B.C. project cre­ates ‘win-win’ sit­u­a­tion

Of­fers views of moun­tains and Gulf Is­lands

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recreation & Investment Properties - FELIC­ITY STONE

Aviara, a dra­matic 34-storey curved res­i­den­tial tower be­ing built on a wedge-shaped site in Burn­aby, is proof that com­pro­mise can make ev­ery­one happy.

“The rea­son this tower is this in­ter­est­ing shape isn’t just be­cause we wanted to cre­ate some­thing beau­ti­ful,” says Manuela Mirecki, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing for Led­ing­ham McAl­lis­ter, de­vel­oper of the project.

“It’s also for the ben­e­fit of peo­ple who will live here, as well as our neigh­bours.”

Aviara will be an elon­gated sliver of a build­ing so that neigh­bours to the south can see past it to views of the North Shore.

And since the con­vex west­ern side will be longer than the con­cave east­ern side, most res­i­dents will have views stretch­ing from the Gulf Is­lands to the North Shore moun­tains.

“It was sort of a win-win ar­chi­tec­turally for the sake of the neigh­bour­hood and ul­ti­mately the peo­ple who will be liv­ing here,” Mirecki says.

Set back from the road in land­scaped grounds, Aviara will fea­ture a glit­ter­ing glass ex­te­rior with an LED light strip run­ning up one side the en­tire height of the build­ing. The en­trance, shel­tered by a glass canopy, will be reached via a “float­ing walk­way” across a re­flect­ing pool fed by water cascading down the wall.

The bot­tom floors will house a lounge, fit­ness cen­tre and guest suite. Above, each floor will have eight homes: two on the con­cave side and six along the con­vex side, rang­ing from one bed­room plus a den to two bed­rooms and two bed­rooms plus den.

The top two floors will each con­tain just four homes, each with two bed­rooms and a den in 990 square feet of space. At the base of the build­ing will be three two-storey, three-bed­room town­homes.

The show suite rep­re­sents an 854-square-foot two-bed­room home in the Cof­fee pal­ette: espres­so­coloured cab­i­netry with light- grey wood floors. As its name sug­gests, Caramel, the alternativ­e colour scheme, features caramel-coloured cab­i­netry and floors.

Both the kitchen and bath­rooms have gleam­ing quartz coun­ters, also used for a built-in desk in some units. Ap­pli­ances, in­clud­ing the washer and dryer, are full sized. Miele ap­pli­ances are stan­dard in the pent­houses and town­houses and avail­able as an up­grade in other homes.

The stan­dard package is a KitchenAid stain­less-steel 30-inch five­burner gas range, Ar­chi­tect Se­ries II wall oven and dish­washer, 20-cu­bic-foot french door fridge with bot­tom-mount freezer, Pana­sonic mi­crowave and Whirlpool washer/ dryer.

Win­dows stretch from floor to ceil­ing and are wall to wall for max­i­mum light and views. Ev­ery home will have a cov­ered bal­cony.

Lo­cated in Burn­aby’s Brent­wood neigh­bour­hood, Aviara will be within walking dis­tance of the Gil­more SkyTrain sta­tion and the stores, restau­rants and ser­vices along Lougheed High­way, as well as The Heights area along Hast­ings with its tra­di­tional bak­eries, gro­ceries, butcher shops and restau­rants.

For any­thing not ac­ces­si­ble by foot or SkyTrain, res­i­dents will have ac­cess to two on-site hy­brid cars and re­ceive a one-year mem­ber­ship in the Modo car co-op pro­gram.

“I think there’s a new dis­cov­ery of the Brent­wood neigh­bour­hood,” Mirecki says.

“Be­cause it has the long-stand­ing res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity, it gives it sort of an or­ganic sense of place. Peo­ple from this neigh­bour­hood tend to be very loyal to this neigh­bour­hood — like there’s the Hats Off Day pa­rade up on Hast­ings Street, and it’s amaz­ing. They shut down the en­tire street and you can’t move.

“But then, I’m bi­ased. I grew up here, I have a fam­ily here, went to univer­sity here.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

PROJECT: Aviara, a 34-storey tower. DE­VEL­OPER: Led­ing­ham McAl­lis­ter AREA: Burn­aby, B.C. UNITS: 236 apart­ments and three town­homes rang­ing in size from 634 to 1,389 square feet. PRICES: From $269,800 OC­CU­PANCY: Spring 2014. IN­FOR­MA­TION: Visit led­mac.com/ aviara

Pho­tos: Post­media News

The Aviara show suite is a 854-square-foot two-bed­room home with light grey wood floors.

Burn­aby’s Aviara features con­dos that range from one to three bed­rooms.

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