Gardner 2838 Livingstone Avenue Abbotsford 77 townhomes in phase 1 by Mosaic

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Abbotsford location is a natural next step for Mosaic Homes

Kathleen Freimond
The Vancouver Sun

After nearly 20 years of building residences across Metro Vancouver, Mosaic Homes is taking its characteristic shingle-style townhomes to Abbotsford where it is developing Gardner, a 230-unit project on Livingstone Avenue.

“We are well-known and have track record in areas like Surrey and Langley, so Abbotsford was the natural next location for us,” says Geoff Duyker, Mosaic Homes’ senior vice president of marketing.

“Abbotsford is a growing centre and has lots going on there in terms of employment growth, a great university, the Abbotsford International Airport and the Abbotsford Regional Hospital. It’s a municipality we think continues to improve and grow,” he says.

He believes improvements to Highway 1 and Gardner’s location on the western side of Abbotsford close to the McClure exit make the development a natural next step for Vancouverites currently living in a condo or rental and who want to get into the market and secure their first home.

The development, designed by Ekistics Architecture, is also close to the green space and children’s playground in Gardner Park, several shopping areas including Mt. Lehman Crossing and the Highstreet Shopping Centre, elementary and secondary schools and The Rinks at Summit Centre.

The site will include 77 two- and three-bedroom townhomes currently on the market and rental apartments and townhomes that will be available later, says Duyker.

Construction on the three-acre site started in 2018 with the first homes being available for sale in September 2019 and those early buyers planning to move into their new homes this month (November).

The Gardner townhomes are designed to appeal to local young singles and couples who have grown up in the area and want to buy their first home in the city, and to people from across Metro Vancouver who are looking for affordable homes, says Duyker.

Potential buyers can choose from four floorplans ranging in size from 1,057 to 1,626 square feet. The two display homes on the site at 2838 Livingstone Avenue are the two-bedroom Gibson plan and the two-bedroom-and-den Finlay plan.

The architecture – characterized by shingles around feature elements of the buildings – and a choice of three colours for the front doors, is inspired by row homes seen during tours on the East Coast, says Duyker, adding each three-level home has a double garage and outdoor space.

Inside, the interior design is a modern interpretation of traditional style, says Stephanie Da Silva, director of interior design at Mosaic Homes.

“Our [Mosaic] homes are inspired by the sense of home that traditional Shaker-style kitchens evoke. We see a trend to a warm and cosy ambience and less sleek and modern,” she says.

Buyers can choose from two colour palettes, the matte taupe-grey cabinetry with oak-look laminate floors or the matte white cabinetry with walnut-look laminate flooring.

“Both are timeless and easy to integrate into every homeowner’s personal style,” says Da Silva.

Cut-pile carpeting features in the bedrooms, upstairs hallway and on the stairs in all the homes.

At Gardner the kitchens have a contemporary flair with the combination of the Shaker-style lower cabinets – featuring black matte hardware – while the modern flat-panel upper cabinet doors have integrated pulls, says Da Silva. A black matte Delta pull-down spray faucet is an interesting contrast against the white-tile backsplash.

In the Gibson townhome – look out for the distinctive blue front door – the kitchen is completed with a quartz countertop, an optional upgrade from the standard laminate. The large harvest table, which doubles as a prep area and a place for family mealtimes, is a Mosaic-designed optional upgrade.

With 10-foot ceilings throughout all the homes, the interior design maximizes the extra vertical height with plenty of extra storage while the larger windows also draw in plenty of natural light.

In the bathroom, the vanity is the same colour as the kitchen cabinetry (matte taupe-grey in this home), while polished chrome Grohe faucets and the showerhead and handle set add sparkle to the space. On the floor 12-by-24-inch marble-look porcelain tiles enhance the timeless design while white 12-by-24-inch tiles are featured on the walls around the deep soaker tub and shower.

Next door at the display home showing the two-bedroom-and-den Finlay floorplan, potential buyers can see the second colour scheme; white cabinets and contrasting walnut-look floors. On the ground level the den is staged as a study with the Whirlpool washer and dryer also located on this level.

With 10-foot ceilings throughout all the homes at Gardner, the interior design maximizes the extra vertical height with plenty of extra storage while the larger windows also draw in plenty of natural light.PNG

Going upstairs to the open-plan living space (the staircase wall would be perfect for a gallery wall,) the kitchen has a peninsula, a Lazy Susan in the corner cupboard, a large pantry cupboard and plenty of extra storage.

Major appliances are by Samsung with a Fisher Paykel refrigerator available as an optional upgrade.

In the living room, which opens to a deck large enough for family barbecues, the wall is reinforced with a cord-concealing conduit to accommodate a wall-mounted big-screen TV.

On the third level the smaller bedroom is decorated for a young child with playful wallpaper, a ceiling-hung chair, a fun window seat and kid-size table and chairs set up for games or crafts. The main bedroom has his-and-hers closets and an ensuite bathroom with shower.

Project Name: Gardner by Mosaic

Project Address: 2838 Livingstone Avenue

Project City: Abbotsford

Developer: Mosaic Homes

Architect: Ekistics Architecture Inc.

Interior Designer: Portico Design Group

Project Size: 77 homes for sale

Bedrooms: Two- and three-bedroom townhomes

Unit Size: 1,057 – 1,626 square feet

Price: Starting from the low $400’s

Sales centre: 2838 Livingstone Avenue, Abbotsford

Sales centre hours: Daily noon – 6:00 p.m.

Sales Phone: 778.752.9316


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