Aviva has Been Featured in the Vancouver Sun


July 12, 2021


We couldn’t be more proud that Aviva was recently featured in The Vancouver Sun and Westcoast Homes! Developed by Zail Properties, Aviva in Willoughby, Langley, was highlighted for prioritizing family living through its design, finishes and functionality.

Aviva Willoughby: Designed for families with functionality at the forefront


By Michele Marko | Publishing date: May 30, 2024

The vision for designing new developments can spring from myriad sources, such as the practicalities of location, target demographics for price point or scope of the development. For Amar Mundi, CEO and president of Zail Properties, the inspiration for creating a 68-townhome project in the expanding Langley neighbourhood of Latimer was a personal one. The starting point for him and his team — in collaboration with Ciccozzi Architecture, P&G Landscaping, Calvert Design, Momentum marketing and a veteran builder —


to design and build a project where they would want to live, where they could envision seeing their own families grow up."

That approach for the Aviva Willoughby project began with the intention of evoking a sense of community by grouping the eight distinct buildings of homes — ranging from six to eight units per building — around a communal courtyard. They incorporated different exterior finishes, a variety of window sizes, rooflines and unique features like rooftop decks for visual interest to steer away from the look of a cookie-cutter block of townhomes.

“We spent a lot of time looking at different types of architecture and rather than just doing one type throughout the development,” Mundi says. “We decided to provide some esthetic appeal and differentiate ourselves … So that’s why we introduced the rooftops [decking] to give it that different look and feel.”

Inside the homes, which range from two bedrooms with den to four bedrooms, the primary driver of the floor plans was optimum functionality, which was melded with an upscale esthetic.


In terms of the units themselves, we spent a lot of time thinking about functionality, of how families would actually use them."

The imagining of how living space would be used extended to exterior spaces, which is why, Mundi says, every home has a generous outdoor area to foster a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living.

Inside the homes, the kitchen design combines functionality with elevated details like open shelving, apron sinks, vertically stacked tile backsplashes and pendant lighting over the islands. The dining area can include an upgrade of a built-in storage and bar unit that can serve as a buffet. It features open-shelf wine storage and an integrated beverage fridge tucked in below. Gas fireplaces ramp up the cosiness factor and provide a stylish focal point in the living rooms.

“It’s really functionality,” Mundi notes. “You’ve got the D plan [the three-bedroom unit with tandem parking] with the skinny island in the middle. We’ve elongated that island … so people can have a seating area at one end of the island —[to] maximize your seating and functionality if you’re entertaining. What if you wanted to have buffets or small plates? You could easily have Christmas dinner there. Those details are different.”

That eye to optimal functionality extends to the bathrooms where the sink vanities have drawers with u-shape cut-outs to increase storage, without which storage is limited and awkward due to the position of the plumbing. Showers boast frameless glass to give the rooms an airy and spacious feel.

The interior finishes reflect a departure from the industry standard light and dark colour palettes. Mundi’s team chose to combine a mix of wood finishes and painted kitchen cabinetry to bring a sense of lightness to the living areas and boost the spacious feel of the open-concept floor plan.

“The palette is kind of modern,” Mundi observes. “Back in the day, it was either a light or dark colour scheme. What we’ve found is that preferences have changed and evolved, and people like a mix.”

Mundi says the whole design concept aims to offer an upscale living experience in the township of Langley.


We didn't cut any corners," he says. "We went above and beyond on every single thing that we do."

Project: Aviva
Project address: 20164 81A Avenue, Langley
Developer: Zail Properties
Construction: Cantera Management Group
Architects: Ciccozzi Architecture
Project Size: 68 townhomes
Number of Bedrooms: 2 + Den, 3 and 4 Bedroom
Price: From mid $800,000s (plus GST)
Sales Centre: Unit 61 — 20164 81A Avenue, Langley
Presentation Centre Hours: Saturday through Monday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (private appointments also available)
Phone: 604-259-7219
Website: avivaliving.ca