January 23, 2015
When you buy a new townhome in the Lower Mainland, you expect it to have certain key features. At a minimum, you’d want an in-suite laundry, an airy, open-plan layout, and some outdoor space to put your barbecue.
The three- and four-bedroom townhomes that make up Polygon’s new Kaleido development in North Delta have all these things — and much more besides. But the fact that a Kaleido home comes with the exclusive amenities on offer as part of the purpose-built community of Sunstone could seal the deal for many buyers.
“Sunstone was the first new development in North Delta in more than 25 years when we started selling homes here in 2008,” said Goldie Alam, senior vice-president of marketing at Polygon Realty. “There really wasn’t much here in the way of multi-family developments. I actually grew up in this area so it was very exciting to see it transformed.”
Transformation like this doesn’t take place without a lot of planning, of course. The Corporation of Delta was intimately involved and in May of 2014, adopted a new area plan for North Delta, which outlines its development priorities for up to the next 10 years.
“A lot of people we spoke to as part of our consultation process for the plan expressed a wish to stay in North Delta as they get older,” said Marcy Sangret, Delta’s deputy director of planning. “There are also young people who grew up here who are looking to move back, so places like Sunstone that offer different types of housing will help us meet the needs of an increasingly diverse range of residents.”
The idea is to create a community that caters to the needs of all kinds of people, and Sangret is keen to point out that the area plan they came up with is the result of extensive consultation.
“When we talked to members of our community, we got a great understanding of what they value — the amenities, the commercial areas, the schools and the parks and green spaces,” she added.
In conjunction with policies on housing, retail and the protection of green spaces, the plan incorporates a major expansion of the North Delta Recreation Centre. Here, new facilities include a 6,000-square-foot fitness centre, a gymnasium, an expanded North Delta municipal business centre, and art and recreation spaces.
“We also identified new concepts to make Scott Road more livable, enhancing what we call the social heart of the community at 84th and 112th,” said Jeff Day, Delta’s director of community planning and development. “There will be a higher density of homes in that area along with significantly expanded recreation facilities.”
All of this is good news for Kaleido residents, who will have access to a more livable community nearby, as well as the exclusive Sunstone Club on site. This 12,000-square-foot space includes an outdoor pool and spa, a gymnasium, a fitness studio, guest suites, a covered terrace and barbecue area, a billiard table, and a fireside lounge.
It’s easy enough to get there too; Sunstone is a bike-friendly, pedestrian-friendly community with a comprehensive network of trails and a municipal park at its heart with a lake and a large playground.
“Every fall, there’s a light festival here and the park is always full of people,” Alam added. “It’s a very family-friendly place, with people walking their dogs, or taking advantage of the network of trails and using the fitness stations we’ve placed along them. It all connects with the Delta Nature Reserve, just to the south of here.”
Kaleido’s Georgian-style homes range in size from 1,390 to 1,755 square feet. All have powder rooms on the main floors, nine-foot ceilings, two upstairs bathrooms, garages with room for two cars, spacious decks and private, fenced yards.
“We’ve had a lot of people move to Sunstone because of the value it offers,” Alam said. “A new three-bedroom townhome from $389,900, which is what we’re offering at Kaleido, is hard to find in places like Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster.”
All homes feature kitchen islands with engineered stone countertops and full-height imported ceramic tile backsplashes. There’s a choice of two colour schemes and all the sleek stainless steel appliances are included.
Main bathrooms feature a bathtub with ceramic tile surrounds, porcelain sinks, dual-flush toilets and vanity lights. You’ll also find engineered stone countertops, polished chrome Grohe faucets and porcelain tile flooring.
Higher-end homes feature full-sized laundry rooms with space for a side-by-side washer dryer, a flex room and extra storage niches designed to accommodate Ikea shelving units. (Smaller homes have enclosed closets with space for stacking washers and dryers.)
There is CRI Green Label nylon carpeting in the bedrooms and windows are designed to reduce damage from UV light, while improving energy efficiency.
Homes are on sale now and occupancy is slated for this spring.
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