Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:06 PM
Seeing as this thread lead me to take a look at Utopia, I figured I'd best come back and post my thoughts and comments.
I have to say these units impressed me. I went a couple of weeks ago and Denise gave me a tour of the property and units.
These units are finished to the max. There is a lot of attention to detail, and it really pays off. The units look awesome, they have an excellent use of space (no annoying hallways to connect rooms). Everything is off of the main living area. Denise has managed to make 750sq ft look like 1000.
The decks are massive, the heat pump is a neat idea, everything is finished very nicely. I went looking at a few other more expensive units at other builds later that weekend and I found myself comparing it to the Utopia and finding that many of them came up short.
There are a few concerns with it though: hallways seemed narrow and claustrophobic, very few covered parking spots (at a cost of $10k extra), the lofts had small windows on a high wall and made the kitchen feel really low, and the options were limited.
Well, I should clarify the last point. There were a lot of different finishings of floors, cabinets, counter tops, etc.. but the finishings I liked were not in any of the unit types that I liked. The majority have a clean room finish, but only one unit type had the one I liked. It was really unfortunate.
Oh well, they are very nice units. If you can settle on the options they have, they are very nice units and some really good prices. If you haven't seen them, you should. They will surprise you (especially if you think 750 sqft has to be small).