June 26, 2012
Concord Pacific’s Monet and Omega set style in Richmond
BY STEVEN THRENDYLE
Concord Pacific has landed in Richmond! No, not the famously futuristic pointy-nose jetliner, but the award-winning developer that has built many of B.C.’s iconic highrise towers. To give residents of the Lower Mainland an idea of what Concord Pacific’s vision of Richmond is like, it has opened an 18,000-square-foot sales centre at Capstan and No. 3 road, where you’ll find information on Monet and Omega.
Grant Murray, Vice-President, Sales for Concord Pacific Developments, says: “These two projects are attracting a broad cross section of buyers. The Omega offers premium wood-frame construction, which actually feels like concrete when you’re inside. The Monet is a higher concrete luxury tower. Buyer response to Monet and Omega – though they are very different styles of living – has been outstanding, with both projects approaching 80 per cent sold as of mid-June.”
Tranquility, convenience, and connection are the guiding design principles at Monet. Tranquility, due to its location near Garden City Community Park, with its arboretum of plant species from all around the Pacific Rim. Convenience, because Monet is located near North America’s finest Chinese restaurants and the outstanding array of specialty boutiques.
Finally, Monet is connected – within walking distance of the Brighouse SkyTrain station on the Canada Line, and only a short drive to the Highway 99 and 91 freeways going south to the Washington border, north into Vancouver, and east towards the Fraser Valley. Even Vancouver International Airport is just a short train ride away on the Canada Line.
The strength and durability of precast concrete construction, combined with traditional Chinese feng shui interior design, creates a harmonious home environment. Monet consists of a 16-storey glass and concrete tower and a series of spacious homes in a separate low- rise. There are 135 units in total – ranging in size from one-bedroom villa units (547 square feet) to a one-of-a-kind penthouse on the top floor of the tower, which boasts over 3,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space. Even the villa building is made of concrete, a relative rarity in low-rise building.
Monet’s exacting standards and attention to detail start from the minute you enter the premises. A double-height lobby and in-house concierge service give the aura of arriving at a luxury resort, where every reasonable whim or desire can be accommodated. A stunningly landscaped courtyard pond contributes to feelings of peace and serenity. Other shared amenities include a piano lounge with a retractable projection screen, a formal dining and kitchen table with seating for 10, and a fully equipped gourmet-style kitchen for entertaining guests. There’s a mah jong room, outdoor practice putting green, and a fitness room equipped with premium quality exercise gear.
Monet homes provide a level of luxury at a price that is better than anywhere else in the area; with wide-plank engineered hardwood flooring throughout the main living area and flex space.
‘These two projects are attracting a broad cross section of buyers.’
Grant Murray, Vice-President, Sales for Concord Pacific Developments
Murray continues: “The perfect example of Monet living can be found on an 8th floor, southwest facing corner suite overlooking Garden City Community Park to the south and Monet’s private water garden. This two-bedroom plus ensuite boasts 1,057 sq. ft (955 sq. ft interior, and 102 sq. ft balcony) of living space. The $497,900 price includes parking, air-conditioning upgrade, Miele kitchen appliances with integrated wood veneer cabinetry, smart storage solutions, quartz countertop, engineered hardwood floor and marble wall and floor tile.”
Concord Pacific’s expertise is fully evident at Omega, which takes its building and landscape design cues from European architectural treasures such as the Palace of Versailles. Located between Odlin Road and Tomicki Avenue and several blocks south of Monet, Omega homes offer high value, exceptional quality, and a superb location – between Highway 99 and Richmond’s main thoroughfare, No. 3 Road.
The lush, meticulously planted 20,000-square-foot courtyard garden is Omega’s design centrepiece. Elegant water features, cosy niche patios and a secure children’s play area provide a comforting outdoor environment for residents of all ages. The extensive list of indoor amenities includes a dining hall, catering kitchen, indoor lounge, billiards and mah jong room, fitness centre, and multi-purpose room with yoga and table tennis, too.
At Omega, special attention has been paid to floor construction and window configuration to minimize unwanted sounds from both inside and out each suite. Triple-glaze windows offer high performance energy efficiency and sound proofing, while the superb floor assembly incorporates an extra thick (three-inch) concrete slab (typical is 1.5 inches), as well as a special mineral wool insulation to further control sound transmission. This is state-of-the-art construction in a woodframe building.
Each Omega home offers many features found in homes that cost far more. Nine-foot ceilings, central air conditioning, open balconies/terraces, wide-plank laminate flooring, carpeted bedrooms, and roller shade window coverings come standard. In the kitchen, laminate cabinets have open glass display shelving and under-cabinet lighting and soft-close drawers, and more. The integrated appliance package includes a bottom-mount counter-depth fridge with integrated panel, a hood fan, dishwasher, gas cooktop, wall oven, and microwave unit with wood trim. Both kitchen and all bathrooms have an engineered quartz stone countertop, Grohe faucets, and recessed pot lighting.
Murray’s pick here is a top-floor, south-facing two-bedroom and den suite that has a total living space of 990 sq. ft (912 sq. ft interior and 78 sq. ft balcony. “For $376,900, you get free parking, central heating and air conditioning, Euro-style counter-depth kitchen appliances with integrated cabinetry, smart storage solutions, quartz countertop, laminate floor and large-format porcelain wall and floor tile. It’s about $100,000 less expensive than comparable suites in the Monet, but the extra thick concrete floor assembly really makes a difference. This is the best low-rise development money can buy in this popular area.”
The affable Murray concludes: “We at Concord Pacific believe that these homes offer something for everyone, from singles getting their first job after college or university, to international investors wishing to diversify their real estate portfolio.”