May 30, 2013

Transit links key selling feature of The Station

Five furnished display homes demonstrate the possibilities at The Station in Port Moody

The Station

Project size: 106 condos and townhomes
Address: 95 Moody St., Port Moody
Residence size: One-bedroom, two bedrooms, three bedrooms, three bedrooms + den; 588 to 1,248 sq. ft
Prices: Starting from $250,900
Developer: Aragon Properties
Architect: GBL Architects Group
Interior Design: Aragon in-house design
Sales Centre: 2708 St. Johns St., Port Moody
Hours: Noon to 5 p.m., Saturday to Thursday
Telephone: 604-492-3338
Warranty: 2-5-10 National Home Warranty
Occupancy: Late summer 2013

Special to The Sun

With The Station, a new mixed-use real estate project in Port Moody, Aragon Properties is building on Canadians’ history of settling near transit. Port Moody owes much of its early growth to its designation as the western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s. It is now home to a West Coast Express station that will be shared by SkyTrain once the Evergreen line extends to Port Moody in 2016.

At the corner of Moody and St. Johns streets, The Station is just a block from Moody Central Station, a major factor in the decision by Maple Ridge resident Andrew Sciampacone to buy in. “The reason I bought at The Station was really location,” he says. “The Evergreen Line was going in right around the corner, which seemed like such a good investment at the time. I have a lot of friends out in the Coquitlam area, so it was the logical thing to do. It’s really close to the Barnet Highway, so if I need to get into Vancouver, which I frequently go to, it’s easy enough to just jump on the highway and cruise down there.”

He also likes The Station’s proximity to Rocky Point Park. His one-bedroom suite faces north overlooking the park, Burrard Inlet and the mountains. “It’s got a huge deck, almost like a patio. That was the selling feature for me,” says Sciampacone. “It’s perfect for a bachelor like me. I can go out, have a good time, bring people over – it’s a nice day out, why not, right?” He won’t have to wait long to enjoy it. Sales launched in April, but construction is well underway and expected to be completed at the end of the summer.

“As much as possible, we wait until we have a building to show people before we start selling. It’s nicer by far if you can show people what they’re actually going to be buying and living in,” says Aragon’s director of sales and marketing, David Wan. “We’ve done many pre-sales in the past, and one of the things that keeps coming back over and over again is, ‘Oh, I wish I had gotten a higher floor,’ or ‘I wish I had gotten the corner,’ or ‘I wish I had done something differently,’ because all you had to go by was some floor plans.”

At The Station, prospective buyers can don a hard hat and construction boots to check out the specific home they are thinking of purchasing. “We’ll escort them there ourselves and make sure they have a better understanding of what they’re buying before they commit, see their view and see the layouts,” Wan says. “It helps a lot, I think, and it gives them much more peace of mind when they’re buying.” To avoid disrupting construction staff, hard-hat tours are usually limited to weekends, but there are also five furnished display suites: a one-bedroom, two two-bedrooms, and a couple of two-level townhomes.

The stacked townhouses are along the back of the complex overlooking a lane set to be transformed into a pedestrian promenade. All have two bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms. The ones at street level, ranging from 1,107 to 1,136 square feet, feature exposed concrete walls in the living room, dining room and bedrooms. The upper townhomes — 936 to 941 square feet — have reclaimed brick walls in the living/dining room. “That’s our trademark, actually,” says Steffanie Ting, sales manager at The Station. Aragon purchases brick from demolition companies to use whenever possible.

On the third level, a landscaped courtyard runs through the centre of the complex, separating the upper townhomes from the condo suites. Third-floor condos opening on to the courtyard have generous patios, including in one of the two-bedroom show suites. The 933-square-foot suite is designed to comply with the City of Port Moody’s requirement that a certain number of units be handicap accessible. Every room is large enough to accommodate the turning radius of a wheelchair. The bathroom counter is lowered, and the washer and dryer are side by side rather than stacked. In the kitchen, the counter wraps around all three sides instead of having floor-to-ceiling cupboards on the centre wall.

Those floor-to-ceiling cupboards are displayed in the second two-bedroom show suite. Overlooking St. Johns Street, the 849-square-foot home is surprisingly quiet thanks to the two-by-six construction, extra insulation and thick glazing on the windows. The geothermal heating and cooling system, with costs included in the strata fees, mean windows can stay closed if residents prefer. The suite also has two good-sized balconies, one off the living room, the other off the second bedroom.

The fifth show suite, a 593-square-foot one-bedroom with a cheater ensuite, is part of the sales centre in The Station’s double-height street-level commercial space. Most of the commercial space fronts onto St. Johns Street with an extra-big unit at one end. “We’re hoping that it’s going to be a supermarket,” Ting says. Around the corner on Moody Street is the main lobby for the residences and a soaring cylindrical space that will contain a coffee shop and be topped with common patio and barbecue area connected to the third-floor courtyard.

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