We knew that redeveloping the old Domtar lands in Gatineau would be a massive undertaking that allowed us to dream incredible dreams, yet forced us to consider the minutiae of redeveloping a former industrial site—surrounded by water no less—in two separate cities. On one hand we were committed to creating Gatineau’s first eco-district and establishing a new benchmark in terms of sustainable development. On the other, we wanted to create luxury condos with breathtaking views of the Chaudière Falls, all while reopening the Ottawa River waterfront to the people. Two sides, both equally important and viable.
As such, we have a keen understanding of this give-and-take that occurs within a purchaser’s mind when making such an important life-changing decision. Your left brain considers the financial ramifications, the bottom-line, the appreciation; your right brain yearns for the high life, the culture, the views, and the great outdoors.
At Zibi, both those needs are considered and met. We’ve anticipated the inevitable internal struggle you’re bound to experience. Read on to make your decision-making process so much easier:
Zibi is a master-planned community, meaning every detail has been thought out from beginning to end. All the best elements and practices of other master-planned communities from around the world have been studied and included.
Early adopters benefit from early pricing: as the community grows, pricing for future phases will likely increase. It pays to be forward-looking.
Our buildings include cost-saving sustainability features such as low-flow plumbing, Energy Star appliances, rainwater collectors, and a thermal energy district system.
Green facilities can save upwards of $675 annually in utilities costs, and all our buildings are planned to achieve LEED Platinum status.
The City of Gatineau is offering an eight-year 50% tax waiver to O and O2 purchasers, resulting in savings averaging $2000 a year.
With Phase 1 of the LeBreton Flats redevelopment including the possible construction of a new stadium and the arrival of the Ottawa Light Rail Train (LRT), studies have shown the value of your property could increase by as much as 40%.
Residences in master-planned communities offer a 5 to 10 percent premium over those outside such communities. This has a direct impact on your resale value, making Zibi a sound investment.
Nearby public transportation can reduce your household’s driving by over 7000km annually. That’s over 70 hours of driving annually, time you can use productively.
Long commutes have been linked to heart disease, back and neck problems, higher blood pressure and sugar levels, increased instances of depression and anxiety, and a decrease in happiness, sleep quality, and healthy relationships.
Commuters spend, on average, $50 per week on gas alone. That’s $2,600 yearly. And weekly average commuting time is 7.5 hours, a full day’s worth of work—unpaid.
Public Transportation can save your household more than $12,000 in a lifetime by reducing expenditures such as gas, parking, and maintenance.
Zibi’s not only groundbreaking, it’s also award winning: the project was recognized with the Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Award in 2015, and is the recipient of Canadian Institute of Planners’ award for excellence in Neighbourhood Planning.
With a Walk Score of 91, we’re what you’d call a “walker’s paradise” making life at Zibi pleasant, breezy, and not to mention healthy.
The 2nd best sommelier in the world owns and operates her own wine bar literally 10 minutes away. On foot. Yeah, you’re going to want to order that second bottle of wine.
Everyone at Zibi is kinda really into cycling, so needless to say the community is going to be extra bike-friendly. Plus, we’re super stoked to be situated right alongside the Voyageur Pathway, a 30km bicycle path that runs from Aylmer all the way to the Lady Aberdeen bridge in Gatineau.
Sustainability is more that just a trend, it’s a lifestyle. And it just so happens to be the central theme to the Zibi community, one of only 10 One Planet Living-certified communities in the world – and Canada’s only. Let us help you easily live a much more sustainable life by providing you the tools and facilities to do so, all while sharing our knowledge.
If you love proving your friends and relatives wrong when they come to the Ottawa-Gatineau region thinking there’s nothing to do, Zibi will provide you with the perfect home base. Watch them stand in awe when you bring them to three separate world-class museums within 3km of each other.
“I hate living so close to the waterfront” said nobody ever, giving you bragging rights for days.
If you’re a music fiend like we are, you’ll freak out when you realize that there’s not one, not two, but three concert venues within a 700m radius. Oh, and Zibi’s known for hosting their own concerts and festivals once in a while, just saying.
While Zibi itself will be its own vibrant community, you’ll also only be steps away from the already bustling Vieux-Hull, which offers music venues, stellar restaurants, waterfront microbreweries and theatres, parks, you name it, they’ve got it.
A vibrant public realm is important to any community, but especially so at Zibi. Public plazas, boardwalks, parks, and local businesses will all be central to the project, making it easy to catch up with friends and neighbours while taking full advantage of your new community.
In most construction, all floorplans are created equal, meaning you’ll most likely find yourself in the same unit as most of your neighbours. But not at Zibi. We believe in diversity, and our floorplans are a testament to that.
Ottawa and Gatineau’s heritage will be in full display, from our engagement with the First Nations which feeds our design of public spaces, the upcycling of industrial elements to highlight the site’s past, and refurbishing of existing buildings, Zibi will celebrate the past while looking resolutely forward.
Everyone is unique, and your home should reflect that. By working with different architectural firms for every phase, you can assuage your fears of living in “just another building”.