TANTALUS GARDENS IS A SINGLE FAMILY AND DUPLEX HOUSING PROPOSAL IN THE SEASIDE COMMUNITY OF HORSESHOE BAY IN WEST VANCOUVER. TANTALUS GARDENS IS IN DIRECT RESPONSE TO THE DESIRE IN OUR COMMUNITY TO SEE SMALLER HOUSING THAT FITS WITHIN EXISTING NEIGHBOURHOODS. AS THE PROPOSAL MOVES THROUGH THE REVIEW PROCESS, WE ARE EMERGING UPON IMPORTANT MILESTONES WITH DISTRICT COUNCIL AND I AM ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
With unanimous support from the Design Review Committee, Tantalus Gardens is a modest density housing alternative. It addresses the need to fill the missing middle and promotes open at-grade living. Built on a parkade, it provides 21 secure parking stalls and keeps garages and service rooms below grade to maximize green space above.
Under current zoning, half of the property permits Public Assembly space and can include up to a 10,800 sf, 45 ft tall church. The other half of the property permits 2 single family homes with two residential suites. Building under current zoning does not require, staff, public or Design Review Committee feedback.
DWV asked to explore the retention of Public Assembly space on the property. A 3rd party verified study revealed that a 5-storey mixed-use build would be required including 109 parking stalls. It was determined that it was not in keeping with the OCP and does not achieve the ground-oriented housing desired in the community. In addition, there would be a substantial increase in traffic and parking demands.
My name is Peter. I'm a North Shore local whose family cabin at Keats Island and moorage in Sewells Marina have been bringing me to Horseshoe Bay since I was a kid. I've lived (hiked, boated, skied, golfed and dog-walked) in this great neighbourhood for years. My first home with my wife was right here in Horseshoe Bay. My two boys were even born here. I am now returning with the hopes of creating a unique home collection - one of which I will call my own. If you support this project, please fill out the form below.
Our vision for Tantalus Gardens is a "pocket community" - a tight-knit residential area connected by pathways and garden spaces. We are planning for 8 duplexes (approximately 2,200 square feet in size) with three-bedroom layouts, beautiful outdoor spaces and underground parking, as well as 6 well-planned 'lagom homes'. What does 'lagom' mean? “Lagom” is a Swedish word that means "just right". What's more, we are planning to incorporate heritage details from St. Monica's Church into each home, bringing a touch of artistry into living spaces while preserving artifacts that are important to the community.
After decades of financial hardship, St. Monica's Church went searching for a buyer within its own congregation, to no avail. St. Monica's held its final worship in 2013. Seeing as though we already owned the single-family home and vacant lot adjacent to the church and believing I could craft something special within these lands, I approached them as a potential buyer. Nearly two years later we finally owned the church. Once I familiarized myself more with the church building itself and appreciating the character of the sanctuary, I made a promise to myself: to retain, re-use and upcycle some of the building's most treasured pieces in any future homes we build on the site.
People have long adored this tucked-away neighbourhood in West Vancouver for good reason. The sea air invigorates. The schools are top rated, the village is quaint. You're walking distance to the ferries, secluded coves, golf courses and wooded trails. There is still immediate access to the growing Metro Vancouver region and the Sea To Sky Highway on your way to Whistler. In a word, life here is ideal. There's no other place I'd like to call home.
I see tremendous value in creating smaller-footprint homes that still offer homeowners all the benefits of life in and around Horseshoe Bay. That's why I'm so passionate about Tantalus Gardens. This small-scale community would showcase great design, creative resourcefulness and an honest respect for this neighbourhood and what stood here before. Your support and ideas are important to me. Please fill out the form below to show your support for Tantalus Gardens.