VANCOUVER SUN: RIVER DISTRICT PROJECT OFFERS CHOICE AND STYLE



When it comes to Rhythm, Polygon’s new project in Vancouver’s fledgling River District community, it’s all about the options.

Some people will purchase homes in a low-rise woodframe building, while others will opt for residences in a mid-rise concrete tower.

The idea is to offer variety, says Goldie Alam, Polygon’s senior vice-president of marketing.

“Some people like the more boutique feeling of a smaller building like the low-rise, and others want to be up a little higher,” she explains. “This way they have the choice to live the way that suits them best.”

Rhythm homes feature floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing light to stream in and allowing for a truly spacious feel.

Each also has an outdoor space, ranging from a balcony to a large deck.

The show suite displays all of the little design touches that consumers have come to expect in new construction. In the kitchen, that means glossy white cabinetry and a stone countertop and stone tile backsplash.

Stainless steel appliances are sleek and Energy Star-rated. They encompass a Fisher & Paykel french door refrigerator with a bottom drawer freezer, a natural gas cooktop and Bosch electric wall oven, a Bosch combination microwave and hood fan, and a Bosch dishwasher, which promises ultraquiet operation.

The bathroom is meant to evoke a spa-like feeling. The frameless glass shower also seals off a roomy deep soaker tub, while the wall-hung vanity — topped with marble — allows for a clean, contemporary look.

A walk-in closet feels like a little room of its own. The mirrored walls in the closet were created specifically for the display suite, but wouldn’t be a bad idea for the eventual Rhythm homes.

Laminate flooring is standard, although radiant in-floor heating is an extra touch of indulgence in the homes in the mid-rise building.

Having two buildings in the same project — they’re dubbed Rhythm West and Rhythm East — has allowed the design team to create a private courtyard area. It includes both green space and paved areas for outdoor gatherings, as well as planters and an oversized water feature.

The water for a pond is funnelled along a long shallow ditch running the width of the courtyard, drawing the eye along the area and unifying the two buildings.

There is also a small clubhouse on the site, which contains a private gym, and a lounge for evenings when residents want a little more space to entertain friends and family.

Alam says a bike storage room and a dog-wash area have proven to be in high demand for projects in the neighbourhood.

A limited number of external storage lockers are available at Rhythm to store sports gear and other, larger items. Some homes have storage space inside them, as well.

Alam says many of those expressing interest in Rhythm seem to know the area well. Some are downsizers trying to stay in the region they know and love, and first-time buyers are also already in the area, currently living with their parents, or renting basement suites and older apartments.

Couples with children — or those planning on having children — are being drawn in by the size and number of the two-bedroom units available. Only 20 per cent of the homes are one-bedroom apartments.

Over the next 20 years, more than 7,000 new homes will be built in the River District, which covers 130 acres between Kerr and Boundary Road, and Marine Way and the Fraser River.

It is becoming more and more popular as people realize how central the area is, Alam says. It takes 10 minutes to drive to Metrotown, and less than that to get to Richmond. Other destinations within southeast Vancouver are also readily accessible.

“You’re getting to live in Vancouver for the same price that you would be paying for a home in Richmond,” says Alam. “We really believe there’s significant value here.”

Retail businesses are also taking note of the potential for growth. A town square is being planned for a location just a short stroll away from Rhythm; it will feature a grocery store, and cafes and shops.

Romer’s Burger Bar is already an immensely popular neighbourhood destination at the foot of Kerr, and more restaurants are on the way for a waterfront plaza area.

More dining and entertainment options, as well as more shopping, are located at Metrotown, Champlain Mall or Market Crossing.

Alam says there is no shortage of recreational options too. On any given day, you will see people walking, running, or cycling on a path adjacent to the river.

A little pocket park is right beside Rhythm, with more green space and community parks readily accessible. Work is underway for sports fields and a community centre for the neighbourhood.

Until they are complete, people in the River District can easily get to Killarney Community Centre, Fraserview Golf Course and the Riverway Sports Complex in Burnaby.

New schools and daycare facilities are also being included in the master plan for the community.

It all combines, Alam reiterates, to exceptional opportunities for purchasers at Rhythm.

“You’re getting a chance to get in at the ground level of the master plan,” she points out. “That means a ton in terms of value, and shaping future growth and community building.”

Source: Vancouver Sun

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