Beedie Living’s West development to rise in Coquitlam’s Austin Heights neighbourhood
Kathleen Freimond, (VANCOUVER SUN) — Beedie Living’s West, a 25-storey tower and podium development in Coquitlam’s Austin Heights neighbourhood, is attracting plenty of attention from buyers as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and seek the conveniences of a walkable community and the affordability associated with moving from west to east across Metro Vancouver.
“The pandemic has certainly changed lifestyles and part of this is the desire to have conveniences and comforts close by,” says Beedie Living’s marketing director Sunny Hahm.
For residents at West, the sister highrise to Beedie’s earlier The Heights project, the new 60,000-square-foot Safeway store is just an elevator ride away and there are more than 250 shops and services within a 1,000-metre radius of the building in the centre of the Austin Heights commercial area, says Hahm.
With many units already sold, Hahm says buyers represent a melting pot of ethnicities and age groups, including first-time buyers, young families, couples moving up from smaller condos and downsizers who have typically already moved out of a house and are now looking for a newer home with high-quality finishes.
Designed by Chris Dikeakos Architects, the modern, West Coast-inspired architecture of West and its sister building, The Heights, have relationship in the landscape, says Hahm, although he points out each building has its own strata and amenities and the two only share an entrance to the underground parkade.
West comprises 194 units including studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom and den, two-bedroom and three-bedroom homes with each unit, except the studio apartments, allocated a parking stall.
The first two levels of the tower-and podium building are designated retail, commercial and office space while the third floor includes amenities for West residents. The residences are from the fourth floor up to the penthouses on the 25th storey.
“We have incredibly well-laid out floorplans – we worked tirelessly to make sure every square foot of space is usable. We’re proud of the final layouts; its something Beedie Living has always hung its hat on. Our homes are well designed and laid out in an intelligent way to ensure they are very livable,” says Hahm, who also points to the units’ expansive balconies with over-height railings to enhance views when seated.
While many condo buyers have to purchase homes on higher levels to get a view, Hahm says with Austin Heights’ location at the crest of a hill, units on all levels of West will have a view.
“Those [buyers] who like a southern exposure will have river and water views and those who want mountain views will choose north-facing homes,” he adds.
Amenities for West residents include an indoor multi-sport court and fitness centre, a social and co-working lounge, an outdoor lounge with kitchen, built-in barbecue, wet bar and harvest dining table, and a fully furnished guest suite.
With a renewed appreciation for green space and nature, the area’s existing outdoor amenities are also noteworthy, says Hahm. Blue Mountain Park’s picnic areas, grass playing field, ball diamond and three tennis courts plus the children’s playground is just a few minutes from Austin Heights while the Vancouver Golf Club’s 18-hole course, in a 176-acre park-like setting on Austin Avenue is a significant and historic landmark in the area.
Cheryl Broadhead, principal at Bob’s Your Uncle Design (BYU) says the inspiration for the interior design was to create refined living spaces where everything has a place and homeowners can express their own style by choosing one of the three colour schemes (Oak, Stone or Walnut) and then decorating with their own prized possessions.
While the laminate wood floor colour, wood cabinetry and the countertops are different in each palette, the flat-panel white upper cabinets are a common finish across the three schemes.
“[They] keep the kitchens feeling airy and light while the wood-tone lower cabinets add the personality,” says Broadhead.
The quartz countertops range from a white marble-look quartz with grey veining to a light grey/taupe stone-look quartz with subtle white veining, while the third option is a dark-marble-look Dekton.
Broadhead explains the slab backsplashes are in the same material as the countertops, enhancing the kitchens’ clean lines and sleek look without adding another material to the palette.
The full height open bookcase on the side of the refrigerator in the kitchen adds another storage option and is Broadhead’s favourite design feature in the West interiors.
“It adds an unexpected element that allows people to personalize their space and helps them to feel connected and happy,” she says.
The well-lit bathrooms have double or single sinks depending on the layout and vanities all have two drawers under the basin. The showers have glass enclosures and the tubs have a fixed glass panel with a cut out so that the shower controls are easily accessed and there is no need for a shower curtain.
All the plumbing and bathrooms accessories have a brushed nickel finish that adds warmth and elegance to the bathrooms, says Broadhead.
Reflecting on West’s success in the market Hahm points to the company’s longevity and standing in the community. Founded in 1954 and now one of Western Canada’s largest developers, Beedie’s reputation is a valuable asset – buyers want to purchase homes from reputable builders, he says.
“There is the peace of mind that when they receive the keys, they will get what they purchased,” he adds.
West is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2024, says Hahm.
Project address: 505 Nelson Street, Coquitlam
Developer: Beedie Living
Architect: Chris Dikeakos Architects (CDA)
Interior designer: Bob’s Your Uncle (BYU)
Project size: 194 homes
Number of bedrooms: studio, one-, two-, three-bedroom
Price: From mid-$300,000s
Sales centre: 101-1032 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam
Centre hours: Daily 12 noon to 5 p.m. (closed Fridays)
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