It’s a rare development that offers all the comforts of new construction while being set in a characterful neighbourhood, surrounded by heritage buildings. But that’s what 618 Carnarvon in New Westminster has to offer. While most new developments are rising in newly formed communities, 618 Carnarvon is located right in the heart of historic New Westminster.
Larry Kerr, principal at the project’s architect Urban West, says, “The developer was visionary in selecting a centrally located, historical context. You’re steps away from the entertainment district, the waterfront market and two SkyTrain stations. It’s an area steeped in tradition. Ultimately, it’s all about the lifestyle, and having the best of both worlds.”
618 Carnarvon is a 262-home community in a 33-storey tower with 13 townhouses, plus a podium with three commercial storefronts and a wealth of outdoor and indoor common spaces. Naturally, the architecture has responded very sensitively to the site, which is immediately adjacent to brick heritage buildings.
Kerr says, “We provided a large entry court with water features, which exposes the heritage building to the west. We’ve also created a public ‘pocket park’ with more water features. The building responds to its neighbours, rising first in a masonry skin and then in a glass tower. It’s also chamfered so that it doesn’t obscure views from nearby towers.”
Space, light and views
The interiors, designed by Portico Design Group, are open concept and finished to a high quality with laminate flooring, Bosch appliances, Caesarstone countertops and huge windows. To take in the river views, most of the homes have a balcony or a terrace. “There was an emphasis on opening the doors and capturing those views,” adds Kerr.
Residents will enjoy more than 30,000 square feet of green space, including three courtyards at various levels, and fourth- and fifth-level landscaped spaces with a community garden, a play area on level 5, and an outdoor lounge with fireplace. Other amenities include a gym, a dog-wash station, a spacious social lounge with kitchen, on-site car-sharing, a concierge desk, a guest suite and meeting spaces.
Skyllen Pacific Development is a company with 30 years of residential experience, although this is the firm’s first in the region. “We love the city already, and so we assembled the best team we can find in order to create this unique development,” says Han Wang, president of Skyllen Pacific.
Most people buying at 618 Carnarvon are end-users rather than investors, according to sales manager Chrys Li. More than 50 per cent of the homes have two or three bedrooms, with the remainder studios and one-bedroom homes. The condos range from 400 to 1,164 square feet, with 1,206- to 1,459-square-foot townhomes, and 2,200 and 2,800 square feet in the two penthouses – meaning there’s an option for every kind of buyer.
Prices at 618 Carnarvon start at just $389,900 for a studio, $399,900 for a one-bed and $589,900 for a two-bedroom home. The three-bedroom townhomes start at $899,900.