A Visit to Harbourside

Margaret Critchlow (4th from left) invited our group to Harbourside to see cohousing in action. Susan (far right) coordinated the visit (thank you!) and here are her thoughts on the day:

"We were warmly welcomed in Harbourside's Common House by Margaret and Jean, the resident visitor's guide. The view of the harbour being stunning, it took some minutes to pay attention to the efficiency of the kitchen area, the spaciousness of the seating area and the convenience of the amenities, including guest bedrooms and bathrooms and a library. After a brief overview of the layout of the grounds and the 5 choices of home sizes, we toured the bottom floor of the Common House where there is potential for future development.

We visited 3 of the owner's homes and toured the bike storage and locker room. I was amazed by the clean lines, use of space, and the individuality of each unit. The green "bones" and finishing materials were impressive - not to mention the postcard view through everyone's windows. I have a better understanding now how homes that appear to be small in square footage on paper can be planned and built to appear much larger and feel spacious.

A special thanks to Susan, Margaret and Jean for showing us their homes and again to Margaret for patiently answering our many questions." Susan

Saanich Peninsula Cohousing at Harbourside