Affordability, options the big draw

Affordability, options the big draw

The homes in Aquilini Development’s Tsawwassen Shores are creating considerable interest

The homes at Tsawwassen Shores can be individualized to suit the buyer. There are eight different exterior colour schemes are on offer.

Photograph by: Tyler Garnham. PNG

When all 42 single-family homes in the first phase of the Tsawwassen Shores project sold out over the course of nine months, everyone involved in the development realized demand would be strong for phase two.

Still, they didn’t expect to receive quite this much attention before sales officially began.

“Every weekend, we get dozens of groups through,” says sales associate Natalie Shaw of project marketer Rennie Marketing Systems. “Sometimes, it’s more than 60. It’s amazing.”

The prospective buyers at Tsawwassen Shores are coming from a wide range of areas, including Vancouver Island, Chilliwack, Richmond, North Vancouver and downtown Vancouver. Tracie McTavish, president of Rennie Marketing Systems, believes they are being drawn in by the affordability factor.

“For a top price of $699,900, you can live in your own brand new house with a yard, in a neighbourhood that truly feels like a community,” he explains. “That’s an opportunity that is very difficult to find anywhere else.”

Rennie Marketing’s Shaw — and other members of the sales team — say the first questions asked by prospective buyers often relate to the project’s location, on land owned by the Tsawwassen First Nation.

The homes involve 99-year-long prepaid leases, with property taxes paid to the TFN, and rates locked in to the same rates as paid in Delta until 2021.

After that, homeowners will pay the same property tax rates as TFN members. Water and sewer services will be provided by the First Nation.

Homes can be mortgaged like homes on freehold land; a sale involves the transfer of a house and reassigning the land lease.

The existing agreements remain in effect as long as a homebuyer keeps up obligations around paying property taxes and utilities. If, in 99 years, the TFN elects not to renew leases, they would have to buy the homes on the leasehold land back.

McTavish says the location of the project is more convenient than many realize; it can be a 35-minute drive to downtown Vancouver, with nearby transit options available, and a much shorter drive to Richmond. In addition, the eventual replacement of the George Massey tunnel with a bridge is expected to ease congestion on the roads.

Major mall developments — Tsawwassen Mills and Tsawwassen Commons — will be just a few blocks away when they are complete. They will include anchor tenants like Rona, Bass Pro Shops, and Walmart, as well as restaurants, grocery stores, banking and entertainment venues.

For now, Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall will serve many of the same needs of residents. Recreation is readily available, whether it be at two nearby golf courses or cycling or a walk along the beach or dike.

A small park will be created as a part of the Tsawwassen Shores development, and an existing daycare is next door.

The top-rated private Southpointe Academy is a short drive away, as are public elementary and secondary schools.

The demographics of the interested consumers range from young families, young professional couples, downsizers, and a few investors, although the sales team says that so far, it appears as though 95 per cent of buyers will live in the homes.

They are also being wooed with the wide range of customizations available, to make the houses as individual as they are.

For starters, there are eight different exterior colour schemes available. Purchasers can also choose between 21 different exterior options, involving adding or removing elements like roof gables, window overhangs, shingles and cement board siding.

There are three different colour palettes for the interiors, and eight different floor plans, ranging from a two-bedroom, two bathroom home, to a four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home with a carriage house of 557 square feet.

It’s rather a dizzying array of options, which explains why people spend at least 20 minutes in the sales centre on their first visit. That is generally followed by a series of additional visits. Shaw says phase-one buyers would commonly bring family and friends through repeatedly, both to proudly show off their new purchases, and to get second and third opinions on various decisions within the design process.

The two show homes available for viewing are also helping to make the options more concrete.

The first — the ‘Salt Spring’ model — features a spacious den immediately visible to one side after entering the home. In a pinch, it could presumably be used as room for a short-term guest, but it appears to be mainly intended to be a home office-type space.

A wide front hallway leads to a powder room and a great room-style living room, with double-height ceilings. From there, one can access the generously sized deck and backyard, or head directly to the dining area and kitchen. There, one finds a long slim window cleverly placed along the length of the back kitchen wall, allowing light to stream in on someone doing dishes at the sink. A pantry enclosed behind an opaque glass door allows convenient access to ingredients, while hiding odds and ends away while entertaining. A telephone table is tucked away alongside more millwork, incorporating both cabinetry and a microwave.

More sensible and useful design touches are seen in the approach to the double garage, including a little storage area for coats to be hung and a bench so people can sit while taking their shoes off.

Upstairs, buyers can choose to have two bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom, and a dedicated laundry room, or to have three bedrooms — one a master with an ensuite bathroom, another washroom, and a washer and dryer concealed behind closet doors.

The ‘Mayne’ floor plan is also versatile. Here, the master bedroom suite is on the main floor, alongside the great room and kitchen area. Upstairs, buyers can choose between having two or three additional bedrooms.

Tsawwassen Shores buyers can also choose up to $80,000 worth of additional upgrades, including geothermal heating or a heat pump, changing the laminate flooring to engineered hardwood, installing crown moulding, surrounding the fireplace with millwork, having a pre-installed security system, a built-in vacuum, closet organizer built-ins, and a build-in backyard barbecue and fireplace.

With all of that available, McTavish says it’s no wonder people tired of the affordability debate are being drawn out of Vancouver. With homeowners in Phase 1 moving in right now, he and Shaw believe positive word of mouth will propel sales in phase two.

Project name: Tsawwassen Shores

Project size: 29 single-family homes in Phase II; 350 homes in total, including condos, townhomes, and single-family homes

Project location: 1875 Tsawwassen Dr. Tsawwassen

Residence size: 2 bed, 3 bed, 4 bed, 1,225 — 2,065 sq ft

Prices: $499,900 — $699,900

Developer: Aquilini Development and Construction Inc.

Architect: Points West Architecture

Interior design: Shannon Haerdi, First Impression Designs

Sales centre: 1875 Tsawwassen Dr. Delta

Hours: noon — 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment

The homes in Aquilini Development’s Tsawwassen Shores are creating considerable interest

The homes at Tsawwassen Shores can be individualized to suit the buyer. There are eight different exterior colour schemes are on offer.

Photograph by: Tyler Garnham. PNG

When all 42 single-family homes in the first phase of the Tsawwassen Shores project sold out over the course of nine months, everyone involved in the development realized demand would be strong for phase two.

Still, they didn’t expect to receive quite this much attention before sales officially began.

“Every weekend, we get dozens of groups through,” says sales associate Natalie Shaw of project marketer Rennie Marketing Systems. “Sometimes, it’s more than 60. It’s amazing.”

The prospective buyers at Tsawwassen Shores are coming from a wide range of areas, including Vancouver Island, Chilliwack, Richmond, North Vancouver and downtown Vancouver. Tracie McTavish, president of Rennie Marketing Systems, believes they are being drawn in by the affordability factor.

“For a top price of $699,900, you can live in your own brand new house with a yard, in a neighbourhood that truly feels like a community,” he explains. “That’s an opportunity that is very difficult to find anywhere else.”

Rennie Marketing’s Shaw — and other members of the sales team — say the first questions asked by prospective buyers often relate to the project’s location, on land owned by the Tsawwassen First Nation.

The homes involve 99-year-long prepaid leases, with property taxes paid to the TFN, and rates locked in to the same rates as paid in Delta until 2021.

After that, homeowners will pay the same property tax rates as TFN members. Water and sewer services will be provided by the First Nation.

Homes can be mortgaged like homes on freehold land; a sale involves the transfer of a house and reassigning the land lease.

The existing agreements remain in effect as long as a homebuyer keeps up obligations around paying property taxes and utilities. If, in 99 years, the TFN elects not to renew leases, they would have to buy the homes on the leasehold land back.

McTavish says the location of the project is more convenient than many realize; it can be a 35-minute drive to downtown Vancouver, with nearby transit options available, and a much shorter drive to Richmond. In addition, the eventual replacement of the George Massey tunnel with a bridge is expected to ease congestion on the roads.

Affordability, options the big draw

Major mall developments — Tsawwassen Mills and Tsawwassen Commons — will be just a few blocks away when they are complete. They will include anchor tenants like Rona, Bass Pro Shops, and Walmart, as well as restaurants, grocery stores, banking and entertainment venues.

For now, Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall will serve many of the same needs of residents. Recreation is readily available, whether it be at two nearby golf courses or cycling or a walk along the beach or dike.

A small park will be created as a part of the Tsawwassen Shores development, and an existing daycare is next door.

The top-rated private Southpointe Academy is a short drive away, as are public elementary and secondary schools.

The demographics of the interested consumers range from young families, young professional couples, downsizers, and a few investors, although the sales team says that so far, it appears as though 95 per cent of buyers will live in the homes.

They are also being wooed with the wide range of customizations available, to make the houses as individual as they are.

For starters, there are eight different exterior colour schemes available. Purchasers can also choose between 21 different exterior options, involving adding or removing elements like roof gables, window overhangs, shingles and cement board siding.

There are three different colour palettes for the interiors, and eight different floor plans, ranging from a two-bedroom, two bathroom home, to a four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home with a carriage house of 557 square feet.

It’s rather a dizzying array of options, which explains why people spend at least 20 minutes in the sales centre on their first visit. That is generally followed by a series of additional visits. Shaw says phase-one buyers would commonly bring family and friends through repeatedly, both to proudly show off their new purchases, and to get second and third opinions on various decisions within the design process.

The two show homes available for viewing are also helping to make the options more concrete.

The first — the ‘Salt Spring’ model — features a spacious den immediately visible to one side after entering the home. In a pinch, it could presumably be used as room for a short-term guest, but it appears to be mainly intended to be a home office-type space.

A wide front hallway leads to a powder room and a great room-style living room, with double-height ceilings. From there, one can access the generously sized deck and backyard, or head directly to the dining area and kitchen. There, one finds a long slim window cleverly placed along the length of the back kitchen wall, allowing light to stream in on someone doing dishes at the sink. A pantry enclosed behind an opaque glass door allows convenient access to ingredients, while hiding odds and ends away while entertaining. A telephone table is tucked away alongside more millwork, incorporating both cabinetry and a microwave.

More sensible and useful design touches are seen in the approach to the double garage, including a little storage area for coats to be hung and a bench so people can sit while taking their shoes off.

Upstairs, buyers can choose to have two bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom, and a dedicated laundry room, or to have three bedrooms — one a master with an ensuite bathroom, another washroom, and a washer and dryer concealed behind closet doors.

The ‘Mayne’ floor plan is also versatile. Here, the master bedroom suite is on the main floor, alongside the great room and kitchen area. Upstairs, buyers can choose between having two or three additional bedrooms.

Tsawwassen Shores buyers can also choose up to $80,000 worth of additional upgrades, including geothermal heating or a heat pump, changing the laminate flooring to engineered hardwood, installing crown moulding, surrounding the fireplace with millwork, having a pre-installed security system, a built-in vacuum, closet organizer built-ins, and a build-in backyard barbecue and fireplace.

With all of that available, McTavish says it’s no wonder people tired of the affordability debate are being drawn out of Vancouver. With homeowners in Phase 1 moving in right now, he and Shaw believe positive word of mouth will propel sales in phase two.

Project name: Tsawwassen Shores

Project size: 29 single-family homes in Phase II; 350 homes in total, including condos, townhomes, and single-family homes

Project location: 1875 Tsawwassen Dr. Tsawwassen

Residence size: 2 bed, 3 bed, 4 bed, 1,225 — 2,065 sq ft

Prices: $499,900 — $699,900

Developer: Aquilini Development and Construction Inc.

Architect: Points West Architecture

Interior design: Shannon Haerdi, First Impression Designs

Sales centre: 1875 Tsawwassen Dr. Delta

Hours: noon — 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment


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