Belpark 375 West 59th Avenue 120 homes in three buildings by Intracorp

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Belpark condos high on functionality

Mary Frances Hill
The Province


What: A 120-home development of three buildings just east of Cambie Street on West 59th Avenue

Where: 375 West 59th Ave., Vancouver

Residence sizes and prices: Two-to-four-bedroom homes, 1,212 and 2,312 square feet, starting at $1,899,900

Builder and developer: Intracorp

Sales centre address: 660 West 41st Ave (Oakridge Mall)

Hours: noon — 5 p.m., Sat — Thurs

For some home-hunters looking to downsize from a large single-family house, the smaller amount of space can present issues. This presents a challenge to developers, architects and designers to create condo interiors that are so functional, residents will feel they’re in a home that’s much more spacious than its actual square footage.

“For many of our downsizer buyers, the frame of reference for what one can get out of 1,200 square feet is based on the functionality experienced in their early homeownership years,” says Barrett Sprowson, vice-president of sales and marketing at Intracorp, the developer of Belpark, a community of three buildings planned for the Cambie corridor.

“I find many of them are blown away by the livability of a current condo or apartment that is spacious and functional at 1,200 square feet.”


Sprowson points to the plans for a 1,640-square-foot suite at Belpark, which includes a five-piece bathroom. Its sliding entry door and layout is wide and shallow, giving it the feel of a more spacious and luxurious room; a wall-hung toilet and built-in storage in the shower and bath area also save space, he says. Two bedrooms, a walk-in pantry space, a powder room, a master with a walk-in closet and a laundry room that fits appliances side by side offers “a tremendous amount of functionality in a reasonably sized area,” adds Sprowson.

Large doors from the open-concept living space to the patio offers a seamless transition from inside to outside.

Visitors in the new Belpark display suites will be drawn to Trepp Design Inc.’s choice of finishes, particularly to the way they bring drama to the functional practicality of the layout. In the master ensuites and bathrooms, crisp white ceramic wall tile allows the feature walls to shine.  The result is one of “drama and quiet visual impact,” says Scott Trepp, principal of Trepp Design, which worked on the interior design.

Trepp has installed specialty marble slab material to contrast with lacquer cabinetry. The kitchen and ensuite both boast a black marble accent piece, which makes an impact in different ways: in the bathroom, it complements a subdued look, while in the kitchen, it adds some drama against the grey hues and white appliances.
“Combined with some strategic lighting, the backsplash becomes the real feature of the kitchen and helps to anchor it within the open living and dining areas,” Trepp says.

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