In Victoria’s Inner Harbour, a historic landmark is being transformed into one of the city’s most exclusive collections of waterfront residences.

Developed by the award-winning Cielo Properties, Customs House revives one of Victoria’s grande dames into a rare ownership opportunity. Blending the old with the new, this residential revitalization seeks to preserve the heritage facade of the early 20th century building in tandem with a seven-storey extension of 57 new luxury residences and 16,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

Located at Government and Courtney streets, the once federally-owned Customs House neighbours the Empress Hotel and British Columbia Parliament Buildings. In 1914, the building was constructed on top of the granite foundations of the city’s 1898 post office, later undergoing several renovations, additions and uses throughout the decades, including a federal building and customs house.

Enlisting the talents of Paul Merrick Architecture and Studio One Architecture, Customs House will pay homage to the building’s storied past by preserving its historic architectural features, including carriage doors, original stone masonry and heritage windows. With construction underway, this building will reach full completion in early 2021.

Complementing the historic portion of Customs House, the midrise collection of condominium residences will exhibit spacious layouts complete with elegant finishes and features. With an array of one- to three-bedroom-plus-den plans for buyers to choose from, each home boasts open, light-filled layouts ranging from 600 to 4,250 square feet, paired with lofty 10- to 13-foot-high ceilings and full-height windows.

Insight Design Group brings to life the grandeur of Customs House with the help of modern interiors, featuring curated colour palettes, engineered hardwood flooring and dimmable LED light fixtures. Home chefs will marvel at the European-designed kitchens, which showcase imported Italian cabinetry, quartzite islands with waterfall edges and engineered stone perimeter countertops. Kohler Kallista rain showerheads and under-vanity lighting create a spa-like getaway in the bathrooms, matched with heated flooring and Italian vanity cabinetry.

Residents won’t have to leave home to experience high-class amenities — Customs House provides 24-hour concierge service in the lobby, plus a second-floor gym with a sauna, and a car wash facility. Experience all the Inner Harbourfront community has to offer just steps from your front door. Take in views of the surrounding water and city skyline, while enjoying the convenience of nearby restaurants, parks, shops and tourist attractions.

Interested buyers are invited to learn more about this community by contacting the sales team at 250 590 9881 or sending a message to The sales centre, located at 955 Wharf Street in Victoria, is open by appointment only.

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