April 27, 2012

Kitsilano Calling


Development will be close to the bustle of downtown, but also near parks and beaches

Address: 2858 West 4th Ave.
Project size: four-storey building with 50 units, (including commercial on first floor at front of building on Fourth Avenue)
Residence size: 432 – 836 sq. ft
Prices: From $299,900 (including storage and parking)
Developer: Redekop Development Corp., Redekop Kroeker Development Inc., RK Development Group
Marketing: Magnum Projects
Architect: GBL Architects
Interior design: Creative Designworks
Sales centre: 2918 West 4th Ave. (between MacDonald and Bayswater)
Hours: noon — 5 p.m., Sat. — Thurs.
Website: kitswest.com
Telephone: 604-568-6048
Now selling: Over 85 per cent sold
Email: info@kitswest.com
Occupancy: Spring 2014

BY CHANTAL EUSTACE

You are where you live, says the writing on one of the walls inside the sales office of KitsWest, a new 50-unit development in Kitsilano. “It’s a great area,” says site marketer Lily Korstanje of Magnum Projects, standing next to a scale model of the four-storey building, to be located at 2858 West 4th Ave., near MacDonald. “We’ve had a tremendous response from buyers.”

More than 85 per cent of the homes are already sold, says Korstanje, adding typical buyers range from young couples and new families to investors. Homes in KitsWest — a joint development from Redekop Development Corp., Redekop Kroeker Development Inc., RK Development Group — range from 432-square-foot bachelors to 836-square-foot two-bedrooms units. Prices start at $299,900, and homes include underground parking.

KitsWest is close to the bustle of downtown Vancouver, but situated within the more laid-back beach community of Kitsilano. It’s also near the University of B.C., connected by transit or easily accessed by car or bike, and close to community centres, parks and schools. Shops, restaurants and amenities like yoga studios or fitness centres are also close at hand.

“It’s where surf meets turf, downtown meets downward dog, and designer stores meet the great outdoors. Indulge in a feel-good lifestyle that brings work and play closer together. More than just a home, it’s a way of life,” the sales brochure says. “Hang out and belong. Surrounded by sandy beaches, familiar restaurants and an eclectic mélange of local merchants, KitsWest is as unique as it gets. You are where you live.”

The contemporary-looking building, designed by GBL Architects, features a clean-looking, linear style. It will eventually include six commercial units on the ground level facing out to 4th Avenue. The modern exterior mixes water-resistant cementitious panels, contrasted by vertical wood sidings and glass patios. “They’re using nice architectural materials,” says Korstanje, adding cementitious panels are durable and look good, too.

Interiors are bright and airy. Buyers can select from a choice of three colours, presented by Creative Designworks, including lighter or darker looks. The display vignette inside the KitsWest presentation centre feature the “misto” palette, mixing deep tones with bright whites. Wide plank flooring covers the living, dining, kitchen and hall area, while bedrooms are carpeted. The open-concept kitchen includes convenient features like a built-in wine rack, as well as CaesarStone square-edged countertops illuminated with under-cabinet lighting.

The appliance package is standard in all homes, including a Fisher & Paykel stainless steel refrigerator, four-burner natural gas cooktop, self-cleaning convection oven and a hood fan. The suites’ kitchens will also include an ultra quiet dishwasher by Blomberg. “I think the finishings are so superior,” says Korstanje, pointing out the industrial grade, gooseneck, pull-down kitchen faucet, from Danze and the Blanco undermounted sink.

“It’s so thoughtful.” Well-appointed kitchens are important to home shoppers, she says, since people spend so much time in them. “I live in my kitchen. Everything has to be tickety-boo,” Korstanje says, smiling. “[Buyers] really appreciate the thought and the attention to detail.” The sales centre also features a sample of a KitsWest bathroom, including Grohe polished chrome accessories, a porcelain undermount sink and porcelain floor tiles.

Home shoppers can also walk through an example of what the main area of a typical bachelor apartment would look like. In the display, it shows how buyers can opt for a free frosted glass sliding door partition. They can upgrade and add a custom-built Murphy bed too, says Korstanje, or upgrade further by adding a dining table and additional storage.

The homes also include comforts like Blomberg energy-smart washers and dryers, as well faux wooden blinds. The building itself includes comforts like underground parking, with secure FOB access as well as one underground storage locker per suite. Buyer Mavis Wu of Richmond says she was so impressed by KitsWest — its location, overall design, fixtures, appliances and finishings — she invested in two different units, including a studio and a one-bedroom with a den.

She plans to rent one of these out, she says. “The design is so nice,” says Wu. “The price is absolutely reasonable.” And Wu says, she’s a huge fan of the area. “It’s such a lovely neighbourhood,” says Wu. “It’s beautiful.”

Special to The Sun

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