Masterton Crystal MK4

6.3

This display home review is about the Masterton Crystal MK4 which is the house I visited in March 2017.

Pulling into Jim’s Way at Warwick Farm had a familiar feel as I had been there before although it had been a few years since my last visit.  The day was bright and sunny and it seemed that I had the same idea as many others.  To look at some display homes.  Despite the busy morning, the sales staff were on their game and greeted me before I headed into the display area and took the time to explain what houses were in the complex.

With a name like Crystal, I was expecting a light-filled house with a clear and distinctive feel.  The house on display was the Crystal Mark 4.  It was obviously a popular design over the years to even get to the fourth generation.  In addition to the version number I had the benefit of seeing the prominently displayed award from 2010 as the MBA Best Display Home winner.  So seven years on, let’s see if it still stands the test of time!

The Crystal MK4 base price in Sydney is $219,700 (February 2017) which is exclusive of site costs.  $1005 per square metre.

crystalMk4 floorplan

 

The Crystal MK4 is a straightforward 4 bedroom home.  The Master bedroom is towards the front of the house and is separate from the rest of the bedrooms allowing privacy from kids and guests.  The house has an optioanl extension to the dining/family room or alfresco.  With a living area (which can easily be converted to a home theatre), there is no real need to have the optional extension and some dollars can be saved by having an integrated alfresco area.  The alternative is an optional alfresco area that extends out beyond the footprint of the original floorplan.  Whilst not an issue, I personally think there are designs that better cater for someone who wants a larger family and living area and outdoor living.

Masterton bedrooms do seem larger than most of the other standard bedrooms with builders these days.  Maybe it’s because these are older designs. There’s nothing wrong with a good strong classic and interestingly I realised as I was writing up this review that a house up the street from where I live is a Crystal MK4 because I can recognise the facade.

The Crystal MK4 also has a double garage.  The Crystal MK1 and 2 (don’t ask me what happened to MK3 it’s not in the brochure!) both have two single doors.  I will always recommend the one double door over two single garage doors.  And unless you need it for aesthetic reasons, stick to the single double door.  Your future self will thank me for it later – I promise.

Masterton Crystal MK4 Master Bedroom

Masterton Crystal MK4 Family Kitchen area

Masterton Crystal MK4 Looking back at the house from Alfresco

Masterton Crystal MK4 Alfresco Area

Masterton Crystal MK4 Alfresco Area

Walkthrough of the Masterton Crystal MK4

The Jazz Facade on the Masterton Crystal MK4 is lovely.  It’s simple and elegant.  The contrasting textures and colours makes it have street appeal and yet will be relatively easy to maintain.  The only think I’d change on the facade is the colour of the windows as the white stands out against the cream bagging.  The front door is an extra wide which is always handy and practical for the larger pieces of furniture when moving in.

Masterton homes come with YES inclusions which has a slew of features other builders have as options.  The taller ceiling height of 2700mm makes a huge difference and ensures the house feels light and airy.

The master bedroom suite is at the front of the house and has a decent walk in robe and ensuite with a shower, toilet and basin.  As you will be able to see in the picture the bedroom is a decent size without being oversized and can include a bed end ottoman, dressing table and possibly an accent chair.

Moving further into the house there is a living space which can easily be converted to a home theatre and also a media nook.  Due to it being in the centre of the house I’d urge that updated to a display cabinet or bookshelf rather than a desk for paperwork.  I can only imagine how messy it would look in my household!

Ensure you take on the “optional’ extension so the main living and family area can fit a dining room table and lounge seating area.  This whole area can be quite serene and looking into the alfresco area or backyard.  The display home had an alfresco space fitted out with a covered alfresco, large outdoor kitchen style BBQ and decking.

The kitchen is an open plan kitchen with island benchtop with sink which can be quite handy.  Unlike some of the more current houses the Crystal MK4 does not have a butlers pantry or a walk in pantry.  Keep this in mind if you are the chef in the house!  There is scope to alter the kitchen and extend it slightly to be a more galley style kitchen to add additional cupboard and bench space.  The YES inclusions currently include a 40mm stone benchtop which can make the house have that extra feel of luxury.  SMEG appliances are currently on offer and as part of the YES package it includes a 900mm freestanding stove and oven combination and matching 900mm canopy rangehood.

The secondary bedrooms are a decent size and area all over the standard 3 m x 3 m.  One of the bedrooms which overlooks the backyard has a strange placement of the built-in robe but having been in the display home it doesn’t feel too awkward and can definitely be made to work.  For those who want all the secondary rooms together and don’t need a break out space, the 3 bedrooms clustered around the utility space of a full size bathroom and laundry the house can work quite well.  As usual I have an issue with the lack of a broom closet as there are two linen closets in close proximity – one in the laundry and one just opposite.

Conclusion

The Masterton Crystal MK4 is a lovely simple home.  It has 4 bedrooms, two main living spaces and is adequate space for a small family.  If you have two children, you can have space for a guest room or study.  The house is designed with the main living space at the rear of the house for great enjoyment in the NSW weather.  The bedrooms are clustered together away from the master bedroom.

Masterton builds across NSW.

Good Things

  • Price
  • Included high ceilings
  • Great inclusions
  • Reputable builder

Bad Things

  • Regular shape
  • Small pantry space

The Breakdown


Value
7
Features
7
Innovation
5




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