schemes Tempo and Rhythm
  • Floating ensuite vanity with vessel sinks and chrome hardware
  • 12mm laminate flooring through main floor in wood grain series
  • Nine-foot main floor ceiling for airy, spacious feel and crisp, modern painted moldings and trim styles throughout
  • Electric fireplace in living room featuring crystal glass set with remote control and electric baseboard for heating
  • Pot lighting and unique lighting fixtures throughout interior with USB charger in kitchen island
  • Technology proof wiring featuring multiple connection points and central media panel access
  • Wood and metal custom stair railings in colors to complement the interior scheme selected

Appealing exteriors

  • Two designer exterior schemes Zen and Echo
  • Distinct designs capturing cues from modern and west coast features
  • Attractive, durable concrete fiber siding, aluminum longboard wood series, laminate roofing and durable products throughout
  • Aluminum and glass garage doors with electric opener and two remotes
  • Painted or wood front doors with chrome hardware in contrasting colors
  • Exposed aggregate driveways and patio, green space and rear property line fencing

Kitchens, bathrooms and laundry

  • Modern flat panel cabinetry featuring complimentary colors and dual tone finishes
  • Stylish laminate countertops with waterfall edge in kitchen
  • Floating ensuite vanity with two vessel sinks and chrome fixtures
  • Wall mounted faucet and vessel sink in powder room
  • Tile backsplash in kitchen complimenting the design elements
  • Six-piece appliance package in white or black including fridge, range, dishwasher, otr microwave and washer/dryer
  • Ensuite shower featuring tile walls and glass surround and door and chrome controls and accessories
  • Separate laundry room for maximum space and efficiency

The little things

  •  Fully heated and lit crawlspaces for warm, dry storage and a minimum of three feet headroom accessed by a large crawl space door
  • Fully finished and heated garages including insulation, primed drywall finished electrical
  • Two exterior hose bibs, ample lighting around exterior, window screens, window coverings, vacuum rough in and fiber optic media connections standard

The building process

  • Full access to our state of the art cloud based management program to keep you informed about your homes progress at every step of the construction process at the click of a mouse
  • Site walk through at lockup and at final occupancy to ensure every detail is met and every home exceeds expectations
  • Continuous quality control checks through duration of build optimizing every material and process to its fullest potential
  • 2/5/10 warranty provided by Aviva on every home
  • In house crews complete many of the key elements of the home build to ensure quality, scheduling and efficiency
  • Flexibility in mechanical and cosmetic features of the homes to allow new buyers to chose and select many available options and selections with our sales team

For more information contact the sales team at Woodland Creek

Totangi Properties Ltd., SC Smith Building Co.,  and Woodland Creek

Totangi Properties – Celebrating their 49th year in business, Totangi Properties, the developer of Woodland Creek, is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. In 2014 Totangi was ranked #1 in Canada for Customer Satisfaction by Avid Ratings.

SC Smith Building Company – The 2012 Gold CARE Award for Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company is a local, residential real estate contracting firm specializing in distinctive new homes and timeless renovations. By utilizing practical, modern solutions and old world attention to detail and building philosophies the skilled, professional team repeatedly provide a successful building experience for their clients.

Woodland Creek –  2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC. A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long-term commitment of an established local developer.

 

Video Walk Through – The 4 Bedroom Fir Plan

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January 26, 2016 – – We just had the pleasure of handing over the keys to a new 4 Bedroom Fir plan which is becoming another one of our most popular plans.  This home plan and its details was featured in our earlier post –  The Four Bedroom Fir Plan – the perfect family home.

Just before the new owners arrived for their new home orientation, I had a chance to walk through it to make this video.   These buyers were introduced to Woodland Creek by their Realtor when the home was at framing stage and they were able to arrange for several custom changes that they wanted in their new home.

If you like the look of this, we have more Fir plans scheduled for construction. Contact us for details.

 

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Celebrating their 47th year in business, Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. In 2014 Totangi was ranked #1 in Canada for Customer Satisfaction by Avid Ratings. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, in the creation of Woodland Creek and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC. A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

 

 

 

The Geothermal Experience at Woodland Creek

Geothermal Drilling at Woodland Creek, Built Green affordable homes in Sooke

As we start construction on the 5 remaining geothermal lots at Woodland Creek in the town of Sooke, a waterfront community close to Victoria BC, we can truly say that the innovative approach we took to new home construction has paid off.  It has paid off for the homeowners, the environment, the community, and our employees and trades.

Homeowners that purchased the first new homes 4 years ago were risk takers.  As early adopters they were willing to try something relatively new. While an established technology elsewhere in the world, individual geothermal or geoexchange systems for single family homes was fairly new to Vancouver Island and definitely a first in Sooke.  These homeowners have now benefited from lower energy consumption (over $1,000 per year) and a cleaner, greener, and healthier living environment.  Their investment in a geothermal home will increase their resale value and will continue to pay financial and environmental dividends into the future.

The community of Sooke and environment have benefited from a leading edge residential subdivision with a smaller carbon foot print.  With an average reduction in energy consumption of about 11,000 kilowatts per home, together each year, homeowners in the subdivision have consumed over 300,000 kilowatts hours less in energy and reduced carbon emissions by 210 tonnes.  Imagine that in 10 years the subdivision will have saved 3 million kilowatt hours of energy – that’s 3 megawatts!

Our employees and participating trades have had a long term education in new technology and building green.  By using the geothermal systems and employing Built Green accreditation and Energuide rating along with waste reduction, sorting, and recycling, everyone one has been part of a journey of continual improvement.  We continue to see this with our team as we adopt new building techniques, use new materials, and adapt to the introduction of the new building code.

We took a risk as a developer to invest in an expensive geothermal project, but we think we have achieved a triple bottom line return socially, environmentally, and financially – and that’s made it all the worthwhile.

Here’s a look back at the start of it all….

 

Here are 5 key benefits of a Geothermal System.

Lower Operating Costs – Because geothermal systems operate more efficiently than ordinary heating and air conditioning systems, annual operating costs are in the range of 30% to 60% lower then other heating and cooling systems. Geothermal operating costs are approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of electric baseboard heat.

Environmentally Friendly – Geothermal systems eliminate the combustion of fossil fuels on site and dramatically reduce the need to generate power – thereby lowering emissions of greenhouse gases and the environmental damage associated with non-renewable resource extraction.

Comfort – Because geothermal systems use the relatively stable temperature of the earth as an energy source, you are assured of constant, even heating in winter and better humidity control in the summer. Geothermal systems eliminate the need for exhaust venting, reducing the number of penetrations in the building envelope and improving weather tightness.

Safety – No flame, no flue, no odours, no risk from carbon monoxide. Just safe, reliable operation year after year.

Quiet – The completely self-contained indoor equipment does not need a noisy, unsightly outside condensing unit. Geothermal systems are quiet and discrete. Other than the lower energy bills, you will hardly know they are there

For more information about new Geothermal Homes at Woodland Creek contact us here.

 

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Celebrating their 47th year in business, Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. In 2014 Totangi was ranked #1 in Canada for Customer Satisfaction by Avid Ratings. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, in the creation of Woodland Creek and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC. A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

West Coast Living, Small Town Charm in Sooke’s Award Winning New Home Development – the New Renfrew Plan

The New Renfrew Plan

Gazing out the bedroom window of the new Renfrew plan you might see bald eagles perched high in the tall fir trees, view horses walking the trails, or children running in the playground of Woodland Creek park.  The Renfrew is a new 3 bedroom plus den 1,877 square foot plan located on upscale Callumwood Lane in Woodland Creek directly across from the the park and just steps to the local elementary and middle school in Sooke.  It is the latest new home plan from the award winning developer and builder team of Totangi Properties and SC Smith Building Co.

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The Renfrew Floor Plan

 

The Renfrew, is a spacious 1,877 square foot home offering quality craftsmanship and professionally designed interiors.  Walking in the front door and past the foyer and den,  you are greeted by a sizeable great room that features a large living and dining area, fireplace, and gourmet kitchen. Walk out to a sunny patio and fully fenced and landscaped yard. Upstairs you’ll find a cozy reading nook, a large private master bedroom with 5 piece ensuite bathroom with heated tile floor and walk in closet plus 2 more bedrooms and 4 piece bathroom and side by side laundry room.  A large powder room and mud room are accessed off the great room and garage.  This a great home for families with room to grow.

While this home has been sold, we will have another Renfrew plan built on Lot 25 3C for a August 2016 completion.

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Views from the new Renfrew Plan towards Woodland Creek park and new homes under construction.

 

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Celebrating their 45th year in business, Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. In 2014 Totangi was ranked #1 in Canada for Customer Satisfaction by Avid Ratings. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, in the creation of Woodland Creek and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC. A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

The Totally Awesome Home Buying Experience – or what it takes to create a happy homeowner.

It always makes our day when we hear back from our customers – in this case our new homeowners Kyla and Derek O’Rourke who built a semi-custom home with us.  Here is what they had to say:

“Words cannot express how happy we are with our home in Woodland Creek. You will not find better quality. The support we received before, during, and after construction was outstanding. They took the time to explain everything in detail and were more than willing to accommodate any and all of our requests. We felt the whole team wanted us to love our house and went the extra mile to make sure it happened.”

Our relationship with Kyla and Derek started when they visited our showhome and met our wonderful hostess Cecile.  Cecile introduced them to our homes, plans, amenities, and different finishing options.  Working together with our design team, Kyla and Derek created their new home complete with all the finishing details, paint colours, cabinets, flooring and room modifications they wanted.  Using our “Bedroom Plus” program they added an additional 4th bedroom to the 3 bedroom Fir plan .  From their initial design meeting with us to the occupancy of their new home, the entire process took about 6 months.

How does this ‘pre-sale’ / custom home process work?

In Kyla and Derek’s case, construction of their new home started about a month after the contract was signed.  The building plans are drafted to incorporate any customer modifications and the building permit application is made.  As construction progressed we stayed in touch with Kyla and Derek and often saw them visiting the site, excited to see their new home take shape.

Customer Experience — It’s important for us that the home buyer is part of the realization of the design and construction process.  We are not ones to take the deposit and say “see you 6 months when the house is complete”.   Once the framing is complete and all the doors and windows are installed (what’s call “lock up” in the industry), homebuyers are invited to conduct a walk through to confirm the location of electrical switches and media / internet connections and make any last minute changes.  Throughout the entire building process the buyer is connected through a cloud base construction management system that allows the buyer to stay up to date on progress with their own personal website portal that includes recent photos, change orders, and direct contact with the construction manager.

Prior to occupancy, in this case just 5 months after the start of construction, an inspection and familiarity tour of the new home is conducted.   We check in with the new homeowner shortly after occupancy as well, to ensure that everything in the home is functioning as it should.  Every new homeowner receives a binder with all relevant new home information and we have a Homeowner Web Portal that contains warranty, operation, and special deal information.  And we don’t stop there!

We believe in continual improvement and the importance of customer feedback so we subscribe to a 3rd party Customer Experience rating system called AVID Ratings. 30 days after occupancy, AVID ratings conducts an independent Customer Experience survey to get the homeowners feedback on everything from the sales process, to the new home features, and after occupancy service. They conduct this process once more at the 1 year mark. We also follow up before the 1 year mark to review any issue that are covered under the new home warranty and  we have a handy Service Request  form on our site should you have any issues in your new home that we are responsible for.

So as you can see, we believe there is a lot more to a new home purchase than just handing over the keys.   Customer Service  is the key to our success and we are honoured to be ranked #1 in Canada by Avid in 2014  for customer satisfaction in the Custom Build / Small Volume category in the residential building industry.

Thanks again to Kyla and Derek for their kinds words – you made our day!

Blair Robertson – co-owner Totangi Properties.

 

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Celebrating their 45th year in business,  Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. In 2014 Totangi was ranked #1 in Canada for Customer Satisfaction by Avid Ratings.   Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, in the creation of Woodland Creek and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC.  A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

 

 

 

Geo-exchange systems shine when the mercury plunges and save you $$s too.

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The very cool (or should I say warm) fact about the temperature of the ground just a few feet under us is that it stays a fairly constant 10 degrees Celsius.  So when the air temperature plunges to below freezing, the geo-exchange heat pump systems in our homes at Woodland Creek, just keep plugging away drawing out the solar energy stored in the ground and delivering into our homes at very little cost.

When compared to an equivalent home with electric baseboard heat and electric hot water, energy consumption of a ‘geo’ home during the cooler months of the year (October – March) is cut in half.

What does this translate into in terms of cost savings?  Kyle and Maaike McCooey and their family, homeowners at Woodland Creek, love their geo-exchange heating and cooling.  They live in the 1,950 square foot Fir plan and report that on average their electricity bill is only $70 per month (about 900 kilowatts per month).

Wendy Smith, a Certified Energy Advisor with Victoria based Performance Energy Advisors, completes the energy modeling for Woodland Creek homes.  Her analysis for our Arbutus Plan, a 1770 square foot home, tells us that annual energy consumption is reduced by over 11,000 kilowatts, a savings of approximately $1075 per year (about $3 per day). So not only can you feel really good about reducing your carbon footprint by about 7.5 tonnes per year, but your can also reduce the impact on your wallet too.

Overtime, as electricity costs increase a 25% over the next 5 years, so will your savings with a geothermal system. We think that is a really smart investment in your home, health, and environment.

 

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development, home building, and land management company established in 1968. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties and developments with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC.  A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

 

Woodland Creek Walk – bringing local shopping and services to one of Sooke’s favourite neighbourhoods.

Some say to build a great neighbourhood you need a good coffee shop. We agree. Over 10 years ago when we started planning Woodland Creek we envisioned a commercial hub to the project that would benefit the entire neighbourhood.  The neighbourhood commercial development of Woodland Creek Walk will host a mix of local businesses and services to enhance the neighbourhood and provide a meeting place for nearby residents to socialize.

Why neighbourhood commercial? We think neighbourhood scale commercial creates a beneficial amenity for the neighbourhood.  A place parents can visit on the way to or from school, a convenient stop on the way to or from work, and a focal point for the neighbourhood.

The District of Sooke supports neighbourhood commercial nodes: “Neighbourhood scale commercial development serves travellers and nearby residents so to limit the need to travel long distances for convenience items and dining. It allows for convenience items and services to be purchased by nearby residents who cannot easily access the commercial services offered in the Town Centre; and create a neighbourhood commercial focal point which nearby residents can walk to from home, a place where they can socialize and dine with neighbours, and where they can obtain their necessary daily needs.”
(Source: District of Sooke Official Community Plan)

Thank you for your Input – Neighbourhood Survey:  In November 2013 we invited Sooke residents to participate in a Woodland Creek Neighbourhood Commercial Survey. We’d like to express our thanks to all participants.   Your answers and comments will help guide us in this exciting project.

You can view the results of the survey at this link. SURVEY RESULTS

 

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties and developments with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New SubdivisionWoodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC.  A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

 

Important Notice regarding Ecole Poirier School Access during new Phase Construction

The construction of a new phase of lots and the extension of Arranwood Drive at Woodland Creek (Phase 3C) will continue through September and October this fall. Unfortunately due to some construction challenges, we were not able to complete all the required work during the 8 week summer holiday period. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. The gravel road access to the school has been closed and decommissioned, but the trail access to the north of it will remain open during the construction period.

The new Woodland Creek phase will create 26 new homesites and result in the extension of Arranwood Drive and the sidewalk and park trail systems to the new driveway access that has been constructed at Ecole Poirier Elementary School (see drawing below). Callumwood Lane to the south will also be extended and will join Arranwood Drive.  We expect this work to be completed and open to the public in early in November.

New homes construction in this new phase has started and will continue to feature the award winning design and customer service that Totangi Properties’ Woodland Creek is recognized for with new 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath family homes starting at $359,900 net GST included. Some new plans will feature basements, legal suites, mountain views, and double garages. Join our mailing list if you wish to stay updated.

Thank you for your patience and please drive carefully through the Woodland Creek neighbourhood during drop off and pick up times.

Phase 3C New Homes

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties and developments with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New SubdivisionWoodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC.  A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

Woodland Creek Homes and Neighbourhood Video

It only takes 40 seconds to get a sense of the value and features of our award winning homes and development.

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties and developments with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New SubdivisionWoodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC.  A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .