The worst part about getting up and going to school in the morning is often the commute, right? For busy post-secondary students, every minute counts between classes and assignments, and there are better ways to spend your precious time than sitting in traffic or riding the Skytrain. Luckily, Vancouver, Richmond and other communities are seeing new condo projects pop up on or near their campuses.

Whether you’re looking for an investment property or a convenient location to roll onto campus from, these Metro Vancouver condos that are currently selling might be of interest to you.

1. Ivy On The Park

Developer: Wall Financial
Location: Vancouver
Nearest school: The University of British Columbia

This 22-storey condo is not only steps to British Columbia’s oldest university, but is surrounded by a myriad of greenspace. Ivy on The Park backs onto the 874-hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park, and is in walking distance to the UBC Botanical Garden, where you’ll discover a flurry of flora and fauna. From its central West Point Grey location, this project is within striking distance of the ocean and Fraser River.

2. Cedar Walk

Developer: Polygon Homes
Location: Vancouver
Nearest school: The University of British Columbia

Located right on the eastern perimeter of the UBC campus, Cedar Walk provides easy access to parks, trails and daycare facilities. Inside, the residences pay tribute to their natural surroundings with large windows, engineered stone kitchen countertops, marble bathroom floor tiles and rain shower heads.

3. The Residences at Nobel Park

Developer: Polygon Homes
Location: Vancouver
Nearest school: The University of British Columbia

Situated between parks and the UBC Farm, the 15-storey Residences at Nobel Park offers options for condo and townhome living. If you’re looking to get off campus for a while, just east of the project are plenty of dining, shopping and entertainment options. Past Pacific Spirit Regional Park and heading into Kerrisdale, you’ll find a Save-On-Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, the Kerrisdale Community Centre and numerous golf clubs.

4. ViewStar

Developer: Yuanheng Holdings
Location: Richmond
Nearest school: British Columbia Institute of Technology

ViewStar sits on the east side of the Fraser River, directly across the water from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. The project’s northern Richmond location also puts you within a 10-minute drive of Vancouver International Airport, and walking distance to a ton of shopping. Walk right out your door and access the nearby Canadian Tire, Aberdeen Centre, China World Supermarket and a variety of restaurants.

5. Terraces at The Peak

Developer: Intergulf Development Group
Location: Burnaby
Nearest School: Simon Fraser University

This 13-storey concrete-built project is nestled right in the northeast corner of the Simon Fraser University campus, just a street over from the edge of the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. The community of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos and townhomes feature open-concept layouts with stainless steel appliances in the kitchens and an added balcony or terrace.

6. The City of Lougheed – Neighbourhood One

Developer: Shape Properties
Location: Burnaby
Nearest School: Coquitlam College, Simon Fraser University

Rising 48 storeys, Neighbourhood One is part of a 37-acre master planned community that will feature new shops, restaurants and parks. Designed to reflect West Coast detailing, the interiors of these one-, two- and three-bedroom residences showcase European cabinetry, Bosch appliances and a full-sized laundry room in every unit. Homeowners will also have their pick of three interior colour schemes and enjoy views of the North Shore Mountains and downtown Vancouver from their terraces.

7. The Paramount

Developer: Keltic Canada Development
Location: Richmond
Nearest School: Trinity Western University – Richmond

The Paramount is expected to arrive in downtown Richmond at Westminster Highway and No. 3 Road by summer 2022. Close to parks, schools and the hospital, this 560-unit community is also packed with amenities. Inside, a range of lifestyle, fitness and entertainment services await, spread across 12,000 square feet of amenity space, including a multi-purpose exercise room, business centre and club lounge. Even the kids can have some fun at the Learning Centre and Children’s Education Theatre.

8. One Park

Developer: Grant Long
Location: Richmond
Nearest School: Trinity Western University – Richmond

Centrally located in Richmond, One Park is walking distance to shopping, entertainment and everyday essentials. Just across the street is the CF Richmond Centre, where you’ll find popular retailers like Uniqlo, Bath & Bodyworks, Sephora, Sport Chek and more. The Richmond-Brighouse Skytrain station is also a short distance away, providing a convenient commute to downtown Vancouver.

9. Bordeaux

Developer: Solterra Group of Companies
Location: Burnaby
Nearest School: British Columbia Institute of Technology

Offering a selection of multi-storey townhomes and condo residences, Bordeaux touts equal parts modern and opulent interiors. In the base collections, have your choice of two designer colour palettes, Olivia or Pierre, and receive glossy or wood tone cabinets combined with quartz countertops and full-height backsplashes in the kitchen. Upgrade to the custom Madeleine palette and enjoy engineered hardwood floors and large, private outdoor spaces.

10. Sparrow

Developer: Rendition Developments
Location: Vancouver
Nearest School: Vancouver Film School

Construction is due to wrap up by fall 2020 on this boutique eight-storey condo project. These modern residences showcase current home technology features, such as a WiFi dimmer lighting system, integrated television station and Alexa compatibility. Nine-foot ceilings, full-height windows and custom wardrobe closets with integrated LED lighting come standard in these condos on Keefer Street.

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