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535 Nicola Street, Vancouver, BC


A snapshot of Bauhinia in Vancouver's Coal Harbour neighbourhood
Building Information
Developer ASPAC Development Ltd.
Architect Perkins & Company
Management Company Crosby Property Management
Number of Units 101
Number of Floors 24
Year Built 1998
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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535 Nicola Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Bus/SkyTrain service available
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (312)
Title of Land Strata



The sign that greets visitors upon arrival

ASPAC Development knew that they had quite the task on their hands when they started their extensive project at Coal Harbour all those years ago. Fortunately for everyone involved, their first attempt at a luxury building, Avila, was more than equal to the task at hand, and the same sentiment certainly goes for its sister building, Bauhinia.

Bauhinia was completed in 1998, and is a 24 floor building with 101 units available for both sale and rent.[1] Like Avila, it was developed by ASPAC and designed by the architects at Perkins & Company, and the two share a similar appearance, though one would have absolutely no problem discerning between the two structures.

As expected of a luxury condominium, Bauhinia has a generous selection of amenities on tap, with the most prominent one perhaps being its prime waterfront location. With so many things do see and do in the Coal Harbour area proper (to say nothing of the nearby Downtown Core) it is tremendously unlikely the residents will grow bored of their neighbourhood any time soon.


A wide-angle shot of the surrounding neighbourhood

Bauhinia is located in Coal Harbour close to its sibling, and while it is the urban neighbourhood that draws most of the attention nowadays there is no doubt that the original Coal Harbour region - a nearby section of Burrard Inlet - should not be overlooked in favour of modern development. The region has a fair bit of historical significance, with Native settlements and coal mines being only some of the notable sites that have occupied Coal Harbour over the years.

There are, of course, a surplus of marine related businesses still operating there even today, such as the Vancouver Rowing Club, as well as a number of heritage buildings from times gone by. Finally, the Downtown Core is located a few minutes away from Bauhinia, so residents will always have the city's best shopping and nightlife just a few blocks down the street.[2]

A major perk of living at Bauhinia is the fact that running daily errands does not require a car. There are many stores and services within easy walking distance, from supermarkets to schools. There is also the impressive transit system to consider, as Bauhinia has 39 bus options servicing its area.

As if that wasn't enough, Vancouver's light rail system, the SkyTrain, has three stations near Bauhinia as well, meaning that a large portion of the Lower Mainland is accessible without the use of a car.[3]


A shot of a typical bathroom

Like its sister building, Bauhania is a traditionally constructed concrete building that is equipped with a full rain screen for when the weather turns foul, as it often does in Vancouver.

Perhaps owing to the fact that Bauhinia is also designed by Perkins & Company, it bears a striking resemblance to its predecessor, Avila, with a similar colour scheme and use of curvature in the upper part of the tower. While the pair are not identical (they can be distinguished fairly easily) there is no denying the shared lineage, though this is not a bad thing in any way.

It is still a rather attractive building, if a little bit subdued, and certainly looks like the luxury residence that it is.

Layout and Features

Bauhinia is a building that has no problem catering to multiple demographics, as its units come in one, two, three, and four bedroom configurations.

The residences have a fair variance in terms of size, with the smallest one bedroom units measuring in at just under 800 square feet and the largest four bedroom units measuring in at over 3000 square feet.[4]

The residences have a fairly extensive feature list, with the units offering luxuries such as gas fireplaces, heated bathroom floors, European style fixtures, stainless steel appliances, balconies, and a built-in water purification system.

Floor Plans

It is unfortunate that Bauhinia does not offer free floor plans for public viewing at this time. There is, however, an alternative option for curious parties; video footage on YouTube that showcases the unit highlights and gives the viewer a good glimpse of what lies inside the building.

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


Some of Bauhinia's amenities include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Sauna
  • Fitness centre
  • Media room
  • Concierge


Bauhinia Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • Rentals are permitted
  • Bauhinia is a pet friendly building
  • There is no age restriction in place


Unsurprisingly, Bauhinia had little attention paid to sustainability outside of a "Power Smart" certification, indicating that it is energy efficient in some way. Make no mistake, though, this was a tremendous step for the time period. Green living was not as big a priority then as it is now. Had Bauhinia been built today, there is a better chance that there would have been additional green measures installed to complement the lower energy usage, such as geothermal heating.

Should they desire, residents can take measures of their own to reduce their impact on the environment, such as recycling and reducing unnecessary water use. While seemingly small changes, they can certainly add up over time.


  • ASPAC Developments was formed in 1993, and are best known for their extensive work in the Coal Harbour neighbourhood.[6]
  • Bauhinia is the second of eight towers that were built by ASPAC in Coal Harbour.
  • It is a distinct possibility that Bauhinia takes its name from the species of flower, itself named after Gaspard and Johann Bauhin, two botanist brothers.[7]
  • Both brothers were renowned in the field, with Gaspard writing the Pinax theatri botanici, a document classifying over 6000 species of plants, while Johann was responsible for the Historia plantarum universalis, a compilation of all that was known about the botanical sciences at that point.
  • Shares its recreation area with its neighbour Avila.


  1. 6717000 - Bauhinia
  2. Wikipedia - Coal Harbour
  3. Walk Score
  4. Vancouver Floor Plans - Bauhinia
  5. Bauhinia on Youtube
  6. ASPAC Developments - About
  7. Wikipedia - Bauhinia

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