If there’s one thing people in Metro Vancouver know about Surrey, it is that it’s growing fast. One Central, Aoyuan Property Group’s imposing 550-home residential tower, is set to be a big part of Surrey’s transformation and a landmark on the city’s rapidly evolving skyline.
The 44-storey building will be located right in the centre of the downtown core, hence its name.
For Dan Kehler, who lives with his wife and two children in Langley and has bought a one-bedroom home at One Central, that location was a big draw.
“We checked out the City of Surrey’s plan for the neighbourhood and we’re essentially buying into what that area will become,” Kehler said. “At the same time, we obviously like what is now with the proximity to post-secondary education, the hospital and all the amenities. When we considered the per-square-foot comparison with what else is out there right now, we thought this was by far the best value.”
The family also owns another one-bedroom apartment nearby and Kehler is familiar with the area and confident he’s made a sound investment.
“It took very little effort for us to find a very good tenant for our first apartment – a student at Simon Fraser University – so we’re hoping to replicate the process again at One Central,” Kehler added. “We have an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old and they’re both extremely good students that will be going to post-secondary education. So we’re looking at that area knowing that there’s a real possibility they may be going to school there in the future.”
One Central will be a stone’s throw from the Surrey Central SkyTrain station and walking distance to SFU’s Surrey campus, as well as a wide range of shopping outlets, cafes, amenities and services. The building boasts a bike score of 98, a transit score of 87 and a walk score of 80.
“We are a one- to-three-minute walk to literally everything,” said Ben Smith, Aoyuan International’s vice-president of sales and marketing for Western Canada. “There are schools, recreation centres, parks, Innovation Boulevard, Central City Shopping Centre, grocery stores and banking, not to mention future retail shops that will line the street front.
“The design of the homes is fitting for how people live today,” Smith added. “We know buyers want lounges, communal work spaces, outdoor spaces, social spaces. And the homes are flexible. Many have the ability to add or subtract rooms with the closing of a sliding wall or door.”
Sales at One Central have been brisk, according to Smith, and buyers so far have come from all demographics.
“We have a good mix of layouts, so we’re serving all housing needs,” he said. “Given the area we’re in is an energy centre, we do notice that the common ground is buyers are looking for urban convenience, the big amenity program and great value.”
The highlight of the amenity program Smith mentioned is One Club, a 7,640-square-foot rooftop amenity featuring indoor and outdoor lounge space, a kitchen, a fire pit, barbecue area and ping-pong and pool tables. One Central also includes a fitness room and a business and learning centre.
Homes at One Central are priced between $291,900 and $888,900, have one to three bedrooms and range in size from 461 to 711 square feet. They include multi-functional spaces and retractable walls and doors that allow residents to reconfigure the layout of their homes.
Kitchens feature quartz countertops and backsplashes, soft-close doors and drawers, under-cabinet lighting and undermount single bowl sinks with Kohler faucets. The appliance packages are by Fulgor. Bathrooms have porcelain tiles for tub surrounds and shower walls, frameless glass doors for shower rooms, floating-style cabinets and dual-flush toilets.
“We did some research beforehand and we really liked the track record of this builder – they’re a huge outfit worldwide and they’re extremely reputable,” Kehler said. “Our expectation is that this is going to be a very good quality building. The rooftop terrace is pretty awesome. I could see it being a real feature for somebody who lives there – really a great place to go and enjoy yourself.”
Smith said that the unbeatable location and the flexible floor plans, which allow for smaller overall home sizes, make the homes at One Central truly affordable for almost any kind of buyer. As for Kehler, he’s confident of a quality new home when the project is complete.
“We had a bit of an expectation when we looked them up online that the sales centre and everything else was going to be pretty top notch,” he said. “And when we went there, it definitely reaffirmed what we were thinking before we even walked in the door. We set them a pretty high bar and I was impressed when they measured up to it.”
Project location: 13350 Central Avenue, Surrey
Project size: 550 homes with one to three bedrooms, ranging in size between 461 and 711 square feet with prices between $291,900 and $888,900
Developer: Aoyuan Property Group
Architect: Chris Dikeakos Architects Inc.
Interior designer: Christina Oberti Interior Design
Sales centre: 10522 King George Blvd, Surrey
Sales centre hours: noon — 5 p.m., Sat — Thurs
Sales phone: 604-588-1186