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An Old Canadian Icon Gets A Makeover

Written by Arpan Ghosh
When searching for the perfect luxury home or investment property, any buyer knows that they need to cast a wide net in order to find the right piece of luxury real estate. We take our job as curators of luxury living very seriously and with a global reach that extends far beyond Dubai, in this case well over 7,300 miles from Dubai, we love to showcase those unique properties that make luxury real estate such an interesting and energising sector. This impressive residential building in the Canadian city of Victoria is a prime example of just such a property.
An Old Canadian Icon Gets A Makeover
Named after Queen Victoria, Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia. Nestled off Canada’s Pacific coast, the city is just 25 minutes to both Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC and is famous for its tranquil and picturesque lifestyle. At the centre of the city is the world renowned Inner Harbour, home to such architectural icons as the Empress Hotel and the BC Legislature. Now however, a returning icon is set to become the first, and perhaps last, residential development in the Inner Harbour and Victoria’s most prestigious address: Customs House.
Originally built in 1898, Customs House is being transformed into one of the most anticipated new residential offerings in Canada. Architect Paul Merrick has designed 57 luxury private residences that seamlessly blend old-world architecture with modern elegant designs to generate a truly exceptional building.
Each home features huge open floor plans
Each home features huge open floor plans, lofty high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout that allow natural light to stream in, whilst offering unobstructed views of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Customs House contains only the highest quality finishes that include: marble surfaces, imported Italian cabinets and Sub Zero kitchen appliances. A full concierge service, secure underground parking, state-of-the-art home electronics and floor-by-floor controlled access ensure that Customs House will become a magnet for the most discerning buyer. 
The pinnacle of Customs House, though, is the magnificent luxury penthouse that occupies the 7th and 8th floors. This expansive three-bedroom residence offers 4,400 sq ft of internal living space, a 600 sq ft balcony and an expansive 1,990 sq ft private roof deck overlooking spectacular views of the historic Victoria waterfront.
The re-development of Customs House is hardly an anomaly, as the city itself is booming. A growing tech sector and more traditional sectors such as tourism have helped boost the economy, making Victoria a smart option for investors and end users alike. The upcoming return of the British Columbia Investment Arm to Victoria will further boost the demand for luxury real estate, which, taken with a rental vacancy rate of just 0.5% means that Customs House will be well placed to benefit from both increased investor and end user demand.
600 sq ft balcony