Bentley

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1001 Homer Street, Vancouver

Bentley
BentleyVanExterior.jpg

View of the Bentley in Yaletown
Building Information
Developer Polygon
Architect Hancock Bruckner Eng & Wright
Management Company Crosby
Number of Units 146
Number of Floors 24
Year Built 2005
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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1001 Homer Street, Vancouver
Distance to Public Transit Over 60 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning DD
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

The Bentley on 1001 Homer Street in downtown Vancouver is marketed by developer Polygon Homes as "more than just an address."[1] This 24-story concrete high-rise built in 2005 comes with 146 suites and four townhouses that boast state of the art features and a plethora of amenities such as a billiards room, hot tub, wine room, lounge, and fitness centre. Yet this strata's Yaletown address is exactly what might attract "yuppies" or young urban professionals seeking a hot spot to live, shop, and dine.

Designed by well-known Vancouver architect Hancock Bruckner Eng & Wright, who also designed Carina and Callisto in Coal Harbour, The Bentley is one of the many condominium towers to pop up in Yaletown over the past decade as the area experiences rapid growth.


Location

The Bentley is located on the corner of Homer and Nelson Streets in Yaletown, Vancouver, and just across from the Yaletown Heritage District.[2] Yaletown was formerly a heavy industrial site because of its proximity to the Canadian Pacific Railway that ended downtown and to the False Creek rail yards and warehouses that characterized this area in the late 1900s and early twentieth century. With the success of Expo '86, however, it underwent a massive revitalization and is now one of the densest downtown neighbourhoods.[3]

Yaletown is especially popular with young urban professionals looking for trendy and vibrant living with shopping, dining, art galleries and entertainment all in one area. Many of the old warehouses have been turned into loft-style residences.[4]

The Stanley Park Seawall continues through Yaletown, forming the area's southern border. Residents can stroll or bike along this scenic path, taking in the numerous boats docked along the marina as well the Olympic Village on the opposite shore of False Creek.

The Bentley has an unbeatable address from which to access neighbourhood amenities. Nearby parks include Yaletown Park, Emery Barnes Park and Helmcken Park. Hamilton Street Grill and Subeez Cafe/Restaurant/Bar are just a block or two away for dining, as is Nesters Market for groceries and Library Square for reading, people watching, and enjoying cultural and artistic events.[5]

Vancouver's most famous shopping street, Robson Street, is located only two blocks northeast where a mixture of upscale boutique stores can be found among brand-name chain stores, as well as plenty of dining choices. For concerts and sporting events, BC Place and Rogers Arena are a short walk away. Rogers Arena is where the National Hockey League team, the Vancouver Canucks, play.

Yaletown-Roundhouse is the nearest SkyTrain station to The Bentley and there are also over 60 bus options.

Construction

The Bentley is a concrete high-rise that combines some Art Deco design finishes on the exterior with a modern, 21st century look. As described on the developer's website, the rich colours, dark woods, and inlaid floors of the lobby resemble an upscale club and boutique hotel.[1]

This condominium was built in 2005 and has 24 stories. There are townhouses at street level that are emphasized by rectangular red brick frames, fitting in with the heritage district of Yaletown.

Layout and Features

Of the 146 suites at The Bentley, most are one or two bedrooms. The suites have open balconies, large windows, and over-height ceilings, a rarity in such a dense downtown neighbourhood. Some suites have terraces, fireplaces, and sun rooms (labelled in the floor plans as "solariums").

The four townhouses are multi-level. The gourmet kitchen comes with stainless steel appliances, sheet glass back splash, granite counters, plus a breakfast bar. The bathroom has marble counter tops, under-mount sinks, and recessed lighting.[6]

Residents can select either a dark or light colour scheme for their home.[1] There is also a wine room in the building with a wine tasting bar and private wine lockers.[7]

Floor Plans

Here is a selection of one and two bedroom floor plans.

Amenities

Residents of The Bentley get to enjoy the following amenities:

  • Lounge/reading room
  • Amenity room
  • Courtyard
  • Billiards room
  • Gym
  • Hot tub
  • Bike Room
  • Club House
  • In Suite Laundry
  • Underground parking
  • Storage locker

Bylaws

Bentley Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


There is no age restriction at The Bentley but there are restrictions on rentals and pets.[2] Barbecues are allowed on the balconies.[8]

Sustainability

Apart from interior sustainability features such as halogen track lights in the kitchen, The Bentley's main draw for residents wishing to contribute to a green environment is its downtown location that encourages walking and biking. That being said, there is an underground parking garage for residents with vehicles.

Trivia

Yaletown's history is closely embedded with the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). In 1886, the year Vancouver was founded as a City, the City offered the CPR a 20-year tax exemption if it built its rail yards on False Creek's north shore.
A glimpse of Yaletown's industrial past
The CPR consented and moved its base from Yale in the Fraser River Canyon to contemporary Yaletown, explaining the history of Yaletown's name. The City zoned Yaletown as a heritage district and has 27 sites on the Vancouver Heritage Register, including the Roundhouse Community Centre which is a provincial heritage site. This building was built in the late 1880s to house and service steam locomotives. It originally had ten bays but went through a process of expansions and conversions.[4]

Today, the Roundhouse Community Centre is a unique arts-oriented facility offering a black box Performance Centre, exhibition hall, woodworking, pottery and dance studios, a large gymnasium, cafe, and multi-purpose spaces. Its other claim to fame is a restoration of Engine 374, the first passenger train to enter Vancouver on May 23, 1887. It sits in a glass pavilion attached to the Roundhouse.[9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Polygon-Bentley
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Downtown Vancouver Condo
  3. Wikipedia-Yaletown
  4. 4.0 4.1 Yaletown Info
  5. Walk Score
  6. My BC Rental
  7. Les Twarog and Sonja Pedersen
  8. Urban City Rentals
  9. Roundhouse History


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