Condo of the Week: $479,000 for two storeys on Commercial

High ceilings, an open floor plan, and a space to relax outside for just under half a million

The details: 27-3477 Commercial St. | $479,000 | 723 sq. ft. | 1 bed, 1 bath

The condo: This modern two level loft-style townhouse is a terrific option if you are looking for something that stands out in a crowd. With it’s open floor plan, 12-ft. ceilings, striking fireplace mantle feature wall, and huge outdoor space, there is some ‘wow’ factor on display to be sure. Tasteful and stylish updates throughout make the home move-in ready. A large den allows for a home office, nursery, or extra storage, while the west-facing patio lets you soak up the sun after a day of work.

The building: La Villa is a small 31-unit, rain-screened complex built in 1998. Pets and rentals are allowed.

The neighbourhood: While there still isn’t a lot to walk to nearby, the area is starting to fill out as density increases. The big highlight here is the easy access to Trout Lake Park and the adjoining community centre. Restaurants, bars, and groceries are all found further down Commercial, but there is a great coffee shop at the end of the block. The area is full of townhouses and 1/2 duplex units, so there is a strong community of young families here. The SkyTrain is walkable as well if you are working downtown.

The potential downsides: The neighbourhood becomes more walkable when the weather is nice, but most stores and restaurants are a good 20-minute walk. The neighbourhood is also growing quickly, so be prepared for some construction going on around you.