Vancouver Sun: Modern, Scandinavian-inspired homes set above Pemberton Valley
Elevate, is a collection of 46 duplexes and four townhomes — part of Sunstone Pemberton, a 160-acre master-planned community.
Author of the article: Kathleen Freimond | Publishing date: Jun 25, 2021
Pemberton, a 25-minute drive to Whistler, is well known for its outdoor lifestyle with places to enjoy cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in winter and a range of summer activities including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and water sports such as canoeing, kayaking and swimming.
While Sunstone Pemberton, with new roads and infrastructure, has all the advantages of being close to Pemberton, it is not in the village’s downtown core and is conveniently close to a 20-acre community recreational site, says McIvor.
“The homes are designed for the way we live,” he says, adding that along with decks and generous outdoor space, every home is situated on a cul de sac with a two-car garage and connections to mountain bike trails.
The modern, Scandinavian-inspired architecture, by Urban West Architecture and Koodoo Designs, features flattish roofs and darker siding colours with large windows to capture the stunning views of Mount Currie – the landmark in the Garibaldi Range that stands 7,800 feet above the Pemberton Valley.“[At Sunstone] there are mountain views to the east and west so truly 180-degree views,” says McIvor.
Potential buyers of the duplexes in the Elevate project can choose from six different floorplans. The three or four-bedroom duplexes ranging in size from 2,026 square feet to 2,200 square feet. The variations in the floorplans account for differences such as the size of the rec rooms, laundry rooms and the number of bedrooms, he says.
The relaxed and minimalist interior design reflects the same Scandinavian influence that is seen in the architecture, says Annaliesse Kelly, founder and principal interior designer at AK Design.
“The windows frame the outdoors. When I walk in, I feel in awe of the view – Mount Currie is right there; there is nowhere else to look but at the amazing mountain.”Kelly says she focused on a neutral design that would not detract from the mountain view, choosing durable materials and functional elements such as free-standing islands in all homes, full-height pantry cupboards and hard-wearing composite flooring.
Buyers can choose from two colour schemes, Light or Dark, with the main differences found in the countertops and the floor tiles in the bathrooms.
The two-tone kitchens feature oak-look laminate lower cabinets and white upper cabinets, all with flat panel doors. White 12- by three-inch tiles will be set in a stacked pattern for a modern backsplash above the quartz countertops – the Light scheme’s countertop is reminiscent of marble with subtle veining, while the quartz in the Dark scheme has a grey concrete-look.The upper cabinets and the walls are finished in the same white paint colour to enhance the feeling of spaciousness, says Kelly, while features like open shelving allow homeowners to add their personal touch to the kitchen.
The major kitchen appliances are by Blomberg and include a 36-inch refrigerator/freezer, a gas range and a five-cycle dishwasher. The front-loading washer and dryer in the laundry are by LG.
In the bathrooms, 12- by 24-inch porcelain floor tiles brighten the space, while the frameless glass shower doors and the stacked white-tile backsplash will add to the spa-like ambience.
Elevate is 50 per cent sold, and McIvor says buyers include many Pemberton and Whistler locals with additional interest from buyers from the Lower Mainland.
“There are a lot of young families [buying], so it’s turning into an instant neighbourhood,” says McIvor.
Typical weekend activities for young families could include berry picking at North Arm Farm, enjoying the Friday evening farmers market, mountain biking, fishing in the two small trout-stocked lakes above Sunstone or visiting the family friendly Beer Farmers craft brewery.
There is an added perk for buyers who are golfers with complimentary two-year memberships for two people to the Sunstone Golf Club with its 18-hole course. (The club was previously the Pemberton Golf and Country Club and later Meadows at Pemberton.) The club’s Sunstone Bar & Grill is a favourite place for a meal or drink after a round of golf.Sunstone has also partnered with TELUS to give buyers one year of free internet 300 and Optik TV.
McIvor notes community amenity contributions from sales at Sunstone benefit the community of Pemberton, helping to build the nearby recreation site being developed to include soccer fields and a mountain bike skills park and with longer-term plans for an arena and swimming pool.
The developer also made land available to facilitate the seven-kilometre Friendship Trail, a joint undertaking by the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, the Village of Pemberton and the Líl’wat Nation. When complete, the trail will connect the communities of Mount Currie and the Village of Pemberton.
Village of Pemberton secures funding for Pemberton Area Mountain Bike Skills Park
March 03, 2021
Park to be delivered in partnership with Pemberton Off-Road Cycling Association
PEMBERTON, BC – The Village of Pemberton has been successful in securing $974,258 in funding through the Community Economic Resilience stream of the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) for the construction of the Pemberton Area Mountain Bike Skills Park.
“The Village of Pemberton is delighted that we have received the funding to move forward with the Pemberton Area Mountain Bike Skills Park,” said Mike Richman, Village of Pemberton Mayor.
“The Park will be an important community amenity that will give cyclists of all ages and abilities an opportunity to grow competency and knowledge in a safe and controlled manner while supporting the community’s social, economic and health needs. This is wonderful news for our whole mountain bike community.”
The Pemberton Area Mountain Bike Skills Park will be located at the Pemberton & District Recreation Site located on Pemberton Farm Road East. The Park will provide residents and visitors access to a quality, world-class recreation facility, identified as a regional priority due to the area’s limited recreation facilities.
The project also supports the vision of the Pemberton & District Recreation Site by providing a local, accessible, safe, positive environment for all members, encouraging active lifestyles.
“The Mountain Bike Skills Park will be a fantastic addition to the Pemberton & District Recreation Site, which will serve Pemberton and the surrounding area, including Area C of the SLRD,” said SLRD Electoral Area C Director, Russell Mack.
“We’d like to congratulate the Village of Pemberton on this successful grant application, and thank them for their ongoing commitment to this work, that enhances the recreation services for our residents.”
The Park will be developed in partnership with the Pemberton Off-Road Cycling Association (PORCA).
“While Pemberton’s world-class bike trails are in high demand, they are extremely technical in nature given Pemberton’s terrain and topography. The majority of Pemberton’s trails require an intermediate skill level and there are very few flat beginner trails on which to learn or practice on,” said Bree Thorlakson, Executive Director, Pemberton Off-Road Cycling Association.
“We are grateful to the Province of BC for this generous contribution towards the Park. This investment will bolster our local economy while serving our local and visiting biking community. PORCA looks forward to rolling up our sleeves working alongside our local government partners to deliver this incredible community asset.”
The proposed Mountain Bike Skills Park is one of four outdoor recreation amenities planned at the Pemberton & District Recreation Site. The site concept was informed by extensive community consultation in 2013.
Sunstone Pemberton is pleased to bring The Meadows at Pemberton into the family. (Sunstone has quietly owned the course for close to 8 years).
When The Meadows at Pemberton Golf Course came up for sale in 2013, Janspec Holdings (family-owned parent company of Sunstone Ridge Developments Ltd.) decided to purchase the Meadows as they felt it was good for the community and wished to maintain the local jobs, affordable rounds, and the rich heritage of community golf in Pemberton.
Now the time has come to officially welcome The Meadows into the family as the newly rebranded Sunstone Golf Club. Fresh, new look but same great value and down to earth local vibe. In addition to maintaining the exceptional golf and food offerings, Sunstone Golf Club welcomes all of its new Sunstone and Elevate homeowners with two 2-year complimentary Adult Golf Memberships*.
We welcome and hope to see all Sea to Sky residents at our local clubhouse in 2021.
Home for the Holidays
December 18, 2020
A warm welcome to our first Elevate homeowners who moved into their new townhomes just before the holidays! We’re thrilled to have you join the many families building homes and living at Sunstone.
There has been significant interest in the newly released duplexes. These spacious, elegant 2000+ sq ft homes feature open-concept layouts complete with designer finishes and expansive decks to capture the stunning views. Thoughtfully planned for your active Pemberton lifestyle, these large 3 bedroom + den contemporary mountain homes are ideal for growing families or the perfect weekend home with plenty of room to entertain and lots of trails out your back door to explore. Ask about our new 4 bedroom option.
‘It’s a dream’
Kym family, long-time Pemberton residents, wins PNE Prize home in Sunstone development
Sep 18, 2020 3:41 PM By: Dan Falloon, Pique Newsmagazine
The 2020 Pacific National Exhibition Prize Home will soon settle in Pemberton’s Sunstone development, and when it does, it will house a local couple.
Heidi and Fritz Kym were announced as this year’s winners of the long-running contest on Sept. 14.
As contest organizers were unable to reach them in advance, Heidi said they got the news in an indirect way.
“We were driving from Whistler to Pemberton, and our neighbour phoned us and said, ‘They’re looking for you, where are you?’” Heidi recalls. “She said, ‘You won.’
“I was screaming and my husband was driving. I had to be careful that he [was] not driving into the ditch.”
When they arrived home, there were PNE reps onsite confirming the good news and informing them of the next steps.
The house is currently still at the PNE grounds in Vancouver and will be transported up in the spring, Heidi said.
That means that the family can consider what to do with their current property without rushing into a decision.
“We can think about just what we’re going to do, but I can tell you that it’s an amazing, beautiful house,” Heidi said. “It’s incredible and I said to my husband, ‘We’re going to live in there for a while.’”
The home, built by Kelowna’s Freeport Industries, is defined as being net-zero-ready, meaning it produces as much energy as it consumes. Such features include high-performance windows and doors and wall insulation that can reduce energy use up to 80 per cent.
It is also comes fully furnished with several luxurious amenities.
“It looks very comfortable,” she said. “It has everything that you could wish for.
“It has a game room that my husband likes very much. It has a bar, a hot tub and a sauna. It has a beautiful kitchen.
“It’s a dream.”
Heidi said she bought 10 tickets for the draw—five in her name and five with Fritz’s—with one of her husband’s tickets being selected.
The family, Heidi said, attends the PNE nearly every summer, tours the prize home and regularly buys tickets at the fair. However, with access to the midway limited to a drive-thru experience this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Kyms feeling wary of making purchases over the internet, they were actually planning to forgo entering this year until they received a flyer explaining how to enter via snail mail.
“We always buy a ticket, because that’s what you do. You could walk through the house in those days,” she said.
Since the news came out, Heidi said the family has been overwhelmed with congratulations and well-wishers. “The phone is ringing hot. With email … I cannot keep up, to be honest with you,” she said. “Right now, we feel like celebrities.”
Fritz, a Lions Club member and long-time fixture on Whistler Mountain who recently retired, has lived in town for 36 years while Heidi has been in Pemberton for the past 21 years after previously living in Whistler.
According to the PNE, roughly 623,000 tickets were sold in all. A spokesperson for the fair said there was “fantastic support” for the lottery from residents of Pemberton, Whistler and Squamish. The spokesperson added that while it’s unusual for a Prize Home winner to be from the hosting community, it has happened before for a Sechelt home.
There were two other local winners in the draw, as Fallon Ross won a 2020 BMW M4 Cabrioletwhile Dean Lefebvre went home with a $5,000 Air Transat gift card.
Village Receives Funding from the Community, Culture and Recreation Fund
July 3, 2020
The Village of Pemberton has been awarded $3.09 million dollars for the construction of a new grass soccer field with water well for irrigation, fencing and lighting, and an amenity building with washrooms, change rooms, storage and concession. The project will be constructed at the Recreation Site located on Pemberton Farm Road East. The total cost of the project is $4,224,405. The Village’s share of the funding will come from Village Community Amenity Contributions (CACs), Squamish-Lillooet Regional District contributions, developer contributions and community contributions. The Village submitted the application in January 2019.
We are extremely grateful to our funding partners for this contribution towards our recreation amenities. This investment will create a healthier, more connected Pemberton. Canada and British Columbia invest in infrastructure in the Lower Mainland to create jobs and strengthen communities Joint federal, provincial and applicant funding through the Investing in Canada Plan will support 21 infrastructure projects in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland communities. The Government of Canada is investing more than $44.5 million through the Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) and the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS).
The Government of British Columbia is contributing over $19.2 million, and the applicants (municipalities, Indigenous communities and not-for-profits) are contributing more than $22.3 million. Of the $63.7 million in federal and provincial funding announced today, $19.4 million will be going to nine projects in Indigenous communities.
We are very excited to announce that Sunstone is the home of the 2020 PNE Prize Home. This year’s PNE Prize Home is a jaw dropping, 3,188-square-foot three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom modern mountainside masterpiece.
2020 Grand Prize Package
Luxurious, Net Zero Ready, Chalet-Style Home
Located at Sunstone Pemberton, just 25 minutes from Whistler, with sweeping mountain views
Stylish indoor furniture from Yaletown Interiors
JennAir and Whirlpool appliances from Coast Appliances
Hot tub, sauna and outdoor living package by Coast Spas Lifestyles
Automower® robotic lawn mower and professional battery equipment/tools from Husqvarna
The winning ticket will be drawn in September and then the home will be relocated to 7646 Seven O’Clock Drive in Sunstone later this fall.
Please join us for a tour of Sunstone single-family homesites.
– Select lots ready to build with a geotechnically engineered structural pad in place – Fee simple (no strata fees) – Suites allowed – Located above the valley floor with all-day sun exposure – Adjacent to recreational amenities and new Friendship Trail – Easy access to hiking and biking trails right from your backyard
We will be following Covid protocols of safe distancing, and have sanitizer and masks on site.
Directions: From Whistler / Pemberton stay on Highway 99 through the traffic lights, continue over the Lillooet river bridge, turn left onto Pemberton Farm Road East, continue past the new community soccer field. Follow the signs to Sunstone.
Entrance and Phase 1A now paved.
It has been a busy summer up at Sunstone. We have just completed the paving of Sunstone Way and all of the Phase 1A roads.
Vancouver Sun: Sunstone Pemberton places residents at nature’s front door
An argument could be made that the success of the master-planned Sunstone Pemberton neighbourhood is inextricably linked to the village municipality of the same name – and helped along by a host of initiatives that are enhancing the village’s status as a great place to live.
Cam McIvor of Sunstone Ridge Developments Ltd. explains: “Pemberton’s popularity is growing due to a series of well-thought-out projects involving everything from recreation to infrastructure, and this in turn benefits Sunstone homeowners, who are responsible for having already sold out the phase 1A of our project and almost 50 per cent of the phase 1B.”
Located just a scenic 20-minute drive north of the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort, Pemberton has always been regarded as a gateway for adventure, and 2019 is proving to be a busy year for the community, with the most obvious initiative being the Downtown Enhancement Project, which commenced in March and is scheduled for completion in the fall.
This $5.3-million undertaking consists of creating a more walkable downtown and improving aging critical infrastructure. Pedestrian safety will be improved with new LED street lighting and sidewalk replacement.
Another significant project is the 7.2-kilometre Friendship Trail and Bridge, which will provide a critical link in the larger Sea to Sky Trail project, as well as link Sunstone Pemberton directly to Pemberton village.
Additionally, TELUS and Pemberton are collaborating to bring the world’s most advanced communications infrastructure to the area. This $5-million project will connect each home and business directly to the TELUS PureFibre network, future-proofing each premise with access to blazing-fast Internet speeds and enough bandwidth for generations to come.
If all of these elements are enhancing Pemberton’s appeal to new residents, then Sunstone Pemberton is ideally positioned to accommodate prospective homeowners. This thoughtfully planned neighbourhood sits on a south-facing forested hillside surrounded by a spectacular rock bluff, trees and sweeping views of Mount Currie and the Pemberton Valley below. “With a mix of single-family homes and townhomes, we’ve designed Sunstone to appeal to a wide variety of buyers, but most definitely this is a lifestyle-oriented community,” says McIvor.
Indeed, when completed, the neighbourhood will feature green space, a community garden, meandering bike paths and forested nature trails just steps from one’s front door. Homeowners will have easy access to hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, paragliding, horseback riding or ATV riding in the summer, two 18-hole golf courses
and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling during the winter.
For those more leisurely inclined, there are the numerous local markets, craft shops and galleries in and around Pemberton to enjoy; nearby scenic destinations include Joffre Lakes and Nairn Falls.
Currently for sale at Sunstone Pemberton is Elevate, a collection of 52 mid-century inspired two- to three-bedroom townhomes with Scandanavian-inspired open-concept interiors and 12-foot awning-style windows in living areas designed to maximize the mountain views, natural light and cross-ventilation. The exteriors are West Coast contemporary,
featuring composite siding and architectural concrete with wood soffits.
Sunstone has developed Elevate with an unusual degree of flexibility to satisfy the different needs of homeowners: no less than 12 floor plans are available under the Aspire and Expanse brands (the latter of whose homes contain optional masters and flex space).
Meanwhile, single-family lots at Sunstone Pemberton’s phase 1B site are now selling; the site consists of 24 carefully planned lots ranging from 8,900 square feet to 19,700 square feet, priced from $279,000. Karoleena Homes (a premium modular home builder) has selected Sunstone to offer home designs on select lots. “This is exciting for us, as
Karoleena offers our lot buyers more options for home construction with the added bonus of time and cost certainty,” says McIvor. For more information on Karoleena designer modular homes, please visit karoleena.com.
Even though Sunstone residents enjoy all the benefits of a charming village close to a world-famous ski resort, they are never far from big city amenities: Highway 99 makes commuting to Vancouver a two-hour scenic delight. “Pemberton itself is considered to be the northern boundary of the Lower Mainland, so it’s the best of both worlds: it’s an easy connection to Greater Vancouver, but with the drier climate, more sunshine and the spectacular backcountry setting that so many prospective homeowners seek,” says McIvor.
McIvor concludes: “Sunstone offers something that is hard to describe. It is more of a feeling, a sense of place. When one sets foot on the property and is elevated above the valley floor, there is a moment when Mount Currie holds your attention and you feel it. And it never gets old.”
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