With detached homes in the Greater Vancouver area selling on average for $1.5 million, finding a new home for under $900,000 is like discovering a pearl in the forest.

But for those families who’ve happened upon Fern Grove — a new community of three and four-bedroom homes in Maple Ridge — the dream of owning a single-family home is alive again.

Starting from $869,980, the 34 single-family homes at Fern Grove range from 2,059 to 3,800 square feet are attracting families from neighbouring communities like Port Coquitlam, South Surrey and Delta. Even homebuyers in Calgary and across the border in Washington are impressed by both the value and the rare location. Some are moving up from condos and townhomes, looking forward to no longer paying monthly strata fees or following regulations, and Epic Homes is currently offering impressive additional incentives for buyers this fall.

For a limited time and at no extra cost, buyers will receive air conditioning, tankless natural gas hot water, an alarm system, landscaping, fencing, and stainless steel appliance package — including gas range. These extras amount to savings of at least $30,000. Some upgrades will even lead to future savings. Tankless natural gas hot water has the advantage of not requiring a storage tank, meaning you’ll waste less energy.

And not only are homes priced from $869,980, but all floor plans have full basements with the option to add an in-law or legal suite. That rental income is a great mortgage helper, and in the case of many of Fern Grove buyers the suite creates the ideal multi-generational living arrangement for grandparents, parents or even kids in university.

Timeless craftsman architecture defines the new community, where homes have stone pillars, pitched rooflines, covered front porches, shingle siding and warm heritage colours. Ample driveways and double-attached garages provide additional storage space and curb appeal on lots ranging in size from 3700 sq.ft. to over 9000 sq.ft.

With three different layouts available, Epic Homes has provided flexibility for buyers. The Blanshard and Alouette models, for example, have a second floor loft with the option to be built as a fourth bedroom. Main floor living is open and free-flowing with fireside living, main floor powder room and family kitchen complete with quartz island. The Alouette features a mud room off the garage, while the other plans have laundry next to the bedrooms upstairs. If families aren’t wanting a suite, the basement can alternately be finished as a family games room complete with bathroom and wet bar.

While Maple Ridge is removed from the congestion and density of downtown Vancouver, it is close enough for convenient commutes. It is under an hour from the city via the Golden Ears Bridge and within 30 minutes of Surrey. From Fern Grove, you can be at the lake, park, soccer field, gym, farmer’s market, grocery store or movie theatre in less than 15 minutes.

With sales at Fern Grove surpassing the 50-percent mark, those interested are encouraged to act quickly for an opportunity to be part of this exclusive community on the edge of Golden Ears Provincial Park. Some homes are ready for fall occupancy, while the recent new release of homes including the Alouette Model with three-car garage on a 9,300 square foot lot have anticipated completion dates into the spring and summer of 2019.

Epic Homes is Maple Ridge’s premier residential builder, creating family communities for 20 years and building over 800 homes in both Langley and Maple Ridge.

Interested in finding out more about Fern Grove? Visit ferngrove.ca.

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