February 7, 2012
Enjoying South Surrey’s Breeze
BY CHANTAL EUSTANCE
New-home buyer Waleska Brum says she found everything she was looking for in Breeze, a new town- house development in South Surrey. “I fell in love with the windows, the way the kitchen is laid out and it’s got a huge deck,” says Brum of the 1,400-square-foot townhouse she and her husband have just purchased. “It’s great for entertaining,” she says, describing the open-concept cooking and dining space, brightened by floor-to-ceiling windows. “The design is great.”
So is the location, she says. It’s a short walk from the shopping hubs of Grandview Corners and Morgan Crossing, and close to transit routes, schools, fitness facilities, yoga studios and amenities that include restaurants and grocery stores. And she says, Crescent Beach is just minutes away, perfect for walking her little Maltese dog. Breeze will include plenty of space for puttering as well. The 227-unit townhouse community will be connected by foot trails, with landscaped water features, green space and an amenities building.
It’s also a BuiltGreen Gold-certified development. Homes feature Energy Star windows and appliances, motion sensor light switches in the bathrooms, where you’ll find low-flow faucets and shower aerators and high-efficiency toilets. Grounds are planted with hedges, shrubs and flowering trees, which are maintained using storm water and water-efficient irrigation technology. And Breeze is lit by LED street lamps, which is a first for Surrey, says Adera.
Adera Development Corp.’s Eric Andreasen says Breeze will appeal to a wide range of home shoppers and especially to young couples living in Vancouver who are looking to expand their living space at a good price — without sacrificing urban amenities or style. Two-, three- and four-bedroom townhouses range from 1,119 square feet to 1,501 square feet and start at $299,900. “They get a lot of fresh air, the beach and the water,” says Andreasen, “mixed with this high urban lifestyle.”
And he says, the community offers an attractive backdrop for living. “We have built it in striking West Coast modern architecture,” he says of the design by Integra Architecture. Buildings have clean, extended lines and a contemporary look, with Hardie Plank vinyl exterior siding and manufactured cedar highlights. Homes also feature private garages.
“The inspiration for Breeze is rooted in a philosophy that celebrates the use of natural materials. Cedar detailing, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls are designed to bring the outside in and enhance your living experience,” says the Breeze sales kit. “Balconies and elegantly landscaped entry areas also act as natural extensions to your West Coast home.”
Buyers will also have access to the impressive amenities building, coined the West Coast Club, which includes everything from a fitness centre with a treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bikes and free weights, to a yoga space. It will also have an infrared sauna, showers and change room. The West Coast Club also has an entertainment room with a full kitchen, pool table, dining room, large flatscreen television and a covered outdoor patio with a fireplace.
Andreasen says this place will help to anchor the community. “They can meet friends in the community or they can have functions,” he says. “This place was designed to be nice, peaceful, relaxing — or breezy, if you will.” Inside the Breeze presentation centre on 160th street in Surrey, Andreasen leans against an oversized kitchen dining island topped in granite, and gestures to the staircase and open living room design.
“You’ve got a real home out here and no one above you,” he says. “It’s a nice place to move to.” He notes the homes are full of “nice, little perks” like the granite or quartz kitchen dining islands, stainless steel appliances, extra-large undermounted sink in the kitchen, and large windows through the homes. “It really brings the outdoors in,” he says, walking toward a wall of windows in the display suite living room. “It’s a nice bright open effect.”
In addition to emphasizing natural light, the interiors feature two choices of colour schemes, steel or cream, and laminate flooring in the kitchen and living room. Buyers can also decide on custom options, or upgrades, and on things like under-cabinet LED lighting, upgraded appliances, different hardwood flooring options, heated flooring, a central vacuum and faux wood blinds. They can also select built-in options for organizers, desks, vanities, closets and even entertainment cabinets or custom mirrors.
“There’s a whole list of options,” says Andreasen, pointing out some custom millwork in one of the bedrooms. “That way every home is a unique home.” As for Brum, she says she can’t wait for her home to be built and looks forward to life at Breeze. “We’re ready for the move,” Brum says. “I’m really excited.”
Breeze 16223 23A Ave., Surrey
Project size: 227 three-storey townhouses in 24 buildings
Residence size: 1,119 sq. ft — 1,501 sq. ft.
Prices: From $299,900
Developer: Adera Development Corporation
Architect: Integra Architecture
Interior design: Christina Oberti Interior Design
Sales centre: 20 — 2215 160th St., South Surrey
Hours: Noon — 5 p.m., daily
Occupancy: Fall 2012
On sale: Grand Opening Feb. 18