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Yesterday you said today: Final townhomes of Woodstock at Oakridge now selling

That’s the thing with real estate isn’t it, hindsight is always 20/20. One day you’re deciding whether you ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ and the next day you realize, boy did I ever miss out on that opportunity. Housing has become such a hot topic in Vancouver, that if you ever experience an awkward silence at a family dinner, work social, or even on that first date, just drop the ‘H’ bomb. Housing might just be the most popular topic discussed today, following the weather and how well you think the Canucks will do this year. Verdict is still out.

The thing about capturing opportunities at the right moment, is all about planning for the future. Isn’t that what our parents use to say? Sure, real estate isn’t what it used to be, but what it used to be also begs the question, where were you when housing prices were what you considered ‘normal’? Perhaps living with your parents, still in high school, college, or simply focussing on climbing that corporate ladder. In hindsight, it’s always easier to see what used to be and what could have been, but the real opportunities lie in foresight to see what can be.

The Buzz

Lately, there has been a lot of commotion around the new Oakridge Centre redevelopment; have you seen those mega towers?

688 West 41st Avenue Oakridge overall
Overall redevelopment scheme of Oakridge Centre. Credit: Henriquez Partners Architects

If you thought everyone in the market are focused on moving to picturesque Coal Harbour, posh Yaletown, or trendy Mount Pleasant, well, you are partially right, but you may want to consider this: many of the people who currently own properties in some of these locations have been there for many, many years; so many years in fact, they probably remember the beloved beluga, Qila, being born. In any event, potential buyers looked at these urban areas and said, “hey, someday, I think this will be the centre of all the action, and I want to be a part of that; I want to have access to all the amenities that matter to me.”

The Oakridge Centre redevelopment will be Vancouver’s biggest project yet. It will also be the core of a new regionally-designated municipal town centre. The existing 28-acre Oakridge Centre will add 2,548 new residential units, or 2.7 million new square feet of residential space. In addition,

  • Over 800,000 sq ft of new retail space
  • 287,000 sq ft of office space
  • 100,000 sq ft of amenity space, including Civic Centre with library, communication centre, and childcare facility
  • 9 acres of park space

Yup, everything brand spanking new for the Oakridge neighbourhood.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
– Chinese Proverb

And just a few blocks from the Oakridge Centre redevelopment is where you will find Woodstock at Oakridge, a selection of fifteen well-appointed townhomes, and I mean well-appointed. These homes boast modern architectural design with luxurious interior elements, bringing harmony to both form and function. The team at Nexst Properties have created a project that brings a level of sophistication to living space, while maintaining interiors that simplify everyday life, that’s pretty much unheard of.

Woodstock Ave Street View Oakridge Townhomes
Woodstock Avenue street view of Woodstock at Oakridge townhomes.

Because Details Matter

A cornerstone of Nexst Properties homes is that they are designed with the user in mind. For those who wonder why contemporary design often looks amazing but feels more like an art gallery instead of a home, or when someone says function, and nothing really seems functional, Nexst properties has created space that once immersed, almost seems intuitive to interact with.

Woodstock Oakridge townhomes kitchen
An integrated dining table in the kitchen will have save you the trouble of shopping for a table that may or may not fit. But, you’re a self-proclaimed design guru you say — rest assured, the built-in dining table can be easily removed.

A great example, the kitchens. Seamless, sophisticated and functional. The orientation of the kitchen has been re-designed, allowing it to function more like a single-family home, opening up to the dining and living areas, rather than a typical condo style kitchen where the main counter is in between your kitchen and dining area, making the space feel small and inefficient. This creates a flow between where you prep and eat to where you relax and entertain. An integrated dining table will have save you the trouble of shopping for a table that may or may not fit. But, if you’re a self-proclaimed design guru, rest assured, the built-in dining table can be easily removed. DIY away! Hidden cabinet handles mean say bye-bye to snagged clothing while you’re washing dishes or walking by a drawer. Did we mention the kitchen and the floating bathroom vanities are all designed and imported from Italy and come standard with glass countertops? Urrà! (that’s Hooray in Italian.)

Then there are the washrooms; fully tiled walls, yes, all walls, floating vanities for easy cleaning, curb less showers that don’t require you to step over, which help you avoid stubbing your toe, or tripping because you haven’t quite woken up yet. Then there’s the shower itself, large rain head shower that cascades over you like a warm blanket of tranquility. It’ll feel like you just walked into a warm tropical rain. Ahhh… soothing.

And what can we say about units with rooftop patios:

Woodstock Oakridge townhomes rooftops
Woodstock at Oakridge rooftop patios come ready for your BBQ and hot tub with quick connect gas, power and plumbing.

In a city that prides itself on being the outdoor, green capital of Canada, with aspirations of global ‘green’ domination, it’s unfortunate that very few units in this city have true outdoor patio spaces, instead, trading them in for outdoor ‘areas’, which are great if you have one chair, one person, and no friends. Woodstock at Oakridge rooftop patios come ready for your BBQ and hot tub with quick connect gas, power, and plumbing. Add in a few couches, a gas fireplace, fridge, umbrella, drinks, a bunch of your friends, and whatever else you fancy, you’ll be having a party in no time.

Reality Check

Woodstock at Oakridge is now almost sold out and Nexst Properties has just released the last four units for sale. After everything we now know about these homes, we must ask ourselves, how long will these units last? The building, the location, and the future, being next to the new mega-centre of Vancouver, what opportunities do you see today? If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one of these Woodstock at Oakridge units you will be one of the few, and if you decide to wait, well perhaps tomorrow will become yesterday.

Nexst Properties
Nexst Properties

Sales Centre: 200 – 3466 W Broadway, Vancouver B.C.
Open Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Register now: nexstproperties.com/project-woodstock

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