The community also has a 7,000-square-foot residents’ beach house as its focal point.
It’s also adjacent to Seton, Carma’s huge new community that includes a new hospital under construction and a surrounding commercial and retail site.
“I did choose Auburn Bay due to the proximity to the new hospital,” says McLean, who is a nurse.
“One, for the commute and two, because I felt the value of real estate should hold and increase in the area with the opening of the new hospital and whole South Campus that is supposed to come with it (with everything from a recreation centre to many shops),” she says.
“Since living there, I have found Auburn Bay to be very well-maintained. The boulevards are planted beautifully and the community is very active. You always see people walking over to the beach area in the summer and using the ice rinks in the winter.”
McLean says she has met “wonderful neighbours” and has always felt safe in the community.
“Anyone that has come to visit me has always commented on how beautiful the entrance to the community is and about the style and variety of the homes there,” she says. “I find that there is a lot of colour and interest in the exterior of the homes.”
Whether it’s top of mind or not, other people do make a difference, says Campbell.
“Eventually, people will want to sell their home and if it’s around a hospital or LRT station, there’s a better chance to sell it at a premium price,” he says. “Carma has chosen its property locations very well.”
The combination of the right size and style of homes with the right price and location have boded well for Hawthorne Homes.
It recently released its latest multifamily Mosaic development — the 14th since the first one launched in McKenzie Towne — and this one, too, is in Auburn Bay.
It features 116 traditional row townhouses and 60 terrace town houses, each with single-or double-attached garages.
“Every development we do is different based on the land and the community, but the sizes of the units remain relatively the same.” says Owen.
“Floor plans continue to evolve with each development, but we seem to have hit the sweet spot. If you look at the resale market, any Hawthorne home or Mosaic home has a premium
price on it.”
An example of the townhouses in the Mosaic project in Auburn Bay.