Affordable Housing Hits Resort Town

A new master-planned development in Whistler blends housing types, keeping in mind its local workers, full-time residents, and seniors. Most notably, however, it provides much needed affordable housing options.

"'This is probably the only integrated residential neighbourhood in Whistler planned to integrate full-time residents and part-time residents together, along with a seniors' unit,' Ann Chiasson, a partner with project developer Whistler Rainbow Joint Venture, said in an interview. 'This project is designed as an integrated, master-planned community.'

The Rainbow development, which will include 35 single family lots priced from $825,000 to $1.7 million, and three multi-unit villas that are expected to sell for $15 million each, will ultimately provide 200 housing units in an 18-hectare area about 5.5 kms north of Whistler Village between the subdivisions of Alpine and Emerald Estates.

Rainbow will include designated parks and riparian areas, as well as pedestrian and bike trails. There will be a commercial core with a grocery store, retail outlets, local pub, cafe and daycare."

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