This community is situated in a natural setting just steps away from a thriving urban centre.
More families than ever before are feeling the squeeze of the Lower Mainland’s housing market. It’s hard enough to afford a place of your own, let alone one that feels special enough to call home. Being close to quiet green spaces and schools in addition to coveted urban amenities (like restaurants and events) can feel out of reach for many. Families are flocking to the ‘burbs or are leaving the region 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.
With one-bedroom homes starting at $399,900, two-bedroom homes starting at $524,900 and three-bedroom homes starting at $699,900, The Oaks is a uniquely accessible path to home ownership in the Lower Mainland—without having to give up the best of an urban lifestyle.
What might be most exciting about this new community, however, are 6,000 square feet of private indoor amenities that make the entire property feel totally unique from other communities in its midst. True to its name, The Oaks offers over half an acre of green and family-friendly outdoor space, including revitalizing private (private!) gardens, lawns, play areas and walking paths. Bonus: there’s a barbecue area adjoining the spacious resident’s lounge.
Living in The Oaks doesn’t just mean letting your children play in green space without the nearby rush of traffic. It’s also close to local schools—just a 10-minute walk from Miller Park Elementary School and Banting Middle School, and a less-than five-minute drive to Port Moody Secondary—so families can spend less time commuting and more time together.
The entire community is thoughtfully designed with built-in amenities to make day-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 a dining room and kitchen—meaning the party can always come to you. This is all in addition to the games room, fitness and spin studio, theatre and working lounge for those who work from home. Even the lobby lounge is refined with sleek design and comfortable couches, making waiting for guests or an anticipated package a better experience than usual.
Getting to Vancouver for work or play is a breeze, too. The Oaks is just a 10-minute walk to the Burquitlam Skytrain, which brings you into downtown Vancouver in less 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.