ERA by SwissReal Group and Johnston Meier Insurance in Maple Ridge | Cover Story

The times they are a-changin’ in Maple Ridge. There’s a new energy, an urban vibe that’s as dynamic and unique as the people who call this city home.

And leading this evolution is a seven-acre master-planned community that’s coming to the heart of the downtown core.

Say hello to ERA Maple Ridge.

When complete, ERA will be home to some 2,500 residents plus a diverse array of retail shops, eateries, and services. “This is going to become the new centre of the city,” says Jeremy Towning, vice president of SwissReal Group. “It’s been seven years in the planning, so it’s exciting to finally be breaking ground on the first phase.”


Dazzling Amenities

Ready to talk amenities? Well get set to be wowed big time. “ERA is going to be the most amenity-rich community in the area… period,” Jeremy says with a contagious enthusiasm. Full details, he adds, are still a closely guarded secret, but he’s delighted to share a few hints.

Naturally, ERA’s freestanding clubhouse will include a state-of-the-art performance center for fitness plus a dedicated yoga space. Residents will also have use of an entertainment kitchen, lounge area, and party room.

Now, let your imagination take flight. How about a podcasting sound studio where you can download your latest artistic endeavour direct to YouTube? Check. Or a lavish pet spa including a doggie treadmill? Check.

“We know more and more people are working from home, and that trend will continue to grow,” Jeremy says. “But sometimes you just want to get out of the house and be with other solopreneurs, so we’re creating a series of co-working stations and boardrooms — great for making a strong impression when you need to schedule a business meeting.”

All this plus a new park, walking trails, and plenty of comfy outdoor seating for when you want to gather with friends or simply indulge in a morning latté and the latest blockbuster novel. At ERA life is good.

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