Seasons, a development by Sightline Properties, is a collection of 19 three-to-four bedroom townhomes
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With the prices of single family homes on Vancouver’s Westside now soaring up to $10 million and beyond, industry observers say that market demand for housing alternatives that fit a buyer’s need for outdoor space at a manageable price has never been stronger.
Sightline Properties is meeting that demand with a new boutique townhouse development of 19 units that it is billing as “better than a single-family home.” The project boasts landscaped patios, rooftop decks with hot tubs and views of the North Shore mountains, and fully equipped home gyms with spin bikes and TV monitors.
“We are better than a detached home,” says director of sales for Key Marketing Group Chris Skully, who is promoting Seasons, being built at West 26th Avenue and Ash Street, next door to Queen Elizabeth Park.
“When you are purchasing detached right now, almost everything being sold is going multiple offer so you are being priced up.” Once you move in, he says, you then have the additional unpredictable expense of renovations that require the hassle and headache of seeking permits.
By contrast, you can buy a home at Seasons for a set base price, and then customize it with the developer handling any permitting and construction, again with reliable costing, he says.
That formula obviously appeals to many people, with more than 1,500 registering on the Seasons website so far. To date, Sightlines has opened its presentation suite to realtors and is planning its first full public showing today (Sat., March 12.)
Skully says downsizers are among those interested but so too are professional families with children of varying ages. “We definitely see people who want to simplify their lives.” The options available for the nine three-bedroom and-den units and 10 four-bedroom homes offer flexibility as a family ages. “When we look at the size of the bedrooms, it really allows you to transition up to one or two children. One of the rooms would be great for a toddler while another would be good for a five to seven-year-old. We think people are looking for homes to grow with the family, as well.”
Many of those registering are families from Vancouver who know the area because they grew up there or have family there now. The Seasons location, Skully says, is really attractive because it is just one block from King Edward Boulevard, a block from Cambie and its smaller shops, close to Canada Line and its three-minute ride to downtown, and just two blocks from Queen Elizabeth Park.
All of the residences come with a home gym on the first level with direct access to underground parking. It’s something the architect and marketers saw as a direct result of going through COVID-19 and the need to have a wellness room for private use, he says. The rooms, averaging seven by 12 feet, have a mirrored wall, rubberized floor, NordicTrack spin bicycle and the options of the fitness company’s ”Vault” equipment system with a mirror video display and monitor for connecting to online line trainers.
The Seasons site features four separate buildings containing four to five suites in each, on three to four levels. Three bedroom and den homes have 315-square-feet of exterior space including landscaped patios and balconies while the four-bedroom homes with 485 exterior square feet each, come with a landscaped rooftop deck with kitchenette and is plumbed for an option to install a hot your B. The rooftop decks will all have views of the North Shore mountains.
Between the buildings are courtyards with adjoining patios, but there are other features as well to encourage some mingling among owners.
There is a barbecue and prep station serving an al-fresco dining, a kid’s play area and a climbing wall.
The interiors, created by AK Designs, include milled work ensuites with infloor heating, a large frameless shower, a deep soaker tub, double vanity with expansive mirrors, an accessory cabinet and a 10-foot wardrobe closet. Bathrooms come in both light and dark schemes.
The kitchen is equipped with a 36-inch Miele stainless steel integrated refrigerator, a 30-inch five burner gas top and a Miele integrated wall oven, a 29-inch Faber hood fan with LED lighting, a Miele Milano integrated dishwasher and 21-inch Panasonic microwave .
The kitchen, dining and living rooms, with wide-plank engineered hardwood floors, are located on the main entry level, with a cluster of bedrooms and dens on the second level and the primary suite on the third. The foyer has a custom bench and storage millwork.
Additional options include full-surround sound, automated blinds and lighting system with a base Nest Home security system with numerous upgrades possible. All homes come equipped with air-conditioning.
Architect Taizo Yamamoto says the units are very efficient and economically laid out with a good sense of spaciousness.
“There are no stacked units (one home immediately above another) so each unit has ground level patio space as well as upper level balconies, so it does have a single-family home character,” Yamamoto says. “There is also access into the garages for the units so it really does feel like single family living, even though it is obviously much more dense in the townhouse form. The units, with their corner windows and other window placements provide light and ventilation without losing privacy by having you overlook your neighbour.”
Project Address: 589 West 26th Ave.
Project Scope: A collection of 19 townhomes, nine three-bedroom + den and 10 four-bedroom suites in four wood-frame buildings. Interior spaces of the homes range from 1,412 sq. ft. to 1,733 sq. ft on three to four levels with 2.5 bathrooms. Each home includes a well-equipped home gym with direct access to underground parking; landscaped patios on main level, with four-bedroom homes boasting a rooftop deck plumbed for a hot tub, a BBQ kitchenette, and landscaped seating area. Walking distance to QE Park, Cambie Street shops, and Canada Line.
Prices: From $2,099,800 for three-bedroom and den homes and four-bedroom homes from $2,499,800.
developer: Sightline Properties
Architect: Yamamoto Architecture
Interior Design: AK Design
Sales centre: 479 W. 16th Ave., Vancouver
Sales center hours: Noon to 5 pm (except Friday)
Sales phone: 604-734-8883