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[responsive_text tag=”h1″ max=”50″ min=”18″]20 items that are key to resale value and a quality condo.[/responsive_text]
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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”40″ min=”14″ max=”30″ min=”14″]Starting with the Top 4 Items that are Key to RESALE Value[/responsive_text]
SolariumsStorageParkingAir Conditioning
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TechnologyQualityHeat PumpsCostArchitectureSizeQuieter SuitesStrata Rules and FeesBathroomKitchenTransitInterior Design EnergyLocationSecurityHigh-end Appliances
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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]1. Solarium Balconies:[/responsive_text]

  • Developed in Scandinavia, enclosed glass balconies and patios are an unqualified success in the advanced condo markets in both Europe and North America
  • Suites in La Galleria have solarium balconies or solarium patios
  • Retractable glass panels allow year round use of the balcony for entertaining and gardening
  • All balconies have a hose connection and floor drain
  • Natural gas BBQ outlet is standard
  • Built-in ceiling fans provide air movement
  • An electrical outlet is capable of powering an electric patio heater
  • Glass balconies add acoustic and insulating value

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]2. Storage & Electric Cars:[/responsive_text]
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  • Quality storage is key to convenience and suite resale value
  • Some buildings have no storage, some have little cages. At La Galleria every suite comes with a secure, concrete walled, mini garage near one of your parking spots
  • Storage garages vary in size but most are 200 cubic feet and larger
  • Mini garages have an interior light and an electrical outlet
  • Room enough for your freezer and bicycle storage
  • There is enough power to slow-charge an electric car, and the garage power is upgradable to allow a rapid car charger to be installed

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]3. Parking: Every suite has 2 parking spots![/responsive_text]

  • A key to resale value is having 2 parking spots
  • At La Galleria every suite has 2 parking spots
  • This also keeps congestion off the streets
  • We have generous visitor parking for your guests
  • One of your parking spots can accommodate an electric car
  • Well lit, secure, underground parking


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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]4. Air Conditioning:[/responsive_text]

  • Air conditioning is a key feature for comfort and resale value
  • We offer a high efficiency multi-zone system
  • Our system uses efficient heat pump technology to save energy
  • Ductless-split system delivers cool air direct to each bedroom and the main living area quietly and efficiently

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]5. Technology:[/responsive_text]

  • 3 port communications outlets throughout (phone/cable/internet)
  • Shaw high speed internet and digital HDTV included
  • Record with the included Shaw Gateway multi-room system (up to 6 programs at once, and from anyplace, anytime with the Shaw Go smartphone app)
  • Bedrooms and kitchens have an electrical outlet that includes 2 USB charging ports, eliminating ugly adapters all over the place.
  • Shaw Go WiFi hot spots are throughout La Galleria
  • Shaw Go apps are designed to deliver mobile content to Shaw customers anyplace, anytime, including CTV GO, Global Go, History Go, and more

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]6. Quality:[/responsive_text]

  • Most buildings are built to “rental grade” , not La Galleria
  • Our high quality is easy to spot:
    • High speed elevators
    • High end moulding package
    • 9 ft ceilings
    • 7 ft door height (not the “standard” 6 ft – 8 in)
    • Interior doors are solid-core fir
    • Oversize windows
    • Windows are energy efficient Low E
    • Windows are cased on all sides
    • Attractive fireplace

[responsive_text tag=”h3″ max=”25″ min=”12″]NOTE: High quality leads to low strata fees.[/responsive_text]
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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]7. Heat Pumps – heating your home:[/responsive_text]

  • Our goal is to keep your heating costs low
  • Each suite has a heat pump which transfers heat in or out of your suite depending on whether you need heating or cooling.
  • We also offer baseboard heat back-up for exceptionally cold days
  • Both systems offer room specific heating so you are not heating areas you don’t need to
  • These energy efficient heat pumps also cool your home

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]8. Cost:[/responsive_text]

  • Cost comes in two forms: purchase price and monthly strata fees
  • Most condos in Abbotsford cost about $330 per sq. ft., a little higher for small suites
  • The other cost is strata fees
  • High quality developments usually have lower strata fees
  • At La Galleria strata fees are very low – this includes cable and internet service (provided by Shaw)

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]9. Architecture:[/responsive_text]

  • Typical condos have cheap siding and simply look cheap
  • La Galleria has stunning West Coast architecture featuring extensive use of:
    • Beams
    • Stone
    • Glass

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]10. Size of Suites:[/responsive_text]

  • It’s not always easy to find larger suites in new developments
  • La Galleria offers liveable area ranging from 1200 to over 1700 sq.ft.
  • We also offer very efficient suites in the 850 – 950 sq.ft. range
  • Every bedroom at La Galleria can accommodate a king size or queen size bed

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]11. Quieter Suites: With Our Outstanding Acoustic Package[/responsive_text]
Floors

  • Floors are a hybrid concrete/wood construction system
  • The flooring underside assembly has sound-dampening insulation

Walls

  • Side-by-side suites each have their own separate walls
  • Walls are insulated, and each side has 2 layers of 5/8” drywall or a layer of wood under drywall

Finished Floors

  • Acoustic wood-grained plank laminate
  • Carpet in bedrooms is laid on true 10 lb acoustic underlay

Ceilings

  • Ceilings between suites have 5/8” drywall
  • Ceiling drywall is mounted on sound-bar channel to block sound transmission
  • Ceiling systems include sound dampening insulation.

Other acoustic precautions

  • Electrical receptacles are back-insulated on walls between suites
  • Features that penetrate the sound barrier are avoided on surfaces between suites
  • Vertical main plumbing lines are rubber mounted

[note title=”Quiet is not Silent”]Older buildings are notorious for sound transmission between suites. La Galleria goes many steps beyond what is required in the building code. Even with this extra acoustic work, you will still be able to detect other people living in your building.[/note]
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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]12. Strata Rules & fees:[/responsive_text]
Strata Rules & Fees:
At La Galleria, monthly strata fees are low, estimated at:

  • $121 for the average 1 bedroom suite
  • $137 for the average 1 bedroom & den
  • $189 for the average 2 bedroom suite

Strata Fees include:

  • Shaw Cable with over 100 digital channels, including many in HD (pay per view, and specialty channels are extra if you want them)
  • Shaw High-Speed internet
  • Fire/Water/Flood/Earthquake insurance that is required for your mortgage
  • Hot water from high-efficiency condensing boilers
  • Natural gas for your kitchen range is included
  • Nicely equipped exercise room and meeting room (yours to enjoy)
  • Enterphone system (purchased and installed by the developer eliminating monthly lease costs; helping keep La Galleria strata fees low)
  • Building, grounds and landscaping maintenance (contracts are established prior to completion — negotiated using the developer’s buying power — resulting in long-term low rates for the benefit of La Galleria suite owners)
  • We provide buyers with best estimates of strata fees for the first 2 years. Actual fees are based on operating costs monitored by the Strata owners through their Strata Council and are also governed by Provincial legislation.

[note title=”Shaw)”]Your Strata Corporation is responsible for paying for your Shaw package of internet and cablevision. Quadra Homes has already prepaid the first 5 years and your Strata Corporation is accumulating funds to pay beyond the first 5 years. From when you move in, a portion of your strata fees is set aside each month in a special fund to be used to negotiate extra years beyond the first 5 prepaid years.[/note]

Strata Rules:

  • 2 pets allowed up to 15 kg each
  • No age restrictions
  • Renting permitted, a British Columbia law (2010) does not permit strata councils to change rental status

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]13. 20 Features of an Elegant Bathroom:[/responsive_text]

  1. Heated tile floor
  2. Granite vanity top
  3. Genuine wood raised-panel cabinets
  4. Soft-closing cabinet doors
  5. 3/4 extension, soft-closing drawers
  6. Built-in medicine cabinet
  7. Large mirrors
  8. Heated fog-free mirrors
  9. Built-in LED night light
  10. Luxury height toilets & countertops
  11. Bright lighting over sinks
  12. Most master ensuites have 2 sinks
  13. Tile tub surround with attractive travertine porcelain tile
  14. Rain-heads in most showers
  15. Up and down sliding bars for shower head height adjustment
  16. Lighting in showers
  17. Curved double shower rod
  18. Showers have frameless glass
  19. 5 ft. showers have tiled ceilings
  20. 5 ft. showers have louvered vents for a steam room effect

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]14. 20 Features of a Gourmet Kitchen:[/responsive_text]

  1. Natural gas, true European convection oven, front controls, stainless
  2. Stainless fridge (french doors and freezer drawer) filtered ice/water dispenser
  3. Stainless dishwasher with stainless interior
  4. Built-in stainless microwave
  5. Built-in sink garburator
  6. Genuine hardwood raised panel cabinets
  7. Cabinets have wood-grain finish inside
  8. Recessed LED lighting under upper cabinets
  9. Soft-closing cabinet doors & full extension, soft-closing drawers
  10. Over the stove, pot-filler water faucet
  11. Full-height tile backsplash between countertop and upper cabinets
  12. Extra height upper cabinets (more storage)
  13. Most lower corner cabinets have a lazy susan
  14. Upper inside corner cabinets have a lighted glass feature
  15. High-end kitchen faucet with built-in sprayer
  16. 60/40 under-mount stainless sink
  17. Built-in soap dispenser
  18. 3 port communications outlet and USB power outlet
  19. Granite countertops and decorative tile floor
  20. 9’ ceilings with high-end lighting

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]15. Transit:[/responsive_text]
La Galleria is a block and a half from Abbotsford’s main transit corridor, South Fraser Way.

The Central Fraser Valley Transit System, a part of BC Transit, provides scheduled bus routes throughout Abbotsford and linking with Mission, Langley, Chilliwhack and the Vancouver. Skytrain is accessible by taking Route 2 to Highstreet, then transferring to the Fraser Valley Express that takes you to the Skytrain Express Bus #555 at the 202 Street Park & Ride in Langley.

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]16. Interior Design:[/responsive_text]

  • We avoid the minimalist “downtown” look inside our suites
  • At La Galleria our interior designers spend the money on:
    • High-end moulding package
    • High-end fixtures and appliances
    • Wood closet systems (not wire)
    • 2” faux wood blinds
    • Frameless showers
    • High-end cabinetry and carpentry
    • Oversize windows
    • Generous use of mirrors, tile and granite

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]17. Energy Efficiency:[/responsive_text]

  • Energy efficient buildings save their owners money on utilities and strata fees
  • Our hot water system uses high tech condensing boilers to cut gas consumption
  • Our acoustic package doubles as an extra layer of insulation
  • Heating & cooling using high efficiency heat pumps
  • Use of energy efficient lighting throughout
  • Low E windows and above code insulation
  • Energy Star appliances and equipment where possible

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]18. Location, Location, Location:[/responsive_text]

  • You need good amenities like shopping and restaurants
  • Access to the freeway, without being too close
  • Green space and distance from downtown congestion
  • La Galleria is next to the Abbotsford Civic Complex
  • Walking distance to Safeway and Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Close to theatre, libraries, community centres, rinks and pools
  • Close to schools, including French Immersion

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]19. Security, Safety and Warranty:[/responsive_text]

  • The buildings have a 55+ camera Closed Circuit TV system
  • Well lit underground parking
  • Private mini garage storage by your parking stall
  • The building has a high-end Enterphone system with TV viewing of entrance
  • Each suite is pre-wired for an individual security system
  • Each suite has a built-in wall safe
  • Each suite has a Carbon Monoxide detector
  • Our buildings have a 2-5-10 year warranty with TRAVELERS Insurance Co.
  • Our solariums have a special 5 year warranty covering parts & labour
  • Shut-off valves to protect your suite from potential leaks:
    • We have accessible shut-off valves for the clothes washer
    • We also have shut-off valves for the dishwasher and refrigerator
    • You can use the shut-off valves if you are away from your suite for an extended period

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[responsive_text tag=”h2″ max=”30″ min=”14″]20. High-end Appliances:[/responsive_text]
Range:

  • Stainless steel, natural gas, slide-in range
  • European style “true” convection
  • self-cleaning oven
  • front controls
  • pot-filler water faucet over the stove

Microwave:

  • Built-in stainless steel, full size, microwave oven
  • Loaded with features

Refrigerator:

  • Smudge resistant stainless steel
  • French door with lower freezer drawer
  • Ice and water in the door

Dishwasher:

  • Well insulated with stainless interior and exterior

[note title=”NOTE”]Each suite also includes a front loading washer and dryer; and an in-sink kitchen garburator.[/note]
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