Nearly half a decade ago, the Townline Group of Companies undertook to restore a bastion of Victoria’s history. Now restored to its former glory, The Hudson is a glittering example of the gentrification Townline hopes to achieve in Victoria’s Hudson district.
I was recently invited by Townline to come to Victoria, see the restoration with my own eyes and try living in Victoria on for size.
Famous for strong architecture and symmetrical design, the exterior of The Hudson has only been kicked up a notch. Maintaining the integrity of the original design, the rooftop of The Hudson has been transformed into a show-stopping 14,000-square-foot terrace with expansive views across the city and the Juan de Fuca Strait.
Also added is the internal courtyard, tidily landscaped with lush greenery and a reflective pool.
More than anything, I was struck by the impeccable attention to detail given within the restoration. Not only was Townline able to make use of salvaged original pieces from the building when it belonged to HBC, the group combined their finds with minimalist design to create a uniquely modern image for The Hudson.
Small details such as the wallpaper lining the hallways or the welcoming “store entrance” only added to the charm and served as vibrant reminders of the rich history of this building.
After our short float plane ride, Jordy and I found ourselves inside our home away from home inside The Hudson. Famished and ready for rest, I was pleased to see that dinner was served from Smoken Bones Cookhouse. My mouthwatering feast was rounded out with pulled pork, Smoken Bones’ signature ribs and a to-die-for dirty rice cake.
A bottle of wine didn’t hurt my evening either…
The inside of the building has been renovated into smartly-appointed flats, double-height lofts and superb penthouses with all the modern amenities one would expect.
For an experimental “foodie” like myself, the kitchen was nothing short of a dream. Apart from being esthetically pleasing, elite quality appliances, quartz countertops, pot lights and sleek cabinetry were welcome components.
With highly desirable open floor plans, transitioning from dinner to kicking my feet up was seamless. My suite featured enough seating for a classy wine gathering of my friends but a space intimate enough to set up my laptop and get some work done.
Perhaps my most favourite (and admittedly biased) feature of The Hudson? It’s a pet-friendly home! Not only was Jordy able to meet some new canine friends in the building, he also made it clear from minute one that he was quite at home within our apartment.
If you’re anything like me, taking baths is a relished part of any week – and in particular at the week’s end. Overlooking the main living area, the lofted master suite is undoubtedly the pièce de résistance.
The open ensuite bathroom warmed my toes with radiant in-floor heating, double sinks, a roomy glass-enclosed shower, separate vestibule for the toilet and a soaker tub that could swallow me hole.
After a long day of both work and travel, I was eager to snuggle into my bed but unsure how disrupted my sleep would be, being that The Hudson is in the middle of it all on Douglas Street. I was pleased to quickly learn that high-grade glass was installed and I didn’t hear a peep from the street.
Naturally, I wasn’t the only one interested in the good night’s sleep we got…
Reflecting on my brief time staying at The Hudson, the memory that stands out most of all was simply the feeling of community I felt from the moment I walked inside. Neighbours are warm and The Hudson feels like a place to call home.
Photo: © Hudson Living
Those that are fortunate enough to own a piece of this Victoria legacy have something to be undoubtedly proud of. The same too can be said for Townline, as I have no doubt that The Hudson will continue to be an important and recognizable inheritance in Victoria for another 100 years.
View all my Hudson photos on Flickr. Look for Smoken Bones Cookshack and 2% Jazz Espresso and Coffee Bar to call The Hudson home later this year.
Disclosure: cmp.ly/2 (I was not paid to write this post but did receive my stay at The Hudson courtesy of The Townline Group of Companies.)