Westside boutique townhouse project “better than a single family home”

Seasons, a development by Sightline Properties, is a collection of 19 three- to four-bedroom townhouses

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With prices for single-family homes in Vancouver’s Westside now soaring to $10 million and more, industry watchers say market demand for housing alternatives that meet a buyer’s needs in matter of outdoor space at a manageable price has never been stronger.

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Sightline Properties is responding to that demand with a new 19-unit townhouse development that it touts as “better than a single-family home.” The project includes landscaped patios, rooftop terraces with hot tubs and views of the North Shore mountains, and fully equipped home gyms with spin bikes and TV screens.

“We’re worth more than a single-family home,” says Chris Skully, sales manager for Key Marketing Group, which promotes Seasons, being built on West 26th Avenue and Ash Street, next to Queen Elizabeth Park.

Architect Taizo Yamamoto says Seasons' units are highly efficient and economically appointed with a good sense of space.
Architect Taizo Yamamoto says Seasons’ units are highly efficient and economically appointed with a good sense of space. Photo by Fourni /PNG

“When you’re buying a single-family home right now, almost everything that’s sold is multiple-offered, so you’re being charged upwards.” Once you move in, he says, then you have the added unpredictable expenses of renovations that necessitate the hassle and headache of seeking permits.

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By contrast, you can buy a home from Seasons for a fixed base price and then customize it with the developer who handles permits and construction, again with reliable costs, he says.

This formula obviously appeals to a lot of people, with over 1,500 signups on the Seasons website to date. To date, Sightlines has opened its presentation suite to real estate agents and is planning its first full public presentation today (Saturday, March 12.)

“We’re better than a single-family home,” says Key Marketing Group Sales Director Chris Skully, Photo by Fourni /PNG

Skully says downsizers are among those interested, but also professional families with children of different ages. “You definitely see people who want to make their lives easier.” The options available for the nine three-bedroom units with den and the 10 four-bedroom homes provide flexibility as the family ages. “When you look at the size of the bedrooms, it really allows you to make the transition up to one or two children. One of the bedrooms would be perfect for a toddler while another would be good for a five to seven year old. We believe that people are also looking for homes to grow with the family.

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Many of those who sign up are families from Vancouver who know the area because they grew up there or now have family there. Seasons’ location, Skully says, is really appealing as it’s just one block from King Edward Boulevard, one block from Cambie and its small shops, close to the Canada Line and its three-minute ride to downtown, and just two blocks from Queen Elizabeth Park.

Interiors, created by AK Designs, include engineered bathrooms with underfloor heating.
Interiors, created by AK Designs, include engineered bathrooms with underfloor heating. Photo by Fourni /PNG

All residences are equipped with a home gym on the first level with direct access to underground parking. It’s something the architect and marketers saw as a direct result of COVID-19 and the need to have a wellness room for private use, he says. Rooms, averaging seven by 12 feet, have a mirrored wall, rubberized flooring, a NordicTrack spin bike, and options for the fitness company’s “Vault” equipment system with a mirrored video screen and monitor to connect to online coaches.

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The Seasons site comprises four separate buildings each containing four to five suites, on three to four levels. The three-bedroom homes and den have 315 square feet of outdoor space including landscaped patios and balconies while the four-bedroom homes with 485 outdoor square feet each, come with a landscaped rooftop terrace with kitchenette and are sinkers for a hot tub installation option. The roof terraces will all have a view of the Côte-Nord mountains.

A rooftop terrace with a hot tub.
A rooftop terrace with a hot tub. Photo by Fourni /PNG

Between the buildings are courtyards with adjoining patios, but there are also other features to encourage contact between owners.

There is a BBQ and prep station serving al fresco dining, a children’s play area, and a rock climbing wall.

The interiors, created by AK Designs, include machined bathrooms with underfloor heating, a large frameless shower, deep soaking tub, double sinks with large mirrors, an accessory cabinet and a 10ft walk-in closet. The bathrooms are both light and dark.

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State-of-the-art kitchens.
State-of-the-art kitchens. Photo by Fourni /PNG

The kitchen is equipped with a 36-inch Miele stainless steel built-in refrigerator, a 30-inch five-burner gas cooktop and a Miele built-in wall oven, a 29-inch Faber hood with lighting LED lights, a Miele Milano integrated dishwasher and a 21-inch Panasonic microwave.

The kitchen, dining room and living room, with wide plank engineered hardwood floors, are located on the main entry level, with a cluster of bedrooms and dens on the second level and the master suite on the second level. third. The fire pit has a custom bench and storage joinery.

Additional options include full surround sound, automated blinds and a lighting system with a basic Nest Home security system with many possible upgrades. All houses are equipped with air conditioning.

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Architect Taizo Yamamoto says the units are highly efficient and economically appointed with a good sense of space.

“There are no stacked units (one house immediately above another), so each unit has a patio on the ground floor as well as balconies on the upper level, so that it has the character of a single-family house,” says Yamamoto. “There’s also access to the garages for the units, so it really does feel like a single-family home, although it’s obviously much denser in townhouse form. The units, with their corner windows and other window locations, provide light and ventilation without losing privacy by making you overlook your neighbour.

Seasons, Vancouver

Project address: 589 West 26th Ave.

Project scope: A collection of 19 townhouses, nine three-bedroom + den and 10 four-bedroom suites in four wood frame buildings. The homes’ interior spaces range from 1,412 square feet to 1,733 square feet on three to four levels with 2.5 bathrooms. Each house includes a well-equipped home gym with direct access to underground parking; Landscaped patios on the main level, with four-bedroom homes featuring rooftop terraces equipped with hot tubs, kitchenettes with barbecue grills, and landscaped sitting areas. Walking distance to QE Park, Cambie Street shopping and the Canada Line.

Prices: Starting at $2,099,800 for three-bedroom homes and den and four-bedroom homes starting at $2,499,800.

Developer: Line of sight properties

Architect: Yamamoto Architecture

Interior design : AK design

Central sales: 479 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver

Sales center hours: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (except Friday)

Sales phone: 604-734-8883

Website: TheCollectionQE.com/Seasons

Occupation: 2024

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