It’s “a modern, urban downtown core unfolding before our very eyes.” That’s how Grant Murray, senior vice-president of sales with Concord Pacific, describes the neighbourhood where a brand-new residential tower, Park Boulevard, will be opening soon. And he’s not talking about Vancouver or Toronto. This is Surrey, where the population has grown by over 100,000 in the past 10 years, where job creation is higher than anywhere in the Lower Mainland and where a diverse group of professionals, millennials and families are flocking en masse.

People come for the walkable, transit-friendly community—the development is conveniently next to the King George SkyTrain station—and the relatively inexpensive housing options. They stay for different reasons, though: Park Boulevard gets its name from ample nearby green spaces. Residents can picnic, cycle or jog alongside Holland Park and Quibble Creek, take in summertime theatre in the park or head to world-renowned festivals, all within walking distance of their new home.

Surrey’s booming city centre already boasts an impressive collection of sophisticated civic and commercial architecture. The latest and brightest addition will be Park Boulevard, Canada’s first interactive, illuminated residential tower. An artistic light display will sparkle and shimmer up and down this 41-storey landmark when the Skytrain arrives at King George Station—a celebration of the city’s prospering core and vibrant culture. Mirroring another Concord Pacific Development with a similar illumination concept, Principal Tower by Foster + Partners in London, England, Park Boulevard is poised to become a world-class development in its own right. “This is a prestigious hallmark of the community,” says Murray, who notes that the lighting is only visible from outside. Residents can relax in their homes, while watching the sun set over downtown Vancouver or the sun rise over Mount Baker.

Park Boulevard was designed to make access to outdoor and community space a seamless transition. Each unit has a balcony, and the large piazza at the core of the community features green space right out the door, as well as coffee shops, restaurants and other services. Surrey’s Central City Shopping Centre is right across King George Boulevard, and Coast Capital’s brand new retail space will be opening nearby soon.

Park Boulevard residents enjoy access to all the amenities: an indoor pool, sports lounge, meeting rooms, badminton court, gym—and even a bowling alley. This master-planned community is designed to be more than just a place to live. It’s a place to work, play and build a family. With one- to three-bedroom suites available, there are plenty of options.

Park Boulevard has clearly been designed with the future in mind. It’s located in a true transit hotspot. “You never have trouble finding a seat,” quips Murray, who notes that it’s the southern terminus of the SkyTrain, with a planned light rail transit development that will soon connect the rest of the Fraser Valley. Concord Pacific understands the importance of a clean future: a minimum 25 per cent of Park Boulevard’s parking stalls will be equipped to power electric vehicles.

“Surrey is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada and a great place to invest in if you’re looking to get on to the first rung of the real estate ladder,” says Murray.

As the lights twinkle up and down Park Boulevard, residents will know they’re at the centre of downtown Surrey’s exciting development.