Alto

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1205 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC

Alto
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Alto, winner of 2010 Urban Development Institutes award for best property re-use.
Building Information
Developer Anthem Properties
Architect Howard Bingham Hill Architects
Management Company Rancho Management
Number of Units 112
Number of Floors 14
Year Built 2010
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1205 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit 50 options
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Alto's entrance


In 2010, Anthem Properties was awarded the Urban Development Institutes Award of Excellence for the category of Best Urban Infill (property re-use) for their Alto project. A Texaco gas station stood on this corner of Howe and Davie Streets until 1990 then once the soil was remediated, Anthem started developing the site into a 14 level, 110 suite building.

At the time of construction, Alto was the only project in Vancouver to offer ten foot ceilings throughout.

There is 5000 square feet of commercial retail space on the ground level and at the time of this writing, tenants are Caya Telus and Nando's Restaurant.[1]


Location

Alto is central to absolutely everything. It borders on the West End, Yaletown, English Bay and the downtown core to the north. It is within minutes of the beach and the Seawall, the little harbour ferries to Granville Island, BC Place, Rogers Arena, Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver Art Gallery, and also Stanley Park.

This area has seen a few of the busiest night clubs close their doors in the last few years creating a more civilized residential area. The Luv-a-Fair on Seymour closed and shortly after completion of Alto the Odyysey Night Club on Howe Street closed its doors.

Most recently the Yale at the south end of downtown's Granville Street closed in 2012. The corner of Davie and Howe is a very busy area but Alto has built many private areas built into the complex allowing residents space when wanted.

Construction

Construction in 2008


Anthem acquired this 18,000 square foot corner property in 2006 and was breaking ground by 2008. Because the previous use was a gas station, the land sat vacant for a number of years while the soil was remediated and awaiting clearance from the Environmental authorities.

Completed in 2010, Alto is a classic concrete, glass and steel building. Many outdoor areas, terraces and patios were built into the project and on different levels. There are garden areas and a living green wall in the inner courtyard.[2]


Layout and Features

The ten foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, double height cabinets, balconies, patios and terraces all combine to make the floor plans seem bigger than their measurements. The four townhouses have patios ranging in size from 967-1073 square feet.[3]

There is 5000 square feet of ground level commercial space on the corner of Davie and Howe Streets.

Floor Plans

It is often necessary to request floor plans from real estate agents representing units for sale.

Alto offers studio, one and two bedroom suites as well as four townhouses.

Amenities

Here are a few of the amenities available to residents:

  • Bike room
  • Garden
  • Second floor workshop
  • Third floor lounge and billiards
  • Seventh floor terrace with outdoor fireplace and barbecue
  • Parking
  • Storage
  • Volvo C30

Bylaws

Alto Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



There are no restrictions in Alto except for the number of pets allowed. Residents are allowed two pets that are a combination of cat and dog or two of each.

Sustainability

Residents can participate in the regular recycling programs for paper, glass, metal, and cardboard. There is bike storage available, bike lanes are available on some routes downtown, and the seawall with a biking lane is just a few blocks away.

The many terraces patios and deck areas throughout Alto are landscaped with vegetation which helps with the overall heating and cooling systems in the building.

With a walk score of 98 and approximately 50 transit options including car share available, all necessities are easily accessed by foot or transit.[4]

A Volvo C30 car share was made available to residents as part of the developer's sales program.[5]

Trivia

It took Imperial Oil a decade to remediate the site at the corner of Howe and Davie Street where they closed a Texaco gas station. They were required to remove contaminated soil and hydrocarbon vapours. The extraction of vapours through drill holes into surrounding roads was a gradual process that spanned several years. Their final compliance certificate was awarded in 2005 and the sale of the land to Anthem properties took place in 2006. Anthem broke ground in 2008 on the Alto project once the green light was given by the city for the 14 floor mixed-use development.[6]

References

  1. Nahid Real Estate
  2. Pasco Real Estate
  3. Pasco Real Estate
  4. Walkscore
  5. Alto blog
  6. Business in Vancouver 2007


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