Alvar

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1005 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Alvar
Alvar-Vancouver-Exterior.jpg

The exterior of Alvar in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Bosa Properties Inc.
Architect Lawrence Doyle Young & Wright Architects
Management Company Gateway West Management
Number of Units 102
Number of Floors 28
Year Built 2004
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1005 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (392)
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Alvar's main entrance


When a building is located at an address that includes a street named Beach Avenue, the natural expectation is that there had better be a beach nearby, or at the very least a vantage point with an excellent view of the water. Fortunately for the residents of Alvar, its location more than lives up to the billing, offering up more than a couple of waterfront locations nearby as well as a true West Coast living experience to go with them.

Built in 2004 and spearheaded by Bosa Properties Inc., Alvar is a 28 floor tower with 102 units available for both sale and rent. It is a structure with a clean and elegant design that came courtesy of Lawrence Doyle Young & Wright Architects, and the quality of its exterior belies the residences that lie within. As expected for a luxury building that is located so close to Downtown Vancouver, Alvar offers a fairly generous selection of amenities for its residents, ranging from exercise equipment to a rec room they can relax in.[1]

While Alvar's proximity to a variety of parks and waterfront locations are undoubtedly a key selling point, one should not overlook the other nearby attractions either. With some of the finest shopping and cuisine available just a few minutes away in Yaletown, it stands to reason that Alvar's location may very well be an amenity in itself.


Location

An aerial shot of the Seawall

Located on 1005 Beach Avenue in Vancouver, Alvar finds itself close to many areas that showcase the city's natural side. Case in point, Alvar is only a few minutes away from the Seawall, a stone wall with a pathway that runs around the perimeter of Stanley Park, itself one of the largest urban parks in North America.[2] Patronized by pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters of all ages, walking the Seawall is an excellent way to see a lot of natural landscapes and urban development simultaneously, and it is no surprise that it is the most used facility in Stanley Park. Other notable locations nearby include Vanier Park and Sunset Beach Park. Should one want a more modern day out, the Yaletown neighbourhood is also close by, featuring an excellent nightlife and a fine selection of restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques.

A boon for prospective residents is the building's high walk score; clocking in at 93/100, it means that residents do not need to own vehicles to run their daily errands, as there are enough shops and services located within easy walking distance. Should residents need to travel somewhere outside the immediate neighbourhood, then they can rely on Vancouver's excellent transit system to get them to where they need to be.

Alvar is within close proximity of over 40 bus options, with additional coverage provided by three SkyTrain stations. Those with bicycles can use those as transportation as well, seeing as how downtown Vancouver's terrain is generally even and bike lanes are common among the streets.[3]

Construction

A typical kitchen in Alvar

Built in 2004, Alvar's construction is very much in line with many of its contemporaries. A 28 story concrete building equipped with a full rain screen for Vancouver's infamously unpredictable weather, much of its charm lies in its exterior design, with full credit going to Lawrence Doyle Young & Wright Architects for some of the choices they made.

The bold architecture close to the main entrance, in conjunction with the outdoor waterfall feature gives Alvar a refined air, and the effective contrast between the exterior finish and the myriad of glass only enhances the effect.

Though generally speaking the rest of the building is fairly safe from a design perspective, it works quite well aesthetically, and makes for a handsome appearance.

Layout and Features

Alvar's 102 units come in one and two bedroom configurations. The residences are average in terms of space, with one bedroom units starting at around 700 square feet, two bedroom residences ranging from 834-1066 square feet, and two bedroom residences with dens ranging from 1003-1562 square feet.[4]

The building's units come fairly well equipped, with features like hardwood flooring, granite counter tops, frame-less glass showers, floor to ceiling windows, and stainless steel appliances. Other features include electric fireplaces and balconies.[5]

Floor Plans

There is unfortunately a dearth of free floor plans for Alvar currently. With that said, there is video footage that shows off some of the building highlights, and would serve as an adequate look at what prospective residents may expect from Alvar.

[6] - View video from "References Section" at the bottom of this page.

Amenities

Alvar offers its residents a variety of amenities, such as:

  • Fitness centre
  • Whirlpool
  • Theatre
  • Games room
  • In-suite laundry



Bylaws

Alvar Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Rentals are permitted
  • Alvar is pet friendly
  • There is no age restriction on residents
  • Barbecues are allowed


Sustainability

Though the trend toward making buildings sustainable has increased as the 2000s have progressed, Alvar, unfortunately, is not part of this trend.

Surprisingly, a few relatively minor design changes could have improved the building's energy usage immensely. For instance, replacing all the windows with high efficiency dual glazed panes would net quite an improvement, considering how many windows there are.

In lieu of hypotheticals, then, it must fall to residents to reduce their impact on the environment by themselves. Recycling would be an excellent start, as it reduces needless waste. In addition, taking advantage of Vancouver's excellent transit would definitely reduce the damage to the atmosphere, if one was so inclined.

Trivia

References

  1. BC Condos - Alvar
  2. Wikipedia - Seawall
  3. Walk Score
  4. Wayne Pasco - Alvar
  5. 6717000.com - Alvar
  6. Alvar on Youtube
  7. Pacific Northwest Architecture - Alvar
  8. Vancouver Sun - Sylvia turns 100


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