Design ‘a nod to active lives’

Most Fraser Valley residents not commuting to Vancouver

A new development on 194 Street and 64 Avenue in Surrey is actively debunking some of the myths associated with new development in the Fraser Valley.

The Fraser Valley is no longer a bunch of so-called ‘commuter communities’ — cost/family friendly alternative to buying in Vancouver, with the trade-off being the daily drive to and from the city.

In fact, Western Investor recently named Surrey as the No. 1 centre for Western Canadian real estate investors.

The reality is that most people who live in the Fraser Valley don’t commute to Vancouver daily. TransLink research shows that more than 85 per cent of trips by residents south of the Fraser, stay within the region, a sharp departure from the commonly held belief that the majority of Fraser Valley residents are commuting to Vancouver for work, play, etc.

In fact, more and more people are choosing to live in the Fraser Valley for the access.

This area not only offers access to the growing restaurant and retail hub on Surrey’s eastern border, but is also the gateway to the incredible outdoor offerings that make the Fraser Valley such a sought after place to live. Access to lakes, camping, fishing, skiing, hot springs hiking, boating, kayaking and golf are just some of the reasons that people choose to live in the Fraser Valley.

HJ Properties designed Waterstone with this in mind. Every home at Waterstone has a view of Mount Baker, comes with plenty of storage for recreational vehicles and sporting equipment, full use of a 15,000-square-foot clubhouse that includes a chef’s kitchen and terrace, a multimedia theatre with a 100-inch screen, a 60-foot lap pool, as well as access to trails, walkways and ponds.

According to Scott Brown at Colliers International Residential Marketing, Waterstone was designed to offer what Fraser Valley’s young professionals and downsizers really want — “First and foremost, value for their dollar but also a nod to the active lives they lead.”

“These people don’t want to be saddled with big homes to heat and large yards to take care of on the weekends,” he said.

“They want to get away and take advantage of the incredible outdoor attractions, restaurants and shopping that has kept them in the Fraser Valley in the first place.”

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