Townhouses offer sound investment
massive economies of scale involved with the site.
“Let’s put it this way — with 16 buildings in all, our suppliers are coming to the table with very sharp pencils,” says DaDalt.
Chimes in Bouchard: “I can guarantee no one else can beat us on the types of features involved — there are no upgrades available at Yorkson Creek because there’s nothing to upgrade.”
The size of the project allowed for more than just economic advantages; it also allowed Wes Friesen, principal of Points West Architecture to situate each building in the best possible location.
“I got to play with the orientation, where and when and how much light comes into the homes, and the great view corridors you get out to the valley,” he says. “We put all of the parking underground to maximize the green space, and took advantage of the opportunities to make pedestrian connections to different greenways.”
Friesen says he also enjoyed being able to group the buildings in various clusters around the huge site, rather than just jamming them in to include every possible square inch of buildable space.
There is also no shortage of access to anything residents might want.
“There are tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds and trails right in the backyard,” explains Bouchard. “We didn’t really have to put in any amenities because they’ve already been provided by the community.”
Within a radius of just a few kilometres are parks, big-box stores, Willowbrook Mall and a high school. A park-and-ride for a rapid bus system to the nearest SkyTrain station is expected to be in place by mid-2012.
With all of this on the table, the only question remaining is whether buyers should jump in now, or wait for future phases at Yorkson Creek. Bouchard has an answer for that. “The value is now — the first phase is always the best deal, especially with such a competitive market. But really, go compare what we’re offering with the other projects around. There really is no competition.”
Yorkson Creek in Langley, B.C., will contain 1,600 homes when completed.