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King’s Wharf began its rise into the HRM skyline in the fall of 2010 with construction of twin 12-story condo buildings, the Keelson and Anchorage, followed by the construction of the Aqua Vista condo building, and then the Killick, which became the development's first apartment rental building. These four buildings house about 325 condo and apartment units, the first of more than 1,200 residential units expected to be built in 15 different buildings planned for King’s Wharf, which is slated to become Atlantic Canada's largest mixed-use development.
Francis Fares, developer of King’s Wharf, has designed the residential, retail and commercial elements of the development with the goal of creating a self-contained community in the heart of downtown Dartmouth. Fares has stated that he expects King’s Wharf to have a unique atmosphere with a “European feel.” Thus, the development’s design incorporates large sidewalks, plenty of parkland, a public beach and boardwalk, while the retail component is expected to include a mix of Euro-style grocers, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and other everyday service providers. In short, Fares expects King’s Wharf to have “all the services available to a small town,” as well as its “quality of life.”
While these features of King’s Wharf will undoubtedly be a key selling point, its location and view plane will also be a primary sales driver. With a south by southwest exposure, King’s Wharf will get more sun than anywhere in HRM, said Fares. And its “million dollar views,” that will stretch from the mouth of the harbour down the length of Halifax’s waterfront to the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge, will be the best in HRM, he said.
Built on the site of the former Dartmouth Marine Slips, and bordered on three sides by the Halifax Harbour and Shubenacadie Canal, “water” is a crucial component of the development. Therefore, the complex includes a marina to service sailboats and pleasure craft for King’s Wharf residents and visitors. The development also hosts a high-speed water taxi to ensure speedy and convenient transportation to and from Halifax.
The centrepiece of the King’s Wharf project—what will become the tallest condo building in Atlantic Canada—is a 36-story tower comprised of about 114 condo units that will be named The Maristella. Groundbreaking for the $100 million-plus luxury tower is planned for Fall of 2017 with pre-sale pricing for Maristella units ranging from $500,000 to $2 million.
At a glance:
King's WharfThe Keelson, Anchorage, and Aqua Vista Buildings
Location: Dartmouth Waterfront—King’s Wharf Place.
Structure: 12-story postmodern concrete high-rises.
Units: 245 condo units (with another 114 planned for the next building, The Maristella).
Unit Sizes: 830- to 2,315-square-feet.
Asking Prices: Varies.
Monthly Condo Fees: Varies
Parking/Storage: Underground parking, secure storage and bike stalls offered with units.
Estimated Development Cost: $700 million and rising for the entire planned 15-building residential and commercial complex.
Interesting Neighbours: Halifax
Developer: Fares Inc.
Also of Interest: "Keelson is a longitudinal beam running above and fastened to the keel of a ship in order to stiffen and strengthen its framework; "Killick" is the Gaelic word for anchor; "Maristella" is Latin for sea star; and "Anchorage" and "Aqua Vista" are self explanatory.
Updated December 2016
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