When Marianne and John decided to take a look at the just-opened Ventura presentation centre in downtown Abbotsford, moving was not on their minds. Despite the yard work, they enjoyed their 3,600-sq.-ft.-home on its one-acre lot.
But they were curious. Two of their sons had purchased townhomes from the RDC Group, an Abbotsford-based developer with deep roots in the community. Plus, their metal fabricating company had been one of RDC’s suppliers on previous jobs.
Having seen RDC’s high level of finishing and attention to detail first hand, they anticipated the same at Ventura. What they hadn’t anticipated was that they would fall in love.
Life at the top
“One of things that immediately appealed to us was the size of the deck and the fact it’s partially covered so we can use it in all weather,” Marianne says. “It will be fantastic to sit outside with a good book or just watch the surroundings.”
Clinching the deal was Ventura’s “oh wow” penthouses. “We bought one of the larger suites on the sixth floor, so nobody will be above us,” she explains. “The timing was right, and the sales staff made the whole experience so enjoyable. They even arranged to move the microwave from the centre island, a location I’m not a fan of, and built a microwave shelf above the coffee cupboard.”
The countdown begins
“Sure this move wasn’t something we’d planned, but it was just too nice to pass up,” John says.
“And when we feel like getting away, we’ll now be free to come and go without worrying about maintenance.” He laughs. “I’m also definitely looking forward to sitting on our deck with a glass of wine and watching the gardeners keep everything pruned and tidy.”
With two years to go before their new home is ready, Marianne and John say they’re going to take their time purging and deciding what items they’re going to buy new. And on moving day, there will definitely be a celebratory glass of wine on their deck.