Townhomes at 27North boast plenty of living space
Alana Goobie and Kevin Schick didn’t have to go far to find a new home that would be a good fit for them.
The couple spends most of their weekends—and even weeknights in the summer—chasing their dual passions of mountain biking and running the famously challenging trails of Mount Seymour.
Goobie, a chemical engineer, and Schick, a software developer, find themselves in North Vancouver, “a lot of the time,” Goobie says with a laugh.
So when they spotted some ads in 2019 for 27North, a 27-townhome project along Mount Seymour Parkway, they didn’t waste any effort looking elsewhere. As well as moving them closer to the great outdoors, another big bonus their new home provides is space, lots and lots of it. Next summer, they will move from their relatively modest 680 square-foot condo in the South Granville neighbourhood to a whopping 1,700 square feet in a new three-bedroom unit overlooking the Northlands Golf Course.
“It will be a little empty to start,” Goobie says, adding, “we picture this as a home to raise a family in.”
The lure of the great outdoors and the need for more living space are common themes among those who have bought homes in 27North, says Vanessa Miller, whose firm MillerWark Real Estate Team, is marketing the homes.
“(The buyers) either are hyper-local, they either grew up here or spent time in the area, and some are coming from False Creek,” she says. At a square foot cost averaging in the low $700s, 27North represents a value rarely seen on the North Shore. “You are really getting a lot for your money.”
While most townhome complexes feature three bedrooms, all on the same floor, 27North is designed so that the master bedroom and ensuite take up an entire floor, says Miller. That allows for more space for the remaining two bedrooms, which she describes as decently sized and on their own level. Exterior space is also generously allocated. Of the 27 modern-design homes, 23 have rooftop patios, ranging from 150 square feet to more than 300 square feet, providing ample room for lounge chairs, a barbecue and a herb garden.
The other extra value comes with the features that are often optional in other projects but standard with 27North: air conditioning, triple glazing and extra acoustical insulation between floor joists, says Miller. That mechanical design also means no drop-down ceilings, which allows for nine-foot ceilings and pot lights on all levels.
The interior designer, Area 3 Design, has chosen West Coast-inspired neutral tones and finishes and European-style laminate hardwood floors in brushed oak and 100 per cent wool carpet in all bedrooms, hallways, dens and stairs. All homes have electric fireplaces with quartz tile surrounds and central heating and air conditioning. Select master bedrooms also feature spacious walk-in closets complete with functional built-in shelving.
The kitchen is equipped with a quartz countertop, backsplash and a kitchen island with under-cabinet storage space and pull-out storage. The stainless steel undermount sink comes with an in-sink disposal system. Other features include a built-in Panasonic microwave with trim kit, a Fisher & Paykel counter-depth refrigerator and a 30-inch five-burner gas range. Finishing off the appliance package is a Blomberg built-in dishwasher.
Bathrooms feature white quartz bathroom vanities and backsplash and porcelain floor and wall tiles. Square edge vertical grain wood cabinetry is presented in an espresso colour with soft-close hardware. Ensuite showers have an oversized Eurostyle rain showerhead. Other features include a contemporary floating full-length wall mirror, a medicine cabinet, recessed ambient lighting and in-floor NuHeat electric heating in master ensuites.
Each two-bedroom home comes with one underground parking space, while the three-bedroom units are allocated two spaces each. Buyers can also choose the option of having their parking pre-wired for electric vehicles. All homes are equipped with individual residential storage and bike storage space. With fitness facilities and other recreation centres within walking distance, strata costs are kept to a reasonable 25 cents a square foot.
Shaadi Faris, CEO and vice-president at Intergulf Development Group, says his company has focused mainly on concrete highrise buildings in the last few years, including the twin-towered Hunter at Lynn Creek and residential towers at Simon Fraser University. However, Intergulf saw an opportunity to join up with Tatla Developments on a smaller boutique-style wood-frame development and fill a niche need on the North Shore.
Faris says it has been called the “missing link” — the absence of affordably priced product for young people who grew up on the North Shore and, as he did, moved away for school and career, only to find themselves wanting to return to raise a family.
“Most of our buyers have a connection to the North Shore. They moved away, and now they want to get back into a neighbourhood they were really comfortable with. We don’t have to convince them of all the amenities and the great things about the North Shore. They know all about them.”
27North, North Vancouver
Project Address: 3468 Mount Seymour Parkway, North Vancouver
Project Scope: A collection of 27 two and three bedroom townhomes backing onto the Northlands golf course. One, two and three level floor plans, ranging from 894 sq. ft. to 1,717 sq. ft. Walking distance to shopping, recreational centres, hiking and biking trails, two golf courses, North Van beaches and Mount Seymour skiing.
Prices: From $839,900 to $1,279,900
Developer: Intergulf Development Group/Tatla Developments
Architect: Stuart Howard Architects
Interior Design: Area 3 Design
Sales centre: #174 – 3650 Mount Seymour Parkway; Presentation Centre, 109 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
Sales centre hours: By appointment only
Sales email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales phone: 604-987-5441
Occupancy: June/July 2021