June 18, 2013

Far from a ‘cookie cutter’ development

Pinnacle Living offers 40 different floor plans that aim to appeal to broad range of buyers

Pinnacle Living at Capstan Village

Project location: 8633 and 8677 Capstan Way, Richmond
Project Size: 200 homes in two concrete buildings, one eight-storey, one 14-storey
Residence size: 1 bed 500-556 sq. ft; 1 bed + den 576-702 sq. ft; 2 bed 722-880 sq. ft; 2 bed + den 850-933 sq. ft; 3 bed 1,040 sq. ft; 3 bed + den 1,115-1,130 sq. ft; townhomes 1,125-1,400 sq. ft
Prices: 1 bed from $269,900; 1 bed + den from $299,900; 2 bed from $394,900; 2 bed + den from $454,900; 3 bed from $559,900; 3 bed + den from $589,900; townhomes from $589,900
Sales centre: 3220 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Hours: 12- 6 p.m. daily, Sat.-Thurs.
Telephone: 604-303-0148
Web: www.capstanliving.ca
Developer: Pinnacle International
Architect: John Bingham, Bingham Hill Architects
Interior Designer: Louise Noon, False Creek Design
Occupancy: Fall 2015
Sales began: June 2013

CLAUDIA KWAN
Special to The Sun

When it comes to multi-family living, there can be concern that the homes are all essentially the same — the term “cookie cutter” comes to mind. That is not at all the case at the Pinnacle Living at Capstan Village development, promises project marketer Grace Kwok of Anson Realty. “We have more than 40 different floor plans,” she explains. “There are adjustments based on the views, the direction the light is coming from, the best use of space, that kind of thing.”

The idea, Kwok says, is to make sure purchasers will find the home that is exactly right for them. That includes choosing from a huge variety in the homes’ configurations — from a one-bedroom condo all the way to a suite with three bedrooms and a den — or between an apartment and a townhouse. Young families have expressed a great deal of interest in the latter. Buyers can also choose to live in the 14-storey tower or the mid-rise tower, which is eight storeys high.

“We’ve had some families who are planning ahead. They are considering buying an apartment for the parents, who are downsizing. Then they also think about buying a suite for a child who is maybe in university, or in the early stages of a professional career. They can have one apartment in one building, and one in the other — so that they’re near each other but not too close,” Kwok says. The three show suites at the sales centre have been designed to highlight the appeal of the different types of homes.

The first, a one-bedroom home, features a signature element from Pinnacle developments: a “walk-through” closet that connects the bathroom and the bedroom. An ensuite is often reserved for suites with two bedrooms or more — having it here in a one-bedroom apartment imparts a sense of luxury. That feeling is reinforced in the bathroom, where a truly deep soaker tub is surrounded by large-format tiles. Sleek chrome accents, an undermount sink and a quartz countertop finish the look. Just off the bedroom is a relatively large deck. Kwok says they wanted to make the outdoor spaces generous to increase the livability of the homes.

The two-bedroom-and-den show home illustrates the advantages of having a little more room. A sizable open space just inside the front door could be used as an office, a little playroom, or in a pinch, a nook for a nap. The openness of the living space allows for easy movement of guests between the kitchen, dining and living areas while entertaining. The kitchen and bathroom countertops in this home are granite, to show another option available to purchasers. All of the kitchen appliances are stainless steel, which comes standard, rather than an upgrade. Air conditioning is also standard in all units. People who love to cook will appreciate the full-sized Fisher Paykel refrigerator with a bottom freezer drawer, the built-in Bosch wall oven, and the natural gas cooktop.

Placing the bedrooms on either side of the central living area allows for greater privacy. The rooms are big enough to accommodate full-sized furniture, including a king-sized bed and night tables in the master bedroom. Kwok says the three-bedroom suites have been quite popular. “During the previews, some people came in thinking that they would buy a one-bedroom apartment as an investment, or perhaps for a child to live in. Then they saw the three-bedroom homes and thought it would be a good place for them to live in themselves. Lots of people want extra space, just in case family members or friends come to visit.”

These apartments do feel a little more like a house. A large foyer serves as an area for comfortable conversation, allowing for gradual entry into the home. The master bedroom evokes comparison to a luxury hotel suite. In place of drywall, a large glass panel is all that divides the bedroom from the master bathroom. It allows light to stream from the outside windows all the way through, although certainly blinds can be drawn for privacy. Double undermount sinks stretch down the length of the bathroom, until one finds a stand-alone glass shower.

The development is a stone’s throw from the proposed Capstan Village Canada Line station. Until that is built, residents can use the existing Aberdeen station to commute downtown, to YVR, and other points of the Lower Mainland. Shopping and other amenities are close by. Although this is just Phase 1 of development at the 10-acre (four-hectare) site, Kwok says residents will not need to worry about missing out on anything.

“Some developments make purchasers wait until all of the construction is finished before they can access things like a fitness centre or media room. From Day One, buyers here will be able to use the indoor hot tub, pool, and steam room, lounge areas, gym, and the party room, Kwok says. Interactive screens at the sales centre display the different floor plans and views from different areas of the two towers. Kwok explains that they are trying to balance the need to share information, without overwhelming people with details.

In addition to English, sales staff are also fluent in five Chinese dialects: Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Toisan and Fukien. “People need to feel comfortable and to understand everything involved with a purchase, because getting to live here is a dream,” Kwok says with a smile. “We have to make sure they are happy when they wake up!” The attention to detail and the effort expended in giving buyers a plethora of options appears to be paying off; Kwok reports that thousands of people have already been through the sales centre during six weeks of preview showings.

More than a quarter of the homes have already sold, with the grand opening set for June 29.

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