|The South Granville Lofts come with a view|
Saturday, April, 07, 2007
Designer Ran Mansouri has created a display centre in the South Granville Lofts project that epitomizes true loft living.
What immediately stands out upon entering the light-filled home, with its soaring, 18-foot ceiling and two-storey-high windows, is the view.
The homeowners-to-be of the north suites will have picture perfect views of the
It's hard to take your eye off the prized view but when you do what stands out next are the smartly designed interior features such as the custom-made kitchen island with birch ends, giving the space an organic feeling to the leather-look finish of the black granite countertops.
The showroom also boasts a custom-built Murphy bed and an office pod where the doors swing out 180 degrees for easy access. It's clear that Mansouri has created an esthetic and highly functional space where every single inch of the space is fully utilized.
"It's very contemporary and clean-lined architecture," says Mansouri, of Artech Construction Ltd., a company that is also responsible for the stylish interiors of the high-end condo Shangri-La now being built on Georgia.
"Everything here is custom-made."
Buyers can opt to go with one of two upgrade packages that have been customized by Mansouri, or they can simply buy the suite as it is. South Granville Lofts is an anomaly among
The 10-year-old concrete building was known as "the
Stephen Hynes of Hillside Developments has been responsible for creating some of
When he built the South Granville Lofts, at
While the original architecture has stood the test of time, the new interior work by Mansouri has brought a stylish fresh take to loft living. The two upgrade choices are either Gold or Gold Plus. In the former, features would include granite counters, Collezioni lacquered kitchen cabinets with dining island, an AEG oven, cooktop and dishwasher, stainless steel refrigerator and Italian fixtures. The Gold Plus would include the Gold features plus additional built-ins like the Murphy bed and the work/desk unit and a modern closet.
The original features that will not change are radiant floor heating, heavy, steel soundproof doors and a fully tiled marine-style bathroom. All of the suites have classic clawfoot tubs.
The upgrades would add anywhere from approximately $35,000 to $65,000 to the purchase price, estimates Greg Zayadi, of Rennie Marketing Systems.
Condos on the second floor, with ceiling heights of nine feet, six inches, range from 450 to 800 sq. ft. and will sell for $319,000 to $509,000. On the third floor, the ceiling heights are 13 feet, and range from 450 to 800 sq. ft. They are priced from $329,000 to $539,000 and on the fourth and fifth floors, the ceiling heights are 18 feet, and the square footage ranges from 650 to 1,000 sq. ft. Prices range from $489,000 to $849,000.
"The views to the north are absolutely impressive," says Zayadi.
"This is unquestionably the best views of the city and the mountains you can get."
Zayadi says what is nice for buyers is they are getting a unique property in a great location that has a sound track record. All of the engineer reports for this building are available.
So far about 1,300 people have registered and when sales opened last Saturday the presentation centre received more than 300 visitors.
Location: False Creek, Vancouver
Residence size: 450 sq. ft - 1,000 sq. ft.
Prices: $319,000 - $849,000 (excluding upgrades)
Presentation centre: 1525 West Sixth
Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. daily
Developer: Abbey Woods Development Ltd.
Renovations: Architect Construction Ltd.
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