Unlike many of Nelson Commons’ future residents, Paul and Mary Major will be upsizing rather than downsizing. That’s because they’ve spent the better part of the last ten years cruising the South Pacific in a 40’ catamaran named Bella Via. Though they are quick to point out that a catamaran is way more spacious than a “monohull” of the same length, their new two-bedroom home in Nelson Commons will still be considerably larger than their boat.
Like most people, the Majors are looking forward to the downtown location of Nelson Commons and the fact that everything is nearby. Paul is keen to “ski, play and sail” around the Kootenays and is attracted to the low-to-no maintenance involved with Nelson Commons. Perhaps you’ve seen him up at Lion’s Park this winter—he’s the “iceman” and has been busy trying to keep the ice rink icy by round-the-clock watering. Mary loves to walk and admits to not being a great gardener: “I’d start a garden and be gone for a month camping or sailing. When I came back, the garden would be gone.” The Commons’ “occasional gardener” approach works for her.
For the Majors, a big part of the appeal of Nelson, and living downtown, is proximity to family. They have a son, daughter-in-law and two young grandsons who also call Nelson home. In fact, because their grandsons’ Tumbleweeds gym is so close to the Nelson Commons site, the eldest has been able to watch his grandparents’ future home take shape–diggers, dump trucks, cranes and all!
If you’ve met any of the people who’ll be living downtown in Nelson Commons when the doors open in a few months, you’ve likely noticed some common characteristics. Everyone seems to be active physically and within the community, they are keen to be downtown and keep things simple with where and how they live, and they’re all really looking forward to moving day.