Hillcrest at Sullivan Ridge 29 single family homes at 6119 146 Street Surrey BC by Marathon Homes

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Sensible, yet stylish touches on offer at Hillcrest at Sullivan Ridge

Mary Frances Hill
The Province

Hillcrest at Sullivan Ridge

What: 29 single-family homes, the third and final development by Marathon Homes in the Sullivan area of Surrey known as Sullivan Ridge

Residence sizes and prices: Five or six bedrooms, ranging from 3,119 to 4,100 square feet; from $1,249,900, including GST

Where: 6119 146 St., Surrey

Developer and builder: Marathon Homes

Sales centre: 6119 146 St., Surrey

Sales centre hours: noon — 5 p.m., Sat — Thurs.

In the display spaces at Hillcrest at Sullivan Ridge, the design team aimed to create looks that strike visitors with their beauty and warmth, yet with practical materials that have the capacity to withstand the everyday activities of busy lives.

“So many of the materials today are low maintenance, yet still give the look of the ‘real thing,’” says Mae Suffron, principal of Creative Design Works, the design firm that worked on Marathon Homes’ community of single-family homes in Surrey.

Kitchen and bathroom countertops are made of quartz, and the ensuite includes porcelain tile, a material that takes on the look and feel of Carrara marble, Suffron says. That larger-format tile gives the room a look of soft luxury without the added expense one might expect. Large porcelain tiles are also popular for their resilience: They cover a larger surface area, so there’s less grout to clean, and fewer opportunities for mildew or mould to build up.

 “Using real marble, you need to seal the material every couple of years — the same for countertops done in granite or marble, as well,” Suffron says. “Most people are far too busy with activities with the kids, working, or just trying to stay on top of all the things that our busy lives throw at us.”

Given the variety of materials in the marketplace, designers and renovators have plenty to choose from these days, she indicates.

“From vinyl or hardboard siding on exteriors, to porcelain and ceramic tile or laminate flooring in the interiors, there are so many selections from which to choose,” Suffron says.

In this third and final collection of homes in the Sullivan Ridge neighbourhood, Marathon Homes varied the floor plans from its first and second series of houses and updated the designs. The interiors are more contemporary than those of the earlier phases of homes in the community.
“It’s nice to see how a very good layout has been improved upon, which is quite unusual for a developer when what they have done already works well,” Suffron notes.

Covered decks allow for a convenient flow between indoor and outdoor space — a feature that Suffron admires .

“The outdoor space works so well in these homes; we were able to have a nice seating area and dining area, as well as a play area for the kids. We work hard to really plan out these outdoor spaces to function as indoor-outdoor living. When purchasers are looking for their new home, it is a very important item on the checklist.”

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