Thursday, February 27, 2014

Victoria's most expensive view...

Over the past few years, I've taken a few photos of the Shoal Point condos at the entrance to Victoria's harbour. I knew that they were expensive, but even I didn't realize just how expensive until recently.

An article in our local newspaper revealed that the penthouse suite -- the one you can see top right-hand corner of the building -- was owned by music producer David Foster. Foster is from Victoria but found fame and fortune in Hollywood as a music producer.  Over the years he has won seven Juno Awards and 16 Grammy awards. In the 80s and 90s, he hosted a number of high-profile sports events in Victoria as charity fundraisers. These were typically attended by acting, music and sports celebrities who Foster recruited to help him.

He just sold the 4200 square foot condo for a sweet $5 MILLION dollars.

According to the article:
"Features include large windows, hardwood floors, marble counters, high ceilings, recessed lighting, three fireplaces, a guest suite, and city and mountain views."

In front of the condo, you can see Fishermans Wharf, another Victoria landmark frequently highlighted in these pages.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ghost in the Wall

Poking around the nearby Uptown Centre in Saanich a few nights ago, I noticed these faces peering out from the fa├žades on the top level...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Absent companions (Blue)

I had lost all feeling in my fingers but I didn't care. I was on my scooter, the crisp air washing over my face as I admired the stunning ocean and mountain views along Victoria's waterfront Beach Drive. Overhead the sky was mostly clear and a late afternoon sun was blazing over the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

I was putting a new point-and-shoot camera -- a gift from my wife -- through the paces. Passing a small turnoff I saw these two blue chairs perched on Kitty Islet overlooking the waterfront. Too intriguing not to investigate and take a photo or two...

After I took my photos I noticed that one had a plaque on it (below). Thanks to Google I tracked down the tale of Blue For You.

BTW The island in the background above is Trial Island.