Vancouver Sun: Modern, Scandinavian-inspired homes set above Pemberton Valley
Elevate, is a collection of 46 duplexes and four townhomes — part of Sunstone Pemberton, a 160-acre master-planned community
Pemberton, a 25-minute drive to Whistler, is well known for its outdoor lifestyle with places to enjoy cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in winter and a range of summer activities including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and water sports such as canoeing, kayaking and swimming.
While Sunstone Pemberton, with new roads and infrastructure, has all the advantages of being close to Pemberton, it is not in the village’s downtown core and is conveniently close to a 20-acre community recreational site, says McIvor.
“The homes are designed for the way we live,” he says, adding that along with decks and generous outdoor space, every home is situated on a cul de sac with a two-car garage and connections to mountain bike trails.
The modern, Scandinavian-inspired architecture, by Urban West Architecture and Koodoo Designs, features flattish roofs and darker siding colours with large windows to capture the stunning views of Mount Currie – the landmark in the Garibaldi Range that stands 7,800 feet above the Pemberton Valley.
The relaxed and minimalist interior design reflects the same Scandinavian influence that is seen in the architecture, says Annaliesse Kelly, founder and principal interior designer at AK Design.
“The windows frame the outdoors. When I walk in, I feel in awe of the view – Mount Currie is right there; there is nowhere else to look but at the amazing mountain.”
The two-tone kitchens feature oak-look laminate lower cabinets and white upper cabinets, all with flat panel doors. White 12- by three-inch tiles will be set in a stacked pattern for a modern backsplash above the quartz countertops – the Light scheme’s countertop is reminiscent of marble with subtle veining, while the quartz in the Dark scheme has a grey concrete-look.
In the bathrooms, 12- by 24-inch porcelain floor tiles brighten the space, while the frameless glass shower doors and the stacked white-tile backsplash will add to the spa-like ambience.
Elevate is 50 per cent sold, and McIvor says buyers include many Pemberton and Whistler locals with additional interest from buyers from the Lower Mainland.
“There are a lot of young families [buying], so it’s turning into an instant neighbourhood,” says McIvor.
Typical weekend activities for young families could include berry picking at North Arm Farm, enjoying the Friday evening farmers market, mountain biking, fishing in the two small trout-stocked lakes above Sunstone or visiting the family friendly Beer Farmers craft brewery.
There is an added perk for buyers who are golfers with complimentary two-year memberships for two people to the Sunstone Golf Club with its 18-hole course. (The club was previously the Pemberton Golf and Country Club and later Meadows at Pemberton.) The club’s Sunstone Bar & Grill is a favourite place for a meal or drink after a round of golf.
McIvor notes community amenity contributions from sales at Sunstone benefit the community of Pemberton, helping to build the nearby recreation site being developed to include soccer fields and a mountain bike skills park and with longer-term plans for an arena and swimming pool.
The developer also made land available to facilitate the seven-kilometre Friendship Trail, a joint undertaking by the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, the Village of Pemberton and the Líl’wat Nation. When complete, the trail will connect the communities of Mount Currie and the Village of Pemberton.
Project: Elevate at Sunstone
Project address: 4000 Sunstone Way, Pemberton, B.C.
Developer: Elevate Sunstone Joint Venture
Architect: Urban West Architecture and KooDoo Designs
Construction: TM Builders Inc
Interior designer: AK Design
Project size: 50 units
Number of bedrooms: 3- and 4-bedrooms
Price: From $1,209,000
Sales centre: Site tours by appointment