21 items that are key to resale value and a quality condo.

Starting with the Top 5 Items that are Key to RESALE Value

SolariumsStorageParkingAir ConditioningNatural Gas
TechnologyQuality9 foot ceilings & 7 foot doorsTransitSizeQuieter SuitesStrata Rules and FeesBathroomKitchenCostArchitectureInterior Design EnergyLocationSecurityHigh-end Appliances

Solariums

1. Solarium Balconies:

  • Developed in Scandinavia, enclosed glass balconies and patios are an unqualified success in the advanced condo markets
  • Every suite in Forest Ridge has a Solarium Balcony or Patio
  • Retractable glass panels allow year round use of the balcony for entertaining and gardening
  • Solariums have a hose connection and floor drain
  • Natural gas BBQ outlet is standard
  • Built-in ceiling fans provide air movement
  • An electrical outlet is capable of powering an electric patio heater
  • Glass enclosed balconies add acoustic and insulating value

Storage

2. Storage & Electric Cars:

  • Quality storage is key to convenience and resale value
  • Some buildings have no storage, some have little cages. At Forest Ridge every suite comes with a large, secure, concrete walled, storage garage near your parking spots for your convenience
  • Storage garages vary in size but most are 180 cubic feet or larger
  • Storage garages have an interior light and an electrical outlet
  • Room enough for your freezer and bicycle storage
  • There is enough power to charge an electric car with a Level 1 charger

2 Parking Spots

3. Parking:

  • A key to resale value is having 2 underground parking spots
  • At Forest Ridge every suite has two parking spots
  • This also keeps congestion off the streets
  • Extra Height: our parkade can handle 7′ high vehicles in almost all stalls
  • One of your parking spots can accommodate an electric car



Air Conditioning

4. Air Conditioning & Heat Pumps:

  • Air conditioning is a key feature for comfort and resale value
  • We offer a high efficiency multi-zone system
  • Our system uses efficient heat pump technology to save energy
  • Ductless-split system delivers cool air direct to each bedroom and the main living area quietly and efficiently
  • Heat pump technology transfers heat in or out of your home for low cost heating and cooling

Natural Gas

5. Natural Gas:

  • One of the first things buyers ask: Can we have natural gas?
  • Our suites come with a 5 burner gas cooktop (with electric ovens)
  • Your deck or patio has a natural gas BBQ outlet
  • Natural gas is included in your strata fees, ”no meter charge”

Technology

6. Technology:

  • State-of-the-art fibre optic cabling to the building
  • 3 port communications outlets throughout (phone/cable/internet)
  • Bedrooms and kitchens have an electrical outlet that includes 2 USB charging ports, eliminating adapters
  • Advanced thermostats

 


Quality

7. Quality:

  • Most buildings are built to “rental grade” , not Forest Ridge
  • Our high quality is easy to spot:
    • High speed elevators
    • High end moulding package
    • 9 ft ceilings
    • 7 ft door height (not the “standard” 6 ft – 8 in)
    • Interior doors are solid-core
    • Oversize windows
    • Windows are energy efficient Low E
    • Windows are cased on all sides
    • Attractive fireplace

NOTE: High quality leads to low strata fees.


9 Foot Ceilings & 7 Foot Doors

8. 9 Foot Ceilings and 7 Foot Doors:

  • Old fashioned construction and even most of today’s high-rise buildings have 8 foot high ceilings. Forest Ridge condos have 9 foot ceilings (top floors have even higher vaulted ceilings) offering a more spacious, elegant feel.
  • Regular style doors are 6 foot 8 inches (6’8”) tall, hollow core. At Forest Ridge we have solid core doors that are 7 feet tall to match the upscale feel of the elegant high ceilings.

Transit

9. Transit:

Everyone wants to be able to connect to our world-class SkyTrain system. There is a regular bus stop near Forest Ridge, and FTN (Frequent Transit Network) connects Forest Ridge to the Expo Line as well as the Canada Line.

Forest Ridge is also only 1 min drive away from the South Surrey Park & Ride.

 


Size

10. Size of Suites:

  • It’s not always easy to find larger suites in new developments
  • Forest Ridge offers large suites with up to 1562 sq.ft. of living space
  • Every bedroom at Forest Ridge can accommodate a king size or queen size bed

Quieter Suites

11. Quieter Suites: With Our Outstanding Acoustic Package

Floors

  • Floors are a hybrid concrete/wood construction system
  • The flooring underside assembly has sound-dampening insulation

Walls

  • Side-by-side suites each have their own separate walls
  • Walls are insulated, and each side has 2 layers of 5/8” drywall or a layer of wood under drywall

Finished Floors

  • Acoustic wood-grained plank laminate
  • Carpet in bedrooms is laid on true 10 lb acoustic underlay

Ceilings

  • Ceilings between suites have double layer drywall
  • Ceiling drywall is mounted on sound-bar channel to reduce sound transmission
  • Ceiling systems include sound dampening insulation.

Other acoustic precautions

  • Electrical receptacles are back-insulated on walls between suites
  • Features that penetrate the sound barrier are avoided on surfaces between suites
  • Vertical main plumbing lines are rubber mounted

Quiet is not Silent

Older buildings are notorious for sound transmission between suites. Forest Ridge goes many steps beyond what is required in the building code. Even with this extra acoustic work, you will still be able to detect other people living in your building.

Strata Fees

12. Strata Rules & fees:

Strata Rules & Fees:
At Forest Ridge, monthly strata fees are low, estimated at an average of $0.19/sq.ft. of livable area per month

Strata Fees include:

  • Fire/Water/Flood/Earthquake insurance that is required for your mortgage
  • Hot water from high-efficiency condensing boilers
  • Natural gas for both kitchen range and BBQ is included
  • Nicely equipped exercise room and meeting room (yours to enjoy)
  • Enterphone system (purchased and installed by the developer eliminating monthly lease costs; helping keep Forest Ridge strata fees low)
  • Building, grounds and landscaping maintenance (contracts are established prior to completion — negotiated using the developer’s buying power — resulting in long-term low rates for the benefit of Forest Ridge suite owners)

Strata Rules:

  • 2 pets allowed up to 15 kg each
  • No age restrictions
  • Renting permitted, a British Columbia law (2010) does not permit strata councils to change rental status

Bathroom

13. 20 Features of an Elegant Bathroom:

  1. Heated tile floor
  2. Quartz vanity top, undermount sinks
  3. Genuine wood raised-panel cabinets
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  4. Optional white Shaker or white Smooth cabinets
  5. Luxury height vanity tops
  6. Soft-closing cabinet doors
  7. 3/4 extension, soft-closing drawers
  8. Built-in medicine cabinet
  9. Large heated fog-free mirrors
  10. Built-in LED night light
  11. Luxury height elongated toilets
  12. Bright lighting over sinks
  13. Most master ensuites have 2 sinks
  14. Tile tub surround with attractive travertine porcelain tile
  15. Rain-heads in most showers
  16. Up and down sliding bars for shower head height adjustment
  17. Lighting in showers
  18. Curved double shower rod
  19. 5 ft. showers have a seat and niche
  20. Showers have frameless glass

Kitchen

14. 20 Features of a Gourmet Kitchen:

  1. Dual fuel Stainless Range with Natural Gas cooktop, 2 electric convection ovens
    (convertible to one large convection oven) and a warming drawer
  2. Stainless fridge (french doors and freezer drawer) showcase door on right side filtered ice/water dispenser on left side
  3. Stainless dishwasher with stainless interior
  4. Built-in stainless microwave
  5. Built-in sink garburator
  6. Genuine hardwood raised-panel cabinet doors, or optional white Shaker or white Smooth cabinet doors
  7. Hardwood cabinets have wood-grain finish inside
  8. Recessed LED lighting under upper cabinets
  9. Soft-closing cabinet doors & full extension, soft-closing drawers
  10. Quartz countertops
  11. Full-height tile backsplash between countertop and upper cabinets
  12. Extra height upper cabinets (more storage)
  13. Most kitchens have a lazy susan cabinet
  14. Upper inside corner cabinets have a lighted glass feature
  15. High-end kitchen faucet with built-in sprayer
  16. 60/40 under-mount stainless sink
  17. Most kitchens have a pantry with pull-out shelves
  18. 3 port communications outlet and USB power outlet
  19. Decorative tile floor
  20. 9’ ceilings with high-end LED lighting

Cost

15. Cost:

  • Cost comes in two forms: purchase price and monthly strata fees
  • For your livable area most of our suites are in the upper $400s to lower-$500s per sq.ft.,( which is very reasonable for South Surrey where prices can range to over $800 per livable sq. ft.)
  • Higher quality developments usually have lower strata fees
  • Strata fees at Forest Ridge are very competitive, with a projected average of about 19 cents per sq.ft. per month for livable square footage
  • Exact costs for every suite are available from our sales staff

Architecture

16. Architecture:

  • Typical condos have cheap siding and simply look cheap
  • Forest Ridge has stunning West Coast architecture featuring extensive use of:
    • Beams
    • Stone
    • Glass

Interior Design

17. Interior Design:

  • We avoid the minimalist “downtown” look inside our suites
  • At Forest Ridge our interior designers spend the money on:
    • High-end moulding package
    • High-end fixtures and appliances
    • Wood closet systems (not wire)
    • 2” faux wood blinds
    • Frameless showers
    • High-end cabinetry and carpentry
    • Oversize windows
    • Generous use of mirrors, tile and quartz

Energy Efficiency

18. Energy Efficiency:

  • Energy efficient buildings save their owners money on utilities and strata fees
  • Our hot water system uses high tech condensing boilers to cut gas consumption
  • Our acoustic package doubles as an extra layer of insulation
  • Heating & cooling using high efficiency heat pumps
  • Use of energy efficient lighting throughout
  • Low E windows and above code insulation
  • Energy Star appliances and equipment where possible

Location

19. Location, Location, Location:

  • You need good amenities like shopping and restaurants
  • Access to the freeway
  • Green space and distance from downtown congestion
  • Close to buses and Park & Ride
  • Close to schools
  • Close to Crecent Beach (9 minute drive), White Rock Pier & Promenade (10 minute drive), Peace Arch U.S. border (15-20 minute drive)

Security

20. Security, Safety and Warranty:

  • The buildings have a 55+ camera Closed Circuit TV system
  • Well lit, secured, underground parking
  • Private lockable storage garage by your parking stall
  • The building has a high-end Enterphone system with TV viewing of entrance
  • Each suite is pre-wired for an individual security system
  • Each suite has a built-in wall safe
  • Each suite has a Carbon Monoxide detector
  • Your suite is sprinkler protected, including solariums and attics
  • Our buildings have a TREVELERS 2-5-10 year warranty
  • Our solariums have a special 5 year warranty covering parts & labour
  • Shut-off valves to protect your suite from potential leaks:
    • We have accessible shut-off valves for the clothes washer
    • We also have shut-off valves for the dishwasher and refrigerator
    • You can use the shut-off valves if you are away from your suite for an extended period

Appliances

21. High-end Appliances:

Refrigerator:

  • Stainless steel
  • French door with lower freezer drawer
  • Ice and water in one door
  • Food Showcase, easy access, door in the other
  • Twin Cooling Plus cools fridge and freezer separately

Range:

  • Dual fuel, Stainless steel
  • 5 burner natural gas cooktop
  • Middle oval burner can be used for oversized pots and pans, or the griddle
  • 2 convection ovens; can be used independently or converted to one full size convection oven for large dishes
  • Temperature controlled warming oven

Microwave:

  • Built-in stainless steel, full size, microwave oven
  • Loaded with features

Dishwasher:

  • Well insulated with stainless interior and exterior

NOTE

Each suite also includes a front loading washer and dryer; and an in-sink kitchen garburator.