July 10, 2012
Distinctive styling inspired by location
Project name: Sixth and Willow
Address: 2200 Willow Street
Project size: 2 townhome buildings, total 25 units, 3 storeys
Residence size: 1,399 sq. ft — 1,741 sq. ft.
Prices: From $1,099,900
Developer: Kenstone Properties
Marketing: MAC Marketing Solutions
Architect: Michael Green Architect
Interior design: Michael Green Architect
Sales centre: 1555 West 8th Avenue
Hours: noon — 5 p.m., Sat — Thurs
Occupancy: Fall 2013
On sale: Currently
BY CHANTEL EUSTACE
Unique design is key at Sixth and Willow, the latest offering by Kenstone Properties, says project sales director Janet Frost. “It’s really incredible modern architecture,” says Frost, standing inside the development’s 8th Avenue sales office. “And a great location.” So great, she says, the development was named for its address. “It’s pride in the location,” says Frost, smiling. “It’s very distinctive. It’s an incredible location and we wanted to share it with everyone.”
The two, three-storey buildings that make up Sixth and Willow will include 25 townhomes, ranging from 1,399 square feet to 1,741 square feet. Homes start at $1,099,900. Sixth and Willow features a contemporary West Coast look, with plenty of glass, concrete and clean lines punctuated by a sculptural-looking, weathering steel screen on the west corner. This is both striking and practical.
“At an oblique angle, the weathered steel facade screens; at a direct angle it reveals,” says architect Michael Green, principal of Michael Green Architecture. “Form and function seamlessly unite.” The sales kit describes it as a “living statement.” “For architectural enthusiasts, the design is uniquely West Coast and inspired by the spectacular location,” it says.
“The delicate screen with strong rhythmic lines provides privacy and creates a bold silhouette. The distinctive colours — weathering steel, aluminum and concrete — are juxtaposed against the soft green landscaping of the internal courtyard.” The building’s look fits its location well, says Frost. “I think it will stand out and be architecturally significant,” says Frost, standing next to a scale model of Sixth and Willow, along with salespeople Richard Alvarez and Nancy Chen.
Buyers appreciate how it looks, says Alvarez: “People think it’s a refreshing design.” He points to the model, highlighting some of the functional qualities of the Sixth and Willow design, adding the weathering steel grid offers privacy, shade and soundproofing. Buyers are also impressed by the location, says Frost.
“You can walk to everything,” she says. “This feels like a real neighbourhood.” Parks, schools, restaurants, boutiques and coffee shops are nearby and the site is close to hip areas like Granville Island, Fairview Slopes and Cambie Village. The seawall and False Creek are both within strolling distance, and the project is also near public transit, including the SkyTrain and bus routes.
Sixth and Willow will appeal to a wide range of urban home shoppers, says Frost, everyone from older couples looking to downsize to new or growing young families, on the hunt for a good location and a little more space. Buyers can choose from two bedroom, three-bedroom or four-bedroom townhomes, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a choice of two colour schemes, one lighter and one darker.
“It’s rare that you see these sizes of townhomes being built in this area,” says Chen.“This location is very suitable for people looking for the urban lifestyle.” Interiors at Sixth and Willow feature clean lines and modern-looking finishings. The sales office showcases a sample of a kitchen, with a roomy and bright look.
It features an undermount stainless sink, set in a quartz countertop with a standard stainless appliance package, including a Liebherr stainless fridge, AEG gas cooktop and wall oven, an integrated wood-panel AEG dishwasher and a Panasonic microwave. “This is all the standard finishing,” says Frost. “What you see is what you get.”
Kitchens are simple and chic with linear Italian cabinetry in either soft oak or white laminate, with soft-close door and drawer hardware, illuminated by recessed counter lighting. Throughout homes, buyers will find brushed oak flooring. Bathrooms will include floor-to-ceiling tile, low-flow dual-flush toilets, pot lighting and frameless glass showers, with rain shower heads and heated stone floors.
Most homes will have two parking stalls, as well as optional secure storage underground. And they come stocked with an AEG stacking washer and dryer, as well as floor-to-ceiling roller blinds. The two buildings are connected by a Japanese-inspired courtyard, and some homes have private roof decks. “You’ve got everything at your doorstep,” says Frost.
“You’re close to downtown — not in it.”
You’re at Sixth and Willow.
Special to The Sun