New homes, coveted community... Imagine living within walking distance to Crescent Beach, local parks, shops, and other amenities, while remaining in a location that is central to Metro Vancouver and the U.S. border. Genex’s Ocean Park offers large, singlefamily homes in one of South Surrey’s most desirable neighbourhoods that bears the same name: Ocean Park. “It is an excellent community to live in,” says sales manager Suzanne Jarrold. ›› p.6
October 22, 2009
A new take on tradition
Georgian design principles stick to centuries-old style TRICIA LESLIE Simplicity. Symmetry. Solidity. These elements sum up the mainstays of Georgian architecture, a style of design that can be seen throughout the world. Eponymous for the first four British
monarchs of the House of Hanover – George I and George II of Great Britain; George III and George IV of the United Kingdom – the architectural style first became current when these monarchs reigned between 1714 to 1830. Lords and ladies of the time wore silks and velvets, wigs and powder, frock-coats and lace, hoops and ribbons. But as fashion became ever more fancy and elaborate, architecture became more symmetrical and simple.
The Georgian style of architecture succeeded the English Baroque of Sir Christopher Wren, Sir John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor. It includes elements of Palladian, Gothic and Chinoiserie (the latter two are sometime referred to as European Rococo) architectural styles, and evolved into different interpretation of the style, in different countries. In Canada – which was then Upper CONTINUED ON P.2
Architect Luciano Zago, senior manager of development for Mosaic Homes, at Mosaic’s Tatton in Coquitlam. The new homes feature Georgian-style architecture. Rob Newell photo
Vancouver leads country Vancouver’s real estate market is hot. In fact, according to numbers released last week by the Canadian Real Estate Association, Vancouver has the hottest housing market in the country, with a quarterly sales increase of 34 per cent. Calgary followed with a 19-per-cent increase, and Toronto with an 11-per-cent escalation. The total number of transactions is up 18 per cent from the third quarter last year, representing the biggest year-over-year increase since early 2002, the CREA reports. Building on two previous quarterly increases, listings show home sales activity standing at 48 per cent above the low reached in the fourth quarter last year. “Momentum for sales activity remained strong throughout the third quarter,” says CREA president Dale Ripplinger. “Low interest rates, rebounding consumer confidence and an improving overall sense of economic security continue to draw homebuyers to the housing market.” The CREA also reports that year-overyear activity increases – 124 per cent in Vancouver and 28 per cent in Toronto – were the driving force behind the increase in actual (not seasonally adjusted) national sales activity in September. The seasonally adjusted dollar volume for home sales also increased 20 per cent on a quarter-over-quarter basis to $42.1 billion in the third quarter of 2009, the highest level on record. New provincial records were set in B.C. and Ontario, which propelled the national figure to a new high. “Monthly sales activity remained on a strong upward trajectory throughout the third quarter in British Columbia, while showing signs that it may be topping out in other provinces,” says CREA chief economist Gregory Klump. “On balance, this suggests that sales activity may be starting to plateau after having climbed rapidly earlier this year.” Price increases over the rest of 2009 are expected to prompt sellers to return to the market, and an increase in new listings will help keep a lid on prices, Klump adds.
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Georgian style often features red tumbler brick, like these Mosaic rowhomes.
Entryways commonly feature detailing such as carving, moulding and recessed niches to display art. Rob Newell photo
Canada and Lower Canada – Georgian architecture was an interpretation of Palladian classical style, which was known for its balanced façades, muted ornament and minimal detailing. Simplicity, solidity and symmetry were the main elements, and many then-Canadians wanted a sturdy home that reflected their straightforward dignity. Proportion and balance are extremely important to the style, to maintain symmetry and adhere to classical rules. Georgian homes are so well-built that many are virtually unchanged, more than 200 years later. Georgian architecture is quite common throughout Canada, says architect Luciano Zago, senior manager of development for Mosaic Homes. While we don’t see it as much on the West Coast, Mosaic Homes has brought the style to life with several of their rowhome developments throughout Metro Vancouver and now, homebuyers have the option of choosing a singlefamily, Georgian-style home at Mosaic’s Tatton in Coquitlam. But whether rowhomes or singlefamily detached, the principles of Georgian-style architecture remain the same, no matter what the interpretation, Zago says. “We stay true to the basic elements of the style,” he says. “Proportion and order are important, but so is simplicity. The style can be enriched with details, and to carry those details from the ground up to the top is common.” The doorway and stoop, or entryway to the home, is often played up with columns, moulding, carving or other details, such as alcoves built specifically to display art. Dentilwork under the soffits adds another dimension to the detail at Tatton. Large, usually vertical windows that are symmetrically aligned are often a part of the style, and dormers and window-boxes are regular features as well. Black metal or wrought-iron detail work is also commonplace, and can be seen throughout Tatton’s rowhomes and other Mosaic projects. “We enrich the simplicity of the style with detail,” Zago says. “I think the sense of tradition, that connection to history that people see in this architectural style, is what draws them (to Mosaic Homes).” Mosaic is known for its commitment to the timeless architectural style, and uses red tumbler brick or shingles or HardiPlank siding on its homes, to lend some variety to the homes in each project. At Tatton, a brick chimney on the ‘end’ rowhome serves as an anchor for the rest of the homes, Zago notes. Landscaping is an important detail as
Black metal detail work can be used to decorate homes deigned in the Georgian style. Rob Newell photo
Symmetry, simplicity and solidity are the main elements adhered to with Georgian style. Mosaic’s Tatton rowhomes and single-family homes are designed to showcase the formal design. Rob Newell photo
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Georgian style homes frequently use columns to highlight the entry. Rob Newell photo
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Tradition comes to life
Details such as window shutters and flower boxes (above and below), and carefully detailed stoops and entryways (below) are all part of the Georgian architectural style. Rob Newell photo
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well, and ties the environment to the homes, Zago adds. “The landscaping is quite formal because the homes are quite formal,” he says. But inside, homeowners can choose whatever interior design scheme they desire, he points out, whether it’s traditional, formal, modern or art deco. Mosaic designer Andrew Sims says he loves the simplicity of the Georgian style, “yet, also, the inordinate amount of detail.” “We’ve developed a bit of a following, over time,” Sims says, adding that since the style isn’t as popular in Metro Vancouver as it is in Ontario or the East Coast, many homeowners find what they want at Mosaic Homes. Tatton rowhomes are still selling (from the low $400s), but Sims adds that Mosaic is currently building 11 single-family homes at the Tatton site (from the low $600s), to offer homebuyers more options. The detached homes will also be designed in the Georgian style, with three bedrooms
A Salisbury, England home that was built in the Georgian style still stands. Andrew Dunn photo
(optional fourth), two-and-a-half baths and partially finished basements, ranging around 2,790 square feet each. Brick, fieldstone and stained cedar shingle will make up the homes’ exteriors, and
decorative adornments will include dormers, shutters, chimneys and window pots. Located at the foot of Burke Mountain in Coquitlam, across from Victoria Park, the homes are situated right beside the Georgian-
style rowhomes, giving the entire neighbourhood a distinctive feel. Zago and Sims anticipate Mosaic will continue to build homes in the Georgian architectural style, due to its popularity with homebuyers, but also, because of its symmetry and balance. “I like the way (Georgian architecture) takes you back to fundamentals. If the window proportions are not right, you notice it right away. So you’ve got to get it right,” Zago says. “Right now, there’s a lot of complexity in architecture. The honesty of this style makes us stay true to its principles.” Visit www.mosaichomes.com for more information about Mosaic’s new rowhomes or single-family houses.
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Genexâ€™s Ocean Park single-family homes are named after the South Surrey neighbourhood where they are located. Open, great-room design plans add to the spacious feel of the houses. Ron Lee photos
Quiet parks laden with nature trails and towering, old-growth trees surround the neighbourhood. The Pacific Ocean, with its waves forever breaking upon the shores of Crescent Beach, is only a walk away. Just up the street, Ocean Parkâ€™s boutique clothing stores, coffee shops, restaurants and other businesses attract clients from near and far on a daily basis. Named after the community in which it is situated, Genex Development Corp.â€™s Ocean Park is a new neighbouhood featuring 25 single-family homes between 18th and 20th avenues off 128th Street in South Surrey. Built in a distinctive Craftsman architectural style, the houses feature plenty of vaulting, great room floorplans, large basements and trademark features such as oversized windows and vaulted, covered patios. â€œWhat sets Genex apart... is the quality of workmanship that they produce, hence the numerous Georgie Awards they have collected over the years, including three recent gold awards for this Ocean Park development,â€? says sales manager Suzanne Jarrold. â€œThe feedback that we get from homeowners speaks volumes, as evidenced by being presented with the much-coveted Customer Choice Award in last yearâ€™s Georgie Awards.â€?
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Live in award-winning community Genex’s Ocean Park single-family homes in South Surrey’s Ocean Park neighbourhood feature nine-foot ceilings on the main floor (some vaulted), large bedrooms, walk-in closets with plenty of space, luxury ensuite bathrooms and gourmet kitchens. Interior finishings include five-inch colonial baseboards and crown moulding. All homes have large basements and trademark features such as oversized windows and vaulted, covered patios. Designed in a distinctive Craftsman style, the houses also come with large, private rear yards. Tricia Leslie photos
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Three completed homes fronting 128th Street, all with large, private rear yards and extra soundproofing on the front windows, are ready for immediate occupancy. Prices start at $839,000. The single-family homes feature master bedroom suites with luxury ensuite bathrooms, gourmet kitchens, nine-foot ceilings on the main floor (some vaulted), spacious laundry rooms and finishings such as five-inch colonial baseboards and crown moulding. Genex is also adding some “What sets new homes to Genex the development, apart... is the thanks to longtime area residents Paul quality of and Tim Johnworkmanship ston, who owned and operated the that they original Ocean produce, Park Nursery hence the (now Plantmarket at Ocean Park) numerous off 128th and Georgie 21st Avenue.The Awards.” pair is currently developing seven cul-de-sac lots behind the nursery, and Genex has secured the option to build the homes on these lots. The homes will follow the same style as other Ocean Park homes, Jarrold says, and notes all of them will also include basements. As well as the high quality Genex provides in a new home, the location of the development also attracts potential homebuyers, Jarrold says. Cyclists, runners, dog walkers and kayakers are common sights around the community, as they take advantage of what nature offers in South Surrey. Recreational facilities and schools abound and White Rock is a short drive away. The community is also just 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver and 20 minutes from the U.S. border. “It’s an excellent community to live in,” says Jarrold. Visit www.genexdevelopment.ca for more information about Ocean Park.
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