Bayshore Gardens

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1616 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC

Bayshore Gardens
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Bayshore Gardens
Building Information
Architect Downs/Archambault & Partners
Management Company Crosby Property Management Ltd
Number of Units 69
Number of Floors 25
Year Built 2006
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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1616 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than a block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (321)
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Bayshore Gardens is located in an area known as Coal Harbour, a section of the Burrard Inlet between Downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park.

Originally, this site was home to the Coast Salish and Squamish First Nations. Coal was discovered in the Harbour in 1862, which lead to the name.

Pacific Lumber Mill Company
Near the end of the 1800s, the Pacific Lumber Mill Company opened on the site that is now the Mill Marine Bistro. In the 1990s, the Canadian Pacific Rail Company built a train station next to the mill which provided ideal transport of logs and lumber to the rest of Canada and the United States. During the 1920s, the Boeing Company opened a boat and seaplane factory at the harbour.

Today, Coal Harbour is home to float plane terminals for numerous airlines. There is also a floating Chevron Gas station and ready access to Stanley Park, The largest urban park in North America.

The area is home to a high immigrant population of young adults working in sales and services. The population is just under 6,000 and most of the high-rise residential structures have been built since 2000.[1]



Location

Coal Harbour

Bayshore Gardens is located in the Coal Harbour area of Downtown Vancouver. Although it is right downtown, the access to the building is from a quiet side street with setback sidewalks and charming landscaping.

North of the building is the world famous Stanley Park. It is a 1,001 acre park opened in 1888. The park attracts more than 8 million people each year and is bordered by a 22 kilometer sea wall that is used by pedestrians, cyclists and inline skaters. Foot traffic and wheeled traffic have separate paths.[2]

Due to the nearness of surrounding amenities, typical errands don't require the use of a car. Some of the destinations within walking distance include Admiral Cafe Bistro restaurant, Blue Tree Cafe, and Harbour Front Market groceries.

The area has a great transit system that allows people to easily reach their destination. For those who enjoy biking to work, prepare yourself for a bit of a workout. The area has great bike lanes but there are a few slopes. [3]

Construction

Bayshore Gardens is a 25 story building that reaches a height of almost 73 meters. It has a modern design and balconies in most suites. Some of the balcony areas also feature an enclosed solarium.

Seen from the front, the facade presents three main vertical facets sheathed in sea-green tinted glass, which has become the hallmark of the Vancouverism style of architecture. The facets angle slightly away from each other presenting a different angle of view for residents in each section.

The designers have encouraged family living in the downtown area by incorporating a playground on the grounds. The building is composed of 67 tower residences, two penthouse suites, and six town homes totaling 75 homes.

The structure is composed of reinforced concrete supported by a concrete perimeter and the roof on the building is tar and gravel. There are three major benefits to having a built up roof such as tar and gravel.

First, this method has been used for more than 100 years, so it is a very commonly known practice. Second, there are numerous layers of protection, so if one layer was to fail, there are back up layers. Unfortunately, the layering also makes it difficult to fix a leak. This method is highly resistant against everyday wear and tear which reduces maintenance requirements. [4]

Layout and Features

The suite interiors feature floor to ceiling windows, gas fireplaces, baseboards, door casing, window covers and in suite laundry.

Kitchens feature granite islands and counter tops, under cabinet lighting, stainless steel sinks and stainless steel appliances.

The bathrooms contain double sink vanities, marble counter tops, a vanity mirror and polished fixtures.

The building is secured by a 24 hour concierge, full building video monitoring surveillance, well lit parking, a gated parking entrance, sprinklers, and motion detectors in every suite. [5]

Maintenance fees cover care taking, garbage pickup, gardening, gas, hot water, mamagement, and recreation facilities.

Floor Plans

Amenities

Bayshore Gardens amenities include:

  • In-suite laundry
  • Exercise center
  • Garden
  • Storage
  • Children's playground
  • Parking
  • Bike room
  • Sauna and steam room [6]

Bylaws

Bayshore Gardens Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes



  • Rentals are permitted
  • Pets are allowed

Sustainability

As implied by the name, Bayshore Gardens does in fact have a garden. Many benefits to the community come from incorporating green space.

The heat-island effect is reduced, which improves the environmental and air quality for the neighborhood. Proper landscaping also reduces the speed of storm water run off which reduces stresses on the cities sewage system and other infrastructure.

Residents may also participate in Vancouver's extensive recycling programs which will lessen the impact on the environment.


Trivia

Carrall Street, 1889
  • In 2001, Vancouver was voted the best city in the world for quality of life. It is a city where one can ski and swim in the ocean at the same time of year - and even on the same day.[8]
  • 65% of Vancouver high rise buildings are residential and about 64,000 people live in the downtown area.
  • The Guinness Family built the Lions Gate Bridge which connects downtown Vancouver to the cities of North Vancouver and West Vancouver.
  • Vancouver has the second largest Chinatown in North America.
  • In 1910, Vancouver was paved with wooden bricks.[9]

References

  1. Block Talk
  2. Wikipedia - Stanley Park
  3. Walk Score
  4. Tech Roof
  5. Les Twarog
  6. BC Condos
  7. Vancouver Condo
  8. Canada City
  9. Nielguide


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