The Moderne is a dazzling re-creation of the original 1940 Percy Leonard (PL) James home. PL James is one of Victoria’s best-known architects whose vision also produced the former Oak Bay High School and current Oak Bay Municipal Hall. The streamline moderne style (popular post-Art Deco) emphasizes horizontal lines, curving forms and nautical themes. The oceanfront property is the best of both worlds with a profound respect for its origins at the front of the home, and a window-on-the-world modern view around the back.

The re-creation of this home was supported by the Oak Bay Heritage Commission. The origins of the front facade were honoured by maintaining the entryway and interior/exterior piano wall. The thoughtful and meticulous renovation retained original room placement while creating a more open floor plan that includes 40 feet of floor-to-ceiling windows with hidden, recessed coverings. Urban Core Ventures also replicated the existing garage with a mirror-image second garage to meet the needs of modern households. The kitchen within a kitchen has a butler’s pantry and an eating area that creativity offers views of the Olympic Mountains and the chef at work.

2015 CARE Gold Awards for The Moderne:

People’s Choice

Best Renovation over $800,000                             Best Media Room

Best Bathroom under 160 square feet                  Best Accessory Building

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The blue house on the right was centered in this lot. Urban core decided to preserve the house lift and shift this property. Creating room to add a new lot and home within the uplands area.

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The President of Urban Core Ventures is Leonard Cole, a third generation Victorian with a passion for housing. Together with our partnerships, I build our team and we build homes for everyone.


From in-fill housing, long-term rentals and securing below market housing, we create and design homes for everyone. 


Urban Core Ventures has been recognized for its work in the community and has received many awards.


Three of the most lauded projects include our current Cook St Village building being built right now and ready next year.


Latitude Living-Urban Core Ventures is providing below market housing in partnership with Island Health and the CRD by providing homes to 32 adults struggling with mental health and substance abuse challenges. 


And as a major heritage restoration, The Moderne-an art moderne home originally built by PL James and reclaimed and re-imagined by Urban Core Ventures. The Moderne was recognized with a Hallmark Heritage Award and 5 CARE Awards in 2015.


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