The High Street Rowhomes: the latest on the Southlands project in Tsawwassen

It is the latest installment in Century Group’s master-planned community

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When planning the future of its Southlands development in Tsawwassen, Century Group was determined to create a community removed from regular urban life while ensuring its owners were equipped with the comforts and conveniences of modern living. They continue to achieve this balance in their master-planned community, which currently holds the title of largest “farm country” in North America, with their latest offering: Row houses on High Street.

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This boutique collection of 10 non-strata fee simple townhomes is located on the edge of over 100 acres of picturesque parkland and farmland, directly across from the bustling Market Square community center and located along Southlands Drive . This new multi-use road connects Upper Tsawwassen to Boundary Bay Road for quick and easy access to the waterfront.

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“The goal of Southlands has always been to offer diverse types of housing,” explains Vanessa Isler, real estate marketing director at Century Group, speaking of the benefits of its strata-free model. “People love the concept of not having strata rates. It gives them more flexibility and a great housing option that is often overlooked.”

The welcoming main entrance features traditional building elements such as exposed gabled soffits, bay windows and a brownstone-inspired façade.
The welcoming main entrance features traditional building elements such as exposed gabled soffits, bay windows and a brownstone-inspired façade. Photo provided by Century Group.

Each of the three-bedroom floor plans, ranging from 1,370 to 1,725 ​​square feet over two or three floors of living space, feature an open main floor level intended for daily living and entertaining, with bedrooms on the upstairs to separate the private and social space. In addition to a front living room, main floor powder room, and flex space for a living room or family room, each unit has a large rear balcony equipped with a gas outlet for barbecues, plus a 50-foot deck sq. ft. facing south facing the master bedroom and a side-by-side double EV garage with full private access.

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The concept for High Street Rowhomes emerged from a desire to create a sense of place and stability within the thriving community. “When [Century Group] They approached us, they wanted the High Street to have a surprising sense of permanence. Something that seemed like it was going to last and not be carried away by the times,” says Jim Bussey of Formwerks Architecture.

Units range from 1,370 to 1,725 ​​square feet over two to three stories of living space.
Units range from 1,370 to 1,725 ​​square feet over two to three stories of living space. Photo provided by Century Group.

To achieve this, traditional building elements were used, such as exposed gabled soffits and bay windows, with special attention to the main entrance. From street level, a brownstone-inspired façade welcomes you, with the entrance of each home aligned and highly visible. To maintain a look consistent with the surroundings, they chose materials such as beige brick and board-and-batten fiber cement lap siding, contrasted with black aluminum accents. “There’s no mistaking this for Brooklyn,” laughs Bussey, “it gives a more English feel, like you’ve just stumbled upon a lovely little town somewhere in Sussex.”

Homes include three bedrooms, open spaces, a flexible living room or family room, a spacious balcony, and a south-facing terrace.
Homes include open spaces, a flexible living room or family room, a spacious balcony, and a south-facing terrace. Photo provided by Century Group.
There are three bedrooms in each residence at High Street Rowhomes.
There are three bedrooms in each residence at High Street Rowhomes. Photo provided by Century Group.

Drawing on Formwerk’s vision for the homes, Insight Design Group incorporated the look established by the exterior’s light and dark motifs into its interior palette.

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“The look of the buildings is traditional but with a new twist,” says Katrina Podmore of Insight Design, describing how her team chose to play with materials that would tell the same story. “We’d like people to see that they can adapt these homes to their style… like they could live here and still have their signature look.”

They developed two distinct color palette options for flooring and tile, Light & Gray and Warm & White, along with modern matte black accessories and hardware. In the kitchen, soft white Shaker-style cabinets, a chevron-print porcelain backsplash, solid quartz countertops, and a large center island create an inviting gathering space. In the master bathroom, the chevron mosaic continues, fused with a hexagonal pattern to provide subtle texture in the rain shower.

“The look of the buildings is traditional but with a new twist,” says Katrina Podmore of Insight Design. Photo provided by Century Group.

Special attention was paid to smart space planning, such as built-in closet systems and an unexpectedly spacious in-suite laundry setup to maximize flow while providing ample storage space throughout the home. “We really celebrate cooking and fresh food, which is why all of our homes have a roll-up pantry component,” says Natalie Shaw, sales manager at Southlands. Across the board, from premium Fisher & Paykel kitchen appliances and Moen bathroom accessories to the spacious LG side-by-side washer and dryer, all finishes are standard. “We don’t offer any additional updates here,” Shaw continues. “All our houses are completely renovated.”

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The buyer demographic is largely made up of local residents looking for space to raise a family or Metro Vancouver residents. “A lot of people are coming back home, or have a connection to the community, or people who are looking for something a little different and want to be close to nature,” Shaw says.

With only 10 per cent of available buildable land under construction, this urban farming community will continue to expand its robust ambitions over the next five to ten years.

“It’s so unique,” Isler says. “People can connect with their neighbors, connect with agriculture and food, and take advantage of the opportunity to have those connections that necessarily can’t be found anymore.”

Project: Row houses on High Street in Southlands Tsawwassen

Project management: 6371 Southlands Drive, Limit Bay, Tsawwassen

Developer: Group of the century

Architect: Architectural Formwork

Interior designer: Insight Design Group

Project size: 10 three-bedroom residences

Price: from $1,349,900 to $1,709,900

Sales center: Discovery Center, Southlands Tsawwassen (6388 Market Avenue, Tsawwassen)

Center hours: Every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Phone: 604-636-2220

Website: DiscoverSouthlands.ca

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