Published 27 October 2006
A Canadian university is having some success selling homes with granny flats which aren’t out the back of the house â€“ they’re incorporated into highrise apartments.
The “granny flat in a condo” idea has been put into practice in the UniverCity project at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Buyers get a 3-bedroom apartment, with one room designed as a self-contained suite. Measuring 22.5mÂ², they have a bed, bathroom & kitchen and separate entrance.
New zoning allows “legalised secondary suites”, intended for students, guests or relatives, or as “mortgage helpers” for buyers, and they’ve been introduced in up to half the apartments in the new university development area.
UniverCity Highlands is being built on 65ha surrounding the campus on Burnaby Mountain. It has a community corporation owned by the university.
“Through a deep commitment to excellence in every aspect of its design, this vibrant new community is expected to become an international showcase for innovative & creative approaches to sustainable planning & new urban development,” the UniverCity website says.
The developer of UniverCity’s Novo blocks, Intergulf Development Group, has been named best home builder in British Columbia 3 times, has completed more than 50 apartment & townhouse projects and just started building in San Diego in southern California.
Websites: CanWest Vancouver story
Attribution: UniverCity & Intergulf websites, pointer from CanWest story, story written by Bob Dey for this website.