The Greater Vancouver area is in a constant state of growth, and the demand for housing is very high. Vancouver is among the top ranked cities for livability and quality of life world-wide, so it is understandable that many people want to live there. The current industries include biotechnology, software development, tourism and film production. Vancouver hosts many international events, the latest of which is the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The area also includes Surrey, which is the second largest city in British Columbia, and boosts a diverse population with many festivals and cultural events of its own. The Surrey International Writer’s Conference, the Surrey Festival of Dance, a Fusion Festival and a Children’s Festival are among its annual offerings which draw many to the area.
Much of the housing is in multi-unit developments that are well integrated with the local communities and developed by a company called Lakewood. It began with two brothers building single family homes in Richmond in the 1960’s. Since then, Lakewood has developed 60 communities and provided over 4,000 homes and counting for the Greater Vancouver area.
They still build single family homes, but also build townhouses, carriage houses, and condominiums. They have a solid reputation based on quality and high standards. Their units feature dozens of floor plans from which perspective home owners can choose and many high end appliance packages available. Many of their developments have amenity buildings, fitness centers and/or safe, secure playgrounds. The price ranges fit within the average family’s budget and are lower than you might expect, considering the gourmet kitchens, high ceilings and the spacious closets. You can see details of floor plans, photo galleries and current specials at lakewood.ca/about.
Show homes are available as examples for you to view when considering a project or location that is still under construction. The newest developments, Condos at the Heights and Brooklyn Village, opened in September of 2014. The latter is a community of 119 townhouses with phase two recently completed. Developments are also in the beginning stages for 2015 and beyond. Many developments are sold out before they are finished, so if you are planning to relocate to this area, check out what is available quickly.