HOMEFINDER PENINSULA: Peninsula market provides opportunity

Grant Rogers builds furniture as a hobby. He has been doing it for years and admits that, as a child, the building bug really bit him.

Construction is well under way at the Dunmora Estates in Central Saanich

Grant Rogers builds furniture as a hobby. He has been doing it for years and admits that, as a child, the building bug really bit him.

“I was the kid with the Meccano set,” he said. ”It was my therapy as a kid.”

And when it came time for him to consider a change in careers (he spent 14 years in the high-tech sector), Rogers gravitated to building once again. Real estate was the field he eventually chose, moving back to his home on the Saanich Peninsula from the U.K. He began building houses and condos for the high-end market, as well as what he calls more price-point-driven market housing. Then came what he calls his most complex project — the Sidney Pier Hotel.

Rogers said he chose real estate and development as a lifestyle. He found a mentor in Mike Cronquist and formed his company The Marker Group. Rogers said he was looking for a career that would afford him more time with his family and enable him to work when and where he wanted to. Building homes allows that, to a certain extent and he admitted getting past the negative stereotype of a developer was his first step.

“I can understand that perspective,” he said. “In our case, I generally provide all of the (project) funding myself, so I treat a project very carefully. I live here. I grew up here and no matter what I do, I have to live with it.”

Asked if land development is easy money these days, Rogers said the business does have some of the best returns of any industry he’s worked in. But to get to that point, relationships and trust have to be built on solid foundations. To that end, Rogers said he tries to be as open as possible with his business partners and the municipalities he is working with on any particular development.

In Central Saanich, for instance, Rogers has a proposal before the District, a small lot subdivision near the Keating Elementary School. The 10-lot proposal, he said, includes what he called ‘experiments’ — two units on very small lots, almost like stand alone townhouses, of 1,100 square feet at a price of around $300,000 or less.

“These are very unique and are what I would call attainable. This is something that could be a product to offer the market something it needs.”

To that end, he added Central Saanich has been helpful and willing to work with him as the project works through the approval process.

In the meantime, work progresses on The Marker Group’s Dunmora Estates project, a nine-lot development of larger properties off McPhail Road.

In the future, Rogers sees a changing market and demands for different styles of homes.

“As the market moves around, I’m glad,” he said. “I enjoy thinking about how we get the right projects for people for the right price point.”

He foresees the Peninsula facing more change than it has in the last 20 to 25 years when it comes to housing demand.

“As a developer who lives here, I feel the future holds potential for more commercial properties to meet the demand from new residents. But first, we do need that attainable housing.”

Rogers said it’s an opportunity.


Just Posted

Pearkes book sale will have 15,000 titles

Some seek volume of books while others hunt early editions in annual Saanich sale

Gingerbread Showcase returns for another year of delicious fun in Victoria

Funds raised from the event support Habitat for Humanity Victoria’s build in Central Saanich

Lavigne steps Under the Mistletoe in Victoria to kick off holiday season

Under the Mistletoe is on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Royal Theatre

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Greater Victoria holiday craft fair roundup for Nov. 16 to 18

Check off all of the items on your shopping list at these great events

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 14

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. teacher’s Amazing Race takes students on Canada-wide adventure

Agassiz high school students say they had the experience of a life time

Don’t sign USMCA until LGBTQ language excised, U.S. lawmakers urge Trump

The trade agreement, forged after 13 months of tense negotiations between Canada and the U.S. is scheduled for Nov. 30

US official: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

Vice-President Mike Pence told reporters that ‘the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was an atrocity.’

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Road rescue near Sayward points to volunteer need

Fire department recruits can be tough for small, remote communities

Most Read