PROJECT LOCATION: 312 Moody Ave., North Vancouver
PROJECT SCOPE: 35 four-bedroom townhomes in Moodyville, a brand new, award-winning master-planned community. Homes range from 1,554 to 2,070 sq. ft., with legal suites. All homes are built to Passive House Canada standards and 2032 energy codes, reducing energy usage by up
to 90 percent annually.
PRICES: From the low $1.3 millions
DEVELOPER: Guildford Brook Estates
ARCHITECT: Scott Kennedy at Cornerstone Architecture
INTERIOR DESIGN: Theresa Yuen at I.D. Lab
MARKETING AND SALES: rareEarth Project Marketing
SALES CENTRE: 100 E. 3rd St., North Vancouver (3rd and Lonsdale)
HOURS: 12-5pm daily (except Fridays)
COMPLETION DATE: Summer 2019
“EVOLV35 is getting an amazing response so far, and I’m not surprised” says James Askew, of rareEarth Project Marketing.
The new townhome development is located in the heart of the newly transformed Moodyville neighbourhood, just a few blocks from the excitement of Lower Lonsdale and just a short trip east to the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. Recently the City of North Vancouver saw the potential of a redeveloped Moodyville and decided to think through a master plan for developing more than 1,800 multi-family homes, a five-acre park and neighbourhood pathways.
Moodyville is now emerging as a viable alternative for West and North Vancouver families who want to downsize from single-family homes, but stay on the North Shore, Askew said.
“These townhomes are designed as four-bedroom, four-bathroom townhomes, something in huge demand on the North Shore. People really want them, particularly row-style homes rather than stacked townhomes. And you have your own private garage, rather than an underground parkade.”
The new Moodyville neighbourhood’s location has proven a hit for other developers, Askew said. He noted the sold-out signs for other projects up and down 3rd Street east and west of EVOLV35.
The other demographic that Askew says the contemporary styled homes appeals to is young families looking to graduate from condominiums without the stress of stretching to buy into an older, single-family home and building a “mortgage helper.”
The legal suites have been designed into the homes from the very beginning. Everything about the floorplan, the entry area and the floor to floor sound proofing has been thought of regardless of how the owner uses it. The idea behind EVOLV35 is to offer amazing flexibility for however you choose to live in your home. The city developed the legal suite program to encourage developers to build potential rental accommodation. That is providing much-needed rental suites in a community that Askew says has one of the lowest vacancy rates in Canada. He estimated rentals fetch about $3 a square foot in North Vancouver, which translates up to $1,800 a month or better for the average legal suite at EVOLV35.
True to the “Evolv” concept, though, the legal suite can be used for other purposes, something that attracted West Vancouverite Blair Peters to look into the project this past week.
“I raised three daughters, two of them in university now, and one of them is at home in Grade 11,” said Peters, who has lived in West Vancouver since 1996 in a single-family home, noting that the legal suite would give his family some flexibility if and when the daughters return home.
He has also watched as nearby Lower Lonsdale has developed into a “real vibrant community” with an art gallery, the SeaBus, shopping and other amenities.
“You could also make it a home office or as a fourth bedroom for guests,” Peters said. He is also attracted to the energy saving standards incorporated into the homes, which are designed to reduce energy consumption by up to 90 per cent annually thanks to the Passive House construction.
Cornerstone Architecture, one of Canada’s leading Passive House designers, has built in several features, including super-insulated exterior walls, high-quality triple-glazed windows, a fresh air ventilation system and airtight qualities that do away with drafts and hot and cold spots.
The homes come with either one- or two-car private garages, and some have expansive rooftop decks. Inside, the homes are as stunning as they are forward thinking.
The EVOLV35 sales centre is open this weekend from 12:00 to 5:00pm. Visit this week and see for yourself how impressive EVOLV35 is.