December 19, 2011

Residents are Within Walking Distance to All Urban Amenities

Summit House at Morgan Crossing is an example of the ‘Social Village’ concept that puts pedestrians, rather than cars, first.

Summit House at Morgan Crossing

Close to the Highway 99 freeway and the U.S. border, South Surrey is not exactly where you’d expect to find a new home development influenced by European village life.

But that’s part of the thinking behind the Summit House at Morgan Crossing. This ‘social village’ concept is part of the New Urbanist design philosophy that puts people and pedestrian activity at the forefront, rather than cars, garages, and cul-de-sacs. It’s a bit like urban renewal/ gentrification, but applied to the suburbs.

Morgan Crossing is part of Larco Investments impressive portfolio of Canada-wide shopping centres. Based in West Vancouver, Larco developed the highly successful Village at Park Royal. Quietly evolving over the past few years, it has steadily attracted A-list tenants such as London Drugs, Steve Nash Fitness Club, a Banana Republic factory outlet, and B.C.-owned Thrifty Foods. Vikram Vij, the award-winning Vancouver chef, announced that he would be opening a new restaurant here and Arts Umbrella, the much-loved childhood arts and education institution, will open up a new facility as well.

Summit House at Morgan Crossing is a four-storey, 99-unit housing development in South Surrey created by Larco Investments of West Vancouver. It features a community garden and retail stores that provide urban amenities without the need to drive to a shopping mall because everything is right in front of your door.

Needless to say, a considerable amount of your spare time can be saved by not hopping into the car and driving to the mall — it’s all right there for you. This trend is finding favour with professionals and entrepreneurs who toil for enlightened companies that allow telecommuting and other forms of  exible work arrangements and who don’t necessarily need a car. Unique to Summit House at Morgan Crossing is its rather family-friendly location, close to Morgan Creek elementary school and Southridge private school.

Summit House at Morgan Crossing is a four-storey, 99-unit housing development consisting of 80 two-bedroom apartments, six three-bedroom apartments and 13 loft-style town houses. To help bring residents together, Summit House has a spacious one-acre community garden that the developer hopes will capture the imagination of homeowners with a green thumb.

A considerable amount of your spare time can be saved by not hopping into a car and driving to the mall.

“Larco wants to show that developers can lead the way in terms of developing a model for future sustainable living that is different from the typical suburban development,” says Jim Nesbitt, VP at Larco. “Buyers today want outdoor space, access to urban amenities and a real sense of community. At Morgan Crossing, we’ve shown all that is possible.”

Perhaps the best thing about Summit House is that all of the units are move-in ready.  You can walk out your door and have access to some of the best cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, shops and  fitness clubs in South Surrey.

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