Kincora project has sound ideas
Cove Properties’ quiet features attracted first-time buyer
NCLAIRE YOUNG eighbours are best seen and not heard.
Sound attenuation — keeping it quiet between floors and units in a condo building — is clearly a passion for Doug Mazurek.
The partner and vice-president of construction of Cove Properties pulls out a piece of paper and starts sketching diagrams about how flooring in the company’s new condo project in Kincora is layered and studs are offset and spaced, along with how the double partiwalls between units are set up.
“We’ve got several layers of soundproofing,” he says. “Starting with the floor assembly, we really go overboard.”
Today is the launch of the Kincora Summit sales centre. The new 150-unit condo project by Cove Properties in the city’s northwest offers one-, two- and three-bedroom units, ranging from 634 to 1, 474 square feet.
One-bedrooms start in the $160,000s and two-bedrooms from the $220,000s, while twobedroom corner suites start from the $270,000s. Condo fees will likely be in the range of $35 cents per square foot.
The first building of 42 units will be released at the sales launch April 13.
Registrations are currently being taken online so potential buyers can reserve a spot for the launch.
Building B hold 74 units, while Building C has 38 units.
First-time homebuyer Joseph Hackett, 28, bought a $266,000 condo by Cove Properties in a sister project, Monarch at McKenzie Towne.
He liked the spaciousness of the 850-square-foot, onebedroom unit, finding the units to be larger and of higher quality at a more competitive price than others he was considering.
The developer’s commitment to soundproofing was high on the list for him. “That was another reason I bought it, the soundproofing, because I didn’t want to hear my neighbours,” he says.
Hackett took a pamphlet about the building materials home with him one day after visiting the sales centre.
“I did a bit of my own research on my own to see what was the best soundproofing materials and so on,” he says. “What they had was pretty much as good as you could get.”
Since he moved in last July, he says he has been pleased.
Kincora Summit will look different from Monarch at McKenzie Towne. The new project will feature a Rocky Mountain Craftsman style, with real slate veneer details around the base of the building and rough-sawn fir elements on the exterior.
“It fits the area,” says Mazurek of the architecture. “The rolling hills — we tried to create some articulation to the ends of the building.”
The three buildings are each four-storeys high. As the building rises, the third floors step back at the ends, as well as again on the fourth floors to reflect the
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This gives rise to some impressive end suites on the top floors: 1,474-square-foot, threebedroom condos with windows on three sides and three balconies.
Main-floor units have garden patios and direct access to the outside.
“All of these main floor units will have garden-door set ups,” says Mazurek.
“We’ll have the suite number to that unit right out on the front of the column to identify it as an entryway. All balconies will have lights to help with the street-orientated look.”
Each unit will have in-floor radiant heating — eliminating radiators that must be stepped over to get outside to balconies — as well as giving more room for furniture placement.
Other notable building details include metal-clad windows, acrylic stucco, natural gas barbecue hookups on balconies, and card readers and video surveil- lance at main entry points.
Units each come with a stall in the heated underground parkade. Additional surface stalls will also be for sale separately, although have not yet been priced.
Each unit stall has a storage cage. Some optional interior storage is also available separately. The parkade also features plenty of bike storage.
The buildings have an outdoor amenity — a second-floor outdoor patio shaded by a fir trellis.
Interior finishes include gourmet kitchens with solid Shaker maple cabinets, laminate countertops (quartz available as an upgrade), laminate hardwood flooring and spa-inspired bathrooms with soaker tubs.
Construction is expected to start this spring, with possessions in late 2014.
As a curious first-time homebuyer, Hackett says he was impressed with the sales team at Monarch at McKenzie Towne.
“I had a thousand questions and they answered them all really well. They were really friendly — you could call them any time,” he says.
An artist’s rendering of the Kincora Summit development by Cove Properties. Prices range from the $160,000s to the $270,000s.
A great room within Monarch at McKenzie Towne is brightened thanks to large windows.
First-time buyer Joseph Hacket, 28, purchased a condo at Monarch at McKenzie Towne by Cove Properties. The sales centre for Kincora Summit opens today.