Aquarius

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  • Aquarius I - 1199 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC
  • Aquarius II - 198 Aquarius Mews, Vancouver, BC
  • Aquarius III - 189 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Aquarius Villas - 1111 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC
Aquarius
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Aquarius aerial view
Building Information
Developer Concord Pacific Developments
Management Company Rancho
Number of Units 480
Number of Floors Aquarius I 38 levels - Aquarius II 32 levels - Aquarius III - 15 levels Aquarius Villas 13 levels
Year Built 1999
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1199 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Freehold Strata


Contents

Background

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False Creek and its surrounding shore line was once the Industrial center of Vancouver. For the Great Northern Railway and the Canadian Northern Pacific it was the terminus station. Along this shallow inlet many sawmills and small port operations prospered until the early 1950s. A long slow decline began as the movement of industries, perhaps in part due to the shallow waters of the inlet, migrated to more industrial areas over in the Burrard inlet and along the Fraser River where larger vessels could reach the commodity driven industries of the time. This would change the look and future of False Creek.

In the early 1960s, the debate was on to develop the area. On one side of the debate City planners considered more infrastructure to be built. On the other side of the debate, it seemed to some people that False Creek was under threat of annihilation by freeways and road systems.

A visionary named Walter Hardwick, a Professor at the University of British Columbia, and a group of concerned and influential citizens came together under the banner The Electors Action Movement, or TEAM. They changed the process and the way land use decisions were made. Dr. Hardwick envisioned the retrofit of this industrial water front into a thriving mixed use community; quite ahead of his time. By 1968 Walter Hardwick was now in charge of the city's redevelopment team and with the federal government on board, who owned Granville Island. They brought to us what is now the south false creek community we see today. Green space, public water front access on seawalls, Granville Island life-style markets, a live theater, and a world class art college. All this became Vancouver’s direction for the future. In 1972, Dr Hardwick's vision was finally realized for South False Creek (SFC).

The North Shore of False Creek (NFC) saw a major transformation in the 1980s with Expo 86. After the worlds fair was over, the land was up for sale. Li Ka-Shing's company, Concord Pacific, purchased the whole site lock stock and barrel for $145 million. At the time, Li Ka-Shing , a business magnate, investor, and philanthropist was thought to be the richest man in Asia. Thanks to the hard work of Dr.Hardwick, public participation brought the same input to this development of NFC as it did eight or ten years earlier in SFC.

The result was a publicly accessible shore line on the sea wall, lots of green space and parks, street level shops and cafes, school sites, day care and low income housing. Even though the new neighbourhood of NFC grew in density to around 100 units per acre adding 50,000 residents, the City of Vancouver and the developers pulled it off. Today the NFC is a sustainable, cultural and equitable high quality place to live.[1]


Location

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Nestled on the water's edge in North False Creek, the Aquarius complex, from the air at least, has a somewhat fortress-like appearance. The four Aquarius properties sit on the corners of Marinaside Crescent and to the north, Pacific Boulevard . Town homes and commercial units make up and connect the four towers. The open air courtyard provides some serenity with its green space, a lightly landscaped garden and small pools complete with winding pathways and small bridges. Numerous theatres and fine restaurants populate this neighbourhood. Hot yoga, fitness programs and high tech gyms running 24/7 all service the North False Creek community's passion for fitness and quality of life.

The Aquarius, another of Vancouver walker's paradises, sits smack in the middle of the NFC community where most big city amenities are within walking distance. Aquabus service to the markets at Granville Island and seawall bike routes make this central location quite livable. [2]

Construction

Aquarius I

Aquarius I weighs in at 38 levels houses 189 units and was completed late 1999. Built of concrete, aluminum, brick and glass Aquarius I was fully rain-screened. In the neighborhoods of Yale town and NFC, at 98 meters, Aquarius "I" may not be king in this chess board of towers, however, it most definitely stands out and makes you take notice where ever your vantage point may be.[3]


Aquarius II

Aquarius II at 33 levels built in 1999, its architectural style is modernism, very similar to its sister building Aquarius I. Built of concrete, aluminum and glass Aquarius II was also rain-screened. All the lobbies of the Aquarius complex are palatial, two to three stories in height with marble floors, secure elevator access and a concierge service 24 hours a day, this style and elegance befits the Aquarius complex appropriately.


Aquarius III

Aquarius III has 15 levels and stands 37 meters high. There are 84 homes within a modernist designed building. Built in 1999 of concrete, aluminum and glass with some brick work at ground level, this building also includes rain-screen technology. Almost triangular in shape Aquarius III hosts some very unique floor plans. All Aquarius lobbies are impressive. The doors in the Aquarius III open to a stunning polished marble mosaic floor.


Aquarius Villas

At 13 levels Aquarius Villas has only 23 luxury homes. Built in 1999, Architect James Cheng's Vancouverism style is evident in the Villa and a strong influence through out the Aquarius complex. Concrete and Azure glass defines Vancouver’s skyline and the Aquarius complex next to its virtual twin the Marinaside takes center stage.[4]


Layout and Features

With 480 units in four buildings and numerous retail and town home additions at street level describing the layouts can be a daunting task. So the Condopedia Team have attached a walk around Youtube short video in the reference section of this page. [5]

Floor Plans

Some floor plan examples of the over 480 suites in the Aquarius complex.

Amenities

Bylaws

Aquarius Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues yes


  • Rentals are allowed.
  • Up to two pets, cat or dog, are allowed.
  • There are no age restrictions for ownership.
  • Barbecues are allowed.

Sustainability

The citizens of Yale town and North False Creek have excellent access to rapid transit. All manner of R-transit are key components to the high quality of life enjoyed by the residents along Concord Pacific’s North False Creek development. Vancouver residents are conscious of their carbon foot print and rapid transit is making leaps and bounds in use and ridership with new lines in the planning stages.

Vancouver residents see the value of living close to a transit hub as one reason to require one less car, and to qualify for a better mortgage. There is a transit equation citing property values verses transit locations.

For example, along the Cambie Street corridor, property values climbed 19 percent during construction of the Canada Line and then a year after completion of the light rail line it rose a further 14 percent. The 33 percent increase stands to this day, a sure sign that Vancouverites want to live close to transit hubs and embrace rapid transit as the way to get around.[6]

Trivia

Vancouver Fire Department - circa 1914
Vancouver Fire Department - responding to a call in 1915
Early Vancouver

In 1886, Vancouver was little more than a hamlet. The land between what is now Cambie and Main Streets was being cleared. A strong squall came up and the fire that was set to clear the brush got out of control destroying this fledgling community. Having just incorporated, Vancouver couldn't cope with an out of control brush fire. Mayor MacLean, with a lone constable named John Stewart, watched helplessly as their town burned to the ground.

When the smoke cleared only a few stone buildings remained. Dozens of lives were lost and the property loss must have been devastating. However, the people of the day picked up the pieces and in only four days started rebuilding their community. Shortly after the fire, Vancouver’s first fire brigade was set up complete with a fire hall, water tanks and fire fighting equipment paid for by local donations.[7]

References

  1. Wikipedia - History of False Creek
  2. Walk score
  3. Storyteller's Words
  4. Wikipedia on Vancouverism
  5. You-tube walk through of a three bedroom home in Aquarius Villas
  6. The future in metro Vancouver
  7. Wikipedia


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