Augustine Gardens

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2010 and 2020 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Augustine Gardens
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Exterior view of Augustine Gardens in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Amacon Developments
Architect Bill McCreery
Management Company Crosby Property Management
Number of Units 60
Number of Floors 4
Year Built 1988
Construction Method Wood Frame
Type of Roof PMR
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2010 and 2020 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 30 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning RM-4
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Augustine Gardens in the trendy Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver shares a similar name with a Catholic parish located just one block north on West 7th Avenue, St. Augustine's Church. There's also a Catholic school affiliated with the church.
Wood frame strata in picturesque location

Augustine Gardens is a four-story strata with 60 units shared between the building on 2010 West 8th Avenue and its sister building on 2020 West 8th Avenue. The buildings were constructed in 1988.

Perhaps the name for this building was inspired by the life of St. Augustine of Hippo, who is regarded as an influential church father of Western Christianity. At a young age, he and some friends stole pears from a neighbour's garden - the event he pinpoints as the start of his sinful tendencies. Many years later, a garden would again have significance in his life as he had a conversion experience to Christianity in a garden when he was 44 years old.[1]

Augustine Gardens in Kitsilano offers a tranquil setting on a blossom tree-lined street with outdoor space and beautiful views of the city and mountains from the top floors.


Location

Augustine Gardens is located on West 8th Avenue between Arbutus and Maple Streets. This setting puts it in the heart of Kitsilano, a desirable area because of the trendy shopping and dining on West 4th Avenue, Broadway, Burrard and Granville Street, as well as nearby Kitsilano Beach that has parks, seaside walking and bike paths, a pool, white sand, and volleyball nets. This area is extremely bike-friendly and only a block away from major bus routes.[2]

Nearby attractions include Granville Island and Vanier Park that hosts Bard on the Beach in the summertime and the Museum of Vancouver. Other parks in the area are Delamont Park, Rosemary Brown Park, Connaught Park, Seaforth Peace Park, and Granville Park.

Residents with families have their choice of schools with St. Augustine's, Madrona School, Little Sorbonne Language School, Lord Tennyson Elementary, St John's International School, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, St. John's School and Century High School nearby.[3]

A number of grocery stores, sushi places, and ethnic restaurants like Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, Maenam Thai Restaurant, and Simpatico Greek Restaurant offer a variety of dining options. The legendary Sophie's Cosmic Café is nearby, a retro diner that's been around as long as Augustine Gardens.[4]

Construction

Augustine Gardens is a four-story low-rise freehold strata built in 1988 by Amacon Developments and designed by Bill McCreery.[5] It has a unique wood frame construction that makes it look more like a house, fitting in with its residential setting and West coast contemporary architecture.[6] The building has an elevator and is wheelchair accessible.

Layout and Features

The 60 units in Augustine Gardens come with big windows, in-suite storage, gas fireplaces, and patios or balconies depending on which of the four floors the unit occupies. The top floors have skylights.[7] Hardwood floors, crown mouldings, and floor-to-ceiling windows give the suites a modern and elegant feel. Kitchens come with marble countertops and stainless steel appliances.[8] The master bedrooms have large walk-in closets. Most layouts at Augustine Gardens are one or two bedrooms.

Floor Plans

Here is a sample floor plan for Augustine Gardens. The link referenced here[9] also shows a video panorama of a unit.

Amenities

  • in-suite laundry
  • bike room
  • balcony or patio
  • mountain and city views on third and fourth floors
  • parking
  • garden[10]

Bylaws

Augustine Gardens Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



Pets and rentals are allowed at Augustine Gardens with some restrictions on rentals.[7] There is no age restriction.

Sustainability

While Augustine Gardens was not designed as a 'green' building, residents can reduce their carbon footprint by taking advantage of the strata's convenient location for walking, biking, or taking transit to get around the city and for doing daily errands.

Trivia

Step back in time at Sophie's Cosmic Café

Sophie's Cosmic Café at 4th Avenue and Arbutus Street boasts an eclectic decor of metal lunch boxes, vintage toys, and original art works from national and international artists such as Ken Lum, Sonny Assu, Fred Herzog, and Victor Nowicki.[11] Residents never know which celebrities they may spot at this popular location. In 2012, Vancouver-born actor Ryan Reynolds brought his now-wife Blake Lively here for lunch.[12]

References

  1. Wikipedia-Augustine of Hippio
  2. Lofts Vancouver
  3. BC Condos
  4. Walk Score
  5. Wayne Pasco
  6. Van City Condo
  7. 7.0 7.1 Live Kitsilano
  8. Shara Turner
  9. Team Andruff
  10. Selling in Vancouver
  11. Sophie's Cosmic Café
  12. Vancouver Sun


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