Canopy 9718 161A Street Surrey 302 townhomes by StreetSide Developments

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Residents of StreetSide?s Canopy will have hundreds of acres of green space at their doorstep

Simon Briault
The Vancouver Sun


Project location: 9718 161A Street

Project size: 302 townhomes of between two, three and four bedrooms, ranging in size from 1,250 and 1,800 square feet, with prices starting from around $500,000

Developer: StreetSide Developments

Architect: Ciccozzi Architecture

Interior designer: ID Lab

Sales centre: 61 — 9718 161A Street, Surrey

Telephone: 604-583-6799


At Canopy, StreetSide Developments’ new residential community in north Surrey, the townhomes include the design elements that make them increasingly popular in the Lower Mainland — individual entries, garages and private outdoor spaces — but the project also has an extra. The huge 302-unit community is surrounded on two sides by green space.

That green space is Tynehead Park, 642 acres of meadow and forest on the banks of the Serpentine River headwaters. The park is a habitat for owls, hawks and coyotes and also includes a fish hatchery. The various trails and viewing platforms within the park offer viewing for spawning salmon in October through December.

 “Our big focus in marketing this project is to point out that nobody’s back yard is bigger and that’s certainly true with this project,” said Vanessa Isler, StreetSide’s director of sales and marketing. “You’re simply not going to find a townhome anywhere else in the Lower Mainland that backs on to a park of this size.”

Kent Scott has bought a three-bedroom home at Canopy with a side-by-side parking garage. He’ll be moving to Canopy in the summer from near the Willowbrook Mall in Langley.

“I grew up in South Surrey, I’ve lived in Cloverdale for close to 10 years and I’ve also lived in Newton and White Rock before, so basically anywhere south of the river I know pretty well,” he said. “I’ll be able to ride my bike to work from our new place in about 15 or 20 minutes through the park.”

“We love the fact that it’s so close to the park and that we’ll be around so many old-growth trees,” Scott added. “We were looking for an upgrade from our current place, which was a little small. My wife’s and [my] interest was definitely sparked by the fact that Canopy is so close to the forest and all that green space.”

Isler said that Canopy will include a clubhouse with a full gym, a lounge, a games room and a deck with barbecues and picnic tables.

“The clubhouse is great, but the main amenity we’re offering here is the green space,” said Isler. “The site itself has lot of old-growth trees that we’ve retained and we’re building walking trails going through them. We took care to preserve the green spaces as much as possible on the site to create a real sense of interconnectedness between the development and the park.”

“Even though we’re so close to nature and right next to the park, there are plenty of local amenities that are super accessible too,” Isler added. “You’re only about five minutes from Highway 1 in this location.”

The brochure for Canopy includes a map with no fewer than 22 restaurants, eight cafes and bakeries, 10 retail and grocery outlets, nine schools and seven financial institutions.

As for the homes themselves, kitchens come with Shaker-style cabinetry with polished chrome hardware, kitchen islands in a wood laminate finish (plan dependent), wood accent kitchen shelving and polished quartz countertops. There are stone ceramic tile backsplashes and stainless-steel appliance packages by Whirlpool.

Bathrooms have undermounted basin sinks, single lever, polished chrome Grohe faucets, and 12-by-36-inch porcelain wall tiles in the main and lower-level bathrooms. There are soaker tubs with polished chrome fixtures, porcelain floor tiles and, in the ensuites, frameless glass showers with porcelain tile surrounds.

All homes are pre-wired for the in-home security system and built-in vacuum system of the buyer’s choice. There are hardwired carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, gas barbecue outlets on decks or patios (plan dependent) and stacking Whirlpool washer and dryers. Home entertainment is provided by Telus and includes one-year pre-paid service to the Future Friendly Home Package.

“We’ve had a lot of buyers from the local area, many of them first-time buyers and young families,” Isler said. “There have also been a few downsizers who want to stay in the same neighbourhood, but don’t want to have to look after a single-family home any more. We have two-, three- and four-bedroom homes here so there are a lot of options for people to choose from and it will be a community with a nice mix of people.”

Homes are between 1,250 and 1,800 square feet and are priced from around $500,000. Those that have not yet been sold will be available from late 2018.

“The people at StreetSide were really friendly,” Scott said. “I’m an engineer and I felt like I was asking a lot of questions during the process. At one point I thought they would get annoyed with all my questions, but they were super patient with me and very friendly every time I talked to them. I really enjoyed the experience.”

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