1277 Nelson

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1277 Nelson Street, Vancouver, BC

1277 Nelson

The uniquely designed 1277 Nelson Street development.
Building Information
Developer Hyland Pacific Group
Architect Henriquez & Partners Architects
Management Company Midland Pacific Reality
Number of Units 120
Number of Floors 20
Year Built 1995
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1277 Nelson Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit One block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-8
Title of Land Condominium




Vancouver's West End provides residents with a quieter address while still being located in the heart of Vancouver's downtown. This gives residents quick access to Vancouver's numerous parks, beaches and its famous downtown shops and restaurants. Not to mention that the neighbourhood itself is absolutely beautiful.

When 1277 Nelson was constructed in 1995, its was ahead of its time. Its cylindrical design immediately catches the eye and still looks futuristic nearly 20 years after its completion. This beautifully maintained building consists of 120 units over 20 levels. When it was constructed its was the developers goal to create a landmark in the West End.

It's safe to say that developers managed to accomplish this and then some. As 1277 Nelson offers cleverly designed units close to the best that this world class city has to offer. [1]


The West End of Vancouver is one of the most desired areas to live in all of the lower mainland. Being one of the first communities to be developed in all of Vancouver, it consists of a mixture of old growth trees, low rise developments with the occasional condominium and apartment complex's jutting out over the tree lined neighbourhood. The west end is ideally located since it is close to Stanley Park, English Bay and Coal Harbour. As well as the city's downtown core.

The West End exemplifies an old world charm that must have been felt by Vancouver's early inhabitants. As mentioned, this community retained much of its forest which really creates the feeling of living in a pacific rain forest. The West End is ideally suited for cyclists since the neighbourhood is criss-crossed with numerous bike lanes that lead directly to Vancouver's seawall.

Of course, the epicenter of Vancouver, its downtown core is located almost at 1277 Nelson's doorstep. Downtown Vancouver is home to the city's best restaurants and night life. It is also home to the shopping districts of Robson Street and Pacific Centre. It's not uncommon to see the streets of Vancouver teeming with people when the sun comes out. Which despite its reputation as a rainy city, happens quite frequently.

The other benefit of living in the West End is its proximity to public transit. 1277 Nelson is close to all forms of transit that include both the SkyTrain and the Canada Line. Providing convenient access to virtual all of the lower mainland. For those wishing to access Squamish, Whistler or any part of the Sea to Sky corridor, the West End is located close to Lions Gate Bridge which provides access to the Sea to Sky Highway. [2]


1277 Nelson stands alone with its unique design

1277 Nelson was among the first developments to be built under the Vancouverism model. This concrete structure has cylinder like shape that contrasts most buildings in the west end that were built using box-like symmetrical designs.

The one and two bedroom units feature spectacular 360 degree views of downtown Vancouver. The floor to ceiling windows enables residents sweeping views of English Bay, the north shore mountains, Stanley park and the downtown skyline.

Since the neighbours of 1277 Nelson are low rise developments, this means that these views go uncontested. Another important feature to note is that 1277 Nelson is among only a handful of new developments to the area.

Giving residents all the modern luxuries they should expect from a new condominium building. Though 1277 Nelson is nearly 20 years, it has been immaculately maintained by its strata council and definitely does not show its age.

Units are of modern contemporary design and feature open kitchens, large bedrooms and open outdoor patios. Developers also added an array of gardens and water works around the perimeter of the building in order to bolster its appearance within the community.

Which it certainly does, as 1277 Nelson doesn't just blend into its community, its become the focal point of it. [3]

Layout and Features

Features include:

  • Open kitchens
  • Granite counter tops
  • Outdoor patios


Floor Plans

Unfortunately there are no floor plans available online. However, there is a video tour through the link provided. [5]


Amenities include:

  • Exercise centre
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Bike storage
  • Underground parking


1277 Nelson Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Pets are welcome at 1277 Nelson
  • Rentals are allowed
  • There are no age requirements concerning the sale or rental of units at 1277 Nelson.
  • Barbecues are permitted
  • 1277 Nelson is a non-smoking building


1277 Nelson was built in 1997, just prior to the sustainability movement that now takes into consideration how a building's construction effects the environment.

One aspect of 1277 Nelson's contribution to a sustainability in the environment, is by its location alone. 1277 Nelson is located just a few blocks away from the Burrard SkyTrain Station and a bus runs right in front of it. This enables residents easy access to most of the lower mainland without the use of a car. Its location downtown also enables residents to run their errands on foot.

Vancouver has an extensive recycling and composting program in place. Residents can take advantage using the proper receptacle bins located at 1277 Nelson. [6]


The West End seen here in 1926, has had a long and illustrious history

Like all of Vancouver, the West End was originally a forested wilderness. The area was purchased in 1862 by John Morton, Samuel Brighouse, and William Hailstone, three men known as the "Three Greenhorn Englishmen," or just the "Three Greenhorns," owing to the belief that the naive men paid too much for the remote land. The men had plans to establish a brickworks on the shore of Coal Harbour, and their land claim was originally staked with the hopeful intent of mining for porcelain clays, but the grade of clay was not fine enough for that use.

Later, with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway, with its terminus at nearby Coal Harbour, the West End became Vancouver's first upscale neighbourhood, home to the richest railroad families. Many of these families lived along Georgia Street, known at that time as "Blue Blood Alley" for all the posh mansions built there. Later mansions (including the Davie mansion) were built in then remoter areas of the West End as the financial district's land values displaced the high-toned residences.

In 1956, City Council enacted the new zoning bylaws recommended for the West End. They eliminated height restrictions and introduced a new tool for controlling development: floor space ratio. It is a metric still used today – calculated by dividing the total square footage of a building by its total site area. The number of building sites doubled from 1955 to 1956. It spawned an explosion of high-rise apartments, fueled by the booming economy, and while the rest of North America burst out into suburbia, the West End experienced a 50% increase in population in the 1960s. [7]


  1. BC Condos
  2. Eco Realty
  3. Stephen Burke Reality
  4. Rew Real Estate
  5. Video Tour
  6. City of Vancouver Recycling
  7. The Independent

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