Live/Work Townhomes open up new possibilities for downsizing couple

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“The location is really perfect for us. It’s close to our daughter’s new high school and to her club volleyball courts, which is such an added bonus,” says Sandra.

The couple purchased the Stylist model, a three-bedroom light-filled end unit with a fenced backyard and a two-car parking pad.

The couple loves to entertain and wanted the public spaces in the home to feel inviting. The Stylist’s floor plan lends itself to hosting larger groups, while the kitchen is perfect for whipping up culinary gems — pasta is Sandra’s specialty.

Sandra, who works part-time as an educational assistant, is also developing her other part-time gigs. She’s an artist; she’s also an art therapist and paint night host.

“So having the live/work component was a big selling feature for us,” says Sandra.

The beauty of Zen Chinook Gate’s live/work design is that owners can carve out as much as 50 per cent of the home’s square footage or as little of the space as they like, for work-related endeavours.

The innovative layouts feature a private flex room at the entry level that provides plenty of space, but the business space can also spill further upstairs or down to the lower level, depending on how the owner wants to configure it.

“We’ve created the floor plan so that there are natural breaks, so that you can have your live space totally locked off, if you want,” says Chris Williams, vice-president of Avalon Master Builder.

The collection offers four models, ranging in size from 1,240 square feet up to 1,458 square feet, with another 500 square feet available at the basement level. All of the homes are pre-zoned for work/live and accommodate a long list of businesses.

Homes start in the $250,000s and are designed with sustainability in mind.

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