Park Boulevard 9887 Whalley Boulevard Surrey 419 homes in a 41 storey tower by Concord Pacific

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Concord Pacific?s Park Boulevard to rise 41 storeys above an evolving city centre

Simon Briault
The Vancouver Sun

Park Boulevard

Project location: 9887 Whalley Boulevard

Project size: 419 homes in a 41-storey tower. 1 bed starting at approx. 529 sq. ft.; 2 bedroom starting at approx. 647 sq. ft., 3 bedroom starting at approx. 1,015 sq. ft. Prices available on request.

Developer: Concord Pacific Developments Inc.

Interior designer: LIV Interiors

Architect: DYS Architecture

Sales centre: 9908 King George Blvd., Surrey (next to King George SkyTrain Station)

Hours: daily 11:30 a.m. — 5:30 p.m.

Telephone: 604-583-9866


Occupancy: Estimated completion by 2020

Architects talk a lot about the relationship buildings have with their neighbourhoods, the way they complement existing structures and interact with the built environment. But Park Boulevard, Concord Pacific’s new highrise in Surrey, takes interactivity to a whole new level.

Designed by DYS Architecture and set to rise 41 storeys next to King George Skytrain Station, Park Boulevard will be Canada’s first interactive illuminated residential tower: A responsive light display will be synchronized with the arrival of trains at the station.

“The City of Surrey is very excited about this idea and the mayor even mentioned it recently in her state-of-Surrey address,” said Grant Murray, Concord Pacific’s senior vice-president of sales. “It’s very low cost because it’s all LED lighting. The nice thing about it is that it will be embedded into the concrete edges of the balconies. When you’re standing on your balcony or in your suite, you won’t see any light at all. It’s purely an external feature that you’ll see from the outside of the building, rather than the inside.”

Light displays aside, Park Boulevard’s location is perhaps its biggest selling point. Sitting at the heart of Surrey’s master-planned city centre, the development is steps away from rapid transit connections in every direction. Apart from the existing SkyTrain system, a new light rail network is planned and will connect Surrey City Centre with Newton Centre and Guildford Town Centre. There are also 22 bus routes within walking distance.

The City of Surrey has big plans for the area. Its website talks of a location that is “in the midst of significant transformation” as what was once a suburban town centre is developed into a “walkable, transit-oriented downtown core for business, cultural and entertainment activity.”

According to Murray, Park Boulevard is at the heart of this transformation, but will nevertheless offer residents more privacy that you might expect from a highrise residential tower.

“The other thing that’s great about this building is that it has a lot of open space around it,” Murray added. “We were originally planning two towers here, but in the end, we elected to only build one. This means that the whole eastern and southern sides will be exposed to Quibble Creek. Residents won’t have anything across the street except greenbelt to look at.”

Park Boulevard is already proving popular with buyers from a wide range of demographics, according to Murray.

“We’ve had a fairly high number of investors, as well as people who are selling single-family homes and first-time buyers,” he said. “We’ve also seen a lot of people who are buying apartments on behalf of their kids to get them a start in life.”

“Park Boulevard is one of the more affordable highrise developments in the Lower Mainland,” Murray added. “A lot of people are retiring and deciding to sell the family home. I think that instead of taking all of the money from their house and buying something in the Vancouver area, a lot of them are moving out further, maybe because they have grandkids that live out in the valley. People have been telling us they can buy a condo here, be closer to where their kids and grandkids are and put some extra money in their pockets at the same time.”

Bathrooms at Park Boulevard homes will have engineered quartz countertops, pot lighting, large tile flooring and tub/shower surrounds and recessed niches for toiletries.

Kitchens feature wood-grain laminate cabinetry with under-cabinet lighting and soft-close hardware. There are engineered quartz countertops, drawer organizers for cutlery, Calacatta tile backsplashes and large under-mounted sinks. The appliance packages are by Bosch and include counter-depth fridges, chimney fans, dishwashers with integrated panels, gas cooktops and wall ovens. Panasonic microwaves with trim kits are also included.

Homes at Park Boulevard feature a choice of three colour schemes, open balconies or terraces for most suites with electrical outlets and wide plank laminate flooring throughout main living areas, bedrooms, closets and flex spaces. There are also stackable or side-by-side front-loading washers and dryers and heating and cooling in every principal room.

“It’s the first building in Surrey that we’ve included full air conditioning and that’s been a huge selling point for a lot of people,” said Murray. “I should also mention that the development includes eight three-storey townhomes along Whalley Boulevard, each with two-car garages and expansive roof decks.”

Park Boulevard will also include amenities such as a garden lounge, a sundeck, an outdoor patio, an indoor pool, a sauna, a hot tub, a steam room, a tepidarium, an indoor badminton court and a fitness centre. One-bedroom homes start at approximately 529 square feet, two-bedrooms at approximately 647 square feet and three-bedrooms at approximately 1,015 square feet. Pricing is available on request.

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