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Unveiling the Shirley Home

Surely, the Shirley Home will be ready soon to host your next event.

We started this venture in August 2018, preserving and transporting the gorgeous Oak Bay home on a barge to its new home in Shirley, BC.

At Urban Core, we are all about housing preservation. It’s a way of recycling at a large scale -  maintaining the historical value of the home, while also protecting the land the house was built on. Instead of demolishing the home and possibly doing damage to the environment, we moved it, while at the same time preserving the history and sentiment tied to this house.

After pouring new foundations, the Shirley Home will open shortly to accept visitors in a pristine new location.

Shirley BC offers the best of West Coast adventuring. With extensive hiking trails, provincial and heritage parks, surfing beaches, fishing and more, the Shirley Home is in an easy, convenient (and not to mention stunning) location for you to get everything you want out of your next trip.

Positioned right at the water, it’s the perfect venue for any event.

The Shirley Home will be open soon to the public for vacation rentals, weddings and large events. Stay tuned to our Instagram and Facebook for the official open date.

Special thanks to Pridy Brothers House Moving, Pacific Industrial Marine, North Arm Transportation, Victoria Tug and Barge, RKM Crane, and Advantage Crane for helping make this move a success.

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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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