Imperial 15633 Mountain Drive Surrey 87 three level townhomes by T.M. Crest Homes

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Imperial townhomes have plenty of space, with three levels and up to five bedrooms

Michael Bernard
The Vancouver Sun


Project location: 15633 Mountain View Dr., Surrey

Project scope: 87 four- and five-bedroom three-level townhomes on six acres. Homes range from 2,000 to 2,500 sq. ft. Close to Morgan Crossing shopping centre, the new Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, and several golf courses

Prices: from $800,000

Developer: T.M. Crest Homes

Architect: Barnett Dembek

Interior Design: In house

Sales centre: 15633 Mountain View Dr., Surrey

Hours: Noon — 6 p.m., Sat — Thurs

Telephone: 778-547-0593


Completion date: End of 2017

Gurveer Samra learned the homebuilding business quite literally from the ground up — on the Surrey properties where his dad has built homes for the past 40 years.

“I was raised on a construction site,” said Samra with a laugh.

“My three sisters and I would go after school and help my dad to clean up a construction site,” he said. “Dad always wanted to train us from the bottom up and we tried to learn as much as we could from start to finish by doing a lot of it ourselves.”

That kind of practical experience has been a major asset as the family business, T. M. Crest, builds its second multi-family project — the 87-unit Imperial — on six acres in South Surrey. The firm is focusing on the market that wants and needs larger homes with ample space: Imperial homes have four or five bedrooms and range between 2,000 and 2,500 square feet.

The homes are designed with low-pitch roofs and many have small front yards with white picket fences. The community with two acres of landscaped green space and lighted pathways is a two-minute walk to shopping at Morgan Creek and other area amenities.

Many are equipped with the kind of features that the Samras have observed are popular these days, such as nine-foot ceilings, and some with a master bedroom on the main floor.

“It’s really something we are producing for people in the area where we feel that convenience and spacious living need to be melded into one. We feel this product is exactly what people need.”

Samra said the project expects to attract people from two or three demographic groups: Downsizers who want a more maintenance-free life, but don’t necessarily want to cut down on their living space, young families with children who want to also consider making room in their home for their own parents, and childless couples who simply want more living space.

“There are downsizers who are selling homes ranging between $1 million and $1.5 million in places like Langley. They are in that time of their life when they want something a little easier to maintain and space that they can feel comfortable in. They are used to living in a single-family home.”

The extra bedrooms also serve a new emerging extended family model, one that his own family grew up with, Samra said.

“It’s a win-win for the parents and for their own children,” Samra said, noting that he now raises his own family with his mother helping with child care. “It makes it a lot easier for my dad and I to focus on our goal (to build the family business).”

“We also think there are young professionals who are weary of the dense living in Burnaby and Vancouver who want to move into the suburbs where they have a bit more space to themselves and and there is a quieter pace of life,” he said. With four or five bedrooms, childless couples could dedicate bedrooms to his-and-her home offices, a media room or gathering place for socializing,  Samra said.

One prospective buyer, Gay Aronovich and her husband Gabriel, are actually looking to upsize by moving to Imperial, so that they can play host to family when they visit.

“Right now, we are living in a two-bedroom [home] of 1,400 square feet in Surrey and the home at Imperial is substantially bigger, which is was we are looking for,” she said. She looks forward to when her daughter and three grandchildren, who live in Florida, can come and stay with them rather than book a hotel room.

The senior couple also enjoy the area and the proximity to shopping, as well as air conditioning, which they don’t have in their current home.

The Samras have incorporated other practical, cost-saving features into the Imperial. For instance, forced-air Carrier-brand natural gas furnaces and air conditioning are standard.

“The whole home is ducted for direct-vent heating and air conditioning from the bedroom to the basement,” he said. “There is no electric baseboard heating or those ghastly air conditioning units hanging out the window.”

Supplied laundry units are side-by-side rather than the stackable style, providing more space for folding clothing, he said. Other popular standard features are seats in ensuite showers and natural gas outlets for barbecues, which means no hauling propane tanks upstairs.

The Imperial offers buyers 10 distinct floor plans in light and lighter tones. All homes feature kitchens with islands, quartz countertops with glass backsplashes and Shaker-style cabinets. Appliance packages are by KitchenAid. Each home comes with a 50-inch-wide LED fireplace with reflective firebox, and powder rooms on the main level.

Bathrooms are equipped with large-format 12-by-24-inch porcelain tiles, and master ensuites have a built-in makeup vanity. Shower stalls in selected plans are liberally sized in four-foot or five-foot-wide dimensions. Bedroom ensuites include a five-foot soaker tub and “his-and -her” vanities in master ensuites.

Flooring is wide-plank laminate on the main and lower levels with short-fibre carpeting on bedroom levels. Semi-transparent blinds are a standard fixture. Master bedrooms feature walk-in closets with built-in closet organizers.

There are some options for buyers, including completed alarm and vacuum systems, installed and painted crown moulding, laminate flooring instead of carpeting and an optional wall installed in the lower level for an entertainment space.

Homeowner costs are kept down — strata fees will run between $150 and 200 a month — by having a relatively modest amenity building with two floors with bathrooms and kitchens on each level for birthday parties or other events.

All homes are covered by the 2/5/10 year Travelers Guarantee Co. of Canada home warranty protection.

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