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With only 44 townhomes and 58 apartments in a low-rise building on the 3.6-acre site at the corner of Southridge Drive and Byrnepark Drive in south Burnaby, Byrnepark will have the character of a boutique community, says Goldie Alam, senior vice-president of marketing at Polygon Realty.
Designed by Integra Architecture, exterior wood elements and the striking charcoal window frames give the Polygon Byrnepark Homes development a contemporary West Coast appearance.
The six different floor plans for the townhomes at Byrnepark all have four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms and range in size from 1,500 to 1,670 square feet.
Airflow between the front and back windows and doors on the main level and the convenience of the double garage on the lower level combine to present a residence that is more in line with a traditional townhome, says Alam.
“It’s hard to find anything new like this in Burnaby,” she adds.
In the low-rise building on the south side of the site, a hotel-inspired lobby with a fireplace and lounge seating will welcome homeowners and guests to Byrnepark’s 58 one- and two-bedroom apartments.
With the Byrne Creek Ravine Park at the back of the development and several parks in the area, nature is a neighbour with lots of greenery and hiking, biking and trails to explore, as well as many dog walk options, including nearby Taylor Park with its off-leash area (and after any muddy walks residents can rinse off their pets in the development’s own dog wash facility).
“The location is very central. It’s close to the Edmunds SkyTrain station (on the Expo line), a quick drive to Metrotown and Richmond, and the Market Crossings and Big Bend shopping centres are convenient. Everything you need is close by,” says Alam.
The apartments at Byrnepark are attracting attention from first-time buyers and investors, while couples and young families who are looking to move up from condos in Vancouver or older townhouses and want to buy a more modern home are viewing the townhomes. With buyers coming from Burnaby, Vancouver and Richmond, the development is also appealing to downsizers, says Alam.
Inside the townhomes on show, it’s easy to see the difference between the two colour schemes, Snow and Sand. Both palettes are light, in keeping with buyers’ preferences for bright and airy spaces, says Celia Dawson, Polygon Interior Design’s senior vice-president.
Both schemes have laminate flooring on the main level and carpeting in the bedrooms and top-floor hallways (colours vary according to the scheme).
The Sand scheme, seen in the Foxglove Series townhome on show, has distinctive wood laminate cabinetry, while the Snow scheme, with its signature white cabinetry, can be seen in the Birch Series residence.
The full-height marble tile backsplash complements the quartz countertops, while the double sink and rollout recycling bins take care of the practicalities.
The appliances, including the 36-inch wide Fisher & Paykel refrigerator with freezer and the dishwasher, are integrated into the high-gloss flat-panel cabinetry. Placing the appliances on the perimeter of the kitchen leaves the surface of the large island clear and makes it a focal point in the living space that presents as a great room.
There are three bedrooms upstairs and a laundry with a side-by-side washer and dryer with a practical countertop for folding clothing, plus a built-in cabinet for laundry supplies and a hanging rod.
The primary bedroom has a walk-in closet and ensuite.
“In the ensuite, we were aiming for a spa-like fee. The double vanity has a recessed base, so it appears to be floating and makes it feel more spacious,” says Dawson, noting the frameless glass door on the shower also opens up the space. The rain shower head with wand and built-in bench enhance the luxurious ambience.
The main bathroom has a tub, quartz countertop with a single sink and dual-flush toilet.
The two upstairs kids’ rooms are decorated to be attention grabbers. In the Birch Series townhome on show, vibrant red, yellow and blue accessories and Sonic characters give one bedroom an exuberant vibe, while the Manchester United-themed decor in the other bedroom will delight any soccer players in the family.
In the Foxglove Series townhome on show, the kids’ bedrooms are also the most colourful spaces in the home with primary colours and Marvel’s Thor character — complete with a hammer “embedded” in the wall — shows just what can be done with accessories and paint to customize a bedroom. In the other bedroom, a bench, built into a circular frame, creates a unique space to curl up with a book or favourite toy.
The fourth bedroom on the lower level of this home is presented as a study, while the same space in the Birch Series townhome is set up as a personal exercise space.
Buyers of the apartments have the same two colour palettes to choose from.
Appliances include a 30-inch Fisher & Paykel refrigerator with freezer, a 30-inch slide-in electric range and a 24-inch-wide KitchenAid dishwasher.
The washer and dryer are stacked, and like the townhomes, the apartments are wired for the latest technology and connections for high-speed cable and a USB outlet in the kitchen.
Amenities for Byrnepark residents will include a fitness studio, landscaped central green space with a children’s play area and seating. There will be lit walkways throughout the development.
Byrnepark is scheduled to be completed in 2023.
Project address: 6438 Byrnepark Drive, Burnaby
Developer: Polygon Byrnepark Homes Ltd.
Architect: Integra Architecture Inc.
Interior designer: Polygon Interior Design Ltd.
Project size: 58, one- and two- bedroom apartments; 44 four-bedroom townhomes
Price: Two-bedroom apartments from $769,900 and four-bedroom townhomes from $1,498,000
Sales centre: 6438 Byrnepark Drive, Burnaby
Centre hours: Noon to 5 p.m. daily except Fridays
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