Artech

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336 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Artech
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Artech Lofts in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Earl Cunningham
Management Company National Pacific
Number of Units 67
Number of Floors 4
Year Built 1994
Construction Method Concrete and steel
Type of Roof IRMA
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336 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Distance to Public Transit Over 10 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning IC-3
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Artech Lofts are specifically designed and zoned for artists or business owners who want to live and work in the same space. Although this low-rise building has the appearance of warehouse-turned-loft, it was never a former warehouse. It does, however, echo many features of warehouse-style lofts, including double-height ceilings, two-level layouts, and a large office, sleeping, and kitchen area.

The exposed concrete and steel frame enhances this warehouse experience, making Artech one of the most sought-after buildings for those who want to comfortably go to work without ever leaving home.[1]

Artech is a freehold strata with four levels and 67 units. The common rooftop deck invites spectacular northern views of the city and mountains, as well as a great place for barbecuing and entertaining.

Location

These live/work units are located in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. This area is short walking distance to Main Street, Vancouver's historic street divider between the east and west sides of Vancouver. Many artists call Main Street their home as it offers a trendy and eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, boutique stores and cafes. Nearby restaurants include Narrow Lounge, The Foundation, Nirvana Restaurant, Salt 'n Pepper Grill, and Campagnolo. Downtown is only a few stops away, accessible by bus or SkyTrain.

Nearby attractions include Science World and the Olympic Village. There are music and dance studios in the area for residents with this artistic bent. The Main Street SkyTrain station and several bus stops provide easy connections for residents to get around the city, including to and from downtown. Artech has a Walk Score of 89 out of 100.[2]


Construction

The exposed warehouse look inside

Typical of many warehouse-inspired studios, Artech has a concrete and steel frame with exposed beams and ceilings in the interior, giving it that 'raw' look that many artists gravitate to. The hallways and delivery-sized elevators also feature this industrial appearance.

The floors are polished concrete, hardwood, tile or laminate.[3] [4]

Most ceilings are 16 feet but some go as high as 21 feet.[5]

Layout and Features

Units in Artech have two floors and come with a washer and dryer, fridge, gas stove and fireplace, microwave, and window coverings. The studios combine living and working areas with built-in storage space, in-suite laundry, and customizable kitchens.

Some distinguishing interior features include a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf and a 16 foot climbing wall.[6] The top loft unit, or penthouse suite, walks out onto the enormous rooftop patio.[7]

Floor Plans

Artech offers two-level layouts. Here is a sample of a floor plan.

[8] This link provides a video of a renovated suite showing maximum usage of space.

Amenities

  • Bike Room
  • In-suite Laundry
  • Mountain and city views
  • Common gallery on ground floor[9]
  • Attached workshop[10]

Bylaws

Artech Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


Pets and rentals are allowed with certain restrictions.

While there is no age restriction, the units are designed for residents who want to run a business out of their home or for artists working out of home.

Barbecues exist only on the landscaped rooftop since studios do not come with balconies.

Sustainability

While Artech was not designed as a 'green' building and thereby offers little in the way of sustainability, it does have a landscaped roof deck for residents who enjoy gardening, as well as a bike room for those who wish to exercise. Its central location makes daily errands convenient by transit or foot.


Trivia

Main Street was originally named "Westminster Avenue" because it connects to New Westminster Road (now called Kingsway). The name changed in 1910 from the urging of local merchants who wanted to imbue the street with a more cosmopolitan flavour.[11]

Although Vancouver has a vibrant and growing art scene, there isn't a lot of suitable space for artists and their production requirements. The City of Vancouver is looking to change this by expanding its zoning bylaw so that artists can rent in all industrial districts. Previously, restrictions were placed on artists wishing to rent in most industrial areas, with exceptions for those considered "high-impact" artists. If plans go through, the amount of studio space would jump from two million square feet in 70 acres of industrial lands to 28 million square feet in 1300 acres. The Vancouver Sun article referenced in the link provides more details.[12]

References

  1. Albrighton Real Estate
  2. Walk Score
  3. BC Condos
  4. Vancouver Luxury Realty
  5. Albrighton Real Estate
  6. BC Condos
  7. Albrighton Real Estate
  8. Jay McInnes
  9. [1]
  10. Vancouver Real Estate
  11. Wikipedia - Main Street
  12. Vancouver Sun article - Artist Studio Spaces

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