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to reduce eco footprint With the world celebrating Earth Day on April 22, now is a great time to be thinking about eco-friendly living. Hani Lammam, vice-president of development and acquisitions for Cressey Development Group, says the company always keeps it in mind. One of the best ways to ensure an eco-friendly design is to build projects that will stand the test of time, Lammam says. “We put up buildings that will be around for 100 years,” he says, adding that reducing your environmental footprint is one of the best things a homeowner can do. He says that a multi-family development is more

sustainable than a single-family home, as it allows resources to be shared. One of the biggest energy-suckers in a home is the heating and cooling system, so Cressey always devotes time to making it energy-efficient. “We avoid electrical baseboard heating,” Lammam says. “We use heat pumps instead, because they can be shared within the building.” They also try to foster urban agriculture with large outdoor spaces so homeowners can grow their own food. “The Cressey kitchen has become a standard in our industry,” Lammam says. “But it’s what’s used in the kitchen that is important.”

market,” says Castro. Woodbridge chose not to include amenities such as a fitness facility and a pool, instead preferring to keep maintenance fees low. They range from

$125.94 to $165.72 per month. Homes start at $279,900. For more information, check out www. liveatlarue.com or call 604-575-2263 or Castro at 778-885-5790.

‘A different style of home’

Finding g a home at Woodbridge’s La Rue by Kerry Vital

Surrey’s Clayton Heights neighbourhood is welcoming Woodbridge Homes to the block with La Rue. Truly “the street you want to live on,” La Rue features a collection of 26 twobedroom and flex space, three- and four-bedroom townhomes in its first phase. “The neighbourhood is very familyoriented,” says sales manager Andrea Castro, adding that she herself lives in the area with her children.

This is a fantastic way to get into the market,” says sales manager Andrea Castro.

The homes are spacious and immediately inviting, with their French textured stucco details on the exterior and French Country-inspired landscaping. Architect Robert Cicozzi designed the homes with a Georgian influence in mind, and elegant wrought-iron fences surround the private yards that come standard with every home. Window boxes filled with colourful flowers just add to the beauty of the development. There is a private deck on every home, and the tandem garages or long driveways give you plenty of space to leave your vehicles behind while you take advantage of the

walkability of the neighbourhood. Inside, your home will be no less amazing. The kitchens are fantastic, with ceramic tile backsplashes, Victorian-profile cabinets with crown mouldings and oil-rubbed bronze hardware, and stone countertops. Chic stainless-steel appliances and an undermount sink are perfect for your every culinary need, while the pot lighting is an elegant touch. The lovely finishes extend into the ensuite bathrooms, which also feature stone countertops. An oversized shower with a semi-frameless glass door or a separate tub and shower combination are odes to luxury, while the decorative vanity lights and large mirrors will put everyone in the most flattering light. Most homes feature his-and-hers sinks, so you’ll no longer be fighting for counter space in the morning. Nine-foot ceilings on the main level demonstrate the easy sense of space that is inherent in each home, while the wood laminate flooring in the main living areas and trackless nylon carpet on the stairs and in the bedrooms and upper level hallways are touches that almost seem like the cherry on the top of the perfect home sundae. One of the best parts of the project is the neighbourhood, Castro says. Impossibly close to shopping, restaurants and entertainment, La Rue is also near both elementary and secondary schools, and will include a 1,600-square-foot playground and parks on almost every corner. “This is a fantastic way to get into the

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Woodbridge Homes’ La Rue is already garnering buzz in Clayton Heights. With its Georgian-inspired architecture, above, the townhomes are a great addition to the neighbourhood. The bathrooms feature oversized showers, top, while the laminate flooring in the living areas are complemented by the Victorian-profile cabinets and oil-rubbed bronze hardware in the kitchens, above middle.

The Tri-City News, April 20, 2012  

April 20, 2012 edition of the The Tri-City News

The Tri-City News, April 20, 2012  

April 20, 2012 edition of the The Tri-City News