Sunday, October 7, 2007

Unique Way of Living Comes to South Surrey Location at Morgan Crossing

This European style residential and retail community is one of the first in Canada, an exciting neighbourhood combining condominiums alongside a Lifestyle Centre with stores, supermarket, restaurants and services. This is South Surrey’s Morgan Crossing master planned condo and retail community soon to launch. From the Westcoast Homes & Design of September 2007.

Built on an 18 acre parcel of land adjacent to West Vancouver’s Park royal Shopping Centre, the Village at Park Royal became Canada’s first lifestyle centre upon its completion in 2004. Pedestrian friendly, with a Main Street presence, this successful new urban village was designed by F+A Architects and Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership. Next month, the visionaries behind this unique, award-winning development, in conjunction with Creekside Architects and Larco Investments Ltd.,, will unveil a groundbreaking community in South Surrey – Morgan Crossing – which promises to add a wealth of amenities as well as a highly desireable residential neighbourhood to this area.

Morgan Crossing South Surrey master-planned community built by same real estate developers as the Village at Park Royal West Vancouver launching pre-construction sales soon!In response to the surrounding community’s request for a comprehensive retail environment, the Morgan Crossing lifestyle centre will offer a broad selection of goods and services, including high-end clothing stores, with shoes and accessories, a specialty supermarket with gourmet foods and daily essentials, electronics and entertainment outlets, banking facilities, medical and dental offices a pharmacy and restaurants at Morgan Crossing South Surrey community.

At the heart of the sophisticated lifestyle experience, Morgan Crossing’s 457 urban condominiums will encompass a generous mix of one bedroom lofts, one bedroom (some with dens), two bedroom and even three bedroom suites, something for everyone. Exceptional features at the Morgan Crossing condominiums in pre-construction real estate South Surrey include stainless steel appliances, granite countertops in kitchens and bathrooms, laminate hardwood flooring, undermount sinks and tiled bathrooms.

Skillful layout of the Morgan Crossing homes in presales enhance space, generous windows capturing light and views of surrounding countryside. In this upscale urban village people will walk from their homes to shops and services, drop in to a travel bureau to plan an upcoming trip, or meet friends for dinner at one of the variety of exceptional dining spots: life on a human scale at South Surrey’s Morgan Crossing community now in pre-construction and pre-registration.

The perfect finishing touch for active residents will be a Mega Sports Lifestyle Centre at Morgan Crossing, fully set up with all the latest fitness equipment. A truly unique real estate project, Morgan Crossing is one of the first residential and retail communities in all of Canada. This new way of living has its history in Europe, countering urban sprawl with this type of exciting new neighbourhood where residents at Morgan Crossing South Surrey feel the ease an convenience of living there.

Its location in South Surrey at the corner of Twenty-Fourth Avenue and Croydon Drive places Morgan Crossing condos close to a wealth of outdoor activities in the form of beaches and hiking trails, a place where life moves more slowly, apart from the hustle and bustle of the city. Crescent Beach is not far distant, as are the Boundary Bay Airport and Vancouver International Airport.

Pre-Sales for Morgan Crossing South Surrey condominium homes will start in October 2007. For more information or to register check the website at or telephone 604.582.1336.

On another note, here is the latest on the Estates at Westwood Plateau Homes in Coquitlam:

France inspired creation of Plateau mansion at Westwood Plateau in Coquitlam
Published in REW. Inspired by traditional European architecture and crafted by an expert local builder of exquisite custom homes, a near 10,000 square feoot French Chateau mansion is redefining luxury living at upscale Westwood Plateau in Coquitlam.

Recently completed on the last estate view lot on the Street of Dreams, the home has three stories, six bedrooms an seven bathrooms. “It is the finest home we have ever built, it required a skilled team of craftsmen and trade specialists to deliver such quality” said Tony Barone of Chrsten/Sienna Homes of Coquitlam, which is currently completing other quality homes for sale in Anmore and the West Side of Vancouver. Tony credits his wife Patricia with the French Chateau design that has proved a traffic stopper on the Plateau.

Even on the Street of Dreams, where some of the must luxurious houses in Greater Vancouver have been built over the past decade, this Christen/Sienna house stands apart with its old world charm and craftsmanship. Classic styling is portrayed with its pediment style mouldings around the windows, corbel detailing, and the use of copper roofs, finials and concrete balustrades.

Inside, the grand foyer entrance features soaring ceiling and extensive use of mouldings and architectural detail, all anchored by classic marbel flooring accented with borders and a custom medallion. The two storey living room is set with a magnificent traditional fireplace with limestone matnel, and two grand staircases.

The showcase gourmet kitchen blends traditional antique glazed cabinetry, granite and marble countertops and crystal chandeliers with today’s innovative built-in appliances. Tucked away through the Butler’s Pantry is a wok kitchen. Adjacent to the ktiche is the two storey family room, which showcases a cast stone fireplace and overlooks Mt. Baker and a beautifully landscaped backyard complete with a pond.

The lavish master suite, secluded midway between the main floor and the upper floor, is a graceful and romantic retreat enhanced by vaulted ceilings and crystal chandeliers, richly detailed mouldings and an enchanting fireplace. The ensuite captivates with marble flooring and mosaic glass tile, ornate columsn flanked on either side of the jetted tub, and plenty of natural light. Technical state of the art media, camera security, radiant heating, air con, are also featured in this one of a kind home.

Now listed at $4,236,000 this home is available for showing, by reservation, by contacting Sophia Wong of Sutton Group 1st West Realty, phone 604.942.7211 or via

Be a part of the latest retail centre trend at Morgan Crossing South Surrey

In with the Outdoors: Uncovering the Latest Lifestyle and Shopping Trend. All across North America, the trend is moving from enclosed shopping malls to outdoor ‘lifestyle’ or ‘city centres’, mixed-use villages that intertwine retail, residential and office space. Click here to learn more about the lifestyle centre. Often referred to as “new urbanism”, the development of these villages is considered by many industry experts as the new wave of retail. It’s no secret that the main concern for consumers who shop at malls is the lack of parking, and the inconvenience of navigating through various floors to get from one point to the next. Throughout the country, real-estate developers are building more lifestyle centres to appeal to the changing needs of the market. The first lifestyle centre in B.C was introduced in West Vancouver with The Village at Park Royal. The vibrant cluster of retailers appealed to the community and as Vice President of Park Royal Shopping Centre, Rick Amantea put it, “it was a home run from the first swing of the bat”. Lifestyle centres allow people to roam in the open-air while tending to their daily errands such as banking or grocery shopping. Amantea adds that “after The Village was completed, we had a whole lot of people wanting to know if they could actually live in this environment.”

Amantea and his team responded to the growing demand for South Surrey real estate residential lifestyle centres by introducing Morgan Crossing in South Surrey. In addition to the six residential Morgan Crossing apartment condo buildings, the unique lifestyle centre and community will offer an impressive selection of high quality South Surrey tenants including London Drugs, Thrifty Foods, Winners and the Steve Nash Fitness Centre. Click here to visit the Morgan Crossing website. With all the necessary amenities, leisure centres and coffee shops, Morgan Crossing South Surrey will provide the perfect environment to socialize with friends, meet new people and ultimately, build a community.

The biggest draw of the South Surrey Morgan Crossing lifestyle centre is that they provide people both in the city and the suburbs a ‘downtown’ centre without the drive. And as developers move toward this new trend, walkable South Surrey communities are quickly becoming the most desired places to live in B.C. Morgan Crossing… More than a new place to live, it’s a new way to live. Come and see our 2 designer South Surrey Morgan Crossing condo display suites today- we’re open daily from 12-5pm except Fridays. Morgan Crossing South Surrey pre-sale 1 bedrooms from $269,900 and 2 bedrooms from $320,900. Call 604.582.1336 or visit Morgan Crossing is Developed by Larco. Sales and marketing by Maverick Real Estate Corporation.

The Morgan Crossing Lifestyle Centre by Thomas Consultants Inc: Revolutionizing the Way You Shop and Live

In North America, there’s a buzz surrounding the new wave of retail: a unique outdoor shopping experience that combines all aspects of one’s lifestyle known as mixed-use or lifestyle centres. As people move towards this growing trend, the shopping centre industry is changing its mould to appeal to the new demand and Thomas Consultants Inc. is a leading firm in guiding this change. Thomas Consultants Inc. is a firm which specializes in the planning and real estate development, and revitalization of key retail, entertainment, resort and mixed-use projects in over 50 countries around the world. Chairman of Thomas Consultants Inc., Ian F. Thomas is sought around the world for his expertise on key issues regarding retail/shopping centres and has authored award winning articles on such topics. The desire for shopping centres still exists, but Thomas explains that people are seeking a different experience – one that caters to their lifestyle. “Today everything is about lifestyle, and its not just the pursuit of shopping…it’s the entertainment, recreation, leisure and eating and drinking of it all that comes into play.” Shopping districts, such as Robson Street and West 4th, appeal to people’s interest in the ‘street life’ that exists within these local tourist areas. There is a sense of camaraderie that goes along with the atmosphere of an alfresco or open-air shopping experience. The first of its kind in B.C, Morgan Crossing South Surrey master planned neighbourhood will introduce a residential component to its outdoor lifestyle centre in South Surrey real estate market. “Residents living above the retail at Morgan Crossing community, from their balconies can look down any time at Main Street life. All throughout the day, they see people coming in and out of the shopping centre.” Thomas has witnessed unprecedented success with lifestyle centres like The Village at Park Royal, The Don Mills Town Centre in Toronto, and The District in Las Vegas. “And I don’t see Morgan Crossing South Surrey real estate development as being any different. Already we’re witnessing a similar real estate development happening at Don Mills Town Centre, Toronto, where people are buying condos off the plan because they realize this way of living is the wave of the future” continues Thomas. Morgan Crossing South Surrey community is generating a lot of excitement for locals as well as industry experts who have labelled the concept behind the project as “the New Urbanism”. Inspired by a European-style village, the walkable South Surrey Morgan Crossing condo/retail/commercial community will feature plenty of green space, leisure activity centres and an outdoor shopping centre with over 60 shops and services including Thrifty Foods, Winners, Best Buy, London Drugs and the Steve Nash Sports Club. Nationwide, property developers and consultants like Thomas Consultants Inc. agree that mixed-use lifestyle centres are the future of retail, and combined with a residential component, will influence the ideal of contemporary living. By providing convenience and a sense of community such as the South Surrey Morgan Crossing neighbourhood like no other, these lifestyle centres are quickly becoming the most preferred places to both shop and live. Morgan Crossing is more than a new place to live; it’s a new way to live. Come and see our 2 designer display suites today. We’re open daily 12-5 except Fridays and located at 24th Avenue and Croyden in South Surrey (just west of 160th Street). Morgan Crossing condominium pre-sale offerings: 1 bedrooms from $269,900 and 2 bedrooms from $320,900. Call 604.582.1336 or visit Developed by Larco. Sales and marketing by Maverick Real Estate Corporation. Morgan Crossing Presentation Centre at 15879 24th Avenue, South Surrey, BC V3S 0G2

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