Buyer-Designed Building Breaks Ground One Year Ahead of Schedule

Mike Geric Construction has broken ground on the third phase at Travino, the new community in Royal Oak with a build-out that’s currently a year ahead of schedule. Sales for Travino Landing’s 46 condos have just begun, but already 50 per cent of the building has been sold to home buyers who had significant input into the design of their new home.

“We’ve always accommodated customizations for our buyers, but with Travino Landing we tried something completely different,” said Edward Geric, president, Mike Geric Construction. “We started working with potential home buyers really early, letting them adjust the size of their home, move walls and completely rearrange their space if that’s what they wanted. That’s a pretty unusual opportunity for a condo buyer.”

The move was in response to a trend that Geric identified in the early days of the project as local downsizers who already lived in the area started to ask about larger floor plans and choosing custom décor.

“Our team works very closely with our home buyers, which gives us the opportunity to listen to what they really care about,” said Geric. “When we started asking potential buyers about their interest in a custom condo we were overwhelmed with interest.”

Many new homeowners have commented to Geric and his team that the condo buying process is more approachable when the customer is part of the design team and it has helped them to better understand floor plans and how they will translate into their new space.

“We’ve had very strong word of mouth and swift sales,” said Geric.

Travino Landing has broken ground much earlier than initially planned and will be ready for move in by the summer of 2017. Plans for the final phase of the project, Travino Gardens, is now underway. The first phase was completed in early 2015, a second phase, which is also under construction, is almost sold out and will be ready for residents to move in by the end of 2016.

Travino is located on the former Royal Oak Middle School property, in a quiet and established residential neighbourhood, walking distance to shopping, dining, services and recreation options. Upon completion, Travino will include approximately 250 homes, a community garden, park areas and walking trails, and a community space with meeting rooms, theatre, fitness centre and games room.

Mike Geric Construction has been building custom homes and multi-family developments in Saanich and Greater Victoria since 1968. Founded by Mike Geric, the family-owned and operated developer has built more than 1,500 homes and is a leader in innovative and green building design. Mike Geric Construction is a proud supporter of many educational and community initiatives, sports teams and charities.