OUR VISION FOR THE CAPE
The Cape On Bowen is a truly special community. It is a serene island dreamscape, but offers close access to the vibrant urban centre of Vancouver. Here, we sought to create a truly iconic Pacific Northwestern island property.
This is a vision that respects the community of Bowen Island, and reflects the very best values of the whole region: it is progressive, designed to minimize our footprint, and very much at home in this breathtaking natural landscape. It will offer homeowners an exceedingly rare experience of coastal island living.
This eternal natural landscape provides the frame. The rest is up to you.
Words from Frits de Vries, Architect and Bowen Island residentI have been a resident on Bowen Island for over 20 years, and what a privilege it is to have a place on that special island. So close to Vancouver, and so far away.
The lots at “The Cape On Bowen” are truly unique and each one is spectacular. This collection of acreages is an easy place to make friends, and to feel comfortable and at ease. The diversity of the landscape reflects the natural beauty of Bowen Island, from the rolling waves on miles of coastline, to the ridges, valleys and plateaus of the natural forested hillsides. As an architect I find this setting inspiring.
Dramatic exposed rock faces and steep hillsides characterize some of the lots and are well suited to exciting terraced homes. Other lots are more gentle, some include a private meadow, and are well-suited to walking paths and additional amenities, such as tennis courts, arbors, a play-field for soccer scrimmages or a workshop. The topography is incredibly varied, so take your time to imagine which would suit you and your family’s lifestyle.
Spectacular ocean views are a part of the Coastal experience. Watch sailboats navigate the islands or just sit and watch the light play across the water. I love to design homes on view lots, not just for the opportunities that the view presents, but also to bring in the surrounding natural landscape. Finding that balance between a panoramic view and the enjoyment of your own property creates a feeling of ease and connection to nature.
We envision patios carefully positioned between natural rock outcroppings, under the smooth-skinned arbutus trees where you can hear the roll of the waves and the birds in the trees. There is no better way to experience Island life than from your oceanside home, surrounded by untamed forested hills and natural rock outcroppings.
There are endless ways to enjoy the natural paradise that this community offers. Enjoy miles of forested trails, and coastline. Play on the beach and find starfish and sea life in living tidal pools. This coastline is among the naturally richest in the world. Your home should be carefully tailored to your lifestyle and preferences, and carefully designed to take full advantage of each unique opportunity on your private lot. This is your chance to envision your Bowen Island experience.
Take your time and enjoy visiting a number of these lots and, when you are ready, I would love to have the opportunity to help you bring out the very best of your exquisite site. I truly believe that the Cape on Bowen is the perfect spot to admire the wild beauty of the Coast.
Frits de Vries
Frits de Vries Architect Ltd.