After a morning rain in mid-June, the air at Pacific Spirit Park feels and smells like no other part of the city. Directly beside the thick forest paths, a clean warm humidity clings lightly to the skin.

An idyllic setting such as this isn’t normally associated with the development of condominium towers.

But it’s here, directly across from the dense collection of trees, lined with cycling and pedestrian paths, that Polygon’s Academy presentation centre stands. Academy is a Polygon project in Wesbrook Village, a growing community within walking distance to University of British Columbia Farm, the new University Hill secondary school site and the sprawling UBC campus. A large traffic circle acts as a boundary between the busy UBC’s student-centred campus region and Wesbrook Village’s dense retail centre, steps away from Vancouver’s iconic Pacific Spirit Park. The outlook to the north, with a direct view of the trees, might be enough on their own to attract home hunters to the 18-storey site. Ralph Archibald, Polygon’s senior vice-president of sales and marketing, says most people are surprised that many suites in Academy come with a wide, sprawling view of the Strait of Georgia.

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