Rooms With A View: Inside The New Homes At Fraser And Marine
The Fraser Commons development offers a refreshing new take on neighbourhood urban living.
Located at the intersection of Southeast Marine Drive and Fraser Street, the brand-new Fraser Commons community commands attention. Its bold exterior is made up of four beautifully-designed buildings, ranging from five to 21 storeys each, and punctuated with balconies, oversize windows and tree-topped roofs. But what’s found inside this development is what makes it more than just an antidote to cookie-cutter high-rises.
Fraser Commons is at the threshold of the up-and-coming, revitalized Fraser Street at Marine Drive—an area people are even daring to call “the new Main”. Around the corner and down the street from myriad restaurants and local shops, Fraser Commons is just one piece of this vibrant neighbourhood. And as the “Fraserhood” continues to redefine its place in Vancouver’s cultural landscape, this development will stand tall as a diverse place that anyone from young professionals to growing families can call home.
Fraser Commons’ sleek character starts the moment you walk through the lobby entrance. Though the 363 distinct homes range from ground-oriented townhomes to mid and high-rise units, many things are consistent between them, including: wood laminate floors, large windows and modern white-roller window shades. The varied height of the four different buildings comes into play here, as every home gets optimal sunlight and views of the city and river.
The chic, spacious nature of these homes carries into the kitchen as well. The integrated dishwasher, steel-wall oven and gas cooktop from the Bosch premium appliance collection blend in harmoniously, leaving the striking quartz countertops and hexagonal tile backsplash free to steal the spotlight. The homes’ lacquer and laminate-finished cabinets are Armony Cucine from Italy and installed to provide maximum access to your pantry and kitchenware. Plus, the under-cabinet lighting makes it easy to find what you’re looking for in the early morning or late at night.
The features in the bathroom complement the seamless style of the homes just as well as those in the kitchen. Large-format tiles give the space a cohesive feel, and each storage option, from the dual-sided mirrored medicine cabinet to the built-in shower niches, is thoughtfully designed. This means that everything can be tucked out of sight without sacrificing the cool factor of the room. But the cherry on top of this sleek bathroom design would have to be the frameless glass shower and floating vanities which, if you have a two- or three-bedroom home, are accompanied by a soaker tub.
Tucked away from the public eye is a half-acre park that opens onto the less busy, northern side of the complex. Considering the homes’ otherwise proximity to urban living, the park provides a happy slice of privacy for residents. Storefronts and cafés line the street level of the building, for example, and the buildings are walking distance to transit options like the Marine Gateway SkyTrain station.
There’s plenty of reasons for residents of Fraser Commons to stick close to home. The buildings come stacked with amenities like rooftop garden terraces, on-site daycare, fitness spaces and even common areas complete with kitchens for entertaining. So even though the city is at the residents’ fingertips, they may not ever have to—or want to—leave the intersection at Fraser and Marine. And who could blame them?