February 9, 2018 When it comes time to purchase a home, choosing the area you’re going to invest in is one of the biggest factors to consider. What’s nearby? Is the area totally isolated? Often, neighbourhoods come to be because of land availability, and the rest follows. Schools, shopping, banking, transportation hubs, etc. are built around the already existing neighbourhood because of a demand. A master-planned community is different. Before any building begins, the entire community is designed with residents’ needs in mind. The location is often centred around a particular amenity, whether that’s a lake, park, school, or skytrain station. It’s also built around, or in close proximity to, most day-to-day needs. With every detail thoughtfully considered, master-planned communities offer several advantages. Daily Conveniences Often, the downside of living in a detached home neighbourhood is the distance to your daily needs. In a master-planned community, conveniences such as grocery stores, retail, and restaurants, are built within the community. At Gilmore Place in Burnaby, homes are built on top its own city centre, complete with shopping, dining, and amenities. Accessibility Another major benefit is the ease of accessibility. Communities are strategically built where road systems either already exist, or have been planned in advance. They’re based around transportation hubs to make commuting convenient and affordable. The Grande in Port Moody is just steps from the Evergreen Skytrain Extension and West Coast Express, making the commute downtown less than half an hour. With a skytrain station at its doorstep, and just minutes from Highway 1, Gilmore Place is seamlessly connected with the rest of the Lower Mainland. Amenities In addition to daily conveniences, master-planned communities often exist around larger amenities. Next door to the Tsawwassen Mills Shopping Centre, Tsawwassen Landing is built within reach of a golf course, scenic trails, and beach. In Richmond, Riva is built across from Middle Arm Park, and just steps from the Richmond Oval and waterfront trails. Community The sense of community is another advantage master-planned communities offer. In New Westminster, Victoria Hill connects over 1200 homes by a series of natural greenway systems, and over 40 acres of dedicated public greenspace. At Gilmore Place, a rooftop dog park and greenspace offers opportunities to meet others within the community, giving it a neighbourly feel. To learn more about homes available in our master-planned communities, contact our experienced sales team today!