People looking for a good deal may have just hit the jackpot. Hungerford Properties is offering a one-day “groupon-style” sale for their newest development Altitude on Burnaby Mountain.
“It means using group buying power to provide deals to people who wouldn’t otherwise be there,” said Jason Dolker, director of sales and marketing for Hungerford Properties. Prior to the one-day event - taking place June 8 - people planning on buying one of Hungerford’s
Altitude condominiums at Simon Fraser University’s UniverCity must register online. Once they’ve registered, Dolker said they should come to the sales office and look at the show rooms and the different units available. “We recommend people to come up prior to the event so that they can preview and get more knowledgeable about what they want,” he said. “That way the day of, when they arrive, they already know what they want and it’s not an education process.”
May 30, 2013Altitude General News Residential
Altitude hosts Burnaby's first-ever CONDOday event, offering big discounts for one day only.
We all like a good deal "“ and one popular and easy way to find them is through companies like Groupon. The power of group buying is second to none, even in real estate. On June 8th, CONDOday, a local Groupon-like company, will offer a one-day sale on our condos at Altitude on Burnaby Mountain, with savings of up to $60,000 for homebuyers.
Basically, for one day only, buyers can purchase condos at way lower than market value. And it's free to sign up.
"Altitude is an affordable, brand new concrete building, surrounded by 1,400 acres of park and forest and views," says Jason Dolker, Director of Sales & Marketing at Hungerford Properties. "Offering a further discount on already affordable prices is a no brainer in this market."
According to the independent research firm, Urban Analytics, "UniverCity at SFU demonstrates the best investment choice" in terms of cash flow. In a study released earlier this year, UniverCity was shown to offer condos that cost substantially less, but with higher rents, the return on investment is second to none. "While investors enjoy a lower cost of entry into the UniverCity at SFU," says the report, "they can realize monthly rents that are proportionately higher than in the other areas."
At UniverCity, a typical new concrete condo costs about $500/square foot. In Metrotown, those prices are closer to $600/square foot and in UBC, nearly $800/square foot. With this one day CONDOday sale, the price for an Altitude condo at UniverCity will be as low as $425/square foot.
"It's a great time to buy right now," says Dolker. "When are you going to get concrete condos in Burnaby for as little as $425/sq foot? That's unheard of. Plus, with savings from CONDOday deals, first-time homebuyers really can find homes that aren't out of reach financially."
A one bedroom home at Altitude normally starts at $$323,900 but with this CONDOday deal, they will be selling at $290,900. That's a savings of $33,000.
Here’s a sneak peak at some of the savings:
"On CONDOday, buyers save tens of thousands of dollars because of the group discount," says Cam Good, owner of CONDOday. "Many buyers will save more on CONDOday than they earn in a year, and that makes buyers very happy." It's a one-day sale on Saturday, June 8th from 12-4pm at the Altitude Sales Centre. To register, please click here.
Pablo Vimos has lived on Burnaby Mountain, in the UniverCity neighborhood, for the last five years. His kids, now 6 and 13, have grown up here, and he's seen many changes. In the past few years, this small community, surrounded by forest, has seen dozens of new residential buildings go up, more retail and more traffic. But when he moved into the community from Helsinki in 2007, it was almost all forest.
Today, it's a vibrant and burgeoning mix of residential and retail, surrounded by 30 km of trails in the Burnaby Conservation area. With more than 3,500 residents, there is a good mix of first-time homeowners, downsizers, students, professors and investors. Interestingly, about 60 percent of residents live at UniverCity because of the natural beauty of the area. That's what initially drew Pablo and his family to the mountain, and he wouldn’t trade it for the world.
As Pablo is now leading up the new Burnaby Mountain Residents Association, he wants to ensure the growing UniverCity community is staying connected and engaged. "We want to make sure everyone feels a sense of community, identity and belonging," says Pablo. "We want to help keep the neighborhood safe, pleasant and green. We will play a large part in dealing with any problems in the community, as well as organizing community events."
One of the ways he is planning to engage the community is to connect all the various online groups that currently exist in the neighborhood "“ parents groups, school groups, the SFU scouts, book review groups—and get them together for events like the recent flea market or the Christmas winter festival.
"Everyone knows everyone up here," says Pablo. "It's a great community but it's still very new, and interestingly - very virtual. We're trying to foster the physical community and build a sense of belonging. Everyone comes from different places and parts of the world. We have no traditions. We need to start those."
Altitude is excited to be a part of this growing UniverCity community as our first tower is now under construction. Altitude condo homes are exceptionally priced from $299,000.
May 03, 2013Altitude General News Residential
When you walk into SFU’s Fitness Centre, the first thing you notice – other than the whirring of bikes and cardio machines and the number of high-energy members using them, is the wall of windows overlooking the track, known as Fox Field. It’s a brightly lit, happy place to workout. And it’s one of the perks of living in UniverCity – having access to this 12,000 square foot fitness centre. From Hungerford’s Altitude, in the heart of UniverCity, the fitness centre is a short ten-minute walk through the campus.
“This is a really great place to work out,” says Shawna Lum, the recreation coordinator. “We have amazing staff and regulars and it’s easy to get to know people and find workout partners.”
Shawna, an SFU grad with a degree in Kinesiology and a certificate in Health & Fitness, fell in love with the camaraderie of the fitness community while she was at school. In 2011, she was hired as the fitness coordinator and for the past two years, she’s been loving her job. We were fortunate enough to have Shawna give us a tour of the facility. See the video below for a virtual walk through that we were able to capture on the fly.
The membership cost for UniverCity residents is just $20/month and lower for longer-term contracts. And if you want to add a family member, it’s just another $5/month. Here are Shawna’s favorite things about the SFU Fitness Centre:
1. They have highly discounted personal training.
2. They offer free fitness consultations where you can meet with a trainer for 30 minutes and they can help guide you towards your fitness goals.
3. You can do a free trial week to check out classes in yoga, pilates, martial arts, dance, zumba and spin to find out what you like. Group fitness classes are at the AQ (closer to Altitude!) and for an extra $55/month, you can have access to unlimited drop-in classes like step classes, body sculpt, indoor cycling and cardio core.
4. They have drop-in for sports like badminton, basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball and hockey.
5. They have a great swimming pool, tennis courts, a track, table tennis, squash and raquetball.
6. They have an “Ask a Trainer/Dietician” board where SFU professionals will answer any questions you post.
7. Some of the staff have surprising credentials. Among them are a national level, Dragon boating racer, an Iron Man, a trainer for one of the SFU Varsity teams and a professional dancer. Let them inspire you!
“All our staff love giving tours and orientation to new members,” says Shawna. “So come on it and we’ll show you how it works.”
For more information, check out the SFU Fitness Centre online: http://students.sfu.ca/recreation/facility/indoor.html
Burnaby condo homes priced from $299,000 now selling at Altitude.
Picture this: two sleek, shimmering condominium towers located at the highest point to date of SFU’s vibrant UniverCity neighbourhood. Sophisticated condominium residences featuring upscale finishes that include engineered hardwood flooring, roller blinds, GE Cafe appliances, and large outdoor spaces. Now say hello to Altitude and your new life at the top of Burnaby Mountain. “This is absolutely the premium location on Burnaby Mountain,” says Jason Dolker, Hungerford’s director of sales and marketing. “Altitude is truly a rare, not-to-be-missed opportunity.”
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