Beasley

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888 Homer Street, Vancouver

Beasley
BeasleyVanExterior.jpg

Exterior view of The Beasley
Building Information
Developer Amacon
Architect Gomberoff Bell Lyon
Management Company Rancho
Number of Units 218
Number of Floors 33
Year Built 2011
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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888 Homer Street, Vancouver
Distance to Public Transit Over 60 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning DD
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Beasley on 888 Homer Street in downtown Vancouver is named after Larry Beasley, former Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver. He developed the "Living First" strategy that essentially promoted dense residential development in the downtown core in an effort to revitalize it as a vibrant, livable, and sustainable community. Vancouver is known as a success story because of the large number of people who want to live downtown.
A plaque explains the building's namesake
Larry Beasley's achievements in land use and transportation planning have caused what's also been called the "Vancouver Model" to inspire other city developments in Canada, US, China, Australia and New Zealand.[1]

The Beasley reflects its namesake by functioning as part of a dynamic urban community. This 33-story high-rise with three-story townhouses at podium level has an outdoor courtyard that gives residents direct access to Yaletown Park and the Vancouver Public Library. It connects Yaletown to Robson Street, Vancouver's popular shopping district.

The Beasley also boasts mixed-use spaces with four commercial units on the ground floor and two floors for office space. At street level attached to the condominium tower is the iconic Homer building constructed in 1913, which most recently housed the Homer Café and is set to transform into an upscale restaurant and lounge in summer 2013.[2]

The Beasley offers Vancouver's first dog wash and walk area on the eighth floor so that owners and pets can enjoy some quality outdoor time together without having to leave the building.[3]


Location

The Beasley is located near the corner of Homer and Smithe Streets in the heart of Yaletown, a hip urban area known for its boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and cafes that tend to attract young urban professionals. Within one block of The Beasley is an assortment of restaurants such as Subeez Café/Restaurant Bar, The Noodle Box, and Café D'Azur.

The Beasley has a perfect Walk Score of 100.[4] Places residents can easily walk to include BC Place Stadium, Rogers Arena, Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch), Robson Square, the Seawall, public parks, grocery stores, and public transit. There are a few SkyTrain stops and numerous bus stops in the area.

Construction

This high-rise was designed by Gomberoff Bell Lyon and resembles the sleek glass office towers and condominiums that characterize downtown Vancouver. It combines sustainability with contemporary design, serving as a nice complement to the iconic red heritage building, "The Homer" that abuts the building at street level.[5]

Layout and Features

The Beasley has 218 units, most of which are studios, one-bedrooms or two-bedrooms. There are a few penthouse suites on the upper levels.[6] The large gourmet kitchens feature hardwood floors, over sized stone slab counter tops, marble tile back splash, stainless steel appliances, bar pendant lighting with a breakfast bar and a serving island. The bathrooms are fitted with stone counter tops, under-mount square sinks, custom medicine cabinets and a ceramic full-height tub.[3]

Large floor-to-ceiling windows let in a lot of natural light and heated tile floors keep residents' feet warm.[5] There are balconies attached to the suites, a designated terrace for walking dogs on the eighth floor, as well as a beautiful landscaped courtyard at ground level. Residents have multiple ways to enjoy the outdoors while surrounded by all the conveniences of contemporary urban living.

Floor Plans

There are several floor plans available at The Beasley. Here is one sample available to the public:

Amenities

The Beasley offers a variety of amenities:

  • gym
  • library
  • meeting room
  • party room with pool table
  • dog walk and wash area[7]
  • courtyard with garden terrace
  • multi-purpose room with kitchen[8]
  • wheelchair access
  • balconies with city and mountain views
  • roof top deck

Bylaws

Beasley Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



There is no age restriction at The Beasley.

Pets are welcome and are even given a 2000 square foot terrace on the eighth floor for exercise.

Rentals are also allowed.

Sustainability

As a fairly new building finished in 2011, the developers have taken care to use sustainable design and building principles.

Evidence of green features includes advanced rainwater management techniques and the re-use of existing building materials.[3]

The Beasley's convenient downtown location encourages residents to reduce their carbon footprint by walking, biking, or taking transit for daily errands.

Trivia

The Homer Building awaiting its next restaurant reincarnation
  • Larry Beasley was awarded The Order of Canada in 2004 for having "played a leading role in transforming" Vancouver's "downtown core into a vibrant, live-able urban community”. One of his many successful projects in Vancouver includes the redevelopment of North False Creek into a mixed-use urban area with a 90% citizen satisfaction rate and reduced rate of car ownership.[9] Among his other involvements such as founding an international planning consultancy, Beasley is a distinguished professor of planning at the University of British Columbia. He also does advisory work for the Abu Dhabi government.[10]
  • The 100 year-old heritage Homer Building housed a variety of restaurants before it was The Homer Café, famous for its two eggs with sausages and toast for $3.95. Going back chronologically from today, it was also the Stratos Café, Rose's Coffee Shop, Pauline's Café, and Smithe Coffee Bar. The new restaurant, still unnamed at the time of publication, is set to open in summer 2013 by the crew behind Coal Harbour’s Tableau Bar Bistro.[2]

References

  1. Canadian Encyclopedia-Larry Beasley
  2. 2.0 2.1 Scout Magazine
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Beasley Condos
  4. Walk Score
  5. 5.0 5.1 Best Homes BC
  6. Condoleo
  7. Buzz Buzz Home
  8. Vancouver Condos
  9. Carbon Talks
  10. SFU-Larry Beasley Bio


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