May 6, 2013
Project’s water theme played up big
Project size: 260 homes (Phase 1: west and north blocks)
Address: West Block, 3333 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond; North Block, 8888 Patterson Rd., Richmond
Residence size: One-bedroom, one-bedroom + den, one-bedroom + guest, two-bedrooms, two-bedrooms + den, two-bedrooms + guest, three-bedrooms, three-bedrooms + family room (townhouse); 527 to 1,356 sq. ft.
Prices: Starting from $236,800
Sales Centre: 8511 Capstan Way (at No. 3 Road), Richmond
Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. daily
Developer: Concord Pacific Developments
Interior Design: Liv Interiors
Landscape Design: PWL Partnership
Feng Shui Consultant: Sherman Tai
Occupancy: March 2016
Special to The Sun
Water is a recurring theme at Concord Gardens, Concord Pacific Development’s multi-tower residential project at No. 3 Road and Capstan Way in Richmond. First, there is the location. According to feng shui master Sherman Tai, the Concord Gardens site is of particular significance due to its location as a point of arrival for water (and good energy) from the Fraser River and the mountains. In feng shui, he explains on his website, the environment is divided into highs (hills) and lows (water). Water represents wealth, while hills oversee the human factors.
Water also affected, and became part of, the design. “We went to great expense to create a bringing together of waterways into the buildings, integrated even into the lobby areas, says Grant Murray, Concord Pacific’s vice-president of sales. The two towers of Phase 1 — sales at the 122-home north block launched in April, while the 138-home west block launches this month — will be arranged around a garden with a lake-sized water feature with a lantern pavilion in the centre and a waterfall at one end. The second phase will feature a 68,000-square-foot park with meandering waterways that may connect to an indoor swimming pool.
In Richmond, “because you’re basically on top of water, you can’t dig down very far,” notes Murray, and that presented an obstacle to tucking the parking out of sight underground. The solution was to raise the elevation of the street and the site so a two-level parkade could go underneath, yet still be reached from street level. The parkade will also allow residents to reach the 18,000-square-foot Super Club without going outside. As well as the swimming pool and requisite fitness facilities, the amenities will include table tennis, karaoke, a basketball/badminton gym, golf simulator, bowling alley, games room, mah-jong room, theatre and ballroom with kitchen and dining hall.
There is also a fluidity to the homes themselves. There are two colour schemes — Reflection and Impression — and each is available in either Boutique or Couture finishes and appliances. The Boutique package includes laminate cabinets and flooring, porcelain tiles and backsplash, and Blomberg appliances. With the Couture package, the flooring and cabinets are wood, the tiles and backsplash are marble, and the appliances are Miele. But what’s really flexible is the ability to mix and match the various options: say, light flooring with dark cabinets, or Couture finishes with Blomberg appliances.
“A lot of the investors say, ‘Just give me the Boutique finish,’” says Murray. “You’re really getting the homeowner who wants to live in it themselves that wants to step up to the Couture. Sometimes they’ll want to step up to the Couture, but they don’t really want to pay the extra $10,000-11,000 for the Miele. They’ll just keep the Blomberg package.”
All the other design elements are standard: quartz countertops, integrated appliances, mosaic tile shower floors, large mirrored medicine cabinets lit above and below and built-in organizers in closets more than 122 centimetres wide. Every kitchen has glass display shelves and “smart features”: a recycling centre, pullout spice racks, a magic corner pullout Lazy Susan and a cereal cabinet that opens into the dining area instead of the kitchen. The smart features were part of developing a kitchen that would work for many projects and be efficient, says Olivia Lam, principal of Liv Interiors. In condo living, storage is important, so every part of the kitchen is used. The display shelves, standard in every kitchen, have lighting at eye level for ambience.
There are three show suites displaying various combinations of colour schemes and finish packages. The decor, which Lam describes as modern Parisian, is imaginative. To replicate a retail experience, it is designed so that visitors can look through the windows from the outside to the interior of the suites as well as go inside. In one bedroom, the closets have been filled with illuminated glass shelves, clothing and accessories artfully displayed on top.
The huge presentation centre is a former auto mall. “The thing that makes us different is that this is actually a sales centre for multiple projects,” Murray says. “We even sell Surrey (projects) out of here as well.” Going big allows Concord Pacific to keep prices down. The size of the project reduces strata fees. “If you try to put all those amenities in one building, the cost of your monthly assessment would be over $1.50 a square foot”, Murray says. “I think this one’s around 36 or 38 cents a square foot (because) you can take the cost of those amenities and divide it by all the buildings that are coming to it.” And while at one time Concord Pacific projects across the country bought materials separately, now they buy in bulk.
“We’re doing close to a billion dollars a year, and we can get economy of scale which we like to pass on to the consumer,” says Murray. “I think that’s a huge asset.”