Alda

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1275 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC

Alda
Alda-exterior.jpg

Alda's historic looking facade
Building Information
Developer Landmark Development
Architect Rafii Architects Inc
Management Company Crosby
Number of Units 59
Number of Floors 6
Year Built 2002
Construction Method Concrete
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1275 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than a block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning HA-3
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Railyard and Yaletown industrial and warehouse buildings

Alda is consisted to be a loft style building. It is situated in the heart of Yaletown among the historical brick buildings.

Yaletown started to emerge in the 18th century when the Canadian Pacific Railway needed warehousing and industrial facilities. Originally, it was planned that the area would be used for the rail way and then be exempt from local taxes.

The area wasn't developed for residential use until the 1980s and it turned into a desirable business location.

Today, Yaletown has a reputation to be the hip and exciting place to be. There is a large social aspect to the area made up by all the restaurants and bars as well as a cultural feel due to the museums and art galleries. [1]

Location

Yaletown

Alda is located right in the heart of Yaletown. Yaletown is known for its beautiful architecture, fine dining, and huge range of interesting boutiques.

Dog Day Afternoon, Taste of Yaletown, outdoor movie night and Opus Hotel Street Party are some of the annual events that Yaletown proudly hosts. Over they years they have become more and more popular and the keeps the good reputation of the community growing.

Notable locations in the area include Vancouver International Film Centre, Wall Centre, Spa and UBC Robson Square, Seawall, Dairy Queen, BC Place and the Contemporary Art Gallery.

The bus stops are within walking distance and so is Yaletown-Roundhouse Skytrain. [2]

There are so many convinces within walking distance of Alda that a car is not required to complete typical daily errands. Some of these amenities include Cache Bistro & Lounge restaurant, Yaletown Gelato coffee, and Dodi Market groceries. [3]

Construction

Main Entrance

Alda is a concrete building with a full rain screen. It brings the Yaletown character into its exterior and blends in with the historic community.

It is clad in golden bricks that complement the black window frames of the European style windows that are able to open.

The Juliet balconies are truly what ties the facade into the Yaletown atmosphere. They have black steel and glass handrails.

The entrance is a classical arch with double entry doors that are inviting and welcoming. Combined with the brick pavers and the steel glass canopy, it brings an elegance that is reflected all the way down the street front. [4]

Layout and Features

Alda Interiors

The lobby shows off by presenting itself with 20 foot ceilings, hand set ceramic tile floors with terrazzo circles, a five foot stainless steel clock above the elevator, wall mounted light boxes with an expressive color scheme, and an ebony elevator with three dimensional panels.

The suites feature air conditioning, high ceilings, Juliet balconies or private decks, tilt and turn windows, custom designed storage over the main bedroom, electric fireplaces, surround sound, and in suite laundry.

The bathroom contain walnut laminate vanities, white tile floors, soaker tubs, and custom built in medicine cabinets.

Kitchens have polished chrome faucets, a mobile island, a white dishwasher with a stainless steel interiors, side by side refrigerators, a gas stove with hood fan and microwave, an in sink disposer, Italian rubbed laminate cabinets, metal cabinetry with frosted glass inserts, under counter lighting, a glass tile back splash, and a gourmet pantry with a built in wine rack.

There is also secure, underground parking, visitor parking and storage lockers.

Maintenance fees include garbage pick-up, gas, hot water, and management.[5]

Floor Plans

Amenities

Alda offers the following amenities:

  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Bike Room
  • In Suite Laundry
  • Storage

Although Alda does not have as many amenities as some other condominiums with pools and restaurants, it should be noted that the mere location of the building allows easy access to amenities such as gyms, parks and entertainment of all sorts.

Bylaws

Alda Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes



  • 2 pets allowed
  • Rentals allowed

Sustainability

There is no record of Alda using any sort of sustainability practice.

However, residents can ensure they're doing everything to conserve out natural resources by doing simple things such as:

  • turning off lights and taps when not in use
  • unplugging appliances that aren't in use
  • turn off computers at night

Trivia

  • Bands who originated in Vancouver include The New Pornographers, Tegan and Sara, Kid Koala, Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan, Heart and Michael Bublé.
  • Vancouver is sometimes referred to as Hollywood North because it has the third biggest in film production. Movies and television shows filmed in the area include 21 Jump Street, Fringe, The L Word, Smallville, Hellcats, Battlestar Gallactica, MacGyver, and The X-Files. [6]
  • The term "Skid Row," used to describe the seedier areas large cities possibly originated in Vancouver in the 1800's.
  • Howard Hughes, the famous reclusive billionaire, spent a couple of years in the early 70's in a suite in the Bayshore Hotel at the entrance to Stanley Park. [7]
  • In 1886, Vancouver had a population of about 1,000 and there were three daily newspapers
  • The 1937 movie The Great Barrier was an adventure based on the CPR’s passing through the Rocky Mountains in 1887. The locomotive used in the movie was No. 374. The actual locomotive that came into Vancouver in 1887 is now on display in the Roundhouse in Yaletown. [8]


References

  1. Holiday Velvet
  2. BC Condos
  3. Walk Score
  4. BC Condos
  5. BC Condos
  6. Blog Ted
  7. Vancouver
  8. Vancouver Sun


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