The face of suburbia is forever changing with the development of a new concept in living called master planned communities. With full amenities, modern styles and all the trendy shopping you need, the suburb is no longer just a feeder community to downtown Vancouver.

All over the lower mainland master planned communities such as Newport Village and Suter Brook Village in Port Moody, and Clayton in Cloverdale are being built by developers as a way of renewing the vibrancy of these once transient cities. The days of needing the car for simple chores such as grocery shopping or grabbing a coffee are long gone. Gyms and all other recreational facilities are now right at your doorstep.

Selling in a master planned communities is also a great feature to advertise in the sale of your home. Most couples looking to expand their families and who currently reside in the downtown core can be hesitant if not outright adamant about whether or not to move to the suburbs. Being able to show that everything they have come to love about the city can be had outside the city walls with a more attractive price tag can be a pivotal selling point.

Now, for you purchasers out there, here is an opportunity to buy into communities that can rival anything you will find in the city. Being close to every amenity you can imagine while affording a larger space then you could in downtown is not only a great opportunity for you, but a great way to invest in a property that will maintain its value over the old style subdivision home.

So what it comes down to is a shift in your perspective. The suburbs of today in no way resemble the suburbs of the past. With new city plans including the advent of the master planned community, these new neighbourhoods are becoming trendier, hipper and more popular to people of all ages.

– Ryan DeLuca is a realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, and host of The Real Estate Minute on Novus TV;

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