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Is There a Distinctly “Vancouver” Watch?
Morefamilies than ever before are feeling the squeeze of the Lower Mainland’shousing market. It’s hard enough to afford a place of your own, let alone one thatfeels special enough to call home. Being close to quiet green spaces and schoolsin addition to coveted urban amenities (like restaurants and events) can feelout of reach for many. Families are flocking to the ‘burbs or are leaving theregion altogether—and not because they want to.
Just east of Burnaby, Coquitlam is proving to be a promising place for families who are looking to put down roots without missing out on the best parts of urban living (hello, cool co-working spaces, fantastic shopping and craft beer). The area is also well-known for its proximity to great trails and parks, including a less intense version of the Grouse Grind. Plus, with housing prices that are a bit lower than its big-city neighbour, Coquitlam is an appealing place to buy.
Enter The Oaks: a contemporary West Coast-style development in West Coquitlam. The first of the development’s three six-storey buildings is now offering one, two and three-bedroom homes for purchase, each with open and bright floorplans (think: high ceilings and calm open spaces). Unique to its surroundings is The Oaks’ 28,000 square feet of private indoor and outdoor amenities that have been designed with growing families in mind, creating an authentic sense of home within the city.
Withone-bedroom homes starting at $399,900, two-bedroom homes starting at $524,900and three-bedroom homes starting at $699,900, The Oaks is a uniquely accessiblepath to home ownership in the Lower Mainland—without having to give up the bestof an urban lifestyle.
Whatmight be most exciting about this new community, however, are 6,000 square feetof private indoor amenities that make the entire property feel totally uniquefrom other communities in its midst. True to its name, The Oaks offers overhalf an acre of green and family-friendly outdoor space, including revitalizingprivate (private!) gardens, lawns, play areas and walking paths. Bonus: there’sa barbecue area adjoining the spacious resident’s lounge.
Livingin The Oaks doesn’t just mean letting your children play in green space withoutthe nearby rush of traffic. It’s also close to local schools—just a 10-minutewalk from Miller Park Elementary School and Banting Middle School, and aless-than five-minute drive to Port Moody Secondary—so families can spend lesstime commuting and more time together.
Theentire community is thoughtfully designed with built-in amenities to makeday-to-day life a cut above. The elegant and cozy residents’ lounge, for example,includes an indoor kids’ play area and an entertaining space complete with adining room and kitchen—meaning the party can always come to you. This is allin addition to the games room, fitness and spin studio, theatre and workinglounge for those who work from home. Even the lobby lounge is refined withsleek design and comfortable couches, making waiting for guests or ananticipated package a better experience than usual.
Gettingto Vancouver for work or play is a breeze, too. The Oaks is just a 10-minutewalk to the Burquitlam Skytrain, which brings you into downtown Vancouver inless than 40 minutes.
Living in West Coquitlam means having the city’s local attractions and the rest of the Lower Mainland at your fingertips. It’s a mere seven-minute drive from Lougheed Town Centre’s restaurants and retail shops (from H&M to local favourites like Ming Wo). The town centre isn’t just a go-to spot for shopping, either; it also has plenty of family-friendly programs, like Zumba for moms and babies every Monday and Friday and story time and crafts on Saturdays.
West Coquitlam is a vibrant hub of culture and outdoor recreation, providing a serene, yet connected, place for growing families. Communities like The Oaks are a crucial component of a city that’s dedicated to creating a sense of home within a bustling urban space. With everything you need within arm’s reach, you may find yourself never wanting to leave.