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Newly built community welcomed with open arms

The Vista in Esquimalt is being welcomed with open arms
Victoria’s newest Senior community The Vista prepares to open soon. The sales centre is open 7 days a week and there are guided tours of the inside of the community on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays to enable people to see the wonders that await them at The Vista.

The Vista, Avenir Senior Living’s newly built community in Esquimalt is being welcomed with open arms by seniors because of the wide range of lifestyle choices and amenities it offers.

The Vista blends a resort inspired independent living experience that provides opportunities for social engagement, fitness and entertainment, while ensuring any care or assistance residents may need will be close at hand. There are also dedicated memory care studios which make The Vista a true Continuum of Care.

Along with the breathtaking views, lifestyle choices and amenities, each suite is loaded with quality features and value whether you are buying a condominium or renting an independent living suite.

“When we tour our families through the rental suites, they are always amazed that each suite has its own balcony, air conditioning and laundry”, says Sharon Unsworth, director of sales.  “They also appreciate the quality of the finishing and efficiency of the ­floor plans which allow for enough space to make their suite cozy and comfortable.”

The Vista has exclusive condominiums for sale on the 9th and 10th ­floors and independent living rental suites where you can add supportive services as needed. With only a few condos remaining to sell and over half of their suites rented, The Vista is the most anticipated Senior Living Community to open on Vancouver Island in a very long time.

“We chose The Vista because once we move in, we will not have to move again when the time comes when more care is needed,” says Hanny Lester, one of the first buyers in The Vista. “The monitoring of residents’ health needs when the time comes is important to us.” Hanny said a favourite feature of their corner suite is the view to the north and east, made even better because their home is on one of the top ­ floors. That doesn’t mean they will spend all their time in the suite. Hanny says she plans to use the gym several times a week, as well as the entertainment areas at The Vista.

With a wide variety of delicious and nutritious meals prepared by a Red Seal Chef and ongoing themed dining events, residents can reserve tables for family and friends to join them any day of the week.

The extensive amenities on the 11th ­floor, including the dining area, high tearoom, bistro, polo sports lounge, art studio and much more, are always highlights of the tours. “I can picture myself sitting out on the patio with my book and a cup of tea, or a glass of wine,” says Mary Wilson, another future resident.  I look forward to inviting my friends and family in too. We like that we can remain independent but have all the services we need at our fingertips.”

Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 172, which occupied the land before the construction, will have space in the community too, thanks to a partnership with Avenir. The Legion will be accessible to the community with an entrance just off Admirals Road and will have underground parking for visitors. Additionally, there will be a Pharmacy retail space located on the ground ­floor to serve the community and residents of The Vista for years to come.

Avenir Senior Living, a family-run company based in Brentwood Bay has a strong track record of developing, designing, constructing, and operating exceptional senior living communities. “We feel that The Vista is positioned to become a pillar in Esquimalt and Victoria” says Jason Craik – Principal of Avenir Senior Living. “Our family and company are very excited to get the community open and we can’t wait to begin to serve and give back to the seniors of our community.”

Avenir began in Vancouver, where they built four independent and assisted living communities in Langley, White Rock, South Surrey, and Port Coquitlam, then moved into operating and managing three of those communities. Avenir has another independent living community coming soon – Edgewater, on Long Lake in Nanaimo. Plans are in the works for more communities on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland for the coming years.

The sales centre at The Vista is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call ahead to book a guided tour. They start at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. “The guided tours allow us to walk people through what a day in the life will look like and answer everyone’s questions regarding their specific needs,” says Unsworth.

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