Residents of Luxe Lansdowne, a 363-unit project to rise in the heart of Richmond, will have myriad on-site amenities from which to choose — amenities that will eventually be augmented enormously by the offerings across the street.
Luxe, a joint undertaking from developers Townline and Canderel, comprises three 15-storey residential towers and a 77-unit office building, and will be positioned on No. 3 Road, directly west of the 50-acre site of Lansdowne Centre, which will be radically transformed in the years ahead. Earlier this year, Richmond city council approved a redevelopment plan that envisions some 4,500 new homes, retail and commercial space, restaurants, offices and a civic plaza.
An eventual vibrant hub for the city, the reimagined Lansdowne has “certainly” been a key draw for buyers, says Melanie Briggs, Townline’s vice-president of sales and marketing. More than 87 per cent of the residences in the Luxe’s first and second phases have sold, and homes have recently been released in phase three to meet the robust demand.
“I think that anyone who purchases residential property or office property is investing in their future,” Briggs says. “And when you have a massive community coming across the street, you know the future value will be greater than what you’re purchasing for today.”
Those buyers represent a mix of individuals, but the majority currently have Richmond addresses.
“We get a lot of families that are purchasing for their children or for their children’s future as an investment,” Briggs says.
Residents will also be positioned directly across the street from the Lansdowne Canada Line station, which will transport them to downtown Vancouver and YVR within a matter of minutes. (“You literally walk out of the tower doors and across the street, and you’re at the station, which is very convenient,” notes Briggs.)
Adam, a Richmond resident who asked that his last name not be used, snapped up a one-bedroom unit on the 12th floor, and said pricing, builder reputation and “superb location” all played into his purchasing decision. But so too, did rapid transit.
“Yes, proximity to the Canada Line plays a key role in my decision,” he says. “I work from home, but proximity never goes wrong.”
While at home, the residents of Luxe will have access to what the developers call “resort-style amenities,” which cover more than 8,000 square feet of indoor space and more than 31,000 outside.
The list is extensive: an outdoor lap pool with poolside cabanas; two infrared saunas; a fitness room; a chef’s kitchen and private dining room; a children’s play area; karaoke, music and games rooms; outdoor lounges with firepits, barbecues and lounges; and an entertainment lounge with shuffleboard, billiards and multiple flat-screen TVs.
And no, the four-legged residents at Luxe Lansdowne have not been left out.
“We also have a dog run,” Briggs says. “It’s a covered area where you can bring your dog out in the rain, which provides another great social opportunity.”
It’s this intent — to create spaces not only for health and wellness, entertainment and relaxation, but also to enhance “impactful social opportunities” — that’s key to the design, she adds.
“We really take a look at positioning those amenity spaces where they make sense and draw social collaboration within the building,” Briggs says. “I think that what that comes down to is really transitioning the traditional sense of a neighbourhood into a vertical neighbourhood.”
The smartly outfitted display suite, meantime, showcases the outlooks that will be on offer at Luxe, as well as the generous outdoor living space and the wide-plank laminate flooring. Kitchens have full-height cabinetry, quartz countertops and integrated, stainless steel appliances, while bathrooms are fitted with “floating” vanities, undermount sinks and under-cabinet lighting.
“At Luxe, Townline and Canderel went through many floor plan iterations with celebrated architect MCM in order to produce the most livable and value-oriented interiors,” Briggs says, citing such finishes as entry niches with USB charging ports, designer closet inserts and custom millwork shelving in the kitchens.
“Some homes,” she adds, “include a fully built-in dining table for convenience and cost savings to owners.”