February 20, 2015
Brighton by Polygon is a collection of 114 two- and three-bedroom homes at the master-planned community of Westerleigh in Abbotsford. Move-in ready townhomes like these are becoming increasingly popular, but Polygon is betting that first-time buyers — and young families in particular — will be attracted by the established community of residents already calling Westerleigh home.
“The homes are at entry-level prices, so they’re great for young couples and families who want to take advantage of the historically low interest rates we have right now,” Goldie Alam, senior vice-president of marketing at Polygon Realty, said. “This type of master-plan living with a clubhouse is not offered anywhere else in Abbotsford and we believe that the established community already there will also prove to be a big draw.”
Nikki Newman was raised in Abbotsford and has been renting an apartment near the downtown core for the past four years. The Brighton home she’s buying with her boyfriend will be their first.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Newman said. “I can’t believe it is real life. We had heard really good things about Polygon and the timing lined up perfectly. We got everything we wanted at a price we could afford. The added value of the clubhouse will be amazing. I was almost a bit surprised at what we were able to get.”
Alam said Brighton has had plenty of buyers like Newman from the Abbotsford area, but has also seen people coming from Surrey and Langely because they find they can get more home for less money.
“Abbotsford, in general, is a very family-oriented community, with plenty of farmland and fresh air,” Alam said.
The city prides itself on its connection to nature. There are more than 320 hectares of parks and green spaces in the city, set against a backdrop of lakes, mountains and rivers. As the name suggests, the Westerleigh community lies to the west of the downtown core in a neighbourhood that takes full advantage of the natural surroundings.
When completed, the Discovery Trail will be an all-season corridor of more than 30 kilometres connecting the east and west ends of Abbotsford, and running right behind the Brighton development. Schools, the Clearbrook Library, the Fraserglen Golf Course and the newly developed Highstreet shopping complex — featuring more than 90 stores, restaurants and services — are all nearby.
“I like the area because it has a real neighbourhood feel to it,” Newman said. “I drive for work as a rep for a cosmetic company and I go from Chilliwack to Vancouver to Richmond and all over visiting various stores, so being a little bit closer to the highway will make things more convenient for sure.”
The Tudor-style three-storey Brighton homes have steeply pitched roofs and brick cladding. Some feature window boxes and picket fences. All have generous decks or patios and private fenced yards as well as attached double-car garages. They also feature low-E windows made to reduce UV light damage while improving energy efficiency.
Inside, buyers can choose from two designer-selected colour schemes — dark and light — and create a comfortable environment with individually controlled thermostats and electric baseboard heat.
Kitchens feature polished quartz countertops and full-height imported ceramic tile backsplashes. There are also stainless steel Frigidaire appliances and flat-panel laminate cabinetry in white or teak with polished chrome pulls. All homes have nine-foot ceilings on the main level and some also include kitchen islands and extra powder rooms.
“Right now, we have an apartment-style galley kitchen which is awful, and I love to cook so it will be great to have the space to do that,” Newman said. “We entertain all the time and it’s going to be nice to have a home that we can invite our friends to, where we can prepare food and be good hosts.”
Newman’s new guest-friendly home has three bedrooms and an ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower, his and her porcelain sinks and a dual-flush toilet by American Standard. The main bathroom has a bathtub with ceramic tile surround and a designer laminate countertop with integral backsplash.
Brighton homes are a stone’s throw from Club West, a private clubhouse for residents of Westerleigh. It has an outdoor pool facing the mountains, guest suites for out-of-town visitors, a fitness studio, an indoor floor-hockey room and a movie theatre. There’s even a dog wash salon and a party room for kids’ birthdays.
For Newman, the feeling of owning a home for the first time — particularly one that is brand new and ready for her to move in — is hard to beat.
“I can’t wait to be in a place that’s actually mine, to be able to paint a wall if I want,” she said. “It will be great to come home and know that we’re not giving our money to other people — we’re actually investing in something that’s ours and building a future together.”
Source: VANCOUVER SUN