3130 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
|Management Company||Kyle Properties|
|Number of Units||60|
|Number of Floors||3|
|Construction Method||Wood Frame|
|Type of Roof||Asphalt|
|3130 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than a block|
|Title of Land||Strata|
Avanti was built on a site that previously hosted a small household that had been built before 1946. The area at this time had been heavily populated with many young people, primarily students, but the culture of the neighborhood hadn't always been that way.
Coming into the 20th century, the area had been heavily populated with trees, primarily evergreens. A salmon canning factory sat at the foot of MacDonald Street, and it is said that it was unable to handle the hundreds of thousands of fish caught in 1900.
The three main events that contributed to the development of Kitsilano are the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Electric Railway streetcar line, and the Burrard Bridge. Even with all these advances in transportation, south to 16th Avenue was not fully developed for another few decades. 
The people in the Kitsilano community have a reputation of fighting for what they want. As early as 1907 they lobbied for sewers and tram services. All that effort has made the community what it is. Today the area is home to just under 40,000 people.
Avanti is located in the Kitsilano community west of downtown Vancouver. The area sits primarily along the coast and is known for its salty ocean air and primarily residential atmosphere. There are two main commercial strips with many retail stores, restaurants and organic foods.
Attractions in the area include Burrard Bridge, Kitsilano Beach, the Museum of Vancouver, and H. R. MacMillian Space Center. The area also contains 17 parks, six with playgrounds. The Kitsilano Showboat is an open air amphitheater that hosts free summer entertainment with local bands, dance groups, and many other performers. 
The community hosts many annual events such as the Vancouver International Children's Festival, the Bard on the Beach outdoor Shakespeare festival, and the Celebration of Lights fireworks.
To complete daily errands, most residents at 3130 West 4th Avenue do not require the use of a car. Within walking distance are conveniences such as Milestones Grill & Bar, Corner Cup Coffee House, Serenity Natural Foods, and Point Grey Park. 
Wood frame is only permitted in British Columbia for buildings up to six stories. The reasoning for this is primarily due to fire protection and other safety concerns. These buildings were constructed with galvanized metal fasteners designed to survive lateral forces that may be experienced by winds and earthquakes.
Structurally, it is possible to have a wood frame building taller than six floors. There are many new innovative technologies in Europe that involve wood frame construction. Most engineers in British Columbia are hesitant to try these new technologies because they have not yet been tested in the area. However, the Olympic Oval in Richmond used Cross Laminated Timber Technology and it has held out beautifully.
Layout and Features
The townhouses feature wide plank engineered hardwood flooring, street level entry, up to 12 foot ceilings, a fireplace, and patio or outdoor spaces. 
Kitchens have maple laminate cabinetry, a large amount of counter space, a raised breakfast bar and appliances including a fridge, garburator, microwave and washer and dryer.
Maintenance fees include garbage pick up, gardening, gas, hot water and management. 
Here are some examples of the spaces and layouts within Avanti:
- In-suite laundry
- Parking stalls
- Private landscaped patios
Within the neighborhood there are other amenities such as gyms, parks, yoga studios and salons.
- Pets are allowed, two maximum
- Rentals are allowed
- Barbecue are permitted
- Smoking is not allowed
There is no evidence of the owners of Avanti striving to create a green building. However, the use of light wood frame construction has both some positive and negative characteristics when it comes to sustainability and the environment.
Wood is a renewable resource, meaning we can always grow more. It isn't like oil or granite with a limited amount. It also has a low-embodied energy, meaning that not a lot of energy is used to manufacture lumber. Also, it can be recycled, which is important when it comes to storing carbon.
There is a downside to using wood construction. That is we lose many of our beautiful forests and end up with bald patches on mountains. Yes, replanting does help, but the damage produced is instant, and it can take 100 years for the trees to grow back to provide the habitat it had before.
- Lululemon, Vancouver’s famous yoga wear chain, opened its first store in Kitsilano.
- The streets in Kitsilano that are named after trees, were supposed to be alphabetical, but the draftsman neglected to do so.
- Tatlow Park, at Point Grey, was the location of one of the first movies to be filmed in Vancouver: A Cold Day in the Park.
- Sam Greer was one of the first non-native settlers in Kitsilano. He lived on the beach because he had lost his land to the Canadian Pacific Railway. He went to jail for shooting and wounding the sheriff who had come to evict him. 
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