Gail and Barry Giffen, with their daughter’s dog, Batmann, in their restored home’s great hall, which has its original stained-glass windows. PHOTO: KAMIL BIALOUS FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Leigh Kamping-Carder Some married couples settle into their retirement by downsizing. Gail and Barry Giffen are spending theirs restoring a mansion—a 1905 Tudor Revival in Victoria, Canada. “We wanted a historic house that needed lots of work,” said Mr. Giffen, 70, who ran a company in Alberta that handled disaster recovery. “We wanted to make it ours.” The house was designed by architect Samuel MacClure for a cold-storage entrepreneur named Biggerstaff Wilson. The property had only one additional owner until 2010, when a local developer purchased the nearly 2-acre lot […]
“We secured something really special when we bought at Village Walk. It’s truly the best of all worlds; we enjoy all the benefits of living in a new building where the quality is supremely high, combined with an incredible Oak Bay Avenue location, surrounded by everything we could want in easy walking distance.
Lynne & Don Biberdorf
Owners, Village Walk
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