Avila

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560 Cardero Street, Vancouver, BC

Avila
Avila-Vancouver-Exterior.jpg

A distance shot of Avila in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer ASPAC Development Ltd.
Architect Perkins & Company
Management Company Crosby Property Management
Number of Units 100
Number of Floors 21
Year Built 1998
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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560 Cardero Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Bus/SkyTrain service nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (312)
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Avila's main entrance


When one thinks of the Coal Harbour area, some of the things that immediately jump to mind are quiet days spent sailing on the water, or relaxing at one of the many peaceful spots near said water. Alternatively, one might imagine taking a leisurely stroll around the area, or looking at some of the historical buildings that are nearby. At any rate, it is doubtful that Coal Harbour would take precedence over areas like Downtown when it comes to discussing luxury residences, but nevertheless, they are very much present, with Avila being a prime example of one.

Constructed in 1998 and spearheaded by ASPAC Development, Avila is a 21 floor building with 100 units available for sale and rent. It was the design brainchild of Perkins & Company, and the firm did a good job in making sure that its building did not look too plain or staid.[1]

As expected of a building in its price range, it offers a range of amenities to its residents, the least of which are not the spectacular views of the West Coast landscape. In addition, the Coal Harbour area itself has a wealth of activities and attractions, as well as easy access to other parts of Vancouver.


Location

A shot of the surrounding neighbourhood

Avila is located in the Coal Harbour area of Vancouver, an area of the city with no small amount of historical significance. The name actually refers to two areas that are close to one another, with the Harbour proper being a section of Burrard Inlet that lies between Vancouver and Stanley Park.

Many businesses and settlements established themselves there in the late 1800s, such as the Vancouver Boating Club and the Pacific Lumber Mill Company. Currently, the area finds itself home to many marine-based businesses and services, and should one want to branch out a little bit Vancouver's Downtown Core is only a few blocks away, featuring some of the best shopping and restaurants the city has to offer.[2]

Those who live in Vancouver will sing praises about the fact that ownership of a car is anything but a necessity, as the city's transit system is first class. Case in point; there are 39 bus stops near Avila's front doors, along with three SkyTrain light rail stops nearby as well. An added bonus is that there are many necessities within easy walking distance of Avila, with a selection of schools, restaurants, grocery stores, and other necessary services being located under a kilometre away.[3]

Construction

A typical kitchen

Built much in the same vein as its contemporaries and successors, Avila is a structure constructed primarily of concrete and equipped with a full rain screen for Vancouver's famously rainy weather.

Like many architects, however, Perkins & Company managed to put a fair bit of love into Avila's design, making sure that it would not be just another run of the mill building on the outside. Avila's exterior makes effective use of curvature on one side of the structure, and the asymmetry does wonders for the design. The base colour scheme of white and grey is simple, but undeniably effective, and when combined with the sparing use of accents the result is a pronounced look of understated elegance.

Layout and Features

Avila has a wide selection of unit configurations available, with prospective residents being able to choose from one, two, three, and four bedroom residences, meaning that the building can cater to all types of tenants, from those seeking single occupancy to established families. Naturally, the units vary in size a fair bit, with the smallest one bedroom units starting at around 680 square feet and the largest four bedroom examples clocking in at around 3000 square feet.[4]

In terms of equipment, the residences come with gas fireplaces, granite counter tops, European style cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and balconies, among other features.

Floor Plans

Unfortunately, there are no free floor plans for Avila currently available. There is, however, video footage of the building that manages to showcase the units and their features, and would be well worth watching for curious parties.

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

Amenities

Some of the amenities that Avila offers include:

  • Hot tub
  • Squash court
  • Media room
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre



Bylaws

Avila Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • Rentals are permitted
  • Avila is pet-friendly
  • There is no age restriction on residents


Sustainability

As Avila was built in the late 1990s, it was erected before sustainability became a major buzzword in the construction industry. What is surprising, however, is the fact that it was designated a "Power Smart" building, indicating that it is more energy efficient than a typical building.

To improve on its energy efficiency, residents can further reduce their impact on the environment by taking action themselves. For instance, making sure not to leave faucets running or appliances on will go a long way toward reducing unnecessary water and electricity use. In addition, recycling would be a good way to cut down on excess waste.

Trivia

  • ASPAC Developments was formed in 1993, and are in fact best known for their work in converting Coal Harbour into a premier waterfront neighbourhood.[6]
  • Avila is the first of eight towers that are located on Coal Harbour's waterfront built by ASPAC.
  • The name was derived from the birthplace of Saint Teresa of Avila, a woman of some historical and theological renown in Roman Catholicism, and was named after the Spanish city she was born in.
  • Teresa is probably best known for her role in the Bernini sculpture The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa - not only did the work play a key role in Dan Brown's novel Angels and Demons, it also draws some infamy for its decidedly sensual overtones.
  • It shares its recreation area with its sister building Bauhinia.


References

  1. BC Condos - Avila
  2. Wikipedia - Coal Harbour
  3. Walk Score
  4. Vancouver Floor Plans - Avila
  5. Avila on Youtube
  6. ASPAC Developments - About


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